Representative Bill Otto Announces Campaign For Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District

Bill Otto, a two–term State Representative (D-70th District), three-term Bridgeton councilman, Navy veteran, and retired air traffic controller, announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.

Otto launched his campaign this morning with a video announcement found at billotto.org/announcement.

Governor Jay Nixon, Senator Claire McCaskill, and Secretary of State Jason Kander carried this swing district in 2012.  This district includes portions of St. Louis and St. Charles counties, and is currently represented by Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R).  As a state representative from this area, every day Bill Otto fights for the clean-up of the burning nuclear waste in the Bridgeton landfill, an out of control situation that has greatly impacted the citizens of the 2nd District.

Otto believes that American is full of promise for those who reach for it.  When he was 15-years old, his mother died and the state placed Bill in a boys’ home.  On his 17th birthday he aged out of the state care system and found himself on the street – no family, no place to go, a homeless teen.

“It was a tough start, but with the encouragement and support from some amazing teachers and mentors, I attended college,” said Otto.  “Later I joined the Navy where I served for seven years and learned a profession that would last a lifetime.”

As a state legislator, Otto fights every day for issues that matter to the hard working men and women he represents: defending the rights of citizens who live around the burning radioactive landfill, ensuring workers’ rights, making sure veterans get the respect and benefits they deserve, and protecting the American Dream for families, a dream that is being severely eroded.

“Congresswoman Wagner has simply dropped the ball in representing us,” Otto continued.  “We need a representative who understands our needs and puts us ahead of their personal political ambitions, a person who is more concerned about the people of our District than their political party, a person who can truly work across the aisle, make the hard decisions, and then is willing to come home to explain their actions.

“The working men and women of this District deserve better representation in Washington, and I will work day and night to give them just that,” Otto emphasized.

 

Paid for by Bill Otto for Congress, Harvey Ferdman, Treasurer

Maryland Heights, MO (May 26, 2015)

Missouri Constitutional Amendments on Ballot November 4, 2014

West County Democrats

Resolutions on November 4 ballot issues –

to be voted on in the WCD general meeting Oct. 13.

(See Appendix for the ballot language.)

WCD Resolution on Proposed Constitutional

Amendment 2 – Nov. 4 ballot

Whereas: Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2 would allow evidence of

prior criminal acts, whether charged or uncharged, to be admissible in

certain crimes, and

Whereas: The introduction of such prior acts is intended to support the

victim’s testimony or show that the person charged is more likely to

have committed the crime, and

Whereas: The introduction of such evidence is likely to have the effect of

biasing the jury, and

Whereas: It is well-documented that victim eye-witness testimony is

unreliable, and

Whereas: It is also well-documented that when a person is wrongfully

convicted of a crime of a sexual nature, the damage suffered by that

person is considerable, and

Whereas: Convicting an innocent person allows the actual perpetrator of

the crime to remain at large and free to commit additional crimes,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The membership of the West County Democrats

opposes the adoption of Amendment 2 and urges

all Missouri voters to vote against this

amendment.

WCD Resolution on Constitutional

Amendment 3 – Nov. 4 ballot

Whereas: Research supports the importance of teachers and school

leaders as the principal components of student success in the K-12

educational system, and

Whereas: Student scores on standardized tests depend entirely on

student retention and understanding of the content of the tests, and also

depends on students’ willingness to answer standardized test questions,

and

Whereas: It is in the interest of the citizens of Missouri and their schoolage

children to recruit, hire, and retain the best new teachers for

Missouri’s public schools, and

Whereas: Continuing contracts (a/k/a “tenure”) for teachers is a principal

means of recruiting and retaining teachers who are deemed effective

during their three- to five-year probationary employment period, and

Whereas: The proposed amendment requires school districts to evaluate

teachers primarily on the basis of “quantifiable student performance data”

rather than the professional judgment of other teachers and

administrators, and

Whereas: The right to make teacher evaluation systems negotiable is

denied in the collective bargaining process, and

Whereas: The right of due process is severely and unconstitutionally

curtailed in “retaining, promoting, demoting, dismissing, removing,

discharging and setting compensation for certified staff,”

Be it therefore resolved that:

The West County Democrat Club opposes the

amendments to Article IX and urges voters to vote

“No” on Ballot Measure No. 3 in the November 4

general elections.

WCD Resolution on Proposed Constitutional

Amendment 6 – Nov. 4 ballot

Whereas: Proposed Constitutional Amendment 6 allows early voting for a

time period substantially more limiting than that proposed by an initiative

petition campaign, and

Whereas: This proposed Amendment permits early voting only in years

when the General Assembly provides funding, and

Whereas: This proposed Amendment does not guarantee that early

voting will actually be implemented on a regular and consistent basis, but

is dependent on the General Assembly for funding, and

Whereas: It is within the purview of the General Assembly to adopt laws

regarding early voting without recourse to a constitutional amendment,

and

Whereas: It is therefore unnecessary and inappropriate to amend the

state constitution in this manner,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The membership of the West County Democrats

opposes the adoption of Amendment 6 and urges

all Missouri voters to vote against this amendment.

WCD Resolution on Constitutional

Amendment 10 – Nov. 4 ballot

Whereas: The Governor already has the responsibility for proposing and

implementing a budget for the State, and

Whereas: The Legislature already has the responsibility for adjusting and

approving the budget for the State, including its revenue projections, and

Whereas: The Governor must often adjust specific budget items in

reasonable and prudent response to changing financial and programmatic

conditions, and

Whereas: Constitutional amendments should be reserved for public

policies of general importance, and not be used for operational disputes

between branches of the government, and

Whereas: This amendment, if passed into law, unduly restricts the

Governor’s rightful and reasonable prerogatives and responsibilities,

Be it therefore resolved that:

The West County Democrat Club opposes the

movement of House Joint Resolution No. 72 into

the Missouri State Constitution, and urges voters

to vote “No” on Constitutional Amendment 10.

APPENDIX

The following ballot measures have been certified for

the November 4, 2014 general election. (Source:

http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2014ballot/)

Constitutional Amendment 2

[Proposed by the 97th General Assembly (First Regular Session)

HJR 16]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that it will be permissible to allow

relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in prosecutions for

crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under eighteen years of age?

If more resources are needed to defend increased prosecutions additional costs

to governmental entities could be at least $1.4 million annually, otherwise the

fiscal impact is expected to be limited.

Fair Ballot Language:

A

“yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to allow evidence of prior

criminal acts, whether charged or uncharged, to be considered by courts in

prosecutions of sexual crimes that involve a victim under eighteen years of

age. The amendment limits the use of such prior acts to support the victim’s

testimony or show that the person charged is more likely to commit the

crime. Further, the judge may exclude such prior acts if the value of considering

them is substantially outweighed by the possibility of unfair prejudice to the

person charged with committing the crime. A

“no” vote will not amend the

Missouri Constitution regarding the use of evidence of prior criminal acts to

prosecute sexual crimes.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

2

Constitutional Amendment 3

[Proposed by Initiative Petition]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

require teachers to be evaluated by a standards based performance evaluation

system for which each local school district must receive state approval to

continue receiving state and local funding;

require teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid

primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the

evaluation system;

require teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public

school districts; and

prohibit teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the

design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system?

Decisions by school districts regarding provisions allowed or required by this

proposal and their implementation will influence the potential costs or savings

impacting each district. Significant potential costs may be incurred by the state

and/or the districts if new/additional evaluation instruments must be developed to

satisfy the proposal’s performance evaluation requirements.

Fair Ballot Language:

A

“yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to require teachers to be

evaluated by a standards based performance evaluation system. Each system

must receive state approval in order for the local school district to continue

receiving state and local funding. Teachers will be dismissed, retained, demoted,

promoted and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part

of the evaluation system. The amendment further requires teachers to enter into

contracts of three years or fewer with public school districts, with exceptions. The

amendment also prohibits teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining

regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system.

A

“no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding teacher contracts

and performance evaluation systems.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

3

Constitutional Amendment 6

[Proposed by the 97th General Assembly (Second Regular Session)

SS SCS HCS HJR 90]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to permit voting in person or by mail

for a period of six business days prior to and including the Wednesday before the

election day in general elections, but only if the legislature and the governor

appropriate and disburse funds to pay for the increased costs of such voting?

State governmental entities estimated startup costs of about $2 million and costs

to reimburse local election authorities of at least $100,000 per election. Local

election authorities estimated higher reimbursable costs per election. Those

costs will depend on the compensation, staffing, and, planning decisions of

election authorities with the total costs being unknown.

Fair Ballot Language:

A

“yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to permit voters, in years when

the legislature provides funding, an early voting period of six business days prior

to and including the Wednesday before election day to cast a ballot in all general

elections. This amendment does not allow early voting on Saturday or Sunday.

A

“no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to provide all voters with a

six-business day early voting period.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

6

Constitutional Amendment 10

[Proposed by the 97th General Assembly (Second Regular

Session) HJR 72]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to require the governor to pay the

public debt, to prohibit the governor from relying on revenue from legislation not

yet passed when proposing a budget, and to provide a legislative check on the

governor’s decisions to restrict funding for education and other state services?

State governmental entities expect no direct costs or savings. Local

governmental entities expect an unknown fiscal impact.

Fair Ballot Language:

A

“yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution regarding the requirements

placed on the governor for proposing a state budget and for withholding money

appropriated in the budget passed by the legislature. This amendment prohibits

the governor from reducing funding passed by the general assembly without

receiving legislative consent, and provides certain other restrictions on the

governor’s ability to increase or decrease line items in the budget. This

amendment further prohibits the governor from proposing a budget that relies on

revenue from legislation that has not yet passed in the general assembly.

A

“no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding the requirements

placed on the governor for proposing a state budget and for withholding money

appropriated in the budget passed by the legislature.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

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Director of Elections Remarks Demonstrate Lack of Understand & Poor Management Skills

When Rich Chrismer declared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch “…state law doesn’t require curbside voting for disabled people but that his office offers it routinely as a courtesy,” he must have been reading from his own personal rule book again.

Curbside voting is not just a matter of courtesy.  It is required by the State of Missouri.

The publication, MISSOURI ELECTION LAWS, issued by the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, includes Chapter 115 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri and states: 

RSMo 115.436. “Physically disabled may vote at polling place, procedure.—1.  In jurisdictions using paper ballots and electronic voting systems, when any physically disabled voter within two hundred feet of a polling place is unable to enter the polling place, two election judges, one of each major political party, shall take a ballot, equipment and materials necessary for voting to the voter. The voter shall mark the ballot, and the election judges shall place the ballot in an envelope, seal it and place it in the ballot box.”[Note, also:  Sections 2. and 3. for additional information.]Mr. Chrismer goes on to confirm that a disabled voter…was told curbside voting wasn’t available…because of a staff shortage…two election workers had called in sick.

As a Program Specialist for the Saint Charles County Election Authority, I know Stand-by Election Judges are assigned for each election.

  • Two (2) Stand-by Election Judges could have been called to replace the missing election judges at Deer Run Library.

All Election Authority Staff reported to the Election Authority Office for work at 5:00 a.m. on April 8, 2014 for Election Day.

  • Two (2) Election Authority Staff members could have been sent to accommodate the curbside voter.

How many other polling places were insufficiently staffed?  How many other voters were turned away?

There are no acceptable excuses for a five (5) hour wait and disrespectful comments regarding a disabled voter.

The St. Charles County Election Authority has a duty and responsibility to serve the public.  Director Rich Chrismer receives a failing mark for this election.

Kathryn (Kate) Runyan, Retired Teacher                                                                           Democratic Candidate for Director of ElectionsFiling for Elections

Bill Stinson – State Legislative District 63

The Only Choice to Represent Wentzville,Wright City, Foristell, Innsbrook and New Melle

Bill Stinson doesn’t just support small business; Bill Stinson is a Small Businessman. Until his retirement in 2008, Bill Stinson owned and operated an Aerospace manufacturing company right here inWrightCity. He brought good jobs to this district where he is also a long time resident.

Bill Stinson believes that work is what builtAmerica! Work needs to be rewarded. As a man that has run a business that requires a highly skilled workforce, he knows first hand that workers are the core of any company. Bill Stinson will never allowMissourito become a ‘Right to Work’ state. The ability for workers to organize is a key to a strong economy. All workers, whether they are union or not, need to be protected and deserve proper reward for their labor.

Bill Stinson believes in strong public education. He has grandchildren in both the Wentzville and WrightCitySchool Districts. The performance of our school will direct our performance as country in the future. We need to not only focus our efforts on K-12 but we need to invest in Community Colleges that will provide the skills needed for business to compete and workers to advance in their careers. We need to continue to support our State University System. To build a 21st century economy, we need 21st century skills.

Don’t be fooled by the distractions. Bill Stinson has the same Pro-life and Gun Rights stance as his opponent. That is not at stake in this race.

The choice in this race is between opportunity for the middle class and those who are working hard to be part of the middle class, and protecting those that already hold large shares of this nation’s wealth and are willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure that they hold more themselves.

Bill Stinson has worked hard his whole life, in the National Guard, and throughout his career. His work has paid off, right here in the 63rd district. Now he wants to use his experience to pay back the 63rd district. Bill Stinson wants everyone in the district, including his family, has the same opportunity to succeed that he has had. Government does have a place in the journey to success. His opponent says that Government just needs to get out of the way. Bill Stinson thinks that Government needs to make sure that the road to success is clear of obstruction and access for all is provided

Trivia Night to Support Rod Hoffman for Missouri House District 107

Trivia Night to Support Rod Hoffman for Missouri House of Representatives

Trivia Night to Support Rod Hoffman for Missouri House of Representatives

Trivia Night to Support Rod Hoffman

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Doors open at 6:15PM.  Trivia begins at 7:00PM

$20 per person — 8 people per table

Beer and soda included.

Make checks out to:  Hoffman for State Rep

Send checks to 812 Brookwood Bend Trail, St. Peters, MO  63376

Call 636-634-0336 for more info.

 


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Trivia Night For Terry Lesinski September 8, 2012

 

Join Missouri House District 104 candidate Terry Lesinski for a trivia night fund raiser on September 8, 2012.

Tricounty Labor Club Hall
560 Droste Rd
St Charles Mo 63302
Opens at 6:00pm starts at 7:00 pm till ??
$120.00 per table (6 to a table) additional players $20.00/ person
Snacks & Beverages will be available
50/50s & Gift Basket raffles
1st and second place prizes and fun for all.
Contact Donna @ 636-926-3445 to reserve you table now.
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Terry Lesinsk
Download the flyer:  lesinski-trivia

Shake Hands with Sen. Claire McCaskill in St. Charles MO Saturday August 4th

 

Claire McCaskill, Morton Todd and volunteers at the opening of the coordinated campaign office in St. Charles, MO

Come on out St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren County and meet up with Senator Claire McCaskill at the coordinated campaign office at 3551 Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in St. Charles MO 63303.  Be there at 9:30am to shake the hand of our present and future Senator from MO.  Claire was so impressed with the warm welcome she received there on July 5th, the grand opening so she’s returning to kick off 2 huge canvass efforts.  Teams in support of Claire and Clint Zwiefel and Jason Kandor and the Governor will be spreading out in all three counties.  We’ll be taking the message of Democratic values and fighting against the smear tactics of the far, far right MO Republican candidates.

For more details call Anna Marcus at the office at 314-327-5463


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Watch Governor Nixon’s First Television Ad of the 2012 Campaign Cycle

Soon you’ll see it on TV like everyone else, but we wanted you – our key supporters – to get a sneak peak of our first television ad of the 2012 campaign cycle.

It’s a positive 60 second spot that features Gov. Nixon speaking from his hometown, De Soto, about how his upbringing and values prepared him to be such an effective leader for our state. The Governor highlights his record of bringing Missourians together, across party lines, to balance the budget, help businesses create jobs and move our state forward.

The MO Legislative Session, You Be the Judge

THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION…YOU BE THE JUDGE

If the session’s top priority was indeed job creation, we fell short. There was work to be done, and we missed the mark in the substantive areas that will move Missouri forward: Job Creation, Education, Healthcare, Fair Employment Practices and Moving People out of Poverty.

Did you know that our public school teachers’ salaries rank 41st in the nation? While we did not cut dollars out of K-12 education, we did, underfund it by $439 million. We ignored the disparity between hold harmless and formula school districts, and while there was legislation to address it, we did not move it forward.

In the critical Turner v. Clayton decision, it was the courts, not the legislature, which took the next step.  The ruling essentially stated that the transfer of students from unaccredited districts to accredited districts would amount to an unfunded mandate which would violate the state’s Hancock amendment. The decision is subject to appeal.

Did you know our Missouri state workers’ salaries are ranked 50th in the nation? These are people who guard our prisons, work with seniors and the disabled and serve the public throughout our state. The legislature passed a much-needed 2% raise for those making up to $70,000 per year.

Health care provisions through the affordable care act are already creating savings for our seniors on prescription medications. Young adult children are allowed to remain on parents’ insurance plans until age 26.  Children and many adults with preexisting conditions are able to purchase insurance and receive needed treatment.  Healthy living is encouraged through access to no co-pay preventative services.  While many of us have been able to take advantage of these new provisions, the legislature continues to work to undermine these welcome changes.

This session, we have taken a stand that temporarily blocks our state from moving forward in the creation of an insurance exchange. Specifically, “no department, agency, instrumentality, or political subdivision of this state shall apply for, accept or expend federal moneys related to the creation, implementation or operation of a state-based health insurance exchange or a federally-facilitated health benefit exchange unless such acceptance or expenditure is authorized by statute or an appropriations bill.” (Read the bill) An exchange will provide transparency. As you buy your insurance, isn’t it reasonable and helpful to be able to compare coverage…provision to provision? The legislature turned away approximately $100 million over the next two years which was to be used to upgrade our computer systems. Why? Because the funding would come from the federal government! And, because it might aid in upgrading our systems to allow us to implement the Affordable Care Act Exchange Provision. I believe that this federally-designated 100 million dollars is our money…yours and mine. The legislature thumbed its nose allowing these hard-earned dollars, our hard-earned dollars, to go to some other place or some other state.

Attacks on workers through reduction of culpability for work-place discrimination and lessening protections for whistle blowers were bills that moved forward.  A female Senator who felt disrespected led an effort to end a bi partisan educational program helping women considering public service.  Either through inaction or infighting, little that deals with the needs of our times moved to the fore for the tough decision- making required in tough times. The flurry of bills that gained traction in the eleventh hour included many designed to score political and talking points for upcoming elections in a year beginning the decade of newly formed house and senate districts.

And so, the end of this session was welcome. Based upon where we have been, it is clear that we need to start anew.

From Jill Schupp

State Representative in the old District 82 and unopposed for re-election in the new 88th district.

And with that, nothing was accomplished.

And with that, nothing was accomplished. Last Day of the MO House Legislation Session 2012