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Fired Up! Missouri - Anne Zerr http://firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/505/0 en Just When You Thought Republicans Couldn't Be More Offensive... http://firedupmissouri.com/content/just-when-you-thought-republicans-couldnt-be-more-offensive <p><strong><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://www.semissourian.com/photos/13/68/39/1368394-H.jpg" style="width: 137px; height: 191px;" />State Rep. Donna Lichtenegger</strong> (R-Jackson) <a href="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5455/7049642395_7dbd60c79a_b.jpg">shares the photo below on Facebook</a>.&nbsp; This is unacceptable on every level given the type of hate is spews and violence it encourages.&nbsp; <em>Assault and Battery = Attitude Adjustment?</em> In what situation?&nbsp; Absolutely none.&nbsp;<em> Same sex marriage = Legalized Perversion?</em>&nbsp; Really?!</p> <p>Given that Lichtenegger posted this on at least <strong>Rep. Anne Zerr, Rep. Charlie Davis</strong>, and <strong>House Majority Leader Tim Jones&#39;</strong> Facebook pages, it&#39;s clear she was pretty excited about sharing this with all her buddies.</p> <p><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7038/7049641749_80ac87a731_z.jpg" style="width: 494px; height: 640px;" /></p> <p>And lest we forget, this isn&#39;t the first time Lichtenegger has posted something controversial on her page.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.pitch.com/gyrobase/blogs/Post?id=plog&amp;year=2011&amp;month=01&amp;day=21&amp;basename=donna-lichtenegger-freshman-missouri-lawmaker-loves-lobbyists-and-all-the-free-food-and-stuff-you-get">During her first month of being a State Representative, she exitedly posted about how much she loves lobbyists and all the free food and gifts she gets in doing her job as an elected official.</a></p> <p>When are Republican leaders in Missouri going to call on their members to stop pushing this kind of hatred in the Show-Me State? I call on <strong>Speaker Steven Tilley</strong> and <strong>Majority Leader Jones</strong> to actively repudiate this sort of behavior and denounce Lichtenneger&#39;s actions and the hate she and others are promulgating.</p> <!--break--><!--break--> Anne Zerr Charlie Davis Donna Lichtenegger Hate Steven Tilley Tim Jones Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:07:51 +0000 Parker 15353 at http://firedupmissouri.com Surprise! Republicans in the Missouri House Pushing More Extreme Right-Wing Legislation http://firedupmissouri.com/content/surprise-republicans-missouri-house-pushing-more-extreme-right-wing-legislation <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/stltoday.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/dd/6ddc37fa-d3f0-11e0-b84e-0019bb30f31a/4e5e64d0f3ab3.image.jpg" style="width: 170px; height: 185px;" />Do you want a state contract? Do you have lots and lots of money to burn? Well <strong>Rep. Chrissy Sommer</strong> (R-St. Charles), <strong>Rep. Anne Zerr</strong> (R-St. Charles) and republicans in the Missouri legsilature have a deal for you!</p> <p>If <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB2076&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">HB 2076 (<span id="ContentPlaceHolder1_BillSection"><span class="hslice"><em>Establishes a preference in governmental contracts for person who contribute to alternatives to abortion services</em>)</span></span></a> were to become law, you could ensure that in the bidding process you would receive a bidding preference of up to 5 points if you toss a bunch of money at &quot;<em>alternatives to abortion agency or to the alternatives to abortion support fund.</em>&quot;</p> <p>Not only that, but you don&#39;t even have to send the money to them <em>before</em> you get the contract, you can just <em>say </em>you&#39;re going to and then after you get the contract, you have 12 months to send it.&nbsp; So take those profits you&#39;re going to get from a taxpayer funded state contract and send &#39;em on over to the anti-choicers at a pregnancy resource center, <a href="http://democrats.oversight.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=2552&amp;catid=44:legislation">places notorious for refusing to be forthright about their true agenda of misleading women about their reproductive choices.</a></p> <p>Just as an example, say you&#39;re a contractor in Joplin and you want to get a state contract to help rebuild a damaged portion of a state highway - a contract that has <em>nothing to do with human reproduction in any way, shape, or form</em> - you would be given 5 bonus bid points if you give 10% of the cost of the contract to one of these alternative agencies.</p> <p>How many more pieces of legislation are there going to be that don&#39;t address the budget crisis our state faces and instead force the ideological preferences of the right-wing fringe on others?</p> <!--break--><!--break--> Anne Zerr Chrissy Sommer Cloria Brown Diane Franklin Donna Lichtenegger Eileen McGeoghan Ellen Brandom Health Care Jeanie Riddle John Diehl Linda Black Mark Parkinson Michele Kratky Mike Kelly Sandy Crawford Sue Entlicher Tim Jones Tim Meadows Wanda Brown Women's Health Wed, 04 Apr 2012 16:16:09 +0000 Parker 15348 at http://firedupmissouri.com A "New Low" http://firedupmissouri.com/content/new-low-0 <p>The Post-Dispatch <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/the-platform/editorial-trying-to-cut-health-care-for-blind-new-low/article_77b768b8-91ef-5623-8056-0e3b70da7458.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">weighs in</a> on<strong> Rep. Tom Flanigan&#39;s</strong> (R-Carthage) decision to cut funding for a&nbsp;Medicaid program for the blind without debate or public comment:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Backing the budget bus over the blind without even stopping to honk the horn isn&#39;t just irresponsible and it isn&#39;t just mean, it is despicable.</strong></p> <p>[<strong>Anne Zerr</strong> (R-St. Charles), <strong>Sue Allen </strong>(R-Town and Country) and<strong> Paul Curtman</strong> (R-Pacific)] are under no obligation to follow the ridiculous actions of their chairman. One of them, or all of them, should have stood up for their blind constituents.</p> <p>In their silence, they failed the test of common decency.</p> </blockquote> Anne Zerr Paul Curtman Sue Allen Tom Flanigan Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:18:43 +0000 .Sean 15160 at http://firedupmissouri.com Tom Smith: "Speaker Jetton and his consulting firm all over again" http://firedupmissouri.com/content/speaker-jetton-and-his-consulting-firm-all-over-again <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/1145001.html">Steve Kraske reports in today's Star</a> about the curious financial arrangement of Speaker Ron Richard's legislative director, Tom Smith.&nbsp; Smith is a &quot;key player&quot; in the assigning of bills to House committees, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/1145001.html">also happens to run a business that collected $500k last year from Republican candidates last year</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>A top aide to the speaker of the Missouri House runs a political consulting business on the side that generated nearly $500,000 last year, records examined by The Kansas City Star show.</p> <p>In his public job as legislative director, Tom Smith holds significant influence over the life or death of bills moving through the General Assembly. Critics said his political consulting business raises questions about the potential for a conflict of interest in one of the most powerful offices in state government.</p> </blockquote> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/node/4263">Previous Fired Up! coverage of Smith's self-dealing can be found here.</a></p> <p>Of course, Smith denies any hint of wrongdoing, and no Republican legislators remember an explicit demand from Smith.&nbsp; &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s absurd that someone could buy 1,000 pieces (of mail) and somehow have a level of influence,&rdquo; Smith says.&nbsp;</p> <p>I think it's absurd to think that Smith's clients are only buying 1,000 pieces of mail.</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/1145001.html" target="_blank">Here's the take from George Connor, a Missouri State University political scientist:</a></p> <blockquote><p>&ldquo;I cannot imagine how this doesn&rsquo;t look wrong.&rdquo; Connor said the situation with Smith was similar to one involving former House Speaker Rod Jetton last year.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;This is Speaker Jetton and his consulting firm all over again,&rdquo; Connor said. &ldquo;It seems to me the conflict of interest is glaring here. It has the appearance of impropriety.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>When Jetton was speaker, he performed consulting work for a series of lawmakers, including Republican Sens. Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau and Luann Ridgeway of Smithville, and Rep. Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis.</p> </blockquote> <p>Kraske goes on to point out Lt. Governor Peter Kinder's concern with Rod Jetton's arrangement-- but Kinder may be less interested in taking on Tom Smith now, seeing how <a target="_blank" href="http://www.surveysaintlouis.com/index-3.html">he's bought in to Smith's &quot;Gateway to Victory Program.&quot;</a></p> <p>Here is the Survey St. Louis Client List, as currently listed on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.surveysaintlouis.com/index-3.html">the firm's website</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder</li> <li>State Senator Tom Dempsey</li> <li>State Senator Eric Schmitt</li> <li>State Senator Jane Cunningham</li> <li>House Republican Campaign Committee</li> <li>Senate Majority Fund</li> <li>Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Pratt</li> <li>State Representative Mark A. Parkinson</li> <li>State Representative Ryan Silvey</li> <li>State Representative Anne F. Zerr</li> <li>State Representative Chuck Gatschenberger</li> <li>State Representative Sally Faith</li> <li>State Representative Brian Nieves</li> <li>State Representative Bob Nance</li> <li>State Representative Jerry Nolte</li> <li>State Representative Doug Funderburk</li> <li>State Representative Joe Smith</li> </ul> <p>You won't find Smith's name or bio anywhere on the site, though. Like any reputable campaign firm, Survey St. Louis doesn't have a single principal or staff member name <em>anywhere </em>on its <a target="_blank" href="http://www.surveysaintlouis.com/index.html">website</a>.</p> <p>I guess his clients just know what they need to know.</p> Anne Zerr Bob Onder Bryan Pratt Chuck Gatschenberger Eric Schmitt Jane Cunningham Jason Crowell Luann Ridgeway Mark Parkinson Peter Kinder Rod Jetton Ryan Silvey Tom Dempsey Tom Smith Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:28:05 +0000 .Sean 8479 at http://firedupmissouri.com