Thursday, April 25, 2013
Republican senators Brian Nieves and John Lamping will host an event tonight featuring several speakers on the "Common Core" standards--what they are calling a federal takeover of education.
Missouri Senators from West County are bringing their campaign to stop the implementation of national education standards in Missouri called “Common Core” to Chesterfield City Hall. Republican Sen. Brian Nieves and John Lamping, both Republicans, are hosting an event at 7 p.m. Thursday that will also feature speakers from Common Core opposition groups. Nieves represents Missouri’s 26th district, which covers parts of West St. Louis County, including Wildwood, Eureka and Chesterfield, and Franklin County. Lamping represents the 24th district, which covers parts of west-central St. Louis County, including Creve Coeur, Ladue, Frontenac, Olivette and Clayton. Earlier this year, Lamping filed SB 210, a bill that would prohibit the state from …
Friday, December 28, 2012
John Lamping and his wife adopted a son in Russia in 2005. Vladimir Putin has now signed a law that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children.
8:50 a.m. Friday Updates that the bill has been signed Russian President Vladimir Putin's move to sign legislation which bans Americans from adopting children there is drawing criticism from a Missouri State Senator who's youngest child is from the country. Reuters reports the bill is a response to a U.S. trade relations bill which also establishes "visa bans and asset freezes on Russians accused of human rights violations." The New York Times reports that the ban could put the immediate brakes on 46 children who are in the process of being adopted by American families, and could impact as many as 200-250 families. Missouri State Senator John Lamping (R-Ladue) knows how those families feel. He is the father of six children, including …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Local politicians are giving contributions to other politicians across the state, despite voting against the practice in 2010.
The Missouri Legislature voted for tightening state ethics laws in 2010. It was passed on the last day of the regular session. Voting for the bill included Sen. Jane Cunningham, Rep. John Diehl (who thanks to redistricting has Chesterfield covered for 2013) and Rep. Cole McNary. The ethics measure allowed the Ethics Commission to investigate campaign violations without being forced to wait for an official complaint to be filed by someone, anyone. This common sense change would have given the commission some real teeth. Without it, there can be a clear violation of campaign laws, but the Commission is helpless to do anything—without that "official" complaint. The new law also made it a crime to lie to the Ethics Commission. Laundrying The …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A measure by a St. Louis County Republican could officially change the state’s slogan.
The Associated Press reported Monday that a resolution from St. Louis County Republican state Sen. John Lamping cleared the Senate and won an endorsement from a committee in the house. The bill urges the Division of Tourism to incorporate a new slogan into its marketing: "The Great Rivers State." Though it’s never been made official, Missouri is widely known as the "Show-Me" state. It's even on our license plates, although you can now get a plate with the proposed new slogan on it. Why the "Great Rivers" State? Lamping’s measure points out that the state boasts more than 110,000 miles of rivers and streams. Plus, the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are significantly tied to the country’s history. Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Missouri Senate gave an initial thumbs-up to legislation that would allow employers to deny coverage for contraceptive services. Do you agree?
In the wake of a massive Jefferson City rally over the issue, the Missouri state Senate this week gave initial approval to legislation that would allow employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptive services if they have religious or moral objections. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered the issue this week with a story that quoted several St. Louis-area residents who attended the rally in the Missouri Capitol. Area residents such as John Jost from Chesterfield and Terri Booher from Florissant framed the issue as one of religious freedom: "Congress shall pass no law prohibiting the free exercise of my religion,” the Post quoted Jost as saying. “End of story. Stay out of my religion.” Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, the legislation's …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Sinquefields provide a good start to the New Year for pols.
When I was a baseball writer on the east coast I got to know third baseman Joe Crede as he advanced through the Chicago White Sox farm system. Joe was from the small Mid-Missouri town of Westphalia. I even wrote a feature article on Joe for his hometown newspaper, The Unterrified Democrat of Lynn, Missouri with a coverage area that included Westphalia. Crede appeared to be the most famous person from Westphalia when he hit a couple of homeruns to help the White Sox win the 2005 World Series. But I have a feeling that Jane Cunningham, the Chesterfield state senator and state rep John Diehl have never heard of Crede. I have to think Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield would be the most well known folks with a Westphalia address for either local …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Two locals already have bills waiting in the hopper.
Missouri state lawmakers will be back in Jefferson City as the 2012 legislative session opens at noon Wednesday. Much like 2011, issues tied to job creation and managing a tight state budget figure to be front and center. Lawmakers were able to pre-file bills starting December 1, 2011 for consideration in 2012. Below is a look at some of those filed by Creve Coeur area state lawmakers: State Sen. John Lamping State Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) State represenatives Jill Schupp and John Diehl had not pre-filed bills as of Tuesday morning. In an email to constituents, Schupp said she would focus on issues of job creation, healthcare, education, seniors living on a fixed income, and the environment.
Monday, June 13, 2011
A complaint about a commentary revealed that many people in Chesterfield without knowing it gave a lot of money to a guy from Ladue.
A recent column about gifts of Christmas hams from Smithfield Farms lead to an interesting discovery—supporters of state Sen. Jane Cunningham inadvertently supported state Sen. John Lamping. On May 16, a column ran in Chesterfield Patch that took a look at local legislators' votes for a bill that took away small farmers' right to protect their land from large hog farms and their excess waste. Turns out many that voted for the bill accepted gifts from Smithfield Foods, a company that operates a huge hog operation in northwest Missouri and another in central Missouri under the name of Premium Standard. I followed that Patch column up with a guest commentary piece in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which ran on May 25 and examined the votes of …