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STL American: Democrats Patience With Rep. Jamilah “Niecey” Nasheed Wearing Thin

April 28th, 2011 by mopns · No Comments

“I’m a Missouri state senator. I’m no longer on a plantation.” – State Senator Maria Chappelle Nadal

Those comments from the senator caused a great deal of controversy a few short weeks ago. They came in response to the intense pressure Chappelle Nadal was receiving from local control of the police avocates. Well, an editorial in The St. Louis American today is making a convincing case that the senator’s charges may have some merit.

We’re glad to see our recent stories on the three amigos is gaining some traction. Two of the three are mentioned in the below blistering editorial from the “political eye.” It would be nice to see The Eye draw attention to Rep. Clay’s unusually close relationship to the “predatory” rent to own industry. (be sure and press the links for posts)

The EYE has also learned that some of Nasheed’s colleagues in the Legislature’s Democratic Caucus are threatening to vote to remove her and state Representative Penny Hubbard from the Democratic Caucus. Some caucus members are upset with Nasheed and Hubbard for voting with the Republican majority on redistricting and other measures. The Democratic Caucus is trying to have the state’s congressional districts drawn to create three districts (out of eight) where a Democrat has a chance to get elected. Some caucus members are also upset at what they say is Nasheed’s flaunting of the perks (a larger office, a committee chair) she has received from the Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley (R-Perryville) for her voting with the Republican majority on the Puppy Mill revision bill – overturning a statewide citizen vote – and the Payday Loan usury law, crafted to limit predatorial lending that feasts mostly on poor, black, unbanked communities like the areas Nasheed and Hubbard represent.

It is no secret that Nasheed and Hubbard (and, in her own clueless way, state Rep. Karla May) have been making deals with the Republicans. If they manage to deal themselves out of the Democratic Caucus, they also may have dealt themselves out of a political career unless they plan to relocate to a neighborhood where a lot more Republicans vote. Read more…

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