Missouri Alliance for Freedom Lays Out Its 2015 Legislative Priorities

The Missouri Alliance for Freedom sent out an email recently, outlining what they consider their “general priorities and interests” for the upcoming legislative session. Here they are:

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I gotta admit, I’m in complete agreement with those priorities, though some are more exciting than others to me.

First, the expansion of parental options in public schools is a must. It’s high on my priorities too, and should be for the Missouri Republican Party too.

Second, the Parental Rights Amendment is important also. Sad that it’s needed, but it is.

And finally, the Convention of States. The more I look into this, the more I get behind it.

Which priorities are important to you this coming year?

Missouri Alliance for Freedom Lays Out Its 2015 Legislative Priorities

Join Missouri Conservatives At the Life Liberty Property Summit on October 4th in Jefferson City

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On October 4th, Missouri Alliance for Freedom is hosting the Life Liberty Property Summit at the Double Tree Hotel in Jefferson City.  Registration starts at 7 am, with the event kicking off at 9 am.

Here’s a list of the featured speakers:

Mark Meckler, Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots and President of Citizens for Self Governance

Michael Quinn Sullivan, President of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

Ryan Johnson, Co-Founder and President of Missouri Alliance for Freedom

Brenda Talent, President of The Show Me Institute

Duane Lester, Editor in Chief of The Missouri Torch

State Senator John Lamping

State Representative Paul Curtman

I’ll be speaking on two different topics.

This is more than a bunch of speeches.  There will be panels on how to impact change in Missouri, including how to lobby your legislator and how to create effective grassroots movements.

Here’s the agenda:

agendaIn the mean time, you can register for the event here.

It’s only $20, and that includes food.  More the worth the price of admission.

Hope to see you there.  If so, stop me and say “Hi.”

Join Missouri Conservatives At the Life Liberty Property Summit on October 4th in Jefferson City

PRESS RELEASE: Missouri Alliance for Freedom Applauds Do Pass Vote on SJR 26

maff_logo_lgil_transparentThe Missouri Alliance for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization with the goal of enhancing Missouri’s welfare by protecting and growing individual, religious, and economic liberty throughout the state. We will propagate public policy that encourages personal freedom and a free economy through legislative participation, grassroots organization, issue advocacy and empowering citizens through education.

This morning SJR 26 was voted “do pass” out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee as chaired by Sen. Will Kraus. SJR 26 is a spending cap. Senate Joint Resolution 26 offered by Senator Brad Lager limits the state general revenue appropriations to the amount appropriated in the previous fiscal year, then adjusted for inflation. This act also states, if the general revenue collections exceed the total state general revenue appropriations by more than one percent, the excess of money will be transferred into a cash operating fund. This operating fund would have the purpose of reducing all income taxes on the state level.

The vote count at the time of this release is 7-2 with Sens. Kraus, Wallingford, Emery, Lager, Lamping, Parson, and Schmitt voting do pass and Sens. LeVota and Sifton voting against and Sen. Chappelle-Nadal abstaining. “This is a big step. A similar bill has been filed year after year but rarely given the attention it’s due. This is a common sense measure that limits the growth of government. It is fundamental to conservative thought. I don’t want to sound too optimistic because we have a long way to go but we are hopeful that it will go to the Senate floor for debate and an up or down vote this year. Missouri has a spending problem and SJR 26 addresses that. This should be easy but it is not. Some will compare this to TABOR in Colorado but that is not entirely accurate. This is not a revenue limitation like Colorado’s law. SJR26 compliments Hancock which some politicians and bureaucrats don’t like but the voters love” stated Ryan Johnson, President of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom.

There is a coalition consisting of Missouri Alliance for Freedom, Americans for Prosperity-MO, United for Missouri, and the Missouri Family Network and other conservative activists working to secure passage of SJR26. “It is exciting to have good people pulling in the same direction for a great cause. We all believe in limited government and individual freedom. Like the old saying goes…it is amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit.”

PRESS RELEASE: Missouri Alliance for Freedom Applauds Do Pass Vote on SJR 26

Irony: Rep. Mike Lair Says “Don’t Vilify Me” for Vilifying Opponents of Common Core

Ryan Johnson of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom posted my article on Rep. Mike Lair’s appropriation of $8 in taxpayer money to buy tin foil hats for opponents of Common Core on Rep. Lair’s Facebook page.

Believe it or not, Lair and I are not Facebook friends. Go figure.

Johnson commented:

I don’t even think this would happen in student government association at a university, but it happened in your Missouri State House of Representatives. These kinds of games are beneath Rep. Mike Lair’s office. Inappropriate & insulating.

To that, Rep. Lair asked that he not be vilified for his vilification of concerned Missouri mothers and fathers.

No, seriously:

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You crazy conspiracy theorists!

Can’t you see?! Lair had a bill that “requires the State Board of Education to create rules to protect any student data that is gathered locally.”

And if you can’t trust the government in Missouri to protect your information, who can you trust?

I mean, it’s not like the federal government is going to come back and say, “Oh, by the way, if you want any money in the future, you’re going to have to turn over that data” or maybe pass a law that compels the surrender of the data.

That’s crazy talk, AMIRITE?

Plus, since we’ll have crack school board computer programmers on the job, it will be totally hacker proof, or something.

No, none of that is possible. Here’s your government funded tin foil hat, you conspiracy theorist.

Now, don’t vilify Rep. Lair. After all, he knows more than you. Plus, he’s from the government and he’s here to help.

Irony: Rep. Mike Lair Says “Don’t Vilify Me” for Vilifying Opponents of Common Core