Greitens Rolls Out Plan to Make St. Louis Safer

JEFFERSON CITY — This afternoon, Governor Greitens rolled out a groundbreaking plan designed to make St. Louis safer.

The plan brings together state, federal and city resources. Among other measures aimed at stamping out crime, it includes the creation of a new Special Operations Unit of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and also calls for the deployment of a team of police officers tasked with finding and shutting down locations that sell drugs to children. As part of the plan, Missouri will also join the FBI and DEA’s Mission Save task force, which will focus on dismantling drug-trafficking organizations.

The plan also works to tackle crime from other angles by utilizing resources from the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Corrections. It also establishes the State’s commitment to work alongside community leaders and charitable organizations to gain perspective on the issues that lead to crime and collaborate on solutions.

“Governor Greitens recognized that the severity of the crime problem called for an all-hands-on-deck response, and the St. Louis safety plan he laid out today provides exactly that,” said Austin Stukins, Director of the Missouri Republican Party. “This is an unprecedented, comprehensive plan that uses existing resources in new and improved ways to combat crime and promote safety,” Stukins continued. “It will allow us to make great strides in bringing peace to the streets of St. Louis.”

Missouri takes a big step in reducing government regulation

Here is an email that went out from the Missouri Department of Labor. It is no secret that government regulation is a serious impediment to economic growth. Please make sure your legislators get behind this movement!


 

Following the example of Governor Eric Greitens, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations wants to hear from you as we seek to alleviate the burden of state government red tape on our citizens and growing businesses.

State Government administrative rules are found in the Missouri Code of State Regulations. State law authorizes rulemaking generally, to the agency or specifically, in a program’s statute. The Department of Labor currently has 2,346 restrictive rules found in Title 8 of the Missouri Code. 

Governor Greitens called on all state agencies to review their rules to ensure they are essential to the health, safety, or welfare of Missourians. Reviews will also determine if specific regulations are ineffective or unnecessary by considering whether:

  • The regulation’s cost outweighs its benefits.
  • The regulation is effective.
  • The regulation is the least restrictive alternative.
  • The regulation is based on sound, reasonably available scientific, technical, economic, or other relevant information.
  • The regulation is unduly burdensome or adversely affects Missouri citizens or customers.

As part of the review process, the Department of Labor is asking for your comments on its existing rules. These comments will be accepted online on an ongoing basis, with the intention of gathering a majority of comments by August 31, 2017. 

 

We will also hold public hearings on our rules to allow taxpayers, citizens, businesses and customers of the department to talk directly to Department of Labor leadership. These public input sessions will be held: 

    • July 19th, 3 p.m. – 1410 Genessee St., Kansas City, MO
    • July 20, 1 p.m. – 505 E. Walnut St., Springfield, MO
    • Aug. 4, 1 p.m. – 3315 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO
    • Aug. 24, 1 p.m. – 111 N. Seventh St., St. Louis, MO

    Thank you for helping us ensure a brighter future for citizens and businesses in Missouri. I look forward to seeing you at our public hearings and reading your comments over the coming months.

    Sincerely,

    Anna S. Hui

    Acting Director, Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations 

Jeff Layman Named Finance Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party

LaymanJEFFERSON CITY — Chairman Todd Graves appointed Jeff Layman as Finance Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. The appointment was confirmed yesterday by the Missouri Republican Party’s State Committee.

Layman is a businessman who resides in Springfield with his wife Amy and two young children. He is a long-time political volunteer who has championed the conservative effort across Missouri. He served as the State Finance Chairman for Governor Eric Greitens during the 2016 election and continues to assist in that role.

“I am pleased to announce Jeff Layman as the Party’s Finance Chairman, and I look forward to working with him as we grow conservative support across the state,” said Todd Graves, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. “Jeff and I have been friends for over 25 years, and he’s proven to be a hard worker who gets results. With Jeff’s leadership, we will continue to propel the Missouri Republican Party into a national model.”

“I look forward to pushing our conservative message of more jobs, higher pay, safer streets and better schools for all Missourians,” said Jeff Layman, Finance Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. “We will continue to support the Governor and our statewide Republicans, while working hard to replace Senator McCaskill with a conservative who will actually fight for the people of Missouri.”

For a list of personnel at the Missouri Republican Party see:  https://www.missouri.gop/about/hq/

 

McCaskill Lies About Ties to Russian Ambassador, Paid to Attend Private Event at his Home

Earlier this week, CNN revealed that Senator McCaskill outright lied on Twitter about never interacting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, despite the fact she wined and dined at Kislyak’s residence. 

Now, in an even more disturbing twist, details have surfaced revealing McCaskill used a secret personal foundation to pay for the dinner she attended at the Ambassador’s residence.

In addition to attending the dinner, McCaskill paid $873 to the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, where the Russian Ambassador serves on its board of directors as honorary chairman.

McCaskill made that donation through the Shepard Foundation, a family foundation she started with her husband in 2013. This Foundation has been associated with several eyebrow raising activities, including investing in at least one opioid manufacturer and donating to Planned Parenthood. What’s even more questionable is that the Foundation’s activity was shrouded in secrecy until about three weeks ago, when she finally disclosed her role in the Foundation to the Senate Ethics Committee in an unsuccessful attempt to distance herself from her investments.

“Claire McCaskill’s web of lies and hypocrisy keeps growing,” said Austin Stukins, Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party. “While McCaskill joined the hysteria of the Left, trying to link the President’s Administration to Russia, she was hiding her own connections to Russia, the Russian Ambassador and the donation she made for an event at his home.  McCaskill has proven herself unreliable, and Missourians deserve better than someone who can’t be trusted.”

COUNTY COUNCIL AGAIN URGED TO REJECT $100,000 FOR THE MAGIC HOUSE

(CLAYTON) – The St. Louis County Council is again being urged to reject a proposed $100,000 appropriation for the Magic House in Kirkwood.  The proposal will be on the agenda for preliminary approval at tonight’s council meeting.

“The Magic House is doing quite well and does not need $100,000 from St. Louis County taxpayers,” said Tom Sullivan of University City, who is urging the County Council to reject the appropriation. “There are too many unmet needs where the money could be better spent.”

The grant being proposed for the Magic House is to supposedly promote tourism. According to Tom Sullivan, County Council Member Colleen Wasinger (R-Huntleigh) is the sponsor of the bill. He also stated that it was requested by County Executive Steve Stenger.

Sullivan previously spoke against the Magic House funding when it came before the County Council in April. The bill was held then, presumably for lack of support, but has come back.

According to its 2015 IRS Form 990, the Magic House has $27.6 million in assets. That includes $1.7 million in cash, $5.7 million in investments and securities and $1.2 million in pledges and grants receivables. It had a surplus of $445,849 for the year.

The appropriation would come from the Convention & Recreation Trust Fund, which is funded from the hotel/motel tax that county voters approved in 1990 to pay $180 million toward the $720 million cost of the downtown Dome.

The surplus from the Convention & Tourism Trust Fund can go for any general revenue purpose but Sullivan contends much of it has been wasted or spent needlessly.

The big ticket item for-non Dome expenditures is about $110 million for the St. Louis Cardinals’ new stadium in downtown St. Louis. It would have been built with or without the county’s money. The Cardinal owners essentially paid $50 million for a team whose value has just been increased by Forbes to $1.8 billion.

The Convention & Visitor’s Commission has been given millions of dollars from the fund and there has been no accounting as to how the funds were spent. In 2011, when County Executive Steve Stenger was council chair, the council approved $250,000 to the CVC to go toward a $750,000 party for association executives. Stenger had proclaimed himself the “South County taxpayer watchdog” when he was on the council.

SENATOR MCCASKILL LIED ABOUT MEETING RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR SERGEY KISLYAK

This evening, CNN revealed that not only did Senator McCaskill lie on Twitter about never interacting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, she was actually photographed wining and dining at a black-tie reception that he hosted.

In March of this year, McCaskill emphatically tweeted that she had never ever called or met the Russian Ambassador. Once the photos of McCaskill at the Ambassador’s residence surfaced, she was quick to blame Twitter for the not-so-little white lie, saying the 140 character limit prevented her from telling the whole truth. But McCaskill didn’t just neglect to tell the whole truth—she didn’t tell any of it.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time McCaskill has lied or omitted details to mislead voters. For instance, although McCaskill publicly decried the opioid crisis, it was recently revealed that her private family foundation invested thousands of dollars in at least one opioid manufacturer. In fact, Missouri voters also likely don’t know that that same foundation has donated thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood, or that Planned Parenthood has donated more than $25,000 to McCaskill since 2006.

“This bald-faced lie is nothing new from Claire,” said Austin Stukins, Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party. “McCaskill is a hypocrite who acts like she is entirely above reproach. She will stop at nothing to mislead voters.” Stukins continued.

 MOGOP STATEMENT ON U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION IN TRINITY LUTHERAN CASE

Victory for Faith

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued an important ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran, a church in Columbia Missouri.

This decision dates back to 2012, when the Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center sought a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in order to make improvements to its playground. Today, in a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trinity and held that a state cannot deny a church a public benefit because of its religious status.

“This is an important victory for people of faith in Missouri and America alike. Governor Greitens recognizes that religious organizations do a lot of important work in our state. He took a stand on this issue earlier this year when he ordered the Department of Natural Resources to allow religious institutions to apply for and receive grants. Today’s ruling, along with Governor Greitens’ efforts, is monumental for ensuring that discrimination against religious institutions in Missouri will not be permitted,” said Austin Stukins, Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party.