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Entries Tagged as 'David Stokes'

Should Kirkwood Sell Its Municipal Utilities?

October 19th, 2007 · No Comments

By David Stokes Kirkwood is the only municipality in Saint Louis County that continues to provide utility services to its residents. Would citizens benefit if Kirkwood abandoned this service model, instead allowing private, regulated utilities to provide all utility services to residents? In January 2002, Florissant sold its water distribution system to Missouri-American Water Company […]

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Tags: David Stokes · Show Me Institute

Messenger: “An Immigration Raid That Means Something

October 18th, 2007 · No Comments

The Missouri Political News Service agrees today with Tony Messenger’s accurate analysis (I can’t believe I wrote that) of how to really solve our country’s illegal immigration problem: “Finally, with all the blather about illegal immigration between Missouri’s two candidates for governor over how “tough” they are, there’s a story with some good news about illegal immigration. […]

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Tags: David Stokes · Decision '08 · Illegal Immigration

Speeding Tickets, Taxes, and the “Politics of Driving”

September 12th, 2007 · No Comments

KMOV News 4 Investigates: Daily Briefing: So what did you do with your Friday night? A fella by the name of Brett Darrow spent a good chunk of it driving around in his Nissan Maxima, running a radar detector and recording video from a camera mounted over his shoulder. Why would he want to do […]

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Tags: David Stokes · Show Me Institute · St. Louis · Videos

Show Me Institute Releases New Case Study

August 30th, 2007 · No Comments

The Show-Me Institute has released a new case study that examines the privatization of pharmacy services in Saint Louis County. The study reviewed trends in both the budget and actual expenses of county pharmacy operation, which show that before 2003, costs were rapidly rising — consistently outstripping budgeted figures. When the county opened a competitive […]

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Tags: David Stokes · Show Me Institute · St. Louis

Former GOP Rep Mark Wright Starving for Attention

August 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Former legislator Mark Wright must be starving for attention now that he is out of power. On Thursday he made big news when Jo Mannies reported that the “conservative” lobbyist is opposing conservative Republican efforts to reform Missouri’s judicial selection process. According to reports, Wright is even writing long rambling letters to the editor using […]

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Tags: David Stokes · MO Supreme Court · Show Me Institute

Columbia City Council Approves Red Light Camera Vendor; Oversight and Openness Suggested

August 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

Show Me Blog: (Not to be confused with the Show-Me-Institute blog) Early on the morning of August 21st, I attended the Columbia city council meeting to speak to the red light camera vendor that the city was proposing to contract with to monitor 16 intersection approaches. Some time back, the council had previously approved an […]

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The Missouri Plan, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Lawyers

August 17th, 2007 · 2 Comments

“The activists within the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, are not always looking for the most qualified people to elevate to judgeships. Many of them are looking to support candidates who agree with their legal opinions.” By David C. Stokes Missourians amended our state constitution in 1940 to change the ways judges were selected for […]

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Tags: David Stokes · MO Supreme Court · Show Me Institute

Lack of Funding Puts Missouri Wireless 911 Service on Hold

August 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Show Me Institute policy analyst David Stokes, recently wrote a passionate piece on this issue. By Ann Pierceall Missouri is the only state in the country lacking a mechanism to fund wireless 911 service, and 17 counties in the state have no 911 service at all. Efforts to bring such service to all of Missouri […]

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Tax Cell Phones for 911 Service?

August 7th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Show Me Institute policy analyst David Stokes seems to take issue today with implementing a tax to provide 911 service statewide: “I really don’t mind the idea of a tax to improve 911 service throughout Missouri, but I do mind that people from areas that have 911 service are going to be taxed to give […]

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Show Me Institute: “Reason in Jefferson City”

August 1st, 2007 · No Comments

The Show Me Institute should really work on getting policy analyst David Stokes out of the office more often. Stokes writes today that he was “lucky enough to be able to attend yesterday’s Joint Transportation Committee meeting in Jefferson City.” Lucky???? We still love you Dave! I was lucky enough to be able to attend […]

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Tags: David Stokes · MO Legislature