Rumor has it that Governor Nixon will sign SB 113 based on a demand by the Tilley, Loehner, and Parson that they won’t consider his “compromise” bill unless he does so.

Leaving aside this being a politically stupid move, the demand for a signature on SB 113 is nothing more than a way for the SB 113 supporters to gloat about their control—over the state, over the state leadership, and over the will of the people of Missouri.

If Governor Nixon vetoes SB 113, these same leaders would hustle their butts in order to ensure the “compromise” is passed. So the question is: is Nixon as politically astute as some people claim him to be? Not if Department of Agriculture’s Jon Hagler’s appearance at the pro-SB 113 rally is any indication.

In his speech to the SB 113 supporters, Hagler stated that “Missourians, not outside state interests, control our state’s future”. I have to wonder who Hagler think voted for Proposition B last November. Last I heard, you had to be a resident of this state in order to vote in Missouri.

By his statement, does Dr. Hagler consider St. Louis, Kansas City, and all the urban centers that voted for Proposition B to be “outside state interests”? How about the people in his wife, Representative Linda Black’s, district? They voted for Proposition B—does that mean the people in Representative Black’s district are somehow “outside state interests”, too?

We assume that Dr. Hagler meant HSUS with his little quip. I guess a national organization is an “outside interest”. Does this mean, then, that lobbyists from the NRA will also be shown the door in Jefferson City? After all, it was lobbyists from NRA, another national organization, and hence an “outside interest”, who helped overturn the voter-approved measure on conceal carry.

Let’s be blunt, gentlemen: what you’re saying with your actions and your speeches is that you’re not interested in representing the people of the state— not if it means going against powerful agribusiness interests. The bottom line is that the people of Missouri voted for Proposition B. To not support the people of this state is nothing more than pandering to special interests for the purposes of political expediency.

By the way, I joined the HSUS today. Since I also live in St. Louis, I guess that makes me a double-outsider to the folks in Jefferson City.

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Where is the love

A re-edit of Black Eyed Peas “Where is the Love”, adapted for a pet store/puppy mill protest.


“She just looked at me and took a big breath and died”

Norton Kennels is still operating in Missouri, still selling puppies to pet stores. In 2009, this breeder had 453 adult dogs.


Meet the Reps who let you and the dogs down

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nice article listing the reps from the St. Louis area who voted against their district.

These people pretend that this was compromise, but what this really is, is politics as usual. They voted for SB 113 in order to get support for their pet project, or to curry favor with the Missouri Farm Bureau, or maybe they just don’t like dogs or voters. You know, uppity voters daring to bring about law all by our lonesomes.

Linda Black didn’t even have the guts to vote at all—evidently, her husband, Dr. Jon Hagler, the current Director of the Department of Agriculture, has more influence on her than the people who vote in her district. She, at one time, said she’d support the people of her district and would support Proposition B. So much for standing by the people who vote you in office.

It’s smoke and mirrors: the kind of back room deals that have undermined the public’s respect and trust in their representatives.

Critters Government Legal, Laws, and Regs

Nixon’s Agreement

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

Governor Nixon just came out with an “agreement” supposedly between animal welfare people and the agricultural groups.

Press release

Letter of Agreement (PDF)

Legislative Text (PDF)

I’ll have more to say on these later.