Dear supporters of secure and auditable elections:
We are happy to report that thanks to your many phone calls to Missouri House Speaker John Diehl’s office last week, HB 889, sponsored by Rep. Paul Curtman, has finally been sent to the House Elections Committee! As most of you know, this crucial bill (sometimes called “the paper ballot bill”) will phase-out the use of direct-record touch screen voting machines in Missouri, and make a paper ballot the official ballot in the state, thereby providing a much-needed reliable record of the vote for audits and recounts.
We are also happy to report that the identical Senate bill, SB 399, sponsored by Senator Bob Onder, was just passed out of the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee!!  Thank you to all who helped accomplish this through phone calls and giving testimony!

 

There is only one more month to get this legislation passed this session!  So we need your help again to keep up the momentum!!!
Please call Rep. Sue Entlicher, Chair of the House Elections Committee, and ask her to put HB 889 on the agenda for a hearing by the Elections Committee when it meets next week and to allow the committee to vote on it immediately! Unless it gets through Rep. Entlicher’s committee ASAP it will not have time to make it to the Floor of the House. This year there is a new committee structure in the House, so there is a whole other committee that this bill must go through AFTER it gets out of the Elections committee.  Rep. Entlicher says that she personally supports this bill, but to date she is unwilling to give the bill a hearing next week. This doesn’t add up, and that is why we need everyone to call.
Rep. Sue Entlicher’s phone number:  573-751-1347
If you have an additional moment or two, it would also be helpful to encourage the Senate leadership to bring SB 399 to the floor for a debate and vote.  Here is a link to their contact information:
As always, thank you for your efforts on this important cause!  And stay tuned, because as soon as we get a hearing scheduled we will be needing your Witness Forms.
–The Missouri Coalition for Transparent and Secure Elections

Questons?  Contact Republican Co-Director Frieda Keough at 314-229-8720; or Democrat Co-Director Cynthia Richards at 314-630-3916.

You are invited to meet with the Howell County Campaign for Liberty Group Thursday, April 16. At 7:00p Southern Commissioner Billy Sexton will speak to us about why he changed parties and the importance of the political parties in the County.  We meet at Chen’s Garden, 1705 Gibson, in West Plains.  Come at 6:00p to eat and visit.

This month’s agenda:

 

  • 7:00 – report on items of interest around the state
    • 7:30 – Southern Commissioner Billy Sexton will speak

The Howell County Southern Commissioner, Billy Sexton, will speak to us this month. He will tell us why he changed parties (he was appointed, initially, by the governor, as a Democrat to that office) and the role the parties play and Howell County. There will be time for a question-and-answer session

We will have reports to bring us up to date in the following areas:

–         New ONSR plan

–         COS update

–         Candidates for next election (sheriff, county commissioners, etc.)

–         Current legislative session information

–         Mike Slack – Miscellaneous

–         Other –

 

Josh Cotter, who spoke to us in February, won his bid for the West Plains city council seat. When he was speaking to us we talked of having him back, if he won, to give more detail on his plans for the city. I thought we could do that in May. The state legislature session ends sometime in May so I thought we could have our state representative, Shawn Rhoads and our state Senator, Mike Cunningham to speak to us in June and July 2 update us on what went on in the session this year. I’m open to other suggestions for those months and for the remainder of the year.

I have copies of the General Assembly Roster 2013 which has contact information for our state and federal elected officials. Copies will be available at this meeting.  I also have copies of the current Missouri Roster.  It has contact info for county officials around the state.  Copies of the US and MO constitutions and  Howell County Campaign for Liberty Group business cards will be available as well.  Copies of the 5000 year leap and Agenda 21 material will also be available as will “The Victory for State Sovereignty”, Mack/Prinz vs. USA by Sheriff Richard Mack.

The 2015 General Assembly roster’s are now available. I have them on order. The Missouri roster is not yet available.

The following article is by Judicial Watch. That group is far from hyperbolic and the article isn’t filled with speculative thoughts at all. It is important that we all understand the issue with our southern border has very serious national security issues associated with it far beyond the scope of a vastly enlarged welfare sector. Just wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of this:

ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm

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ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.

During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

Law enforcement and intelligence sources report the area around Anapra is dominated by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel (“Juárez Cartel”), La Línea (the enforcement arm of the cartel) and the Barrio Azteca (a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso). Cartel control of the Anapra area make it an extremely dangerous and hostile operating environment for Mexican Army and Federal Police operations.

According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.

Mexican intelligence sources report that ISIS intends to exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM (a US port-of-entry). The sources also say that ISIS has “spotters” located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations. ISIS is conducting reconnaissance of regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM.

The Prescription Drug Database Bill is in the Senate today. Please call your Senator and let them know your thoughts on this bill. Below is a message from Ron Calzone….For myself, I don’t think we need any more databases collecting and disseminating private information. The stats show less than 3% of the population abuses prescription drugs or sells them illegally. Not significant enough to increase surveillance by this kind of measure. Your opinion may differ:

FYI – SB 63, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program bill that sets up a government database to track your personal prescription drug purchases, will probably be voted on by the Missouri Senate today.

Monday, the Senate “perfected” the bill, setting it up for the final vote that sends it to the House for the Representatives to possibly amend and vote on it.

After the inclusion of some compromise provisions that include an accountability measure that allows citizens to sue if their personal data is compromised, some of the senators who have been the most vocal opponents decided not to filibuster the bill.

Now, it’s been discovered that a key element in that provision was eliminated from a version of the bill that was substituted for the compromise version. The clause that was eliminated said:

“Neither the sovereign nor the official immunity doctrines shall apply to a person or a department authorized to have private prescription-related medical information under sections 195.450 to 195.468 in instances when such information is disclosed to an unauthorized party.”

This important clause would have prevented the state from claiming that it can’t be sued for its mistakes, or that any monetary judgments against it are limited.  By eliminating it, the protections against the state doing mischief with your personal data are greatly diminished.

It’s unclear whether the elimination of this clause was intentional or an oversight, but either way it violates the compromise agreement.  (For the record, I don’t think the bill should pass with or without the compromise.)

Call your senator today and ask him or her to make sure this clause is put back in before they take their final vote on the bill.  If they tell you “the House will fix it”, tell them there’s no guarantee the House will do anything — the Senate should fix it themselves.

Of course, you can add to all of that a request that your senator oppose setting up ANY government PDMP database, with or without accountability measures!

Got to moga.mo.gov to find your senator.

For those of us who have become rather state centric politically the following article is STILL germane. If regulatory agencies have their budgets reduced, it helps the economy to do better. Better yet, if agencies have their regulatory authority stripped (particularly the ones that just aggravate people trying to provide for themselves) we might actually have a chance at having some kind of economic recovery. I know, wishful thinking with the derivative markets. At any rate, the following article and the study are important to the conversation with State and local elected officials.

Here it is:

Data Show that Reducing the Size of the Federal Regulatory Bureaucracy by Even Modest Amounts will have Significant Positive Effects on Both GDP and Private Sector Growth

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With a sluggish economy, high unemployment, and unprecedented deficit spending, growing the economy and curbing federal spending are top priorities in Washington. A now-popular target for reform is regulation, which even President Obama claims to have “stifled innovation” and to have had “a chilling effect on growth and jobs.” In a new paper released today entitled Regulatory Expenditures, Economic Growth and Jobs: An Empirical Study, the Phoenix Center uses fifty years of data and modern econometric methods to quantify the relationship between government spending on regulatory activity and the important goals of economic growth and job recovery. The Center finds reducing the size of the federal regulatory budget by even modest amounts will have significant positive effects on both GDP and private sector growth.

In particular, the Phoenix Center estimates that even a small 5% reduction in the regulatory budget (about $2.8 billion) would result in about $75 billion in expanded private-sector GDP each year, with an increase in employment by 1.2 million jobs annually. On average, eliminating the job of a single regulator grows the American economy by $6.2 million and nearly 100 private sector jobs annually. Conversely, each million dollar increase in the regulatory budget costs the economy 420 private sector jobs.

Accordingly, as Congress and the President struggle with the difficult decisions of how to shrink federal spending, the Phoenix Center recommends that a sensible place to start would be to investigate responsible cuts in the budgets of federal regulatory agencies.

“Our statistical analysis of historical data indicates that federal expenditures on regulatory activity have a significant impact on the size of the private-sector economy and private-sector employment,” says Dr. George S. Ford, Chief Economist of the Phoenix Center. “While the entire federal budget must be cut to address the deficit problem, the evidence indicates that reductions in the overall federal regulatory budget may substantially impact the growth of economic output and employment.”

“In the end, our paper really is a ‘good government’ story,” says Phoenix Center President Lawrence J. Spiwak. “If regulators are forced to become more efficient on how they spend taxpayer dollars, then perhaps they will prioritize their activities on important policy issues rather than pursue marginal interventions that impose high costs but offer few benefits.”

“Like fiscal or monetary policy, regulation is used by government to affect economic activity,” observes Dr. T. Randolph Beard, Phoenix Center Senior Fellow and Professor of Economics at Auburn University. “However, the macroeconomic effects of regulation have not been adequately considered. This study suggests that those effects may be quite significant, and some accounting for these effects should be a part of every debate on regulatory proposals.”

“Without question, regulation imposes costs on the economy, but regulation, in some cases, also provides benefits,” says Dr. Hyeongwoo Kim, Phoenix Center Adjunct Fellow and Professor of Economics at Auburn University. “Our analysis reveals that the costs are very large, which, in turn, implies that regulators should act only when the expected benefits are likewise very large. With a smaller budget, the hope is that the regulators will focus their efforts on interventions with a very high expected net payoff.”

Phoenix Center Policy Bulletin No. 28: A Policy Framework for Spectrum Allocation in Mobile Communications, may be downloaded free from the Phoenix Center’s web page at: http://www.phoenix-center.org/PolicyBulletin/PCPB28Final.pdf.

A one page summary of the paper may also be downloaded at: http://www.phoenix-center.org/PolicyBulletin/PCPB28onepagerFinal.pdf.

Finally, illustrative sides of the paper’s findings are available at: http://www.phoenix-center.org/PolicyBulletin/PCPB28slidesFinal.pdf.

The Phoenix Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that studies broad public-policy issues related to governance, social and economic conditions, with a particular emphasis on the law and economics of regulated industries.

www.phoenix-center.org

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This is really the only logical application of firearm freedom in my opinion. What other piece of personal property is a person required to display on their person? At any rate, I see this as positive for firearms freedom and say “Hooray for Kansas!”

Kansas Concealed Carry with No Permit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal to allow Kansas residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit has won final approval from the Legislature.

The measure was headed Wednesday to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback even though some lawmakers having misgivings that the state would no longer require training to carry concealed.

The National Rifle Association says Kansas would become the fifth state to allow concealed carry without a permit everywhere within its borders.

The House approved the bill, 85-39. The Senate passed the measure last month, but House members made a technical change that senators had to review. Senators signed off on the minor revision, 31-8.

Supporters of the bill said gun owners have shown they can be trusted. Critics said the state should require some training to carry concealed.

The Mountain Grove Property Rights Coalition will be meeting March 26th at the Sunnyside Cafe located on the north side of the Walmart parking lot at Mountain Grove. Topics will include updates on legislation of interest at the State level and Michael Jones will be giving a talk on the Muslim Brotherhood. Michael has been studying this topic for years and will surely give an interesting talk on the subject.

The meeting will begin at 6pm and end at 8pm when the restaurant closes. Everyone interested in private property rights is invited to attend. Please come early and enjoy the buffet if you can!

Hope to see you there.