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Toyota has debuted the latest Tacoma so Car and Driver thought now was a good time to conduct a head–to-head with the current Truck of the Year Chevrolet Colorado.Image result for Image, Chevrolet Colorado

But it’s the powertrain—a 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 mated to the 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission—that is the Colorado’s single greatest advantage. It’s a pairing that has proven worthy in cars such as the Camaro and Cadillac CTS. This direct-injected V-6 is rated at 269 pound-feet of torque, only four more than the Tacoma’s 3.5 V-6. The GM engine, however, peaks at 4000 rpm while the Toyota needs 4600 rpm. And the GM engine seems to make more torque just above idle.

Though the Colorado had only slightly more than 100 miles on its odometer during testing, it beat the Tacoma to 60 mph by a half second and was consistently quicker in our passing tests. But it’s on the road, where the six-speed automatic transmission holds its gears more confidently, that the Colorado’s virtues shine through. After 1950 miles of travel, the Colorado matched the Tacoma’s 19-mpg observed fuel economy.

The Colorado is also a better-driving and more comfortable truck, and that earns it the win.

Governor Jay Nixon has penned this op/ed on the importance of ethics reform in the upcoming legislative session.

Missourians deserve a state government that reflects their values of honesty, integrity, and accountability. And while there are a great many dedicated public servants in the Missouri General Assembly, their efforts are often tarnished by a culture in which some lose their way. That is why, when legislators return to the capital in January, few issues are more important than restoring the public’s trust.Gov.Nixon

Missouri’s ethics laws are the weakest in the nation. Lawmakers in Missouri can accept unlimited gifts and meals from lobbyists. They can receive unlimited campaign donations from special interests. They can pay each other for political advice. And they can immediately trade in their legislative positions for lucrative lobbying jobs. This broken system is an embarrassment to our state, an affront to our citizens, and it must be fixed.

Over the past several months, I have been heartened that a broad range of officeholders and candidates from both parties have come forward to express support for ethics reform. I would encourage these individuals to go further and adopt specific, detailed proposals for what meaningful ethics reform legislation should contain.

As governor, I am committed to working across the aisle to make state government more transparent, ethical, and accountable to the Missourians we serve. I have called for comprehensive ethics reform, including strict campaign finance limits, every year since I took office. And while I understand that many elected officials in Missouri do not share my support for curbing unlimited campaign contributions, this cannot be an excuse for inaction.

That is why, in addition to restoring strict limits on campaign contributions, I look forward to working with legislators from both parties to pass the following specific reforms into law next year:

  • Banning all gifts from lobbyists – period. That means no more free meals for officeholders catered by special interests and no more special perks at lobbyists’ expense.
  • Shortening the legislative session. The purpose of a citizen-legislature is to ensure representatives and senators stay connected with their communities and the issues facing ordinary families. But the Missouri General Assembly is in session from January through May, nearly half of the year. Shortening the session will save taxpayers money, sharpen legislators’ focus while in Jefferson City and give them more time to spend living and working in their communities.
  • Enhancing transparency. An accountable government is an accessible government. Ethics reform should formally ban the practice of holding legislative committee hearings during the session at private restaurants, country clubs, and other locations that are not accessible to the public.
  • Banning officeholders from hiring their fellow legislators as political consultants. This will rein in a practice that undermines transparency and compromises the integrity of the legislative process.
  • Closing the revolving door by prohibiting legislators from serving as lobbyists for a reasonable cooling-off period after they leave office. Preventing lawmakers from cashing in on their public service directly after leaving office will help curb the outsized influence of special interests.
  • Enacting reasonable limitations on the campaign accounts of former officeholders. We need reasonable safeguards to prevent former officeholders from using the money left over in their campaign war chests to influence their former colleagues.
  • Creating a safer, healthier, more respectful working environment in the legislature. The behavior described in news accounts towards female interns and employees is unacceptable and appalling. The legislature must foster a healthy work environment, including establishing an ombudsman to oversee the internship program, requiring diversity and sexual harassment training for all officeholders, and strengthening codes of conduct for legislators and their staff.

Missourians overwhelmingly support stronger ethics laws. The need is clear. The time is now. Working together, let’s break the grip of the special interests and enact strong, meaningful ethics reforms that will make Missourians proud.

Andy Borowitz shares his take on the GOP debate…

BOULDER, COLORADO (The Borowitz Report)—There were fireworks at Wednesday night’s Republican Presidential debate as the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Texas Senator Ted Cruz sparred over their differing timetables for hastening the end of the world.Image result for Image, End Times

While both Carson and Cruz stressed their commitment to accelerating the end times as described in the Book of Revelation, they offered starkly different visions of how they would bring them about.

 When Carson said he hoped to bring the world to an end during his first term in office, he received a mocking rebuke from Cruz.

“That’s not soon enough,” the Texas senator said. “When I am President, I will start working to make the Rapture happen on day one.”

Although the two traded barbs about the apocalypse for several minutes, the biggest applause line on the subject belonged to the former Hewlett-Packard C.E.O. Carly Fiorina. “These two gentlemen talk a good game about Armageddon, but I’ve made it happen,” she said, to a standing ovation.

Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show dig up some footage from 1986 with Kansas City Royals pitcher Bret Saberhagan that features a little rap!  This was done in the form of a FORD commercial, check out the price on these Ford Rangers!Image result for Image, 1986 Ford Ranger MVP EDITION

Oh-boy, my sparring partners at the National Right-to-Work Foundation, ALEC, and Peter Kinder are not going to like this story, Missouri leads nation in new business creation...  All done without the bogus Right-to-Worse they keep pushing despite public resistance.

Gov. Jay Nixon said on Monday the state saw a 16-percent increase in new businesses and startups in the most recent data. This is more than any other state in the nation.

The data released by the U.S. Census Bureau was analyzed by the Kauffman Foundation. It showed 1,293 more businesses created in Missouri in 2013 than in 2012.

In the fiscal year 2015, Missouri ranked as a top ten state for start-up funding, according to Forbes magazine. This is the first time Missouri has ranked in the category. Gov. Nixon signed about $16 million for programs at the Missouri Technology Corporation, a public-private partnership that promotes entrepreneurship.

Paul Curtman, Justin Alferman, and Dave Schatz maybe a discussion with Dave Hinson is in order.

This week’s audio netcast:   Historian Ron Formisano explains what plutocracy is and how we are currently governed by it. Constitutional expert Garrett Epps reviews voting rights and the missing voice of Congress in foreign policy. And Bill Press talks with Ohio SenatorSherrod Brown about the Trans redradioPacific Partnership and the first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential race.

Franklin County’s member of the U.S House of Representatives, Blaine Luetkemeyer, is facing formal ethics charges due to his habit of carrying the dirty water of the Payday Loan Industry.  Surprising, bankers helping bankers.  Here’s the story...Image result for Image, guys in suits exchanging money

The Allied Progress report examines ties between political donations to 12 members of Congress, including Yoder and Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri. Of Luetkemeyer, the report notes:

 On July 18, 2012, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri introduced HR 6139 – legislation that experts said would undermine oversight of payday lenders by allowing them to bypass the regulatory authority of the CFPB [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] and stronger state laws. The day before, Luetkemeyer refunded a $2,500 campaign contribution to the PAC of the payday lending industry’s special interest trade group – Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA). Exactly two months later he received a contribution from the CFSA for double the original amount.

Yoder also received buckets of campaign cash from the payday-lending industry a week after signing on as a co-sponsor of a bill designed to hobble the CFPB, which regulates the industry. Both men’s signatures also top a letter from payday-friendly pols to the federal government, admonishing the Department of Justice and the FDIC for cracking down on predatory online lenders by choking off their access to the banks.

As the midnight deadline approaches for the UAW and GM to reach agreement on a national agreement your friendly, neighborhood blogger finds himself going nationwide in this story from The Detroit NewsImage result for Image, walking work boots

“I am hoping to get a pay rate, or a compensation package, that recognizes all of the sacrifices that have been made from back in 2007 until now, and that recognizes the fact that these companies are now enormously profitable,” said Darin Gilley, 52, who works at GM’s plant in Wentzville, Mo.

Gilley, who argues workers don’t make as much money as the general public often thinks, has worked for the automaker for four years. He also will be working Sunday on the night shift when the deadline approaches.

“So, if we are told to walk, I will be walking,” Gilley said.

As Nancy Sinatra sang “These Boots Are Made For Walking”

Here’s Why…

Now That You Are Here, This Is What You Need To Know – GM Can Afford It!

Darin Gilley

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