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Is it Easy to Visit Our State Capitol?

From the desk of Missouri State Senator Brian Nieves:

One of the things I think all senators and representatives look forward to is when actual “real people” — folks from back home — come to visit us. My office is one where constituents are welcomed and encouraged to visit, BUT, unfortunately, there are certain segments of our population who have difficulty doing so. Why? In addition to the challenges inherent to a building that is more than 100 years old, we also have the challenge of limited parking. Our Capitol building houses 163 representatives and 34 senators, as well as multiple members of the executive branch. On any given day, there are many, sometimes hundreds, of visitors who need to visit with their elected officials and have their voices heard. Over the last 10 years, I’ve become increasingly upset to see persons with disabilities, particularly those who became disabled in the service of our great nation, having to park blocks from the Capitol and travel long distances to get to the building! I have, on multiple occasions, quietly filed legislation to correct this problem by changing the way parking is reserved at our Capitol, but have received little or no support. You may wonder why our politicians would resist fixing this obvious problem and I’ll tell you why… The only way to expand handicap parking is to reduce or eliminate the premium, reserved parking held for members of the press. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard legislators indicate they’re unwillingness to “tangle” with or get in to a battle of sorts, with the press! Legislators are, with good reason, afraid to upset the press and typically try to avoid doing so. Why? Very simple, have you ever heard the old adage, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel?” There is a very, very good reason that adage is so well known and I can tell you from personal experience that when you tangle with the press, it gets ugly! Several members of the press have written ugly, insulting and downright attacking articles, editorials, and opinion pieces in the recent days since I filed my expansion of handicap parking bill. Two reporters have written “hit pieces” about me filing my parking fix that are so ugly that many people read them and immediately called me to express how sad they were to see members of the press act like such bullies! One reporter’s article was entitled, in big bold print, “Nieves is an Embarrassment” and it only got worse from there. Both of these so called “news reporters” had not written anything about me for a long time but WHAM! As soon as I file a bill to replace the press parking with handicap parking, they suddenly feel the need to attack, attack, attack! Do I feel like a victim? Not at all. Do I feel intimidated by the obvious attempts to bully and cajole? Not at all. Will I be forced by the press to sit silent while our disabled veterans have to trek to the Capitol from two blocks away so that healthy, able bodied members of the press park right up front? Never!

h/t mo.govLet me share a story and answer some of the reporters’ attacks… Recently, I had the honor of hosting visitors from back home. One of these visitors was a man who, at 70 years of age, has seen more combat in the service of our Republic than you or I could imagine in our worst nightmare. He is a disabled combat veteran and is highly decorated for valor, but guess what? You got it, no handicap parking! On that very day, I introduced SB 694 to correct the injustice he and countless members of our disabled community have endured while trying to visit their Capitol. To answer the reporters… Did I introduce the bill with a bit of fire? Yes! Did I call out the press? Yes! Was I understandably upset about what had happened to my constituent, a true American hero, that day? Yes! Am I sorry for not acting more “Senatorial” in my introduction? No! I am tired of milquetoast politicians ruling the day and will not be counted among them, if that upsets members of the press, so be it. One of the reporters is a veteran and I honor his service but why, why won’t he stand up and do what is right? Why does he attack me for simply trying to right a wrong? Is his dislike for me so strong that he can’t see past me to the issue at hand? I’m here every day of session and I know there are not enough handicap parking spots. I also know it is wrong for a private, for-profit industry to be granted free parking while our disabled veterans park two blocks away. I call upon these reporters to withdraw their fight against me and this rightful bill and endorse my plan to give more access to folks with disabilities and particularly our disabled vets. I will also mention that both these reporters asked me to give up my parking and I’d like to remind them both of something they already know, but failed to mention. My parking is in a secured underground area that is a long walk from the Capitol! Giving up my spot does nothing for disabled folks because they’d still be traveling just as far, but press parking is right up close! These reporters know they are wrong and I will gladly work hand-in-hand with them to work out a “parking fix” that will still allow them a spot, but not at the expense of allowing easy access to those who truly need it. To the reporters — I’m sure I will never look, act, speak, have the demeanor, or carry myself in a manner that is pleasing to you but it’s time to put our differences aside and fix this! My phone number is (573) 751-3678 and I’ll be eagerly awaiting your call.

So, here are some of the attacks on Senator Nieves that he mentions:

Here is the story by the emissourian.com.

Here is one from stltoday.com complaining about American’s First Amendment rights to petition (lobby) their government.

Here is the ‘Embarrassment’ piece he mentions in the emissourian.com that also complains about the First Amendment right to petition their government.  Ironic that they bring up the $500 in World Series tickets – information that’s available because of the transparency laws that created an atmosphere for ALL citizens to watch their government.. …and not just trust the left-wing press.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Media

 

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Dick Stratman – Request Denied

In politics today, it gets bloody even when you’re on the same team.  Jack Jackson, Dick Stratman, and Brian Nieves are all running for the GOP nod in the 26th Missouri Senatorial District.  Until very recently, the campaigns have been positive.  At the 11th hour, things have changed.

I’ve heard several replays of a commercial on St. Louis’ KFTK 97.1.  The commercial, by the Dick Stratman campaign, among other things, complains that Brian Nieves voted to increase his salary while in the Missouri House of Representatives.  Brian Nieves has vehemently denied voting to increase his own salary.

So, being curious by nature, I posted an entry on Mr. Stratman’s Facebook page requesting links to the Bills / Votes where Brian voted for the increase.  I assumed that would be an easy task since it would be on the Missouri House Of Representatives Public Record, and the Stratman campaign had obviously done its homework before creating the commercial.  As an example, one of my favorite entries on the Missouri Senate Record is Scott Rupp’s resolution to rescind Missouri’s call for a U.S. Constitutional Convention SCR 38.

Here’s a screen-shot showing the request (you can see my post below Eric Rascher’s comment):

After lunch, I checked back to see if the Stratman campaign had posted the links.  Instead of an informative reply, I found that my request had been summarily deleted:

Originally, I had started by posting a request for this information directly to the campaign’s Facebook wall, but that disappeared immediately.  I can still see it in my my News Feed, but not on the campaign’s wall.  I’m sure they deleted my comment above to reply to my wall post, and soon you’ll be able to see that information about Mr. Nieves’ nefarious voting record on Stratman’s Facebook wall.

I looked around on the Stratman Campaign web site for a bit, and I didn’t find the commercial or links to the Missouri House Record showing the Nieves salary increase votes.  If it was my campaign, I think I would have had both on my site.

I can only assume that the Stratman Campaign’s accusations against Brian Nieves are true — I heard them on the radio.  Why would they put something on the radio that wasn’t true?  I thought about searching the Missouri House Record for proof, but I didn’t make the accusation, so it’s not really my job (or Brian Nieves’ job) to prove it.

I guess I’ll just wait patiently and check back to see if:

  1. My comment post reappears
  2. My wall post reappears
  3. The Stratman campaign answers my question

Hope I don’t turn blue holding my breath…

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Election, Republican

 

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Dick Stratman’s Campaign Staff Might Want To Rethink Using ‘Push’ Polling

In Missouri we have a very heated State Senate race happening in the 26th district. All the players have much at stake and are fighting hard to earn the privilege of representing the good people in the 26th.

Unfortunately….

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Posted by on July 19, 2010 in Election

 

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