ACTION: Tell Missouri Legislature to Pass Tax Holiday for Ferguson

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Original Post: ACTION: Tell Missouri Legislature to Pass Tax Holiday for Ferguson.

We’ve officially kicked off the #Ferguson BUYcott, but we’re far from done. First, we’re asking people to keep the BUYcott going while we organize a bigger event for Labor Day Weekend. Second, I texted Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones on Thursday with another idea: an emergency Sales Tax Holiday for Ferguson/Dellwood area.  Please contact your…

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It’s Hard to Deny North County Has Problems with Police and Courts

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Original Post: It’s Hard to Deny North County Has Problems with Police and Courts.

What did you think when you first heard reports of violence in Ferguson? I mean, after the shooting death of Michael Brown? Did you ever for a moment think, “this is about more than just Michael Brown?” I hate to say that. It’s embarrassing to admit that I’m so jaded as to think “that’s all”…

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Ferguson is the Canary in the Coal Mine” for St. Louis County

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Original Post: Ferguson is the Canary in the Coal Mine” for St. Louis County.

The next St. Louis County Executive better brace himself for this: poverty is exploding in the county. I’m not saying poor people do bad things. I’m saying that, at some point, eliminating jobs and hope will drive people to take things. And they will take things by force. And they will show no mercy to…

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Check Out The Missouri Torch

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Original Post: Check Out The Missouri Torch.

If you don’t get The Missouri Torch delivered to your inbox every day, you’re missing out. Duane Lester has built a fantastic blog. The Missouri Torch captures the most important Missouri political news every day and sends you a convenient link list. Plus, Duane’s original pieces are crisp, smart, witty, and dead on. And, like…

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7 Fascinating Results In The Missouri Primary

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Original Post: 7 Fascinating Results In The Missouri Primary.

Well, this got people talking. (See the comments.) Yesterday was the Missouri Primary. Congratulations to Rick Stream, Jay Ashcroft, and Martin Baker on their wins in contested races for St. Louis County Executive, State Senate District 24, and US House District 1, respectively. All three men face important races in November, and I’m proud to…

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Here’s How I’m Voting August 5 (with printable grid of ballot measures) *Update*

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Original Post: Here’s How I’m Voting August 5 (with printable grid of ballot measures) *Update*.

You’d think being a political animal of sorts, election season would be my favorite time of year. It’s not. I hate elections. I hate the crappy, predictable radio ads (above all else). I know, they do it because it works. Well, not really, but I’m not going to give a free marketing statistics lesson here.…

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Surprised? Transportation Empowerment Act Was Ronald Reagan’s Idea—In 1967!

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Original Post: Surprised? Transportation Empowerment Act Was Ronald Reagan’s Idea—In 1967!.

Last week I blogged that Ronald Reagan would love the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA). I included audio of Reagan talking to Bill Buckley on Firing Line about the burden on states from onerous federal taxes and grants. Forgive me, but that was sort of a tease. Here’s the meat: Reagan wrote a proposal for the…

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What Francis Slay Won’t Tell You About Missouri Roads—VIDEO

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Proponents of Amendment 7 are telling a lot of lies. (I’m looking at you, St. Louis Business Journal.) The biggest lie involves the quality of Missouri’s roads and bridges. While Mayor Slay and the St. Louis Business Journal tell you Missouri’s roads are “crumbling,” two independent studies say the opposite. In fact, Missouri has some…

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Voter Thoughts On Missouri 08/05/14 Ballot Questions

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From Missouri Voter Jason:

Here are my thoughts about the proposed constitutional amendments.

#1. “Right to Farm.”  The language is so broad that it is, to me, meaningless.  There are statutes on the books (Section 537.295 of the Missouri Revised Statutes) that address the issue of “nuisance suits” that seem to be the core argument in favor of the amendment.  I’m leaning against the amendment, but am open to argument in favor.

#5 “Unalienable Right to Keep and Bear Arms.”  While I think the language of this amendment has been poorly drafted, it aims to solidify the right to keep and bear arms and removes an impediment to concealed carry. I favor the amendment.

#7 “Increase Sales and Use Tax for Transportation.” I am opposed to this tax increase.  I’m taxed enough already.  More philosophically, I question whether sales tax should be used for transportation expenditures.  I generally prefer charging service users, and a fuel or tire or other ratable tax more directly associates the funding source with the expenditure purpose. (The advent of hybrid and electric vehicles, however, foils the purpose of the gasoline tax in making road users pay for roads; so, another (fair) way of apportioning the cost of roads to users needs to be developed.)  If more money is needed for roads (and I must be persuaded of the need), then a roads-related tax needs to be proposed.  I am opposed to using road-related funds for mass transit projects, aviation, ports, and the other transporation systems that would be funded by the proposed sales and use tax amendment. Again, philosophically, I would generate funding for these type projects from the users of those modes of transporation.

#8. “Veterans Lottery Ticket.”  I am opposed to the state operating a lottery, so the specification of a particular kind of lottery ticket to fund the state veterans homes, etc., is not something I support.  I believe these expenditures should be covered by everyone in the state (which means sales and/or income tax sources), not just those who gamble.

#9. “Security of Electronic Communications and Data.”  I support the amendment to include “electronic communications and data” in the list of protections against unreasonable search or seizure.  This amendment, incidentally, is consistent with the recent US Supreme Court ruling (Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie) that held a warrant was required before a cell phone could be searched by the authorities.  This ruling essentially extends Fourth Amendment (US Constitution) protections to at least some forms of electronic communications and data.  Amending the Missouri constitution to explicitly include electronic communications and data brings the state constitution into the modern world where we have not only papers and effects that are safe from warrantless search, but electronic information as well.

 

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2 Awesome Military Stories for Independence Day Weekend

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Original Post: 2 Awesome Military Stories for Independence Day Weekend.

I love this video. And I’m going to ask you a small favor for my son Jack, so please read all. WARNING: Strong Language What’s So Great About It? You have to love this American Army sergeant telling the Iraqi police how it is in strong language. Perhaps if the Iraqi police had listened, they…

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