At 24thstate, we have dealt with several issues surrounding Prop A, the so-called 'local control' of STL City police proposition. All lead us to the the conclusion that Missouri should Vote NO on Prop A.
1) Prop A Promotes Partisan Policy, Not Principles: proponents have carefully couched their message in Jeffersonian principle taken out of context, and have intentionally confused the relationship differences between state & national (federalism) and state & municipal (Federalist #45).
2) The End of Transparency: the Civil Service Commission, appointed by Mayor Slay, holds hearings closed to the public, and will conduct police hearings in the same manner. This is not surprising when one sees union boss Jeff Roorda was behind the push for Prop A.
3) Viva La Local Control: a major endorser of Prop A is the group La Raza. This raises major concerns about the establishment of sanctuary cities in the state of Missouri. In fact, Texas Governor Rick Perry has been working on re-establishing state control of major metro areas in TX that have ignored efforts at stopping illegal immigration.
Well, it turns out that there are many more questionable endorsements with Prop A.
AFL-CIO: proponents of Prop A have attempted to portray the issue as anti-union, but that could not be further from the truth. And one only need think of Wisconsin to understand why the AFL-CIO wants the STL police under sole control of Mayor Slay & STL City Democrats. Do not forget that Richard Trumka heads the AFL-CIO.
Civic Progress: this organization is a major advocate for a city-county merger in STL, but it gets worse. Not only do they want to "unify the St. Louis region," but they want to "connect us to the global community." If this does not bring up thoughts of 'sustainablity' & Agenda 21, then you need to do some studying. Furthermore, this sort of agenda will cripple conservative efforts to establish responsible governance in St. Louis. It is impossible for conservatives to win in STL City, and near-impossible for conservatives to win in STL County. Combine the two and you get a mini-Chicago in Missouri. That will be devastating to the conservative vote in the entire area.
STL City & County Democrat Committees: not surprising in light of the city-county merger element, and the fact the the STL City Democrat Committee will essentially run the police with Mayor Slay.
Four Freedoms: KC's voice for the LGBT community in the Democrat Party. What is more glaring about this endorsement is the fact that I do not see a STL analog on the endorsement list. Perhaps, the STL LGBT community understands the danger in handing Mayor Slay & the STL Democrat Machine unilateral authority over the police?
Missouri Family Family Network: Wait, what?! I mean, they are a great conservative group, but why have they thrown their lot in with the aforementioned groups?
It becomes even more surprising when one sees that every major conservative group in the STL region opposes Prop A.
TEA Parties: St. Louis Tea Party, Jefferson County Tea Party, K&N Patriots
Republican Organizations: STL City Central Committee, STL County Central Committee, numerous townships within STL County, Jefferson County Republican Club
[It should be mentioned that the black police officers association, the police leadership association, retired officers associations, and the ACLU oppose Prop A, due to the forced implementation of Fair Share (would force everyone into one union) and risk to the well-funded & maintained police pension (as happened to the STL City firefighters).]
So what gives? Well, I know for a fact that Missouri Family Network took the time to speak with major Prop A advocate Carl Bearden, but that Gary Wiegert, who is heading up opposition, was not given the time of day before an endorsement was given. What is really weird though is the fact that neither Carl nor Carl's group, United for Missouri, is on the list of endorsers (who would want to be listed with that group?), but Missouri Family Network is right in the midst of La Raza, AFL-CIO, Civic Progress, a multitude of Democrat organizations, and Four Freedoms.
I guess when it comes to Missouri Family Network & United for Missouri, what's good for the goose is not good for the gander. The lesson here: beware of those wrapping Democrat issues in conservative rhetoric.