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Illegal Slot Machines Hurt Small Businesses & Steal From Our Communities

December 9th, 2019 by mopns_admin ·

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By Maryann Manion

There is a popular musical from the 1950s titled Guys and Dolls. Perhaps you’ve heard of this classic or even seen it. It’s a humorous story that follows the failed plots of illegal gambling ring organizers. A quote from one of the characters has crossed my mind multiple times recently:

“One of these days in your travels, a guy is going to show you a brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken. Then this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the jack of spades jump out of this brand-new deck of cards and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, do not accept this bet, because as sure as you stand there, you’re going to wind up with an ear full of cider.”

Essentially, if someone offers you a deal that sounds too good to be true, it probably is—especially in the context of illegal gambling.

The reason this quote keeps nagging at my memory is because of the recent hearings in Jefferson City about illegal slot machines. These machines have arrived without invitation and have been set up all across the state. Despite being completely forbidden, the apathetic attitude that politicians have taken towards the issue is shocking. These machines prey on the good-naturedness that is token of our state, taking full advantage of our trust.

Lobbyists have recently testified that allowing these machines to operate will stimulate the local economy and add millions in revenue. An enticing promise, to be sure. Yet, until politicians choose to do something, these machines are currently funneling potential millions OUT of the state’s education programs and into the pockets of special interests. It’s hard to believe that they will suddenly become generous if given free rein to continue.

Arguments have been made that without these machines small business owners would suffer. This is the exact opposite of the truth. Illegal slots hurt local businesses because they encourage loitering and entice money away from in-store purchases—money that is now being syphoned out of the Missouri tax system. Unlike regulated gambling and other business transactions, money given to these slots is not reinvested in our schools or communities. If small business owners believe they need illegal machines just to stay afloat, they have been completely hoodwinked by these shady out-of-state operators into paying to be the hosts of a scam.

Not supporting these illegal machines isn’t an affront to personal freedom. Despite desperate attempts to push this red herring, no one is proposing that gambling shouldn’t be allowed in Missouri. This is about protecting consumers and a basic respect for our state constitution. These illegal games currently do neither of these. They refuse to invest in our communities and they offer no honest answers about the fairness of their games by evading regulation.

When these supporters talk about an increase in revenue, they are focused on their own pockets—not the coffers of Missouri. They are fine with breaking the law now and making a profit, so it’s doubtful they will suddenly choose to follow the rules when they are ordered to adhere to a high tax rate. If avoiding taxes is working for them, why question their streak of luck, right?

The Missouri Gaming Commission doesn’t trust these machines and neither do I. Fictional tales of illegal gambling may be comical when exaggerated on the stage, but it isn’t funny to see our neighbors suffer from such schemes in real life. Despite the attractive guarantees of financial gain, my intuition tells me it’s too good to be true. If these machines remain, Missouri may just wind up with an ear full of cider.

Related:

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Missouri Rural Crisis Center is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

August 22nd, 2018 by editor ·

Something suspicious is popping up around Rural Missouri: The Missouri Rural Crisis Center and its “feel good” messages about farming.

The crooked motives of this organization are not as clear as they lead us to believe.  Instead, the Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC) is striving to cripple the agriculture industry as we know it.

The MRCC wants people to support the organization by sharing concerns for family farms and the struggles in rural areas.  What’s hidden in their opening statements is their desire to change the rural values and conservative principles making our state such a great place to live and work.

Farmers and ranchers are known for their stewardship and care for the land and animals they work with on a daily basis.  However, the MRCC vilifies farmers who provide three square meals each the rest of the country.

MRCC’s funding is a telltale sign of whom this organization is actually representing.  With funding from the owners of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream (who are known for their socialist ambitions), Gorge Soros’ Tides Foundation, and Mark Zuckerberg’s Silicon Valley Community Foundation, it is obvious these dollars don’t come from people who understand rural Missouri.

If you’re serving as a county commissioner in a rural area, be prepared for this organization to knock on your office door.

However, the people of rural Missouri are waking up to the MRCC. This group tries to mimic our loyal agriculture groups, when they are really trying to sink their teeth into rural Missouri by flipping policies upside down.  They are a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Don’t be fooled.  The Missouri Rural Crisis Center supports the expansion of Medicaid and employs a former community organizer who worked for Planned Parenthood in the past.  These are not the values of the rural Missourians that you and I hold dear.

To Missouri’s legislators and leaders in the agriculture community, We hope you will step up and unmask this wolf prowling around our state.  This organization wants to send Missouri’s vital agriculture industry back a century and slander the farmers who sacrifice so much to provide food for the masses.

To show our support for the agriculture industry, we need give the boot to the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and replace their voice with groups that actually represent real farmers and their interests.

Related:

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Tags: MO Economy · MO Legislature · Uncategorized

Video: Clean Missouri is a Dirty Deal!

August 6th, 2018 by editor ·

Related:

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Video: DeGregorio Endorses Adam Schwadron for St. Charles County Director of Elections

August 6th, 2018 by editor ·


In the field of Election Administrators, Paul DeGregorio is renowned worldwide for his work and knowledge in elections. President George W. Bush appointed DeGregorio to the United States Election Assistance Commission. We can think of no person whose endorsement carries more weight than Paul’s for the position of Director of Elections.

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Connects the Dots: Conspiracy Against Governor Coming Into Focus Part 2

May 17th, 2018 by editor ·

A St. Louis television news station ran a story this week called “Follow the money trail behind the Greitens’ invasion of privacy case.” Here’s an excerpt from this very enlightening piece:

KPLR11.com:

Fox 2 requested a budget breakdown from the state. It shows more than $685,000 went to lawyers and consultants. “This has been going on for decades,” said Jason Crowell, a Missouri Housing Development Commission board member, appointed by Governor Greitens to change it. Crowell said he wants to “…get reforms so that every dollar that`s allocated for Sr. housing and low-income housing – actually goes to that.” Crowell and reporter Chris Hayes stood in front of one of those projects in Cape Girardeau. “Altogether, per apartment unit, (taxpayers paid) $376,000,” Crowell said. That’s per apartment. “And I’m telling you, as someone who’s volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, I could build almost four Habitat Humanity Homes in Cape for what we spent on one apartment unit.” Read more…

Now if you reread our post from last week regarding Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the dots seem to be really connecting!

Related:

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KSDK: Is Gov. Eric Greitens getting revenge by not playing politics with ballot timing?
 KWMU: Politically Speaking: Rep. Dogan on prospect of impeachment and legislative work left unfinished

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Video Connects the Dots: Conspiracy Against Governor Coming Into Focus

May 11th, 2018 by mopns_admin ·

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Supporters of Governor of Eric Greitens have claimed that the “witch hunt” indictment by a partisan Democratic prosecutor is much deeper than that but instead is an orchestrated effort by powerful forces who want to keep the Low Income Housing tax Credit program (LIHTC) as a developer’s slush fund for wealthy interests. Is this a fantasy or wishful thanking to prop up a scandal plagued governor who seems to be on his way out? Maybe or maybe not.

One question we have is why is Rep. Stacey Newman’s stepson, Andrew Newman, who works for this firm which is owned by Tom Hillman seemingly buddy buddy in this video with attorney Al Watkins? Hillman’s company Lewis & Clark Real Estate “Partner[s] with developers to create great communities. We provide equity capital to high performers innovators in real estate. Lewis & Clark Real Estate and the following partners maximize risk-adjusted returns via investments in distinct real estate assets and operating businesses.”

Related:

Rep. Stacy Newman & Key Prosecution Witness Collude But Judge Allows Her Testimony Anyway

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Tags: Media Bias · MO Legislature

Greitens Defense Team Say Additional $20k Paid to Ex Husband’s Attorney

May 7th, 2018 by mopns_admin ·

Has anyone seen the Missouri Times publisher  and This week in Missouri Politics host Scott “The Bag Man” Faughn lately? Word on the street is Faughn is in hiding to avoid being served a subpoena to testify in front of the House committee investigating the Governor.

Al Watkins, the attorney for the ex-husband, has previously said that two $50,000 payments showed up at his office in January for the ex-husband’s defense. He identified Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn as the man who delivered one of the $50,000 payments. A courier delivered the other. At a court hearing Monday, defense attorney Jim Martin said Watkins testified in a deposition that Faughn made two additional $10,000 payments. It wasn’t clear whether those payments also were for the ex-husband’s legal representation. Watkins declined comment. An email message left with Faughn was not returned. Read more…

Related:

STL Today: Where he got the $50,000 is only the latest question surrounding newspaper publisher Scott Faughn

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Rep. Stacy Newman & Key Prosecution Witness Collude But Judge Allows Her Testimony Anyway

May 7th, 2018 by mopns_admin ·

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The Judge presiding over Governor Greiten’s invasion of privacy case has given another indication today that he doesn’t want to be a factor in determining Governor Greitens guilt or innocence. Greiten’s defense team was trying to bar the testimony of “KS, the star witness in this case, because of this startling revelation:

“There is no doubt that this case smells of politics. Missouri Times and Scott Faughn’s heavycash involvement leaves little doubt. Ms. Gardner’s request for a trial setting the day before the midterm elections leaves little doubt. And, evidence produced yesterday, text messages betweenK.S. and Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman, also leave little doubt. Specifically, onJanuary 11, 2018, Ms. Newman said to K.S., “my House Dem leadership insist you need a lawyerfast.” Two hours later, Ms. Newman says, “I may need to talk w your lawyers.” Then a week later,Ms. Newman sent a text to K.S., providing K.S. the name and phone number of “STL CircuitAttorney Kim Gardner, she said you can have your attorney call her.” Read more…

The Greiten’s defense team did get a win today. Judge Burlison ruled that two electrical engineers wouldnt be allowed to testify to the sound an iPhone camera and what constitutes transmitting a photo

“If Greitens’ lawyers had been successful in barring the woman from testifying, it would have likely required dismissal of the case, set to go to trial next week. Chief Trial Assistant Robert Dierker admitted in court on Monday that prosecutors do not have the photograph in question or any witnesses who have seen it. Dierker insisted, however, that they have circumstantial evidence of both the photo and its transmittal, as required by the invasion of privacy statute under which Greitens is being prosecuted.” Read more…

Related:

Are State GOP Lawmakers Being Pressured to Support Governor Greitens?

STL Circuit Attorney’s Office Label Own Investigator “Inspector Clouseau”

Liberal K.C. Star Offers Bi-Partisan Plan to Oust Republican Governor

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Are State GOP Lawmakers Being Pressured to Support Governor Greitens?

April 17th, 2018 by mopns_admin ·

It’s a little suspicious to us when a Democratic leaning “private news source” and a Democratic politician are in the know when it comes to Republican politics. Just saying.

And in other news, it must be an election year because a Democrat politican is visting the ghetto – seven months before the election even!!!!

Related:

Missourinet: Greitens attorney says Hawley ‘clearly compromised’ probe into donor list; Hawley calls claim ‘frivolous’

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STL Circuit Attorney’s Office Label Own Investigator “Inspector Clouseau”

April 17th, 2018 by mopns_admin ·

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Just when you thought the indictment and invasion of privacy case against Governor Greitens couldn’t get any more bizarre, we know have a prosecutor in the circuit attorney’s office describing their unlicensed out of state investigator (whose firm owes back taxes and regulatory filings) in court as an Inspector Clouseau:

Attorneys for Greitens repeatedly have claimed the prosecutor’s office has failed to turn over evidence. They said in court Thursday a videotaped deposition of the woman was withheld until an hour after the special House committee’s report was released. On Monday, attorney Jim Martin said 11 pages of Tisaby’s notes from a deposition of a friend of the woman, requested weeks ago, were not turned over until Sunday, after Martin threatened to go to court to ask for them.

“We have seen that information has been hidden from us, exculpatory information,” Martin said.

Dierker, comparing Tisaby to the incompetent fictional Inspector Clouseau from “The Pink Panther” movies, said Tisaby has “caused us to appear to be hiding the ball.”

“We are saddled with the egregious mistake of relying on him,” Dierker said. Read more….

Tisaby is a former FBI agent and bigamist who claimed that he didn’t take any notes during a deposition until the defense found a video screen shot of him with a pen or pencil in his hand!

Related:

“I Worked In St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s Office”

MOPNS Twitter Poll: Should Mo. Attorney General Investigate STL Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner?

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