Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sen. Mike Parson posts Letter to Editor in Missouri Times on Amendment 1, the Farming Rights Amendment on the ballot August 5th in Missouri


Photo Credits: Supporting 'Right To Farm': Signs supporting Amendment 1 can be spotted along the roads throughout Nodaway County and all of Missouri. This sign and farmland is along US Hwy 136 on the Ravenwood bottom in eastern Nodaway County.  - KAITY HOLTMAN/DAILY FORUM

Letter to the Editor: Sen. Parson on Amendment 1

Posted in The Missouri Times -  July 21, 2014 / by Missouri State Senator Mike Parson, District 28
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Dear Editor,

I have found during my time in public service if someone is on the wrong side of an issue, the best they can do is attempt to confuse the public with statements that do not reflect the facts.  This is what is happening with those who are campaigning against Amendment 1, the Farming Rights Amendment.

One of the leading opponents of Amendment 1 is former Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell.  Mr. Maxwell has been making statements that Amendment 1 will only be for the benefit of large foreign corporations and will actually harm Missouri’s family farmers.  While I personally respect Mr. Maxwell for his years of service in Missouri government, these accusations are simply not true.  It should be pointed out that Mr. Maxwell is Vice President of Outreach & Engagement of the Humane Society of the United States.  This is the same organization that spent millions of dollars in our state attempting to put one segment of Missouri agriculture out of business and has also pushed legislation in other states attacking hunting and fishing rights.

If passed, Amendment 1 will protect all farmers and ranchers in Missouri.  From the individual raising a few calves or laying hens to a row crop farm consisting of thousands of acres, the rights and protections afforded by Amendment 1 will ensure Missouri’s farmers are able to continue their operations free from unreasonable intrusion from outside interests.  As with any industry in Missouri, agricultural operations will still be subject to the laws and regulations of the state.  For those who claim Amendment 1 will take away local control, language was added specifically subjecting the amendment to the provisions of Article VI of the Missouri Constitution.  Article VI addresses the duties and rights of local and county governments.  This fact is never mentioned by those opposing Amendment 1.

I had the privilege of being heavily involved in the drafting of the language of Amendment 1.  I approached this task from the perspective of being a small farmer myself.  As I looked around at those helping with the language, I saw other small farmers and representatives of farmers and ranchers who just want to earn a living for their families.  What I did NOT see were people advocating for foreign ownership of farm land, representatives of large corporations, or people pushing for loss of local control.  This legislation was drafted by farmer/legislators for farmers and ranchers.

The members of the Missouri Legislature, both in the House and Senate, are very aware of the thoughts and concerns of their constituents.  When Amendment 1 came up for a final vote in the House, the tally was 132-25.  Those members voting yes represent approximately 4.89 million citizens of Missouri.  The final vote in the Senate was 28-6.  Those 28 Senators who voted yes represent approximately 4.95 million citizens.  Our state is currently the number one target for outside interests who are attempting to control every aspect of production agriculture.  Missourians see clearly what Amendment 1 represents and what its effect will be.  Trying to confuse the issue with misleading statements is a shameful way to conduct a campaign.  I urge you to join with me and vote YES on August 5 to keep Missouri farming; vote YES on Amendment 1.

Sincerely,
Michael L. Parson
State Senator-28
Bolivar, Missouri

Calendar of Upcoming Events




Meetings and Events 2014

Central Committee and Friends

 and Federated Republican Women's Club

 of Lafayette County





JUNE

Thursday, June 26 --Joint meeting of Central Committee and Friends and Federated Women's Club of Lafayette County at the Belarussian Baker and Restaurant, Higginsville. Two meat-buffet dinner at 6:30 PM with program to follow. No business meeting. Dinner is Dutch Treat and includes two meats, potato, vegetable, salad, coffee or tea, and dessert bar. Wine and beer cash bar. 

RSVP dinner reservation to kayhoflander@yahoo.com

LOCATION: Dinner meeting at the Belarussian Baker and Restaurant, 2010 Shelby, Higginsville, MO.  Facebook: The Belarussian Baker 
 
PROGRAM: Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) to speak on why he opposes Medicaid expansion in Missouri. 

JULY

Thursday, July 10th -- SUMMER PICNIC/BARBECUE -- Republican Central Committee and Federated Republican Women of Lafayette County will be your hosts at LaBella Winery.  Public invited.

TIME: Dinner at 6 p.m. with speaker at 7 p.m. Wine cash bar.
PROGRAM:  "Protecting the Right to Farm" and other agricultural issues by Missouri State Senator Mike Parson, District 28. 

DINNER DETAILS:  The Central Committee will provide meat (barbecue) and buns, potatoes, as well as cake and ice cream.  FRW will provide service and coffee, tea, soft drinks. Please bring one dish for every two people (a vegetable, fruit tray, salad, relishes, etc.).
 
LOCATION: 500 yards off of Hwy FF and Flournoy School Rd. in Wellington, MO
*Many GPS devices may place the location incorrectly. Until this is corrected please remember that they are located as noted above.

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Saturday, July 12th--A Birthday Party for Russell Kruse, Republican candidate for Associate Circuit Judge, Division 2, Lafayette County.  Begins at 6 p.m. at their home, 903 SE 2nd, Concordia, Mo.  YOU ARE INVITED: Birthday picnic with amazing food prepared by Russ's wife Beth (who is, incidentally, known for her delicious fare). Don't bring anything, just come and help us celebrate Russell's birthday.  RSVP to Beth at rjkruse@centurytel.net


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AUGUST

Thursday, August 21st -- The Central Committee and Friends and the Lafayette County Federated Republican Women will be guests of Glen and Lisa Kolkmeyer.

Time: 7 PM
Location: Home of Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer 
7075 Deerview Drive, Odessa, Mo.


 

NOTE: THERE WILL ALSO BE A REORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON AUGUST 19TH, AS REQUIRED BY STATE STATUTE. 

TIME AND LOCATION TBA.





 












Friday, July 11, 2014

"Keep Missouri Farming--Vote YES on Amendment 1" -- Program presented by Senator Mike Parson at Lafayette County Republicans' Summer Picnic on July 10th at LaBella Winery.

Missouri Senator Mike Parson (R-District 28) discussed the “Protecting the Right to Farm Amendment” July 10th at Lafayette County Republicans summer picnic at LaBella Winery, near Wellington. 


The measure will be on the August 5th ballot, and Senator Parson shared how agriculture is being threatened in Missouri with misinformation concerning the ballot question and about other agricultural issues.

Senator David Pearce (21st Senatorial District) introduced Senator Parson.

Local candidates in attendance spoke briefly to the group. They included: Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (53rd Legislative District) who is running for re-election; Jacob Turk who is running for U.S. Congressman from the 5th Congressional District; Russell Kruse, candidate for Associate Circuit Judge, Division 2; Kelly Halford Rose, candidate for Associate Circuit Judge, Division 3; Harold Hoflander, Presiding Commissioner running for re-election; Linda Niendick, County Clerk running for re-election; Deana Aversman, Circuit Clerk running for re-election; Cherie Mason, Auditor, running for re-election; and primary candidates running for Recorder of Deeds, JoAnn Swartz and Penny Grosso. Patsy Olvera, Recorder, is retiring after 32 years of service and also spoke to the group.

Special guests included past State Senator Bill Stouffer, past State Representative Mike McGhee, and past Presiding Commissioner Jim Strotdman. 

Lana Crain, president of the Federated Republican Women of Lafayette County, introduced Marlene Strodtman who gave the table prayer and Linda Niendick, County Clerk, who led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Emily Kolkmeyer Wilson baked and decorated a special "Keep Missouri Farming" cake for the event.













Continue to check here for future Republican events in Lafayette County. And don't forget to vote in the August 5th primary election! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sen. Mike Parson to speak on ‘Protecting the Right to Farm’ at Lafayette County Republicans July 10th Summer Picnic at LaBella Winery. Public invited.

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Senator Mike Parson

Lafayette County Republicans will hold their annual summer picnic inside La Bella Winery on Thursday evening, July 10th. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program at 7. The event is co-hosted by the Republican Central Committee and the Federated Republican Women’s Club of Lafayette County. The public is invited. Note: LaBella Winery is located 500 yards off of Highway FF and Flournoy School Road near Wellington.
Missouri Senator Mike Parson (R-District 28) will discuss the “Protecting the Right to Farm Amendment” that will be on the August 5th ballot as well as other agricultural issues. He will share how agriculture is being threatened in Missouri. Sen. Parson commented: “Agriculture provides our citizens with food, energy, jobs, and economic security. As Missouri’s top industry, agriculture is an important economic engine and a crucial component of our state’s financial well-being.”
Laclede County's senator, Republican Mike Parson of Bolivar, has been an advocate of the Protecting the Right-to-Farm Amendment since its introduction in the Missouri legislature. In an effort to give more information to voters, Parson has hit the road for a series of informational meetings in communities throughout Missouri. Sen. David Pearce (District 21) will introduce Sen. Parson. (Eight counties, including all of Lafayette County, make up the 21st Senatorial District.)

Sen. Parson will also explain the August 5th ballot Language for Amendment 1--Protecting the Right-to-Farm, that reads as follows:
“Proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include language forever guaranteeing the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices.From HJR Nos. 11 & 7 (5/14/13) Sponsor Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R – Neosho).

DINNER DETAILS:  The Central Committee will provide meat (barbecue) and buns, potatoes, as well as cake and ice cream.  FRW will provide service and coffee, tea, soft drinks. Please bring one dish for every two people (a vegetable, fruit tray, salad, relishes, etc.).

For more information, visit the Lafayette County Republicans blogspot at http://www.lafayettecountyrepublicans.blogspot.com.


  



Friday, June 27, 2014

Sen. Kurt Schaefer speaks to Lafayette County Republicans on government overreach, Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Medicaid expansion issues at Belarussian Baker in Higginsville



Sen. Kurt Schaefer spoke to Lafayette County Republicans June 26th at the Belarussian Baker in Higginsville where the group enjoyed a delectable buffet dinner and Russian bakery dessert bar. The dinner meeting was sponsored by the Republican Central Committee and the Federated Republican Women of Lafayette County.

Heidi Kolkmeyer, legislative director for the Senate Majority Leader's office and treasurer of the local  central committee, introduced Sen. Schaefer and outlined his legislative and legal accomplishments. Sen. David Pearce (21st District) also made remarks about Schaefer's outstanding career in the Missouri Senate saying it was indeed an honor to have him speak in Lafayette County.

Senator Schaefer discussed his opposition to Medicaid expansion, government overreach, and most specifically a proposal he sponsors to give Missourians the right to keep and bear arms. Details are below.


Right to Keep and Bear Arms Question will be on the August 5th Ballot:
Proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right.
Sponsor: Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R – Columbia)
A handout explaining the August and November ballot questions was distributed.

SAVE THE DATE
NEXT MEETING OF LAFAYETTE COUNTY REPUBLICANS
THURSDAY, JULY 10TH

PROGRAM: Sen. Mike Parson on "Protecting the Right to Farm"

PUBLIC INVITED

Thursday, July 10th -- SUMMER PICNIC/BARBECUE -- Republican Central Committee and Federated Republican Women of Lafayette County will be your hosts at LaBella Winery.  Public invited.

TIME: Dinner at 6 p.m. with speaker at 7 p.m. Wine cash bar.

PROGRAM:  "Protecting the Right to Farm" and other agricultural issues by Missouri State Senator Mike Parson, District 28. 

DINNER DETAILS:  The Central Committee will provide meat (barbecue) and buns, potatoes, as well as cake and ice cream.  FRW will provide service and coffee, tea, soft drinks. Please bring one dish for every two people (a vegetable, fruit tray, salad, relishes, etc.).
  
LOCATION: 500 yards off of Hwy FF and Flournoy School Rd. in Wellington, MO
*Many GPS devices may place the location incorrectly. Until this is corrected please remember that they are located as noted above.




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