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Bringing General Michael Flynn to St. Louis!

Bringing General Michael Flynn to St. Louis!

The Constitution Party
Fall National Committee Meeting
October 20 – 21, 2023

GOOD NEWS:  Yes, we will, once again, meet in St. Louis, Missouri, but this time at the Embassy Suites St. Louis Airport Hotel, 11237 Lone Eagle Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044

BETTER NEWS:  General Michael Flynn will conclude our conference on Saturday afternoon, October 21, with his Keynote Address.


Friday Morning Speaker will be Bradley Dean

Bradlee Dean from The Sons of Liberty is a hard-hitting truth teller and a follower of the Constitution.

“Those who mean to silence you, mean to rule over you”The Sons of Liberty was an organization that was created in the Thirteen American Colonies. The Sons of Liberty was formed to protect the rights of the colonists as well as consistently fighting against tyranny both in America and abroad..”

Bradlee has been doing the same thing through his radio show, “The Sons of Liberty,” television, media outlets, high school assemblies, colleges, Tea Parties etc…

So, hang on to your hats because Bradlee will inspire you to action.



Joe Miller, Friday evening Guest Speaker

Joe Miller has experienced voter fraud firsthand.    

He won the GOP primary for U.S. Senate from Alaska in 2010 against Lisa Murkowski.  She then ran a write in campaign with massive fraud and won in the general.  Just like in 2020, the courts refused to consider the overwhelming evidence of fraud.

In 2016, Joe was asked to run on the Libertarian Party ticket, which he did, getting 30% of the vote, which was a remarkable accomplishment. He is an attorney with most of his practice in Alaska but is involved in various federal appeals on First and Fourth Amendment issues in conjunction with other public legal foundations.

Join us to hear his story and be ready to take action.

 

 

Here are the basics to begin planning your much-appreciated attendance.


!CLICK HERE – MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Registration For This Event Is Now OPEN! – CLICK HERE!


National Committee Members and guests will be gathering on Friday and Saturday, October 20 & 21, at the Embassy Suites St. Louis Airport Hotel, located about two miles from Lambert International Airport.

For those arriving, and registered, at the Embassy on Thursday, please join the “Meet and Greet” with other Constitution Party members in the hotel bar/restaurant area for complimentary snacks and 2 beverages (adult and non-alcoholic) at 5:00 – 6:30 pm

The National Committee Meeting will kick off around 10:00 am on Friday and will be committed to party business until 4:00. Lunch is included with a FULL registration.

Friday evening dinner begins at 6:00 followed with an exciting and inspiring presentation with a surprise “Special” guest, which is included with the FULL registration.

The Saturday Issues Conference will begin at 8:30 am featuring dynamic surprise guest speakers and dealing with left over business matters.  Lunch is included and followed with General Michael Flynn’s great America presentation.  We anticipate ending by 4:00 pm


REGISTRATION: 

NOTE:

EARLY BIRD Full Registration Fee will be $175/person, which includes 3 delicious meals; lunch on Friday, dinner on Friday evening, including guest speaker, and lunch on Saturday with keynote address by General Flynn.  (NOTE: Please mark meal choice for Saturday lunch or if you require gluten-free or vegetarian)

After September 7, full registration will be $185/person.

After September 21, full registration will be $195/person

Friday evening dinner with a surprise, “Special” guest speaker AND Saturday Issues Conference, including more surprise “Special” speakers, lunch, and Gen. Flynn’s Keynote Address, will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For guests attending the Friday evening dinner with surprise “special” guest speaker and Saturday Issues Conference, including more guest speakers, lunch and Gen Flynn’s keynote address, a separate registration fee will be $175/person.

Saturday Issues Conference attendance ONLY, including guest speakers, lunch, and Gen. Flynn’s keynote address, will be $125/person.

NOTE:  For voting purposes, all official National Committee Members must be current with their Annual National Committee Membership Dues @ $100/person.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:

A block of rooms is being held for the nights of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 20, 21, at a discounted rate of $165/night, plus 16.23% state tax and $3 city tax.  Room reservation includes a full, made-to-order buffet breakfast served as follows:

Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 9:30 am

Saturday – Sunday 7 am to 10:30 am

The cut-off date to secure a discounted room rate is Thursday, September 21, 2023.  Call Reservations at 800-445-8667 or click on this LINK.

Every guest room is a 2-room suite with either a king (shower only) or 2 queen beds (tub/shower) and a sofa bed in each room that sleeps 1 adult comfortably.  Perfect for sharing expenses.

There is FREE airport shuttle service and a FREE self-parking lot for those who are driving.  Call upon arrival at airport for shuttle pickup at (314) 739-8929

SILENT AUCTION

You are invited to please bring an item, or items, to donate to the “SILENT AUCTION” that is being planned during the Conference.  This is always a lot of fun and will help with Party expenses.

!CLICK HERE To Register!
We Are All Enlisted!

We Are All Enlisted!

 
 
 
 

Dear Friend of Liberty…

Today is not just another day!  In the United States, this is our day of Memorial and we remember those who have given their lives in the service of our nation –having done so willingly and dutifully. It is fitting to remember those who have shed their blood – including those who have done so and yet lived, who have left behind parts of their bodies or their psyches on the battlefield and yet need now to be served and remembered.  To those who have worn the uniform bearing the American flag – Thank you!

We thank you unequivocally, whether or not those who sent you were right or wrong – we are yet, in your debt.  We thank your families and lament with them over their loss and sacrifice. which is ours as well.

Now, we can’t but ask, what have we learned from our experience with war that is relevant to us – right now?  There is a popular quote that goes something like this,

“The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.

This quote, attributed to German philosopher, Georg Hagel, is clearer and more accurate from his own words:

»Was die Erfahrung aber und dieGeschichte lehren, ist dieses, daß Völker und Regierungen niemals etwas aus derGeschichte gelernt und nach Lehren, die aus derselben zu ziehen gewesen wären, gehandelt haben.«

...or translated rather:

“What experience and history teach is this — that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.”  
Lectures on the Philosophy of World History, LPH Introduction, as translated by H. B. Nisbet (1975)

It’s really a beautiful day in Western Missouri right now.  The sun bathes our community in warmth and light.  The multitudinous chorus of the feathered tribe is pleasant to the ear, and there is a general calm here masking a stark reality that there is a war going on right here and now in America.

For most of us, what we haven’t learned from history is what’s been hidden from us, that those who profit from war often fund both sides, that those who profit from bloodshed have an insatiable appetite for wealth and power and that a disarmed people, like the Jews in Nazi Germany, Armenians of Turkey and the Chinese during the rise of communism in China and more – are defenseless from tyranny.

While the United States has about 750 military bases in 80 countries around the world populated by nearly 170,000 service members; we also have an undefended southern border.

In 1999, two Chinese Colonels wrote a book, called Unrestricted Warfare: China’s Master Plan to Destroy America, and it appears that that warfare is working according to plan.

So, where is this conversation going?  As our government has deployed our sons and daughters, fathers, brothers, sisters and mothers all over the world supporting “democracy(?)” …it looks like We the People, you and I, will need to be the veterans of the war to reclaim the Republic, right here in the homeland. Hence, “We are all enlisted!

There needs to be a restoration of Liberty, a cleansing of the inner vessel so to speak, and the powers that be are obviously not going to deploy the military, the resources nor the funding necessary to restore Liberty in America.  It’s up to We the People and the time is NOW or NEVER!

Here’s the invitation… come forward and raise the Title of Liberty!  Stand up for the Constitution which is being attacked on every front.  It is yet the one thing that stands in the way of complete tyranny in America and the enemies of Liberty know this are united against it. Therefore, you and I must unite on the Constitution.  You cannot delegate your individual role in the cause of Liberty, for whether it is great or small, it is needed now.  It may be an honor for some of us to shed our blood – or the lamentation for all of us to bow in the certain subjugation that follows our current trajectory.

As we thank our veterans of the past, maybe our veterans of today will thank us when we can return them home to a Republic Reclaimed!

Come to the Constitution Party of Missouri

 or…

 Find the Constitution Party in your state.

WHAT SAY YE?!

WHAT SAY YE?!

Welcome Address by Paul Venable - Delivered to the Constitution Party National Committee - St. Louis, Missouri - 21 April 2023

Chairman Clymer,

Members of the Constitution Party Executive Committee,

Members of the Constitution Party National Committee,

My fellow Citizens of Missouri and of these United States,

Honored Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen…

Welcome to Missouri

The birthplace of …

  1. Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States
  2. Omar Bradley, the last individual to be promoted to the rank of 5-Star General
  3. George Washington Carver, educator and scientist
  4. Rush Limbaugh, talk radio icon
  5. Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Missouri is home to three-time Super Bowl Champions - the Kansas City Chiefs

Welcome to St. Louis

  1. Which reportedly consumes more BBQ sauce per capita than any other American City
  2. Louis was the first U. S. city to host the modern Olympics, which took place in 1904
  3. 7-Up and Dr. Pepper were born here –
  4. And speaking of things to drink, one famous St. Louis beverage has become the new favorite for target practice – BUD LITE!
  5. Louis has more free public tourist attractions than any city in America except for the District of Columbia.

...is and home of the Gateway Arch which, by the way, is prohibited to Presidents of the United States (for security reasons) but is available to you during your visit here this weekend.

Indeed, the arch marks that St. Louis was once considered – the Gateway to the West – Portal to a New Frontier, to the vast lands of the American continent some short centuries ago, which was largely uncharted and unknown to its most recent inhabitants, and which now contain as one of our nation’s founders foresaw, “...some three hundred millions of people.”

Again, we find ourselves on the frontier – as treacherous and filled with hazards as our forebears experienced at the dawn of the Republic. See, we have a constitutional crisis in America – and for two reasons:

Here’s the first one – YOU don’t know the Constitution!

And…

Here’s the second one – THEY don’t know the Constitution!

...and who are THEY?  Our elected and appointed public servants. And why are they constitutionally illiterate? BECAUSE WE PUT THEM THERE – in that condition!

So why are we here today? It was Henry David Thoreau who so succinctly expressed,

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root”

We have returned to this frontier monument to learn how to strike at the root! To learn how to use the Constitution to ADVANCE the Cause of Liberty! This is NOT a conservative position; it means that we take back territory of freedoms that have been lost and keep marching forward. The Kansas City Chiefs did not win by being conservative. They kept advancing, didn’t they? You make very few points on defense!

But, We the People are on defense!

How dare we imagine that parents must be the primary influence in the lives of our children?!

How dare we suppose that we have the right of self-protection?

How dare we resist the idea that our every thought, word and action be monitored and recorded?!

How dare we think for one minute that our property belongs to us?!

...that we don’t need to eat bugs?

...that we should tolerate an invasion?

...or that we should just accept inflation as anything other than theft by government?

WHO do we THINK we ARE?

Maybe, just maybe, WE DARE TO BE AMERICAN!

We dare to imagine, act on and benefit from all those things we dare to do AND MORE!

We dare to be problem solvers and creators, explorers, and builders,

We dare to believe that the days may return when there was more Liberty than tyranny, when we felt safer on September 10, 2001 than we’ve ever been since September 11, 2001.

But we have a problem and it’s big. Do you know what’s the most profitable enterprise on earth?

Anyone?  Here’s some background…

Adam and Eve were given two commandments we will make note of.

One while the were still in the garden of Eden…

“Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.”

Some time later, after they’d been evicted from the garden where all of their needs had been provided for them and life was easy, they received another commandment,

“By the sweat of thy face shalt though eat they bread”

We’re expected to increase, to produce, to work, and in so doing we benefit ourselves and one another.

But Cain, learned something differently, didn’t he? He learned that he could get power and gain by the SHEDDING OF BLOOD.

So do you think the abortion era survivors who are demanding a right that doesn’t exist in a document they’ve never read, are our enemies? Only because they are being used.

Do you think Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA mercenaries are our enemies?
Only because they are being used.

There are those who are willing to use their wealth and power to take America down and to dominate the world and their primary tool is to spend their vast wealth to promote death, destruction and BLOODSHED – and – you know who they are.

“You can buy anything in the world with money!

They could truly use these vast sums to change the world for the better and bring relief to millions at home and abroad.  Imagine how many lives could be elevated if the mindset of these financial titans considered a world where there might be “no poor among us!”

But alas, this is the lot we’ve been given, isn’t it?

Right here in St. Louis, the Washington University at St. Louis Hospital spends millions in PAC money for what?  To lower our medical costs? …to promote lifesaving health practices?

“The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital is designed to be a safe and affirming space where kids and young adults can express who they are. When you make an appointment with us, we’ll take a personalized approach that addresses your specific needs. ”

So, instead, these vast sums of PAC money are just the cost of doing business to benefit from the maximum profitability of child butchery.

Right here in St. Louis, our own Soros backed prosecutor is now embroiled in a fight with the State Attorney General to avoid being removed from office.  But he is going about it the hard way.  The New York Post reports there are seventy-five of these prosecutors scattred around the nation.

How do you address this calamity in which prosecutors around the Republic are reducing their communities into lawless wastelands where Liberty is razed to the ground?

There is one thing - that’s holding all this back. Do you know what it is? It’s the Constitution! The enemies of Liberty know that once they break THIS border wall, their path is clear, and it was the renowned economist Walter Washington who said, “If liberty dies in America, it is destined to die everywhere!

The enemies of Liberty want to divide Americans.  In fact, they MUST in order to usher in their diabolical dystopian vision.  And we have multiple reasons we can imagine to be divided – because we’re all different in one way or another…

- some are black

- some are white

- some are from the North

- some are from the South

- some are Boomers

- some are Millennials

- some look to God

- some do not

Those who would subvert our Liberty are looking to benefit from these divisions.  So…

  • Are you a Democrat or are you an American?
  • Are you a Republican or are you an American?

This much is clear, the current political apparatus is not designed to address the needs of We the People – it has not, cannot – and subsequently as we can see – WILL NOT do so. 

I don’t know how much time we have left. But I do know that I will not be idle, nor will I be silent.  How about you?

Our invitation is that we as Americans dare to be united.  As expressed on the flag of the State of Missouri, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”

My fellow Americans…

Our path is also clear. You didn’t sacrifice your time and treasure to come from East, South, West and North just to talk about and lament over the problems of our troubled times.  We came here to fix them!

We need to know and use the Constitution to save the Constitution and it gives us a simple and consistent way to address these issues and you will leave this event, armed with that knowledge!

ISN’T THIS A GREAT TIME TO BE ALIVE!

Rejoice and REJOICE! Because God thought enough of you and me to bring us together in this day and time, “...for such a time as this!

Then, do we dare NOW, to stand when others are cowering…

Do we dare to lead when many are searching for answers…

Do we dare to be independent and free of political institutions that have, still do, and will continue to fail us…

Do we dare, to call on our fellow Americans – to unite on the Constitution, our Title of Liberty?

WHAT SAY YE?

A Direct and Open Letter to the Members of the Missouri House, Rules and Legislative Oversight Committee:

A Direct and Open Letter to the Members of the Missouri House, Rules and Legislative Oversight Committee:

Paul Venable – Chairman
The Constitution Party of Missouri
214 E. Main St., #111
Lincoln, Missouri 65355
paulvenable@constitution>partymo.org
816.379.6499

 

A Direct and Open Letter to the Members of the Missouri House,
Rules and Legislative Oversight Committee:


Representative Jeff Knight – Chair;
Representative Brad Hudson –Vice Chair;
Representative LaKeySha Bosley – Ranking Minority Member
Representative Cyndi Buchheit-Coutway
Representative Jamie Burger
Representative Deb Lavender
Representative Mike McGirl
Representative Bill Owen
Representative Adam Schnelting
Representative Sarah Unsicker



My name is Paul Venable, I am Chairman of the Constitution Party of Missouri and I am writing regarding HB1165.  I feel it an urgent matter to alert you and our fellow Missouri Citizens that this legislation is dangerous to the Liberty of a Free People.   As a result of the, 
Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets signed by Joe Biden on March 9, 2022, the groundwork is being laid for the introduction of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).  It appears, that the follow up is to implement its passage through state legislatures.

 

The Uniform Law Commission, on its website, shows a map of twenty states where measures like this are being proposed and on which the progress is being tracked.

What is the CBDC and what will it do?

The effects of a Central Bank Digital Currency will be staggering! The Cato institute has published and easy to understand explanation of the dangers of CBDC, which:

  • Could spell doom for what little financial privacy protections remain for the People;
  • Can make it easier for governments to freeze your financial resources;
  • Could implement programmable spending - the state determines or controls by policy what you can buy;
  • Could undermine banking and cryptocurrency as we know it.

…and much more!  In fact, there are no merits upon which this proposed legislation can be debated because it violates a point of order.

If HB1165 has, in any of its language, a proposal to make a digital, virtual, or electronic currency a government endorsed currency; a tender for payment of debts or anything of the kind, or makes the opportunity for such even possible, you must know that such a measure is strictly prohibited.


Is the Constitution of the United States still the Supreme Law of the Land?  See Article VI of said document:

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

Yes, it is.  This clause has not been repealed.

Does this clause from Article I, Section 10 still apply?

“No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.”

Yes, it does.  This clause has not been repealed.

On 4 January, 2023, I attended the swearing in of the members of the Missouri House, because I wanted to witness this event for myself.  I am therefore impelled to ask, “By what authority are you supporting a bill that defies the Constitution of the United States of America and in effect, the Missouri Constitution under which the Supreme Law of the Land operates?” 

Dear members of the Committee.  I plead with you not to allow this bill to pass out of committee.  If you cast your vote in support of a proposal which openly defies the United State Constitution, might this not have the effect of exposing you to the consequences of Article III, Section 15 of the Missouri Constitution?

“Section 15. Oath of office of members of assembly—administration—effect of refusal to take oath and conviction of violation.—Every senator or representative elect, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear, or affirm, that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and faithfully perform the duties of my office, and that I will not knowingly receive, directly or indirectly, any money or other valuable thing for the performance or nonperformance of any act or duty pertaining to my office, other than the compensation allowed by law.” The oath shall be administered in the halls of the respective houses to the members thereof, by a judge of the supreme court or a circuit court, or after the organization by the presiding officer of either house, and shall be filed in the office of the secretary of state. Any senator or representative refusing to take said oath or affirmation shall be deemed to have vacated his office, and any member convicted of having violated his oath or affirmation shall be deemed guilty of perjury, and be forever disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit in this state.”

The constitutional position is to reject this proposal outright.  I might add that, with dispatch, the Legislature of the State of Missouri also alert its sister states to this danger.

It appears from these provisions that any public servant in Missouri, whether elected or appointed, who takes actions in violation of the oath taken to support the Missouri Constitution and/or the United States Constitution, can be found guilty of perjury and held accountable for such actions.  Please inform me if I am mistaken!

We are truly living in times that rival those which faced our forebears at the dawn of the Republic.  Let us face this challenge head on with the legacy they gave us, the Power of the Constitution of the United States of America!

Salus populi suprema lex esto!

Paul Venable – Chairman
The Constitution Party of Missouri

The Oath of The Citizen

The Oath of The Citizen

You know what it feels like to have lost something valuable, right?  It’s painful!  However you came to acquire it, you’re invested in it, and it has come with a cost.  To lose it is to lose what you have sacrificed to gain it, and that hurts!  There is something equally painful and It is to lose something that you didn’t even know you had; that was of precious value right under your nose and you only learned of it after it was gone. 

Do you like hidden treasure?  Well, there is a hidden treasure among us and we are going to discover it right now!  Today we want to consider something that has very likely gone by us like the scenery on a long drive.
 
But first, please accept a Happy Bill of Rights Day greeting!  Ratified 231 years ago today, The Bill of Rights sought further limits on the federal government to insure the protection of the Rights of the People.  It is appropriate to commemorate its ratification.   A treatise on this was published two years ago on the chairman’s personal blog and it seems as germane now as it was then.  You can check it out later, HERE.
 
A momentous event is taking place in the next several days that happens after every election.  Your newly elected or re-elected officeholders are going to raise their right arms to the square to swear (or affirm) an oath to support the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Missouri.  We should be celebrating, because by this act, they enter into a contract and engage themselves to submission to the Supreme Law of the Land as our public servants; to protect your rights and mine by full compliance to these documents.  If this is televised, or if we can attend in person, wouldn’t it be great to witness this for ourselves? 

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I strongly recommend it and here’s why.  Because they need to know that we know; they need to know that we are watching and willing to support their efforts to fulfill their oaths with complete fidelity and hold them accountable when they falter.
 
So that’s them.  But what about us?  What about me – and YOU?
 
When immigrants go through the naturalization process to become Citizens of the United States, they take an oath.  You knew that, correct?  Here’s how it goes:
 
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
 
So where is our oath?  Well, if you were born here to a parent or parents who are Citizens of the United States and you have never been in the military or government service, you are very likely to have not taken it.  Nevertheless, It is implied upon us at birth!  You and I, therefore partake of the benefits of citizenship and you and I are yet subject to an oath to support and defend the Constitution as fellow Citizens, even though we have not been required to take it.  Unfortunately, this is not something that has been taught or encouraged over many years of neglect and the result is ignorance of the Power and protections We the People have through the Constitution.  We should teach this to our youth and when they come of age to vote, let’s have built an appreciation for Citizenship and our Republic so that the Oath (see the bold underlined words above) is highly regarded and respected when it is taken.

So here we go.  WHERE is this hidden treasure?  Look in the mirror!  YOU are the hidden treasure.  Unlike in other nations, YOU are NOT a subject of an earthly monarch.  YOU are EMPOWERED!  The key to the POWER of our Republic is in YOU, and me, and our fellow Citizens of the United States of America.  The Constitution does not enforce itself.  Let’s not squander this opportunity we have to stand together while we still can. 

The time is NOW!

Welcome to the Animating Cause of Liberty!
Come home to the Constitution Party

TIME FOR CANDIDATE FILING!

TIME FOR CANDIDATE FILING!

Just a reminder that 22 February, 2022 is the first day for candidate filing for state and federal offices in Missouri at the office of the Secretary of State, James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center (JCKSIC), 600 West Main Street, Jefferson City. Candidate filing begins at 8:00 a.m. and the office closes at 5:00 p.m. for each day. The deadline for candidate filing is Tuesday, 29 March, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Complete details can be found here at the website for the Missouri Secretary of State. The following is shared here for your information:

Why do we need candidates for office? Because the leadership to support and defend the Constitution, apparently needs to come from the People… from you and I. We invite you to be a candidate, and participate in our vetting process, particularly for a seat in the state legislature, because it is within the power of the states to reign in the federal government. If it’s not you, then who among your friends, family or neighbors would you trust to support your rights to life, liberty, and property? Recruit them. Tell them about the TEETH of the Constitution and how we can take back the Republic.

 

Here's something you might find interesting. During the 2020 General Election, 81 seats in the Missouri State Legislature went uncontested. In the House that means 48 Republicans and 29 Democrats ran without opposition and in the Senate, it was 1 Democrat and 3 Republicans. The featured image shows this for the situation in the Missouri House. In addition, there are currently seven Missouri House seats which are vacant, and these citizens are without representation. Those are Districts 34, 61, 65, 108, 114 and 147. Are you in one of these districts? Normally the Governor calls for a special election for vacant seats, but maybe that won’t happen in an election year. In the meantime, let’s get ready to ADVANCE the Cause of Liberty!

Missouri Legislators - More Power Than You Realize

Missouri Legislators - More Power Than You Realize

This message delivered to Missouri State Legislators, Thursday, 27 January, 2022

You have more power than you realize! The states are stakeholders in a contract, the compact that created the Constitution. They are the final arbiters of that compact and when the rights of their respective Citizens are being violated by the general government, it is the duty of the states to interpose. The legal basis for its enforcement was clearly defined during the Ratification Debates, but that indispensable resource has been largely unknown for generations.

My name is Paul Venable and I am chairman of the Constitution Party of Missouri.  I am writing to express my concern over what is happening at the national level.  There are many who can identify the problems facing our nation and you who represent us in Jefferson City gather together to seek solutions for those concerns.  I do not believe our country has faced a more challenging time since the dawn of our Republic.  For this I have good news and bad news.

First the Good News.  There is a root cause to all of the issues we face, and it is non-compliance to the Constitution.  Do you disagree?  How much of what is coming out of Washington is constitutional.  Article I – Section 1:

“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
[emphasis added]

Is Congress jealously guarding its exclusive legislative authority or is it standing idly by as the Executive and Judicial branches create law?  And… is Congress working only within its delegated enumerated powers as authorized in the Constitution?

I think you know the answer to these questions.  Why is this good news?  Because by identifying the root cause, the root solution becomes obvious: FULL COMPLIANCE TO THE CONSTITUTION!

So, what is the bad news?  It is rampant constitutional ignorance.  It is ignorance on the part of the Citizens and those who serve us as a public trust.  While it may be a large challenge to overcome, it is urgently necessary, and it is with this communication that I hope to initiate the effort.

I have two things to share for now.  As mentioned earlier, the states have power to bring the federal government under control.  This seven-minute video illustrates this very well from the grass roots organization, Reclaiming the Republic.

This organization also publishes The Constitutional Minute, which is received by several other state legislatures.  In this link, you’ll find the Constitutional Minute from last March 28 2021, giving more details.  This may be a long read, but I ask that you give it reasonable consideration – this week, before the next one comes out.

May I conclude with these words from James Madison, widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution:

“The plain fact of the case, is that the Constitution of the U. S. was created by the people composing the respective States, who alone had the right; that they organized the Govt. into Legis. Ex. & Judicy. departs. delegating thereto certain portions of power, to be exercised over the whole, and reserving the other portions to themselves, respectively.”
[emphasis added – spelling in original]


 Advance the Cause of Liberty!

If You Were a Legislator…

If You Were a Legislator…

The Missouri Legislature convened today for the beginning of its 2022 Session.  This is no small thing to consider. Our community of six million people who make up this sovereign state have and can choose our own solutions to the unique needs of our circumstances.  Sovereign, you say?  Well, of course!  A little bit of history is in order.

At the end of the War for Independence, the British Crown recognized with the signing of The Treaty of Paris that each of its former colonies were to be recognized as,

“…to be free sovereign and Independent States.”
- Treaty of Paris, Article 1st, 1783

This language from The Declaration of Independence gives additional context,

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
- The Declaration of Independence, 1776 – [emphasis added]

The important concept that has been lost with the passage of almost 25 decades is that Missouri, like our sister states, is actually a nation-state on the same class as England, France or Germany.  While this was more obvious under the Articles of Confederation, the adoption of the Constitution for these United States did not dispose of that sovereignty.  The thirteen original colonies made a compact, a contract agreement between them, to delegate to a federal entity, limited and enumerated powers for the benefit of the whole federation.

What was incorporated in the enumerated federal government was the equal footing doctrine which meant that every new state admitted to this union would be equal with all of the other states as if each had been one of the original thirteen.

Why is this important to us?  Because we are witnessing tyranny perpetuated by the myth of federal supremacy.  Our nation-state of Missouri, along with the other nation-states of these united States are equal stakeholders in the compact that created the federal government, and the States have the power to arrest its abuses and bring it under control.

“The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same…”

  • The Constitution of the United States – Article VII

Through the ratification process, the legislatures of the thirteen original colonies met together, defined terms and set forth the arguments and agreements that are the basis for the Constitution, which is the instruction manual for our national government and the execution of the contract.

Why is this important to us?  Because the Missouri legislature began this year’s session today, it is this venue in which a People with Power are able to have the influence to restore liberty to America.

If you were a legislator, a Missouri House member or Missouri Senator, what you do?  What legislation would you offer, support, oppose or eliminate? 

  • Would you remove the sales tax on food/clothing?
  • How would you define and protect voting rights?
  • Would you audit the federal government?
  • Would you keep your oath of office?

This last question, would you keep your oath of office to support and defend the United States and the Missouri Constitutions, is the most relevant.  The failure of doing this by many public servants today, is why our liberty – as we speak – is in such a precarious situation.

Dear Friend of Liberty, the people of Missouri need legislators who will each, keep his or her oath of office – their contract – to represent you and I constitutionally.  This may be youWill you be a candidate for office?  And if not you, who would you trust that would be willing to swim upstream against the tide of coercion, oppression, and autocracy to ADVANCE the Cause of Liberty? 

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Will you take our survey?  "If You Were a Legislator...

Check the links below for more information about this year’s state legislative session and for some education on the Constitution.

To keep the oath of office, one must know something about our Missouri and United States constitutions.  Would you like online or in person classes and training? 

For constitutional learning you can start now and share with your friends, family and neighbor, check out  our friends at:

The Missouri Legislature began its legislative session today and here are some useful links: 


…Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

…Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

*** FOR VETERANS DAY ***

The year is 1918, and on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fighting came to a close on what came to be known as, "The War to End All Wars."  There had been nothing like it in the history of the world and the hope was that such a conflict would never again be repeated.  A year later the occasion was commemorated on 11 November, 1919 by a proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson as the first Armistice Day.

The Congress officially recognized the end of the World War I on 4 June 1926 and in 1938, an act of Congress justified a change:

“Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”
- https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

While Memorial Day commemorates American servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the service of their country, Veterans Day commemorates all members of our Armed Forces and their service.

To those of you who have served, why did you become what we recognize today as a veteran?  You had your reasons, and you must have understood the cost, because in one way or another you have certainly paid it.  In many cases, you may have sacrificed time from your families, brothers and sisters in arms on the battlefield, as well as blood and body to the cause.  For you recognize that sometimes, blood is the currency of Liberty and always the cost of tyranny.

Maybe we can relate to this counsel from early presidents of the Republic, who spoke from painful experience…

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
- George Washington, First Annual Address to both houses of Congress, 8 January, 1790

…or

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.”
- Thomas Jefferson letter to William Smith, 13 November 1787

…or

“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen of slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms…”
- General George Washington - Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island, 27 August, 1776

Do the veterans of yesteryear understand the veterans of today?  Do the veterans of today understand the veterans of yesteryear?

To those who took the oath to support and defend the Constitution, we of the Constitution Party, especially, Thank you!   We value your sacrifice, knowledge, patriotism, and continued commitment.  You may no longer be subject to the UCMJ or the orders of the President and officers, but we recognize also that said oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic…” has no expiration date… does it?


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The Unknown TEETH of the Constitution

The Unknown TEETH of the Constitution

Our Liberty Teeth – Part Two

"A toothless lion will have a slow and painful death, unless mercifully eaten beforehand"

- A Republic, If WE Can Keep It!, 17 September 2012

IT'S CONSTITUTION DAY 2021


Is America a toothless lion?  Are we about to be eaten alive?

Well, it would certainly seem that way. But why?  America has been a beacon of Liberty throughout the world. On the whole, it has produced a prosperous life for generations of its inhabitants, a people who have also welcomed those who were willing to enjoy in the freedom afforded by the principles of Liberty and live within its laws.  Those principles are enshrined in two simple and inspired documents.  The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for the united States of America.

For much of 250 years, even in the midst of turmoil, America has managed to feed itself and the world, to produce more than it consumes and to be protected internally from the storms of international intrigue.  In the course of two generations, however, we've seen the Republic transition from the most prosperous of times to the most perilous of times since Lexington and Concord.

The grievances expressed in the Declaration were not new...
“In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

The colonists had done everything in their power to appeal to the sensitivities of their fellow countrymen.  Finally, finding no other alternative, for those countrymen were now warring upon them, Patrick Henry declared…
“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
- Patrick Henry - Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death! - 1775

The following year, independence was declared and the new nation shed the moniker of “colonies” and “colonists” for the title of Free Men of “Free and Independent” States.

Nevertheless our new nation was still vulnerable as the Articles of Confederation did not have the power to maintain it for the long term.  Within a decade of Revolutionary War victory, young America was facing a stagnant economy, with public debt at record levels and inflation out of control. Foreign powers were watching like vultures, hoping to carve up the lands of the struggling nation.  What then, was the miracle, that helped America survive that period? It was the Constitution! Within four years of adopting the Constitution, however, George Washington wrote to David Humphrey, and said…
"Tranquility reigns among the people, with that disposition towards the general government, which is likely to preserve it.... Our public credit stands on that high ground which three years ago it would have been considered a species of madness to have foreseen.”
- George Washington, letter to David Humphreys, 20 July 1791

Where in this scenario do we find ourselves today?  It may be that we don’t realize that there is, and has been for some time, a War on Liberty.  In a brilliantly sinister way, our Republic and its people have been conditioned for destruction, just as the frog in the pot of warming water endures its last moments of life, with the waxing and waning of one emergency after another, we have been both alarmed and then relaxed and alarmed and then relaxed, until an alarm is no longer seen for what it really is.  Then comes the boiling.  But as Patrick Henry emphatically queries, “The war is actually begun! … Why stand we here idle?

Why do we?  It’s really not because we wouldn’t be willing, or that we are unable.  Who among us would allow our homes or families to be openly intruded upon or attacked?  We know we have the right of self-defense and many of us certainly have the capacity and willingness, even if with fear and trembling, to use it.

There is good news in this scenario, and there is bad news.  The good news is that the Constitution has teeth.  The People have power in our Republic, but in the absence of understanding, the knowledge of this power has been hidden.  The good news is that there are still more of us who love Liberty than those who want to subjugate the people.  And the really good news is that there is a palpable fear, among those who are exercising unrighteous dominion by the force of government, truly fear that you… and I... will get it.  That we will unite and refuse to accept that a free people can or must be divided AND, that we might reject our national sins and comprehend this counsel from Benjamin Franklin…
“In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection – Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered.  All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.

‘To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on means of establishing our future national felicity.  And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend?  Or do we image we no longer need His assistance?

‘I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?  We have been assured sir, in the Sacred Writings that ‘except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it (Ps. 127:1).”
  • Benjamin Franklin, addressing the Constitutional Convention - 1787

How can we suppose that a ragtag, rarely paid, untrained army of tradesman and laborers and ministers and farmers defeated the most powerful military force on the planet at the time of the War for Independence?  The providence of God attended the birth of this nation and only with His providence will it survive.  Maybe, just maybe… we can shed our personal and national pride and sins and plead for deliverance.  And while we're at it, maybe, can we show that we mean it.  Get to know those around us; love your neighbor, visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, liberate the captive, feed the hungry, etc.?

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."
- Psalm 51:17

What is the bad news?  We already have experience with this, history hath taught us from the loss of liberty in other lands, and even here, that tyrants look for a provocation, in one place or another and from time to time, an opportunity to alarm the people and offer them solutions for safety.  Don’t buy it.  Don’t fall for it.  Learn of and exercise the power we already have, that has been hidden from us for generations.

What is the bad news?  It’s that we have a very narrow window of opportunity to act before the command and control virus infecting our Republic and other governments around the world overcome the host. 

In a previous post, Our Liberty Teeth – Part One, the importance of the States as the ultimate arbiters of the Constitution was emphasized.  In our Independence Day message, O Thus Be It Ever, When Free Men Shall Stand, we asked what is to be done with oath bound public servants who violate that oath, or the solemn agreement they make to commit to the Constitution.  In a conversation that I had with a Marine veteran yesterday, I asked, “Do military service members take an oath to obey the President, or the Constitution?”  “The Constitution!” was her emphatic response.  And then she continued with her own added emphasis, “…against all enemies foreign and domestic!”

Well, here it is! This document from our friends at Reclaiming the Republic has background and detail that is worth the time it will take to read:  The Unknown Teeth of the Constitution

For our next post, Our Liberty Teeth - Part Three, one constitutional solution will be shared.  Will you help?  Let us know!

Take a moment, also, to watch and share this brief introduction to the power that we have in our States. The states are stakeholders in a contract, the compact that created the Constitution. They are the final arbiters of that compact and when the rights of their respective Citizens are being violated by the general government, it is the duty of the states to interpose. The legal basis for its enforcement was clearly defined during the Ratification Debates, but they have been largely unknown. Here is a link to a video for an overview of what this means:
 
                     

                     


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The War On Liberty

The War On Liberty



Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- John 15:13

Missouri has honored one of our own, Marine Lance Corporal Jared Marcus Schmitz, who was killed on Thursday, August 26 as the result of a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.  The body of Corpsman Schmitz returned home to Wentzville on Wednesday and was interred today, September 11, 2021. We honor the sacrifice of our native son and his fellows and offer our condolences to their families, friends, and communities.  This scenario is playing out around the nation for the twelve other service members whose ultimate sacrifices in that attack are also mourned and honored.

We are reminded that there is no substance on earth more costly than blood.  It is at once the currency of liberty and the cost of tyranny.  Which we shall have depends on what we will learn from this tragic event.  In the reflections to follow, should we not ask what this experience tells us about the plight of our Republic and its trajectory?

Our youth in uniform will go where they are sent and do what they are trained well to do.  Eventually, they also must return.  But isn't something very wrong in the world when the cost outweighs the benefit, when they return in caskets, or mentally, emotionally, physically broken?   There are many questions to be asked, somber ones, as on this day, we also remember the events of twenty years ago, September 11, 2001.  All of us who witnessed that day have that experience seared into our collective memories.

Our national loss also saw the beginning of not only a War on Terror, but a War on Liberty.  Can we deny this?  Do we feel freer today than we did on September 10, 2001?  Have 20 years of war in the Middle East made Americans progressively more free?  You and I already know the answer.  Almost every safeguard imbedded in the Constitution and every protection of the Bill or Rights is being blatantly ignored or recklessly abridged.

Is this the result we've sacrificed our sons and daughters in uniform for?  Was it worth burying sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers – a few among the latest who will never see their soon-to-be firstborns? Let's awaken to our awful situation and realize that all of us, in and out of uniform are the makers of our past, present and future. What we except from those we elect is what we can expect and if we don't like the result, thirteen lost service members in our last hours in Afghanistan, 2400 in that country since its occupation and over 7000 since this “War on Terror” (and these are just the fatalities), then maybe… just maybe, it’s time to cleanse the inner vessel!

Probably the most decorated Marine in history, Smedley Butler, has a few words of insight from his own experience:

"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

“I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

“I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.”
  • Smedley Butler on Interventionism ( Excerpt from speech given in 1933 )
    Author of War Is A Racket – 1935
Dear Friends of Liberty, if this isn’t the America you recognize from before 2001 or even since the last 18 months, then you already know that what we’re really experiencing is the War on Liberty.  There is a war on our rights to speech, religion, assembly, and self-defense; against our property and the protection against unreasonable search and seizure; and even against your local self-governance.  Why?  Because those who hate the Constitution know that, even in its embattled condition, it still stands in the way of complete unfettered tyranny in America!

That seems like bad news, and it is.  The effort might seem futile, and it may be.  There is no political solution for what plagues America today.  A nation that has rejected “…the firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence...” which created it, is far overdue for a spiritual revival.   If there is any good news at all, it is that the Constitution still has teeth, enforcement teeth that we can use today.  While the current state of affairs looks like an in-your-face provocation, as if to say, “Watcha gonna do about it?”  Well, there is something we can do about it, and if we run out of time before the cleansing comes, maybe we can still save something of it.

Our Liberty Teeth – Part One was posted in July outlining the foundations of the power the people poses in our republic.  Our Liberty Teeth – Part Two, will be posted on Constitution Day - Friday, September 17 at noon with more answers on what we must to advance the cause of liberty.   We’ve recognized, honored and mourned for our fallen heroes. Let us now pick up the banner, persuade with our pens, inspire with our words, engage with our actions and supplicate with our prayers to reclaim the Republic.  It’s our turn!

                           “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Our Liberty Teeth – Part One

Our Liberty Teeth – Part One

The Fireworks Were Fun – Now What?

Dear Friends of Liberty…

Another Independence Day has come and gone, the fireworks have lit up the sky, sounded aloud and are now silent, the flags have been folded and put away; the swelling of patriotic celebration and fervor had its time – and as happens after every other holiday – we return to the necessities of life – back to normal, right?

After the original Independence Day, July 4, 1776, normal was not what we enjoy or experience today, but was a painful, bloody encounter with a fate that would, over time, effect the rest of the world and no mortal yet knew how much or how deeply. 

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
[Emphasis added]

O, Thus Be It Ever When Free Men Shall Stand...

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Dear Friends of Liberty…

Missouri General Assembly Approves a Con-Con Resolution

 The Constitution Party does not support the calling of a Constitutional convention.

From our platform: We oppose any attempt to call for a Constitutional convention, for any purpose whatsoever, because it cannot be limited to any single issue, and such convention could seriously erode our Constitutionally protected unalienable rights.

The following update is a legislative alert from our friends at the John Birch Society.
We would like to update you on the outcome of an important resolution in the Missouri General Assembly.

Unfortunately, on May 13, the General Assembly approved Con-Con resolution SCR 4. It follows the wording of Mark Meckler’s Convention of States Project, or COS Project, application, urging Congress to call a convention to propose amendments “that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and members of Congress.” In 2017, the General Assembly passed an identical resolution, but with a five-year expiration clause. SCR 4 removes that sunset clause. As a small silver lining, the resolution’s passage does not increase the total number of states with COS applications.

'We know there are jobs out there:' Missouri to end all federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits in June

From KMBC News - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.

Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday that Missouri will stop participating in all six federal pandemic-related unemployment programs effective June 12 to “address workforce shortages across the state.”

Senate considers election reform legislation

From The Missouri Times by Cameron Gerber

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — It’s down to the wire for a pair of election reform bills in the Missouri Capitol. 

HB 334 and HB 738 would revise Missouri’s election policies. The first bill, from Rep. John Simmons, requires photo IDs for those voting in-person absentee, while voters without IDs would fill out provisional ballots to be counted if certified. HB 738 would alter a myriad of election policies, including requiring the use of paper ballots, allowing no-excuse absentee voting, and prohibiting the use of mail-in ballots. 

Capitol Briefs: House approves homeschooler activity measure

From the Missouri Times by Cameron Gerber

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House perfected a bill that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public school activities — with hefty penalties for institutions that violate it.

HB 494 from Rep. Josh Hurlbert would restrict foundation formula funding for schools associated with statewide groups that prohibit homeschoolers from participating in their activities. An amendment attached by Hurlbert would also require students to attend two or more classes related to the activity — such as band, drama, or weightlifting classes — in order to participate. The bill was perfected Tuesday morning.

Missouri total deer harvest up 4%

News Tribune

Missouri's 2020-21 deer-hunting season ended Friday, with the Missouri Department of Conservation reporting a preliminary total deer kill for the season of 296,516.

Of the deer killed, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks and 127,461 were does, according to an MDC news release.

Missouri Republicans moving to strip power from local leaders during public health emergencies

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In action Wednesday, the Senate Health and Pensions Committee opened debate on a series of pro-business proposals that would put roadblocks in the way of county officials seeking to close businesses or religious services during a public health emergency.

Missouri Senate debates limiting local pandemic restrictions

Kansas City Business Journal

Missouri senators debated Wednesday whether to curtail local governments’ ability to impose restrictions on local businesses that are meant to control the Covid-19 pandemic.
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