Friday, March 28, 2013

The Rise of Disability

If you have about five minutes today, read this article on the increasing number of Americans on disability.  See it here.

 

Missouri makes a couple of spot appearances.  We have a higher than average number of folks on disability.  And we’re in the anecdote of how states are actively – even hiring consulting firms for it – trying to off-load their welfare rolls onto the federally financed disability program.

 

 

Rumorville: Lamping Seat As Bait?

It’s said that in an effort to defuse the all-out war between former Rep. Cole McNary and former Sen. Jane Cunningham over the fire district board seat, Ed Martin dispatched some emissaries to feel out if a deal was workable.

 

Obviously it didn’t work, and residents of that district are in the midst of a terrible mail deluge of negativity.  But one of the offers – according to this rumor – was for McNary to back down and be given a free pass to run for Sen. John Lamping’s senate seat, giving the impression that Lamping was not likely to run for re-election.

 

We’ll see…

 

 

Truthville: No Schmitt for ED

Scratch Sen. Eric Schmitt off your list of candidates for St. Louis County Executive.  It’s said he has no interest in the office.

 

 

Subpoena Details

Here are some additional details on the subpoena issued by the Senate last week.

 

“Please produce….”

 

  1. All documents between the Department of Revenue and any federal agency… regarding changes in procedures for the issuance of Missouri driver’s licenses or non-driver identification cards.
  2. All documents between the Department of Revenue and any federal agency… regarding the Real ID Act of 2005…
  3. All documents between the Department of Revenue and MorphoTrust USA or its parent company Safran regarding changes in procedures for the issuance of Missouri driver’s licenses or non-driver identification cards.
  4. All documents between the Department of Revenue and MorphoTrust USA or its parent company Safran regarding the Real ID Act of 2005…
  5. All documents between the Department of Revenue and any Missouri or other state agency regarding changes in procedures for the issuance of Missouri driver’s licenses or non-driver identification cards.
  6. All documents between the Department of Revenue and any Missouri or other state agency regarding the Real ID Act of 2005…
  7. All documents between the Department of Revenue and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators regarding changes in procedures for the issuance of Missouri driver’s licenses or non-driver identification cards.
  8. All documents between the Department of Revenue and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators regarding the Real ID Act of 2005…

 

 

And

It should be noted that although the Senate hasn’t issued a subpoena in twenty-plus years, Dr. Disturber (aka Jay Barnes) issued subpoenas in his Mamtek investigation last year.

 

 

Slay Agenda

Mayor Francis Slay’s campaign has sent out just one piece of literature since their primary election victory.   It outlines his fourth term agenda.  Among the highlights of the long and mostly very measurable list

 

Make LRA land available at no cost for smart, productive, creative re-use of the land.

Decrease obesity by 5%.

Reduce crime by 25%.

End chronic homelessness.

Build Phase II of CORTEX bioscience and technology research district.

Support Citywide greenhouse gas emission reductions of 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

Increase bike racks by 150%.

Reduce City government use of water by 10%.

Use green cleaning supplies in 100% of City government facilities.

Open 20 additional quality public charter schools.

 

 

ISRS Internet Ads

In support of ISRS, MBEF is engaged in a targeted internet ad campaign.  For example, in St. Louis, the ads take me to a page to see a video about Sen. Jamilah Nasheed.

 

But if I was on the western side of the state, I might see this video about Sen. Ryan Silvey.

 

 

Jones Not Budging on Gay Marriage

Speaker Tim Jones is stickin with his conservative position on gay marriage, despite recent polls showing that it’s increasingly a generational issue with acceptance becoming the norm.  See it here.

 

 

Tweet of the Day

This could be the start of a long grudge-match…

 

Ryan Silvey  “@RyanSilvey: NKC pays a lobbyist to kill my bill to #SaveOurHospital but then asks me to support a bill to let them raise your taxes? #PrognosisNegative”

 

 

More on the Jesuit-educated List

Will it ever end?...

 

KC Mayor Sly James is a graduate of Rockhurst University, and Melissa Palmer, director of government affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield graduated from St. Louis University.

 

 

Help Wanted

Public Defender in Chillicothe.  See it here.

 

Municipal Court Judge in Springfield.  See it here.

 

Communications Assistant for Humane Society of Missouri.  See it here.

 

Editor for Monett Times.  See it here.

 

 

Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:

 

Kent Gaines and Larry Rohrbach added Luxco.

 

$5K+ Contributions

Local 41 Political Action Fund - $10,689 from DRIVE Committee.

MO Republican Party - $10,000 from Anheuser Busch Companies.

Continue to Care Committee - $10,000 from Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center Disbursement account.

House Republican Campaign Committee - $10,000 from Friends of Todd Richardson.

 

 

Birthdays

Happy birthdays to lobbyist Zach Brunnert (26), former Rep. Neal St. Onge (58), and former Rep. Ellen Brandom (71).

 

Saturday: Sen. David Pearce (53), Rep. Jeff Roorda (48) and former state senator Wes Shoemyer (52).

 

Sunday: former Rep. Allen Icet (56).

 

 

MOScout News

Legislature off on Monday, and… me too!  Next update will be Tuesday.