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Sunday Poll: What Should Missouri Do To Solve MoDOT’s Funding Shortfall?

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Today’s Sunday Poll question is about funding MoDOT:

The poll is open until 8pm, I’ll share my thoughts on Wednesday.

— Steve Patterson

Readers Opposed To New Missouri Law Commissioning Corporate Security

September 30, 2015 Crime, Missouri, Politics/Policy No Comments

The results from the Sunday Poll:

Q: Missouri’s Public Safety Dept can now commission corporate security advisors, include arrest powers.

  1. Strongly opposed 19 [50%]
  2. TIE 4 [10.53%]
    1. Somewhat support
    2. Opposed
  3. Somewhat opposed 3 [7.89%]
  4. TIE 2 [5.26%]
    1. Support
    2. Strongly support
    3. Neutral
    4. Unsure/No Answer

Overall those opposed far outnumber supporters — 68.42% to 21.05%.

The new applies to off-duty or retired police officers that work security for corporations like Anheuser Busch, Ameren, and even Metro.

“Metrolink has officers in that have authority in Missouri and Illinois, some are St. Louis City, some are St. Louis County, some are St. Clair so they’re all cross deputized so this simplifies that process,” said Hill.

But opponents like Patricia Bynes, the Democratic committeewoman for Ferguson, say the new statute gives security guards too much power.

“When you’re a police officer you have a certain jurisdiction that you have to police in, this goes beyond that as long as you work for a corporation in this state you have those powers in the state, that’s extremely scary,” said Bynes. (KMOV)

I don’t see anything good coming from this, only bad. Hopefully I’m wrong.

— Steve Patterson

Readers: Missouri Should Join States, Like Oregon, Allowing Physician-Assisted Suicide For The Terminally Ill

September 23, 2015 Missouri, Politics/Policy 1 Comment

In the last year the issue of physician-assisted suicide has been in news again, prompted by the following video by Brittany Maynard.

After moving from California to Oregon, she ended her life on November 1, 2014. Her husband returned to California and pushed for legislation, which passed earlier this month:

The California Senate approved a controversial bill Friday that would legalize physician-prescribed life-ending medication for terminally ill patients. The focus now moves to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has yet to indicate where he stands on the issue. (Time)

I’ve supported right-to-die since the issue came into the public arena in the late 90s with Jack Kevorkian. While I don’t understand religious objections, I get other reasons:

Disability rights advocates and oncologists opposed the legislation, saying it takes advantage of the poor and vulnerable. (San Jose Mercury News)

I can see how someone wouldn’t want to be a burden on their family, not a good reason to die. On the other hand, we don’t know the pain & suffering they endure. Who are we to tell them they must continue suffering rather than dying in a more dignified manner?

Here are the results from the Sunday Poll:

Q: Agree or disagree? Missouri should join states, like Oregon, allowing physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

  1. Strongly agree 20 [47.62%]
  2. Agree 11 [26.19%]
  3. Strongly disagree 6 [14.29%]
  4. Somewhat agree 3 [7.14%]
  5. TIE  1 [2.38%]
    1. Somewhat disagree
    2. Disagree
  6. TIE: 0 [0%]
    1. Neutral
    2. Unsure/No Answer

Those voting on the agree side accounted for over 80% of the votes in the non-scientific poll. Strong support, but I don’t see this getting anywhere in Missouri.

— Steve Patterson



Sunday Poll: Should Missouri join states, like Oregon, allowing physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill?

The controversial topic of right-t0-die was in the news again recently:

The “death with dignity” movement marked a victory in California Friday when the state Senate passed a bill allowing terminally ill patients to end their own lives with the help of a physician. 

The End of Life Option Act, which passed in the state Assembly Wednesday, would allow patients to seek aid-in-dying options so long as they are given six months or less to live by two doctors, submit a written request and two oral requests at least 15 days apart and possess the mental capacity to make their own health care decisions. 

Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who attended a Jesuit seminary prior to his political career, has yet to indicate whether he will sign the bill into law. (Huffington Post)

I thought this would be a great policy subject for a Sunday Poll.

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The poll is open until 8pm, the choices are randomized.

— Steve Patterson

Readers Support Gov Nixon’s Veto of ‘Right to Work’ Bill Passed by Missouri Legislature

September 9, 2015 Politics/Policy No Comments
The floor of the Missouri House of Representatives, 2011
The floor of the Missouri House of Representatives, 2011

In the Sunday Poll less than 20% support or lean to supporting a legislative override of Gov Nixon’s veto of a right-to-work bill passed this year:

Q: The Missouri legislature may attempt to override Gov Nixon’s June veto of right-to-work legislation. Which side are you on?

  1. Governor — veto 26 [70.27%]
  2. Legislature — override 5 [13.51%]
  3. Unsure/no opinion 3 [8.11%]
  4. Leaning ovreride 2 [5.41%]
  5. Leaning veto 1 [2.7%]

A statewide poll wouldn’t result in the same outcome.

Lawmakers have a chance to override that veto Sept. 16 during their annual veto session. They need a two-thirds majority vote — 109 in the House and 23 in the Senate — to override the veto and pass the measure into law.

At the end of this past legislative session, however, neither chamber had those numbers. The House passed the bill 92-66 and the Senate voted 21-13 in favor of it, only after the Senate used a rare procedure known as the “previous question” to shut down debate and force a vote following a more than eight hour filibuster by the Democrats.

Opponents argue the measure would lower wages and lead to a more dangerous work environment for some. Proponents say the measure would help the state attract businesses and therefore increase wages. (Post-Dispatch)

I’m glad Nixon vetoed this bill in June, this would be a disaster for worker’s rights.





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