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Wrong Way Jay at it Again!

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Governor Nixon wants you to pay for the new football stadium for the St Louis Rams. He ignores the data that no public funded stadium EVER pays the public (taxpayers) back their investment much less make them money!

But you can let Wrong Way Jay know that you don’t support funding a new stadium by clicking here.

Your legislators and the Governor need to hear from you that Missouri taxpayers are tired of being used as an ATM for the NFL!

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Homeland Security Thanks Nixon for Complying with REAL ID

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In 2009, Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 361 into law. This bill explicitly prohibits compliance with REAL ID, the overreaching federal act that requires citizens to provide large amounts of personal information and have the information maintained in a federal database.

However, we recently received a copy of a 2010 letter from Director of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano to Governor Nixon . . . thanking him for his efforts to comply with and implement REAL ID. In the letter, Napolitano states: “The DHS thanks you for your State’s efforts in improving security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.”

Once again, Nixon has said one thing, while doing something completely different. It’s little wonder that Missouri citizens across the political spectrum are losing faith in the governor. Even in the face of a subpoena, a House Remonstrance, and a Senate Remonstrance, Governor Nixon refuses to be straightforward with the people of Missouri, including the majority who put him in office.

Missourinet: Did Nixon say “no?”

Sometimes it is what you say.  And how you say it.

Every now and then we catch the British Parliament’s “Question Time” on C-Span.  It’s that time when the Prime Minister  goes before the Lords and the MPs and answers policy questions, often defending positions he and his government have taken.  Sure, it’s political.

There are some things that are impressive about these events.  Although the questions are often pointed and highly partisan, they are asked with respect for the system.  The responses often are greeted with dignified derision that seems completelly foreign to those of us who watch political debate here in the colonies.

Another thing that is interesting to watch is the way the Prime Minister responds.  We have never seen a PM flustered.  We have never seen one stammer and stumble and let an answer just dribble away.

Jay Nixon would never make it in Question Time.  He’s great at reading speeches and he has a really good speech writer.  But off the cuff?   Let’s just say it’s an adventure for those of us who deal in soundbites to get a clean 20 or 30 seconds that constitutes a complete answer.

Of course, that can be to his advantage when he doesn’t want to answer a direct question with a direct answer.  It can be to his disadvantage when somebody tries to figure out exactly what he says.  Unscripted moments are not his strong suit, and that’s not good for someone who (the Capitol rumor mill is whispering) might have national aspirations when his time as governor ends.

We have run across highly-intelligent people, some of whom are accomplished politicians, as Governor Nixon is, who have minds that race far ahead of their vocal cords, where ideas collide before words form, resulting in garbled expressions.

We got a phone call  Friday (the 26th) from Nixon spokesman Scott Holste.  We’ve worked with Scott for many years and we’ve had a good relationship.  So when Scott questioned one of our stories, we paid attention.  We had reported on the air and on our website that House Speaker Tim Jones said Nixon was not going to comply with a subpoena issued in a southeast Missouri lawsuit challenging the Revenue Department’s data accumulation.  “That’s not true,” Scott told us.  Scott said Nixon told reporters in St. Charles that he was letting “the lawyers” handle the issue.  Scott had recorded the Q&A. I asked him to email it to us. He did.

Scott also called our friend Jim Butler at KMOX to question the story posted on the KMOX website. Some thing.   Jim called us.  We discussed it.  He said KMOX was standing by its story.

Understand that people like the Missourinet and KMOX don’t go around misquoting people.  Recorders are a great protective tools.

So we listened to the recording.  John had listened to a recording  in which one of his reporters, Brett Blume, asked Nixon if he was going to appear at the May 3rd hearing the subpoena was for.  A lot of crowd noise makes it difficult to pick up every hem and haw and uh and eh in the Governor’s response.  The Missourinet and KMOX have some electronic editing tools that help us clean up audio so it’s easier to understand—–not as sophisticated as some of the stuff we see on the cop shows on the teevee or in spy movies, but it’s adequate.

John and the folks at KMOX determined Nixon’s answer was “No.  I, I, I’ve, people, by golly, guys, I’ve been in public service for 26 years. I’ve been, uh, huh, eh, I’ll leave that to the lawyers to talk about.”   John is sure the governor said “no” at the start.    Here’s the segment of the interview from Scott Holste’s recording:

 

We did some noise reduction work and then tried to amplify a little “bump” after Brett’s question before Nixon started stumbling around with “I, I,…”   Was that the “no?”   Here’s the segment after our filtering and our amplification.

 

So what do you think?  It’s not unusual for someone in his position to say “no…” at the start of an answer before going on with a more complete and sometimes contradictory answer.  It’s an almost automatic response.  Sometimes, though, the first response is the real response.

We don’t know after listening to this recording several times if the governor said “no.”  His final answer to the question, though, was that he’s letting the lawyers handle the situation.  That’s not an unusual answer.,  We’ve covered a lot of political figures who’ve gotten into some difficulty and sooner or later they tell us they’re letting their lawyer handle things.

The rest of the answer to the question, however, was vintage Nixon.  Figuring out what he meant, let along what he said, is about as much an exercise in trying to figure out if he said “no.”   At the end of the ramble, the final answer was that he was letting the lawyers take care of things.

And we’ll leave it there, I guess.

SOURCE: MissouriNet.com

Conflicting Stories about Biometrics Contract

According to a new report from the Associated Press, a contract for facial-recognition technology may be on the chopping block. An email sent from the Missouri Driver’s License Bureau to MorphoTrust, the vendor providing the technology, asks to cancel the project.

However, Governor Nixon’s administration appears confused about what exactly is happening. The state driver’s license bureau manager wrote to MorphoTrust, “Effective immediately, we have been instructed to stop working on our Photo Validation project.” Yet members of Nixon’s administration brush this off, saying that “a contract has not been canceled” and “nothing was put on hold.”

The administration claims that the license bureau manager misspoke – yet another conflicting story in this still-unfolding scandal.

Missouri Watchdog: MO Senate passes budget with no money for licensing; Nixon subpoenaed

By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Senate followed through with its threat of slashing theDepartment of Revenue budget by completely eliminating funding for the driver’s license bureau in a budget proposal passed Monday night.

That plan would ax 37 full-time positions in the DOR’s license division in a $3.5 million cut. The trims also include a reduction of $7 million in DOR administrative costs, $9 million from the computer technology division of the Office of Administration and another $20 million from the Department of Public Safetyadministration.

The way Republican senators see it, all of these departments had a hand in invading citizens’ privacy. The budget includes $2 million for a sheriffs’ task force to oversee producing conceal carry permits, stripping that duty from DOR.

Some lawmakers are incensed with the revenue department for its new practice of scanning and maintaining copies of important documents of state residents, such as passports and birth certificates, when they obtain a state driver’s license. Concealed carry weapon certificates were also a part of the practice until Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the DOR to cease that practice last week.

It came to light that the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a division of the Department of Public Safety, sent lists of the state’s concealed carry permits holders to the Social Security Administration as part of a federal fraud investigation.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, hopes the Senate’s actions will spur more open discussion on the issue.

“I’m pretty confident that this will get someone’s attention … and we’ll start getting those answers,” he said.

Carl Bearden, a former GOP lawmaker and founder of United for Missouri, which has hounded Nixon on this issue, said the Senate’s actions should spur more forthrightness.

“They obviously fail to grasp the importance and impact of this scandal,” Bearden toldMissouri Watchdog on Tuesday. “This long Nixon scandal is impacting a lot of things associated with confidence in state government.”

 

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STL Today: Nixon administration must be challenged over Department of Revenue’s actions

Gov. Jay Nixon ran for office on promises of transparency and accountability, yet the recent Department of Revenue scandal calls into question whether these are truly the values of the Nixon administration.

After weeks of delay and obfuscation, Missourians now know that Nixon’s Department of Revenue has made a practice of illegally scanning personal documents, such as birth certificates, when citizens renew their drivers licenses or apply for concealed-carry permits. This is itself a violation of citizens’ privacy and of privacy laws. Worse yet, as reported by the Columbia Daily Tribune, these documents were twice sent to the federal government, in clear violation of Missouri law, HB 361, signed by Gov. Nixon himself in 2009. Missourians are told that the federal bureaucrat receiving this information destroyed the data; they are right to be skeptical.

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Head of Missouri Department of Revenue Resigns Amid Scandal

For weeks, Governor Jay Nixon has denied any wrongdoing regarding the sharing of personal data. He’s avoided the issue, become agitated with reporters who ask the tough questions, and dismissed citizens’ worries with sarcasm, saying he’s not concerned about a “magical database.”

Today, however, Missourians received a very clear signal that this scandal is very real, and that something very wrong has happened.  The head of the Missouri Department of Revenue, Brian Long, announced his resignation. Nixon’s office gave no explanation, but anyone who has followed the unfolding scandal at the Department of Revenue knows that Long is paying the price for what appears to be illegal actions. Plus, it must be pointed out that Long has held the position for only five months, and it’s clear that the illegal practice of collecting and sending personal data out of state began long before he joined the department. Clearly, Long is being forced to fall on someone else’s sword.

It’s time for Governor Nixon to stop hiding behind excuses and avoidance tactics. It’s time for his administration to be accountable to Missourians.

STL Today: Social Security fraud investigator dropped project

A federal agent who received information on all of Missouri’s concealed carry permit holders decided not to pursue his investigation after obtaining a readable disc earlier this year.

That’s contrary to testimony in a hearing Thursday on the concealed carry list release, in which state officials told a Senate committee that the disc was never able to be opened because of a technical issue.

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