Skip to main content

Yep, you've got that right.

On a day where Missouri passed an irresponsible tax cut overriding a Jay Nixon Veto, elderly and others have taken to the capital to demand that Missouri take the Medicaid Expansion.

As a result, state capital police were called to help clear them out.

“We will not be silent. We will not be silent. The pain of Missouri speaks today. Today the misery of Missouri speaks. Today the pain the hurt the sickness the poverty of Missouri speaks,” the protestors chanted. “Today we will not be silent.”

As soon as the protesters erupted, Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, called for the Senate to go into recess and ordered the gallery of the Senate cleared. During their removal, the group broke into song, singing that Missourians without Medicaid “shall overcome” the lack of health coverage, and representatives of different religions prayed for expansion.

You can hear them sing & chant here:

https://soundcloud.com/...

Beginning at 1:20, the upper gallery takes over and shuts down the senate, yelling "EXPAND MEDICAID"

And who leads this protest that continues at this moment?  Missouri Reigious groups.

The emotional outburst from faith leaders came as the legislature has refused to expand Medicaid using federal funds. Conservative lawmakers have rejected the proposal, claiming it would be damaging to the state’s coffers in the off years when federal funds for the program are reduced to 90 percent.
http://politicmo.com/...

(Follow more @ Twitter under the tag #moleg)

So.. think states don't know that they want Healthcare?

10:11 AM PT: While the protests started at 11:30 and somewhat cleared now, many still stay outside and some stay arms locked.

Capitol Police began removing protestors a few minutes after the protest began. Several senators remained on the floor through the demonstration.

"This is the people's house!" the protestors shouted as they were led out.

Protestor Marla Marantz of Springfield said the protestors are doing this to make their voices heard on Medicaid expansion.

Police are still trying to clear protestors from the gallery. About a dozen remain with arms locked.

http://www.news-leader.com/...

10:14 AM PT: Men of Faith led the chant.

Interesting image.  Republicans asking for police to haul away ministers.

10:17 AM PT: Rob Schaaf, Missouri Republican refers to the protestors as lawless.  Says nearly 35 arrested (rumor he's currently spreading)


10:20 AM PT: Missouri capital police have cleared all protestors from the building, but protestors are still standing outside.

10:24 AM PT: Clergy who were 'arrested' have been released.

10:26 AM PT: A great photo of the Clergy Standing up in the gallery to protest for their flock.

Thanks @womenrwatching1

10:33 AM PT: Some of the protestors, though removed, will still stay to talk to the reps.

10:35 AM PT: This was the scene in the gallery:

As Hundreds filled the hallways to sing in the support of those who would be arrested.

(Courtesy MedicaidMo)

10:41 AM PT: KC Star Put up a hurried editorial.

http://www.kansascity.com/...

The GOP-dominated House on Tuesday morning also overrode the veto, with the help of a lone Democrat, effectively making it law over Nixon’s veto.

In essence, supporters of expanding Medicaid assistance for lower income Missourians picked a bad day to show up at the state Capitol to let their voices be heard.

The group included a number of clergy who, for good reasons, want the state to accept federal funds that will allow better health care to be provided to more people.

Late Tuesday morning, people in the Senate gallery started chanting “Expand Medicaid now,” according to press accounts.

The noise upset the sensitive ears of the senators. Eventually, Capitol police were told to remove the people.

So that’s how it goes in the Republican-controlled General Assembly these days:

They vote for tax measures that ultimately will cut services to the people of Missouri.

Theyreward the rich more than the poor.

And then — when someone shows up to propose that lawmakers help those less fortunate — they are told to shut up.

10:45 AM PT: Missouri Jobs With Justice prays for senators to change their mind and expand medicaid outside of offices after being cleared from gallery.

10:49 AM PT: Republicans lash out at the protestors, demand they be quiet.


11:02 AM PT: @RevMolly refers to the meetings in the hallway as an 'old school revival'.

More than one state legislator has let me know that their traffic (calls to their offices) is up.. apparently several groups are making a push today to pressure legislators.

Whether or not this has any impact on the planned Impeachment debates tomorrow, who knows.

11:17 AM PT: Republican Ryan Silvey implies that because of protests, that is the reason why there will be no medicaid expansion.


Damnit, we were almost ready to accept Medicaid expansion, but then those protestors changed the mind of all Republicans and we decided, if they are going to protest, they don't deserve medicaid expansion.

11:32 AM PT: Missouri News Leader has a link up with some video..

http://www.news-leader.com/...

11:41 AM PT: I've had one senator and two Missouri house members speak to me in the last few minutes.  The issue, is that apparently there was a plan by which to end the filibuster against taking an up/down vote on accepting medicaid.  The protest, in their view, 'invigorated' the people who held up the filibuster who will now no longer give up ground.

Since I've now heard this from basically an R and a D, I could see that.   What a petty way to hold out, however.   Because people protest, I'm willing to decide that I will hold up a filibuster.

Meanwhile, a (D) house member maintains my prior whip count that they don't believe Medicaid expansion would have passed if it had come to an up/down vote regardless.

I have Republicans telling me it was 'possible' that it would pass and that this whip count is 'wrong'.

Since those who are doing the filibuster and denying an up and down vote now feel energized enough that they will not relent, preventing this from ever coming to the floor, we will may not know.

11:50 AM PT: Here's some video taken of the protest:

(Thank you Chelsea)


11:58 AM PT: Well..

Missouri House now moves on to debate 'Paycheck Deception' legislation.  We went from a morning of tax cuts and overrides to a protest over the lack of medicaid expansion and the day moves into how to break unions and public workers.

Want to know more about Paycheck Deception?   Read this (underread) DailyKos Diary:  10 Things to Know About Paycheck Deception




12:04 PM PT: Away for a bit

I just received a phone call that there is a 'sympathy' protest occurring right now in Columbia, Missouri on this same ground.. I'm trying to find more out about it.  

It has also been confirmed to me by House & Senate (R)s that they believe all impeachment debate is 'done' or will be quashed.   One (R) Senator tells me: 'That is OVER.'.

I will be away shortly as we there is a Kansas is about to have a major story tonight.. today, on WIBW in Topeka, Gov. Brownback accused the FBI of conducting a 'federally smear campaign', and some local Republicans have taken to the airwaves to question whether or not this is a specific vendetta by the President against Gov. Brownback. (NOT a joke)

12:08 PM PT: Video in Full now:

12:11 PM PT: Moment of hope for the day..

Presented by Missouri Jobs With Justice.. 300k New signatures for early voting were presented to the Secretary of State today as part of the protest.


12:58 PM PT: Missouri house R tells me: we won't be bullied. This is dead now.  

What a bunch of bullies those ministers were.

1:03 PM PT: Missouri Republicans are now debating a 72 hour waiting period on abortion services and other limitations.  

For a lot of women who came to the capital to protest today, a day that features wild tax cuts, arrests of clergy, debate over busting unions and continues with enforced waiting periods might send the message of where their government is.. And really could be without governor Nixon.

2:30 PM PT: Missouri Republican offices are now telling constituents that this hardened those who want absolutely no expansion.  But no one is naming all the names of those who are now 'more determined' to stop consideration.

2:55 PM PT: Jason Holsman, D KC area, talking about 72 hour waiting period on getting abortion, says 'did Missouri republicans learn nothing from Claire McCaskill's win?'

3:23 PM PT: Last update..  Have to meet with clients tonight. Thank you to Think Progress and Salon for the hat tip and reach out. I'm glad this story caught so much attention.

9:15 PM PT: Tonight on St. Louis Public Radio, Senator Dempsey @senatordempsey noted directly that this action 'significantly decreases' chance of any vote on Medicaid ever taking place.

Because, you know, the way to handle debates or being confronted with opposition is to just take the ball and go home.

Originally posted to Kansas & Missouri Kossacks on Tue May 06, 2014 at 10:06 AM PDT.

Also republished by Hellraisers Journal, KosAbility, Obamacare Saves Lives, and Show Me Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Jill, fly, claude, bink, Duckman GR, Alumbrados, Hunter, Angie in WA State, Sylv, RF, Paleo, Bill in Portland Maine, fcvaguy, BOHICA, True North, MadRuth, lanshark, DMo, assyrian64, glitterscale, misscee, kd4dean, Joan McCarter, Pandora, NYmom, Emerson, karlpk, Shockwave, cotterperson, eeff, polecat, mzinformed, red moon dog, wenchacha, niemann, Gustogirl, TracieLynn, EricS, sponson, nyceve, susakinovember, whenwego, boadicea, lunacat, Aquarius40, itskevin, bwren, jalbert, fumie, Iberian, navajo, Cedwyn, admiralh, sidnora, aitchdee, wader, kharma, psnyder, Barbara Morrill, mwk, roseeriter, kj in missouri, cosette, Damnit Janet, defluxion10, houyhnhnm, Catte Nappe, annetteboardman, papercut, lcrp, 2dot, Dood Abides, imicon, Diana in NoVa, VerbalMedia, zerelda, ybruti, Hillbilly Dem, poemworld, boran2, Josiah Bartlett, Sybil Liberty, bibble, Blueiz, sawgrass727, Gowrie Gal, sb, Brecht, rapala, la motocycliste, Bluesee, SisTwo, Tinfoil Hat, boji, ichibon, el dorado gal, scurrvydog, CTPatriot, subtropolis, democracy inaction, OpherGopher, sc kitty, Big River Bandido, dewtx, ChemBob, viral, Brooke In Seattle, YucatanMan, skeptigal, eru, bleeding blue, majcmb1, SaraBeth, Pam from Calif, Sun Tzu, Dem Beans, Burned, Kayakbiker, most peculiar mama, blue jersey mom, markdd, RichterScale, Sandino, ord avg guy, PinHole, Ginny in CO, FindingMyVoice, sillia, Rogneid, peacestpete, SocioSam, kathny, xaxnar, Jim P, begone, skywriter, Mother Mags, Born in NOLA, kishik, third Party please, Nance, kumaneko, LeighAnn, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, myboo, Kingsmeg, Themistoclea, yamamizu, mr crabby, duckhunter, AoT, Lefty Coaster, blueoasis, SherriG, MJ via Chicago, aloevera, StrayCat, philipmerrill, real world chick, katrinka, Zwoof, middleagedhousewife, AllDemsOnBoard, anninla, onionjim, BlueMississippi, JWR, blueoregon, Statusquomustgo, dochackenbush, PatConnors, Aaa T Tudeattack, NonnyO, Thinking Fella, tegrat, clinging to hope, Tamar, One Pissed Off Liberal, Sapere aude, BeninSC, dotsright, peagreen, camlbacker, ksp, Dartagnan, ColoTim, gloriana, puakev, yoduuuh do or do not, nicteis, karmsy, FishOutofWater, Mary Mike, jeanette0605, certainot, deepeco, suejazz, HCKAD, US Blues, SeaTurtle, jnhobbs, Bridge Master, gchaucer2, carpunder, OIL GUY, Librarianmom, RudiB, christianlsv, Got a Grip, leonard145b, spearfish, keyscritter, TomP, Empower Ink, rmonroe, fb, JDWolverton, MKinTN, TX Freethinker, Phil N DeBlanc, GAS, amyzex, Marko the Werelynx, ScottyUrb, Youffraita, Tchrldy, Involuntary Exile, skohayes, jamess, mikeconwell, monkeybrainpolitics, Calamity Jean, Lujane, smartdemmg, triplepoint, Jeff Y, petulans, Parthenia, BYw, dmhlt 66, shortgirl, ZhenRen, oldliberal, 207wickedgood, BvueDem, wv voice of reason, prettygirlxoxoxo, Louisiana 1976, Bule Betawi, MufsMom, number nine dream, J M F, Throw The Bums Out, rsmpdx, ceebee7, greengemini, divineorder, LinSea, CanyonWren, LeftOfYou, indres, thirty three and a third, MKSinSA, asym, Denise Oliver Velez, Shelley99, Keith Pickering, Tortmaster, Edge PA, jpmassar, Wendy Slammo, LookingUp, Larsstephens, Railfan, Just Bob, Mokurai, p gorden lippy, flitedocnm, NJpeach, gramofsam1, Susan Grigsby, blueyescryinintherain, David Harris Gershon, piers, Luma, Crabby Abbey, Polly Syllabic, womankind, JoanMar, samanthab, tb mare, pixxer, AJ in Camden, Jaimas, ladasue, addisnana, Publius2008, nirbama, MsGrin, science nerd, Oh Mary Oh, soaglow, Actbriniel, slice, Onomastic, spindr27, kerflooey, afisher, sabo33, jardin32, Mr MadAsHell, Susipsych, FarWestGirl, asterkitty, gmats, Nicci August, page394, EquityRoy, smiley7, boomerchick, mrsgoo, Haf2Read, badscience, thomask, ShowMeMoBlue, BarackStarObama, muddy boots, abbotkinney, EagleOfFreedom, merrily1000, IB JOHN, createpeace, loblolly, worldlotus, fossil fish, antooo, peregrine kate, myrmecia gulosa, PhilJD, Caddis Fly, Joe Jackson, bakeneko, SoCalSal, stlsophos, leftykook, StepLeftStepForward, DRo, Regina in a Sears Kit House, SouthernLiberalinMD, bassinduo, allergywoman, zenbassoon, Laurel in CA, Mathazar, AnnetteK, livingthedream, wolf advocate, Pinto Pony, i saw an old tree today, RhodaA, bluezen, Heart n Mind, anodnhajo, sow hat, Gay CA Democrat, cwsmoke, ahumbleopinion, Eric Nelson, nellgwen, joanil, barkingcat, AnnieR, Joieau, a2nite, rukidingme, 420 forever, 2thanks, FloridaSNMOM, JGibson, congenitalefty, This old man, Mr Robert, peachcreek, jan4insight, carolanne, belinda ridgewood, Leo Flinnwood, Olkate, MartyM, lartwielder, lunachickie, New Minas, wxorknot, avsp, etherealfire, rat racer, stvnjon, Glen The Plumber, George3, wasatch, mumtaznepal, peptabysmal, this just in, Windowpane, CalBearMom, live1, mzkryz, MarkW53, Lily O Lady, nomandates, stevetheking, jusjtim35, countwebb, akadjian, remembrance, JayRaye, Thornrose, poopdogcomedy, P Carey, goodpractice, aresea, Yo Bubba, ggfkate, howabout, Jon Sitzman, Constantly Amazed, bob152, Smoh, Hey338Too, Blazehawkins, runfastandwin, librarisingnsf, LilithGardener, duhban, maregug, mmcnary, OregonWetDog, Lordcaradoc, Modified Dog, skepticalcitizen, dreamweaver1, DressageDonkey, TheDuckManCometh, palmer18, CenPhx, Leslie Salzillo, rbaillie, Dodgerdog1, eagleray, corxrr, Capt Crunch, old mule, Penny GC, occupystephanie, gnothis, VPofKarma, waterstreet2013, ginimck, stitchingasfastasIcan, GreatLakeSailor, JourneyInside, Liberal for Life, lcmoye, sgailey, Cadillac64, kfunk937, Bill Day, AWilson, Shawn87, agitatednactivated, BMScott, J Williams, cowdab, BlueDuPage

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site