Up From the Ashes Comes Cierpiot's Weighted Voting

Up From the Ashes Comes Cierpiot's Weighted Voting

We knew Cierpiot's weighted voting bill wouldn't stay down for long and indeed, it is up for a hearing again next week.   

Sorry, Senator Cierpiot, your tricky shenanigans aren't going work this time.  Even those constituents who traveled in to Jefferson City last week to testify, only for it to be pulled at the last minute will be back and with even more determination this week.  Good try.

Nothing about the bill has changed so although he may have hoped that pulling it from committee a couple weeks ago would mean we'd forget or not be willing to take up the fight again, that is certainly not the case at all. 

This bill is important, so please take action and do whatever you are able. 

call to action

If you aren't aware of the bill and the details, please read my previous post, Dictatorship Is Coming To Your County.


1.  PRAY!  Please pray the committee would vote down this horrible piece of legislation.  It needs to die in committee and not waste the time, effort and energy of our legislators or citizens.

2.  Come testify in person.  Plan to arrive at the hearing room approximately 1/2 hour early, around 1:30 pm.  It will be located in Senate Committee Room 2.  This is located in the back hallway (behind the rotunda) on the first floor.  Walk behind the rotunda and turn right.  The committee rooms are on the left.

2. Contact Your Central Committee Chair.   Express to your county chair that you feel this bill is bad for Missouri and would request your central committee to write and submit a resolution to this effect.  Click on the link to find your chairperson and their email address.  

3.  Email and Call Every Committee Member.  Every senator on this committee is serving the entire state in their position on this issue.  Contact each of them by phone & email to let them know your thoughts.

Committee Members

Senator Elaine Gannon, Chair  - elaine.gannon@senate.mo.gov   573.751.4008
Senator Sandy Crawford, Vice Chair - sandy.crawfod@senate.mo.gov573.751.8793
Senator Jill Carter - jill.carter@senate.mo.gov 573.751.2173
Senator Mary Elizabeth Coleman - maryelizabeth.coleman@senate.mo.gov  573.751.1492
Senator Andrew Koenig - andrew.koenig@senate.mo.gov. 573.751.5568
Senator John Rizzo - john.rizzo@senate.mo.gov 573.751.3074
Senator Barbara Washington - barbara.washington@senate.mo.gov 573.751.3158





Dictatorship Is Coming to Your County!

Dictatorship Is Coming to Your County!

Missouri's county central committees are being attacked by a bitter senator, Mike Cierpiot, who happens to be pretty angry that he had a primary opponent and ended up not being endorsed by his own committee.   Frankly, I'm not at all sure what his problem is, because he won the race.  But Joe Nicola sure did a great job and those constituents learned a lot of truth.  

That, I think, might be Cierpiot's problem.  Truth.

Cierpiot snuck in a 3rd candidate to split the opposing votes, which isn't really surprising.  That strategy is used often and it definitely worked.  Maybe Cierpiot didn't know, I guess.  But considering the 3rd candidate (Rachl Aguirre) was talking, even sort of bragging about being good friends with Cierpiot and his wife, they've been seen out to dinner together and such...I'm pretty certain that it was a strategic move.  But I digress.

The Bill, SB 16

Senator Cierpiot filed SB 16 which creates a weighted voting system for our central committees.  It's a horrible system and in order to understand the implications you first need to know two things.

1.  What's a central committee?
2.  How does weighted voting work?

what's a central committee?

The Republican Party (GOP) is divided into several different committees.  The Democrat Party has them, too.  These committees actually ARE what make up the Republican and Democrat Party.  These committees that make up each party are codified in Missouri statute.  Both the Republicans and the Democrats have the same list of committees.

  • State Committee 
  • Congressional Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Senatorial Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • County Central Committee
Each committee has different functions and contributions to our political system. For example, the county committees can write resolutions about specific issues which indicates their stance or opinion.  The county committee generally endorses and financially supports the party candidate in the general election.  They are supposed to remain neutral in the primaries, but they do have influence and can actually keep candidates from running on their party ticket.  Frankly, I wish they'd do more of that with a pledge to the Republican Platform as the filter.

The county committees in question are actually elected positions.  There's a good chance you didn't know that.  If you haven't seen that on your primary ballot lately, it's because no one is filing to fill it or it's been filled and the seat holder continues to hold it until they are challenged on the ballot, which rarely happens.  We'll talk more about that another day.

The county committees are made up of 1 man and 1 woman from each voting precinct or township.  I.e., If your county has 10 voting precincts/townships then you have 20 central committee seats.  That means YOU have a committee man and a committee woman on your county committee that is supposed to be representing you.  If you don't know your committee people, please take time to reach out to your County Clerk and find out who they are.

Each county committee has its own set of bylaws.  And it's interesting to note that the party itself via these bylaws can choose ANY process they want as far as how their committee functions, how they control their party ballot, etc. as long as nothing they do conflicts with Missouri statute.

Issues the county committee votes on:
  • Candidates for special elections
  • How they accept candidates onto their ballot (via bylaws)
  • Amending the bylaws
  • Resolutions
  • Endorsements
  • Fundraising events
  • County seat replacements
  • Other things that arise as necessary
The Chair & Vice-Chair of each county committee are automatically members of the higher level committees where they have a voice in higher level issues, including Presidential delegates and filling vacant seats in higher offices.

what's weighted voting?

Currently, the county committee votes are NOT weighted.  Every committee person gets one vote.  This means that every township/precinct has the same amount of representation - just like the senate.  We like this system.  It assures us that everyone is represented in an equal way regardless of the population of their voting precinct.

Cierpiot wants to weight the votes and worse than weighting the votes, he's created a ridiculous way to do it.

This means that every committee member would have a different number of votes and that amount would be determined according to the number of people who voted for the WINNER of the governor's or auditor's race in the last primary.

Here's a video that explains more about weighted voting.  INTRODUCTION TO WEIGHTED VOTING.

example of cierpiot's weighting method

Numbers given are only for informational purposes and easy explanations.

This is a fictional example created based on Cierpiot's method of weighting in SB 16. 

There are 6 townships in X County.  12 committee members.

Let's say Fitzpatrick got 1,000 votes total in the August 2022 primary broken down like this:

Township A - 100 = 10% of the 1,000
Township B - 300 =  30% of the 1,000
Township C - 200 = 20% of the 1,000
Township D - 50 =    5% of the 1,000
Township E - 100 = 10% of the 1,000
Township F - 250 =  25% of the 1,000

Weight Calculations.  Based on Cierpiot's formula in SB 16.  If I learn I'm incorrect, I will publish corrections but this is what we believe to be true.  It's more than confusing so give me some grace if I'm wrong here.  I've talked to several people and this is the best we can come up with following his language in the bill.

Township A   10 x 2 = 20 votes each member. (40 total votes for A)
Township B   30 x 2 = 60 votes each member.  (120 total votes for B)
Township C   20 x 2 = 40 votes each member. (80 total votes for C)
Township D     5 x 2 = 10 votes each member. (20 total votes for D)
Township E   10 x 2 = 20 votes each member. (40 total votes for E)
Township F   25 x 2 = 50 votes each member.   (100 total votes for F)

40 + 120 + 80 + 20 + 40 + 100 = 400 total votes 

There would be 400 total committee votes every time the committee of 12 people vote on any issue other than county seat replacements.

In this example, both members from Township B & Township F are all that is needed for a majority of the 400 votes.  That's a total of 4 individuals instead of 7, which would be required for majority if everyone got one vote each.

PLEASE NOTE:  It is OFTEN the case that a husband and wife are the committee man & woman for their township!!  

In this case, we end up with 4 dictators from 2 townships that control everything that happens on the committee.  And it's based on votes for the winner of ONE executive level primary race.  It's INSANITY.  

Oh...but is it?? 

insanity or strategy?

If you were a power seeking politician, wouldn't you LOVE to have this much control over the committee, its bylaws, its endorsements, its selection for candidates?   

Cierpiot isn't insane.  He's actually very strategic and this is a great way to sneak tons of dictator type control in right under the rug hoping no one notices.  

Creating a dictatorship on the committees would mean ...
  • All you have to do is put the people in those seats you want.  
  • You'd never get censured or left behind in the endorsements. 
  • You could have them write bylaws any way they wanted
  • Control who goes on the ballot & how that happens by way of bylaws
  • Control who is on the ballot in special elections
  • Control Control Control
  • Zero grassroots candidates would have a chance which means your reputation wouldn't be tanked when those pesky opponents told the truth.

take action

1.  PLEASE PRAY this ends with the senate committee!!  The public hearing is today.  I'll be in attendance and I'll keep you posted.  **UPDATE.  They pulled the bill from the committee hearing.  It will be heard in the future at an unknown time.

2.  Please find out who your central committee members are (check with your county clerk) and then send them the link to this blog.  They need to use their voices & power they have on their committee.  The committee can pass a resolution to express their opposition to the bill.  It's the most effective way to gain traction right now but we need to make sure our county committee members know what's happening.

3.  Stay tuned.  Your voice may be needed shortly!


Liberty Limelight Awards & Other Kudos for the House Rules

Liberty Limelight Awards & Other Kudos for the House Rules
I'm still shaking my head over the House floor debate on HR 11, the Rules of the House.  If you haven't been keeping up with this topic please go back and read my first article on the topic.

I'm not sure what descriptive terms would fit best for the way I feel about how this process unfolded.  

Disappointed.  
Disgusted.  
Downright angry.  
These are among my top picks.

strange bedfellows

On Wednesday during debate on the floor, Representative Peter Meredith (D), whom I have never found myself in agreement with, spoke my favorite words of the day in his opening speech for an amendment he was offering.   I hope you'll take time to watch.  I concur with his sentiments 100% and I'm thankful he had the nerve to stand and put them on the record.    

It's amazing that every democrat seems to understand how the Rules and the consolidated power impact their ability to move legislation.  The republicans, however, will discuss the power of the Speaker behind closed doors in agreement and yet they are filled with fear that disables them to take any action and make changes.  And make no mistake - they do have the power to change it and change it they must if we want to see a legislature that truly represents the citizens of Missouri.

Please listen to Rep Meredith speak the truth.  

The House Rules breed corruption.  It's been going on FAR too long and it does not have to be this way.  Our Founders never intended for our legislature to function as it does today.  Rep Meredith and his democrat colleagues understand that.



republicans resolved to support the speaker regardless

It's not surprising that HR 11 passed.  What was surprising was the COMPLETE lack of willingness to listen and consider the common sense amendments that the democrats and Rep. Mazzie Boyd were offering up.  We saw this in the committee hearing as well.  I'm ashamed to say that the Republicans just refused to even consider anything at all that was offered up by a democrat EVEN THOUGH it would have benefited the PEOPLE of Missouri. 

For quite some time in the committee hearing, the Republicans sat silent - unwilling to even comment.  The Chair would ask for discussion and..... crickets.  No discussion was had until Rep Barry Hovis finally felt bad enough that he started trying to explain his opposition with every. single. amendment offered.  Although he always opposed their offerings, at least he engaged in respectful conversation.

prioritize missouri citizens?  sorry, but no.

Every vote in committee & on the House floor was completely divided by party lines.  Not one Republican even voted for the amendment that would have required committees to hear Missouri resident's testimony BEFORE testimony from out-of-state witnesses!   

NOT. ONE. Republican prioritized Missouri citizens over out-of-state witnesses!  That particular amendment was offered by Rep Strickler (D), HA 6.  

I was completely dumbfounded & so angry I could hardly breathe.  Tell me...what MISSOURI legislator would not prioritize MISSOURIANS in a public hearing!?

but there was one...we hope she inspires the rest

There was only one Republican who offered up an amendment during floor debate that would be a step toward forcing the Speaker to share some power.  

We love that freshmen Rep Mazzie Boyd had the courage to stand and file her amendment even though the entire party stood against her.  That girl has got more cajones that 99% of the men in that chamber.  

Not that we should be surprised.  This 24 year old firecracker whose college graduation photo can still be found on her FaceBook page along with photos from her time spent working in Trump's Whitehouse, ran a race against a much older male incumbent and she won! 

It's interesting to hear the comments on her amendment.  Majority Floor Leader, Jon Patterson (R), actually explains one way the Speaker holds power through his ability to remove reps from committees or just form new committees altogether when things aren't going his way.   Rep Tony Levasco (R) is usually a liberty loving guy but you'll hear in his comments even further evidence of the problems in the Rules of the House although he's speaking against Rep. Boyd's amendment, he actually proves again that the rules do need to change.  And of course, Rep. Meredith speaks again in support sharing more truth.



liberty limelight awards

In honor of their bravery & courage in using their voices to stand for liberty and better representation of all Missourians on the House Floor, we are bestowing the first ever Liberty Limelight Awards on Representatives Peter Meredith & Mazzie Boyd.

   

Thank you, Representatives, for doing your jobs with diligence and intentionally standing strong for the PEOPLE of Missouri!!  We appreciate your strength and commitment to liberty!

kudos for standing strong with your votes

Other reps who didn't just go along to get along with their votes on the final passage of HR 11 were Rep Chris Sander, Rep Cheri Toalson Reisch and Rep Herman Morse along the entire Democrat Caucus. 




Please reach out to your own representative and express your feelings on their vote on HR 11.  HR 11 Rollcall.pdf

We are hopeful that with more education and as Missouri citizens continue to participate and use their voices, we'll see more improvement on this issue in the future.  

Preserving our liberty and keeping our Republic is paramount and a constant battle to be fought.  I'm committed to the fight for the sake of my children and future generations.... and hope you'll join me!