Here Is Exactly How The Special Election To Replace Jo Ann Emerson Will Be Conducted. (We Think)

I’ve gotten a lot of emails and comments asking for more information on the special election process in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District. So I went to the smartest person I know about this stuff: Frieda Keough. Here’ what I learned:

Eddie Justice, the Chair of the 8th Congressional District will call a meeting. Anyone wanting to be appointed to run for the 8th Congressional District shows up at the meeting and will be put before the committee.

Eddie Justice will call the meeting probably two weeks after the Governor calls for a special Election, once JoAnn Emerson resigns, probably February 1, 2013. The special election can be anytime between April and August. Eddie will call the meeting for nomination no less than two weeks after the announcement by the Governor.

This is what I was told by Eddie Justice. The MRP office in Jeff City told me that I had to write a letter with my information to Eddie Justice. Eddie did not say that.

How Does This Differ From Regular Elections?

1. No need for candidates to file with Secretary of State (as far as we can tell). Candidates just show up at the committee meeting and plead their case.

2.  Therefore, no petition drive is necessary.

3.  No primary campaigning, but there will be an election between the party nominees.

4.  No primary election, so people who want their views heard will have to express them to committeemen committeewomen between now and about February 20.

5.  Since the committee people ARE the party, “the party” has complete control. But, this crop of committee people are believed to be far more grassroots and far less establishment than in years past.

Here’s the OFFICIAL Story From MRP’s Press Release

Frieda gave a lot more detail and her source is Eddie Justice, the guy who will actually preside over the committee meeting.

Still, you should know what the Missouri Republicans said in a press release today:

The process for selecting a replacement: The following process will occur once a vacancy is declared (in this case, it will not be until February):

Once the Governor and Secretary of State are notified of the vacancy, the Secretary of State will have 24 hours to notify the 8th Congressional District GOP Committee.

The Governor will select the date for the election, and according to RSMO 21.110, he must provide at least 10 weeks notice.

Once the 8th Congressional District GOP Committee is informed of the vacancy, the Chairman of the committee will call a meeting of the committee to select a Republican candidate to run in the special election. The meeting must occur within the congressional district, and a majority of members of the committee must attend in person.

What we don’t know is the method of voting in the committee meeting. It’s possible that the committee will decide those rules and procedures at the meeting. If I learn more, I’ll post it.

In the meantime, I’ll leave with one more pearl from Frieda.

All seems pretty loosey goosey and could be open to different interpretations.

I can’t argue with that.

 

This Sums Up Everything I Believe Better Than I Ever Could

Buckley (right) and L. Brent Bozell Jr. promot... The Liberal Kirsten Powers (my favorite liberal at times) described the leftist media's mania as "absolutely, utterly insane."

What triggered the maniacal insanity from MSNBC and The New York Times (among others) was Mitt Romney's public dismay over the way Barack Obama's State Department responded to terror attacks on US embassies in Egypt and Libya.

The whole episode drove me to look back to William F. Buckley's credenda for National Review. Published in its first issue, November 19, 1955, Buckley summarized the magazine's position. I can find no way to improve Buckley's words, so I ask you to take this list to heart:

Among our convictions:

  1. It is the job of centralized government (in peacetime) to protect its citizens’ lives, liberty and property. All other activities of government tend to diminish freedom and hamper progress. The growth of government(the dominant social feature of this century) must be fought relentlessly. In this great social conflict of the era, we are, without reservations, on the libertarian side.
  2. The profound crisis of our era is, in essence, the conflict between the Social Engineers, who seek to adjust mankind to conform with scientific utopias, and the disciples of Truth, who defend the organic moral order. We believe that truth is neither arrived at nor illuminated by monitoring election results, binding though these are for other purposes, but by other means, including a study of human experience. On this point we are, without reservations, on the conservative side.
  3. The century’s most blatant force of satanic utopianism is communism. We consider “coexistence” with communism neither desirable nor possible, nor honorable; we find ourselves irrevocably at war with communism and shall oppose any substitute for victory.
  4. The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than “newness”) and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).
  5. The most alarming single danger to the American political system lies in the fact that an identifiable team of Fabian operators is bent on controlling both our major political parties(under the sanction of such fatuous and unreasoned slogans as “national unity,” “middle-of-the-road,” “progressivism,” and “bipartisanship.”) Clever intriguers are reshaping both parties in the image of Babbitt, gone Social-Democrat. When and where this political issue arises, we are, without reservations, on the side of the traditional two-party system that fights its feuds in public and honestly; and we shall advocate the restoration of the two-party system at all costs.
  6. The competitive price system is indispensable to liberty and material progress. It is threatened not only by the growth of Big Brother government, but by the pressure of monopolies(including union monopolies. What is more, some labor unions have clearly identified themselves with doctrinaire socialist objectives. The characteristic problems of harassed business have gone unreported for years, with the result that the public has been taught to assume(almost instinctively) that conflicts between labor and management are generally traceable to greed and intransigence on the part of management. Sometimes they are; often they are not. NATIONAL REVIEW will explore and oppose the inroads upon the market economy caused by monopolies in general, and politically oriented unionism in particular; and it will tell the violated businessman’s side of the story.
  7. No superstition has more effectively bewitched America’s Liberal elite than the fashionable concepts of world government, the United Nations, internationalism, international atomic pools, etc. Perhaps the most important and readily demonstrable lesson of history is that freedom goes hand in hand with a state of political decentralization, that remote government is irresponsible government. It would make greater sense to grant independence to each of our 50 states than to surrender U.S. sovereignty to a world organization.

Ideas to rule one's self and one's government by.

Part 3: Todd Akin Needs to Lead or Get Out of the Way

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Before we get too far down the Akin rally road, let's get some solid advice to Mr. Akin.

His principles, his spine, his grassroots do no good if Missouri turns blue.  He cannot advance his causes from his house in Wildwood.  Failure to take the Senate makes Obamacare permanent, at least in our lives.

Todd Akin, wonderful man he is, has a lot of responsibility.  As a candidate, he needs to grow and fast. Particularly following news that he trails Claire McCaskill by 10 percentage points according to Rasmussen.

He hasn't helped himself in the aftermath. He has no message except "I'm sorry."  He is letting the RNC drive the narrative.  He's blaming the "liberal media," but that institution seems happy to let the GOP tear him apart.

If he's content to spend his last half million and then next 10 days apologizing, then he might as well quit now.

Here's what he has to do:

1.  Get out of his bubble and deal with the reality he faces.  He's shut himself off from the messages he doesn't want to hear.  That's human nature.  But to win, he has fight his own inclinations to cocoon.  He has to hear from people who love him but think he should drop. He needs to hear from people who hate him but think he should fight on.  He needs to hear from writers, marketers, and artists who know how to hit the brain beneath the prefrontal cortex.  He needs GOOD COUNSEL, not just "amen."

2.  If he will leave the cocoon he's in, he needs to hear this: as long as the message is about rape and abortion, he's toast.  If he stays on THIS message and stays in the race, he will lose, most of the Missouri GOP statewide candidates will lose, and MIssouri may go blue. Drop the apology.

3.  He needs to bring on people he's NOT comfortable with.  People who will challenge.  Brilliant strategists and wordsmiths who can craft an argument.

4.  He needs to know his 3 points for every press interaction and stick to them.

5.  He needs to STOP EVANGELIZING and start CONNECTING with the people who don't already agree with him on everything.  They have to agree with him on ONE thing.  That's it.

6.  He needs to memorize this: "I am pro-life without exception."  That's the end of the pro-life message.  Every additional word he utters loses 10,000 votes.

7.  He needs to memorize this response to every question about abortion:  "Every child conceived should be born into an America that has room for him or her to grow into a loving family, a good home, effective schools, and a lucrative career of their choice." That's it.  Nothing more. It sets up the case of the economy

8.  Every answer to every question must get back to the economy and the economic wreck advanced by Barack Obama with the enthusiastic support of Claire McCaskill.

9.  He must PROSECUTE this campaign the way a great general prosecutes a battle. Survival's not enough.

10.  He must ignore winnability. That's our job. His job is to make people like him, trust him, vote for him, or stay home.

Every big name in the GOP has called for him drop out. Until he leads, the calls will continue.  I know he's shown great spine, but spine is not leadership. If he leads, they will follow.

He can put people on their heels without being a jerk.  He has it in him.  Apologizing isn't leadership.  Leaders lead. His rival is Claire McCaskill. She is remarkably unpopular.  His nemesis is Barack Obama.  He is loathed in Missouri.

Get the message back on track.  Be a leader.  Win.

There's one question I ask every politician who asks for my support:  why do you want this job?  The answers reveal tons about the person.  Right now, his answer seems to be "because I made a mistake, and I'm sorry."  That's weak.  It's a loser's answer.

I can't feed him HIS answer.  But I can tell him the one's he's got ain't working. Even among some of his staunchest supporters.

These Are the Bill in Congress That Need Your Attention

  Even though Congress is winding down, there are dangerous bills on the desk.  I used Heritage Action’s Popvox program to tell Congressman (and future Senator) Todd Akin I oppose the FARM bill that does less for farmers and more for wasteful government statism.

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Here’s the whole slate of bills you should write to Congress about:

Oppose the Big-Spending Farm Bill: Email Your Representative Now

Tell Blunt and McCaskill to Kill LOST—A Bill to Surrender US Sovereignty

Repeal Obamacare, Dammit!

Heritage Action does a great job of highlighting the greatest threats to liberty and good government before Congress.  Bookmark the sight and visit regularly.  Plus, our own Ben Evans is the regional coordinator.  If you’d like Ben’s help in coordinating action, or you’d like him to tell your organization about Heritage Action, here’s his complete contact information:

Ben Evans STL Regional Coordinator Heritage Action for America Cell: 202-679-2354 Twitter: @HeritageActMO

ben.evans@heritageforamerica.org

www.heritageaction.com/stlouis

 

SCOTUS Reality Tour

 

By now you’ve seen the sensational headlines:

And so it goes.

Before we start dancing in the streets, let’s face a little reality. One man, it seems, holds the fate of ObamaCare in his hands.  And that man does not necessarily believe the Constitution to be law, but guiding principle. 

That one justice, Anthony Kennedy, seems to be looking for a reason to uphold ObamaCare and the individual mandate. Here’s what Orin Kerr at Volokh Conspiracy observed:Anthony Kennedy

Reading the tea leaves, it sounds like Justice Kennedy accepts the basic framework of the challengers that mandates are different and especially troubling. Instead of saying that mandates are therefore banned, however, Justice Kennedy would require the government to show some special circumstances justifying the mandate in each case. The answered question in this case is whether the special economics of the health care market justifies the mandate here.

What’s disturbing to me and other written-constitution types, is this: If the Constitution means anything, “special circumstances” don’t exist.  If we are a nation of laws, heavy justification goes out the window. 

I hope I’m wrong—not about what Kennedy’s looking for, but what Kennedy believes.  Earlier in today’s arguments, Kennedy seemed to put the Constitution’s plain language before the “special circumstances” he considered later:

I understand that we must presume laws are constitutional, but, even so, when you are changing the relation of the individual to the government in this, what we can stipulate is, I think, a unique way, do you not have a heavy burden of justification to show authorization under the Constitution? [emphasis mine] 

Key here is that Kennedy’s demanding that the government show “authorization under the Constitution.” Later, he seemed to be demanding only a good argument for circumventing the Constitution.

If Kennedy believes, as any reasonable person would, that the Constitution prohibits the Federal government from forcing citizens to engage in commerce, then he must vote to strike down the individual mandate. 

But I’m not convinced he will.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s Crappy Argument In Support of ObamaCare

I’m often amazed at the weakness of arguments before the Supreme Court. Today, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, attempting to help out the Obama Administration’s fumbling solicitor-general, made the weakest argument I’veRuth Bader Ginsberg ever heard.

First, Ginsberg’s statement:

Mr. Verrilli, I thought that your main point is that, unlike food or any other   market, when you made the choice not to buy insurance, even though you have every intent in the world to self-insure, to save for it, when disaster strikes, you may not have the money.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ginsburg-and-kennedy-questions-on-obamacare-2012-3#ixzz1qLDgvyX0

Ginsberg accurately described the government’s case. But in so doing, she made the plaintiffs’ case. 

Food is at least as important as medical care.

  • Food is a vital necessity.
  • Food can be provided from a variety of sources.
  • People can honestly intend to provide for their own food and fail.
  • When people are unable to feed themselves—when their crops fail, the goat dies, etc.—other people feel compelled to help them.  (Thank God, literally.)

Ginsberg and Solicitor-General Verilli insult our intelligence in their arguments.  They seem to say that medical care is more necessary to life than food. Yet, without food, we die.

I can fully intend to feed myself. I buy chickens for eggs and meat, goats for milk. I plant a huge, beautiful garden with heirloom seeds. I dig a well. Then someone steals my goats, the chickens die of some communicable chicken disease, and a hail storm destroys my garden.

On the other hand, maybe the Obama Administration and Ginsberg aren’t arguing this case—maybe they’re arguing the next one, when HHS and FDA order us to buy certain foods.

The argument that medical care—or, more accurately, medical insurance—is unique holds no water. If it’s unfair to burden the insured with the medical costs of the uninsured, it’s unfair to burden the well fed with the food costs of the unfed. Fairness is independent of government’s involvement.

But that simple truth—like most truths in life--is too much for totalitarian worldview shared by Ginsberg, Verilli, and Obama.

Action Alert: Help a David defeat a Goliath

If you think the Tea Party’s job was to strengthen the Republican Establishment, stop reading. If you think the Tea Party and the conservative grassroots stands for something larger than party,  then you’re needed right now.  A great grassroots candidate in Illinois needs an hour of your time today or tomorrow–to make calls, knock doors, wave signs, or work at polls.

The GOP Establishment is pulling out all the stops. Lacking committed grassroots in Southern Illinois, they’re bringing in hired guns from Chicago and around the state. They’ve spent thousands mailing out scandal sheets full of lies about the insurgent grassroots candidate in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District. Meanwhile, the Establishment candidate is threatened with being sued by a family issues PAC for defamation.

The GOP Establishment is desperate.

Without your help, though, the Establishment will only grow stronger. When the beast is desperate, it pulls out all the stops.  Heck, they’ve even harassed our St. Louis Tea Party ladies, some of whom didn’t even know about the IL-12 race!  Like I said, they’re in a full panic.

Here’s what you can do.  You can help send a message to the GOP Establishment and Washington.  You can help a grassroots conservative, a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a decorated police officer, and a former budget-balancing mayor to Congress.

His name is Rodger Cook.  Mayor Cook has won my endorsement. He’s won Phyllis Schlafly’s endorsement, along with Eagle Forum’s.  He’s won the Fraternal Order of Police endorsement.  He’s won exclusive praise from Adam Andrzejewski, who said:

Since 2010, I’ve called on the leadership of both political parties to release their income tax returns. This is the single most important ethics policy that would challenge the culture of corruption in Illinois. Rodger Cook is leading on and issuing the clarion call on the best policy.

Please help this David named Rodger Cook, a former Belleville police officer and Belleville mayor, defeat the Establishment Goliath on Tuesday, March 20.  Here’s what you can do.

1. Show up anytime Monday or Tuesday at

Cook for Congress HQ (here’s the map) 707 North State Street Freeburg, IL 62243

2. If you live in IL-12, vote EARLY on Tuesday and tweet “I voted for Rodger @CookforCongress in #IL12. Retweet if you did, too.”

3. Make this Cook for Congress badge your Facebook and Twitter avatar.

It’s time to choose: David or Goliath?

In 2009, I heard over and over again, that it’s the Primary, not the general election, the decides the fate of our republic.

Well, here’s a primary where you have a chance to make a difference.  With a little help, Illinois will send another competent, honest man to Washington–a man who balanced a city budget without raising taxes. 

Or we can reward the establishment.

Just one hour.

Just one phone call to a friend in Illinois.

Just one vote.

Just one David.

Just one day ’til the election.

America’s Dictator

From the New York Times:

President Obama, who came to office promising transparency and adherence to the rule of law, has become the first president to claim the legal authority to order an American citizen killed without judicial involvement, real oversight or public accountability.

In one sentence, the newspaper conservatives love to hate condemned Barack Obama to the title “dictator.”

Those who voted for him—the ones who still want to be thought of as “American”—will rationalize. They’ll tellsheep-stool themselves “times demand drastic action.”

Every time demands drastic action, though.

America has been, for well over 200 years, the nation where leaders navigated between rocks of tyranny and the shoals of anarchy.

This generation—a generation of pygmies—has steered us into the rocks.

Let’s hope and pray there’s a generation alive today who can steer this ship safely back into port.