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    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Ed Martin outraises incumbent Carnahan in Q3

    From his Twitter moments ago:
    Campaign Fundraising News - Russ raised $163,966 WE RAISED $201,535 beating the incumbent !37,000! Details coming!
    More details when we get them.

    Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    Ed Martin formally exploring challenge to Russ Carnahan

    Via a message from the Facebook group that's been encouraging him to run:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Press Contact: Brenda Madden Kimberlin, (314) 496-1799

    Ed Martin Considers Run for Congress to Serve Missouri’s 3rd District

    (St. Louis, Mo.) July 29, 2009 – Ed Martin, a resident and business owner in south St. Louis, today announced he is considering running for Congress to serve the people of Missouri's 3rd Congressional District. Martin has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for the District which encompasses Jefferson and Ste. Genevieve counties, south St. Louis, and parts of west and south St. Louis County. Martin formed the committee after receiving encouragement from friends, neighbors and people across the district to consider running against Congressman Russ Carnahan (D), whose is expected to seek a fourth term in November, 2010.

    “The people of the 3rd District are a critical economic engine for America,” said Martin. “These workers and families want leaders who will stand up for them for jobs, lower taxes, less spending and a government that lives within its means. What has become clear is that Congressman Carnahan is not listening to – or speaking for – the people he promised to represent. Examples include his voting record for the so-called ‘stimulus’ bill, for a massive national energy tax, and his public advocacy - in lockstep with Speaker Nancy Pelosi - for a disastrous government takeover of health care which will lead to rationing and endanger Medicare. I have always stood up for what I believe in and I'm considering running for Congress to make a difference by standing up for our neighbors and fellow citizens in the district,” said Martin.

    Dave McArthur, Vice President of McArthur’s Bakery in south St. Louis County, is among those asking Martin to run for Congress after Carnahan voted for the controversial “Cap-and-Trade” national energy tax, which McArthur has publicly stated would force him and other businesses to go out of business. “We need someone who will stand up for our interests and not simply parrot the lines offered by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the national Democrats,” said McArthur. “With SaveAB.com and his other work in service to our community, Ed has shown he will step up and lead. We need Ed in Congress and I’m doing everything I can to gather support – from fellow business owners, colleagues, friends and family – for Ed.”

    Dave’s brother, Randy McArthur, will serve as treasurer for the committee. Randy, an active community leader and job creator who is CEO and President of McArthur’s Bakery, was recently appointed to serve on the Missouri Community Service Commission by Governor Jay Nixon. Mary Beth Wolf, managing supervisor at Fleischman-Hillard and 3rd Congressional District representative on the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, will serve as deputy treasurer.

    Martin has been meeting informally with 3rd District voters for several months. The sessions, called “Ask Ed Anything,” have given Martin a clear view of what voters want from their representative. “I’m talking to people, but more importantly, I’m listening,” said Martin. “Public service is about giving a voice to the people you represent.”

    For more information about Ed’s background and his committee, “Ed Martin for Congress,” visit EdMartinforCongress.com.

    Paid for by Ed Martin for Congress
    Randy McArthur, Treasurer

    Monday, June 22, 2009

    Friday, May 1, 2009

    Over at Hot Air's Green Room and the AIP blog,

    I have two new posts up. At HA, a piece about the UAW's apparent willingness to go on strike against Chrysler if need be, despite the fact that a majority of Chrysler is now owned by... its pension fund. Over at AIP, a piece on Obama's curious habit of turning dialogues into epilogues.

    Friday, April 17, 2009

    Update: A victory for the children of St. Louis

    Two weeks ago I wrote over at the AIP about a lawsuit filed against the St. Louis Public School District. The suit demanded that the District remove deed restrictions imposed on the sale of its old school buildings, restrictions which prevented charter and private schools from using the properties... for 100 years.

    Last night, the District acquiesced.
    In reversing itself, the SAB decided that the restriction would be lifted as of June 30, 2009...not soon enough for three new public charter schools that had hoped to score an old SLPS property.

    KIPP Academy, the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools and Grand Community School have all found other buildings to purchase or lease for their openings in fall 2009.
    The District's attempt to curtail St. Louis students' educational options was contemptible, but its reversal is more than welcome.

    (Cross-posted at Hot Air)

    Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    Beware of Tea Party free-riders and saboteurs, Right and Left

    I admit it. I was a skeptic during the first round of tea party protests.

    I didn't think many people would come out; that the protests were a flash-in-the-pan, CNBC phenomenon pushed as part of the Ron Paul movement and lacking in broadbased support; and that the purported "attendees" on Facebook and elsewhere would be about as reliable as any other Facebook Event that didn't promise free booze. I thought when the time came, few people would show up.

    Boy, was I wrong. Attendence at the Parties was impressive, with strong non-Paulite contingents. When my parents started talking about tea party protests this past Easter weekend, I realized how big the Movement had become... and how important April 15 might be, both for the movement as well as for the national agenda.

    What specifically makes April 15 important?

    First there is, of course, the potentially "historic" nature of the event. The initial gatherings were not centrally planned and are, in fact, ongoing; the April 15 protests will probably consolidate these earlier successes into one day. Turnout is important, and it will be interesting to see how many supporters show up that didn't attend the first time.

    Second, the tea parties are reaching a point of maturity where organizers need to start crystalizing exactly what the movement wants, and how it intends to get there. Being "mad as hell" and going on an equivalent "Richhunt" isn't going to cut it. Set some goals and an agenda that jive with the libertarian principles of the protest's namesake. Tea partiers need to focus on the core, or else lose its identity to a mishmash of special interests.

    It is these special interests, Right and Left, that pose the biggest threat to the movement. Contrary to what the Media Matters crowd might tell you, the tea parties are a grassroots movement that's picked up some power players along the way, and not the other way around. It's the power players that need to be watched. The Founders didn't forcefully disembark a ship full of tea because of gay marriage, abortion, God in schools, or anything beyond the right of self-determination and right to not be taxed without their interests represented, and if "sponsoring" organizations such as the American Family Association try to make "traditional values" a retrofitted part of the movement, God help us, the movement is going to devolve into a diluted, meandering ideological sideshow that does more harm than good to small-government interests. (AFA, unsurprisingly, doesn't show up at the "sponsoring" link at the "tea party" website,a testament to how decentralized this grassroots movement seems to be.)

    Likewise, organizers need to keep watch for other, undesirable external groups showing up with their own message. "Nazis" have already been made a corrollary to the tea party's "angry tax payers", and you can bet that many groups are going to be trying to crash these events either as outright saboteurs or as, just simply, legitimate crazies. Hint hint. Don't let these groups, fringe, Leftist, or otherwise, get their grubby hands on the movement and event.

    I hope the tea parties are a great success because the underlying principles of small government are extremely important, but I hope organizers are vigilient enough about what they've created to set a coherent agenda consistent with the movement and be prepared to repel the unwelcome visitors, Right and Left, wanting to have their say -- and in some cases, a final say -- on whether the movement will endure, or live on as an example of what could have been, but wasn't.

    And remember: The smears against tea party participants and sympathizers aren't just reserved to private sector actors. The Left dost protest too much, and for good reason... the political stakes are high.

    Monday, April 13, 2009

    FYI to our readers,

    my thoughts on urban Republicanism are now appearing in Hot Air.com's new "Greenroom" and on The American Issues Project's new blog. Feel free to check 'em out!