Washmo Tea Party: Mitch Martin Speech

4/15/2009 Bank of the Missouri River, Washington, Missouri

Speech by: Mitch Martin “Country of Makers, not Takers!”

Video by: Guy Midkiff (Sorry for the poor video quality. I did not plan to shoot this.)

Video editing: Jason Oesterly/Washmo.com

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Published in: on April 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm  Comments (3)  
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Yellow Lights TOO SHORT! WSJ

A Journal front-pager recently noted an Arizona man charged with attacking a freeway speed camera with a pick ax. Here’s the rest of the story: He was fined $3,500, not given a parade.

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But don’t despair. We still live in a democracy. One Arizona sheriff recently proved you could get elected by opposing speed cameras. Meanwhile, the state legislature is considering bills to dismantle the system created by Gov. Janet Napolitano when she faced a gaping budget deficit, before she escaped to the Obama Department of Homeland Security. Petitioners in Arizona are also gathering signatures to put the question directly before voters — speed cameras have never won when submitted to voters.

Even the Scottsdale City Council recently voted not to oppose the anti-camera bills in the state legislature.

Why is this important? Because Arizona, specifically Scottsdale, is home to the two biggest companies, American Traffic Solutions and Redflex Traffic Systems, in the incestuous world of promoting and operating traffic cameras for revenue-hungry governments.

Laid to rest long ago should have been the pretense that the goal is “safety,” not chasing cash. New York State, sinking under budget shortfalls, last week authorized a batch of new red-light cameras around the state. A recent investigation by the Detroit News showed that even conventional ticket-writing is driven by revenue needs. Said one cop: “When you’re being told how many tickets you need to write, to me that’s a quota.”

Consider: Red-light running and speeding, the two main uses of traffic cameras, are implicated in fewer than 8% of accidents. A far more prevalent cause of nondrunken accidents is driver inattention — one study estimated, in a typical case the driver’s eyes are diverted from the road for a full three seconds or more, fidgeting with a cellphone, disciplining the kids in the back seat, snoozing, blotting up spilled coffee, etc.

What’s more, if not for the idiotic diversion of research dollars to fuel economy, the most highly touted auto-industry breakthroughs today would be exactly in this area. Available now or coming soon are devices that warn a driver when he’s wandering out of his lane or when another car is in his blind spot, even applying the brakes to prevent a collision.

Stop-light cameras are especially pernicious. Where red-light running is a problem, the solution is usually a longer yellow — at least three seconds is the recommended minimum for a 25-mph intersection. Drivers do not blast through red lights on purpose. Even the federal government encourages the use of engineering solutions before installing a red-light camera.

Yet as the late and lamented Rocky Mountain News found when Denver was sizing up intersections for cameras a year ago, many of those deemed accident-prone had yellows timed at the state minimum of three seconds or even less. Citizen groups around the country have more than once raised suspicions of authorities shortening yellows to ring up more tickets. Half a dozen Georgia towns just cancelled their camera contracts after a state law mandating the addition of an extra second to the yellow made them unprofitable.

Even defenders of photo enforcement acknowledge studies showing that red-light cameras (which are designed to be conspicuous to motorists) lead to an increase in rear-end collisions as drivers slam on the brakes. Defenders claim the trade-off is still a net gain because of reduced deadly T-bones in the middle of the intersection. But the real lesson may be that both types of accidents would be reduced by a longer yellow.

Britain has gone furthest in using cameras for comprehensive auto surveillance, and now says it’s capable of monitoring every car trip in the U.K. and keeping a record for five years. Most traffic cameras are “on” all the time, and capable of being networked with plate- and even face-recognition software. In Britain, the data yielded will be incorporated in a database of all kinds of personal information and camera observations to enable “data mining” to let the government know who’s doing what, when and where.

Never in America, you say? Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is moving ahead with a plan for mandatory GPS devices in cars that would be read at gas pumps and automatically charge drivers for miles driven.

Your car already contains electronics that could report on, say, the quality of your emissions. How long before government knows not just where you went, but how fast and how much CO2 you vented in the process, and thanks to your email and phone records, whether you were visiting somebody or doing something that might warrant a further look?

Published in: on April 17, 2009 at 8:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Fotos From Tea Time on the Mo. – Washmo

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Complete Election Results

Franklin County

General Municipal Election

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Election Summary Report
FRANKLIN COUNTY
MUNICIPAL ELECTION
Summary For Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races
Unofficial Results
04-07-09
04/07/09
21:40:51

Registered Voters 0 – Cards Cast 13614 0.00% Num. Report Precinct 52 – Num. Reporting 52 100.00%

FRANKLIN COUNTY QUESTION
Proposition C Total
Number of Precincts 52
Precincts Reporting 52 100.0 %
Total Votes 13424
YES 4380 32.63%
NO 9044 67.37%

MERAMEC VALLEY R-III BOARD MEMBER
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Total Votes 3636
BENTON KELLEY 909 25.00%
KATHLEEN RUST 504 13.86%
MIKE BUTLER 1107 30.45%
MARY CLASBY-AGEE 1098 30.20%
Write-in Votes 18 0.50%

UNION R-XI BOARD MEMBER
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Total Votes 4772
VIRGIL L. WEIDEMAN 867 18.17%
RON SOHN 949 19.89%
GARY H. YOUNG 1075 22.53%
SARAH FREDERICK 405 8.49%
TRACI CANBY 541 11.34%
JENNIFER SLAY 709 14.86%
JOHN PACE 216 4.53%
Write-in Votes 10 0.21%

ST. CLAIR R-XIII BOARD MEMBER
Total
Number of Precincts 11
Precincts Reporting 11 100.0 %
Total Votes 2190
STEVEN PELTON 780 35.62%
MIKE MARLER 682 31.14%
GILBERT HOFFMAN 711 32.47%
Write-in Votes 17 0.78%

LONEDELL R-XIV BOARD MEMBER
Total
Number of Precincts 4
Precincts Reporting 4 100.0 %
Total Votes 664
EDWARD L. ROSE, JR. 58 8.73%
TRACEY S. MEDOWS 171 25.75%
JOSEPH M. THARP 241 36.30%
KATHLEEN GALLO-REED 191 28.77%
Write-in Votes 3 0.45%

SPRING BLUFF R-XV BOARD MEMBER
Total
Number of Precincts 8
Precincts Reporting 8 100.0 %
Total Votes 467
STEVEN STUMPE 265 56.75%
MICHAEL HOFFMAN 200 42.83%
Write-in Votes 2 0.43%

SPRING BLUFF R-XV UNEXPIRED TERM
Total
Number of Precincts 8
Precincts Reporting 8 100.0 %
Total Votes 294
JILL WAGNER 68 23.13%
EDDIE TYREE 27 9.18%
NATALIE D. COUNTS 60 20.41%
JIM GOODMAN 139 47.28%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

STRAIN-JAPAN R-16 BOARD MEMBER
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Total Votes 266
JEFFREY SMITH 64 24.06%
MARK THURMOND 126 47.37%
SCOTT CASSIDY 75 28.20%
Write-in Votes 1 0.38%

SULLIVAN SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
Total
Number of Precincts 8
Precincts Reporting 8 100.0 %
Total Votes 1876
CHAD JOHNSON 602 32.09%
PHILLIP B. THOMURE 635 33.85%
SHANNON JOHANNING 637 33.96%
Write-in Votes 2 0.11%

WASHINGTON SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
Total
Number of Precincts 16
Precincts Reporting 16 100.0 %
Total Votes 6329
DIANE BRUNWORTH 2002 31.63%
DANIEL CONTARINI 2030 32.07%
TODD GEISERT 2252 35.58%
Write-in Votes 45 0.71%

RICHWOODS R-VII BOARD MEMBER
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 12
ED BOYER 4 33.33%
JAMES VANDIVORT 1 8.33%
JUSTIN SOHN 0 0.00%
CRAIG THURMON 1 8.33%
PAMELA SCHROEDER 6 50.00%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

CRAWFORD COUNTY R-1 BOARD MEMBER
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 0
DAVE KLINE 0 N/A
DARREL J. BOSSE 0 N/A
MICHELLE VOLKMANN 0 N/A
Write-in Votes 0 N/A

CRAWFORD CO. R-1 QUESTION
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 0
YES 0 N/A
NO 0 N/A

GASCONADE CO R-I PROP 1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 119
YES 44 36.97%
NO 75 63.03%

GASCONADE CO R-1 PROP 2
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 120
YES 46 38.33%
NO 74 61.67%

GASCONADE CO R-II PROP 1
Total
Number of Precincts 8
Precincts Reporting 8 100.0 %
Total Votes 1003
BETH WITTE 255 25.42%
BRENDA L. SIECKMANN 295 29.41%
HARVEY HENNINGTON 80 7.98%
J. SCHAEFFERKOETTE 371 36.99%
Write-in Votes 2 0.20%

GASCONADE CO R-II PROP 2
Total
Number of Precincts 8
Precincts Reporting 8 100.0 %
Total Votes 613
YES 376 61.34%
NO 237 38.66%

GASCONADE CO R-II PROP 3
Total
Number of Precincts 8
Precincts Reporting 8 100.0 %
Total Votes 605
YES 365 60.33%
NO 240 39.67%

PACIFIC FIRE PROTECTION DIR
Total
Number of Precincts 9
Precincts Reporting 9 100.0 %
Total Votes 1353
MIKE WALTON 648 47.89%
KEN QUENNOZ, SR. 705 52.11%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

UNION FIRE PROTECTION DIR
Total
Number of Precincts 11
Precincts Reporting 11 100.0 %
Total Votes 2273
AARON P. BOCKHORST 535 23.54%
JIM M. VAN LEER 1081 47.56%
BENJAMIN GRIMES 649 28.55%
Write-in Votes 8 0.35%

SULLIVAN SPECIAL ROAD COMM
Total
Number of Precincts 6
Precincts Reporting 6 100.0 %
Total Votes 886
ROBBIE MILLER 493 55.64%
ALBERT ROHRER 393 44.36%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

CALVEY CREEK SEWER 5 YR
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Total Votes 56
Write-in Votes 56 100.00%

CALVEY CREEK SEWER 3 YR
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Total Votes 52
Write-in Votes 52 100.00%

BERGER WARD 1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 35
LISBETH FIELDS 28 80.00%
BARBARA FLINT 7 20.00%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

BERGER WARD 2
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 45
ALFRED F. EGGERT 28 62.22%
Write-in Votes-Rory Baker 17 37.78%

GERALD MAYOR
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Total Votes 337
OTIS SCHULTE 119 35.31%
NANCY SCOTT MUIR 33 9.79%
BRAD LANDWEHR 80 23.74%
ED ADAMS 104 30.86%
Write-in Votes 1 0.30%

GERALD WARD 1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 182
MICHELLE STEEVER 180 98.90%
Write-in Votes 2 1.10%

GERALD WARD 2
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 114
CRAIG McCORMICK 99 86.84%
Write-in Votes-Daniel Maxwell 15 13.16%

VILLAGE OF LESLIE TRUSTEE
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 49
DAVID GREENWALT 17 34.69%
CHRISTY G. CONWAY 14 28.57%
SCOTT D. MILLER 14 28.57%
Write-in Votes 4 8.16%

VILLAGE OF MIRAMIGUOA TRUSTEE
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 46
TINA M. LAWRENCE 23 50.00%
CONNIE SHOEMAKER 19 41.30%
Write-in Votes 4 8.70%

NEW HAVEN MAYOR
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Total Votes 202
GEORGE PANHORST 195 96.53%
Write-in Votes 7 3.47%

NEW HAVEN JUDGE
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Total Votes 192
SCOTT FULFORD 188 97.92%
Write-in Votes 4 2.08%

NEW HAVEN WARD 1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 106
NATHAN BAILEY 104 98.11%
Write-in Votes 2 1.89%

NEW HAVEN WARD 2
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 94
ALAN J. BELL 93 98.94%
Write-in Votes 1 1.06%

VILLAGE OF OAK GROVE TRUSTEE
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 66
KEN HAYES 26 39.39%
RICHARD RAY 20 30.30%
MICHAEL B. CROW 19 28.79%
Write-in Votes 1 1.52%

PACIFIC WARD 1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 228
MIKE BATES 149 65.35%
STEPHEN FLANNERY III 79 34.65%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

PACIFIC WARD 2
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 320
CAROL JOHNSON 167 52.19%
WILLIAM HOHMAN 85 26.56%
CLINTON HAFLEY 67 20.94%
Write-in Votes 1 0.31%

PACIFIC WARD 3
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 191
WALT ARNETTE 182 95.29%
Write-in Votes 9 4.71%

VILLAGE OF PARKWAY TRUSTEE
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 210
NEIL HINSON 34 16.19%
ROBERT J. PELTON 46 21.90%
LARRY D. VARNER 32 15.24%
CHARLES A. BALL, JR. 42 20.00%
ROBERT W. WILSON 54 25.71%
Write-in Votes 2 0.95%

ST CLAIR MAYOR
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Total Votes 333
RON BLUM 324 97.30%
Write-in Votes 9 2.70%

ST CLAIR JUDGE
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Total Votes 336
NICK GASAWAY 332 98.81%
Write-in Votes 4 1.19%

ST CLAIR WARD 1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 173
CONNIE MARROCCO 169 97.69%
Write-in Votes 4 2.31%

ST CLAIR WARD 2
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 154
DON PIERCE 152 98.70%
Write-in Votes 2 1.30%

SULLIVAN MAYOR
Total
Number of Precincts 4
Precincts Reporting 4 100.0 %
Total Votes 833
JAMES K. SCHATZ 177 21.25%
J.T. HARDY 655 78.63%
Write-in Votes 1 0.12%

SULLIVAN CITY COLLECTOR
Total
Number of Precincts 4
Precincts Reporting 4 100.0 %
Total Votes 818
JUDY McPHERSON 499 61.00%
FREDA BRADLEY 319 39.00%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

SULLIVAN JUDGE
Total
Number of Precincts 4
Precincts Reporting 4 100.0 %
Total Votes 754
DON PETERSON 750 99.47%
Write-in Votes 4 0.53%

SULLIVAN WARD 1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 278
MIKE RYAN, JR. 273 98.20%
Write-in Votes 5 1.80%

SULLIVAN WARD 2
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 363
MICHAEL H. LOHDEN 361 99.45%
Write-in Votes 2 0.55%

SULLIVAN WARD 3
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 102
ROBERT HATHMAN 35 34.31%
DENNIS WATZ 67 65.69%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

SULLIVAN QUESTION
City Transient Guest Tax Total
Number of Precincts 4
Precincts Reporting 4 100.0 %
Total Votes 829
YES 303 36.55%
NO 526 63.45%

UNION JUDGE
Total
Number of Precincts 5
Precincts Reporting 5 100.0 %
Total Votes 926
LENEIGHA DOWNS 910 98.27%
Write-in Votes 16 1.73%

UNION WARD 1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 166
JIM ALBRECHT 164 98.80%
Write-in Votes 2 1.20%

UNION WARD 2
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 447
WILLIAM ISGRIGGS 218 48.77%
BILL MARTINDILL 203 45.41%
TORI KARIM 26 5.82%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

UNION WARD 3
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 280
TAMMY STOWE 170 60.71%
MICHELE SCHROEDER 110 39.29%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

UNION WARD 4
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 159
DONALD WURDACK 153 96.23%
Write-in Votes 6 3.77%

WASHINGTON WARD 1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 493
HERB DILL 226 45.84%
WALT MEYER 266 53.96%
Write-in Votes 1 0.20%

WASHINGTON WARD 2
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 480
JOHN C. RHODES 440 91.67%
Write-in Votes 40 8.33%

WASHINGTON WARD 3
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 415
CONNIE GROFF 398 95.90%
Write-in Votes 17 4.10%

WASHINGTON WARD 4
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 458
ROGER LANGENDOERFER 227 49.56%
TIM BUDDEMEYER 231 50.44%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

Chater Govt Down In Flames

I am calling this vote, early. 73% of the votes are in. It is interesting to note this results validates the poll that I put up, last month. My private polling data predicted a 65% loss for Charter Government.

Registered Voters 0 – Cards Cast 10448 0.00% Num. Report Precinct 52 – Num. Reporting 38 73.08%
FRANKLIN COUNTY QUESTION

Proposition C

Total
Number of Precincts 52
Precincts Reporting 38 73.1 %
Total Votes 10315

YES 3259 31.59%
NO 7056 68.41%

FINAL RESULTS:

FRANKLIN COUNTY QUESTION

Proposition C
Total
Number of Precincts 52
Precincts Reporting 52 100.0 %
Total Votes 13424
YES 4380 32.63%
NO 9044 67.37%

Published in: on April 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Buddemeyer/Meyer-Winners

WASHINGTON WARD 1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 493

HERB DILL 226 45.84%
WALT MEYER 266 53.96%
Write-in Votes 1 0.20%
WASHINGTON WARD 2
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 480

JOHN C. RHODES 440 91.67%
Write-in Votes 40 8.33%
WASHINGTON WARD 3
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 415

CONNIE GROFF 398 95.90%
Write-in Votes 17 4.10%
WASHINGTON WARD 4
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Total Votes 458

ROGER LANGENDOERFER 227 49.56%
TIM BUDDEMEYER 231 50.44%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%
Published in: on April 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

SFB Parking Lot Funding: Rnd 2

April 6, 2008

Just a quick update on what happened tonight with the Saint Francis Borgia parking lot funding request.

As you may or may not know, the City entered into a contract with SFB to pay for maintenance and partial reconstruction of the lot. The City has kicked in about $16,000 for the gravel foundation. SFB has committed about $178.000 to the project. They will continue to own the lot, with a lease plan for the City. There is no doubt that the City will benefit from additional parking spaces that will be created.

Councilmen Witt and Mohesky suggested, in the administration meeting last week, that the City fund 50% of the requested amount of $24,000. After the Church agree to extend the lease to the City, for 15 years, I felt like we should go ahead and fund the 50%.

Some on the Council moved to fund the full amount. This, I never agreed to, and in my conversation with representatives from the Church, I made this point clear, late last week.

The issue failed to gain support by council on a 3 against (myself included) and 4 for vote. My vote was NOT to bypass funding, but limit to 50/50 the position of the City.

As is so often the case, the issue was clouded because of where the funding would come from. I will re-consider additional funding, when it becomes clearer how the funds will be obtained.

Published in: on April 6, 2009 at 11:04 pm  Leave a Comment