God is good all the time!
The democrats are filibustering the Constitution Ratification (aka I.P.) bill, which is holding up all action in the senate. They started yesterday around 4:00pm or so and have continued on through the night. So far as I can tell, they are still going strong.
I pray that bill passes, but I also welcome the opportunity for other conversations to be had in order to flesh out the junk from other bills that would otherwise be passing. Great conversations are being had both in public and in private to bring awareness and light to potential problems with the education legislation that is "on deck" in the Senate.
the battle must be won at the ballot box
Like I said, I pray this bill passes but REGARDLESS whether it does or does not, the specific battle to protect our Missouri Constitution from not only abortion but also the transitioning of our kids - possibly even without parental consent - MUST be won at the ballot box! The legislature cannot and will not be able to galvanize the constitution in order to keep those changes from occurring.
Followers of Jesus MUST do it. I'll be sharing more & more information - so please stay tuned & be preparing to share it with your circle of influence.
The solution is in 3 words: PRAY. FAST. STAND.
eSA & charter school bill - sb 727
This school choice bill is a big problem and it's on the Senate calendar for perfection. That means it could come up for debate at any moment and you need to know about it. I'm explaining more on the podcast - so be sure to listen!
Here's a few quick bullet points:
- The ESAs in Missouri are set up for the money to flow through a digital system called Class Wallet. This program uses block chain technology and is a data mining problem. This feeds into the digital finance goals of the United Nations and the World Economic Forum, through initiatives such as the 2030 Agenda.
- Funneling government money to parents does NOT come without strings. Period. If you think it does... you might be interested to know that even the private schools who take the federal milk money are required to comply with Title 9 requirements.
- School Choice money you might receive is NOT your property tax money. It's the government's dollars the moment you give it to them.
- The ESA Missouri already has actually requires homeschool PARENTS to do a background check and give their kiddo the MAP test in order to take those funds. The funds can be spent only on approved vendors through the Class Wallet system. Do you think you will always have faith-based options on that approved vendor list? The state giving you a select choice of curriculum vendors to use is NOT free choice.
- Charters have NO elected school board. Is this what you want the state to be paying for? Taxation without representation? No, thank you!
- This bill has other problems that includes the incentivizing of educating illegal immigrants.
- SB 727 is Senator Andrew Koenig's bill. I've been part of conversations with Senator Koenig that started a couple of years ago. Although he's a homeschool dad and part of the Freedom Caucus, which I love, he has been unwilling to budge on these issues. What I find with the conservatives is that they are so frustrated with the state of public schools they want to do something to help. I commend that and I agree that public schools are in big trouble. But I don't believe school choice is the answer.
- Bill Gates is a big fan of school choice. Big red flag there!
Check out what the homeschool curriculum company Classical Conversation has to say:
Shout out to James Holderman for finding these Gates-related resources. I'm thankful to have friends who have come alongside us and help us find the details - the needles in the haystacks, so to speak. Thanks, James!
it's on the floor... but what is it?
Senator Cindy O'Laughlin, Senate Majority Floor Leader, brought the constitution ratification bill, SJR 74, up to the senate floor for debate this evening.
Senator Mary Elizabeth Coleman, the bill handler, created a senate substitute and "dropped it" as soon as the bill was brought up. This is a new version of the bill that had not been seen with several added elements that were not discussed in the committee hearing.
There are a couple major changes to the bill.
1. Concurrent majority ratification changed from being based on Missouri House districts in the senate committee substitute to being based on Missouri Congressional districts. There are 163 house districts and 8 congressional districts. There are arguments for both scenarios, but my personal preference is to use house districts. I believe this is the most principled option in order to get a truly fair representation of the entire state.
Missouri Right to Life prefers congressional districts which is likely the reason for this preference from several of our republican senators.
2. More "ballot candy" was added. No amendments shall be added to the constitution that would:
- Permit a public official to receive gifts from lobbyists
- Raise sales tax on food
- Reduce the appropriation of money dedicated to any law enforcement agency, the Missouri department of the national guard, or first responders;
- Raise, expand, or impose any taxes or fees on real estate, real estate transactions, or real or personal property; or
- Prohibit the use of public moneys or personnel in assisting the defense of the national borders
3. More "ballot candy" ..... The general assembly shall ensure that legal voters who are disabled, including but not limited to those voters who are hearing impaired, speech impaired, or visually impaired, can review, comment on, sign, or decline to sign initiative petitions proposing constitutional amendments.
It's up...but for how long?
Senator Cindy O'Laughlin, Senate Majority Floor Leader, and Senator Mary Elizabeth Coleman, the bill handler for SJR 74, brought up the ratification reform bill to the senate floor for debate.
This is what the Freedom Caucus started filibustering for a few weeks ago. We had hoped to see it on the floor last week, but that did not happen. Today was the day.
I was at the Capitol all afternoon and I didn't expect it to be on the floor but I'm happy to be wrong.
The question is.... How long will it be on the floor?
is This theater?
They all knew the democrats would filibuster and they did...they are. At the time I'm writing this, at 8:45pm Monday evening, the democrats are still holding the floor in the senate with a filibuster.
Rumor has it that leadership decided before dinner time that they would allow the dems to hold the floor a few hours then adjourn so everyone can sleep then adjust the schedule tomorrow and Wednesday so that everyone can go to the Chief's parade if they'd like.
Interesting... so the question is are they just play acting to make us think they are serious about passing it when they know full well they won't make the democrats truly filibuster and they might not even be in the building much for the rest of the week.
It'll be interesting to see if football is more important to our Missouri republican leadership than our constitution.
NOTE: Before I could publish this blog, they adjourned. They'll return to the chamber around 10:00am. Looks to me like the rumors were right. What a show!
Not Enough Votes?
Another little rumor I've heard is that apparently there may not be enough votes to get this bill across the senate finish line this week.
24 republican senators. 10 democrat senators.
34 total senators.
We need 18 votes to pass a bill.
How hard can this be? Common sense says let the dems filibuster all night long until they give out. If they hold the floor for 48 hours - great! Who cares??
When they give up - whenever that would be - SJR 74 should pass easily.
We don't have 18 votes? Interesting. Who might the hold outs be?
Based on my time in the Capitol and the situation this evening, I believe these 9 would definitely be a yes vote:
1. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, bill sponsor
2. Bill Eigel, Freedom Caucus
3. Denny Hoskins, Freedom Caucus
4. Andrew Koenig, Freedom Caucus
5. Jill Carter, Freedom Caucus
6. Rick Brattin, Freedom Caucus
7. Nick Schroer, Freedom Caucus
8. Mike Moon, Constitutional Conservative
9. Ben Brown, Not FC or as constitutional as Senator Moon, but generally a conservative voter
Definitely 10 no votes from the democrats:
1. Lauren Arthur
2. Doug Beck
3. Karla May
4. Tracy McCreery
5. Angela Mosley
6. Barbara Washington
7. Greg Razer
8. John Rizzo
9. Steven Roberts
10. Brian Williams
Republican Toss Ups:
IF we had a clean CMR bill, I think the highlighted senators listed below would likely vote in favor. Because of the political situation and with the ballot candy - I'm just not sure how they would vote if they were voting tonight.
The unhighlighted names below are ones that I truly do not trust not to cross over and vote with the democrats. I debated about which group to put Trent & Rowden in, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt.
These 6 plus the 9 above equal 16 and that means we'd be 2 votes short if I'm correct.
1. Jason Bean - firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Mike Bernskoetter - email@example.com
3. Rusty Black - firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Justin Brown - email@example.com
5. Mike Cierpiot - firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Sandy Crawford - email@example.com
7. Karla Eslinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Travis Fitzwater - email@example.com
9. Elaine Gannon - firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Lincoln Hough - email@example.com
11. Tony Luetkemeyer - firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Cindy O'Laughlin, Majority Floor Leader - email@example.com
13. Caleb Rowden, President Pro Tem - firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Holly Thompson-Rehder - email@example.com
15. Curtis Trent - firstname.lastname@example.org
what can you do?
1. Remember this. Grab a journal. Write things down so you can go back and look then tell your friends at election time!
2. Call & email those 15 republican senators listed above plus Senator Coleman. Ask them to do what it takes to get SJR 74 across the finish line.
giant omnibus bills carrying giant problems
This is a presentation we shared across Missouri several times over interim, between May of '23 and January of '24 when the new legislative session began. It's an overview of several problems we've got here in Missouri inside our legislature. These problems have led to an open door to policies that promote globalism and a Missouri-last philosophy.
My hope is that you'll watch, even if you need to watch in smaller sessions, so that you are more knowledgable and more empowered to use your voice both with your elected officials and in your social network. Citizens deserve to know the truth and they need to know why things aren't happening here in Missouri like we would expect they would be with a supermajority of republicans in office.
major problems In a nutshell
1. The rules are set up to empower 4 individuals and create a pay-to-play system. The rules can be changed. We need legislators who will have courage enough to do it.
2. Unconstitutional, omnibus bills are the majority of what is passing. Your legislator needs to vote NO on multi-subject bills that are not aligned with the original intent of the bill AND/OR if they haven't read the bill.
3. Policy that pushes centralization & standardization across our systems through inventorying, monitoring and controlling resources and/or human activity is a problem and those bills need to be stopped in their tracks.
I'll be recording more educational content on the bills that are moving through the legislature now, making their way to the chamber floors for debate.
It's time to stand up & speak up!
We are hosting monthly worship
God began to speak to me in the spring of 2023 to "gather the Believers." Repeatedly, I heard Holy Spirit whisper those words to me throughout the spring and summer. As a result, we are gathering Christ followers in Missouri every month at the Capitol for worship & prayer and we LOVE it!
If you feel led to engage in the spiritual AND the political battles on this government mountain in Missouri - these worship events are for you!
Our first worship session was in January and it was an incredible blessing! We worshipped, prayed over legislators who joined us and shared encouragement from the Word as well. In February, we are doing the same and hoping we'll have even more legislators stop by and join us.
We'll do it again in March, so if you can't make it this week for our February worship I hope you'll plan to be here in March.
If you'd like to get info about what to expect, parking, food and updated information about the event, please let me know you're planning on coming & I'll be sure to email or text if there are any last minute changes.
co-hosting take back missouri rallies
Several grassroots organizations worked together to host a rally this past week and it was a huge success! There were several reaching out hoping for another one, so we decided to go ahead and just plan one every month in order to give more people the opportunity to come participate. There's no shortage of issues and there's ALWAYS a place you can use your voice for the sake of liberty, so check your calendar!
If you don't feel led to come worship, but you'd like to focus on the political battle vs the spiritual one - you'll want to sign up for these. I'll be adding each rally as the details come together. February's rally will be Monday, February 12th in the rotunda.
Again, if you'd like more details about parking, food, etc. and if you want to get texts or emails about any last minute changes, be sure to let me know you're coming!
It's a win for the republic!
Yesterday around 10:00am the Senate Local Governments & Elections committee voted "Do Pass" on a concurrent majority ratification bill based on Missouri House districts! They reconvene today at 1:00pm and we are hoping to see it perfected on the floor very soon.
Check out the photos & video below!
Highlighting Senator Rick Brattin
Please support by liking, sharing, & making even a small contribution to senator brattin's campaign!
Senator Brattin worked hard throughout the interim to gather a team of senators together who would stand and fight back against the establishment, the status-quo and for our individual liberties here in Missouri. We have watched him first-hand stand for Biblical principles and we are proud to have him in the senate. We want to keep it that way!
He's got 2 primary opponents and we want him to stay in the senate fighting for Biblical values in Missouri. Please support him by liking, sharing & encouraging him. And please consider making even a small contribution directly to his campaign.
Missouri Freedom Caucus Chairman, Senator Rick Brattin