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It would be very similar to the dustup between our infamous State horses ass photo: Horses Ass hrseass.jpgSenator Brian Nieves and some conservative clowns calling themselves the Springfield Locke and Smith Foundation. Is this what Facebook is for?  Can I get tickets to a different circus?

Notice that Nieves admits he doesn’t write his bill.  Big surprise?

“HB436 was written by some of the best, most constitutional scholars I’ve ever know! People like Ron Calzone and Dave Roland!” Nieves wrote.

Calzone is a member of Missouri First, a group “Dedicated to the Sovereignty of Missourians,” according to its website, and Roland is the co-founder of the Freedom Center of Missouri, which promotes limited government.

Soon after, Martz responded to Nieves, who was engaging other commenters.

“Typical Nieves, glad to see some things don’t change, instead of addressing the issue at hand which is how HB436 violates the constitution he derides the people who spend hundreds of hours reviewing it and the constitution(s) to which it is being judged upon,” Martz wrote.

At that point, Nieves called Martz a “sad Little Worthless person.”

“You are the Biggest Blow Hard, Lowest Value Person I’ve ever had the displeasure of dealing with. You are a Joke and less than a man!” Nieves wrote.

Martz responded:

“Actually little man I have nothing to apologize for, yes I called you a little man because you act as if you have the capacity of discussion of a toddler.”

Nieves then wrote: “You are nothing more than a pompous, self inflated person who has accomplished NOTHING with his life yet has to justify his meaningless existence by trying to judge others. You are exactly what is wrong with America and are more a part of the problem than the solution.”

The following appeared as a paid advertisement in last week’s print Missourian.  It’s truly unfortunate that our state senator has so little respect for the people he represents.  Moreover, the taunts are no better than those of a 5-year-old child.  ”Nobody likes you”?  Really?

 

State Senator Brian Nieves (R – Washington) recently responded to a constituent email with name-calling and accusations of bullying.

The first term state senator objected to receiving an email from Tom Smith of Washington which had originally been produced by an education policy analyst from Jefferson City.  Smith, a retired educator, was writing to ask Senator Nieves to sustain Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 253.

The law, passed by the legislature in the last session, purports to reduce taxes in the state of Missouri.  The Governor vetoed the legislation, however, saying  that the “ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment … would inject far-reaching uncertainty into our economy, undermine our state’s fiscal health and jeopardize basic funding for education and vital public services.”

Supporters of education are especially concerned about how the legislation will affect public schools.  Several school boards around the state have taken the unusual step of passing resolutions in opposition to it, including the Washington school board.  It is estimated that if the veto is overridden that the Washington school district will lose more than $850,000 in funding.  The Union school district stands to lose more than $1.5 million in the first year if HB 253 is adopted. Several Chambers of Commerce around the state also oppose overriding the veto as well including the Columbia and Springfield chambers.

State senators and representatives will attend a veto session beginning on September 11.

In the email correspondence with Smith, Nieves first complains of receiving a “form letter” from his constituent, later referring to Smith as a “Copy & Paste Copy Cat” (sic).

In later emails the same day, Nieves claims that Smith is a “Bully” which is “life’s lowest form of cowardess and generally reflects an inner shame and self loathing” (sic).  Nieves further goes on to call Smith a “Sissy” and a “loser” and to say that he has talked with many people about Smith concluding that, in Nieves’ words “[N]obody likes you.”

Nieves also claims that constituents who criticize their legislators are not “real men” unless they take the further step of running for office.

According to witnesses, Nieves had previously verbally berated Mr. Smith when Smith visited the Senator’s office in May 2011.   They indicated that Nieves was upset that Smith had written a letter to the editor about his attendance at a conference sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  ALEC is a controversial group that promotes the.use of pre-written “model legislation” that can be used and/or customized by legislators in any state.

It is fortunate for the state that we will not have to suffer the changes proposed under HB253 as the veto was not overridden yesterday.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch summarized this week’s legislative session of made-up solutions to made-up problems in Missouri House Wins Triple Crown of Right-Wing Porn.

What makes the entire Wednesday night agenda more absurd is that the House actually had something serious to talk about: education reform. But Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, didn’t bother to start the education discussion until after taking meaningless votes on fantasy bills that will never have any effect on a single job or constitutional right for any Missourian, ever.

The education bill, SB 125, was supposed to be Mr. Jones’ priority, yet he couldn’t pass even the most watered-down version. Keep in mind, much of the bill mimics what the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is already doing in terms of implementing teacher evaluations. Other parts of the bill were very bad. We’re glad it died.

But the discussion was important. Mr. Jones didn’t even let the opponents speak.

Perhaps some of them were wearing blue and he thought they were undercover spies for the U.N.

If you’re wondering how this happens in an actual legislative body, it’s helpful to study Mr. Nieves’ history.

When he ran for the Senate in 2010, the Republican leadership supported his primary opponents, correctly identifying him as an ideological extremist. After winning, Mr. Nieves was accused in a police report by a Republican political operative of holding him in his office against his will, throwing him up against the wall and threatening him with a gun.

Talk about hard core.

Now Mr. Nieves is in Republican leadership, and his paranoid delusions are being passed off as laws.

This is Missouri in 2013: Brian Nieves is taken seriously.

Supreme Court Justice Stewart Potter once famously wrote of pornography that it was hard to define, but “I know it when I see it.”

In many ways, that’s what the Missouri legislative session was on Wednesday night. It was pornography for gun-toting, anti-federal-government, Obama-hating conspiracy theorists.

Hard core.

My good friend State Representative Mike Frame lent a little humor to this delusional situation with his choice of headwear as noted in this national news story from NPR.

Democratic state Rep. Michael Frame was reprimanded by GOP Speaker Tim Jones for wearing a tinfoil hat, as a sartorial comment on the nature of the legislation before the House.

 

Be sure to read the summary of SB464 and even the whole text (the devil is usually in the details):

http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=43

 

State Senator Brian Nieves District 26 Capitol Building, Room 433 Jefferson City, MO 65101 Contact: Jessica Johnson (573) 751-3678 For Immediate Release: Aug. 29, 2012

Senator Nieves Supports Judge’s Ruling Regarding Revision of Summary for Proposition E JEFFERSON CITY —

Senator Brian Nieves, R-Washington, commends a Missouri judge’s decision to rule the summary of Proposition E — an initiative to appear on the November ballot addressing health insurance exchanges and the will of the people — unfair and misleading for Missourians. With this decision, the summary of the initiative will be rewritten, and citizens can make a more informed decision when casting their votes at the polls. “This is a victorious time for the 71 percent of Missouri voters who voted against overbearing federal health care mandates at the polls in August 2010,” Sen. Nieves said. “Missouri has continuously fought against excessive federal government regulations, and a battle has been won to ensure the liberties and voices of the people are protected.” The original Proposition E summary stated, “Shall Missouri law be amended to deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care plans through a state-based health benefit exchange, unless authorized by statute, initiative or referendum, or through an exchange operated by the federal government as required by the federal health care act?” “The original summary was extremely deceptive, partisan, and did not accurately describe the intent of the proposition,” Sen. Nieves said. “The swiftness of the judge’s decision exemplifies the fact that the language was unjust to Missouri voters.” The new language will read, “Shall Missouri law be amended to prohibit the governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the Legislature?” The summary mirrors the language found in SB 464, which passed during the 2012 legislative session and established Proposition E. “I am always proud to stand up for the will of the people and fight against actions that are intrusive to our state sovereignty,” Sen. Nieves said. “The ability to cast our votes at the polls is one of our country’s greatest freedoms, and voters deserve to have accurate and fair language to consider. We can now move forward and together, make Missouri the best place possible to live, work, and raise a family.”

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Missouri NEA Legislative Update, 
Week 13, No. 1, April 2, 2012
By Otto Fajen, MNEA Legislative Director

ACTION ALERT – SENATE TO DEBATE TENURE REPEAL BILL ON APRIL 3

The Senate will debate SCS/SB 806 (Jane Cunningham) on April 3. The bill eliminates the current tenure law for all teachers, and places all teachers on an initial one-year contract.  Districts could choose to allow one or more  teachers to have contracts of up to four years.  The bill also eliminates seniority as a factor in decisions regarding reduction in force.

The bill also includes numerous mandates regarding teacher evaluation systems, such as requiring at least fifty percent of evaluations to be based on student test scores and prohibiting districts and employees from designing evaluation systems within collective bargaining negotiations.  The also repeals the minimum salary law for all teachers.

The Association strongly opposes the bill. Teachers need an effective voice in their schools.  Teacher tenure is just a process to address issues of concern and ensure teachers are not fired arbitrarily.  Where districts face challenges with under-performing teachers, the real issue to address is establishing a quality evaluation system that provides teachers with feedback and support in improving performance and addressing concerns.

Instead of repealing tenure, Missouri NEA supports a requirement that districts establish a strong and effective evaluation system, as contained in SB 654, filed by Sen. Brad Lager.

ACTION NEEDED:  Your help is needed! Please call, write or e-mail to urge your state senator to oppose SCS/SB 806. The following link will connect you to the MNEA Legislative Action Center Action Alert on SCS/SB 806.

Type in your zip code and the alert will automatically be directed to your state senator.  The Action Alert contains a brief summary and a brief, editable message box to help you send an email to your state senator on the issue.

YOUR MESSAGE WILL HAVE A GREATER IMPACT IF YOU PERSONALIZE THE MESSAGE AND ADD YOUR OWN CONCERNS REGARDING THE BILL.

http://www.capwiz.com/nea/mo/issues/alert/?alertid=61150361&type=ST

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A bipartisan group from the Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) took a trip up to the state capitol this week to lobby our local representatives to support a resolution that would require the groundwater around the Ameren Coal plant to be tested and monitored more effectively. This should be a no-brainer for any state representative or senator who actually gives a damn about the well being of his or her constituents. But evidently, concerned citizens now have to plead with our elected public officials to do what should just be common sense.

During the meeting witnesses say Sen. Nieves attempted to change the subject from what’s really important to his apparent obsession over me and this blog — repeatedly referring to me as a “whack job.” (This from a guy who beat down a staffer of his political opponent after the 2010 Republican primary).

Why Nieves thinks ranting about me has anything to do with whether or not he can support a common sense resolution that would protect the health of his constituents in Franklin County is beyond me. I am not a LEO member. I don’t serve on its board. I have no authority with that group. I’m just a casual supporter of its cause.

I suspect this was a kind of filibuster by Nieves so he wouldn’t have to discuss the issue at hand, but it also sounds like a veiled attempt to get the organization to pressure me into going easy on him in hopes he might support the resolution if I do. One member of LEO’s board, an apparent Nieves supporter, went so far as to tell me I should, “back off.”

The thing is, if Nieves’ support for protecting the environment in Franklin County is so flimsy that it is contingent on silencing a local blogger then he’s probably never going to vote for it anyway. If he proves me wrong, I’ll happily give him credit where credit is due. If he doesn’t, I’ll blog about that too. And if he does more stupid shit in the future, I will continue to be merciless. That’s never going to change, no matter how he votes on LEO’s resolution or who tells me to “back off.”

Call me crazy.

Missouri NEA Legislative Update
Week 5, No. 2, January 31, 2012
By Otto Fajen     
MNEA Legislative Director

ACTION ALERT:  HOUSE COMMITTEE TO HEAR TENURE REPEAL BILL

The House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee will hear HB 1526 (Scott Dieckhaus) on February 1.  The bill eliminates the current tenure law for new hires, and places new hires into a system of contracts of up to four years.  The bill also substantially changes the existing tenure law, eliminating seniority as a factor in decisions regarding reduction in force.  The Association strongly opposes the bill.

The bill also includes numerous mandates regarding teacher evaluation systems, such as requiring at least fifty percent of evaluations to be based on student test scores and prohibiting districts and employees from designing evaluation systems within collective bargaining negotiations.

ACTION NEEDED:  Your help is needed!  Please call, write or e-mail to urge your state representative to oppose HB 1526, the Tenure Repeal Bill. The following link will connect you to the MNEA Legislative Action Center Action Alert on HB 1526.

Type in your zip code and the alert will automatically be directed to your state representative.  The Action Alert contains a brief summary and a brief, editable message box to help you send an email to your state representative on the issue.   Your message will have a greater impact if you personalize the message and add your own concerns regarding the bill.

Write Your Representative

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Missouri NEA Legislative Update
Week 5, No. 1, January 30, 2012
By Otto Fajen     MNEA Legislative Director

ACTION ALERT: VOTE “NO” ON PAYCHECK DECEPTION ATTACK ON WORKERS

The Senate may act on one or more bills attacking labor unions when the members convene for floor debate during this week’s session.  The Senate Small Business and Industry Committee approved SCS/SBs 553 and 435 (Dan Brown) and the bill is on the Senate calendar for floor debate.    The bill eliminates authorization for public labor union payroll deductions for payment of union dues. The bill also revises authorization for public labor union payroll deductions for political action.

The Association strongly opposes the bill.  This attack is just more of the same old politics.  All employees have the constitutional right to an effective union voice in their employment and to work together to support  political campaigns without undue interference from state policies that would undermine those rights.

ACTION NEEDED:  Your help is needed!  Please call, write or e-mail to urge your state senator to oppose SCS/SBs 553 and 435, the paycheck deception attack. The following link will connect you to the MNEA Legislative Action Center Action Alert on SCS/SBs 553 and 435.

Type in your zip code and the alert will automatically be directed to your state senator.  The Action Alert contains a brief summary and a brief, editable message box to help you send an email to your state senator on the issue.   Your message will have a greater impact if you personalize the message and add your own concerns regarding the bill.

Write Your Senator

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So what’s Republican Sen. Brian Nieves so worked up about these days? Is it the fact that two of the counties in his district rank among the unhealthiest in the state? Is it that, of the 114 counties in Missouri, Franklin County is the 5th most polluted and Ameren Missouri’s coal-fired power plant in Labadie is the second worst mercury polluter in the nation. Perhaps it’s that Missouri now ranks number one in job loss? Nope. None of those things.

Of all the things that there are for a state Senator to get righteously pissed off about the thing that has Nieves seething white hot with anger is his belief that parking for the press at the state capitol is too convenient. So meter maid, Brian Nieves, has introduced groundbreaking legislation that aims to do something about this travesty of injustice.

Sweet Jesus. Is this the best we can do in District 26?

Meet The Press

MR. GREGORY: You’ve been more pointed when you talk about in favor of Governor Romney. You say he will never embarrass you. Do you think Newt Gingrich will embarrass the party?

GOV. CHRISTIE: I think Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party over time. Whether he’ll do it again in the future, I don’t know. But Governor Romney never has.

MR. GREGORY: You say he’s embarrassed the party. How and where do you worry he might do it again that makes him unelectable?

GOV. CHRISTIE: Well, listen, David, we all know the record. I mean, he was run out of the speakership by his own party. He was fined $300,000 for ethics violations. This is a guy who’s had a very difficult political career at times and has been an embarrassment for the party. You remember these times, you were here. So the fact of the matter is, I don’t need to regale the country with that entire list again except to say this. I’m not saying he will do it again in the future, but sometimes past is prologue.

It’s funny, not long ago Franklin County Presiding Commissioner, John Griesheimer, used those exact words to describe Sen. Brian Nieves (R-26) to me. “He has been an embarrassment for the party.” The thing is, Griesheimer, like Christie, doesn’t fully appreciate how radicalized the Republican base has become. There’s simply no more room for moderates in today’s GOP. The Reagan era is over.

Players like Nieves and Gingrich get it, and are more than happy to provide tons of red meat for their own narcissistic gain and to hell with the establishment. In the case of Nieves, he has little else to offer the party faithful but fear and victimhood, virtual catnip for the persecuted conservative who is afraid of everything from Muslims to Medicare. Gingrich, on the other hand, has a few ideas. They’re just awful ideas.

Moderate Republicans who embraced the teabaggers and the fire breathers back when they were blessedly re-branding conservatism after George W. Bush so thoroughly discredited it (I thought irreversibly at the time) must have figured they’d be able to rein them in once the elections were over. But they appear to have unleashed a Kraken of radicalism in their ranks that is threatening to devour them instead.

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