Editorial summary: Missouri | Missouri News


Saint-Louis post-expedition. XX December 2021.

Editorial: In attempt to overturn federal gun laws, Missouri hinders police work

After Missouri gained independence, a police officer was shot and killed in September, when state law enforcement initially refused to accept routine federal assistance in locating the murder weapon. Missouri state soldier freed federal fugitive after a traffic stop. Missouri State Criminal Lab refuses to process evidence to aid in federal gun lawsuits.

These and other examples of the fallout from Missouri law declaring federal gun restrictions null and void were described in a damning court filing last week by the US Department of Justice, which called the law of the state of “clear and substantial threat to public security”.

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He is. Republican lawmakers who voted for this unconstitutional screed, and the governor who signed it, should publicly explain why they abandoned the once universal GOP principle of law and order.

Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act, signed in June by Gov. Mike Parson, prohibits Missouri police from helping enforce any federal gun laws or restrictions that Missouri considers a violation of the second. amendment.

The problem, of course, is that Missouri doesn’t decide that. Federal laws can be challenged in court and struck down by judges, but state governments cannot simply overrule those laws within their borders. A small passage in the U.S. Constitution known as the Supremacy Clause is clear on this, and a small conflict called Civil War settled the matter.

Parson and his fellow Republicans in the legislature knew when they passed this cynical law – challenging the very structure of U.S. government – that the courts would eventually find it unconstitutional. They passed it anyway, because when it comes to flattering the mad gun right, the Missouri GOP will not be outmatched.

The law threatens $ 50,000 in liability to any police service found guilty of an offense. That’s right: Republicans in Missouri believe those who break federal gun laws should be able to sue the police if they’re caught for it. Due to the vague language of the law (how is the average police officer supposed to know if a given federal gun restriction is considered by Missouri to be a Second Amendment violation?), Many police departments are playing it safe. by simply refusing to cooperate with any federal firearms investigation.

What a beautiful law … for criminals.

In a recent brief filed in support of an ongoing legal challenge against the law, the Justice Department revealed that the Missouri Information and Analysis Center, which normally assists federal investigations of firearms offenses, stopped cooperating. And the Missouri Highway Patrol and other agencies have stopped participating in joint operations involving federal gun law enforcement.

“Since coming into force, the law has already seriously compromised the ability of the federal government to fight violent crime in Missouri,” warns the Department of Justice. Voters should remember this when legislative members of the Law and Order Party run for re-election next year.

Jefferson City Newsstand. December 28, 2021.

Editorial: A decade of service and success

Catholic Charities in Central and Northern Missouri mark the close of their 10th anniversary by responding to the Bible’s call to serve those in need.

After a decade of service, the charity is not sitting on its laurels. Instead, it continues to expand its programs, serving even more people in different ways.

Catholic Charities is the outreach arm of social services in the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City. It serves 38 counties, one-third of the counties in Missouri.

The agency embarked on new initiatives, including behavioral health and counseling services; a state-of-the-art pantry; and the expansion of services in the areas of refugee and family immigration have prompted the agency to recruit a talented and diverse group of staff to work directly with those it serves.

He has consulted with parishes, schools and individuals and sees a need within the community and in the counties he serves to provide these services.

Next spring, the agency will open the Health and Nutrition Services program, a pantry of the client’s choice. It includes a storage capacity of 60 pallets of food and a demonstration kitchen for learning opportunities. When customers are shopping, their children can visit an interactive children’s corner.

Catholic Charities has also responded to an increased need for refugee and immigration support. Catholic Charities Refugee Services has resettled more than 240 Afghan refugees over the past eleven weeks. This exceeds the previous record of 229 refugee resettlements in 2016.

He also added key administrative staff: Sister Kathleen Wegman will strengthen the Catholic identity and mission of the agency in everything it does; Dan Kempker is the senior director of finance; and Ashley Wiskirchen recently started as Director of Communications. She joined the agency from the Diocese of Jefferson City, where she served as Deputy Director of Communications.

We love the way Catholic Charities puts its faith into action to serve fellow human beings. I wish him another decade of success and beyond.

St. Joseph News Press. December 28, 2021.

Editorial: Missouri redistribution evasion

Missouri’s bipartisan redistribution commissions had a job to do. The state constitution requires each committee to submit a provisional map of the new House and Senate districts by the December 23 deadline.

The Senate panel remained at an impasse and did not produce a map proposal on time. The House panel took a new approach to partisan discord. Instead of any card, this panel submitted two separate cards: a Republican version and a Democratic version.

Some might describe this approach of not one, but two as a Solomonic compromise, but in reality it is a loophole comparable to voting ‘all of the above’ on something or just shrugging your shoulders and saying ‘whatever’ . Instead of one tough call, these House panel commissioners made it two easy.

The Missouri Constitution makes it clear that these citizens’ committees, made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, are expected to submit a provisional map for each chamber of the General Assembly by the deadline. Commissions have until the end of January to submit a final plan, otherwise the Missouri Supreme Court will appoint a panel of six judges to draw up maps. This means that it is possible that each panel can come together and complete the work before the final deadline.

Don’t hold your breath. The judges had to draw the maps of the Missouri house after commissioners failed to agree on the plans in 2001 and 2011. The Senate process was particularly complicated 10 years ago when the first panel failed to reach an agreement and the judges card was overturned by the court. A second commission was formed and completed the redistribution.

The partisan disagreement appears to be focused on high-growth areas like Columbia and Springfield, but the outcome will have some impact on Saint-Joseph.

The two tentative house plans stick to three representatives of St. Joseph, but the eastern side district in both versions swings south to rural Platte County and no longer includes Andrew County. . That would mean Rep. Dean Van Schoiack, who lives in Andrew County, may no longer represent Saint Joseph after 2022 if a version of these maps exists.

A Senate map could also make changes to the district which includes Buchanan and Platte counties. Due to the growing population of Platte County, some of the possibilities discussed during the Senate Committee hearings have separated Platte County and Buchanan County with either Clinton County or Andrew County.

There are to be new maps, based on the 2020 census, by the time the nomination process begins in February. People need to know who they are voting for and candidates need to know who they will represent.

It will, but so far there is little about this process that should give confidence to the Missourians.

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