I learned over the weekend that SB 210 is dead in the Missouri Senate due to a threat of a filibuster. I was told that it had nothing to do with those pushing the bill, the Common Core State Standards or a love of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. It was political payback.
The sponsor of the bill, State Senator John Lamping (R-Clayton), apparently filibustered an earlier senate bill that the Senate leadership wanted.
I have very little tolerance for stuff like this. Has anyone in Jefferson City heard of the Golden Rule? Gentleman it’s “do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.” Not, “do unto others what they have done to you.” I don’t know what bill was filibustered earlier – perhaps it was a bad bill. I have a hard time believing, however, that those responsible for sinking this bill share our concern about the Common Core and yet would do this.
This is childish behavior which unfortunately goes on far, far too much in state capitol buildings across the country.
So who is the poster child for this decision? State Senator Tom Dempsey (R-St. Peters) who is the President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate was complicit. I’d encourage our readers in the Show Me State to contact him at Tom.Dempsey@senate.mo.gov or (573) 751-1141 and ask if his political payback was worth Missouri’s kids being subjected to the Common Core.
Update: Dempsey’s office has stated that he is not responsible for the bill’s derailment and that they support SB 210. I’ll look into this further.
2nd Update: State Senator Dempsey can deny it, but according to my sources, the Senate leadership (including Dempsey) wanted a highway bill that State Senator Lamping filibustered and so this is political payback. A person commenting pointed in another direction: “As I understand it, Senator David Pearce, a Republican and the chairman of the eudcation committee was who stood to filibuster. He has been an obstacle all session when it came to Common Core. Call his office: (573) 751-2272.” You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.