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Illegal Slot Machines Hurt Small Businesses & Steal From Our Communities

December 9th, 2019 by mopns_admin ·

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By Maryann Manion

There is a popular musical from the 1950s titled Guys and Dolls. Perhaps you’ve heard of this classic or even seen it. It’s a humorous story that follows the failed plots of illegal gambling ring organizers. A quote from one of the characters has crossed my mind multiple times recently:

“One of these days in your travels, a guy is going to show you a brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken. Then this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the jack of spades jump out of this brand-new deck of cards and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, do not accept this bet, because as sure as you stand there, you’re going to wind up with an ear full of cider.”

Essentially, if someone offers you a deal that sounds too good to be true, it probably is—especially in the context of illegal gambling.

The reason this quote keeps nagging at my memory is because of the recent hearings in Jefferson City about illegal slot machines. These machines have arrived without invitation and have been set up all across the state. Despite being completely forbidden, the apathetic attitude that politicians have taken towards the issue is shocking. These machines prey on the good-naturedness that is token of our state, taking full advantage of our trust.

Lobbyists have recently testified that allowing these machines to operate will stimulate the local economy and add millions in revenue. An enticing promise, to be sure. Yet, until politicians choose to do something, these machines are currently funneling potential millions OUT of the state’s education programs and into the pockets of special interests. It’s hard to believe that they will suddenly become generous if given free rein to continue.

Arguments have been made that without these machines small business owners would suffer. This is the exact opposite of the truth. Illegal slots hurt local businesses because they encourage loitering and entice money away from in-store purchases—money that is now being syphoned out of the Missouri tax system. Unlike regulated gambling and other business transactions, money given to these slots is not reinvested in our schools or communities. If small business owners believe they need illegal machines just to stay afloat, they have been completely hoodwinked by these shady out-of-state operators into paying to be the hosts of a scam.

Not supporting these illegal machines isn’t an affront to personal freedom. Despite desperate attempts to push this red herring, no one is proposing that gambling shouldn’t be allowed in Missouri. This is about protecting consumers and a basic respect for our state constitution. These illegal games currently do neither of these. They refuse to invest in our communities and they offer no honest answers about the fairness of their games by evading regulation.

When these supporters talk about an increase in revenue, they are focused on their own pockets—not the coffers of Missouri. They are fine with breaking the law now and making a profit, so it’s doubtful they will suddenly choose to follow the rules when they are ordered to adhere to a high tax rate. If avoiding taxes is working for them, why question their streak of luck, right?

The Missouri Gaming Commission doesn’t trust these machines and neither do I. Fictional tales of illegal gambling may be comical when exaggerated on the stage, but it isn’t funny to see our neighbors suffer from such schemes in real life. Despite the attractive guarantees of financial gain, my intuition tells me it’s too good to be true. If these machines remain, Missouri may just wind up with an ear full of cider.

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Missouri Rural Crisis Center is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

August 22nd, 2018 by mopns ·

Something suspicious is popping up around Rural Missouri: The Missouri Rural Crisis Center and its “feel good” messages about farming.

The crooked motives of this organization are not as clear as they lead us to believe.  Instead, the Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC) is striving to cripple the agriculture industry as we know it.

The MRCC wants people to support the organization by sharing concerns for family farms and the struggles in rural areas.  What’s hidden in their opening statements is their desire to change the rural values and conservative principles making our state such a great place to live and work.

Farmers and ranchers are known for their stewardship and care for the land and animals they work with on a daily basis.  However, the MRCC vilifies farmers who provide three square meals each the rest of the country.

MRCC’s funding is a telltale sign of whom this organization is actually representing.  With funding from the owners of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream (who are known for their socialist ambitions), Gorge Soros’ Tides Foundation, and Mark Zuckerberg’s Silicon Valley Community Foundation, it is obvious these dollars don’t come from people who understand rural Missouri.

If you’re serving as a county commissioner in a rural area, be prepared for this organization to knock on your office door.

However, the people of rural Missouri are waking up to the MRCC. This group tries to mimic our loyal agriculture groups, when they are really trying to sink their teeth into rural Missouri by flipping policies upside down.  They are a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Don’t be fooled.  The Missouri Rural Crisis Center supports the expansion of Medicaid and employs a former community organizer who worked for Planned Parenthood in the past.  These are not the values of the rural Missourians that you and I hold dear.

To Missouri’s legislators and leaders in the agriculture community, We hope you will step up and unmask this wolf prowling around our state.  This organization wants to send Missouri’s vital agriculture industry back a century and slander the farmers who sacrifice so much to provide food for the masses.

To show our support for the agriculture industry, we need give the boot to the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and replace their voice with groups that actually represent real farmers and their interests.

Related:

Dems Ask: Is Katie Smith a Farmer?


Tags: MO Economy · MO Legislature · Uncategorized

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Video: Clean Missouri is a Dirty Deal!

August 6th, 2018 by mopns ·

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Stlpublicradio.org: Politically Speaking: Clean Missouri proponents contend ballot initiative will cleanse the state

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Tags: MO Legislature · Videos

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Video: DeGregorio Endorses Adam Schwadron for St. Charles County Director of Elections

August 6th, 2018 by mopns ·


In the field of Election Administrators, Paul DeGregorio is renowned worldwide for his work and knowledge in elections. President George W. Bush appointed DeGregorio to the United States Election Assistance Commission. We can think of no person whose endorsement carries more weight than Paul’s for the position of Director of Elections.

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Tags: Videos · Voter Fraud

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Connects the Dots: Conspiracy Against Governor Coming Into Focus Part 2

May 17th, 2018 by MOPNS Editor ·

A St. Louis television news station ran a story this week called “Follow the money trail behind the Greitens’ invasion of privacy case.” Here’s an excerpt from this very enlightening piece:

KPLR11.com:

Fox 2 requested a budget breakdown from the state. It shows more than $685,000 went to lawyers and consultants. “This has been going on for decades,” said Jason Crowell, a Missouri Housing Development Commission board member, appointed by Governor Greitens to change it. Crowell said he wants to “…get reforms so that every dollar that`s allocated for Sr. housing and low-income housing – actually goes to that.” Crowell and reporter Chris Hayes stood in front of one of those projects in Cape Girardeau. “Altogether, per apartment unit, (taxpayers paid) $376,000,” Crowell said. That’s per apartment. “And I’m telling you, as someone who’s volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, I could build almost four Habitat Humanity Homes in Cape for what we spent on one apartment unit.” Read more…

Now if you reread our post from last week regarding Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the dots seem to be really connecting!

Related:

K.C. Star: St. Louis lawyer reveals more details about mysterious $100,000 in cash

CDT: State auditor seeks information about Greitens legal team
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KSDK: Is Gov. Eric Greitens getting revenge by not playing politics with ballot timing?
 KWMU: Politically Speaking: Rep. Dogan on prospect of impeachment and legislative work left unfinished

Tags: MO Legislature

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Video Connects the Dots: Conspiracy Against Governor Coming Into Focus

May 11th, 2018 by mopns_admin ·

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Supporters of Governor of Eric Greitens have claimed that the “witch hunt” indictment by a partisan Democratic prosecutor is much deeper than that but instead is an orchestrated effort by powerful forces who want to keep the Low Income Housing tax Credit program (LIHTC) as a developer’s slush fund for wealthy interests. Is this a fantasy or wishful thanking to prop up a scandal plagued governor who seems to be on his way out? Maybe or maybe not.

One question we have is why is Rep. Stacey Newman’s stepson, Andrew Newman, who works for this firm which is owned by Tom Hillman seemingly buddy buddy in this video with attorney Al Watkins? Hillman’s company Lewis & Clark Real Estate “Partner[s] with developers to create great communities. We provide equity capital to high performers innovators in real estate. Lewis & Clark Real Estate and the following partners maximize risk-adjusted returns via investments in distinct real estate assets and operating businesses.”

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Rep. Stacy Newman & Key Prosecution Witness Collude But Judge Allows Her Testimony Anyway


Tags: Media Bias · MO Legislature

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