Archive for May, 2017

Ozarks  Property Rights Coalition Meets May 25,  7  pm at El Rancho in Cabool with Preparedness Expert Tony Piche
 
The Ozarks Property Rights Coalition will meet  Thursday  May 25  at 7 pm at the El Rancho Restaurant on highway 60 according to co-chair Bob Parker.  The speaker of the evening will be Tony Piche of Springfield, an expert in disaster preparedness. Piche is co-owner of Down to Earth Foods, a frequent speaker at area conferences, and highly skilled in  homesteading, preparedness and survival.
 
Piche and his wife are American citizens who immigrated years ago from South Africa and Rhodesia who witnessed many of the terrorism incidents and wars in the area. He learned a great deal  in that experience he wants to share, concentrating on the preparedness mindset, a way of thinking that leads to survival. He also wants to share similarities he notices between the situation in South Africa in the 1970’s and 1980’s and the US today. He emphasizes that preparedness is good insurance for many potential disasters including tornadoes, earthquakes, local crime, ice storms, and other potential problems.
Those attending are encouraged to come early to enjoy the buffet and  visit. For more information call 417-264-2435.

Campaign For Liberty Meeting

Posted: May 16, 2017 in Meetings
Campaign For Liberty Features Veterans Voice Advocate Spokesman May 18

The West Plains Campaign for Liberty group will meet  at 7 pm at Don Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant according to Chairman Don Eagleman.
“The speaker for the evening will be Gary Turner, founder of the group Veterans Voice Advocate, a participant in last week’s demonstration at the VA hospital in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, which made national news. Veterans from the Ozarks and several other states demonstrated along with whistleblowers from Chicago, Arizona, Texas and Louisiana  to support Dr. Dale Klein, a whistleblower on long waits and bad conditions for veterans who was in danger of being fired.”
 
“Turner founded his group to provide assistance for veterans having problems with the Veterans Administration, and had representatives from the offices of Congressman Jason Smith and Senator Roy Blunt at a meeting last month.”
 
Eagleman said, “We welcome all area residents interested in private property rights, food freedom and protection of constitutional rights to attend, or to call us for more information at 417-264-2435.

Missouri Activist Sues Over Illegal Conduct by the General Assembly – Again

Jefferson City, MO, May 9, 2017 – A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 638, passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2016, was filed in Cole County circuit court on May 9th.

The lawsuit claims that the General Assembly ignored the constitutional limits to their legislative authority. The Missouri Constitution includes clauses that prohibit legislators from changing the purpose of a bill or including multiple subjects in one bill.  The lawsuit claims lawmakers violated both provisions, and that it is illegal to make substantive changes to a bill’s title.  

The lawsuit is asking the court to strike down the entire bill.

The plaintiff in the challenge is Ron Calzone, a political activist and one of the founding directors of Missouri First, Inc., a think tank devoted to promoting constitutional governance. Although not an attorney, Calzone filed the suit “pro se” (Latin, “for oneself”), in part to demonstrate that the abuses by the General Assembly are so blatant that even a non-lawyer can succeed in legal challenges against some of their bills.

Calzone won a similar case in 2016.  He had challenged SB 672 (2014) on the same grounds as the case filed today.  A Cole County judge not only agreed with the lawsuit’s claims about the unconstitutional procedures used to pass that bill, but the landmark decision also struck down the entire bill.  (Read about it here.)  Past court opinions on procedural challenges usually preserved the original part of the bill.

In spite of the Court’s February 2016 admonition to legislators, they continued to pass bills in violation of the Missouri Constitution.  Senate Bill 638 was one of 21 such bills Missouri First tracked last year.  Calzone plans to challenge more of those 21 bills later this month.

Details about the lawsuit and the bill being challenged can be found at http://www.mofirst.org/lawsuits/2016-SB638/2016-SB638-Challenge.php