Monday, May 24, 2010

MSU Journalism Professor Andy Cline on Press Politics

The uncut interview with Andrew Cline tackles local issues involving the responsibility of the press and some of Springfield's recent history leading up to what Cline has described as toxic dialogue.

In addition to being a tenured journalism professor at MSU, Cline authors Carbon Trace and a press-politics journal titled Rhetorica.

The photo and interview posted above was composedt by Missouri Netizen author Darin Codon at the Mudhouse in Springfield.  During a brief discussion Cline expressed his excitement about the transition of news coverage from traditional newspapers to online distribution. Cline noted the best coverage of Springfield City Hall was available online.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Missouri officials traveled world at others' expense ( By David Lieb)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 4:16 p.m. CDT
JEFFERSON CITY— Missouri's top elected officials traveled the world last year at the expense of others — largely to see how government works in foreign countries.
Reports filed recently with the Missouri Ethics Commission show statewide officials took trips in 2009 to Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Lebanon, Spain, Taiwan and the Cayman Islands, as well as several U.S. destinations. Much of the nearly $37,000 tab was picked up by nonprofit organizations and foreign governments.
Missouri's elected officials are required to file personal financial disclosure statements each May. They must list, among other things, all out-of-state travel from the prior year that was not paid for by the government, the officeholders or their relatives.
Treasurer Clint Zweifel, a Democrat, was the top recipient of free trips in 2009. His $15,622 worth of travel to Brazil, Spain and Germany was funded through Eisenhower Fellowships and the American Council on Germany. Both groups send young American leaders overseas to meet with government officials and business leaders.
Zweifel said he applied for the Eisenhower Fellowships before he was elected treasurer in 2008. His trips to Brazil and Spain through that program focused on energy policy. Zweifel said the state treasurer helps facilitate low-interest loans for alternative energy projects and serves on a state commission that awards incentives for low-income housing projects.
His Germany trip covered a variety of policy issues, Zweifel said. Between the three trips, Zweifel was out of the country for about five weeks. He said it was a valuable experience.
"Having a global perspective is imperative to ensure that Missouri is competitive," Zweifel said.
Zweifel is in Philadelphia this week for an annual meeting of Eisenhower Fellowships' participants and supporters. He is scheduled to speak to the group Thursday about his experiences in the program.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, ranked second among statewide officials with $11,846 of travel expenses paid for by others last year. She said most of it related to her duties as secretary of state, except for tickets to a Washington press corps banquet provided by a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter.
The Brennan Center for Justice paid for Carnahan to attend a conference on election issues in Jacksonville, Fla. The National Democratic Institute paid for Carnahan to monitor elections in Lebanon. And a meeting with government and business leaders in Israel was funded by the Green Family Foundation, which describes itself as a nonprofit organization that supports social programs to improve global health and alleviate poverty.
Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat, was one of nine state attorneys general from around the country to travel to Taiwan at that government's expense. His tab: $6,085. A spokeswoman for the National Association of Attorneys General said Taiwan has a long history of inviting American officials to meet with its own officials.
Koster's former law firm also paid for his meals during a vacation to the Cayman Islands.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, reported one trip of $2,775 — paid for by Canada — to tour the Canadian Oil Sands.
Gov. Jay Nixon and Auditor Susan Montee listed no out-of-state travel on their disclosure reports. Nixon and Montee did travel as part of their jobs at taxpayer expense.

Missouri Office of Administration - State Revenue Report April 2010



Jefferson City - - State Budget Director Linda Luebbering announced today that 2010 fiscal year-to-date net general revenue collections declined 11.7 percent compared to fiscal year 2009, from $6.4 billion last year to $5.7 billion this year. 
Net general revenue collections for April 2010 decreased by 3.6 percent compared to those for April 2009, from $1.0 billion to $986.8 million.
Director Luebbering also noted the state has repaid the entire $520 million that was borrowed for cash flow purposes from the Budget Reserve Fund, several weeks ahead of the Constitutional deadline of May 15.
Individual income tax collections
  • Decreased 8.9 percent for the year, from $5.06 billion last year to $4.61 billion this year.
  • Decreased 6.5 percent for the month.
Sales and use tax collections
  • Decreased 6.5 percent for the year, from $1.57 billion last year to $1.46 billion this year.
  • Decreased 3.0 percent for the month.
Corporate income and corporate franchise tax collections
  • Decreased 8.3 percent for the year, from $441.2 million last year to $404.4 million this year.
  • Increased 7.5 percent for the month.
All other collections
  • Decreased 7.7 percent for the year, from $392.3 million last year to $362.3 million this year.
  • Decreased 9.3 percent for the month.
  • Increased 12.8 percent for the year, from $1.04 billion last year to $1.17 billion this year.
  • Decreased 15.0 percent for the month.

Missouri Officials Find E. Coli at 4 beaches (AP Report)

High E. coli levels found at 4 Missouri beaches

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Taney County Prevailing Wages as Published by the Missouri Department of Labor

Branson Tea Party Fundraising Event -"The Constitution in the Tradition of the Founding Fathers"

Press Release by The Branson Tea Party Coalition

BRANSON, Mo. – The Branson Tea Party Coalition, National Center for Constitutional Studies and
The Mid -America Constitution Coalition are pleased to bring this two-day conference of education and informational studies of the “Making of America” to The Hughes Brothers Theatre.

Tera Sukman, co-founder of the Branson Tea Party Coalition said: “Time is of the essence for all our
public leaders to learn how these great men, who came together from many different backgrounds, sat down and came up with the Constitution and learned to work together for the common good of man. The gathering of those great men led to building our great nation.” She goes on to quote Thomas Jefferson “ A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned- this is the sum of good government.” Dr. Earl Taylor, President of the National Center of Constitutional Studies, who recently appeared on the “Founding Founders” segment of the Glenn Beck Show, will teach Saturday’s conference.

Attendees will receive a workbook, “The Making of America”, the book “The 5,000-year Leap” and lunch on Saturday July 17, 2010. This event is open to the public. This teaching tool should be required for all public officials. It has been made affordable (Two day conference for $25.00 per person) through the donations of The Branson Tea Party Coalition, National Center for Constitutional Studies, and The Mid-America Constitution Coalition.

This event will sell out fast. General admission seating is limited; tickets are available through the Hughes Brothers Box office (417) 334-0076. It is on a first come, first serve basis. More Constitutional experts arebeing added for Sunday’s event.

Friday, May 14, 2010

David Catanese Interview Deleted By KY3

Ky3 Political Notebook Q&A Wit by Bradbelote 
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The interview posted above was conducted by Brad Belote of KY3 prior to political reporter David Catonese's paid post at Politico.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Taney County Arrest Reports April 30th - May 7th 2010

Taney County Arrest Report 5.7.10 (Taney County Sheriff's Department)

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