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Protecting our Precious Institutions


Protecting our Precious Institutions  Are we prepared for intensifying racist attacks?

Published in – April 18, 2019


News of the cowardly terrorist attack on the Highland Research and Education Center in New Market, TN hit me like a punch in the gut. A fire completely engulfed the administrative building which housed priceless historic documents and artifacts leaving in its wake unrecognizable charred remains. The racist symbol found at the scene is the same one on the recovered gun used by the white shooter in the New Zealand massacre. Read more

Voter victories in November must be defeated


Published in the St. Louis American, April 11, 2019

Daily we see how Trump plows through our fragile American democracy – unaware or uncaring of the laws, principles, structures and protocols he tramples. While his destruction happens on a national and international stage for all to see, similar actions are also happening on the local and state levels by his Republican buddies. Under the Jeff City dome, lawmakers are doing their best to strip down the mandate of nearly 1.5 million Missouri voters.

To refresh your memories, Amendment 1 is a state constitution package that deals with lobbying limits, provides transparency in campaign finance and stops gerrymandering. Prop B raises the minimum wage to $12 by 2023. Read more

Tone deaf and stone cold


Published March 21, 2019 in the St. Louis American


The March election results revealed some important insights that could be misread or ignored by elected and appointed officials, future candidates and the powers-that-be. There is an emerging electorate that is more informed and strategic. They will not be taken for granted.

One of the issues that I found troubling was the capacity of candidates and some of the elected officials supporting them was to understand and gauge voter sentiment. They were stone cold clueless about the voters’ situation and how disconnected those running for office are to that reality. A barrage of campaign mailers is no substitute for building constituent relationships. Read more