Principally Political has featured something of an eclectic mix of topics in its months of operation, and it’s been a great ride. This month the site is set to shatter the previous all time high of unique daily visitors (more on that later in the month). I plan to continue covering a wide range of topics, because that’s what I’m interested in – just about everything.
However, I’m going to make a concerted effort to increase my coverage of Missouri, and to some extent Kansas, politics. I think more people will be interested in my take on those topics, given that there are less sources to go to for that type of content (as opposed, say, to the number of voices chiming in on national and international topics) and that I have experience in both states.
Furthermore, I think it will be advantageous to focus on a few key topics, providing a more stable, in-depth narrative to readers. Again, this doesn’t mean I’m not going to be riffing spontaneously and widely, but for the purposes of developing a bit of specialization and authority, and becoming a “destination” site, I’m going to dry to drill down a bit. The three topics that I plan to do this with are:
- Missouri Civil Rights Initiative. If successful, the initiative would amend the state constitution to ensure that all Missourians, regardless of race, are treated equally by their state government. This is an important issue to me personally, and one that I believe would be strongly supported by the public if allowed on to the ballot. The issue deserves wide coverage, including the exposure of Robin Carnahan‘s shameful efforts to prevent Missourians a chance to be heard on this important issue.
- Education. It will always be a vital issue at the state and local level, and it’s a policy area where new and vigorous debates are being had. Having worked on some school issues, I’ll be focusing on education in both Missouri and Kansas, with a particular emphasis on the rights of parents and broader access to high quality education in safe school environments. There’s no good reason (and a lot of bad ones) why more young people couldn’t receive a great education in this country. Real reform is going to take increased public awareness of the need for change and the alternatives that exist.
- U.S. Senate Race/Missouri. Obviously, the contest between Roy Blunt and Robin Carnahan will be the hottest horse race story in state politics in the coming year, and there’ll be a lot of good coverage out there. I want to track developments, present analysis of both the policy issue debate and the campaign politics, and offer my views on same. If you happen to be associated with either of the campaigns, don’t hesitate to contact me. Your privacy is assured.
I reserve the right to modify this list over the next several days, but it seems logical. I look forward to writing this new chapter of the site’s history.
One good thing about the Obama presidency:
I haven’t seen this guy ever since.
Jesse Jackson has been out of the spotlight since President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January
What’s the connection between Obama’s arrival (get it?) and Jackson’s absence from the public scene? It couldn’t just be a coincidence, could it? Has the nation simply managed to avoid racially inflammable incidents since January 20th?
Or could it be that Jackson’s raison d’etre has been eclipsed? That his shtick has lost its shine? Does he perhaps realize that race-baiting is at once more easily dismissed and imminently less fashionable now that the nation has elected a black president?
Post Script: Messiahs “arrive.”
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is using her office to deny Missourians a chance to vote to end race-based preferences. Below is this afternoon’s news release from the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative. This is indicative of the type of challenges the initiative will face for the next two years as organizers try to get it on the ballot. Much more on this later… the fight to end our state government’s use of race-based discrimination is one that all of us should get behind and support.
Missouri Official Obstructs Ballot Initiative Effort
“Secretary of State defiant in attempt to preserve race preferences“
|(Grain Valley)- The Missouri Civil Rights Initiative Committee (MOCRI) received certification earlier this month from the secretary of state for a ballot measure that calls for the elimination of race and gender preferences in public employment, public education and public contracting. Unfortunately, the official ballot title language drafted by Carnahan’s office contains the exact wording of a 2008 effort that resulted in a protracted lawsuit. Supporters of the initiative have filed suit yet again to fight for new ballot language.The MOCRI committee won relief in the 2008 court case in the form of amended language provided by a Cole County circuit judge. Carnahan’s office immediately appealed the ruling. As a result of time lost in the court battle, signatures for the 2008 campaign were not submitted before the deadline. Consequently, the initiative is being reintroduced for the 2010 campaign cycle.
“We recommended the secretary of state adopt ballot language rewritten by the court in 2008,” explained MOCRI executive director Tim Asher. “Incredibly, Carnahan’s office chose instead to resubmit the exact language the court previously found to be “insufficient and unfair.”
According to the court decree, insufficient and unfair means to inadequately and with bias prejudice, deception and/or favoritism state the consequences of the initiative.
“It is completely irresponsible of the secretary of state to waste public money defending an action that has already been struck down by the court,” Asher continued. “If the secretary of state is to act impartially- as required by state statute- why would she insist on resubmitting language already determined to be inadequate?”
The Missouri Civil Rights Initiative Committee (MoCRI), a Missouri-based ballot initiative committee, is dedicated to providing the people of Missouri the opportunity to end discrimination and preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin by state or local governments. MoCRI will make Missouri a place of equal opportunity for all, not a state that uses discrimination as a tool to create “diversity.” Achieving “diversity” should never be an excuse to discriminate!
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PO Box 545 Grain Valley, MO 64029 · www.missouricri.org