Sunday, February 25, 2007

Dude Where's My Polling Place?

Thanks to Dan for the heads up on polling place changes for Tuesday's city elections. If you get confused -- you can always vote at the Election Board -- 1828 Walnut.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

What we Have Here . . . Is a Failure to Communicate

Wednesday Senator Shields brought an early childcare bill to the floor that served as a great vehicle (similar bill) for the "Koster/Justus Child Care Assistance Act."

Senator Koster offered our childcare subsidy legislation as an amendment to Senator Shields’ bill on the floor. Our bill increases the income eligibility for working families so they can receive a childcare subsidy. Right now parents lose their subsidy if they make more than $7.08/hour. Senator Koster later withdrew his amendment after a lengthy floor disucssion with Senator Gross -- the chair of Appropriations.

After Senator Koster withdrew his amendment, I offered my own. It was similar, but not the same as Senator Koster's. I spoke in support of the amendment and then requested a roll call vote. The roll call vote would have required each senator's vote to be recorded. Shortly thereafter, Senator Shields withdrew his bill and we adjourned.

Up to this point everything was civil. That’s the great thing about the Senate. We can disagree on the floor, but all of us have the utmost respect for the body and the other Senators.

In Thursday morning’s St. Joseph News-Press, however, I read some disturbing comments directed toward me from Senator Shields. “This makes us look like the House (of Representatives)…She’s trying to bully her way through this.”

This struck me as an odd statement coming from Senator Shields. He's actually a co-sponsor of the childcare subsidy bill and has publicly given his support for the legislation. But the newspaper story continued -- ”For a member to come back and offer the very same amendment, I think is disrespectful to the process, disrespectful to the discussion . . . .” He then went on to accuse me of trying to drive a wedge into early childhood education.

Senator Shields did not want our bill (which he co-sponsored) attached to his bill. I can understand that. Even working with the other party, sometimes you disagree. But amendments are offered, discussion is had, and that is the process.

During my short time here I’ve been very impressed with how Senators act “Senatorial” and don’t resort to name-calling. Needless to say I was disappointed that Senator Shields did not discuss the issue with me. Instead I had to read about it in the paper the next day. No one from the paper contacted me for my comment.

Thursday morning I had a good talk with Senator Shields and we were able to work out a compromise. With the help of Senator Shields, and a few other Senators, the childcare subsidy bill will be reported to the floor and we will be able to debate it.

Contrary to what was reported in the St. Joseph newspaper, I was not trying to drive a wedge into early childhood education. It would be hard to find someone who is more passionate about these issues than I am. I was simply trying to make sure that quality early childhood education is available to all children -- regardless of their parents' income. Hopefully we can all work together to make sure it becomes a reality.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Iraq Anti-escalation Resolution Heard in Jeff City Today

Two weeks ago I introduced a Senate Concurrent Resolution opposing President Bush's plan to escalate troops in Iraq. Today was the hearing for the resolution. It was heard in front of the Senate Rules Committee.

After my testimony and introduction of the resolution, we heard from four witnesses in support. The first witness was Stacy Hafley, chapter president of Missouri Military Families Speak Out. Stacy's husband served in Iraq and her sister is currently deployed in Iraq. Her testimony was incredibly moving. She discussed the horrible toll that this war has taken on her family.

I wish a transcript was available from her testimony. She moved many of us to tears. Ultimately, she wanted us to know that military families have given everything that has been asked of them. Many of the families have lost their homes, their marriages, their health. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice. They don't have anything left to give. It was extremely powerful and moving testimony.

Also testifying in support of the resolution was a National Guard member (testifying as a civilian) regarding the Appeal for Redress:

As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq . Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.

Finally we heard from the SEIU (Service Employees Union) and Sister Pat Kenoyer, a tireless peace advocate from Kansas City.

Senator Carl Vogel (R - Jefferson City), was the sole witness in opposition to the resolution. Senator Vogel's son is scheduled to be deployed next month.

It was an emotionally exhausting hearing. Unfortunately, the chairman of the committee moved the hearing from first to last, so we ran out of time at the end and the chair rushed the witnesses to complete their testimony. It was frustrating to say the least. The witnesses came from across the state to express their support and they deserve to have the full attention and time provided by the committee that was provided to the other resolutions heard today. Sister Pat is an 82-year-old dynamo who used money from her extremely limited income to buy a train ticket and travel to Jefferson City for the sole purpose of testifying in support of the resolution. I was saddened by the way she was treated by the committee. Her voice is every bit as important as every other person who takes time from work, home, school or family to travel to the capitol and participate in the process.

I have asked the committee to at least give the resolution a vote and send it to the floor so this important issue can be debated by the entire senate. Once again, I'm not holding my breath. If you are interested in encouraging the committee members to let the senate as a whole to debate the issue, I would encourage you to contact them individually and share your opinions -- either for or against.

Here is the text from my hearing testimony:

Today I introduce Senate Concurrent Resolution #13. This resolution is in response to President Bush's proposed escalation of United States troops in Iraq.

Since President Bush announced his proposal to send more Americans to Iraq, my office has been flooded with calls and e-mails and every person who has contacted my office is against President Bush's plan.

The war in Iraq has resulted in the deaths of more than 3,000 US soldiers, including 54 from the state of MO.

70% of Americans agree with this resolution. It was important enough that the US Congress spent a week debating it last week and it passed with a bipartisan majority. State legislatures across the country are hearing the resolution right now.

Every person in support of this resolution fully supports the troops. They are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

Do not confuse concern for human life with a lack of patriotism.

You can support the troops without supporting their leader.

You can support the people who are fighting every day without supporting their leader's decision put more people in harm's way.

There is a resolution in Iraq, but it is political, not militaristic.

Whether you agree with it or not, this resolution needs to be debated and voted on by the entire senate. My hope is that this resolution will receive a second in committee and make it to the floor so we can show the people of the state of Missouri that we are concerned about one of the most significant issues facing our country today.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Cookies, Part II

Thanks to Janet (the non-baker) and Jessica (the delivery person) for the wonderful bag of no-bake cookies today! They were great!

Dinner tonight was 100% carnivore fare (who knew you could work bacon into so many dishes), so the cookies couldn't have come at a more perfect time!

My healthy eating plan will have to wait one more day -- and it was totally worth it.

First Steps -- Floor Legs

Today was another day of firsts. It seems hard to believe but we had the third and final reading of a bill today and passed the video franchise bill over to the house. This was the first bill we have taken through the entire process this session.

The bill allows telecommunications providers (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) to get a statewide franchise for video services. If the bill passes the house and is signed by the governor, the end result will be more video options (right now cable, satellite and broadcast TV are the available options) for consumers in the state.

Today was also my first time to enter the debate on the floor. I rose to speak about the PLA (project labor agreement) and no-call bills. One staffer called it getting my floor legs. Watch out -- it's going to be hard to shut me up now.

I also had my first experience with the Ag Committee today when I introduced the Large Carnivore Act. The bill was well received. After the hearing I was interviewed by KOMU-TV and the Columbia Missourian. I never would have guessed it, but this bill has received more coverage locally than anything else I have done.

I had a nice dinner with the KC Chamber and the KCMO School Board and superintendent tonight. Afterwards I met some of the other senators and old timers (that means you A2) for a great night of stories about the good ole days.

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon the large carnivore bill I filed will be heard in the Ag Committee. This bill would require owners of lions, tigers and bears to have a permit. As it stands now, there is no regulation. The result is bad for the animals and bad for public safety.

Those in KC may remember the story from last year where a 17-year-old girl was killed by a tiger during her senior photo shoot. The parents of the girl have provided written testimony for tomorrow's hearing and I am hopeful that we will have testimony from animal control officials who can discuss the importance of the legislation.

Women's Health Night

As I've mentioned in past posts, the Judiciary Committee has hearings on Monday nights and Senator Bartle tries to schedule bills that have a similar theme so that those people who want to testify can make one trip to Jeff City, rather than several different trips on several different nights.

I previously labeled tonight's hearing as abortion night, but taking a tip from Lakoff, I've started using language that better identifies the values and issues at play. Calling it "abortion night" plays into the attempt by many to frame the debate over women's health and sex ed as simply a fight about abortion. In reality, much more is at stake.

On the agenda tonight was a bill that would require abortion providers to comply with the same regulations as ambulatory surgical centers (even if no surgeries take place at the facility); a bill that would require doctors to inform women seeking abortion services that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks and to provide information regarding the availability of fetal anesthesia (despite the fact that there is no consensus on when a fetus can feel pain and no medical standard of care or procedures for the provision of fetal anesthesia); a bill that would prevent education about contraceptives in schools and mandate that abstinence-only be the only sex education offered; a bill that would expand the alternatives to abortion program in the state (while maintaining the ban on family planning services, including access to and education about contraceptives); a bill that would require pharmacies to provide FDA-approved contraceptives to women who have a valid prescription (my bill -- it would prevent pharmacies from turning away a patient with a valid prescription based on the personal religious beliefs of the pharmacist); and a bill that would protect the evidence provided by victims of sexual assault.

The hearing lasted about four hours. On one side of the debate we had Missouri Right to Life, the Missouri Catholic Conference, and several smaller anti-choice, sex miseducation organizations. Testifying on behalf of medically accurate information and the women and children of the state of Missouri were Planned Parenthood, NARAL, students, educators and several clergy members.

I would be up all night if I tried to relay the proceedings in their entirety. It was a long night and I'm sure you can probably imagine the bulk of what happened. I do want to comment, however on a couple of things.

First, I was impressed with the level of civility that was shown by most of the witnesses tonight. With a couple of exceptions (including a pretty hostile line of questioning from one of the senators), the witnesses were respectful and civil.

My main frustration with the night was the completely laughable line of reasoning that abstinence education would somehow reduce unintended pregnancies or STDs. I'm not a fan of senators who use hearings to discuss their personal experiences, but as a lawyer who has represented dozens of indigent teenagers and women, I felt it was my responsibility to share what is at stake. The girls I represent are products of abstinence-only education. Yet, I continue to meet 13-year-old pregnant clients, 16-year-olds pregnant with their second child, and young teenagers plagued by STDs. I represented one young woman in foster care who was shaving off her genital warts. Whether it was to hide the STD or because of lack of education, this stark example is exactly why we HAVE to provide medically accurate, comprehensive education to our children. Failure to do so is irresponsible and costly.

I need to get some sleep tonight, so I'm going to have to save my laundry list of comments about tonight for another post. Something tells me we'll have plenty more debates on the issue.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Big Beef

Since session started Angel (the daughter) and I have switched our schedules. Prior to January, she stayed with me during the week and her Uncle Leonard on the weekends. Now she stays with me on the weekends and Uncle Leonard during the week.

It's tough being away during the week. We stay in touch with calls and text messages. The weekends are busy too, but we make it work.

Like many busy families it's hard for us to find the time to cook and eat healthy meals at home. Angel spent the day with the Kauffman Scholars program and when I picked her up she was hungry. Resorting to the old standby -- the drivethru -- Angel announced she was hungry for something called the Quad Stacker at Burger King. Quad Stacker? Yeah -- she says -- it's four burger patties, four slices of cheese and some bacon. No veggies. You've got to be kidding me. Nope -- it's a real thing. Angel decides she wants to hold the bacon.

I may be guilty of too many drivethru meals, but I've got to draw the line somewhere. I convinced Angel that a Triple Whopper with Cheese would be a sufficient meat fix and I'm glad I did. At home I Googled the Quad Stacker and found that it has 1,000 calories, 68 grams of fat, 30 grams of saturated fat, 240 milligrams of cholesterol and 1,800 milligrams of sodium. I'm pretty sure that feeding your child a Quad Stacker could result in a hotline call.

Back home with Angel happily chomping on her Whopper, Lana and I took a trip to the grocery store to buy some healthier options for the house. Baby steps.

Get Serious!

I had a post earlier this week about a hearing in the house where a representative compared sex education to teaching girls how to vomit in order to lose weight. Or something like that. Well it looks like the story has gotten some legs. NARAL is asking folks to take action and let the legislator know that we are serious about the health of young women.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Love is in the Air

We've been told all session to expect to work late in the night on Valentine's Day. It's a tradition of sorts.

We didn't stay late this year, but we had plenty of fun nonetheless.

I sit on the Rules Committee. We have a hearing every Wednesday, including Valentine's Day. Concurrent resolutions are heard by the Rules Committee. This week we heard two. The first was introduced by Senator Purgason -- a resolution prohibiting Missouri from implementing the Federal Real ID Act. Senator Purgason is a conservative Republican from rural mid-MO. I've been opposed to the Real ID Act since its inception for a variety of reasons. It's invasive, expensive and unnecessary. It creates an unfunded mandate that would cost Missouri between $200-300 million to implement. Senator Purgason is opposed to Real ID for most of the same reasons that I oppose it and his resolution was supported with testimony from an ACLU witness.

It's funny how certain issues can create such odd alliances. The sight of Senator Purgason sitting side-by-side with the ACLU was not lost on Chairman Shields or the other members of the committee. Chalking it up to Valentine's Day, the remainder of the hearing was a virtual lovefest. Senator Ridgeway and I cosponsored a resolution recognizing Taiwan as an important trade partner with the state of Missouri and we had unanimous agreement on all bills during our executive session. Let's hope we can keep the love alive for the rest of session. I'm not holding my breath.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Everything's Up to Date in Kansas City . . .

. . . and here at Freshmeat. Thanks for your patience while I transferred everything over from MySpace. I have all my posts since the general election moved over to this site, so if you haven't had a chance yet, check out November and December 06. I kept a journal during the freshman legislative tour.

I'll also take this opportunity to give you my new contact info (post tech-consolidation).

Personal/political e-mail:
Personal/political web site:
Senate e-mail:
Senate web site:
Phones: 573.751.2788 (Jeff City Office); 816.931.5655 (KC Office)

None of this contact info is for my law practice. If you need to contact me in that capacity, you can call the law firm. Remember -- I'm in Jefferson City almost all the time, so the above numbers are the best way to reach me.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


One of the senate committees heard a bill today that would legalize midwifery in Missouri. I'm still undecided on the issue. I'm torn between the civil liberties/personal choice issue and the health concerns. I've requested additional information from both sides of the debate, so I can educate myself and be prepared to vote if the legislation makes it to the floor.

The capitol was packed today with families who support midwifery. We had a constant stream of visitors to the office who would stop by with homemade cookies and notes encouraging us to vote in favor of the legislation. I haven't seen that many cookies since the Branson Junior High School Student Council bake sale. I have no idea how I will fit into my clothes by the end of this session.

Fortunately, we did not receive any of my favorite cookies -- the no bake. The temptation to overindulge on cookies is tough enough as it is, but it would have been game over if someone showed up with no bakes.

Thank goodness it was also dental hygiene day, so we received some toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss from the dental constituency. I'm going to need them after the amount of sugar I consumed today.

Happy VD

Valentine's Day at the capitol is full of roses and candy and VD. VD? Yep -- venereal disease.

After we got done working for the day, I met a bunch of state reps and staffers for an impromptu gathering on the first floor of the capitol building. We swapped stories from the day and my absolute favorite was the rehashing of a sex ed hearing in the house. In yet another attempt to legislate "morality," anti-sex ed/pro-abstinence ed witnesses testified about the landslide of atrocities that will follow if we allow Missouri students to receive accurate health education in our schools. The best quote was from a Republican who claimed that educating students about contraception is akin to teaching young girls to vomit to help them become bulimic.

What? I was not there for the hearing, so I made the storytellers repeat the comment a few times to make sure I was hearing it right. I agree that abstinence should be taught, but abstinence-only education is a PROVEN disaster. Failure to give accurate, practical information about contraception and safer sex results in increased teen pregnancies and STDs. Opt your kids out if you don't want them to participate in sex-ed, but do NOT try to compare a quality health education to a dangerous eating disorder.

I have seen first hand the dangers of abstinence-only education. In my legal practice I have represented several 13-15 year-old-girls with horrible STDs, multiple pregnancies and dangerous sex partners. More than one of these girls considered themselves "virgins" because they had not participated in traditional intercourse.

The only way to slow this epidemic is education and safe, loving, permanent homes. The end result is fewer STDs, teen pregnancies and abortions. Isn't that a result we all want?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Pistol Craft

Monday night is Judiciary Committee night. I love Judiciary Committee night. Senator Bartle is the chair and you can count on something controversial (or at least slightly interesting) every Monday night.

Senator Bartle has done his best to create theme nights so lobbyists, interest groups and constituents can make one trip to the capitol to testify for or against their bills. We've had family law night. Next week is abortion night. Last night was gun night. It's really a convenient way to handle things and I like the cast of characters who show up for their raison d'etre. I'm trying to figure out a way to coordinate my outfit to the theme of the night.

Several gun bills were heard last night. The NRA was there to oppose legislation that would make it a crime to negligently store firearms that are found and used by a child. It's good legislation and I hope it gets a floor debate. We heard a bill that would make tasers a firearm and prevent certain felons from possessing blasting materials (they can't have guns right now, but sticks of TNT are AOK). There were also some bills that would prevent local ordinances that are more restrictive than state law and the perennial castle doctrine was heard, which would allow homeowners to shoot folks who are in their house. Right now you can basically only shoot someone when they are coming through your window or door.

As a midtowner, I hear more than my share of gunshots as I'm trying to sleep at night. We've had shootings in our driveways and I have seen the unfortunate aftermath of negligent gun ownership. Needless to say, I will be voting against most of the legislation that increases access to or use of firearms and I will vote in favor of most of the legislation that increases regulations on gun owners. I understand there are responsible gun owners, but unfortunately there are still accidents and heinous crimes that persuade me that more regulation is better. One death by gun is one too many.

Those testifying against restrictions included the NRA and several other Second Amendment groups. I treat all witnesses with respect. If you are willing to come to Jefferson City and participate in the process, then I am going to listen to you. As with any issue, however, there are some folks whose testimony does not help their cause. Last night saw some real characters. My favorite was the witness who was concerned that requiring non-negligent storing of firearms around children would violate his right to practice his craft -- the "pistol craft." I didn't realize it was a craft. I guess a craft is in the eye of the beholder.

The most absurd testimony last night came from an individual who claimed that firearm storage laws had resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, robberies and rapes across the country and cost the states where the laws have passed at least 2.6 BILLION dollars. Wow. Those are some serious statistics. I've got a hearing regarding access to prescription drugs next week. I'm gonna hire that witness's statistician for my testimony.

My Pick for Mayor is . . .

Yeah right. There is no way I'm getting involved in this race. I'm just as confused as the rest of you. Of course if you believe the comments you read on the KC Buzz Blog, I've engineered the entire race. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A handful of the candidates have contacted me for help and/or support. A few have asked for an endorsement. I am flattered that the candidates have contacted me and proud that they believe my support will assist their efforts. The truth is -- I'm still sorting through the field just like everyone else. I have friends and colleagues that are paid and unpaid workers for several different mayoral campaigns. If I had my wish, I would create a super-candidate from several of the contenders.

I'm really excited that we have so many great people to choose from. I think it says a lot for our city that we have so many people vying for the top job. I'm equally thrilled that we have so many candidates competing for endorsements from the LGBT community. As a community we have passionate differences of opinion on who should get the endorsement, but I think we can all agree that it is fantastic that all the candidates (except for DiCapo who did not respond to screening requests) are working so hard for our vote. It shows the amazing power we have as a constituency.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Child Care Subsidies Gain Momentum

(gratuitous nephew picture)

It's been a great few days for the childcare subsidy bill I introduced in December. On Tuesday morning my bill was officially combined with Senator Koster's bill (they are identical) and the Koster-Justus Child Care Assistance Act was passed unanimously out of committee.

The bill has gotten quite a bit of coverage in the past week. Then today Matt Blunt held a press conference in Springfield to announce his support for the legislation.

I think I might have seen a pig flying on the way back to the hotel tonight.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The ERA is NOT Dead

The Rules Committee held a hearing today regarding ratification of the ERA. Yep -- the one that we've been trying to ratify since I was a baby.

I was surprised how many people came to testify against ratification. I applaud people who are willing to take time away from work, school or home to drive to town and make their voices heard, but I was saddened by the baseless propaganda that was delivered by those who would oppose ratification of the amendment. The opposition wore large "Stop ERA" stickers and claimed that ratification of the amendment would mandate public funding for abortions, legalize gay marriage and require the "fairer sex" to serve on the front lines in Iraq. Cites and sources were provided for the assertions, but none of them can hold up to close scrutiny.

Another popular argument is that we don't need to protect women under the constitution because we already protect women with existing laws. Concerned Women for America seems to think that protections provided to women should be the exclusive domain of the legislature. Funny -- CWA sang a different tune two years ago when it lobbied to enshrine discrimination in the constitution and ban gay marriage, even though state legislators had already passed legislation prohibiting same sex marriage in Missouri.

The bottom line is this -- women do not enjoy equal rights in this country. Although a person's race is considered a "suspect classification," the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that gender is not. The suspect classification doctrine holds that laws classifying people according to race, ethnicity, and religion are inherently suspect and are subject to the strict scrutiny test of judicial review. Strict scrutiny forces the state to provide a compelling state interest for the challenged law and demonstrate that the law has been narrowly tailored to achieve its purpose.

Because the Supreme Court has declined to make sex a suspect classification, it uses the intermediate standard of review for sex-based policies. According to this test, "classifications by gender must serve important governmental objectives and must be substantially related to the achievement of those objectives." Weaker than the strict scrutiny test, intermediate scrutiny results in fewer sex-based laws being struck down. Adopting the ERA would result in gender’s inclusion in the list of suspect classifications. It does matter.

I’m not hopeful that the resolution will pass in Missouri this year. I’m excited to report that it looks like Arkansas will pass its resolution in 2007, though. I’m also happy that countries around the world are including equal rights for both sexes in their constitutions. Even Afghanistan has an ERA equivalent in its constitution. Regardless of its chances, I will continue to fight and educate my colleagues on the issue. Here’s hoping that my daughter won’t face the same intolerance when she is in the senate.

(This one's for you Angel :)

Another Day in Paradise

(view from my capitol window)

Today was great. I started the morning with Seniors, Families & Public Health committee hearings. We went into executive session and my childcare subsidy bill was unanimously voted out of committee. This bill has been introduced for the last 13 years and this is the first time it has ever gotten out of committee.

Today was also the first day of debate on the floor (in both the house and senate). We were debating a video franchise bill that would allow telephone companies to enter the video market and compete with cable companies. There was some lively debate on the issue and it was ultimately tabled until tomorrow.

At the close of debate I introduced an anti-escalation concurrent resolution calling on President Bush to NOT send 21,000 additional troops to Iraq. It is similar to the non-binding resolution that has been debated in DC for the last few days.

The afternoon was spent meeting with some great constituents and domestic violence/sexual assault advocacy organizations.

We ended the day with a fun Mardi Gras party hosted by cities and counties from throughout Northwest MO. I also had a nice dinner with some great women lobbyists and legislators. I got an earful of capitol history and gossip.

The biggest highlight of the day had to be the world's largest cockroach that appeared on the ceiling of my office this afternoon. Going well above and beyond the call of duty, Charles removed the monster and saved us all from untold horrors. If I haven't mentioned it lately -- I love this place!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Too Wired

I think I hit technology overload today. Here's the rundown:

2 laptops -- one for law firm; one for personal/political
2 desktops -- one for senate; one for home
2 handhelds -- blackberry for law firm/personal; black jack for senate (both are phones too)
digital camera & digital video camera (black jack has both options too)
7 e-mail addresses -- home, law firm, senate, 2 campaign, junk mail & new gmail account
6 phone numbers (don't ask)
1 high maintenance ipod (likes to crash a lot)
2 portable game machines
1 myspace site
1 blogger site
1 campaign site
1 senate site

SO -- I need to add one additional tech resolution for 2007 -- time to consolidate some of this nonsense. Thanks for your patience while I get everything sorted out.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

One Resolution Down ...

Last month I made some tech resolutions for 2007. The first was to switch my blog from MySpace to a new host. This is my first attempt. I'm gonna go with blogger for now. For the first couple of entries I will try to post on MySpace and Blogger, but they keep us pretty busy around here, so I can't promise that the double duty will last very long. I hope those of you that are regular readers on MySpace will follow me to my new home.

My Blogger page will probably be pretty boring looking for a while, but come back from time to time as I add more content. Let me know what you think!

The other thing I will try to do is move the old MySpace entries over to an archive here on Blogger. Any advice on the move is welcome and appreciated.
You can check out my posts from the last year at the MySpace address until I get everything transferred over.

(the pic is Rep. Holsman and me at an ethanol plant in Macon during the freshman tour -- thought it would be appropriate for a site under construction).