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Lobbyist Dick Gephardt Seeks End of Electoral College

March 23rd, 2020 by MarkTwain ·

The Wall Street Journal asked former politicians and military leaders their views on what positives may come out of the Corona virus pandemic. The former House majority leader’s answer was partisan and quite frankly an embarrassment. You would think that a guy who represented a flyover state for all those years in Congress would understand how important the electoral college is to states like Missouri. Without the electoral college, the east and west coasts, Florida and Texas would elect the president every four years.

“Change the electoral college to a national popular vote (and) adopt full or leveraged matching public finance of small contributions for congressional campaigns for any candidate who forgoes private fundraising…I  understand those two changes sound unrelated to the present pandemic, but my thought is that when we face similar global and national threats in the future, it is essential that citizens trust their leaders enough to follow them.”

The “son of a milk truck driver” has done quite well after leaving congress and starting his lobbying firm.

Related:

Shadowy NGO Chaired by Former Cong. Richard Gephardt Accused of “Covertly Funding Political Parties, Influencing Elections and Aiding Coups”

Surprise! Surprise! Lobbyist & Auto Parts Manufacturer Board of Director Dick Gephardt Supports Auto Bailout

TARP Recipient Goldman Sachs’ Tax Rate Falls to 1%; Gephardt is Firm’s Lobbyist

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COVID-19 Is A Tragedy for Africa—Reminder of the US’s Vital Role in the Region

March 23rd, 2020 by MarkTwain ·

By Christopher Arps

COVID-19 is an important break, and one the US should use as an opportunity. Consider: How many African leaders are now going to want to drape their arms around their Chinese equivalents?

How many are going to be interested in dialing up trade with China in the near-term? And how many are going to want to import droves of Chinese contractors to build schools and bridges and roads for Africa?

The answer: very few. Cameroon, South African, Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Sudan have all confirmed cases of COVID-19, and both the numbers of countries and the number of infected individuals is set to rise. When those numbers go up, China’s stock in Africa will plummet.

This is an historic opportunity for the United States to step up, show leadership, and build the kinds of bil-lateral ties that have held our country in good stead for generations.

It was just weeks ago that the Secretary of Defense announced plans to potentially draw down America’s presence in Cameroon and others of what is known as the Sahel region. Read more…

Related:

FOXNews.com: Stephen King panned for claiming coronavirus task force is ‘all male … all white’

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Ed Martin Contracts ‘Foot in Mouth’ Disease While Discussing Corona Virus

March 23rd, 2020 by MarkTwain ·

Controversial Ed Martin is back in the national news again. The perennial candidate, and president of one of the Phyllis Schafly splinter groups, expressed his opinion recently on the Corona Virus stimulus package making its way thru congress.

GoTechDaily:

Ed Martin, President of the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles served as a guest and co-host with the Republican leader, Larry Bucshon of Indiana. Martin urged Buschon not to cover any needed services for those in need because the “losers” may ask for money. “Here’s what I told him today: If the answer is, ‘We’re going to send you $ 1,000 because times are hard,’ every American Democrat can tell you that every time in America it’s hard. “We have, ‘Transgenders need $ 1,000 a month because that’s hard.’” Martin used the term “hyphenated American” to refer to any of the minority cultures, which he regarded as “inclusive” as an essential resource.
Read more…

Although we agree with Martin’s concern for creating another permanent entitlement program for the American people, his comments only divide people instead of bringing us together during this national emergency.

Related:

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70WestSentinel: Ehlmann says St. Charles County will not follow St. Louis County and St. Louis City stay-at-home order

USAToday: Coronavirus is slowing down search for census workers, could make it harder to count Americans

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Dumb Maria Doesn’t Want to ‘Dumb Down Health Practices’

February 18th, 2020 by MarkTwain ·

Maria Chappelle – Nadal doesn’t realize (or care) that the bill she is opposing, allows military spouses with professional licenses in other states, to practice their profession in Missouri while their spouse is stationed in Missouri.

The STL Post Dispatch editorial below calls Rep. Maria Chappelle Nadal “uninformed” on the details of this bill. Shocker! This is the same progressive warrior who compared President Trump to Hitler and later gained international infamy for calling for Trump’s assassination. These acts almost got her expelled from the state senate in 2017.

‘One critic, Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal of University City, seemed particularly uninformed about what the bill would do. “I never want to be the one to advocate a dumbing down of health practices in my district, and I’m pretty sure that no one else would want to do that either,” she stated on the House floor. Her objections neither deserved nor gained any traction before lopsided votes moved the legislation to the Senate.’ Read more…

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Democratic Presidential Candidates Oppose Choice for Poor Minorities

February 18th, 2020 by MarkTwain ·

RedState.com:

Because education was so strictly prohibited during slavery, Africans Americans uniquely understand the importance of a quality education. Education opens your mind to new ideas and thoughts and gives one a freedom that can’t ever be taken away. That is why I believe the Democratic Party- and their presidential candidates, the Teacher’s Unions and the NAACP are so adamantly against providing African American parents choices in their children’s education. A 2017 poll showed wide support for school choice, especially among Latino and African American voters: Read more…

Related:

Marc Cox Morning Show: “St. Charles County Republican Chair David Zucker and Chris Arps.”

Wake Up Columbia: 15:00 “Christopher Arps lays out a great argument for his article “Democratic Presidential Candidates Oppose Choice for Poor Minorities”. We also discuss the Missouri Gubernatorial race” 

“Democrats For Education Reform” Gather in St. Louis

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‘Time To Say;’ Where Do Democrat Presidential Candidates Stand on Non-Citizen Voting?

February 14th, 2020 by MarkTwain ·

'Time To Say;' Where Do Democrat Presidential Candidates Stand on Non-Citizen Voting?
Where do Democratic presidential candidates stand on Non-Citizen Voting?

RedState.com:

Last month, I wrote about a growing progressive movement around the nation that threatens to undermine our citizenship and the electoral process:

“Legislation has been introduced by Democrat lawmakers to allow non-citizens to vote in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Texas.

It’s being considered locally in cities such as Boston, Burlington, New York City, Portland, Maine, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

When I say non-citizens, I am not talking about people who are in this country illegally. I am referring to people who have green cards and legal status but are not yet citizens.

There is a growing nationwide movement to allow these people to vote legally in some local elections like school board and municipal elections.”

Yes, you read that correctly. Disturbing reports have also surfaced recently of non-citizens with driver’s licenses illegally voting in Illinois, Texas, and California.

This movement is especially ironic when you have the Iowa Democratic Party still sorting and counting votes from Monday’s caucus fiasco – while talk of cheating is in the air! Read more…

Related:

KTVO: MO State Representative Trent files amendment to fix voting loophole

TheHill.com: Protect civil rights with citizen-only voting

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Greitens Claims ‘Full Exoneration’ After Six Figure MEC Fine

February 14th, 2020 by MarkTwain ·

Image: Mugshot Missouri Governor Eric Greitens
Photo credit: St Louis Metro Police

What alternative universe are you living in when you can claim a six figure fine is a ‘full exoneration?’ Greitens for Missouri sent this celebratory email yesterday to supporters:

“After a 20-month investigation, the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) released an order fully exonerating former Governor Eric Greitens. They found ‘no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Eric Greitens.’ “

This news makes clear what many of you knew all along: in 2018 our justice system was abused. Lies were told and bribes were paid in a criminal effort to overturn the 2016 election. And now, the truth is beginning to come out.

Some of the people who made up false charges against me, have now been charged with seven felonies for what they did: they lied under oath and they tampered with evidence. And there is more to come.

Of course, this wasn’t really about me. It was an attack designed for one purpose: to overturn your votes, because we were fighting for you.

Although we rarely agree with the St. Louis Post Disgrace on anything, one paragraph in the story we linked above spells out the REAL reason the former Governor resigned his office in disgrace:

Greitens announced his resignation on May 29, 2018, the same day a Cole County judge ordered A New Missouri to release financial information to the House investigative committee.

The secret wealthy donors supporting Greitens dark money PAC A New Missouri – and paying his mounting legal bills – would stop donating if their names were ever revealed to the public.

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The ‘Tolerant Left’ Won’t Even Tolerate The Left

February 14th, 2020 by MarkTwain ·

The 'Tolerant Left' Won't Even Tolerate The Left

From RedState.com:

The so called tolerant and progressive Left are once again showing they are anything but tolerant and progressive – especially when your ideas and beliefs are in direct opposition to theirs.

How many viral videos have we seen of liberals harassing – and in too many cases – assaulting President Trump’s supporters for the heinous crime of simply wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat?

If you don’t believe that Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is real, then this example from last weekend should convince you.

‘The Florida man who was arrested last weekend after allegedly ramming his van through a Republican voter registration tent told police that he was motivated by an opposition to President Trump.

In a new redacted arrest report, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that Gregory Timm “advised that he does not like President Trump” after officers interviewed him at his residence the day of the alleged attack. The report added that another reason he drove his van through the tent was because “it’s like someone shitting on your grave.” A third motivating factor was redacted.’

TDS victims have ran the gamut from male to female; black and white; young and old. What is particularly disturbing are these assaults on children. Read more…

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Cleaver Stumps for Biden in S. Carolina

February 14th, 2020 by MarkTwain ·

John Kerry and congressmen in Muscatine
Former Secretary of State John Kerry, along with Emanuel Cleaver II, Ami Bera and Lou Correa, brought the “We Know Joe” tour to Muscatine in the hopes of convincing residents to caucus for candidate Joe Biden in February. ANDREA GRUBAUGH

After dismal performances in the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary, former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is on life support. Biden is looking to the South Carolina Democratic Primary, and its sizeable number of Black voters, to be the so called firewall that saves his campaign.

Biden, who was once polling at 49% nationally among African Americans, has dropped down to 27% in the latest polling. One time Republican, turned Independent turned Democrat, ‘Billionaire’ Michael Bloomberg, has cut considerably into that support with massive ad spending.

Being the ever loyal Democrat Establishment foot soldier, back bencher and obscure Kansas City Congressman Emanuel Cleaver flew to South Carolina last Weekend to help his pal out with Black voters.

“ Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Biden backer and a Missouri Democrat, campaigned for the former vice president last weekend in South Carolina and reported his support remains strong among black voters. I was on the ground, and I went to six different cities,” Cleaver told the Washington Examiner. “People were coming up to me, in church, after church, telling me, ‘Don’t worry. We are with you.’”

Cleaver once said loyalty trumps race and he’s proven his loyalty time and time again to the old boy Democrat Establishment, Cleaver said in 2011 if former President Obama weren’t Black, the Congressional Black Caucus would be marching on the White House.

Related:

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‘Dems Have a Cluster-Rama Up Here;’ Iowa Caucus Results Delayed Due to App Problems

February 5th, 2020 by MarkTwain ·

'Dems Have a Cluster-Rama Up Here;' Iowa Caucus Results Delayed Due to App Problems
February 2, 2016. I am attending Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) victory party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo credit: Kimberly Benz)

RedState.com:

As I write this article, it is currently 3:30 am central standard time and we still have no clue which Democratic presidential aspirant actually won the Iowa Caucus. In contrast, the Associated Press declared President Trump the victor in the Republican caucus about a half-hour after it began.

Four years ago, I was privileged to be a staff member on the Ted Cruz presidential campaigns in Iowa, South Carolina, and in my home state of Missouri. As evidenced by the picture accompanying this article, we knew we were victorious by 10 pm CST. What a difference four years can make!

Democratic officials were initially denying it, but media reports say the app Democratic activists were using to report results did not work properly.

“A spokeswoman for the state party issued a statement late Monday denying that the delays were the result of the new app’s failure.“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” said Mandy McClure, the spokeswoman. She added that this was “simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion.”

My own source on the ground, Iowa Republican political operative Karen Fesler, confirmed to me in a text that the app was having problems: Read more…

Related:

Marc Cox Morning Show: Chris Arps: DNC looks like the bar scene from Star Wars

Wake Up Columbia: 16:00 “Christopher Arps on the Iowa caucus and how we think Trump will behave tonight during SOTU.

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