One year to go

Yesterday, Nov. 3, marked one year to the day for the 2020 General Election. There will be a lot of work between now and then for your Boone County Republican Central Committee to complete. This work includes hosting fundraisers, recruiting candidates, preparing for the Boone County Republican Caucus, get-out-the-vote efforts and more for us to re-elect President Trump and Vice-President Pence, secure victories for our statewide candidates, and continue to grow the GOP in Boone County with re-election and first-time wins.

Want to get involved to help secure those victories? Currently, there are several vacancies on the Boone County Republican Central Committee that can be filled immediately instead of waiting until committee reorganization next August. This is one of the best ways to stay informed about upcoming volunteer opportunities, help identify candidates and create new Republican contacts at the local and state levels. Your financial contributions will also help us achieve our goals of opening an election headquarters to host events to help all Boone County Republican candidates and volunteers.

Please see the list below for upcoming 2020 dates that need your support and participation. There will be plenty of additions, but please keep these dates in mind:

  • Nov. 26, 2019: Presidential Preference Primary filing opens
  • Dec. 24, 2019: Presidential Preference Primary filing closes
  • Feb. 12, 2020: Last day to register to vote in the presidential preference primary if not already a registered voter
  • Feb. 21-23: State Lincoln Days, University Plaza, Springfield
  • Feb. 25, 2020: First day for statewide and local candidate filing
  • March 10, 2020: Presidential Preference Primary
  • March 31, 2020: Last day for statewide and local and candidate filing
  • April 3, 2020: Boone County Lincoln Day Banquet
  • April 4, 2020: Boone County Republican Caucus, 10 a.m., location TBA
  • April 7, 2020: General Municipal Election Day
  • May 30, 2020: 4th Congressional District Convention, 10 a.m., location TBA
  • June 19-20, 2020: Missouri Republican Party State Convention, St. Charles Convention Center
  • Aug. 4, 2020: Missouri Primary Election
  • Aug. 24-27, 2020: Republican National Convention, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Nov. 3, 2020: General Election

To become an involved Boone County Republican in 2020, please attend our Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting at the Conley Road HyVee Club Room, starting at 7 p.m. The room is on the 2nd floor, above the restaurant area in the HyVee at the Hwy. 63 and Broadway intersection. This meeting is open to all Republicans. We know we will need Election Judges, door-to-door volunteers, parade participants, sign coordinators, volunteers for our caucus and more.

Sincerely,
Mike Zweifel
Chairman, Boone County Republican Party

Running for elected office?

Want to make a difference in your neighborhood? Want to be a force for change and represent your community? Support the Republican Party platform and values?

Your Boone County Republican Party is actively recruiting candidates to run for office in next year’s elections, including several county-level positions. If you are interested in running for any office, I encourage you to attend our next Central Committee meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Conley Road HyVee Club Room. The Party is planning for the 2020 elections and we can support your potential campaign with volunteers, hosting events, training and more. All Central Committee meetings are open to all Republicans.

With municipal elections in April, school board seats, city council seats and more throughout Boone County will be up for grabs. Think about running for one of those available non-partisan seats to change your community if you do not want to seek a partisan office. These boards and commissions implement rules, taxes and other policies that may help or hurt your finances more directly than laws passed in Jefferson City or Washington, D.C.

Your Boone County Republican Central Committee, which conducts the business of the Republican Party in Boone County, will also have all seats open next year, with a culmination of a reorganization in August after the primary election. The reorganization happens every two years, and many spots are currently available for potential appointment before next year. Attend our meeting to learn more about the Committee’s responsibilities and efforts, including maintaining the county website, fundraising and supporting Republican candidates.

Sincerely,
Mike Zweifel
Chairman, Boone County Republican Party

Opposing Columbia’s CAAP

Update: The original post below is based on the original 50-page CAAP proposal that was placed on the city’s website on April 22. An updated 103-page plan was placed on the city’s site on May 23. Many of the same questions below remain, however. This plan is still too expensive, too invasive and places too much of a burden on Columbia residents. It will also infringe on people’s personal rights and property rights.

Please contact Mayor Brian Treece and your councilperson by Monday, June 17 at 5 p.m., and urge them to vote “No” on what amounts to a “Green New Deal” for Columbia. This proposal will be voted on at the June 17 City Council meeting and we encourage you to attend that meeting and voice your opposition.

Note: A final-draft version was uploaded to the city’s website no earlier than June 5, 2019. This means the final draft will have less than two weeks of review before being voted upon.

Why Oppose?

  • On page 39 of the plan as it is currently online, the plan states that “this plan may be funded by increasing existing revenue sources or creating new ones.” So the city knows it will need to increase its revenue, a.k.a. taxes, to fund this plan already.
  • The Wedge Analysis on page 47 of the draft “Does not take costs of actions into consideration (i.e., assumes that the City will find and commit funding to the action). From where will the money come if a tax increase is voted down? If taken from other city services, what will be cut? Public safety? Road maintenance?
  • On page 51 of the updated plan, the statement is made that rebates and landlord requirements will help tenants spend less money on energy.  This ignores that fact that energy efficiency improvements cost money to implement and that these costs will be passed on to tenants in the form of increased rent.  It is not at all clear that the net effect will be to reduce costs overall for the tenant.
  • Under the proposed strategies in this section, H-1.1.4 appears to read that you will need the city’s input and possible permission to sell your home or transfer your property because they want to put an energy performance rating on your home’s listing. Will a city energy inspector need to visit your home to give it a passing grade before you can sell it?
  • Renewable programs increase the costs of electricity. A recent study published by the University of Chicago found that programs significantly increase average retail electricity prices, with prices increasing by 11 percent (1.3 cents per kWh) seven years after the policy’s passage into law and 17 percent (2 cents per kWh) twelve years afterward. All in all, seven years after passage, consumers in 29 states had paid $125.2 billion more for electricity than they would have in the absence of the programs. Columbians will pay more for their electricity.
  • Goal T-1.2.1 discusses building a thriving public transit system. There is absolutely no reason to believe that bus service can be made efficient enough to get a large number of people to ride. In fact, the city just cut a number of bus routes starting this week because of poor ridership. So as of now, the city is not even following their own CAAP goals.
  • The energy demand forecast on page 28 does not take into account anticipated future demand from electric vehicles. How can you plan for something when you don’t take everything into account? Will businesses and homeowners need to do even more energy saving beyond what is recommended/required to account for electric vehicles?
  • The City will have to “Build City staff capacity” to support this plan, so there are additional city workers that will need to be hired. If this proposal is a priority, per the letter from the Climate Task Force, will public safety personnel be let go in order to hire the city’s new Climate Patrol? Or will higher taxes be needed to pay for all this?
  • The city wants to encourage water conservation through a new rate structure and new building codes, but why? There is no water shortage. Does Columbia Water and Light exist to serve the residents of Columbia, or does is exist to dictate to them how much water they should use?
  • The current draft plan states that over 1,900 respondes to the community surveys. That is less than 2% of Columbia’s population. Did the city really get the entire community’s input for this plan? Or did they get the responses they wanted to hear? The Climate Task Force, from which they received citizen input, believes “combating climate change is the preeminent mission of our time.” Yet in the 2019 State of the City address, the interim city manager stated “residents thought were most important for the City to provide were public safety services and the condition of City streets.” Seems like conflicting messages being put out by the city.

These are just a few reasons to oppose this measure. Be sure to contact your city councilperson and Mayor Treece.

Sincerely,
Mike Zweifel
Chair, Boone County Republican Party


ORIGINAL POST: The Boone County Republican Party officially opposes the City of Columbia’s current Climate Action and Adaptation Plan for the following reasons:

  1. Increase of City staff (page 11 and page 28 of the CAAP draft) when there are already fiscal issues facing the city. Where will the money come from to fund new staff, when the city was projected to run a $21 million deficit for the 2019 fiscal year?1
  2. The Wedge Analysis on page 33 of the draft “Does not take costs of actions into consideration (i.e., assumes that the City will find and commit funding to the action). From where will the money come? If taken from other city services, what will be cut? Public safety? Road maintenance?
  3. Mandate that “all rental housing will be required to meet basic energy efficiency standards at license renewal.” The City will force rental property owners to upgrade their units, thereby causing higher costs that will result in rent increases for tenants. These rate increases may hurt economically disadvantaged renters. Or close complexes entirely if they are not at code, forcing people out of their residences. This provision works against the city’s goal of increasing affordable housing.
  4. There are many incentives listed throughout this document to help meet the goals of the plan. Where will the money come from to pay for these incentives to attain “behavior change”?
  5. “Building a thriving public transit system” is a priority strategy listed on page 41 of the proposal. However, the City is cutting back on its transit system by four routes, Saturday service and special event service as of June 1, 2019. If people are not riding the buses now, why will they in the future?
  6. Columbia is a work destination city and a visitor destination. Employees from all over Boone County and central Missouri drive to Columbia Monday-Friday to work at MBS, MU, State Farm, 3M, Boone Hospital and other employers. City visitors spend money each and every day in Columbia. The plan does not address these commuters and visitors. It treats them as afterthoughts when this plan will “prioritize people walking, biking, and riding transit while also accommodating vehicles.” These visitors generate tax revenue for the city to help pay for these programs, and this plan treats them as an inconvenience.
  7. Increase in business regulations (throughout listed goals) that will increase business costs which will be passed onto consumers.
  8. Require the use of roll carts for all single-family home solid waste services (page 44 of the CAAP draft). City voters rejected this idea in 2016. Mandatory roll carts were eliminated from the updated proposal.
  9. The energy demand forecast on page 23 does not take into account anticipated future demand from electric vehicles. Will businesses and homeowners need to do even more energy saving beyond what is recommended/required to account for electric vehicles?
  10. Wind and solar energy generation are dependent upon consistent conditions that are inconsistent at best in central Missouri. Is there a back-up plan when the sun is visible only 10 hours a day in winter and can’t recharge our homes for heat at night and cars to drive to work?
  11. Wind energy also has the very real potential to harm and kill avian wildlife, especially bald eagles that make their way through Boone County every year during their annual migration.
  12. The CAAP only considers the mid- to worst-case 4.5 C increase scenario at the year 2100 from the National Climate Assessment. The models projected 1.5 C to 4.5 C, but this plan only takes into account 3.0 – 4.5 C increases. Why plan for the absolute worst with its high costs when it may not happen, especially since recently observed temperatures are tracking at the 1.5 C level and below? According to NASA and other agencies, low sunspot activity and atmospheric observations might lead to a new “Little Ice Age”?3
  13. Renewable programs increase the costs of electricity. A recent study published by the University of Chicago found that programs significantly increase average retail electricity prices, with prices increasing by 11 percent (1.3 cents per kWh) seven years after the policy’s passage into law and 17 percent (2 cents per kWh) twelve years afterward. All in all, seven years after passage, consumers in 29 states had paid $125.2 billion more for electricity than they would have in the absence of the policy.4

This plan does not mention the word “litter”. One of the most immediate action items that can be taken right now to improve our environment is to pick up litter and trash along our roadways. Perhaps instead of paying monetary fines, the city municipal court could sentence those convicted of traffic violations and other similar charges to pick up litter along Columbia’s roads as community service, if the court is not doing that already. Providing an opportunity for community service could help those that are economically disadvantaged not go further into debt.

The Boone County Republican Party believes this plan cannot be implemented without a severe increase in cost to citizens, workers and visitors in the form of higher taxes, plus decreases to other essential city services like public safety. This plan will infringe on people’s property rights and personal rights if fully implemented. This plan is based on a worst-case scenario that based on historical data for the last 100+ years, will not happen.

Instead of government mandates on property owners, let property owners themselves determine if they want to build a green complex and use that as a selling point to potential tenants. The Boone County Republican Party supports market-based solutions to finding solutions to clean, renewable energy and environmental sustainability that will not increase people’s energy bills.

We also support legislation like Rep. Chuck Bayse’s House Bill 606 from this past legislative session, which would have allowed school children to ride city buses. Currently, all Missouri schoolchildren are mandated ride on standard yellow buses. This legislation would reduce overall fuel usage and allow Columbia Public Schools to spend their tax dollars in other areas.

We appreciate the current programs and services provided by the City of Columbia when it comes to safeguarding our environment. Many of us use the city-owned recycling and yard waste drop-off centers, parks and trails, and much more. But we believe this plan is too expensive, too invasive and too much.

Mike Zweifel
Chair, Boone County Republican Party

Sources:1 https://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20180918/council-passes-2019-budget-raises-city-employee-wages

2 https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/elections/voters-kick-roll-carts-to-the-curb/article_5717f044-eb0c-11e5-9d7c-efbd895f7cb6.html

3 https://principia-scientific.org/nasa-extremely-low-sunspot-counts-indicate-global-cooling-onset/

4 https://epic.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/UCH-042219_GreenstoneRPS_0_0.pdf

Detective Jon Logan of the Columbia Police Department Selected as the 2019 Dr. Edward H. Robb Public Servant Award

Columbia, MO, March 31, 2019 – The Boone County Republican Central Committee (BCRCC) announced today that Detective Jon Logan of the Columbia Police Department as the 2019 Dr. Edward H. Robb Public Servant Award recipient. The Robb Award recognizes outstanding service by an employee or identified group of any city, county or public entity in Boone County.

“This annual award recognizes a public employee or group that represents the best in public service,” said BCRCC Chairman Mike Zweifel, “Detective Jon Logan has served the City of Columbia for over 20 years not only as a dedicated police officer but as a good Samaritan who believes community policing does not stop at the end of a shift.”

Logan has been a patrolman and detective with the department, and he is currently assigned to an ATF task force. During his time as a patrol officer, Logan worked with residents of the areas he patrolled, which led to much less drug activity and serious crime in those neighborhoods. Logan’s work was so thorough that criminal activity in these same areas remains low to this day. Logan has also helped achieve several critical indictments of career criminals involving firearms as part of his work on the ATF task force.

Logan and his family have helped out those in need, from providing needed medications to those who can’t afford it, to offering transportation to those in need, no matter the time of day. Going above and beyond his duties, in early 2017, Maria and Jon Logan opened their home to a 6-month old infant who had life-threatening injuries. The Logans adopted the child in late 2017 knowing the infant’s injuries may take a lifetime to overcome.

Eligibility for the Robb Award is limited to full-time, non-elected public employees or identified groups in Boone County and is strictly non-partisan. The award is named after Dr. Edward H. Robb, the late Boone County Presiding Commissioner who passed away in 2011. Rosa Robb, Dr. Robb‘s wife, said, “Ed’s family and I are thrilled that the Committee honored Detective Jon Logan as this year’s recipient of the Robb Award. Jon is a great public servant and better human being. He is respected amongst his peers and commanding officers, plus has had an impressive career in the Columbia Police Department.”

The award will be presented at the Boone County Republicans Lincoln Day Banquet on Friday, April 5, 2019, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia. For more information on the banquet, visit the BCRCC’s website at www.boonecountyrepublicans.com.

 

About the Candidates

Josh Hawley for U.S. Senate
Raised in Lexington, Missouri, Josh Hawley currently serves as the state’s Attorney General. As Missouri’s top prosecutor, Josh has earned a reputation for taking on the big and the powerful to protect Missouri workers and families. He has battled big government and big business, the special interests, organized crime, and anyone who would threaten the wellbeing of Missourians.

Before he became Attorney General, Josh fought Obamacare at the Supreme Court — and won — as one of the lead attorneys in the landmark Hobby Lobby case. Josh was also a lead attorney in the Hosanna-Tabor case at the Supreme Court, protecting the rights of churches.

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Saundra McDowell for State Auditor
Saundra always planned to enact change with a law degree, but she put those ambitions on hold for the military. Saundra joined up with the US Air Force, serving overseas in the aftermath of 9/11.

Following eight years of military service, Saundra pursued a career in law. After attending both Oxford and Drake University, Saundra gave legal justice to victims who suffered nursing home abuse, vehicular injury, and damage from defective medications. Later she worked as a contract lawyer, aiding veterans and the elderly with disability claims.

As her career progressed, Saundra became the Director of Enforcement for Missouri’s Secretary of State. There she and her team rooted out fraud and prosecuted corrupt institutions, returning millions to Missourians.

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Vicky Hartzler for U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District
Vicky is a life-long farmer, former public schoolteacher, small business owner, and public servant. Vicky and her husband, Lowell Hartzler, own a company with four farm equipment stores. It was her small business acumen that led Governor Matt Blunt, in 2005 to appoint her Chair of the Missouri Women’s Council. During her three-year term, Vicky implemented new and effective programs to help women achieve their economic goals. She was first elected to public office in November of 1994 as the State Representative from Missouri’s 124th District and served three terms in the Missouri legislature. Prior to her time in public service, Vicky taught family and consumer sciences for 11 years in the Lebanon and Belton school districts.

Vicky is a life-long Cass County resident, where today she lives with Lowell and their daughter, Tiffany, on a working farm. She is a graduate of both the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983 and Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) in 1992, graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in Education from MU and a M.S. in Education from UCM.

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Cheri Toalson Reisch for State Representative, 44th District
Cheri has more than 30 years of experience in public service. Cheri is a 6th generation Boone Countian. Her grandparents, father Dale Toalson and two sons — Jason & Eric — all graduated from Hallsville High School with Cheri. Her experience and resume includes being a Certified Municipal Clerk, Certified Court Administrator and a Missouri Registered City Clerk.  Cheri is a member of the National Rifle Association, the Hallsville Chamber of Commerce, Boone County REDI, CERT Team, Hallsville Historical Society and the Hallsville Church of Christ. Cheri’s family was a founding family of the University of Missouri in 1839.

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Cathy Richards for State Representative, 46th District
Cathy was the Boone County Public Administrator for eight years  (2008 until 2016).

Cathy was Vice President, then President of the Missouri Association of Public Administrators (2014 until 2016).

• Masters Degree in Counseling from  Stephens College
• B.S. in Business Management from William Woods University with an emphasis in Human Resources.
• Associate’s Degree from Columbia College
• Office manager for the Boone County Commission for 8 years (2000-2008)
• Accepted into Nursing School August 2003
• 40-year resume of pertinent work experience

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Chuck Basye for State Representative, 47th District
Rep. Chuck Basye, a Republican, represents parts of Boone, Howard, Cooper and Randolph Counties (District 47) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2014.

In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Basye is retired from Federal Aviation Administration. He served as an air traffic controller in Kansas City and Columbia, MO from 1984-2014. Rep. Basye served in the United States Marine Corps from 1976-1980.

Rep. Basye attended St. Charles High School in St. Charles, MO. In 1991 he received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In 2012, Rep. Basye was elected to serve as the President of the Columbia Pachyderm Club. He is also a member of the Mizzou Alumni Association, Farm Bureau, and Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

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Sara Walsh for State Representative, 50th District
Sara is a graduate of both Columbia College (Associate in Science, Business Administration ’02; Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Marketing ’05) and the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Truman School of Public Affairs (Master in Public Affairs, Non-Profit Management and Public Management ’09), a past board member of Missouri Right to Life, past 40 Days for Life volunteer, past volunteer receptionist for Open Arms Pregnancy Resource Center in Jefferson City, Joplin Tornado Relief volunteer, past Central Missouri Honor Flight volunteer, past church involvement coordinator for the National Day of Prayer Task Force in Jefferson City, and currently serves as treasurer of Heritage Baptist Church in Columbia where she and her husband participate in various community outreach efforts including the Central Missouri Food Bank, My Life Clinic, and caroling for seniors at Christmas.

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Keep Judge Brouck Jacobs
Brouck Jacobs is the Division 1 Circuit Court Judge for Boone and Callaway Counties in the 13th Judicial Circuit. In this position, Judge Jacobs has presided over thousands of cases and multiple jury trials.

Judge Jacobs handles general civil, criminal, and juvenile cases. He strives to treat everyone in his courtroom with fairness and courtesy, and he looks forward to continuing to serve the people of Boone and Callaway Counties.

Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Jacobs served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Boone County and Saint Louis County, and as a prosecutor in the State of Florida.  In that role, he was in courtrooms nearly every day and tried over fifty jury trials.

Judge Jacobs is married to Janie, a pediatrician at Tiger Pediatrics in Columbia. They have a 2 year old son, William, and infant daughters, Alice and Charlotte.  Judge Jacobs is a former board member for the Daniel Boone Regional Library, which oversees the Columbia Public Library and the Callaway County Public Library. He and his family are active members of their church.

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Keep Judge Josh Devine
From the Columbia Missourian:
Devine, 37, is running for Division 11 Boone County associate circuit judge , a job then-Gov. Eric Greitens appointed him to fill in February. It’s his first election bid, and the black-and-gold signs reading “Keep Judge Josh Devine” are scattered around Columbia.

“I think it’s impossible for you to understand what’s going on in your courtroom unless you understand what’s going on in your community,” he said.

Devine is a Columbia native who graduated from Hickman High School in 1999 and attended law school at MU.

“This is home,” he said.

He said his father influenced his career path. The late Jim Devine was a professor and associate dean at the MU School of Law, where he worked for 30 years, and he also worked briefly as a judge in Iron County.

As a kid, Josh Devine would watch his dad teach trial practice at MU. Devine inherited his father’s love for baseball and Bruce Springsteen, along with his passion for the law, which he takes very seriously.

“We have to always look for ways to further the administration of justice,” he said.

That is how he views his job as a judge — to be honest and in accordance with the law.

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Matt Cavanaugh for Presiding Commissioner
Matt decided to move to Columbia in 1989 from Colorado to attend the University of Missouri.  Ready now to devote his time to his education, Matt studied economics and Japanese with the intention of becoming a trader for a Japanese firm. Always the entrepreneur, while in school, he and a classmate formed a company they called Ecotechnology, that collected soil samples from properties with petroleum tanks on them.  Two years later, as part of a university program, he moved to Tokyo to attend the Sophia University Japanese Language Institute.

A year later, Matt returned to Missouri and invested time and energy into his new company.  Within four years, Matt had 60 employees and bought the Southwestern Bell building in Fulton to serve as his office.  After creating yet another successful business, he sold his interests in that endeavor in 1994 and began assisting a cousin of his with his women’s clothing company—Montaldos—in Plaza Frontenac in St. Louis.

A year later, on vacation in Belize, Matt had the idea of creating multi-day adventure tours there, so he bought 68 acres of land and built Casa Maya, a resort located in San Ignacio, Belize. From there he operated several canoe trips and popular cave trips.

With his wife and stepfather, Tom Jennings (the inventor of the compound bow) they purchased property in Port Royal, Roatan in Honduras, and built Royal Playa Dive Resort. They opened it in 2004. He continued to run Royal Playa Resort until 2018 when he sold the property.

From 2013 until 2015, Matt consulted for Five Diamond Resort Management of Keystone, Colorado. Today, he is a developer and owns three houses in Boone County.  His son is enrolled in Columbia Public Schools as a 5th grader.

Matt is fluent in Spanish and Japanese. He is a well-versed businessman who has a continual flow of innovative ideas and the business acumen to make them a reality. He’s not a talker, but a doer. He has real world experience and a vision for Boone County’s future.

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Taylor Burks for Boone County Clerk
In my first 8 months as County Clerk, I’ve found $140,000 in savings in the Clerk’s core budget—a 7% savings in both 2017 and 2018. We’ve also saved around $100,000 in election costs, without impacting the quality of elections that we expect in Boone County. I’m committed to saving even more, and being transparent with Boone Countians with our election spending.

In 2016, our election systems were seriously targeted by other countries who wanted to do us harm. Because of the political rancor during and after the election, this became a partisan issue. One thing is clear: our enemies in other countries want to attack our elections. This isn’t about social media influencing, but legitimate attempts to attack the systems we use to secure our voter data. As a Navy veteran of 11 years, I know something about protecting our data. I’ve been asked to co-chair the statewide cyber-security taskforce for County Clerks and Local Election Authorities, and will continue to lead efforts in this state to harden our election system.

The best way to protect our democratic institutions is to mentor and pass on those principles to our next generation of citizens. This year, I started the Youth Election Program in Boone County, to bring sophomores, juniors, and seniors in to polling place during the April elections. These students will help our regular election judges, assist in operating the polling place, and see firsthand the important of local elections. From that group, we will select two students for paid internships through the summer. These students will get in-depth experience in working inside an election office, and be expected to work a voter registration or youth engagement event for their fall semester.

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Lisa Ballenger for Boone County Recorder of Deeds
Lisa has lived in the Boone County for close to 40 years now. She is married to Gary and they live on a small farm east of Columbia. They are also part of a small family business known as Ballenger Propane that has been serving the area since 1967. When Lisa is not working, she enjoys being with her family, spending time outside enjoying nature and recently started a little business called Isa Oy 360 Art Designs LLC. She loves to create paintings with watercolors and acrylic glass designs on canvas, and travels around in-and-out of state to different festivals selling her Art.

Growing up on the farm taught her the value and reward of hard work. After high school, she had the distinct privilege of developing skills in public service and leadership from none other than Sam Walton at Wal-Mart. Encouraging others, instilling positive attitudes and developing efficiencies are some of the work and life skills she learned during her time there, and these skills carried in to her work in the Recorder’s Office. Retired Recorder of Deeds Bettie Johnson hired Lisa in 1991 as a deputy recorder, so for over 27 years now she has been recording the future and preserving the past.

Visit the campaign website for additional information.

Neighborhood Associations May No Longer Prohibit Political Signs

Neighborhood Associations May No Longer Prohibit Political Signs

For many years now, various Homeowners Associations have enacted Covenants and Restrictions which prohibit political signs within their respective neighborhood.

As of August 28th, 2018, Missouri statutes will now forbid Homeowners Associations from prohibiting political signs. House Bill 1887 states, quite simply:

No deed restrictions, covenants, or similar binding agreements running with the land shall prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the display of political signs.

The statute does, however, allow a Homeowners Association to enact reasonable restrictions as to dates, size, place, number, and manner of display of political signs. “Reasonable” is not defined in the bill.

The Boone County Republican Central Committee applauds this legislation as it protects a citizen’s right to free speech. It also protects and encourages the public to be engaged in the political process.

Opposing Amendment 1

The Boone County Republican Central Committee voted unanimously at its October meeting to oppose Amendment 1 on the 2018 November ballot. Our resolution is below.

RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, the Clean Missouri Initiative does not repair any existing issue within Missouri’s current redistricting process; and

WHEREAS, the Clean Missouri Initiative removes the people of Missouri’s say in redistricting and instead places the power in the hands of an unelected and unaccountable bureaucrat appointed by the state auditor, which is currently the only Democrat statewide office holder; and

WHEREAS, after being rejected time and time again at the ballot box, the Clean Missouri organizers, a George Soros backed effort, are working to dilute the voice of rural Missourians to promote their pro-abortion and anti-farming agenda; and

WHEREAS, by using an unproven formula called the “efficiency gap,” the Clean Missouri Initiative inherently conflicts with the Voting Rights Act’s current protection for majority-minority districts; and

WHEREAS, the Clean Missouri Initiative protects political parties at all cost above the interests of Missouri voters:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, the Republican Central Committee of Boone County oppose the purposely misleading and potentially detrimental Clean Missouri Initiative.

Adopted this 16th day of October, 2018, at the Boone County Republican Central Committee of the Missouri Republican Party.

Election 2018 Get Out The Vote

Thank You For Your Contributions and Support; Time To Finish Strong!

FROM CHAIR MIKE ZWEIFEL
We’ve done a lot this election cycle, from hosting events for candidates, supporting candidates at their events, registering voters, canvassing voters in Columbia, and being at events in Centralia (Anchor Festival), Sturgeon (County Fair Parade), Ashland (4th of July Parade), Hallsville (FunFest), the Reagan Picnic (Columbia) and much more.

But this is the time when we need you the most! Please review these volunteer opportunities, and sign up for a shift or three!

Our entire slate needs you to make voter contacts, make phone calls, share on social media, write letters to the editor, and much more to help their campaigns and your Boone County Republican Party. We cannot and must not be complacent this election cycle. We cannot rely on our successes with judicial appointments and nominations, personal wage growth, better trade deals, low unemployment, elimination of job-killing rules, and tax reform – we must ask for everyone’s vote and take nothing for granted. We have to tell our own success stories, because no one else will. Our candidates are working hard telling about our successes and asking for votes. But they need your help.

If you want to keep the Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity we are experiencing now, you need to vote Republican and get as many voters as you can to vote Republican up and down the ballot to create a red wall. The Democrats want to have a blue wave to repeal the tax cuts, conduct non-stop investigations, put back in place job-killing rules, abolish ICE, re-write election laws, and to bring back this phrase – “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi”.

Pray as if it all depended on God; work as if it all depended on you.

Remembering Spc. Sterling Wyatt

From Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

As your Representative in Congress, I wanted to give you an update on a bill that has personal meaning to so many in our area. The bill, HR.4960, renames the Columbia Post Office Building at 511 East Walnut Street in honor of Columbia native, Specialist Sterling William Wyatt, who lost his life in 2011 fighting for his country in Afghanistan. On July 16, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives passed my bill and it is now pending action in the Senate. I am honored to advance this bill on Sterling’s behalf.

Last fall, Cathy Rupard of Midwest Mailing Service in Columbia contacted me to recommend that the downtown Columbia Post Office be dedicated in memory of Spc. Wyatt. Her letter was accompanied by a separate letter of support from Tim Rich of Welcome Home, which provides transitional and emergency housing and other support services for homeless veterans. Upon receiving these letters from my constituents, I met with Spc. Wyatt’s parents, Randy and Sherry, to discuss this effort to memorialize their son’s memory. I had the privilege of getting to know Sterling through them by hearing firsthand accounts of Sterling’s life, service and sacrifice.

Born and raised in Columbia, Spc. Wyatt was an active participant in his youth group and church. He was an amazing young man: earning the rank of Eagle Scout, a first-degree black belt in taekwondo, and certification as a Nurse Attendant all before graduating from Rock Bridge High School in 2009.

Soon after graduating, he joined the U.S. Army, was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington and was later deployed abroad to serve his country. Tragically, at only 21-years old, Spc. Wyatt was killed on July 11, 2012 while on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His vehicle was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device (IED).

Spc. Wyatt’s awards and decorations include the Medal of Valor, Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, Certificate of Achievement, and Combat Infantryman Badge.

I am deeply moved and humbled by Sterling’s willingness to serve his country and, sadly, pay the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we cherish. We are forever indebted to Sterling and his family for all they have given for our nation. It is my hope that by naming the downtown Columbia Post Office in his memory we will forever honor his life of selfless service and inspire future generations to serve others. Everyone who passes by and enters its doors will see this brave soldier’s name and be reminded that freedom is not free.

I am hopeful the Senate will act expeditiously on this important bill and it will soon become law. As it moves forward, I will make sure to keep you updated on its progress. Thank you for your interest and your support of the Wyatt family.

Missouri Task Force 1 Selected for 2018 Robb Award

Columbia, MO, April 9, 2018 – The Boone County Republican Central Committee (BCRCC) announced today that it has selected Missouri Task Force 1 as the 2018 Dr. Edward H. Robb Public Servant Award recipient. The Robb Award recognizes outstanding service by an employee or identified group of any city, county or public entity in Boone County. Missouri Task Force 1 is a division of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

“This annual award recognizes a public employee or group that represents the best in public service, and that is also based within Boone County,” said BCRCC Chairman Mike Zweifel, “Missouri Task Force 1 members go above and beyond in being outstanding ambassadors for the people of Boone County and the state of Missouri. The brave members of Task Force 1 are willing to put their lives on the line to respond anywhere in the country to help.”

In 2017, Missouri Task Force 1 team members were deployed to areas hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The task force rescued 376 people and numerous pets on their 13-day deployment in Texas alone responding to Harvey.

The Task Force was also activated for record flooding that occurred in late April and early May in southeast Missouri, where they performed water rescues and other missions in several communities. In addition, Missouri Task Force 1 also formed a partnership with the Missouri National Guard in 2017 to establish, develop and manage a helicopter search and rescue team to enhance Task Force 1’s capabilities in an emergency.

Missouri Task Force One, a division of the Boone County Fire Protection District, consists of 210 members from across the State of Missouri that volunteer hundreds of hours for training and expertise to serve not only Boone County and the State of Missouri but the entire nation. This team is one of only 28 teams in the country and these local men and women have responded to some of the worst disasters in the state of Missouri as well as all over the United States, including the World Trade Center attacks in September 2001, Hurricane Katrina, and the Joplin tornado in 2011.

Eligibility for the Robb Award is limited to full-time, non-elected public employees or identified groups in Boone County and is strictly non-partisan. The award is named after Dr. Edward H. Robb, the late Boone County Presiding Commissioner who passed away in 2011. Rosa Robb, Dr. Robb‘s wife, said, “Ed’s family and I appreciate that the Committee honored Missouri Task Force 1 as this year’s recipient of the Robb Award. The Task Force is a great entity that deserves recognition for all its life-saving efforts last year on its multiple deployments.”

The award will be presented at the Boone County Republican’s annual Lincoln Day Banquet on April 13, 2018, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia. For more information on the banquet, visit the BCRCC’s website at http://www.boonecountyrepublicans.com.