La Especial

Do you know how I know that La Especial is the best, most authentic Mexican food in Chesterfield valley?

  1. Everything I have tried there is great.
  2. They have Cow Tongue Taco’s on the menu (no, I haven’t tried them yet)
  3. The hot salsa is actually has some zing to it
  4. Everything is made fresh – including the tamales in real corn husk wrappers
  5. It is a little, hole in the wall restaurant
  6. But most importantly, not only do the people behind the counter speak Spanish, many of the patrons do too.

I’ve hesitated to let people know about my own little Mexican restaurant for fear that huge lines will start to form and the quality will go down, but the downside of this strategy is that if they don’t get enough customers, they could go out of business, and that would be even worse.  If you are ever in the mood for Mexican food and you are near Chesterfield Airport Road, grab La Especial, you won’t be disappointed.

Friday – iPod Random 10 + 1

  1. 1985 (Bowling for Soup – ?)
  2. Satellite (Echo & The Bunnymen – Echo & The Bunnymen)
  3. Gone Daddy Gone (Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes)
  4. Behind Teh Wheel (Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses)
  5. So Much for My Happy Ending (Avril Lavigne)
  6. Gangster Of Love (Talking Heads – Sand In The Vaseline)
  7. Somebody To Shove (Soul Asylum – Grave Dancers Union)
  8. Ghost Busters
  9. I Want You Now (Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses)
  10. Tumblin’ Down (Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Conscious Party)
  11. Flesh For Fantasy (Billy Idol – Vital Idol)

Sample Ballot

Cynthia Davis’s one redeeming quality is that she emails a sample ballot before each election.  I hope her successor (once we vote her out on Tuesday) continues this practice.


CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 2  

Proposed by Initiative Petition  
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to allow and
set limitations on stem cell research, therapies, and cures
which will:  

• ensure Missouri patients have access to any

therapies and cures, and allow Missouri researchers to conduct any research, permitted under federal law;

• ban human cloning or attempted cloning;

• require expert medical and public oversight and annual reports on the nature and purpose of stem cell research;

• impose criminal and civil penalties for any violations; and

• prohibit state or local governments from preventing or discouraging lawful stem cell research, therapies and cures?

 

The proposed constitutional amendment would have an
estimated annual fiscal impact on state and local
governments of $0-$68,916.  

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 3

 Proposed by Initiative Petition  

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to create a
Healthy Future Trust Fund which will:

1. be used to reduce and prevent tobacco use, to increase funding for healthcare access and treatment for eligible low-income individuals and Medicaid recipients, and to cover administrative costs;
2. be funded by a tax of four cents per cigarette and
twenty percent on other tobacco products; and
3. be kept separate from general revenue and annually audited?  

Additional taxes of four cents per cigarette and twenty

percent of the manufacturer’s invoice price on other

tobacco products generates an estimated $351-$499

million annually for tobacco control programs, healthcare for low income Missourians, and payments for services provided to Missouri Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured Missourians. Local governmental fiscal impact is unknown.   

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 6

Proposed by the 93rd General Assembly

(Second Regular Session) SJR 26

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a
tax exemption for real and personal property that is used
or held exclusively for nonprofit purposes or activities of
veterans’ organizations?   

It is estimated this proposal will have a minimal cost to
state government. The estimated costs to local
governmental entities range from zero to approximately
$45,000.

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 7  

Proposed by the 93rd General Assembly (Second Regular Session) HJR 55  

Shall Article XIII, Section 3 of the Constitution be amended to require that legislators, statewide elected officials, ad judges forfeit state pensions upon felony conviction, removal from office following impeachment or for misconduct, and to require that compensation for such persons be set by a citizens’ commission subject to voter referendum?

It is estimated this proposal will have no costs to state or local governments.

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STATUTORY MEASURE – PROPOSITION B

Proposed by Initiative Petition

Shall Missouri Statutes be amended to increase the state minimum wage rate to $6.50 per hour, or to the level of the federal minimum wage if that is higher, and thereafter adjust the state minimum wage annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index?

The proposed revisions to Missouri’s wage rate laws generates an estimated $3.3 million to $4.3 million annually in state revenue.  The impact on local government is unknown.
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GENERAL ELECTION, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2006

STATE OF MISSOURI

FOR U. S. SENATE:
Jim Talent, Republican
Claire McCaskill, Democratic
Frank Gilmour, Libertarian
Lydia Lewis, Progressive
 

FOR STATE AUDITOR:
Sandra Thomas, Republican
Susan Montee, Democratic
Charles W. Baum, Libertarian
Terry Bunker, Progressive

FOR U.S. REP. IN CONGRESS 2nd DISTRICT:
Todd Akin, Republican
George D. Weber, Democratic
Tamara A. Millay, Libertarian
 

FOR U.S. REP. IN CONGRESS 9th DISTRICT:
Kenny C. Hulshof, Republican
Duane N. Burghard, Democratic
Steven R. Hedrick, Libertarian
Bill Hastings, Progressive

FOR STATE SENATE- 2ND DISTRICT:
Scott T. Rupp, Republican
Wayne J. Henke, Democratic
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Please Note: The best way to determine which judges you want to support is to ask those who interact with them on a regular basis, such as sheriff deputies, prosecutors or trust-worthy attorneys.

Here are some sample questions to ask:
1.          Is he willing to get up in the middle of the night to sign search warrants?
2.          Does he treat people differently depending on what side of town they come from?
3.          Does he tend to protect certain popular family names or otherwise treat them with kid gloves?

FOR CIRCUIT JUDGE – CIRCUIT NO. 11 DIV. #3:
Lucy D. Rauch, Republican

FOR CIRCUIT JUDGE – CIRCUIT NO. 11 DIV. #4:
Rick Zerr, Republican
Michael E. Carter, Democratic

FOR CIRCUIT JUDGE – CIRCUIT NO. 11 DIV. #5:
Jon A. Cunningham, Republican

FOR CIRCUIT JUDGE – CIRCUIT NO. 11 DIV. #7:
Daniel G. Pelikan, Republican

FOR ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE DIVISION #6:
Terry R. Cundiff, Republican

FOR ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE DIVISION #8:
William (Bill) Lohmar, Democratic

FOR ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE DIVISION #9:
Elizabeth W. Swann, Republican

FOR ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE DIVISION #10:
Norman C Steimel III, Republican

FOR ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE DIVISION #11:
Philip J. Ohlms, Republican
Michael Schappe, Democratic

FOR ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE DIVISION #12:
Matthew Thornhill, Republican

FOR MISSOURI SUPREME COURT JUDGES:
Shall Judge William Ray Price (appointed by John Ashcroft) of the Missouri Supreme Court be retained in office?

Shall Judge Mary Rhodes Russell (appointed by Bob Holden) of the Missouri Supreme Court be retained in office?

Shall Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. (appointed by John Ashcroft) of the Missouri Supreme Court be retained in office?

FOR MISSOURI COURT OF APPEALS JUDGES – EASTERN DISTRICT:
Shall Judge Kenneth M. Romines (appointed by Matt Blunt) of the Eastern District Court of Appeals be retained in office?

Shall Judge Nannette A. Baker (appointed by Bob Holden) of the Eastern District Court of Appeals be retained in office?
  
FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE:
Steve Ehlmann, Republican
Jim Rutherford, Democratic

FOR DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS:
Rich Chrismer, Republican
Ralph Tracy, Democratic

FOR RECORDER OF DEEDS:
Barbara J. Hall, Republican
Jeff Wilsey, Democratic
 

FOR PROSECUTING ATTORNEY:
Jack Banas, Republican

FOR COLLECTOR OF REVENUE:
Michelle D. McBride, Republican
Sharon Boerding, Democratic

FOR SHERIFF:
Tom Neer, Republican
Ed Copeland, Democratic

FOR ASSESSOR:
Scott Shipman, Republican