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Who Are The Traitors?

This week, while the House voted to override Gov. Nixon’s veto (109-49), the Senate fell just one vote short at 22-12 -- when 23 votes were needed.

There were several vote-switchers in each chamber, but obviously, it was the traitors in the Senate that sunk the bill.  Majority Leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin) explained his flip-flop this way:

“Nullification is OK to make a statement, but if you are going to put it in law, it sends a signal that maybe you haven’t read the Constitution, especially our amateur constitutional scholars.”

Translated:  I’ll vote for the bill to look good in the eyes of my constituents when I know the Governor will veto it.  But if my vote is needed to uphold the Governor’s veto, well then, that’s another story.

The five vote switchers in each chamber were the following.


Linda Black (D-117)

Pat Conway (D-10)

Keith English (D-68)

Steve Hodges (D-149)

Penny Hubbard (D-78)


Tom Dempsey (R-23)

Paul LeVota (D-11)

Ron Richard (R-32)

Scott Sifton (D-1)

Gina Walsh (D-13)

You can see how the other legislators voted by going here. (Scroll down to page 26 for the House vote and to page 28 for the Senate.)

And Missourians can use GOA’s Engage system to craft their own letters to their state Representative and Senator -- to either thank them or “spank” them.


1.Proceed to

2.Enter your zip code in the box provided under “Find Your Elected Officials” on the lower right.  (Preferably, you should enter your nine-digit zip code to get the best answer.)

3.Scroll down and click on the on the name of the desired representative and senator.

4.Click on your legislator’s website, which will be found under your legislators’ names (upper left)

5.Find and click on the legislators’ email address or webform.

6.Craft an appropriate letter into the email or webform.

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