Archive for May, 2009

Christopher Fraser MP from Norfolk Southwest

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The summer before I started this blog, I was a research assistant (fancy name for intern) for Christopher Fraser MP of Norfolk Southwest.  It was a pretty fun gig.  He was just recently elected and had no Parliamentary staff, so it meant I got to do a bit more than busy work.

We had a good time.  We campaigned for another MP, went around his district, and celebrated the Fourth of July together (see picture below of Christopher enjoying a Budweiser and Apple Pie).

Also, here we are on the roof of Parliament (Don’t know if this was legal)


Unfortunately, Christopher announced yesterday that he would not seek reelection.  His wife is in poor health, and it has gotten swept up in the Parliamentary Expense scandal….And well…. it made a few headlines…

Hopefully Lisa gets well soon, and the Fraser’s get to spend more time together with Christopher out of office.  I wish them nothing but the best, but is was interesting to see Christopher Fraser from Norfolk Southwest in the news today.

June 3rd Update

Sort of got mentioned in a story!

He said his staffing costs had risen by 50pc since 2005/06 as he needed extra full-time staff to help after initially starting out with interns. But he declined to give an account for the £1,792 claimed for “spouse’s travel” in 2007/08 stating that “all spouses are entitled to claim for travel”.

State Leg Tid Bit

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Less of these since leaving DLCC, but….

Lampe legislation a ‘counter to hate’
Lawmakers renamed a section of highway in Springfield that a neo-Nazi group adopted to keep litter-free after a Jewish civil rights leader.

Rep. Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, got an amendment added to a transportation bill to rename a portion of West Bypass from Farm Road 142 to West Sunshine the “Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway.” Heschel marched with Martin Luther King Jr. at the Selma, Ala., Civil Rights march in 1965.

Lampe said she asked Jewish groups to nominate a religious figure to counter the Springfield unit of the National Socialist Movement, which adopted the section of road.

“It’s a counter to hate,” Lampe said.

Two signs noting the National Socialist Movement’s participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program went up last October. The Missouri Department of Transportation could not turn down the group’s application to be in the program based of its views because of the group’s First Amendment right.

A Jewish organization in Kansas City will pay for signs marking the memorial highway along the same stretch of road maintained by volunteers from the neo-Nazi group. “I’m leveling the playing field,” Lampe said.

In HB683, Rep. Bob Dixon got a provision added to rename a one-mile portion of East Chestnut Expressway from the new airport entrance road to Interstate 44 the “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mile.”


Friday, May 22nd, 2009

He is a pretty special player…

Small World

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

My sister ran cross country in high school and college.  She now works in the career services offices of Cardinal Strich University in Wisconsin.  Karen recently accepted a position as the head cross country coach at this university as well.

Also recently accepting a head coaching position at Cardinal Strich was Drew Diener, a former Saint Louis University Billiken.  I don’t know if Karen ever saw Drew play, but it may be an interesting conversation when they first meet.

Karen: So you played at SLU?

Drew: Yeah, from 1999 – 2003.

Karen: My brother has this web site….

That is quite the co-wink-e-dink (however you spell it).