Tag: Republicans

Jeremy Mahurin and Facets of Marijuana Legislation

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Marijuana legalization efforts are sweeping the country.  With the support of Republicans, Democrats and Libertatians, it looks like Missouri may be next. However, some say, “Not so fast.”  There is more we need to know in the debate.

Today, we interview Pastor Jeremy Mahurin, Founder of Christian Conservatives Taking Action and associate pastor at Living Water Worship Center, to discuss some political realities you may have not considered. There are two sides to every issue, so you will appreciate hearing the other factors you may not have considered.

A New Kind of Fishing Lure

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F-15 Eagle. Photo by Scott K. Williams

What does Missouri have in common with Washington State?  We both play host to Boeing.  I love having Boeing in our state!  Some of my best constituents and donors work there, many from when it was McDonnell-Douglass.  Every year Boeing would arrange for a tour for the legislators and I went as often as possible to show them the respect they deserve for being with us.  I have seen these airplanes being built from start to finish.  It is a beautiful operation and we are very proud of Boeing.

The economic developers in any state will clamor to compete for these businesses.  Boeing in the St. Louis area employs about 15,000 people.  Boeing in Everett, Washington employs about 56,000.  However, a few weeks ago 67% of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union employees in Everett turned down a contract.  Now Boeing is looking elsewhere for where they will build their next aircraft. Continue reading

The Future of Conservatism?

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This country is on a road trip, but where are we going? Bernie and Matt are on their way to a fun night together. Yet, while we are busy having a great time, what can we do to keep our country from veering off the path of liberty?

Like the song goes, “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain… but I always thought I’d see you again.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3uaXCJcRrE  When is our country going to come back?  What has happened to the “Conservative Movement”?  What has it done?  The conservative movement has scored many victories in terms of getting conservatives elected.  Yet, what happens to all that conservative sentiment after these candidates get sworn into office?  Even with the new infusion of candidates who give great speeches about liberty on the campaign trail, the principles of conservatism have suffered defeat in actual legislative results.  To use a football term, we are losing yardage.

How could we have a statement of values and beliefs, get our hands on the reigns of political power and have nothing to show for it?  Government is growing bigger, the economic stability is becoming weaker, people are losing their medical insurance and more jobs are going to foreign countries.  So what are we supposed to do to change the decline of our country? Continue reading

Michael Peroutka

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Was the government shutdown a charade that accomplished nothing for America? Why would a candidate run if he couldn’t win?  Why should anyone run? Where is the country headed?  These are questions we will answer with Michael Peroutka, former presidential candidate.

Michael Anthony Peroutka (born 1952) is a Maryland lawyer, the founder of the Institute on the Constitution. He once held a position in the United States Department of Health and Human Services and was the Constitution Party candidate for president in 2004. He is co-host of The American View radio program. You can read more here www.theamericanview.com.

Veto Session

Is the Democrat Governor More Constitutional than the Republican Legislature?

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“Excuse me Mr. Speaker, but did you know the legislators are doing something unconstitutional?”

Before a bill becomes law, the governor has an
opportunity to stop or veto it.  Before the bill is completely dead, a vote can be taken in each chamber—the House and the Senate.  If 2/3rds of the members of each chamber agree, they can override the Governor.  This is a valuable check and balance.  In the middle of this month, members of the General Assembly reconvened for the purpose of considering whether they would override any of the Governor’s vetoes.

The first year I was in the House, the Republican majority overrode a Democrat governor’s veto on three bills. After that year, no other bills were overridden while I was in office.  Part of this is because Missouri had a Republican House, Senate and Governor, so everyone was motivated to make the party look good.  Now that there is a Democrat governor, the opportunities are greater to showcase their differences, although they are still very few.  History of vetoed bills: Continue reading