TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – February 2014

Notes:

Cape County Tea Party was joined by Wes Medler of Crisis Food Source store in Cape Girardeau, MO.  Wes’ store specializes in preparedness, and he brought many of the items he sells at the store and discussed preparedness in general.

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Takeaway Activism

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To control instituted government, you have to be where the governing is done.  Below is a link to the upcoming meetings of governing bodies in Cape Girardeau County over the next month

CCTP – TTTT – 20140218- Takeaway Activism – Calendar

TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – January 2014

Notes:

After the excitement of our meeting in November 2012, 17 CCTP members took Level 1 of the Pathway To Self-Governance training offered by the Center for Self Governance.  7 CCTP members made it through all 5 levels of the training program during 2013.  It has been an exciting journey!

We urge you to at least take Level 1 of the Center for Self-Governance training.  It will change the way you view your governing bodies as well as your view of your position and participation in the governing process

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Working Meeting:

Tonight’s meeting was another working meeting.  The goal here was to review and approve (or reject) the legislative items sponsored or co-sponsored by Cape County’s Missouri House and Senate members – Donna Lichtenegger, Kathy Swan, and Wayne Wallingford.  A few bills proposed by other legislators were added to the list.

We:

  • Put together list of the bills
  • Reviewed them quickly
  • Used our laptops to get additional information on the bills from the House and Senate web sites
  • Came up with a consensus or took a vote to decide whether our representatives should vote for or against the bill

We obviously knew that, with the few minutes we had to work on the effort, we could easily end up with an incorrect decision.  But, the effort was enjoyable, and the decisions likely in line with the CCTP goals of Fiscal Responsibility, Founding Principles, and Constitutionally Limited Government under God.

When reviewing the decisions of the group, most of the responses were quite emphatic.

Click below to see the bills that were reviewed and the decisions of the group.  We hope to complete similar efforts in the future.

CCTP – TTTT – 20140121 – Local Legislator Bills – Review Results – 01

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Takeaway Activism

As a follow-up on our two activities tonight, we need to continue to consider our Civic Authority and our responsibility to guide the votes of our elected officials at all levels.  To that end, we ask that you do three things:

As a follow-up on our activity tonight, we need to continue to consider our Civic Authority and our responsibility to guide the votes of our elected officials at all levels.  To that end, we ask that you one of the following three things:

Senate / House Bill Review

New Legislation

  • Propose a piece of Legislation / Law
  • Write a short summary of what you would like to have enacted
  • Give it an awesome title
  • Send your new law to CapeCountyTeaParty@yahoo.com
  • Come to the February 18, 2014 monthly meeting and take five minutes to present your bill

TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – July 2013

The Meeting

At our July TTTT, we were joined by the editor of the Missouri Education Watchdog, Gretchen Logue.  She presented information and concerns on the Common Core State Standards.  She took questions and gave answers.

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About Gretchen Logue

Gretchen Logue attended her first tea party rally back in February 2009 and four years later finds herself the co-editor of the Missouri Education Watchdog – a blog dedicated to reporting on local, state and national education issues.

She is a wife, the mother of two children, and a native Southerner from Jacksonville, FL.  She and her family moved to St. Louis so her older son could attend Central Institute for the Deaf and then the Moog Oral School for education. The family made this life changing decision because their son’s needs were not being met by the only system available to him in Florida – the public education arena.  This is when she became convinced parents should have choices in their children’s education using their own tax dollars as they see best.

She began blogging in 2010 when it was discovered no one was reporting that our nation’s school districts were signing on to an education plan referred to as “Race to the Top”.  Her passion was ignited when she discovered Race to the Top was being promoted by the states departments of education and there were increased federal mandates being foisted on the states.

Now she is focused on helping educate communities in Missouri about the Common Core State Standards for Education.

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Takeaway Activism

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TA1 – Exercise Self-Governance:

There are lobbyists for unions; lobbyists for banks; lobbyists for lawyers; lobbyists for river smelt; lobbyists for death row murderers; lobbyists for sports stadiums.

Who’s lobbying for you and me?

The first step in the process to increase your self-governance is to become active.  To guide our representatives to enact legislation and policy that increases our freedom and our self-governance, we must take part in the process.  And, to take part in the process, we need to be involved at the time and location that the process is taking place.

To that end, we asked each Third Tuesday Tea Time attendee to take part in at least one meeting of a local governing body.

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Public Meetings – Attend / Take Notes / Report

Wed 7/17 7:00p SEMO10 Meeting
Thu 7/18 9:00a County Commission
Thu 7/18 5:00p Center for Self-Governance Training – Lvl1 Pt1
Thu 7/18 6:30p Pachyderm Club
Fri 7/19 5:00p Center for Self-Governance Training – Lvl1 Pt2
Mon 7/22 9:00a County Commission
Mon 7/22 6:30p Heartland Citizens For Education Awareness
Thu 7/25 9:00a County Commission
Thu 7/25 6:00p CCTP Steering Committee
Thu 7/25 7:00p Options for Women Pregnancy Resource Center
Mon 7/29 9:00a County Commission
Thu 8/1 9:00a County Commission
Thu 8/1 6:00p CCTP Steering Committee
Fri 8/2 12:00p Republican Women’s Club Meeting
Mon 8/5 9:00a County Commission
Mon 8/5 5:00p Cape City Council
Mon 8/5 5:30p Scott County Republicans
Mon 8/5 7:00p Jackson City Council
Thu 8/8 9:00a County Commission
Thu 8/8 6:00p CCTP Steering Committee
Mon 8/12 9:00a County Commission
Tue 8/13 7:00p Jackson School Board
Tue 8/13 7:00p Cape Girardeau Goes Green Advisory Board
Wed 8/14 7:00p Cape Planning & Zoning
Wed 8/14 7:00p Jackson Planning & Zoning
Thu 8/15 9:00a County Commission
Thu 8/15 6:00p CCTP Steering Committee
Thu 8/15 7:00p Pachyderm Club
Sat 8/17 9:00a Center for Self-Governance Training – Level 1
Mon 8/19 9:00a County Commission
Mon 8/19 5:00p Cape City Council
Mon 8/19 7:00p Jackson City Council
Tue 8/20 6:30p CCTP Third Tuesday Tea Time

For more details on individual meetings, visit our web site at:

http://CapeCountyTeaParty.org/Calendar

 

TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – June 2013

The Meeting

At our June TTTT, we were joined by Cape Girardeau city council members Wayne Bowen and Trent Summers.  They presented information about the city’s financial health, plans for growth, and tax issues.  They also took suggestions from the audience for how to better the city:

Spending:

  • Stop light at Sprigg and New Madrid
  • River-side wall development / Boardwalk
  • Viewing stand to look over the wall when river is up
  • Locally grown foods at the schools
  • Christmas get-the-heck-out-of-St-Louis advertising / weekend (CVB)
  • GPS Devices in the Fleet
  • Yellow flashing left-turn signals
  • Improve intersection / roadway in front of Wal-Mart / Sam’s

Non-Spending

  • Improve State labor laws (prevailing wage) allowing cities to better privatize various operations
  • Think further ahead when creating new roads
  • Pension reform?  Done in 2004.  More?
  • Volunteer Furloughs
  • City property advertising revenue
    • Leased land for electronic billboards
    • Cellphone towers
  • Elimination of fee waivers
  • Stop charging at Shawnee
  • Changes to first-responder / ambulance service to improve ambulance response time
  • Leasing vehicles for savings
  • Increase number of users per vehicle
  • Vendor evaluation project

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Takeaway Activism

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TA1 – Exercise Self-Governance:

There are lobbyists for unions; lobbyists for banks; lobbyists for lawyers; lobbyists for river smelt; lobbyists for death row murderers; lobbyists for sports stadiums.

Who’s lobbying for you and me?

The first step in the process to increase your self-governance is to become active.  To guide our representatives to enact legislation and policy that increases our freedom and our self-governance, we must take part in the process.  And, to take part in the process, we need to be involved at the time and location that the process is taking place.

To that end, we asked each Third Tuesday Tea Time attendee to take part in at least one meeting of a local governing body.

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Public Meetings – Attend / Take Notes / Report

Wed 6/19 7:00pm SEMO10 Meeting
Thu 6/20 9:00am County Commission
Thu 6/20 6:30pm Pachyderm Club
Sun 6/23 5:00pm CCTP Steering Committee – Reschedule
Mon 6/24 9:00am County Commission
Mon 6/24 6:30pm Heartland Citizens For Education Awareness
Thu 6/27 9:00am County Commission
Thu 6/27 6:00pm CCTP Steering Committee
Mon 7/1 9:00am County Commission
Mon 7/1 5:00pm Cape City Council
Mon 7/1 5:30pm Scott County Republicans
Mon 7/1 7:00pm Jackson City Council
Thu 7/4 10:00am

CCTP Dunk A Tea Bag / Jackson City Park

Fri 7/5 12:00pm NO Republican Women’s Club Meeting
Mon 7/8 9:00am County Commission
Mon 7/8 7:00pm Republican Central Committee Meeting
Tue 7/9 7:00pm Jackson School Board
Wed 7/10 7:00pm Cape Planning & Zoning
Wed 7/10 7:00pm Jackson Planning & Zoning
Thu 7/11 9:00am County Commission
Thu 7/11 6:00pm CCTP Steering Committee
Fri 7/12 12:00pm Republican Women’s Club Meeting
Mon 7/15 9:00am County Commission
Mon 7/15 5:00pm Cape City Council
Mon 7/15 7:00pm Jackson City Council
Tue 7/16 6:30pm CCTP Third Tuesday Tea Time
Thu 7/18 5:00pm Center for Self-Governance Training – Lvl1 Pt1
Fri 7/19 5:00pm Center for Self-Governance Training – Lvl1 Pt2

TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – April 2013

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The Meeting:

Below is a link to the Legislative Review document used for the April 2013 meeting:

CCTP – TTTT – 20130416 – Legislative Review – 01

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TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – March 2013

The Meeting

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Here’s video evidence of the evil right-wing nutjobbery of the Cape County Tea Party’s Monthly Meeting!

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Self-Governance:

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Our Speaker:  John Jordan

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…the battery on the video camera ran out…

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Special Guest:  8th CD Republican Candidate Doug Enyart:

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Takeaway Activism

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At the end of the discussion of self-governance near the beginning of the meeting, we gave out two pieces of Takeaway Activism in which to engage:

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TA1 – Exercise Self-Governance:

There are lobbyists for unions; lobbyists for banks; lobbyists for lawyers; lobbyists for river smelt; lobbyists for death row murderers; lobbyists for sports stadiums.

Who’s lobbying for you and me?

The first step in the process to increase your self-governance is to become active.  To guide our representatives to enact legislation and policy that increases our freedom and our self-governance, we must take part in the process.  And, to take part in the process, we need to be involved at the time and location that the process is taking place.

To that end, we asked each Third Tuesday Tea Time attendee to take part in at least one meeting of a local governing body.  A calendar of the meetings was provided, and as of this writing, I can confirm one of our attendees did join in at the Cape County Commission meeting!  Here is the calendar of meetings through March and until our next TTTT.

Public Meetings: Attend / Take Notes / Report:

Thu 3/21 9:00am County Commission
Thu 3/21 6:30pm Pachyderm Club / CCTP Steering Committee
Mon 3/25 9:00am County Commission
Wed 3/27 10:00am AFP – MO Day At The Capitol
Thu 3/28 9:00am County Commission
Thu 3/28 7:00pm CCTP Jackson School Board Forum
Mon 4/1 9:00am County Commission
Mon 4/1 5:00pm Cape City Council
Mon 4/1 7:00pm Jackson City Council
Tue 4/2 All Day Municipal Election Day
Thu 4/4 All Day Missourians Against Agenda-21 Rally Day J/C
Thu 4/4 9:00am County Commission
Thu 4/4 6:00pm CCTP Steering Committee
Mon 4/8 9:00am County Commission
Tue 4/9 7:00pm Jackson School Board
Wed 4/10 7:00pm Cape Planning & Zoning
Wed 4/10 7:00pm Jackson Planning & Zoning
Thu 4/11 9:00am County Commission
Thu 4/11 6:00pm CCTP Steering Committee
Mon 4/15 9:00am County Commission
Mon 4/15 5:00pm Cape School Board
Mon 4/15 7:00pm Cape City Council
Mon 4/15 7:00pm Jackson City Council
Tue 4/16 6:30pm Third Tuesday Tea Time

For more details on individual meetings, visit our web site at:  http://www.CapeCountyTeaParty.org/Calendar

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TA2 – Practice:

Next month’s meeting will be another working session.

In January, we held a working session and reviewed the bills sponsored or co-sponsored by our local Missouri State Representatives: Wayne Wallingford, Donna Lichtenegger, Kathy Swan, and Shelley Keeney. We made a quick review of the bill and made a fairly knee-jerk Yea or Nay rating for the bill. Visit or side and look for “TTTT Notes for January 2013” for more details.

For our April 16th Meeting, we ask that you do some prep work for another working session:

  1. Visit the MO House or Senate Web Site list of Pending Bills:
    1. http://www.house.mo.gov/billlist.aspx
    2. http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/BillList.aspx?SessionType=R
  2. Locate a Bill that interests you
  3. Read the information on the bill and any other supporting information that you can find.
  4. Prepare a short paragraph to present why support or do not support the bill.
  5. Bring the information with you to the next TTTT, and we’ll talk about what you have found.

 

TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – February 2013

The Meeting

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Here’s video evidence of the evil right-wing nutjobbery of the Cape County Tea Party’s Monthly Meeting!

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Can We Grow Our Way Out Of Debt:

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Click here for the spreadsheet reviewed during the meeting.

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Our Speaker:  Bryan Fischer

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Special Guest:  8th CD Republican Candidate Jason Smith:

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It’s a Wrap:

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Takeaway Activism

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There was no specific Takeaway Activism this month.  However, we urge you to download the spreadsheet above and test it with various scenarios for GDP and Spending increases.  If you find ways to improve on its calculations, please send it back to us, so we can learn from your expertise!

 

TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – January 2013

Speaker Notes:

After the excitement of our meeting in November, CCTP Steering Committee members wanted to continue to inform about the Tennessee Center for Self Governance and the training effort underway to become experts on Self Governance… …Citizen SEALS!

Jan Farrar and David Larson led the discussion with our experience in training, examples of successes with TNCSG’s efforts, and many of the trainees in attendance chimed in with notes and examples of how this effort will work.

Before the TTTT, I asked David to describe what he planned to do in the meeting:

Jan and I will do about thirty minutes on the benefits of taking the five levels of citizen engagement through the Tennessee Center for Self-governance. We will discuss civil responsibility and civil authority, by comparing and contrasting them. We will point out that there are hundred  if not thousands of special interest groups lobbying the lawmakers we send to the various legislative houses at all levels. Then we will explain the ordinary everyday citizen is not represented in that manner. We will explain that these classes will empower them to become engaged in the process so that they are no longer lost in the shuffle nor ignored.

And, that’s exactly what they did.

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Working Meeting:

Tonight’s meeting was also a working meeting.  The goal here was to review and approve (or reject) the legislative items sponsored or co-sponsored by Cape County’s Missouri House and Senate members – Donna Lichtenegger, Kathy Swan, and Wayne Wallingford.  A few bills proposed by other legislators were added to the list including one co-sponsored by Shelley Keeney of Bollinger County

We:

  • Put together list of the bills
  • Broke up into 4 groups
  • Reviewed them quickly
  • Used our laptops to get additional information on the bills from the House and Senate web sites
  • Came up with a knee-jerk decision to vote for or against the bill

We obviously knew that, with the few minutes we had to work on the effort, we could easily end up with an incorrect decision.  But, the effort was enjoyable, and the decisions likely in line with the CCTP goals of Fiscal Responsibility, Founding Principles, and Constitutionally Limited Government under God.

When reviewing the decisions of the group, most of the responses were quite emphatic.

Click below to see the bills that were reviewed and the decisions of the group.  We hope to complete similar efforts in the future.

CCTP – TTTT – 20130115 – Local Legislator Bills – Reviewed – 01

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Takeaway Activism

As a follow-up on our two activities tonight, we need to continue to consider our Civic Authority and our responsibility to guide the votes of our elected officials at all levels.  To that end, we ask that you do three things:

 

Senate Bill Review

House Bill Review

  • Write a short summary of why you think your legislator should vote for / against the bill
  • Send your review to CapeCountyTeaParty@yahoo.com

New Legislation

  • Propose a piece of Legislation / Law
  • Write a short summary of what you would like to have enacted
  • Give it an awesome title
  • Send your new law to CapeCountyTeaParty@yahoo.com

We will compile these summaries and set up a meeting with our local legislators to pass along your ideas and wishes

TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – October 2010

Takeaway Activism

Do you want to help finance the Barack Obama Re-Election Campaign of 2012?

Do you want your tax dollars to help finance the Barack Obama Re-Election Campaign of 2012?

Of course not

But, if the President gets his way, that’s exactly what you’re going to be doing.  At a joint session of congress, usually reserved for declarations of war and State Of The Union Addresses, Obama introduced his much-touted $447 Billion American Jobs Act – admonishing congress to “Pass This Bill” 17 times during his speech.  You and I know it is nothing more than a political ploy that will be used to beat the Republican Presidential Nominee in 2012.

Last week, the Democrat led Senate failed to pass the bill.  Now, there is talk that the bill will be split up into various parts, and the American Federation of Teachers wants you to support the spending of $35 Billion of your Federal tax dollars to save 280,000 teachers jobs nationwide.

That’s $125,000 per teaching job.  How many of you are making $125,000 per year?

The American Federation of Teachers, the Democrats, and Barack Obama have a plan for you:

  1. They want you to continue to support the invasion by the Federal Government into our local schools with the usual government strings attached.  Do we want that?
  2. They want to control everything from what your kids eat at school to whether or not you’re allowed to read The Bible between classes.  Do we want that?
  3. They want to take more money from your grandkids and great-grandkids to give to teachers now.  Do we want that?
  4. They want to take your tax dollars, funnel it through 280,000 teachers’ union dues, and finance their campaigns with help from their friends the union bosses.  Do we want that?

Of course not

But, guess what, a $35 Billion Schools Bill sounds a lot better than a $447 Billion Jobs bill.  And, it might sound just good enough to Roy Blunt, Claire McCaskill, and Jo Ann Emerson to vote for it.  Heck, they voted for the Korean Free Trade Agreement which, according to the Economic Policy Institute, will cost 159,000 U.S. jobs and will have a net negative $20.7 Billion effect on the U.S. / Korea trade balance.

Each month at our Third Tuesday Tea Time, the CCTP will ask you to Get Active!  We’ll call it Takeaway Activism.

This month we are asking you to contact your Federal Representatives to tell them to VOTE NO on the American Jobs Act and any other incarnation or portion of it.  VOTE NO for spending increases.  VOTE NO for more job strangling regulation.  VOTE NO!!

You may not have any practice calling or writing your Federal Representatives, well now is the time to get that practice.  It’s time to Get Active!  Our country is on the precipice, and we are the last defense of our Freedom and our Constitution.  Our apathy has brought us here!  Our lack of concern is failing our children and grandchildren.  It’s time to Get Active!

So, we ask you to call or write your Federal Representatives; call or write your Local Newspapers and Television Stations… …and tell your neighbors that if they want to prevent their tax dollars from paying for Elections and Re-Election of Democrats and President Obama, they better… …Get Active!

Phone Numbers and Contact information is available on the CCTP Web Site at CapeCountyTeaParty.org.

For anyone who needs it, the local phone numbers are:

  • Claire McCaskill:                (573) 651-0964
  • Roy Blunt:                            (573) 334-7044
  • Jo Ann Emerson:              (573) 335-0101
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