Head To Jefferson City Wednesday To Fight Common Core and Medicaid Expansion

Senator John Lamping John Lamping is one of the brightest stars for liberty in the Missouri Senate, and he needs our help this week. Let's support liberty by fighting Medicaid Expansion and Common Core State Standards in education.

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Committees hear two big bills on Wednesday, March 13, in Jefferson City.

  • Medicaid Expansion
  • Common Core restrictions

“The more I look into this Common Core data collection, the more onerous it gets,” Lamping told me. “I’d say it’s Orwellian, but Common Core cuts literature from secondary school curricula, so kids probably won’t know who Orwell was.”

It’s the data collection that scares Senator Lamping and many others.

“They want to collect data on the private lives of children and they families.”

You can read more about Senator Lamping’s bill here.

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St. Louis City Fathers Freak Out Because Police Sergeant Gary Wiegert Lobbies For Sane Marijuana Reforms

You'd think people would listen when a career police officer says we need to reform marijuana laws. But n-o-o-o-o.  Not in St. Louis, anyway. Gary Wiegert is a 30+ year police officer who signed up to lobby Jefferson City on behalf of tea party issues a couple of years ago. Some people freaked out over that, but Gary was instrumental in advancing tea party issues for the past 2 years.

Now, Wiegert is lobbying for some mild marijuana reforms, and the Masters of the City are freaking out.  Not the people, mind you, but the people who make money on draconian marijuana laws.

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Wiegert represents an organization called Show-Me Cannabis in support of two bills currently awaiting hearings in Jefferson City—HB 512 and HB 511. As I’ve written before, the Republican party should be pushing this issue—it’s a matter of liberty and good government.

The laws would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and allow those previously convicted to expunge their records, according to Show-Me Cannabis.

HB 512:

It would eliminate the possibility of arrest or jail for marijuana and paraphernalia possession. It would also limit the fines for those offenses to $250 and, in most cases, keep the charge from appearing on the defendant's public record through use of a suspended imposition of sentence (SIS).

HB 511:

would expand the use of expungement. This bill would allow for the expungement of all misdemeanor offenses, including marijuana and paraphernalia cases, in both state and municipal courts, with the exception of violent or sex-related charges. Expungement would be available after five years with no additional similar convictions.

These small reforms would let police focus on more serious crimes, save Missouri taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, reduce crime, and strengthen society. And HB 512 mirrors the policy of Columbia, Missouri.

Neither Wiegert nor Show-Me Cannabis nor I advocate breaking the law, and Gary enforces the laws on the books. He also knows the toll those laws take on law enforcement and budgets, and the damage they do to people’s lives. Nor are we advocating use of marijuana, even if it were legal. We realize that any drug can lead to problems for individuals, families, and societies. That's why there are inpatient treatment options for marijuana addicts.

Fox 2 News’ Charles Jaco hoped to interview Wiegert this afternoon, but Gary’s bosses in the police department barred Wiegert from talking to the press. Wiegert has a meeting with those bosses on Monday at the police headquarters.

I support Sgt. Wiegert, liberty, and reform of draconian marijuana laws. I also support Gary’s right to advocate for changes to laws he believes are unjust and counterproductive. If he cannot lobby for reform of marijuana laws, I don't expect to see any police chiefs lobbying to weaken the Second Amendment—or anything else.

See my original post on The War on Weed.

 

Steve Tilley vs. the Constitution

And, he’s back. Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley (R-Perryville) has signed onto legislation designed to circumvent the Electoral College in presidential elections. Like his position on embryonic stem cell research and the national debt, Tilley seems far out of step with Missouri’s Republican base on this. And this guy wants to be Lt. Governor?  Please.

This might be old news to some.

I see that Big Government’s Josie Wales blogged about the national effort last August. But this is the first I heard of it in Missouri, and the first I’d heard that Tilley’s a co-sponsor (h/t Caroline Mueller). As Josie said:

Under the progressive-statist plan to eliminate the electoral college, a state’s popular will would be rejected for the national will.  I cannot think of anything more un-democratic than changing someone’s vote without his consent!  But this is the plan states like Masachusetts now encourage.

Make no mistake: on this issue, Tilley sides with the hardest of the hard left.

The movement’s goal is to get states to require Electors to vote according to the national popular vote instead of the according to the way residents of a state vote.

For example, in 2008, Missouri’s 11 Electors voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin because they won the majority of votes in the state.  Under HB974, which Tilley co-sponsored, those votes would have gone to Barack Obama because Obama won the popular vote.

If the law passed in all 50 states, the electoral college would always be a unanimous vote for the popular vote winner, making the body meaningless.

Direct democracy fails.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees every state a republican form of government.  And as conservative activist Caroline Mueller pointed out privately, if we’re going to do away with the Electoral College, the way to do it is through a Constitutional Amendment, not legislative slight-of-hand. (Caroline says she opposes such an amendment, btw.)

But let’s not do it at all.

Luckily, conservative floor leader Tim Jones (R-Ballwin) and other conservatives in the House will fight against this measure to make Missouri’s electoral votes meaningless.

Team Tilley strikes out again.

P.S.  On our end of the political spectrum, Ed Martin has a State Sovereignty page up.

3 Reasons to Run for Lt. Governor

Patrick Tuohey made some good points about the office of Lieutenant Governor.  Based on that, I thought up all the possible reasons someone would run for LooeyG. 1.  Stepping Stone:  Establish state-wide name recognition and give yourself plenty of time to run for that next office, like U.S. Senate or Governor.

2.  Party Reptile:  If the governor is or is likely to be of the opposite party, you get to be the de facto head of your party in the state.

3.  Caretaker: After a long and successful political career, you’re ready for a slower pace. But you want to continue to serve, to be ready in case you’re needed.

Without casting aspersions  on the current or past Lieutenant Governors of Missouri, it’s worth asking LooeyG candidates why they want that office.  And it would be nice to get an honest response.

If a candidate’s reason is reason 1, you can bet that paving the way for the next office is already more important to him than the job he’s got.

P.S.  There might be one more, fun reason to run . . . but that’s a whole different column.

ACTION: Jefferson City February 26 *UPDATE*

Your country needs you today—Saturday, February 26—in Jefferson City, MO.  Radical unions threatening a Wisconsin-style hatefest at the State Capitol.  But some great Americans like Phil Todd and Elizabeth and Paul Couture have secured a permit for

Tea Party

on the

Capitol Steps

beginning at

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26

 

Please pass the word.  If you can’t be there at 10:30, come later.  We’ll need people there ALL DAY. 

**RSVP Right Now**

I heard that Rep. Todd Akin is vacating Lincoln Days to help defend America in JC.  Please join us.  I will be there. Michelle Moore. 

Please tweet, facebook, email, and blog about this.

Jefferson City is 2 hours from most parts of St. Louis. 

St. Louis Tea Party Coalition will have Tea Party Gear (cool hats, shirts, hoodies), books, bumperstickers, Free U.S. Pocket Constitutions. 

Bring water and food. [Directions via I-44]  |  [Directions via I-64/40/70]

Bring signs, but no flag poles.  (Same rules as Arch.) 

Bring LOTS of people.  Akin

*UPDATE*  CONFIRMED:  Congressman Akin will sprint from Lincoln Days to Jefferson City to speak at Restore Common Sense Rally.  Come to JCMO tomorrow to thank the Congressman for rallying with the people

**UPDATE** Martin Baker will be at the Restore Common Sense Rally at the Missouri State Capitol.  Who else?