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Fired Up! Missouri - Rob Mayer http://www.firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/848/0 en Tim Jones on Right to Work for Less http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/tim-jones-right-work-less <p>From <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/23437/jones_031912">The Beacon</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>The House and Senate continue to be a split over Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer&rsquo;s effort to win passage of a &ldquo;right-to-work&rsquo;&rsquo; law, which would stop&nbsp;&nbsp; closed shops, where all workers must be a member of the same union.</p> <p> <strong>Jones said he did not foresee a House vote on the issue.</strong> Some right-to-work advocates say they may need to go the initiative-petition route and put the issue before the voters.</p> </blockquote> <p>Did someone get the message that attacking workers is a no-go?&nbsp; I&#39;ll take it!</p> Right to Work for Less Rob Mayer Tim Jones Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:43:18 +0000 Parker 15264 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Nixon: "Just Plain Wrong" for House GOPers to Cut Aid for the Blind http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/nixon-just-plain-wrong-house-gopers-cut-aid-blind <p><a href="http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2012/mar/13/nixon-pushes-keep-benefits-blind/" target="_blank"><img alt="picnikfile_I66pTr" class="noside" height="217" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6834280272_54349deea9.jpg" width="500" /></a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2012/03/13/nixon-defends-aid-program-blind/">&quot;It&#39;s just dead wrong to cut the health care of needy blind people.&quot;</a></strong></p> <p class="rteindent1">~ <strong>Gov. Jay Nixon </strong>in Columbia today, responding to House Republicans&#39; insistence on axing funding for the blind in their FY13 budget plan. &nbsp;Seante President Pro Tem<strong> Rob Mayer</strong>&nbsp;also opposes the House GOP&#39;s proposed cuts.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Image source: <a href="http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2012/mar/13/nixon-pushes-keep-benefits-blind/" target="_blank">Columbia Tribune</a></em></p> Jay Nixon Rob Mayer Ryan Silvey State Budget Tue, 13 Mar 2012 22:23:24 +0000 .Sean 15239 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Jaco Doesn't Understand That Every Missourian is Fully Employed and Our Budget Situation is Totally Awesome Already http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/jaco-doesnt-understand-every-missourian-fully-employed-and-our-budget-situation-totally-awes <p><iframe width="500" height="284" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EA0Z_95SUhA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.kplr11.com/entertainment/kplr-jacology-missouri-legislature-wasting-time-20120116,0,1910750.story">Charles Jaco lets 'er rip</a>: &quot;It&#39;s a darn good thing there&#39;s almost no unemployment in Missouri that our schools are the nations best, our roads are in superb shape and none of our children live in poverty. Because, if none of that were true, you&#39;d have to wonder why the Missouri legislature is wasting its time on nonsense. But since things are perfect, I guess they can get away with it.&quot;</p> GOP Extremism Misplaced Priorities Rob Mayer Steve Tilley Tim Jones Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:23:31 +0000 .Sean 15061 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com A Senator, a State Rep, and the Lt. Governor Walk Into a Bar... http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/senator-state-rep-and-lt-governor-walk-bar <p>Q: What do <strong><a href="http://www.news-leader.com/article/20111115/NEWS11/111150329/Joplin-prevailing-wage-kinder">Lt. Gov Peter Kinder</a>,</strong> <strong><a href="http://missouri-news.org/news/business/senate-leader-looks-at-suspending-wage-laws-in-wake-of-natural-disasters/11592">Sen Pro Tem Rob Mayer</a></strong> and <strong>State Rep Shane Schoeller </strong>have in common?</p> <p>A: Um, all of them are <a href="http://firedupmissouri.com/content/just-sad">not running for Governor</a>?</p> <p>Well, that&#39;s true too, but moving on.</p> <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_NzP9nkh_LDM/SagriblmXWI/AAAAAAAADoI/nacUayjd33w/s400/Schoeller.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 160px; " />Unless you spent all day yesterday reading about <strong>Deidre Pujols</strong> or <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20552887,00.html">a certain $10,000 gaffe</a>, you likely heard about the scathing editorial written about Schoeller and his colleagues jumping on the opportunity to undermine prevailing wage laws in rebuilding tornado-torn Joplin. But as the <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/the-platform/editorial-shameful-to-use-tornado-to-attack-workers-wages/article_073f55c0-e4e5-5d50-bcdb-c8c033a16947.html">PD points out</a>, this is not only downright mean - it&#39;s a little preplanned.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><blockquote> <p>Even before the winds started to blow, Mr. Schoeller and other Republicans had been seeking to get rid of the prevailing wage law...</p> </blockquote> <p>And, of course, Schoeller is joined by his other two stooges.</p> <blockquote><p>Mr. Schoeller is not alone in this quest. Sen. Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, the president pro tem of the Missouri Senate, has filed a bill that would accomplish the same feat. And Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder also has called for such a proposal...</p> </blockquote> <p>The job creators have spoken. They want jobs created. $7 an hour jobs. Because THAT&#39;s how you jumpstart an economy.</p> Peter Kinder Prevailing Wage Rob Mayer Shane Schoeller Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:09:01 +0000 Avery 14957 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Your Anti-Inspirational Quote for the Day http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/your-anti-inspirational-quote-day <p>Over three months after <strong>Rob Mayer</strong> and <strong>Steve Tilley </strong>stood up and said they had a deal, the special session ends <a href="http://aduni.org/~heather/occs/honors/Poem.htm">not with a bang</a> but a <a href="http://midwestdemocracyproject.org/blogs/entries/missouri-special-legislative-session-done-finished-kaput-time-good/">whimper</a>.</p> <blockquote><p>&ldquo;We adjourned sine die because obviously, the House and Senate are miles apart on the different versions of the economic development bill, and it would be fruitless to continue onward and waste the taxpayers&rsquo; money,&rdquo; said Senate President Pro Tem <strong>Rob Mayer </strong>a Republican.</p> </blockquote> Rob Mayer Special Session Steve Tilley Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:17:53 +0000 BigTom 14788 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Engler Still Upset God Didn't Pick Him to Lead Senate http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/engler-still-upset-god-didnt-pick-him-lead-senate <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110922135523/simpsons/images/thumb/0/0e/God_%28The_Simpsons%29.png/250px-God_%28The_Simpsons%29.png" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; " />As you may recall, <a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/lembke-god-wanted-mayer-be-president-pro-tem" target="_blank">God chose <strong>Rob Mayer</strong> over <strong>Kevin Engler</strong></a> when Senate Republicans drew lots to <a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/engler-insufficiently-extreme-his-senate-gop-colleagues" target="_blank">pick their leader</a> last winter.&nbsp; (<a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/lembke-god-wanted-mayer-be-president-pro-tem" target="_blank">No joke</a>.)&nbsp; Well, Sen. Engler is <a href="http://rturner229.blogspot.com/2011/10/engler-we-didnt-do-much-and-we-probably.html" target="_blank">not impressed</a> with the work of the Chosen One:</p> <blockquote><p>There was little accomplished this special session, a session that probably shouldn&rsquo;t have been called in the first place.<strong> It was all good and well for legislative leaders to tour the state in July, promising the passage of an economic development bill, but they failed to let the rest of the General Assembly in on their plan.</strong></p> <p>When we convened in early September, we were presented with a massive bill few of us were familiar with that would have serious consequences for the future of our state. This led to weeks of debate in the beginning of the special session, where from most perspectives it probably looked like we were accomplishing nothing in the Capitol. It was a slow and painful process to watch, and even more so for those of us who participated in it...</p> <p>In the next few months, <strong>I will be putting together legislation to file for next year&rsquo;s regular session, but if we can&rsquo;t have a clear plan and better consensus then it might not even be worth it.</strong></p> </blockquote> Kevin Engler Rob Mayer Fri, 21 Oct 2011 14:52:02 +0000 .Sean 14775 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com "An Absolute, Total, Failure" http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/absolute-total-failure <div class="nobox"> <img class="noside" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6102/6257251252_7e81913384.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 255px; " />Steve Tilley and Rob Mayer in Kansas City on their pre-session media tour</div> <p><a href="http://missourinet.learfielddemos.com/2011/10/17/punt-2/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+missourinetblog+%28Missourinet%3A+The+Blog%29" target="_blank">Missourinet&#39;s <strong>Bob Priddy</strong></a> reacts to the effective end of this year&#39;s special session:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>The special legislative session crashed and burned about 7 p.m., Monday, October 17, in frustration and deadlock. There will be some heavy finger-pointing. &nbsp;There will be some disagreements about whether the House or the Senate was the cause of an excruciatingly slow and painful downward spiral from September 6th, the day of the session&rsquo;s already-flawed launch. One-hundred ninety-seven people, members of the House and Senate, were injured but are expected to recover by January....</p> <p>This was something none of us had ever seen before. &nbsp;An absolute, total, failure. &nbsp;And dispirited lawmakers were voicing only faint hopes at the end that things will be appreciably better for the regular session in January. In a perverse way, though, the collapse is instructive...</p> </blockquote> <!--break--><!--break--><p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://midwestdemocracyproject.org/articles/lawmakers-tout-job-creation-wish-list-for-kc-missouri/" target="_blank">Star</a></em></p> GOP Infighting GOP Intransigence Rob Mayer Steve Tilley Tue, 18 Oct 2011 11:38:53 +0000 .Sean 14752 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Timeline: From "We Finally Reached An Agreement" to "It's Done" http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/we-finally-reached-agreement-its-done <div class="nobox"> <img alt="" class="noside" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/6177370581_fb9fb06556.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 224px; " />Rob Mayer and Steve Tilley in happier times.</div> <p><a href="http://stlbeacon.org/voices/blogs/political-blogs/beacon-backroom/111778-republican-legislators-announce-deal-that-could-affect-china-hub-effort" target="_blank">July 20</a> - <strong>Steve Tilley: &quot;We finally reached an agreement.&quot;</strong></p> <p><a href="http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/07/20/all-smiles-as-lawmakers-reach-deal-on-china-hub-tax-breaks/" target="_blank">July 20</a> - KMOX: <strong>&quot;The announcement featured Mo Senate Leader Robert Mayer, R-Dexter and Mo House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville &mdash; both saying they are ready to pass a wide ranging jobs package that goes beyond China Hub.&quot;</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/article_ef912596-b7ce-11e0-b22e-001a4bcf6878.html#ixzz1b5LmnT5P" target="_blank">July 26</a> - Rob Mayer: Governor Jay Nixon &quot;&#39;was somewhat cautious or hesitant...&#39;He had concerns about opposition in either chamber. He wanted to make certain that we had a degree of certainty&#39; that the economic development bill would pass.&quot;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://youtu.be/AI4iyW2Ramc?t=10m55s" target="_blank">September 23-</a></strong> Steve Tilley on Rob Mayer: &quot;The House has done every single thing that we said we were going to do...I assume that when Rob Mayer told me this is the deal that they could get this done -- It&#39;s not my job to micromanage the Senate.&nbsp; I assumed he could get it done. It&#39;s clear that he couldn&#39;t. I&#39;m not necessarily blaming him, because I think he&#39;s trying to get it done.&nbsp; But obviously he wasn&#39;t successful...&quot;</p> <p>September 22 - Rob Mayer: &quot;I&rsquo;m not optimistic at all.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://youtu.be/AI4iyW2Ramc?t=10m55s" target="_blank">September 23</a> - <strong>Steve Tilley: &quot;I think Brad Lager says one thing and does another.&quot;</strong></p> <p><a href="http://firedupmissouri.com/content/tilley-functionally-senates-broke" target="_blank">September 23</a> - Steve Tilley: &quot;Functionally, The Senate&#39;s Broke&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://missourinet.learfielddemos.com/2011/09/23/last-day/" target="_blank">September 23</a> -<strong> Bob Priddy: &quot;We agree that we&rsquo;ve never seen a special legislative session that is such a mess as this one.&quot;</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/the-platform/article_2604f19e-97b2-5f39-83b4-2faa059af20f.html#ixzz1b5KtlWvG" target="_blank">September 24</a> - <strong>St. Louis Post-Dispatch: &quot;The man most responsible for delaying, and possibly killing, the bill you care about is named Steve Tilley,</strong> a Republican from Perryville who is speaker of the Missouri House.&quot;</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p><a href="http://voices.kansascity.com/entries/feuding-missouri-legislators-waste-time-money/#ixzz1b5KcnlYt" target="_blank">September 24</a> - Kansas City Star: &quot;What went wrong? The simplest explanation is that Republican legislative leaders failed to do enough groundwork before asking Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special session. The barriers seen over the last three weeks involve GOP infighting in the Senate and disagreements between the Republican majorities in the Senate and House.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/10/13/down-to-the-wire-on-china-hub-bill/" target="_blank">October 13</a> - Rob Mayer: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll have the opportunity to go to conference to argue or present our position.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/762c727914d64dc7b0573ff190a09daa/MO-XGR--Business-Incentives/" target="_blank">October 17</a> - Rob Mayer: &quot;The differences between the House and Senate on the economic development, tax-credit reform bill are irreconcilable.&quot;&nbsp; And, &quot;Mayer said it would have been &#39;fruitless&#39; and &#39;meaningless&#39; to confer further with the House, because both chambers are firmly entrenched.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/article_fbe0948a-f914-11e0-9af4-001a4bcf6878.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">October 17</a> - <strong>Steve Tilley:&nbsp; &quot;It&#39;s done.&quot;</strong></p> Brad Lager Rob Mayer Steve Tilley Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:39:41 +0000 .Sean 14750 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Dysfunction Junction http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/dysfunction-junction <div class="nobox"> <img class="noside" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/6177370581_fb9fb06556.jpg" />Steve Tilley and Rob Mayer on the air </div> <p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/the-platform/article_2604f19e-97b2-5f39-83b4-2faa059af20f.html" target="_blank">The Post-Dispatch&#39;s take on the struggling special session</a>: &quot;In America, but especially in Missouri, money talks. <strong>The man most responsible for delaying, and possibly killing, the bill you care about is named Steve Tilley</strong>, a Republican from Perryville who is speaker of the Missouri House.&nbsp;In recent years, Mr. Tilley&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2010/11/rex_sinquefield_steven_tilley_income_tax_campaign_contributions.php" target="_blank">has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars</a>&nbsp;in campaign contributions from the primary critics of your proposal: retired investor Rex Sinquefield, who also funds the think-tank Show-Me Institute, and developers who get rich from government programs intended to build low-income housing projects.&nbsp;Our suggestion is simple: Next time, put your money on the right horse.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://voices.kansascity.com/entries/feuding-missouri-legislators-waste-time-money/#ixzz1YsDMPji1" target="_blank">The Star</a>: &quot;What went wrong? <strong>The simplest explanation is that Republican legislative leaders failed to do enough groundwork before asking Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special session</strong>. The barriers seen over the last three weeks involve&nbsp;GOP&nbsp;infighting in the Senate and disagreements between the Republican majorities in the Senate and&nbsp;House.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://missourinet.learfielddemos.com/2011/09/23/last-day/">Missourinet&#39;s Bob Priddy</a>: &quot;Those of us who have been covering state government for a few decades have done something the legislature hasn&rsquo;t been able to do.&nbsp;<strong> We have reached a consensus.&nbsp;We agree that we&rsquo;ve never seen a special legislative session that is such a mess as this one.&nbsp; </strong>There already has been a bunch of finger pointing about who&rsquo;s to blame.&nbsp; There is no shortage of suspects.&quot;</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://centralmoinfo.com/KWIX-AT-THE-CAPITOL-PHOTOS/9413892" target="_blank">KWIX</a></em></p> Brad Lager GOP Infighting Jason Crowell John Diehl Rob Mayer Steve Tilley Tim Jones Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:42:52 +0000 .Sean 14673 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Tilley: "Functionally, The Senate's Broke" http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/tilley-functionally-senates-broke <p>Video of <strong><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsQfA2_yYus&amp;feature=channel_video_title" target="_blank">Speaker Steve Tilley </a></strong>speaking this afternoon after the House adjourned, via <strong>Jason Rosenbaum.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><iframe width="500" height="284" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IsQfA2_yYus" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Brad Lager GOP Infighting Jason Crowell Rob Mayer Shane Schoeller Steve Tilley Tim Jones Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:04:06 +0000 .Sean 14672 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com