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I don’t think I have to tell anyone that we’re facing an historic election. It’s vitally important for everybody to get out and vote if you haven’t already. There’s still time to vote early-absentee at the Board of Election Commissioners or one of their satellite sites (Buder Library — 4401 Hampton Avenue; Central Library — 1301 Olive Street; Julia Davis Library — 4415 Natural Bridge Avenue; Schlafly Library — 225 N. Euclid Avenue). And there’s still time to make a plan to safely vote in person on Election Day (find your polling place).

In addition to encouraging everyone, no matter…

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As you’ve probably heard, Governor Mike Parson played politics with our health in the middle of a massive health crisis. The story of the day is that Parson moved the vote on the Medicaid Expansion amendment from the November election up to August 4 (the Missouri state and local primary). As a result, he no-doubt hopes, the measure will fail due to lower voter turnout.

Before we get into why that is, though — and wrestle with questions like why anybody who claims to represent “the people” would want to schedule an important referendum for a low turnout election —…

YES on Amendment 1 to Tackle Corruption in Politics

Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly, October 21, 1871 (Public Domain)

It just makes sense to start at 1. It’s basic, the pilot, the premiere.

Particularly this year, though, 1 is as important as it’s ever been, affecting the ability of every other “number” to get anything done of any consequence. I’m talking, of course, about Amendment 1, which seeks to to rein in the influence of lobbyists and mega-donors in Jefferson City. I’m going to vote for it, because Missouri is long overdue for serious anti-corruption reform.

A little background, first. Surely, you already know there’s corrupt and corporate money in politics, even here in Missouri. …

I put myself down too much. And I need to stop.

I’ve been going through a transition in my life, and it’s scary. I’m leaving a comfortable job and taking my first terrifying steps into the unknown. As a result, with this brain of mine, my anxiety and depression both have kicked into high gear.

Yesterday, I felt particularly anxious, and talked about it with a friend — about how I keep telling myself this is the right move for me, but every once in a while, I experience a day when the pit never leaves my stomach, and my brain won’t stop screaming, “Who do you think you are?”


Matt Bell

lefty lawyer / trivia host / karaokist / 14th Ward Democratic Committeeman living that STL South City dream. All opinions are my own.

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