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We have written on this race before where you kind find the bigger picture details, so we will not cover those here. It is entertaining watching fire board candidiate, Cole McNary try to have his cake and eat it too, meaning taking the union money while claiming to be the candidate of fiscal prudence. He actually claims to be unaware of their support while Mary Shapiro, a seasoned professional with the Suburban Journals, schrewdly points out that Steve Swyers, the man McNary claims he will model, is one of the two union endorsed sitting members of the board. Like McNary, Swyers claimed to be a Republican, independent of the union all through his campaign, but Shapiro has officially ended the charade by calling him out. The question now is whether voters will reject the dishonest campaigns of RINOs claiming to be independent of the union or if the six figure woolen eye covering campaigns will lull them into confusion.
24thState has always been about unraveling tangled webs woven by politicans seeking power. For taking the union dough, and opposing the reform faction, Monarch Concerned Taxpayers, McNary deserves to be rebuked by voters a second time. His opponent, Jane Cunningham is not without controversy of her own, but to our knowledge screwing taxpayers is not one of them. McNary is eating the union cheese now so he has chosen his banner even if he will not be honest about it. Monarch Concerned Taxpayers is the rallying organization for taxpayers and the union is the rallying point for well, the union members. Voters, you do the math.
How does a Democratic Governor, with a veto proof legislature, generate more excuses, from Republican leadership, in one legislative session, than a third grader whose dog ate their homework? Easy. Be a Governor of a non-Right To Work state.
It’s nice to know that self-preservation is alive and well in the Missouri General Assembly.
While Missourians have been wishing, chanting, screaming for legislators to pass Right To Work legislation in their state, the Republican legislature has been dancing around how to avoid the issue for years. Always, the mantra has been to blame the Governor. But first, they blamed the fact they had no majority with which to pass the legislation. And so, Missouri gave them a veto proof majority in 2012. It became almost entertaining to watch the squirming from the “right” as they knew they would be expected to do something, but what? How would they appease their voting base and still protect Republicans who clandestinely enjoy Union support? Well, they have come up with the quintessential “It’s not my fault” solution. They’re gonna punt. They are passing the buck, to you. It will be your fault. The $7.1 million dollar question is, will voters fall for it? Here’s how it works.
Two key pieces of legislation have been introduced, this session, which promote Right To Work. HB 77 and HB 91 are two, almost identical bills that might bring Right To Work to Missouri, but not at the hands of the legislature whom, by the way, was elected to represent the interests of their voting constituents, not special interests. They both contain language that kicks it to you, the voter. That’s right. They are both ballot initiatives. So, in short, instead of taking responsibility, taking a stand on an issue, the legislature is throwing it to you. Yes, you now must decide whether Missouri will be a Right To Work state, should the one of these bills pass through the general assembly in this session.
And as long as things go well, and Missourians can out campaign and out spend, the Unions, they should expect great success. If not, then it’s your fault. Pretty tidy and convenient for the legislature. And we will all be able to sleep better at night knowing we have maintained our veto proof majority. Did I mention we will be at least $7.1 million dollars poorer to address the issue by ballot initiative?
It looks like the bill with legs is HB 77, and it goes to committee tomorrow. The main difference between the bills is that HB 77 puts the issue on the ballot in November of 2013 and HB 91 goes on in November of 2014. There is no general election in 2013 and the cost to tax payers to put it on the ballot, in an off year, will be in the neighborhood of $7.1 million dollars. Should anyone ask the general assembly to forego their salaries, this session, to offset the costs of a special election?
You can thank the following for advancing Right To Work in Missouri: HB 77 – Eric Burlison (sponsor) Speaker, Tim Jones, Brattin, Diehl, Lichtenegger, Lant, Morris, Rieboldt, Frederick, Bahr, Schatz, White, Dugger, Ross, Cookson, Anderson, and Kelley (co-sponsors) HB 91 – Donna Lichtenegger (sponsor) Speaker, Tim Jones, Burlison, and Bahr (co-sponsors)
Few would argue the importance of brining jobs to Missouri. There seems to be a great philosophical divide in just how to get that done. Remember China Hub? Tax credits are an old time favorite of our elected and we now also have a repackaged, repurposed, recycled version of the China Hub Tax Credit initiative. HB 221, Sponsored by Anne Zerr and co-sponsored by Deihl, Allen, Leara, Swearingen, McCaherty, Walker, Lauer, Kratky, Sommer, Torpey, Smith 85), McNeil and Otto is moving right along and will be heard in committee, today, at 5:00 p.m.
My American Heritage Dictionary defines “Leader” as – n. 1. A person who leads others along a way; a guide. Are we being led over a cliff?
“I’ve spend a very good part of my life trying to build the Republican Party and I’m proud of that party and I think it has a very responsible role to play, especially in today’s world, particularly in an age of Obama and I think Todd Akin damages the Republican brand and I think he hurts the party in the minds of many people,” Jack Danforth, Former US Senator.
24thState took no position in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate and for that matter, we took no position in the Democrat Primary either. We discussed the Primary in one piece, but were as stunned as most Missourians at his miraculous victory.
The Motto, "Show Me State" honors the common sense of Missouri voters who are not crowd followers, but people famous for judicious independence. So when the political world demanded we fire our guy, there were many local calls to do just that, but in time we calmed down collectively and settled in for an adult discussion. What really matters has a measure to do with control of the Senate, but everything to do with control of our republic. While we lost control of our country, our work created for us, a pivotal opportunity to gain it back.
Who took our Republic?
The Consultants. Americans are fed up with both parties and they have no idea why. While both parties have radically different platforms, the outcomes when one or the other controls differs far less. Bush 43 does TARP, Obama does "Stimulus". Bush thrills Big Pharma and Big Insurance with Medicare Part D, Obama does Obamacare and solar giveaways. The result is that the country is broke and a record high number of people are declaring independence from both parties. Is either party making a play to bring them in? Nope.
Both parties are corrupted by this, winning only when they are more skilled at convincing independents that the other party or the other guy from the other party is worse. Consider the abject failure that is Barack Obama. That a single literate American finds him worth voting for is testament to this. The entire Obama campaign is built on why women and "brown people" should fear Romney. Where is the ad saying, "Look at all the good I have done, don't you want more?" The best the occupant of the White House can say is "Give me a second chance."
For his part, Romney is not promising anything great. His best appeal is that nothing could be worse than Obama. This is not genius political analysis, this is what 90% of Americans will admit over a beer. Put the average Tea Partier together with the average Occupier and one of the first things they would agree about is how terrible their own party is. The problem that both suffer and few can quantify is that both parties are controlled, utterly owned by consultants equally guilty of doing the bidding of a horrifyingly small group of people.
Who corrupted the parties?
Yes, the left has Soros and the right has the Koch Brothers. Both have a party structure in which Karl Rove and David Axelrod and a host of A- minus list consultants just below them get paid to foist their desires on the American people by wielding power over all of us with an iron fist. How?
Let's take Todd Akin for an example. Akin was a freshman Congressman in January of 2001 when Karl Rove was in the White House as the top "Advisor" and "Architect" of the Bush Presidency. As the big A..., Rove pressed Akin to vote for the aforementioned TARP, Medicare Part D, and a host of other un-American proposals that fly in the face of what our Founding Fathers expected the federal government to do. Mostly Akin went along, but on those bills and others, he told Rove "No".
True power means, no one tells you "no".
When you are in the majority party, you are expected by the Rove's of the world to subject yourself to his authority 100% of the time. Make no mistake, precisely like the college fraternity choice that almost every freshman has to make, every freshman politician must declare his or her tribe or no tribe at all. The choice brings certain benefits and handicaps. The universal truth is that if you want to rise in party leadership, or just drink at the party well, you must choose the party fraternity, eschewing all others for your tribe. Karl Rove is not the president of the fraternity or even the social chairman, he is the Sergeant At Arms, doling out favors, introductions to the elite major donors, and even reelection cash, or withholding all, from those who are not in the Fraternity. The Democrats are no different. Sadly, whether Rove or Axelrod is the Architect in the White House, they are agents for several of the same biggest donors?
So if you like Karl Rove, and his opinion matters to you, then do you like TARP, Medicare Part D, and massive deficits? You cannot separate these policies from Rove. He was the architect of them, pushing the Akins of the world to back them and then swearing to their political death when they withheld support.
Americans are so clueless about this game it is pathetic. Karl Rove, the Architect turned "Enforcer" never supported Akin yet with great drama he announces his withdrawal of support from Akin, support Akin never had in 11 years of being a "fellow" Republican, and the nation sheepishly takes the bait. The story line drafted by the A is that "Akin is too extreme." That works every time.
So what is extreme?
Ask yourself that question. Look at Akin's voting record compared to say, Jack Danforth's. Take any ranking on limited government and fidelity to the Constitution and Akin will win hands down. Let's start with giving the Panamanians the right to sell the Panama Canal to China. Do the same with the venerable Jim Talent or Roy Blunt. Take the rankings of groups who share your views and see who ranks higher. I dare you. "You have seen the enemy and he is you."
Akin happens to be a man who possesses what is among the most impeccable standard of personal integrity of any man to occupy a Congressional seat. He is so honest he is almost incapable of scandal. His kids are even perfect, homeschooled, accomplished, with three graduating from the Naval Academy. Most importantly, he is a man who has sworn allegiance to the American People's Fraternity, choosing his constituents over the Party Tribe.
Akin is a man who told Rove "No."
So all Missourians have a choice. We can talk about Akin in contrast to McCaskill who is in the Obama Fraternity and whose entire fortune was amassed off of government programs, who sticks taxpayers with the bills for her personal jet trips, but the issue is so much simpler than that.
The question for all Americans, even the Occupiers, is whether you are ready to take up your birthright as Americans and elect men and women, even of the opposite party, for the simple reason that they chose you over the Party tribes. Are you voting for Rove and Axelrod or are you voting for yourself?
Most importantly, Akin is a candidate of our making. Without the Tea Party independent movement, Akin might never have won his primary and would have had far less confidence to cobble together the critical mass of independent constituencies to win despite Rove. So you, the party independents created the Akin opportunity.
Finally, for those of you with that most odd propensity to put principal one notch behind the bandwagon desire to go with a winner, consider that Todd Akin has won two truly miraculous races including this primary. We at 24thState gave him zero chance. Yet he won. He has not lost an election since he first took office in 1992. His campaign style may be somewhat unorthodox, and it is no less so now.
The Akin campaign has taken on huge national appeal, with Rove, Axelrod and their allied Danforths and other elites choosing McCaskill and people from the American People tribe flooding into Missouri from all over the country for Akin. This week, Dr. Gina Loudon makes her second trip starting today, from her current home in San Diego to support Akin. She joins a list that includes Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Bay Buchannan and more. Most of all, Akin has an unblemished record of winning, he also has the "praying people". The Akin victory would create the first chink in the Rove-Axelrod armor.
Some say he must remove himself from the race, for the good of the land. Others are taking their marbles, and going home to their Beltway. Others prefer he resign his current seat immediately, forgo his pension and pull his children (three at last count) out of military service to the country as wholly unfit, embarrassments to the republic. They all are missing the point.
Perhaps clouded in their thinking as they never really liked the independent-minded pious cuss who would not cavort in their scotch and cigar games. Now they have the chance to do in that miserable tea-totaling, child-rearing, nincompoop! Well we say that such speech, so damnable, practically expressing glee at the rape of women and children needs to be properly dealth with post haste. No, resignation is not good enough. Clearly the man is an unrepentant menace to society and needs to be properly dealt with, 17th Century style.
Back then we knew how to deal with people who held such unspeakable thoughts. A good tar and feathering is in order! With all the tension in this cycle, what the people need is a good witch hunt. Well, grab your pitchforks and torches and take to the streets! We have our quarry.
There has been talk of a beheading in some quarters. That is insanity. Too easy.
We need to make Akin suffer for his terrible act, so that our children and future would-be candidates can see what happens when one dare misspeak. Certainly he has been guilty of other wretched utterances, maybe even Biden-syle ones or evil thoughts on the level of Obama telling the Russians he will be easier on them once he is re-elected. Where is a witness who has heard him speak of laying with Russians? Does anyone else wish to condemn this man? Anyone? Anyone?
Can we not find anyone to condemn this man? Even Jimmy Carter committed adultery in his heart. Surely we can find a single actual misdeed to prove that the man acts on these animal compulsions, these dangerous thoughts he wants to write into the curriculum of the schools that house our children. This man stands for child-rape and all that is evil. He must be silenced. None of his pious accusers would dare hold his unique view on rape and abortion. Find him, silence him and brand him forever! What letter should we use?
Furthermore, Akin has his co-conspirators. We must stand vigilant, seeking anyone cavorting with Mr. Akin or otherwise defending him and be sure that they suffer similar consequences. True justice and good order demand a good purging now and then.
Who is next? Come now. Who wants to step up and take the candidate's place? Anyone? Anyone?
With the primary elections coming down to the finish, 24thState is going to increase a focus on helping the patriotic, freedom-loving voter to see through the typical campaign garbage in order to properly discern what really matters when selecting candidates. One of the first problems to face every candidate is whether to "go negative". The favorite solution is usually to find a third party to do the hitting while the candidate gets to stay positive, and appear to be the boy scout in the race. This allows the candidate to have his cake and eat it, too. So how do we judge political speech from third parties?
Today, we kick off the series of primers for patriotic voters with a classic campaign tactic, the Fake Campaign Committee. In the race for Missouri's 31st state senate seat, Ed Emery has been hit by a shadow campaign committee hoping to block Ed to the benefit of his opponent, Scott Largent. For his part, Scott Largent began running a clean campaign, but decided to take the gloves off late. While there is certainly a degree of honor to a campaign doing its own hitting, the move also belies a losing campaing.
The race is between Ed Emery, a rock solid conservative, and relative newcomer, Scott Largent. Taking nothing from Largent, Ed Emery is known to conservatives across the state as one of the most reliable, independent and trustworthy lawmakers to ever occupy a seat in the Capitol. That is important because when someone compares a boy scout to Jayhawker the discerning patriot is skeptical. A new fake campaign committee has done just that.
Missourians Against Higher Utility Rates, wants you to believe that Ed Emery supports high utility rates. Really. They would not say it if it were not true. Right?
Here are two axioms. One, campaign pieces rarely lie, they just tell their versions of the facts. Two, never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line. Actually, the second and more valuable axiom is better borrowed from the Crying Game. Consider the nature of the candidate.
So whose version of the facts are voters getting from Noranda Aluminum of New Madrid, Mo, the outfit behind the attack on Ed Emery? More importantly, would Ed Emery actually support anything at all that is bad for Missourians? Ed Emery's nature is as solid as it gets, so if someone is casting doubt on Ed it says a lot more about them. Ed cannot hurt Missouri even if he wanted to because being in any way dishonorable is not in his nature.
On the other hand, Noranda is the largest electricity consumer in the state and does have every right to engage the political process. They also enjoy the lowest electric rates of any customer in the state. Residential rates are 8.96 cents per kilowatt hour compared to 3.77 cents for Noranda. Could it be that Noranda means to say that Ed Emery is open to raising their rates if it is for the long term good of all Missourians? Big companies do not suffer independence (which they see as defection) very well.
Curiously, in the question of nature, Noranda hates Ed Emery, but loves former Speaker turned Village People turned Green Balloons Rod Jetton who they hired as their lead lobbyist. That the once rising star, Rod Jetton had dishonored himself politically by first sneaking, then denying, then defending his role in passing the most treacherous anti-local control measure ever at the behest of his wealthiest donor, and followed that up with an affair, divorce and bizzarre sexual dust up, and was now toxic in Jefferson City did not bother Noranda. They thought he was perfect material to be their face in the Capitol.
Over the coming week, we will feature more axioms including endorsements, a great tool for measuring Congressional candidates, Reagan's 11th Commandment and the Senate race, consultant wars and more. But remember, while this memorable scene validates the notion of a higher power, and God is in control, he calls his people to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves, that means that the patriotic voter first has a duty to be wise. We at 24thState are here to help.
The only preface I wish to give regarding this press release pertains to the fact that I have the utmost respect for these state Senators, especially Jim Lembke. And Jason Crowell has been at the forefront of tax credit reform, an issue I think is central to this race, with sharp distinctions between the candidates.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Ray Bozarth Wednesday, July 18 2012 (573) 268-8177
Senators Crowell, Lembke, Nieves, Schaaf Endorse Lager
SAVANNAH, MO—Brad Lager, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, today announced endorsements from conservative Senators Jason Crowell, Jim Lembke, Brian Nieves, and Rob Schaaf, reflecting a clear changing of the guard within the Republican Party.
Lager’s endorsements solidify him as the real conservative in the race. “Our elected officials are looking for real conservative leadership and I am proud to have conservative Republicans from across the state supporting my campaign,” said Lager. “Now is the time for new ideas and bold leadership from citizen legislators, not more of the same from career politicians. These endorsements reflect that sentiment.”
“If we keep electing the same people we are going to continue on the same path, and that has led Missouri to 48th in job creation,” said Crowell. “Government should not pick winners and losers. Government needs to get out of the way of the private sector, and only one man in this race understands that. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Brad Lager.”
“Brad Lager understands that the status quo must change if we want to improve our state,” Lembke said. “Brad Lager’s conservative leadership is exactly what we need to change the direction of Missouri.”
“Senator Lager is someone who shares our conservative family values and will govern by those same values,” said Nieves. “As a small business owner, Brad understands that government must get out of the way and allow the private sector to flourish. It’s an honor to support his campaign.”
“Senator Lager is a committed advocate for Missouri taxpayers and small business owners,” said Sen. Schaaf. “I have full confidence that Brad Lager will continue his stellar record of stewardship to the people of Missouri when he is elected Lt. Governor.”
Brad Lager is a small business owner and job creator. In 2010, Lager was re-elected to represent the 12th Senatorial District in the Missouri General Assembly. Brad and his wife Stephanie reside near Savannah with their two children, Addison and Andrew. Lager is also a proud graduate of Northwest Missouri State University.
On March 8, 2011 a bill was brought up by John Boehner for a vote in the House of Representatives. This was one of the early bills brought to a vote by the new Republican House Speaker. The bill, if eventually passed into law, would have expanded Obama Care. Red State reported it, the mainstream media, including FOX News, did not.
This day in 2011 was the day our republic died. The significance of this bill was that it exposed a willingness on the part of John Boehner and the House establishment REPUBLICANS to actually vote to EXPAND the very program they were elected by the American people a mere 4 months earlier to "repeal, replace, or defund".
Two essential questions need to be asked regarding this vote:
1) Why in the world did John Boehner even bring this bill to a vote? (Was this a payback for a previous political deal?)
2) How did our respective Republican representatives vote?
95 establishment REPUBLICANS supported this bill as it eventually passed in the House. Sadly for those of us in Missouri, the Congressional Record shows that with the exception of Billy Long the entire Missouri Republican delegation voted FOR the bill. Among those casting a "yea" vote from Missouri was now establishment Senate candidate Todd Akin.
This vote was a canary in a coal mine. It should have served as an early indication to the American people that the Republican House we had just ushered in to power in 2010 had neither the political will nor the courage to stand on principle and fight to do whatever it took to stop Obama Care in its tracks. This lack of political will was later demonstrated throughout 2011 when this same Republican House cut deals with the Democrats to pass a series of CRs which raised the debt while funding the government through FY12. These 2011 CR deals funded early Obama Care programs, Planned Parenthood, the EPA, and a list of agencies and departments as long as Todd Akin's arm that all Republicans will be campaigning against between now and November 6. Pledges and promises from any Republican who voted for the Obama Care expansion bill or any of the ensuing CRs (For the record - the CR votes implicate Missouri’s Billy Long as well) should be taken with a grain of salt in light of their voting record in 2011. House establishment Republicans extended a funding life-line to Obama Care throughout 2011 to get us to the point of relying on the opinion of a single Supreme Court Justice. So here we are, getting what we deserve because we allowed the Republicans we elected in 2010 to allow it to happen.
Contrary to the opinion of some, John Roberts did not kill our constitutional republic with his ruling on June 28 2012. It had been dead for over a year at that point, at least since March 8 2011 if not before then. We just didn't realize it. We had put our trust in the newly elected Republican House of Representatives then essentially ignored their exploits throughout 2011 merely because of the (R) next to their name. Although I do not agree in any way with Roberts’ ruling, we got what we deserved for putting all our faith in the Republican establishment in November of 2010 then failing to hold them to their words on Obama Care during 2011. Instead of insisting that the House use the power of the purse 1n 2011 to grind the government to a halt in order to force the Dems to come to the table to negotiate on Obama Care, conservatives whistled past the graveyard as the establishment Republicans cut deals with the Democrat devils to fund Obama Care and increase the debt in order to avoid the political blow-back of "shutting down the government" in support the goal of electing more Republicans in 2012, all the while hoping the courts would bail us out of the Obama Care mess.
Result: It's 2012. Obama Care is now enshrined as the law of the land. The establishment House Republicans who played us for fools and voted to keep the Obama Care ball in the air by funding it in 2011 are running for re-election on the issue of repealing the very Obama Care legislation in 2012 that they shamelessly voted to FUND, and even EXPAND, throughout 2011. Are we awake yet, or is the Republic truly dead?
In announcing the event, David Cole, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party says, “Defeating Claire McCaskill is incredibly important for the future of our state and our nation—and we have three great candidates, any of whom would make an outstanding United States Senator.” I agree with this statement wholeheartedly and will explain why, and why I believe every patriot who is able ought to be in Kansas City.
The GOP Lincoln Day convention rotates between St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield. For GOP party members and all conservative activists, this is the closest thing you will find to a CPAC in Missouri. If you are not familiar with CPAC, you are not paying attention. This is a chance to meet the candidates, visit their display tables and furthermore, meet the other patriotic organizations and make life long friends. If you talk about having an impact or are frustrated about our party being out of touch, then go touch it!
For this lifelong St. Louisan, the Kansas City location will always hold a special place. The 2006 Lincoln Day event was the only time I held the stage as a statewide candidate. More importantly, I was steeped in the emotion of knowing that a woman in Florida had made the monumental decision to put her new born baby up for adoption and in so doing, picked me and Gina to be the parents. Occasions like that have a way of putting things into laser focused perspective. So we raced from Kansas City to Florida and met our Sammy for the first time the day after the debate.
As we focus on the critical nature of this cycle, beating Obama may be the top priority, but gaining a Republican majority in the Senate is a very close second. There is reason for optimism that we can do that without taking out Senator McCaskill, but the odds are slim if we fail. Remember, McCaskill is the one who talks blue dog, but found Hilary too conservative, favoring instead the extreme leftist Obama in her party's primary. Never forget that.
This may surprise some, but of all of the candidates for Senate, I have known Sarah Steelman the longest. I first met her in 1991, when I was the president of the Capitol Area Young Republicans and her husband, David was on the steps of the Missouri Supreme Court building announcing his bid for Attorney General. I had the pleasure of serving in the Senate with Sarah Steelman beginning 10 years later. She is an outside the box thinker who made major marks pushing for government integrity and broadening the state's sunshine laws. She takes an economist's view of government as did Reagan.
I have known Congressman Akin the best. He and I commuted to Jefferson City together many times as State Represntatives. I consider him a friend and mentor. He is a true patriot who loves this country as much as amyone. I wish he was more of a fighter than a bomb thrower, but he is pretty good at both when he wants to be. He will ocasionally cast a vote that bothers me, but I never doubt his integrity. Home schooling six kids and sending three through the Naval Academy to become warriors for our nation is no small feat and shows priority balance.
I do not know John Brunner, and that may be my biggest complaint about him. Through all my years of activism and 14 years holding office in the city he and I shared, I do not recall meeting him. He will tell you he was busy building his business. Fine, but the son of the patriot Jack Brunner who was very active, should appreciate why primary races and getting involved is so important.
For those conservatives wondering about John Brunner, I can tell you this. His father picked me to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1996. I turned down the trip to San Diego and the chance of a lifetime because I was not as far right as Jack Brunner who was requesting that I serve as a delegate for Pat Buchanon. I was a Phil Gramm guy. You can make your own conjecture about John, but the son of Jack cannot be all bad. Moreover, while he was largely absent from politics, Brunner did build one heck of a business, while Claire McCaskill was building her politician resume'.
You will also have a chance to meet that Indian Southern gentleman, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Seeing someone with that ethnicity speak with an accent closer to that of Haley Barbour than the average Missourian should be worth the trip. Plus, I imagine he will have some inside scoop on how the POTUS mishandled and politicized the BP Oil Spill.
For additional details or to register, please visit www.mogop.org/lincolndays.