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Nixon Announces a Commission to Deal With Ferguson Unrest…Yep, That’ll Fix It (Video)

"We want a commission," said no protestor ever.

“We want a commission,” said no protester ever.

After weeks of protests and looting and rioting, Gov. Jay Nixon (D-etached), announced his solution: a commission.

Which makes sense because after all, how many protests have seen seen in Ferguson where people took the streets and shouted, “No commission, no peace!”

The commission will be made up of leaders from business, education, public safety and religious communities as well as “ordinary citizens,” Nixon said. Its task will be to examine concerns that include poverty, education, governance and law enforcement, and offer recommendations for making the region “a stronger, fairer place for everyone to live,” Nixon said.

Ok, great.

Let’s talk about some of the issues of education.

What will Nixon do if this commission comes out and says, “Hey, we all think school choice is a good idea, because after decades of Democrat control, schools in the black community pretty much suck.”

That’s possible. The black community supports reform and school choice.

What will Nixon do if the commission comes out and says they want the city to make the police force representative of the city’s demographics? Are they supposed to hire a bunch of black cops they can’t afford, or fire a bunch of white cops who did nothing wrong?

After all, one of the complaints is the lack of diversity in the police force.

And what will Nixon do when at the end of this all, we get what we all expect: no change.

The problems in Ferguson aren’t going to be fixed in a board room in the Governor’s Office building. It will take more than a commission to correct the damage years of liberal social experimentation has done to the black community.

Here’s video of the announcement:

By |October 21st, 2014|The Torch|

The Show-Me Report: October 21, 2014

KMOV: NYT reporter who broke story about federal investigation of Brown shooting speaks

Fox 2: Attorney talks grand jury update in Darren Wilson case

Fox 2: Meditation event held to heal Ferguson

Fox 2: State Senator Jamilah Nasheed arrested in Ferguson

KMOV: State Senator arrested outside Ferguson Police Department

KSHB: Missouri state senator arrested in Ferguson

Post-Dispatch: Missouri governor has mystery meeting with St. Louis mayor

KMOV: Police video shows aggressive tone of some protesters

Washington Times: Ferguson protester uses American flag as weapon in clashes with Rams fans

Fox 2: Three protesters arrested for smashing pumpkins outside St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office

The Blaze: Ferguson Protesters and Football Fans Brawl in Street After St. Louis Rams Game

MSNBC: In Ferguson, activists in search of a revolution

Reddit: The real reason the SLU protestors left campus: SLU president Pestello gave in to their list of demands

KMOV: Sharpton to return to Ferguson before election

Post-Dispatch: Nixon to announce Ferguson-related initiative today

The Eagle: Jefferson City Council approves budget

The Missourian: Columbia City Council says no to marijuana, yes to new buildings

Connect Mid-Missouri: Columbia marijuana decriminalization bill fails

Missourinet: MO Social Services responds to claim of ‘horrendous’ Medicaid service

St. Louis: Open carry/firearm walk scheduled for Saturday afternoon in downtown St. Louis

The Missourian: Group protests plan for 100-mile power transmission line

The Missourian: WHAT OTHERS SAY: The wageless recovery might bring humbug to the holidays

The Turner Report: Roy Blunt on KZRG- The president needs to be engaged on Ebola situation

Post-Dispatch: Blunt: Candidates should be cautious on Ebola rhetoric, but understand concerns

Missourinet: Missouri Sen. Blunt talks handling of Ebola, halting travel (VIDE0)

Southeast Missourian: Groups want say in hire of new education commissioner

Missourinet: Schweich to test for fat budgets and speeders (AUDIO)

The Missourian: Kraus joins candidates getting Sinquefield cash

Post-Dispatch: Sinquefield spreads around more cash

Show-Me Daily: Where the Buses Don’t Run

The Turner Report: Sam Graves: Obama Administration out to bankrupt coal companies

The Missouri Times: 2016 Outlook

The Pitch: Hardly anyone will talk about what happened to Angel Hooper, the 6-year-old girl slain at 7-11

Marshall Democrat: Republicans open Saline County office on Arrow Street

PoliticMo: Despite no organized challenge, Missouri teachers launch TV ad urging voters to oppose Amendment 3

The Missouri Times: Raise coming for Missouri home care workers

KBIA: Re-definition of Federal Water poses problems for some cities at the Lake of the Ozarks

Post-Dispatch: Days of election board ‘camping’ coming to welcome end

Connect Mid-Missouri: Rowden says state must address infrastructure needs

Lee’s Summit Review: Governor’s Withholds Threaten Our Children

KBIA: Missouri Auditor’s Race: Is Tom Schweich Actually Running For Governor?

Missouri Business Alert: Missouri to take applications for cannabis plant production

By |October 21st, 2014|Missouri Torch, The Show-Me Report|

Conflict? Many of Judge Joyce’s Donations Come From Local Lawyers

In an exclusive report last week, we exposed the fact that Judge Pat Joyce railed on her opponent in a speech before a 9th grade class in Jefferson City. The focus of her rant was $200,000 in donations to Brian Stumpe from the Washington D.C. based Republican State Leadership Committee.

She said on Facebook:

We still do not know who is secretly providing these large donations because the D.C. organization has not released the names, or name of its donor. All Missourians, not just Cole County citizens, should be concerned that this organization and its secret donors want to use our judiciary to promote a political agenda. Politics should have no place in our courts.

Mr. Stumpe’s acceptance of this Washington D.C. organization’s campaign contribution and support raises serious questions about his independence should he serve on our local court.

That’s an interesting couple of statements, considering most of her donations are from local attorneys, who practice law in front of her.

In fact, many of her donations come from one law firm, Carson & Coil, PC.

And who’s rallying the troops to throw more loot into her coffers? The Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers:

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We can’t let out-of-state interests buy the courthouse. That belongs to Missouri trial lawyers!

Using Joyce’s logic, we should be more concerned with those donations and question her independence. After all, taking a donation somehow equates to ownership, or at least subservience or a debt meant to be repaid with a future favor.

If that’s the way of it, at least Stumpe won’t be beholden to the lawyers who are trying the cases in his courtroom like Joyce.

By |October 20th, 2014|Missouri Torch|

Radical State Senator Jamilah Nasheed Gets Herself Arrested in Ferguson

Far left state senator Jamilah Nasheed just sat down in the road tonight, earning her a free ride in a police car:

There’s no question this is exactly what she wanted. There’s nothing else to be accomplished by her actions.

She wanted to get arrested. Now she can be the victim.

She’s still got a long way to go to get Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s street cred though.

Maybe next time.

Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit

By |October 20th, 2014|Missouri Torch|

Senate Majority Leader Roy Blunt? Maybe…

The current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in a very close race in Kentucky, where FiveThirtyEight only has him leading by 4 points.

So what happens if he loses? Who’ll take the reins?

Mitch McConnell, Roy Blunt, John Cornyn

It’s possible it could be the junior Senator from Missouri, Roy Blunt. could replace him, and if the Republicans win the Senate, that’s huge:

A GOP win would propel Republican Sen. Roy Blunt into a more prominent leadership role in his own party.

Blunt, who serves in the Senate’s minority leadership as vice chairman of the Republican conference, would be poised to take on a similar _ or even greater role _ in a majority GOP Senate.

Sure, but Majority Leader? Really?

If the Republicans still manage to win the majority despite a McConnell loss, Blunt would almost certainly be a candidate for the next Majority Leader of the Senate, analysts say.

“What happens to Blunt turns a little bit on what happens to McConnell,” Smith said. “There might be an open competition for Republican leader. Sen. Blunt would be very tempted to make a run at it himself, and he’d make a very strong case based on the fact that he had a parallel leadership role in the House.”

Blunt served as both Majority and Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, and mounted an unsuccessful bid for House Speaker before his election to the Senate in 2010.

Among his colleagues on Capitol Hill, Blunt has a reputation as a solid conservative and an effective spokesman for the GOP, Smith said.

Solid conservative?

Please. What is Smith smoking? Blunt is one of the least conservative Republicans in the Senate. Heritage Action’s scorecard rates support of conservative values. They scored him at 51%:

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And Conservative Review scored him at a 32%:

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Blunt carries a lot of weight around DC, but let’s not get carried away. He could get this post, but it wouldn’t be because he’s itching to carry the conservative flag into political battle.

It’s because he’s a powerful man in Washington, DC. I wouldn’t be surprised if deals were already being made now in preparation of McConnell’s defeat.

So what do you think of this? Take the poll below and if so inclined, leave a comment explaining your vote.


By |October 20th, 2014|The Torch|

EXCLUSIVE: Judge Pat Joyce Repeatedly Attacks Campaign Opponent During Speech…to a Freshman High School Class

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On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Pat Joyce addressed a classroom of around 54 freshmen at the Simonsen 9th Grade Center.  She was invited to speak to the Citizen class, although the class was not studying judges or elections.

Judge Joyce reportedly addressed the class for 30 to 40 minutes, during which she attacked her opponent in the upcoming election, Brian Stumpe, although not by name.  She referred to him as “the man who is running against me and wants my job” and “my opponent” or “the Republican candidate for Cole County judge.”

During the speech, she repeatedly referred to recent campaign donations Stumpe received from the Republican State Leadership Committee.  Stumpe has received $200,000 from the state PAC.

A student in the class room says Joyce told them she cannot find where the money came from and spoke about Stumpe in a negative light, saying he was an example of how you should not raise money for campaigns.

When asked to comment on the speech, Stumpe said he’d “rather talk about the issues that matter to people of Cole County than name calling by my opponent. I just try to focus on the issues.”

The school says they are currently working on a response to my request for comment. I’ve also reached out to Judge Joyce’s office, and was told the judge was not available but would call me back. When I have a comment, it will be posted on The Torch.

While the students in the class cannot vote, it’s possible they could discuss the speech, and Joyce’s attacks, with their parents, who could then be influenced in the upcoming election.

Photo Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr
By |October 17th, 2014|The Torch|