Perhaps you’ve heard about Missouri HB 2610? It essentially reads as follows:
Allows persons who serve at least two years in the Missouri General Assembly to practice law as an attorney or become an associate or a circuit court judge.
That struck us as…unusual..to say the least. So we wrote Rep. Robert Ross (who sponsored said nonsense) to ask – what the fuck?
Of course we didn’t really expect a reply: we assumed at that point Rep. Ross had undoubtedly sobered up and realized he had actually put the above inanity into putative legislation (whoopsies!)instead of just drunk-texting it to some pneumatic blond lobbyist.
Much to our surprise Rep. Ross responded.
Well…he sent us a news release, which is almost like answering. The entirety of the release appears immediately below.
Statement from Rep. Robert Ross Regarding HB 2610
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Robert Ross released the following statement regarding HB 2610:
“House Bill 2610 has fulfilled its intended purpose, and was filed to highlight an issue and subsequently prompt a conversation relative to the importance of education and experience necessary to operate as a professional; within any given field. Watching the “Doctors” TV show doesn’t qualify one to perform surgery, any more than knowing how to use a tape measure prepares one to safely design a bridge, while serving in the legislature cannot adequately prepare one with the diverse education and experience necessary to file/try a case or represent a client before the court.
During a committee hearing on Professional Registration, an attorney recounted all of the functions that they could undertake (many of which would otherwise require years of specialized education and training), as a result of passing the Bar exam and becoming licensed as an attorney; nearly limitless professional functions (his words). While disagreeing with the premise of this gentlemen’s argument, HB2610 underscores the training expected of professionals that we trust; while reversing the situation.
I value the expense, effort, and expertise required to become licensed and practice law, and have respect/admiration for those who have achieved the necessary qualifications to do so; in the same manner that I respect other professionals for the completion of the necessary requirements to provide their services. For the public’s protection and benefit, it’s incumbent upon each of the professions to understand and respect the areas within (and out of) each of their purviews.
If you’re a student in law school, don’t drop out to run for the legislature just yet. Continue to work/study hard, and good luck on passing the Bar.
Following the discussion, which the filing of HB2610 prompted, it is not my intention or necessary to pursue further action on HB2610.”
Hmmm. Sorry, we’re not buying that muddled mess. Ross would have us believe he’s so stupid he sponsored a bill allowing Missouri state legislators to automatically practice law after two years of graft, corruption and venality because he got into a disagreement with a lawyer? That’s even more insipid than believing Donald Trump “will make America great again.” 1
No, Ross obviously tried to slip one by us and got caught at it. Here’s hoping the good people of his district (that you fine folks in the following Missouri counties: Phelps, Texas, Howell, Pulaski) take note of his backhanded ways and toss him out on his ear next election. Thank you in advance for doing so.
Who would vote for Trump over…well, anyone in the general election, we often ask. David Duke and Friends, that’s who.
Former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke told his followers Wednesday that voting against Donald Trump in the Republican primary would be an act of “treason,” and said none of the establishment candidates should be supported.
“Voting for these people [Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio], voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said on his radio program, comments that were spotted by BuzzFeed. “I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact I haven’t formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.”
Duke then pressured his followers to “get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter” and go volunteer for Trump’s presidential campaign.
The Trump campaign is filled with people who have “the same kind of mindset that you have,” Duke assured his audience.
“They’re screaming for volunteers,” he said. “Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have.”
…and a good portion of the South. Holy shit.
It’s worth the click below to hear Mexico’s president tell Ramos he’s “building the fucking fence.” Hilarious…
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) February 26, 2016
We were asked last night whether Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer. Well, we think it telling he hasn’t denied it…
Good thing Cruz is not running as a compassionate conservative…
Cruz, who is campaigning ahead of Thursday’s Republican debate, has placed a “soft hold” on the aid package to give him more time to study the details of the proposal, the Texas Republican’s spokeswoman Rachael Slobodien said Thursday. Without naming Cruz, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a lead negotiator on the Flint aid package, acknowledged a hold was preventing it from moving to the floor, but Inhofe said he was hopeful the impasse could be resolved. Slobodien also said she did not expect Cruz to hold up the bill permanently.
Hey, Michigan! Might want to think about this next Tuesday. You know? When you go vote in your primary?