A letter from Senator Ridgeway

Dear friend,

The government can’t get out of debt by getting into more debt.  But the tax and spend liberals don’t understand this.

Sadly, the same type of politicians who are spending us into financial oblivion with risky stimulus spending and bailout schemes are also busy at work in our state capitol.

The spendourway to prosperity policies that are being put forward by federal bureaucrats and congressional liberals are completely wrongheaded.  You know it and I know it, but we’ve got to spread the message before it’s too late.

There’s a battle raging in Jefferson City right now and if we don’t stand up for what is right then our children and grandchildren will be the ones left paying the bill.  But maybe that’s what big government liberals want?  After all, our Governor, Jay Nixon, recently proclaimed this on C-Span:

“If there’s debt, Missouri kids and grandkids          will pay that debt off.”


You know what the big picture is:  tax-and-spend politicians are trying to drown our economy in debt and conservatives have to stop them if we have any hope for future prosperity.

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But I want to talk about some of the specific proposals that Missouri liberals want to use from Obama’s “stimulus” program.  They want to use this one-time money to pump up long term welfare programs.  Programs like:

** Expanding Welfare with one-time stimulus money

** Radically expanding the size of state government

** Long-term extended unemployment benefits

What happens when the pork-u-lus pump runs dry?  These programs do not stop when the money runs out.  We all know how hard it is to get dependents off the government dole once they’ve been “in the system.”

Any accountant would tell the governor you shouldn’t take on long term debt just because you have some extra short-term money.  So what will all these welfare expansions inevitably lead to?


There’s really no other way.  I can tell you that these welfare programs and government expansions will inevitably lead to higher taxes after the federal government pulls the plug on the pork-u-lus money.

Here we are, seeing nothing but failure from Washington’s record-shattering spending and now the governor wants to spend like this in Missouri.

The D.C. politicians might like that, but in Missouri we understand that spending more than you have is a bad idea.

Our nation is facing unprecedented deficits — deficits even greater than we ran during World War II.  Now the federal government is starting to print Trillions of dollars to help fund their spending spree.

Yes, that’s Trillion.  With a capital T!

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LBJ tried to print enough money to cover his so called “Great Society” welfare programs and ran up the national deficit in the 60s.  Apparently the federal government didn’t learn anything from that lesson, because they’re going down the same path.

Well, I say, “Not in Missouri!”

We need to get the message out that common sense fiscal policy is the answer to our economy’s problems – not greater debt.  I’ve been working hard to spread the message in Jefferson City, but I need your help to show how many Missourians are against thisstimulusnonsense.

What really has me concerned is that many Republicans are feeling pressure from the liberal media and their Jefferson City allies to cave in to these welfare-expanding policies.

You would expect liberals to be all for bigger government, but Republicans too!?

We have to make sure that conservatives don’t go weak in the knees on these D.C.inspired spending sprees.

That’s why I’ve included a petition against this fiscally irresponsible approach to the stimulus.  I want to show my fellow senators, especially in my own party, that Missourians are against this wasteful and misguided spending.

I want to gather as many signatures as possible before next session to show my colleagues that people are against these irresponsible policies!

I also want to ask you to consider contributing so I can spread the message about the big-spending liberals’ wrongheaded plans beyond Clay County.

Remember, if we don’t stand up to the taxandspend liberals now, we’ll be paying for these programs forever.

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If you’re as fed up with these trillion dollar deficits and entitlement programs as I am, sign my petition and send a message to the governor:  no more taxes and no more wasteful spending!

To help me spread the message across the state, I’m asking you to send $100 to be a “Stimulus” Buster.  This contribution will help me show my colleagues how much opposition there is to this unprecedented government expansion.

If you can’t give $100, you can join this movement as a “Stimulus” Critic for $75, or for $50 you can join as a   “Stimulus” Skeptic.

The amount isn’t as important as showing support for common sense fiscal policy.  If we don’t stand up for what is right today, we’ll be paying for what is wrong forever.


Sen. Luann Ridgeway

P.S.  Sign the anti-stimulus and wasteful spending petition enclosed so we can tell the big-government liberals we’ve had enough of these spend-our-way to prosperity policies.

P.P.S. By sending your $100 contribution today and becoming aStimulusBuster, we’ll spread the message of common sense fiscal policy across Missouri.

If you can’t give $100, you could be a “Stimulus” Critic for $75 or a “Stimulus” Skeptic for $50.

Preserve the Initiative and Referendum in Missouri SB569

Friends of liberty,

It is no revelation that many of our elected officials are too easily persuaded by monied special interest groups and  poorly grounded in the fundamental principles of liberty.  And we know how oppressive and unresponsive government has proven itself to be (e.g. failing to do anything about private use eminent domain).

That”s why it is important, even vital, for Missourians to have access to the ballot initiative and referendum (I&R) so they can fix problems independent of the politicians through enacting new laws or constitutional amendment (initiatives), or repealing laws (referendum).

The problem is that Missouri’s present system is lopsided.  It is wrought with ambiguities and pitfalls that can be used to squelch the desires of the people.  Monied opponents to a popular measure can tie a petition up in court so long that there is no time left to collect signatures.  Elected officials can arbitrarily apply the rules so  as to  favor proposals they like and  greatly impede ones they don’t like.  Something needs to be done.

Missouri First, along with a couple of dozen people who care about liberty, and Missouri State Senator Jim Lembke have put their collective talent and experience behind a solution.  Senator Lembke has filed SB569 , a bill that solves the most grievous problems in a way that respects constitutional principles.

Please read the executive summary, below, and check out the bill at http://www.senate.mo.gov/09info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=969195

Please drop Sen. Lembke a note of appreciation and stay tuned to see how you can help preserve the I&R process – our best tool to accomplish many other goals.

– Ron Calzone


Ron Calzone
Director, Missouri First, Inc.
Web URL http://www.mofirst.org

Initiative Reform Bill – Executive Summary

  1. The Initiative and Referendum are among the most fundamental of Missourians’ rights.
    1. The people of Missouri are the source of the government’s political power: They delegate specific power to the state:
      1. Art. I § 1: “That all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.”
    2. In a clear and bold statement, the people of Missouri have made clear their reservation of I&R power. These terms are not used anywhere else in the constitution.
      1. Art. II § 49: “The people reserve power to propose and enact or reject laws and amendments to the constitution by the initiative, independent of the general assembly, and also reserve power to approve or reject by referendum any act of the general assembly, except as hereinafter provided.”
    3. Our I&R policy should reflect the utmost respect for the people’s authority and the reservation of these powers. It is essential that the process for using this vital check be efficient and accessible to the average Missourian. At the same time our policy should respect the fact that the people also set up a system of representative governance – so there should also be protections from the pitfalls of direct democracy.
  1. The most basic principles of the American concept of a constitutional republic are the separation of power and checks and balances on the power. I&R is one of the people’s “checks” on government.
    1. The three branches of government are designed to check one another.
    2. The people also have reserved their own checks.
      1. Elections
      2. The ultimate “check” – the right to keep and bear arms.
      3. The initiative (to enact policy), and the referendum (to repeal laws passed by the legislature).
        1. These powers, when used to check an oppressive or unresponsive government, is designed to keep the people from having to resort to the ultimate check.
  1. The focus of I&R reforms should be on ensuring the desires of the signers of the petitions are honored – that includes preventing fraud.
    1. Obstructions by opponents or government officials should not be allowed to disenfranchise voters.
    2. Mistakes by others should not disenfranchise the voter.
    3. Fraudulent activities should not misrepresent the voter’s intent.
  1. Elements Of The Bill
    1. Day” is defined
      1. There has been some confusion about whether to count weekends and holidays in the time limits already present in statutes.
    2. New section: Declares that the will of the signer should be the primary consideration when determining what to do with his signature.
      1. Under current law, other’s mistakes can cause the signer to be disenfranchised.
    3. The meaning of “repealed” is clarified.
      1. There has been some confusion over how to deal with what must be included in a petition.
    4. Strike-through font is allowed in addition to the required brackets around deleted language because the average voter better understands strike-through than he does brackets.
    5. Signatures accidentally placed on the wrong county petition sheet can be recovered.
      1. Local election authorities are not charged with this responsibility.
    6. If a circulator registration form is lost, the voters are not disenfranchised so long as proof of authenticity is provided.
    7. Additional fraudulent activities are defined.
    8. Obstructing a voter from signing a petition is made a crime.
    9. New provision allows counting all the signatures properly filed with the SOS.
      1. Currently, the entire petition can be thrown out if even a small part of it is not properly organized.
    10. Late challenges to the ballot title don’t disenfranchise voters who signed a petition with a previously approved ballot title.
    11. Petition proponent can elect to participate in a challenge to the ballot title brought by another party.
    12. Time limits on litigation of the ballot title.
    13. When more than one ballot measure on similar topics are approved by the voters all the non-conflicting elements become law.
      1. Presently, another ballot measure can supersede the entirety of an amendment even when there are elements that are totally unique.
    14. Time limits specified for the SOS to convey a newly submitted petition to the AG and auditor.

Please contact my friends Mr. Silvey and Mr. Grill and ask for their support

HCR 13

The following resolution had a hearing in the REAL ID AND PERSONAL PRIVACY COMMITTEE Tuesday February 10th with no one speaking against it.

Please take a moment to call state representatives

Jason Grill 573-751-4066

who is reported to have strong aspirations to run for state Senate in 2010 and

Ryan Silvey 573-751-5282

Mr. Silvey has an awesome bill (HB 381) that he champions to move license Bureau croony money from the hands of the sitting governor’s friends into local school districts and non for profits.

Please let them know the constitution is important to you, and there help would be greatly appreciated to get this resolution out of committee and onto the floor for discussion.

Here is the bill.


House Concurrent Resolution No. 13



Whereas, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”; and

Whereas, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and

Whereas, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and

Whereas, today, in 2009, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and

Whereas, many federal laws are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and

Whereas, the Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of the United States of America and each sovereign state in the Union of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal government may not usurp; and

Whereas, Article IV, Section 4 says, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government”, and the Ninth Amendment states that “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”; and

Whereas, the United States Supreme Court has rules in New York v. United States, 112 S.Ct. 2408 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and

Whereas, a number of proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from the present administration and from Congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States:

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-fifth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States; and

Be it further resolved that this concurrent resolution serve as Notice and Demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers; and

Be it further resolved that all compulsory federal legislation which directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed; and

Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the Senate of each state’s legislature, and each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation.

8 states declare sovereignty!


Several states have recently appealed to the 10th and/or the 9th Amendments to assert their state rights over federal government. These amendments state:

Amendment 9 – Construction of Constitution. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment 10 – Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

  1. Washington

  1. New Hampshire

  1. Arizona

  1. Montana

  1. Michigan

  1. Missouri

  1. Oklahoma


  1. Hawaii

Federal Government controls Missouri with tax and handouts

Please use the link below to tell the Missouri Department of Conservation to stop accepting socialist handouts from the feds.  If their department costs are too high, then they need to cut expenses, not comply with a national registry of gun and land owners.  This registry will increase costs, and they want us to pay for it.

Sport Permit Restructuring And Pricing

Due to publishing schedules of rules, permit changes passed by the Conservation Commission on September 26 take effect July 1, 2009, instead of March 1, as previously announced.

Give us your comments

Missouri Department of Conservation welcomes comments from the public on these permit changes. MDC will not respond to individual comments.

After a yearlong review of sport permit regulations, the Conservation Commission passed the following changes, at the Sept. 26, 2008, meeting. At the October 31, 2008 meeting the Commission approved a revised effective date of July 1, 2009, for all changes:

  • Established a 50-percent discounted price for resident and nonresident youth on deer, turkey and trout permits
  • Eliminated the youth deer and turkey hunting permit and the youth antlerless permit
  • Approved allowing resident youth under the age of 16 to trap without a permit
  • Set a minimum age of 6 for obtaining deer and turkey permits
  • Approved allowing nonresident youth to hunt during the 2-day youth spring turkey season beginning in 2010
  • Established a light goose conservation order permit
  • Modified most sport permit prices
  • Approved allowing nonresident college and technical school students to purchase resident permits
  • Made the hunter-education and age requirements for mentors consistent
  • Created cost-savings “Forever” permits for seniors who hunt small game and fish each year
  • Created a landowner registry for those who qualify for no-cost deer and turkey permits
  • No longer allow lessees, who live on the property, to qualify for landowner privileges
  • Changed the landowner acreage requirement for no-cost deer and turkey permit privileges to 80 or more contiguous acres
  • Eliminated nonresident landowner reduced-price deer and turkey hunting permits.

These changes will become effective July 1, 2009. We’ve developed 30 questions and answers to explain why these changes were implemented and how they may affect your hunting and fishing experiences.