Some Good News

Hey all! I’ve been away for a while, as I’ve been busy finishing my last semester of college. Now I’m finally done!!! I’ve graduated! The ceremony is in May! Sigh of relief!!!

So today, being that I’m excited about completing school, and the holidays, I’m going to share some good news I received from newsletters of various non-profits.



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MO Gov. Jay Nixon points to Kansas, Shuts down Legislative Republicans


via MO Gov. Jay Nixon points to Kansas, Shuts down Legislative Republicans.

bytmservo433 for Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

Just a few short days ago, Grover Norquist appeared in Missouri to push the new Republican tax plan aimed at revving up the Missouri Economic engine.…

National anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist is stumping around Missouri today with Republican state House Speaker Tim Jones, in support of a GOP tax-cut plan that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is poised to veto.

According to Jones’ office, Norquist was to join Jones at an event in Cape Girardeau this morning “to discuss the importance of fostering economic growth by lowering the tax burden on Missouri families and businesses.” The two are scheduled to appear in Springfield, Mo., later today.

The tax-cut measure, which passed the General Assembly earlier this month, would gradually cut the top individual state income tax rate from the current 6…

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Campaign Finance Reform: “Government by the People Act” (H.R. 20) (petition)

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This bill can loosen the grip of big money on Congress and put democracy back in the hands of the people.

How it works:
– Contributions of $1 to $150 would be matched on a six-to-one basis by a public fund––paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes and giveaways.
– Contributors would get a refundable “My Voice” tax credit of $25.
– Each candidate’s public funding would be capped at a certain amount, and there would be strict enforcement of campaign finance laws—including disclosure of all donations.

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The panel, made up of several people of diverse backgrounds (including politics and law enforcement), and its conclusions represent an important development in the debate about the Stand Your Ground law. I call it the “Shoot First, Ask Questions Later” law, for obvious reasons! I’m just hoping that enough people are even aware of this panel and that it’s conclusions will have some influence on Congress.

Update: U.S. Horse Slaughter on Hold…for Now

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Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the SAFE Act


We recently told you that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved applications for horse slaughter inspections at Valley Meat Company LLC in Roswell, New Mexico, and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa. The USDA is likely to also grant horse slaughter inspections at Rains Natural Meats plant in Gallatin, Missouri, in the coming days.

This week we learned that no horse slaughter plants will be granted inspections until at least July 29 as a result of a lawsuit filed against the USDA by several animal welfare organizations.

This lawsuit buys critical time for our horses. The Agriculture Appropriations bills, which contain language that would prevent horse slaughter in the U.S., are expected to pass in the coming months. We are seeing building momentum for the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would prevent the slaughter of…

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