HUGE NEWS: The Kansas City Star endorsed the Clean Missouri Initiative in today’s paper! Read it — and then share with all your friends and colleagues.
Here are a few excerpts:
[C]itizens are stepping up, attempting to do what legislators won’t. It’s a welcome development.
Some 500 petitioners are roaming the state most weekends collecting signatures for something called ‘The Clean Missouri Initiative’ that would go on the November 2018 ballot. This is the latest bid by regular folks to take control of their government back from the big corporations and the special interests.
The initiative would enshrine in the Missouri Constitution a series of proposals that lawmakers have kicked around for years. In one fell swoop, the state would:· Require that lawmakers wait two years before they could turn around and lobby their colleagues.· Eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts. No freebie could be valued at more than $5. In other words, lobbyists could buy legislators a cup of coffee — and no more.· Eliminate partisan gerrymandering when it comes to redrawing lines for legislative districts. The focus would be to return competitiveness to races that too often have become one-sided incumbent coronations.· Set campaign donation limits at $2,500 for the state Senate and $2,000 for the House.· Open legislative records to public review.
All these proposals have merit and would go a long way toward cleaning up Jefferson City. As an added bonus, members of both parties embrace this proposal….
If anything is going to get done when it comes to cleaning up state government, the responsibility will fall to the people themselves. Key leaders in the General Assembly seem determined to keep the steady stream of free tickets, free meals and free booze flowing.
Lawmakers have practically invited citizens to take matters into their own hands. And that’s exactly what’s happening.
Missourians have voiced overwhelming support for clean-government initiatives over the years. Get this on the ballot, and the days of whiffing on ethics will finally end.We’re building momentum and growing our coalition across Missouri because leaders like you are standing up to say enough — and saying it’s time to take back our state government from the big donors, lobbyists, and self-serving political insiders.So, thank you for all you’ve done to get us this far, and for all you’re doing to help us win in November 2018.Onward.Clean Missouri
Central Chapter Annual Dinner
2017 Annual Dinner &
Election of Officers
President, State Conference of the NAACP
District Public Defender
Topic: Injustice within the Jury System
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Quinn Chapel AME Church
415 Lafayette St
Jefferson City, MO 65101
6PM to 9PM
Dinner provided by the Blue Skillet
Faith Communities Unite for Democracy Reform
In 2014, Kathy Lutz needed open heart surgery. To cover the medical costs and travel from Springfield to St. Louis, Kathy took out a title loan and four payday loans. Then she spent years trapped in the debt cycle.
“We gave up hope. Triple digit interest rates are impossible. Our government passes laws all the time to protect us. Why don’t we have legislation that protects us from predatory lending?”
Unfortunately, it is all too clear. When payday lenders spend over $1.5 million on our Missouri legislature, our legislators choose campaign contributions over our families.
No matter what political party you support, this is not right. A democracy with unlimited campaign contributions and lobbyist gifts gives wealthy donors and lobbyists too much control and influence over our state government.
We believe our Missouri democracy works best when candidates have to win votes, debate the issues, and represent their constituents.
This initiative will:
- lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates
- eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts in the General Assembly
- require politicians to wait two years before becoming lobbyists
- ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census, by asking a nonpartisan expert to draw fair legislative district maps, which would then be reviewed by a citizen commission
Triple dignity interest rates are immoral. They should be illegal. Will you join Kathy in collecting signatures so we can get payday money out of politics?