Monthly Archives: November 2013

Beni writes a Memoir!

My friend Beni (and former EWIDA board member) is writing a memoir – she is such a fascinating woman and I can’t wait to read her book! I donated a bit to her publishing costs – please consider joining me.
Burning Rubber:  A Memoir
An independent, hard-drinking woman, finds adventures on the road as she pursues a traveling circus in her VW van in order to make a documentary. Winding from California, Kentucky, Indiana, and finally St. Louis, she becomes transformed. Her life began in a displaced persons camp in Germany after War II and this life story continues her quest.  Funds are needed to edit and self publish this memoir.Those funding this project will receive acknowledgements in my book. Thank you in advance.

Early Voting Initiative Petition

via MoScout.com

Matt Dameron filed three initiative petitions with the secretary of state’s office last week. They all deal with early voting and are basically the same. They propose that the early voting would occur for the six weeks preceding the election. Each election authority would have to have a central location for the early voting. Larger authorities would be required to have satellite offices as well.

Dameron was formerly chief of staff to Chris Koster, so this could be viewed as a Democratic ploy to increase turn-out ahead of Koster’s 2016 gubernatorial race. It also echoes themes that Secretary of State Jason Kander has been talking about.

Dameron is also listed as the treasurer for a new campaign committee filed last week. It’s called the Missouri Early Voting Fund, and its stated purpose is to support the early voting constitutional amendment. The deputy treasurer is Ben Jersak, who previously served as assistant scheduler for Governor Jay Nixon.

Nixon Issues Executive Order on Same-Sex Tax Returns

via KMOX

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday he will issue an executive order directing the state Department of Revenue to accept jointly-filed tax returns from same-sex couples married in other states.

“Missouri is one of a number of states whose tax code is directly tied to that of the federal government and under Missouri law, legally married couples who file joint federal tax returns with the IRS must also file joint state returns with our state Department of Revenue,” Nixon wrote in a statement.

“As a result, accepting the jointly-filed state tax returns of all legally-married couples who file federal returns is the only appropriate course of action, given Missouri statutes and the ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.”

Nixon cites a U.S. Treasury Department and IRS ruling in August that married same-sex couples be treated as married for federal tax purposes, regardless of their residence.

The governor stressed in his news release that the executive only applies to taxes and “does not in any way authorize or sanction same-sex marriage in Missouri.”

LGBT activist group PROMO applauded the governor’s action Thursday, calling it a “consistent and pragmatic approach” to the federal rulings.

“We applaud the governor for giving clarity to same-sex couples and providing guidance on how we complete tax return information in the state of Missouri,” PROMO Executive Director A.J. Bockelman said in an emailed statement.

Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones, R-Eureka, criticized the governor’s decision Thursday, saying it “defies Missouri voters.”

Hawaii Governor Signs Marriage Equality Bill

via CBSnews

Hawaii became the fifteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage yesterday after Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a marriage equality bill into law. The bill “recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex and extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive,” according to a press release from Governor Abercrombie…

CityDems trivia night fun

I was a volunteer at last night’s City Dems trivia night – I originally was selling the 50-50 raffle tickets, but got drafted to be a judge.  (The judge position was a lot easier – haha)  It was nice to see so many politicos and so much support of the Democratic faction here.  I got mentoring advice from former Senators Maida Coleman and Robin Wright-Jones, talked child-rearing with Treasurer Tishaura Jones, discussed board bills with Alderpeople Jennifer Florida and Craig Schmidt, and asked Comptroller Darlene Green about the Veolia contract.  It was also nice to re-affirm relationships with the many other electeds and activists throughout the City.  Those ties can strengthen my efforts in the 8th ward in advocating for you and our community.  The 8th ward always purchases a table – let me know if you are interested in this event for next year!