Opinion: Vote yes on Amendment 3 “Cleaner Missouri”


From the Missouri Times. In 2018, voters acted to pass Amendment 1 in Missouri, and I can understand why. Amendment 1 included some much-needed ethics reform for Jefferson City. For example, it reduced the number of lobbyist gifts that could be made to legislators, it set time thresholds for when a legislator or their staff could become a lobbyist after leaving office, and it set new campaign contribution limits. Missourians care about the integrity of their elected officials, and so they wanted to vote on ethics reform. However, while approving ethics reform, voters were largely unaware of the broken redistricting portions of Amendment 1.

Amendment 1 radically transformed the redistricting process in Missouri. Voters were largely convinced to vote on Amendment 1 by approving the ethics reform aspects, while the remainder of Amendment 1 — the redistricting aspects — were hidden under the rug. For one thing, the ballot language was overly long and frustrating to understand. For another, millions of dollars from outside groups poured into the state to see it pass — this was a measure largely championed by outside interests, not Missourians.

Amendment 1 did away with the bipartisan, committee approach to redistricting that we had prior. Instead, it created a new process of having the elected state auditor appoint a “state demographer” who would be in charge of drawing new legislative district maps. That means that the state auditor, who is currently a Democrat and running for governor, would select the person responsible for deciding state legislative districts. This process clearly isn’t non-partisan.

Even worse, our new system requires that legislative districts be drawn with a priority on having an equal number of Republicans and Democrats in the same district. There are a few problems with this.

First, political attitudes can change on any given election, and so that is not a good metric for drawing districts. Attitudes can shift after any election, which means a district map that made sense in one election would be completely bonkers the next.

Second, many regions of our state, including our rural areas, are solidly Republican. This means that our rural districts would have to be drawn so that some urban Democratic voters were in the district too. That could mean Cape Girardeau has to be in the same Senate or House district as St. Louis so that there are more Democrats “voting” in our elections. This makes no sense to me. Districts should be drawn with a preference to geography — the point is to have like voters in like districts. It would be impossible for someone from St. Louis County to truly represent the interests of Southeast Missouri when they’ve never lived in a rural area.

That is why our representatives approved a new ballot language for this upcoming election. Amendment 3, also known as Cleaner Missouri, gives voters the opportunity to have the legislative districts they want to see. Amendment 3 does away with lobbyist gifts to legislators entirely, fixes campaign contributions, and reorganizes the redistricting process, doing away with the current botched system.

Voters deserve a chance to have the ethics reform they want and to have a redistricting process that makes sense. I encourage that all Missourians, particularly those in rural districts, vote yes on Amendment 3 for a Cleaner Missouri.

Senator Hawley Calls for Federal Civil Rights Investigation into STL Circuit Attorney’s Targeting of McCloskey Family

WASHINGTON — Today Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr calling for a federal civil rights investigation into St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s targeting of the McCloskey family for using firearms to defend themselves and their property against a mob of protestors. Senator Hawley writes that Gardner has abused her power in seizing the McCloskey’s guns, investigating the family, and pursuing a possible indictment of the McCloskeys.

Senator Hawley writes, “This is an unacceptable abuse of power and threat to the Second Amendment, and I urge you to consider a federal civil rights investigation into the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office to determine whether this investigation and impending prosecution violates this family’s constitutional rights. There is no question under Missouri law that the McCloskeys had the right to own and use their firearms to protect themselves from threatened violence, and that any criminal prosecution for these actions is legally unsound. The only possible motivation for the investigation, then, is a politically motivated attempt to punish this family for exercising their Second Amendment rights.”

Read the full letter here or below.

July 15, 2020

William P. Barr
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Barr:

As you are well aware, the country is facing a moment of significant public unrest and discord. As many Americans are peacefully exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and protest throughout the country, still others are exploiting this moment as an opportunity to sow violence and destruction. Too often, peaceful demonstrations have devolved into tense standoffs or violent riots, with threats and attacks on businesses, innocent bystanders, and law enforcement officers.

One such incident occurred in St. Louis, Missouri, where a family reportedly faced a mass of demonstrators trespassing on their property and threatening them. When help from the police or from nearby security failed to arrive, this family, the McCloskeys, did what any reasonable person would do: they retrieved their lawfully owned firearms and defended their property and their lives. The confrontation was resolved with no one being hurt.

Unfortunately, this family is facing new threats, not from demonstrators but from the local government. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is now threatening to prosecute not the trespassers, but the McCloskeys, and she is using the powers of her office to target them. Her office has seized their firearms, and police have applied for warrants in the case, with an indictment believed to be imminent. [1]

This is an unacceptable abuse of power and threat to the Second Amendment, and I urge you to consider a federal civil rights investigation into the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office to determine whether this investigation and impending prosecution violates this family’s constitutional rights. There is no question under Missouri law that the McCloskeys had the right to own and use their firearms to protect themselves from threatened violence, and that any criminal prosecution for these actions is legally unsound. The only possible motivation for the investigation, then, is a politically motivated attempt to punish this family for exercising their Second Amendment rights. Indeed, this is part of a troubling pattern of politically motivated prosecutorial decisions by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney, who has not seen fit to prosecute many violent offenders, [2] and who has expressed hostility to gun rights in the past. [3] Recently, she declined to pursue charges against twenty-nine individuals arrested during a weekend of riots in the city, and charged only seven. [4]

The Second Amendment is not a second-class right. No family should face the threat of harassment or malicious prosecution for exercising that right. The Department of Justice must ensure that all Americans’ rights are protected from this kind of abuse of power.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

Josh Hawley
U.S. Senator


Facts on Mail-In voting

SB 631 Facts

  1. The bill contains a repeal clause effective on 12-31-2020.
  2. The bill is in no way like the Michigan-style voting where ballots are sent to every voter. Ballots are by request only.
  1. Liberal groups were/are preparing a lawsuit asking our liberal courts to order a Michigan/Oregon-style mail-in vote system involving all voters, not just those requesting COVID-19 related ballots. SB631 provides an argument against that.
  1. The bill retains the requirement that the ballot be notarized and a single ballot per envelope defeating ballot harvesting.
  1. SB631 process is very much like the absentee system that is in current law. You must request an absentee ballot.
  1. SB631 also contains subpoena power to the Secretary of State to aid in the prosecution of voter fraud.


It is important to note that:

–There is a sunset on two reasons to vote absentee that will repeal in December. There are five reasons now for voting absentee. That will change temporarily to seven, but the two added that concern COVID-19 reasons will repeal at the end of the year.

–The rest of the bill, everything not dealing with COVID-19 issues, will stay in force.

–Election authorities will compare signature on every ballot they receive to the signature they have on file when the individual registered to vote.

Missouri’s Law-and-Order Leaders Are Leading Right

From the Missouri Republican Party:

We are appalled by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the injustice he suffered.  The events of the past week have been heartbreaking with the violence and destruction of communities.  In Missouri, former St. Louis Police Officer David Dorn was murdered by looters, and four St. Louis police officers were shot.

As Governor Mike Parson said, George Floyd shouldn’t have lost his life, former St. Louis Police Officer David Dorn shouldn’t have lost his life, and four St. Louis police officers shouldn’t have been shot.

Our state leaders have taken direct action to help ensure the safety of all Missourians.

Governor Parson, who served 22 years in law enforcement, has committed the forces he has as governor to protect law-abiding citizens. “Whether that’s every member of the highway patrol, whether that’s every member of the National Guard, I will call them all out to stop the violence in this state,” Governor Parson said.

Governor Parson is talking, and more importantly, listening to leaders on the ground that he has built relationships with since he become governor.

In an unprecedented action, Attorney General Eric Schmitt partnered with U.S. Attorneys to send a message to those who may come to Missouri to cause destruction, loot or riot: You will be prosecuted.

Missourians have the right to protest peacefully, but as Attorney General Schmitt said, “…those who seek to use these protests to destroy property and commit acts of violence, including those who come to Missouri from out of state, will be held accountable for their actions by federal and state authorities.  Those acts of destruction and violence will not be tolerated.”

Missouri’s law-and-order leaders are Leading Right.

Page PAC Gets $50,000 Contribution from Laborers’ Union after County Council Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance Initiated by County Executive Sam Page

From Tom Sullivan

(CLAYTON) — A few months after the St. Louis County Council enacted a prevailing wage requirement, which was initiated by County Executive Sam Page and had the strong support of local unions, Page’s political action committee received a $50,000 contribution from the Laborers’ Union. It was received last week on December 27. (See link below to “Campaign Finance Reports.”)
The contribution is many times larger than the $2600 limit on campaign contributions that was enacted last year by county voters as an amendment to the St. Louis County Charter. But that only applies to candidate committees. The Page PAC is a political action committee. Page has a separate candidate committee.

The county executive supported the campaign limit proposal last year when he was chairman of the County Council. The Council approved putting it to voters. Charter amendments require voter approval.
Prevailing wage is the hourly wage, benefits and overtime paid to the majority of workers, laborers, and mechanics within a particular area. Governments can require it be paid by contractors on government projects. In St. Louis County it would apply to any project using county tax incentives.
Prevailing wage requirements are generally seen as being pro-union and can be something of a political football. Unions are mostly supporters of the Democratic Party and are a source of large campaign contributions for Democratic candidates. Republicans sometime try to reduce the prevailing wages by passing legislation changing how they are calculated. Or they might want to eliminate the prevailing wage requirement entirely.
Supporters say prevailing wage requirements prevent underpaid and under-skilled workers from disrupting the local workforce while keeping spending local, thereby increasing tax revenue to local and state government. Critics say it unfairly profits the unions, discriminates against non-union firms and causes increased costs for public works projects.
Prevailing wages are established by the Missouri Department of Labor for each occupation in each county. According to a recent story in the Missouri Times, the prevailing wage for a carpenter in Jefferson County is $54.69 an hour. The prevailing wage for a carpenter in St. Louis County is presumably around the same wage.

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On September 27, 2019 County Executive Page sent a letter to the County Council stating he believed a prevailing wage ordinance should be enacted for St. Louis County. (The letter is attached.) The legislation was finally approved on October 15 and was signed by Page shortly after. On December 27 the Page PAC received the $50,000 contribution from Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 110.

Page also has issued an executive order that created the position of Prevailing Wage Enforcement Coordinator to ensure compliance with the county’s new prevailing wage ordinance. (See link to Labor Tribune article below.)

Prior to being appointed County Executive by the County Council in April, Page was on the County Council for four years and four months. For the last two years and four months he was council chair with majority support on the council. During that time he never suggested or tried to get council approval for prevailing wage legislation.

Page has railed against pay-to-play and the influence of money in county government, especially as it relates to former County Executive Steve Stenger. Yet he is doing pretty much the same thing with no small amount of hypocrisy involved. Page is pandering to any group he feels can get him elected and unabashedly using county resources and tax dollars to do so.

Stenger is doing time in a federal prison for, among other things, giving a $130,000 contract for work that didn’t exist in exchange for campaign contributions. After Page stepped over then-Councilwoman Hazel Erby to become County Executive, it created bad feelings with Erby and her supporters. Page then offered her a job for a position that didn’t exist but with a $121,000 annual salary. All was then forgiven. Same as Stenger, Page uses a lot of tax dollars to further his political interests.

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According to filings made with the Missouri Ethics Commission, the Page PAC  has taken in $85,100 since it was formed on August 21 this year. In addition to the $50,000 contribution from the Laborers’ Union, other contributions came from Ozark Anesthesia Associates, Inc. ($5,000), Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City ($10,000)Western Anesthesiology Associates, Inc. ($10,000) and August A. Busch III ($10,000). The PAC committee treasurer, Brad Bakker, gave $100.

Sam Page’s candidate committee, Page for Missouri, has taken in $157,291 in contributions for next year’s election, according to filings with the ethics commission. The committee has made $135,387 in expenditures and has $37,457 on hand. The next campaign finance reports, for the last quarter of 2019, are due next month by January 15 and contributions to both Page committees are likely to substantially increase.

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman has announced he is also running for County Executive. According to his latest ethics commission report, filed on October 15, 2019 his committee has $503,265 on hand. Zimmerman did not announce he was running until October 29 so his contributions since then will be shown on his report due next month.

December 31, 2019

Campaign Finance Reports

Missouri Governor Parson’s statement on President Trump’s announcement on a second term

parsonsJefferson City, MO, June 18, 2019 – Supporters gathered at watch parties across the state of Missouri on Tuesday night to tune into President Trump’s announcement that he is running for reelection. Missouri Governor Parson released an official statement regarding the announcement: “In a little over two years, President Trump has accomplished more for everyday, hard-working families and businesses than any other president in recent history. As 2020 Democrat candidates argue over who is the most socialist, who can raise taxes higher, or who can increase government control of our lives sooner, President Trump has unleashed America’s potential, delivered historic tax cuts, put Americans and our businesses first, fulfilled his promise to secure our borders, prioritized fixing our broken health care system, and restored America’s military strength. President Trump has sparked an economic boom across our entire nation, including historic job growth, higher wages, and record-low unemployment right at home here in Missouri. The case for electing President Trump for a second term is simple: America needs more freedom and less government, more jobs and higher wages, stronger borders, and an improved health care system. I’m proud to support President Trump and will make sure that Missouri delivers another big victory for President Trump in November 2020.”

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Start gathering about 5:30 pm.




3311 Ashby Road

Across from Hoech Middle School, between Midland and St. Charles Rk. Rd.

Bring Something to Share

(main dish, sides, desserts)


Deann and I usually bring chicken, water, utensils and plates.

There are tables and benches but you can bring a chair if desired. If you like to drink anything other than water please feel free to bring it.

Paid and prepared by Becky Buwalda, Airport Township, Becky Buwalda, treasurer.

Councilman Fitch asks for Steve Stenger’s Resignation

County Executive Resign

This month’s North St. Louis County Republican Club

The North St Louis County Republican Club will have their monthly meeting  this Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM.  They meet at Cannoli’s Restaurant at 462 US 67 (Lindbergh) at Washington/ Elizabeth next to Walgreen’s in the Florissant Meadows Shopping Center.

There will be a candidate forum for candidates running for school board in the  Ferguson/Florissant and Hazelwood School Districts.

Also, they will be discussing “Proposition S”, Metropolitan Sewer District tax increase.  A speaker has been invited to speak on this issue.

Gary Wiegert will speak on April 25th about the city/county merger.

For information contact Lou Hannibal at 314-831-6442 or our speaker chairman, Dave Blanke at 314-837-0484 davidablanke@gmail.com.

Remember to vote on April 2nd.  We still need Republican election judges for this election.  If you can serve please contact John Minard at 314-615-1871.


St. Louis County Republicans Reject Better Together’s Plan

At this month’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Republican Central Committee of St. Louis County members voted unanimously on a resolution to oppose the organization Better Together and their plan to unite St. Louis City and County. The Committee joins many local St. Louis County municipalities that have passed similar resolutions.

The Better Together plan is to combine the City of St. Louis and the many St. Louis County municipalities into one large mega city. There would no longer be a county and most services would merge. The purpose would be to end duplication of services and make the government more efficient, therefore saving voters millions of dollars.

However, according to the “Riverfront Times,” the Better Together people could not come up with any evidence that their plan would work. Rene Artman, Chairman of the Republican Central Committee of St. Louis County recently commented, “this is just a transfer of wealth from the citizens of St. Louis County to the failed politicians of the City of St. Louis.” Mrs. Artman was referring to pension funds for City employees that are dramatically underfunded.

Further concerns voiced include the fact that savings may never materialize, and a combination of the City and County would permanently lock out one political party leaving many citizens unrepresented.

Republican Central Committee of St. Louis County is an organization of Republican Committeemen and Committeewomen elected in their respective Townships in St. Louis County.

Contact: Rene Artman  (314) 398-6667 for more information

For more information about the Republican Central Committee of St. Louis County go to: http://www.stlcorepublicans.org