Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mizzou Bits

Yesterday the protests at Mizzou came to a head as both President Tim Wolfe and  Chancellor  Bowen Loftin resigned.  Here’s a taste of the reactions…


Happier Times!!!!!

The Calebs (Reps. Jones and Rowden) doing the ice bucket challenge with Wolfe.  See it here.


Jones on Resignations

Former speaker Tim Jones gets quoted in the Wall Street Journal. See it here.

Pull Quote: But Timothy W. Jones, a Republican and former member of the state House of Representatives, said the school was being run by a mob mentality. “Universities, especially public universities, have been very proud of the political correctness they have fostered over the decades,” he said. “This is them getting bit by the attitudes that they have fostered.”


Summers on Mizzou Racial Climate

Former Post-Dispatch intern, and now editor at Mashable, Juana Summers reflects on her time at Mizzou.  See it here.

Pull Quote:  I've wanted to make the case that the portrayal of the university, and the people who go there, doesn't reflect the experiences I had at Mizzou.  But that would not be true… And campus wasn't exactly an easy place to be black. For such a big school, the university was incredibly segregated
Washington Post: Football Team Takes Down Prez

An interesting analysis of how the football players were strategic and uniquely positioned to add the necessary pressure.  See it here.

Pull Quote: But the issues at the core of his protest didn't gain widespread national attention until a few dozen other students weighed in: the University of Missouri football team, which announced that it would not play until Wolfe left his position. On Friday, there were a few hundred tweets about the University of Missouri. On Sunday, there were nearly 16,000.


Koster: Fired!

It was a provocative title to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Chris Koster on the day that the Mizzou toppers were ousted.  But Koster’s email wasn’t about the news of the day…


Did you know Missouri workers can be fired because of their sexual orientation? Here's the headline after a state appeals court ruled that LGBT discrimination is legal in our state: "Court rules Missouri law denies gays employment protection"

It's true: Even though the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, workers here in Missouri can still be fired from their jobs for who they love.

We must continue the fight for equality under Missouri law. Stand with me and encourage the Legislature to pass LGBT non-discrimination legislation….


Walker for House 74

Cora Faith Walker started a campaign committee to run for House 74 as a Democrat

The current incumbent Rep. Sharon Pace is termed.  This looks like Walker’s website here.  And her Twitter is here.


Kander Upgrade Notary Process

Secretary of State Jason Kander today marked National Notary Day by announcing a new online notary system. For the first time, new notary applicants and existing notaries can easily complete the application process online through Kander's website…

The new system allows applicants to file as a new notary or reapply, file amendments (names, addresses, county, employer or employer's address), resign a commission, or notify the office of any loss or theft of a notary seal or journal…



Scott Bethune (see profile here) was elected to Appellate Judicial Commission. “The Appellate Judicial Commission is charged with selecting panels of three candidates for judicial vacancies in the three districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals as well as the Supreme Court of Missouri. See the press release here.


File under “Could Be Worse.” The Center for Public Integrity gave Missouri a D- on its study of state openness and anti-corruption policies.  It could be worse; Kansas got an F…  See it here.


Boston Globe on their pot fight.  How the different reform groups have different ideas of what is reform depending on the interests behind them.  See it here.


Laborers' Local 840 Voluntary Political Fund, a PAC, was formed treasurer James Sparks


Help Wanted

Missouri Attorney General's Office seeks Assistant Attorney General. “This attorney will work with and represent the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Agriculture on a range of issues involving the use and care of Missouri’s air, land, and water.

Further, this attorney will litigate environmental matters, under federal and state law, in court and before administrative bodies…”  See the ad here.


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Rep. Sonya Murray Anderson Reception – Fantastic Caverns – 4PM.


Lobbyists Registrations

Heath Clarkston and Harry Gallagher added Vieability Inc.

Phillippe Jabbar Wesley added Missouri Gas Energy and Laclede Gas.


$5K+ Contributions

Koster for Missouri - $20,000 from PayneCrest Electric Inc.

MEDA PAC - $10,000 from AmerenMO.

Greitens for Missouri - $15,000 from William Darr.

Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from William Bloomfield Jr.



Happy birthday to Chris Schappe.