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Nixon Calls for ‘ No Wake’ Policy at Lake of Ozarks
July 3, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has implemented a “no-wake” policy at the Lake of the Ozarks after heavy rains raised the water levels.

Nixon on Thursday said that means boats must operate at idle speeds at the vacation hot spot, which likely will be busy because of Independence Day.

The announcement comes after heavy storms and rainfall caused the water levels to rise to more than 660 feet.

Nixon says a dam has been opened in an attempt to lower levels. He says the hope is to lift the no-wake policy on Saturday, but that depends on how effective floodgates are at releasing excess water.

Nixon warned that high wakes can damage docks, cause injuries and flood electronics, which also can lead to electrocution.

Clinton in KC for July La Raza Speech
July 2, 2015

Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton will speak at the national La Raza convention in Kansas City July 13th, a spokesman for La Raza announced Thursday.
“We are thrilled that Secretary Clinton will join us to speak to the thousands of Latino community leaders who will gather in Kansas City next week,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR said in a statement.
“We look forward to hearing about her vision for the country and her thoughts on the issues of greatest concern to our community.”
Clinton is hoping to lure millions of Hispanic voters to her campaign in 2016.
Democratic President Barack Obama was the overwhelming choice of Hispanic voters in 2012.
The Republican Party’s opposition to some ideas
On immigration reform have
Made it difficult for some GOP candidates for President to gain much traction with Hispanic voters.
This will be Clinton’s second trip to Missouri since she started her campaign. In June , Clinton visited the St. Louis area and sole about the need to improve race relations.
She made an appearance not far from the St. Louis suburb
of Ferguson , which was torn apart by racial tension last year after a police officer shit and killed a man.

Court Says Mission’s Drive Way ‘ Fee’ is Illegal
July 2, 2015

TOPEKA, Kansas — The Kansas Court of Appeals says a so-called “driveway tax” imposed by a Kansas City suburb is illegal under a state law limiting the taxing power of cities.

A three-judge appeals panel ruled Thursday. It rejected arguments from Mission that its levy is a transportation fee that doesn’t run afoul of limits on the power of cities to impose excise taxes. It’s based on how many vehicles come and go from a property.

Groups representing building owners and managers challenged the levy. The appellate panel said it’s a tax because almost every property owner must pay it to raise revenues for general road repairs.

The ruling can be appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court.

The city’s budget this year is $17.5 million and it expects the tax to raise $775,000.

Brown back Considering Religous Objection Proposal After Gay Marriage Ruling
July 2, 2015

(AP) – Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage across the nation.

Brownback on Thursday also defended the state’s refusal so far to allow gay and lesbian spouses to change their last names on driver’s licenses or to file joint income tax returns. The governor said his administration wants to make sure such changes are handled correctly.

Brownback has been a strong supporter of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage that was reinforced by a 2005 amendment to the Kansas Constitution.

The governor said religious liberties need to be protected. As for legislation next year, he said, “We’re looking at that.”

Gay-rights leader Tom Witt said Brownback is defying the high court ruling.

Judge Rules- No ‘ Right to Record’ State Senate Meetings
July 1, 2015

(AP) — A Missouri judge dismissed Tuesday an advocacy group’s lawsuit that challenged restrictions on filming Missouri Senate committee meetings.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem dismissed the petition brought by Progress Missouri, which claimed decisions by Senate committee chairmen to prohibit filming by the group violates the state’s open meetings law. The liberal advocacy group also said the prohibition infringes on its freedom of speech and association.

The state’s Sunshine Law allows public bodies to establish guidelines on recording to minimize disruption, but the lawsuit said Progress Missouri’s filming wouldn’t have been disruptive. Senate rules state that cameras may be allowed with the permission of the committee chairman “as long as they do not prove disruptive to the decorum of the committee.”

The attorney general’s office, which represented the Senate, wanted the case dismissed because the Missouri Constitution gives the Senate the authority “to determine the rules of its own proceedings,” including rules on recording meetings.

Beetem agreed, saying the Senate was within its constitutional powers to establish its own rules that don’t violate other provisions. Beetem also said a state legislature’s authority to set up rules for its own proceedings “is a political question not subject to judicial review.”

“The inquiry ends here,” Beetem wrote in the nine-page decision.

The judge also said there is no constitutional right to record open public meetings.

Sean Soendker Nicholson, executive director of Progress Missouri, vowed to “continue this fight.”

“We don’t think that the Senate should be able to ignore the Sunshine Law just because they find it inconvenient,” he said.

Several senators, including Senate Leader Tom Dempsey and Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, said in a joint statement they were pleased with the judge’s decision.

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