Monday, January 30, 2012

CALL TO ACTION: SB706 The Turner-Fix Bill


From Senator Jane Cunningham:
We are getting great initial press coverage on the Turner-fix bill, SB706 (2 page cheat sheet of bullet points attached) and reporters are picking up and accepting our stated goal of making sure all children have access to a quality accredited school while protecting public school districts from being overwhelmed with applicants (just as the St. Louis county superintendents requested).  They are reporting our "dramatic plan offered for failing schools" accurately, clearly and fairly.  Links to articles are below:
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/dramatic-school-plan-offered-for-failing-schools/article_68f313f6-8e58-5dda-ba93-8069a26d8a71.html  
FRONT PAGE OF THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, TOP, LEAD STORY
http://www.stlbeacon.org/issues-politics/95-Education/115671-new-proposals-could-bring-dramatic-changes-to-missouri-schools
http://www.stlbeacon.org/issues-politics/95-Education/115603-city-firefighters-sue-to-force-county-schools-to-accept-their-children
http://www.stlbeacon.org/voices/in-the-news/115465-private-school-choice-and-the-turner-decision
A surprising and most encouraging start!! 
The hearing on SB706 is this coming Tuesday afternoon.

WHAT:  Hearing on SB706, the Turner-fix bill
WHEN:  Tuesday, January 31, 3pm
WHERE:  Senate Committee Hearing Room 1 

If you want to share your 3 minute (or less) comments in person with the committee or submit written comments for the record please contact Senator Cunningham:
(573) 751-1186
Jane.Cunningham@senate.mo.gov

If you cannot attend the hearing, you may email your comments or scan a letter and email them by Monday evening, Jan. 30th and they will be included in the committee record for SB706. 

You can also fill out a Witness Appearance form here:


Check the Senate box. Date, January 31, 2012. The bill number is SB706.
Fill out your name, address and phone number. Then down under "Testimony" simply put that you support SB706. You can also include a short statement of your support if you'd like.
Print it out and fax this form to Senator Cunningham's office by this evening: 
Fax: (573) 526-9852

Senator Cunningham MUST have all correspondence in her office by this evening.

Above all please pray for Senator Cunningham as she faces this challenge.

From Missouri Family Network:

State Senator Jane Cunningham is fighting the education establishment on behalf of the many tens of thousands of students trapped in sub-standard failing school districts.  These schools have been dysfunctional for years and bring shame on the Great State of Missouri. But to make matters worse is the added problem of neighboring school districts which don’t want to help these students by allowing them to be placed into their schools.  The labor unions and education elitists will do anything to keep these students from getting help from private schools, while the leadership of our State’s inner city schools seem to be too busy fighting each other over who to blame, throwing each other under the bus in internal political squabbling, and/or refusing to reform their chronic incompetence thanks to the financial benefits of milking the taxpayers for more and more aid.

You can read and follow SB706 here:

http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=643206

We will update this information when Rep. Scott Dieckhaus files this same bill in the Missouri House.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:The Way Forward

America is in deep trouble. Will she be able to recover? That all depends. While many would like to blame politicians for all the problems, they are really just a symptom of what is wrong. In America, the makeup of the body politic at any given point in time is a reflection of We The People. So, the trouble we are in must be resolved from the bottom up. But how will that happen?

The answer to that question is both simple and difficult. Simple to identify and understand. Difficult to do anything about. But not impossible. It will require that We The People get informed, impassioned and involved. My intent and purpose in this space is to try to bring some clarity that will help us all not be swayed and taken in by all the clamor and confusion coming out of Washington and the media. I hope you will find it helpful. Please let me know where you agree and/or disagree. I am interested in dialogue, not demagoguery.

Let me first, then, attempt to frame the situation. Typically, to a great degree, the media and too many politicians, operate by a divide and conquer approach. This usually ends up being a contest of persons and personalities. This can never solve our problems. You can always find something to like or dislike about anyone. But you cannot rely on persons are personalities. We are emotional beings and as such, unreliable.

But America was founded upon principles. A principle is something that is true for all people, in all places, at all times. The Founders called them "self evident truths". They don't change. They can be relied upon.

So this is the situation. If you and I are to do our job as responsible citizens and pay the price of freedom, which is vigilance, we must not allow ourselves to drawn into the trap of looking to persons and personalities. This will always bring confusion and chaos. Instead, we must learn what our founding principles are and then insist that our politicians acknowledge and adhere to them. This will bring clarity and coherency. We can do this.

In future columns I will attempt to further develop this theme. It is at once this simple and this difficult.

In any society/nation there must be an authority. The only question is who/what will that authority be. It really boils down to whether it will be based on people or principle.

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Dear Fellow MCP Members,
Please look this invitation over and seriously consider registering for and watching this event. For those who may not be familiar with Hillsdale College, they are a private school that is providing one of the clearest voices anywhere calling for a return to the Constitution. In addition to this, they provide many free resources to help accomplish this goal. Notice that this is free, but you must register, and that it will be archived for future viewing afterward. Also, check out the other resources they have to offer while you're there.
Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
January 23, 2012

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Our Choice Today: Bureaucratic Despotism or the Constitution

Saturday, January 28, 2012
11:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. EST

This event will be archived for later viewing.

Register today: ConstitutionTownHall.com

On January 28, join Hillsdale College for a FREE online town hall on this timely topic. You will hear from:

U.S. Senator Mike Lee: "How the Federal Bureaucracy Undermines American Liberty"
Hillsdale professor Kevin Portteus: "Is There a Place for Regulatory Agencies in the Constitution?"
Hillsdale professor R.J. Pestritto: "How Did the Fourth Branch of Government Come to Be?"
Hillsdale President Larry Arnn: "Returning to the Constitution"


THIS IS A FREE ONLINE WEBCAST. YOU CAN WATCH FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME. BUT YOU MUST REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS LIVE, NATIONAL EVENT.

Go to ConstitutionTownHall.com now to register. Invite your friends, family, neighbors, fellow Tea Party members, plus anyone else who is interested in this important conversation.

You will have a chance to submit your questions to the speakers, and by the end of the event you will better understand how we can recover the principles of the Constitution.

Submit your questions to: townhall@hillsdale.edu


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What an Internet Protest Looks Like


There is an internet black out today protesting SOPA and PIPA.
Facebook (the government sell out social network) is NOT participating.

PIPA has already passed out of committee and is primed for
consideration by the full Senate on January 24. What does this mean?
PIPA is much farther along in the process than its House cousin the
"Stop Online Piracy Act," or SOPA.

On January 24th the Senate is voting on whether or not to move forward
on the PROTECT IP Act, or PIPA, the Senate version of the so-called
Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.
Tell Congress that you oppose S. 968

This vote is one of the last stops on the way to PIPA becoming U.S. law.
Sign up to call your Senators on the 23rd and tell them to vote "no" on PIPA

More information on SOPA & PIPA:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more










UPDATE: As of this afternoon, Senator Roy Blunt has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of PIPA.
"Senate Leader Harry Reid is pushing forward with legislation that is deeply flawed and still needs much work. That is why I’m withdrawing my co-sponsorship for the Protect IP Act."
Should have never got into bed with Reid in the first place and co-sponsored! But atleast he's listening and being vocal about his withdrawl.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr.


The progressives can't change history -- no matter how much effort they put into creating their illusions.
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 Missouri Caucus



How the Missouri Republican presidential caucus system will work:

Q: Who can go to a caucus?
A: Any registered voter in a county who says he or she is a Republican.

Q: What do I need to do to caucus?
You will need to be a registered voter in your county to caucus.  This will be checked when you come to caucus.  Please bring with you your voter registration card and your driver's license.  There is no cost to caucus.  The caucus can be a long process so plan for an all day event.  There is no formal dress code for the caucus; dress comfortably.

Q: Where are caucuses held?
A: One caucus will be held in each of Missouri's 114 counties and the city of St. Louis at 10 a.m. on March 17. This caucus is to elect the delegates only.
Macon County will be held at the Macon County Courthouse - March 17th at 10 a.m.
Other counties contact your County Committee for the location:

Q: How do caucuses work?
A: Once voters gather at a caucus location, they will decide as a group how delegates will be selected, whether delegates will run individually or as a slate of candidates, whether the vote will use a secret ballot or be conducted publicly and other details.

Q: How long will a caucus take?
A: That will be determined by how each caucus decides to select delegates. Allowing speeches, extended debate or multiple votes could prolong a meeting.

Q: How many delegates will be chosen at each caucus?
A: The number of delegates per county is determined by a formula worked out by the Missouri Republican Party. It is based on the number of votes for the GOP candidate for president in each county in 2008.
Macon County will elect 14 delegates.

Q: What happens after the caucuses?
A: One set of delegates chosen at the county caucuses will attend one of eight congressional district conventions on April 21. At those conventions, a total of 24 delegates (three from each district) will be chosen to attend the national convention in Tampa, Fla. Another set of delegates from the county caucuses will attend the state convention on June 2, at which time they will help chose 25 delegates to attend the national convention. The party chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman are automatically delegates, bringing Missouri's total to 52.
Source: Missouri Republican Party

From Missouri Precinct Project (MOPP):

The delegate selection process, as agreed to by the state committee:

*The County Caucuses will take place on March 17, 2012.  At these caucuses, which are open to any Republican who is registered to vote in that county, attendees will select delegates and alternates to the Congressional District Conventions and State Convention.  No delegates to the national convention are selected at this time.  The number of delegates and alternates per county is determined by the Missouri Republican Party based upon the number of GOP votes cast in the last presidential election. Presidential Election 2008 Republican Votes = 1,441,911
 
* The Congressional District Conventions will take place on April 21, 2012.  At each of these 8 conventions, delegates chosen at the county level will select 3 delegates and alternates to the National Convention and 1 presidential elector.  The delegates and alternates will be required to declare allegiance to a candidate prior to the voting, and they will be bound to that candidate on the first ballot—unless they are released prior to the convention.
 
*The State Convention will take place on June 2, 2012.  At the convention, delegates chosen at the county level will vote on 25 at-large delegates and alternates to the National Convention and 2 at large presidential electors.  The delegates and alternates will be required to declare allegiance to a candidate prior to the voting, and they will be bound to that candidate on the first ballot—unless they are released prior to the convention. In total, Missouri will have 52 delegates and 49 alternates to the Republican National Convention—24 selected at the congressional district caucuses, 25 selected at the state convention, and 1 delegate (but no alternate) for the state Party chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman. 
This Party action does not require legislative approval.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

2012 Missouri Primary - What Happened?

From The Source
January 3, 2012

Primarily Wasteful

With primary season officially beginning tonight with the Iowa Caucuses it’s important to have an understanding of just how badly Missouri screwed the pooch when it comes to our primary decision.
As you are likely aware, the primary in Missouri was scheduled too early. So early, in fact, that the delegates would be meaningless come time for the convention.
This is why Missouri has opted instead for a caucus, after the imposed start date, to avoid the stripping of delegates that would have occurred otherwise.
But what happens to that primary?
In true bureaucratic fashion it will go ahead exactly as planned, despite having absolutely no relevance or standing whatsoever, because the state law requires a “primary” regardless of where the delegates are decided.
So how much will the bill for this primarily non-primary primary run?
[I]t appears that voters’ choices in a primary that will cost taxpayers $8 million will have little relevance.
Couldn’t something have been done about this giant mess?
  
During the regular session in 2011, the General Assembly passed legislation (Senate Bill 282) that called for moving the date of the presidential primary to March to comply with the rules of the national Republican and Democratic parties.
Gov. Jay Nixon said he supported that change. But, the bill also contained provisions that would have eliminated write-in candidates in many municipal elections and would have imposed costs for taxpayers to hold special elections. Because of those additional provisions, Nixon vetoed the bill. So, the primary remains scheduled for Feb. 7.

And so Nixon flushed $8 million down the drain with the stroke of a pen.
This primary means nothing. Absolutely nothing. But because the state mandates a primary we have a primary, with no concern for the inevitable allocation of delegates at the convention.
So on February 7, 2012, you will actually be able to witness – statewide – how the government wastes your money.
It’s an $8 million exercise in red tape.
What a waste.
- B.H.

So what happens now?

From Chron.com:

Missouri Republicans decided Thursday to use caucuses to choose presidential candidates, bailing out of a planned February primary that had threatened to cause confusion for the 2012 election calendar.

The Missouri Republican State Committee voted unanimously to switch to a caucus process in an attempt to avoid losing half its 52 delegates to the national convention and triggering a chain-reaction of states moving up their presidential contests. The March 17 county caucuses will be open to any Republican who is registered to vote in that county.

At the county caucuses, Republicans will select delegates to attend the state's congressional district conventions on April 21 and a state convention June 2. At those conventions, delegates will be selected to attend the party's national convention. Those delegates will be bound to support a particular presidential candidate. The state Republican Party chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman also are delegates to the national convention.
"The Missouri Republican Party is committed to ensuring that the governor's veto of the elections bill and the General Assembly's failure to move our presidential primary will not disrupt the national nominating process," state GOP Chairman David Cole said. "A caucus will continue to protect the rights of Missourians to select the Republican nominee for president."
-Chris Blank, Associated Press

We are putting together information on Missouri's county caucus process and how you can get involved.


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Monday, January 2, 2012

Yes! A New Year For Freedom!


I love Rick Cochran's New Year's post! I've recently received a few emails containing powerful words of wisdom that fall right in line with what Rick said. One of the many things I respect about Rick and Cathy is that they live their convictions, they practice what they preach, they walk the walk. They understand that the greatest impact we can have is by strengthening ourselves first. Once we're armed with truth and unshakeable conviction we join forces with others and become a stronger force united. But it all begins with me. With you. Rick said, "If we are to be able to educate others we must first be educated ourselves. Therefore, I resolve to better equip myself..."    
We absolutely canNOT sit back and think that other people are doing something to defend our Republic and our Liberty so we don't need to do anything. Now, more than ever is the time to get involved. What ever gifts, talents, ambitions you have, now is the time to put them to work. The new year ahead of us needs every ounce of energy to succeed in saving the Constitution freedom our Founders established. It's time to get out from behind the computer and "do [your] part in putting shoe leather to [the] goal[s] of Liberty]."

I'd like to share part of a message from a friend, the president of MidMo Patriots, James Coyne. At the year's end he was reflecting on what it is we are about and what it is we are fighting for. He said:
"What we fight against is not a person or a political party but the killing of the human spirit. We fight against those who would define each person, control their destiny and take the fruit of their labor.

All we need do is look at the hopelessness of each individual in the many totalitarian states around the world, or in fact, the living death of total dependency in many of our own cities, to see what is at stake when we loose our liberty and the responsibility for our own lives.

Often I feel tired and ready to give up when I see the corruption and lack of principals in both parties. Does what we do make a difference? I am reminded of the scripture that reads, “Do not grow weary in well doing, if you faint not you will reap in due season. Galatians 6:9"
Remember – one person can change the world when the truth is with him – and that person is you. 

Let us be bold. Let us dream the big dreams and sharpen one another as steel sharpens steel in the days to come.
And to close I'd like to share a story sent to me from Andrew Palmer, a friend, KC public education teacher, Editor of KC blog CoMoPolitics:

A man decided that he would change the world.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change the country.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change his community.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change his street.
But, be wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change his family.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change himself.
AND HE WAS SUCCESSFUL.
AND HIS FAMILY CHANGED AND THEY AFFECTED THEIR STREET.
AND THE PEOPLE ON THE STREET AFFECTED THEIR COMMUNITY.
AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY AFFECTED THEIR COUNTRY.
AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY AFFECTED THE WORLD.
 I look forward to learning, working with and serving along side of you.
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