How Can I Possibly Vote for Rick Stream for County Executive?

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Original Post: How Can I Possibly Vote for Rick Stream for County Executive?.

Maybe this logic sucks, but this is my logic.  When I vote, I ignore my positions on issues.  Instead, I use my vote to advance two objectives: I want my vote to improve policy towards liberty. I want my vote to maximize my political power. A simple test that I ask myself is this: If…

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Rick Stream Probably Didn’t Know I Knew His Old Career Counselor

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Original Post: Rick Stream Probably Didn’t Know I Knew His Old Career Counselor.

When people asked me to get behind Rick Stream, I first wanted to make sure that was the right thing. I remembered that I have a friend who helped Rick a while ago. So I asked her. Rick Stream is “a quiet leader.” “I didn’t see him as a politician,” she told me. We were talking…

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Municipal Court or Kangaroo Court?

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Guest post by Lee A. Presser On Wednesday, April 16, 2003, I was in Bel-Ridge, Missouri, Municipal Court to plead “not guilty.” The violation listed on the ticket did not match the reality of what actually happened on the road. In a file folder, I had documents and photographs to rebut the charge. The ticket…

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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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Is The Tea Party Suffering From Republican Fatigue Syndrome?

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Original Post: Is The Tea Party Suffering From Republican Fatigue Syndrome?.

Maybe the chickens are coming home to roost for the GOP in St. Louis County. In my day job, I focus on two subjects: strategic behavioral science and analytics. Really smart people do most of the heavy analytics work. I deal with the human behavior (neuroeconomics, psychology, etc.). In our narrow field of loyalty and…

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Are the Missouri August Primary results a fluke or the beginning of a trend?

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Original Post: Are the Missouri August Primary results a fluke or the beginning of a trend?.

Many Republican voters pulled a Democrat ballot August 5th, in St. Louis County. Having crossed over once, how many will do it again in November? It is no secret that the Republican legislature in Jefferson City has exhibited minimal leadership on major issues while spending most of a short legislative calendar talking about issues invented…

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Tony Pousosa for County Executive

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Original Post: Tony Pousosa for County Executive.

Don’t you just love brash upstarts? People with verve and moxie? I do. I like pesky guys full of gumption, like Vladimir Sobotka. I like energetic young political activists like Kenny Newhouse. And I like bold conservative organizers like Eileen Tyrrell. In fact, nothing pleases me more than seeing young, libertarian-ish Republicans making the establishment […]

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Sadly Prop P Passed

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“Every penny taken from you in taxes is a penny someone else decides how to spend. It’s a penny you earned but forfeited to someone else’s arbitrary discretion,” said Bill Hennessy co-founder of the St Louis Tea Pary Coallition. Today is a sad day for the residents of St Louis County and St Louis City. Prop P passed, which only means more money stolen from hard working citizens to be abused by balloted governing bodies. What’s frustrating is that if everyone got out and voted the real majority probably would have shut down Proposition P. In this election 80% of registered St Louis County voters didn’t even vote! That means 80% of voters in the county don’t have a right to complain when they have to sit idly by and watch another tax hike go into place. And chances are they will. When it comes to tax hikes in Missouri we usually vote pretty conservative, for example the victory we had In shutting down the exesive tabacoo tax in 2012. The only reason we shut down that tax hike and not this one is because the people didn’t vote and now we all have to suffer due to their laziness. My frustration with Proposition P, the deceptively named bill blinds people of its real impact. Why does the title even include the word arch when only 30% of the bill goes to the Arch? Why do we have to pay for other municipality’s parks when they did not even include Prop P on their ballots. Some towns didn’t even have the tax hike on their ballot but will still reap the benefits! For instance St Charles immediately opted out of Propostion P but will now reap the benefits from our tax dollars while they see no increase in there spending tax. Fair? I think not. For the next 20 years every time you purchase something in St Louis County or the City make sure account for an additional 2 cents on every 10 dollars you spend. See how that can quickly adds up especially when live and shop in St Louis for all your needs and wants. We can not allow the government and small few who vote in these local elections continue to destroy our spending power! When it comes to tax hikes Missourians usually agree. Enough is enough. We need your vote. You need your vote. In all elections.

The Arch Tax: Bryan Cave Lobbies for Neighborhood Improvement Project, Invoices St. Louis County

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Darin Morley has submitted the following article about the April 2nd ballot initiative, Prop P also known as the Arch Tax. Morley blogs at Reboot Congress. . . . Improving the Arch grounds has been a dream of Bryan Cave attorney Walter Metcalfe since at least 2007. As the St. Louis Beacon reported in January of this year: Back in late 2007, then-Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne took a walking tour of the Arch grounds with Bryan Cave attorney Walter Metcalfe and former U.S. Sen. John Danforth. Metcalfe said that Kempthorne, a former Idaho governor, wasn't impressed. “He said...

Monarch Fire District – Vote Cunningham April 2nd

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We have written on this race before where you kind find the bigger picture details, so we will not cover those here. It is entertaining watching fire board candidiate, Cole McNary try to have his cake and eat it too, meaning taking the union money while claiming to be the candidate of fiscal prudence. He actually claims to be unaware of their support while Mary Shapiro, a seasoned professional with the Suburban Journals, schrewdly points out that Steve Swyers, the man McNary claims he will model, is one of the two union endorsed sitting members of the board. Like McNary,...