Jeff Smith
American politician
Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith is a former Democratic member of the Missouri Senate, representing the 4th district from 2007 until 2009. His district covered the western portion of the City of St. Louis. On August 25, 2009 he pled guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and resigned his seat. He admitted his involvement, and attempted cover-up, in two federal election law violations committed during his 2004 campaign for Congress.
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Labour turmoil deepens as second frontbencher defies Jeremy Corbyn over ban on MPs blocking Article 50 -
Google News - about 1 month Labour turmoil deepens as second frontbencher defies Jeremy Corbyn over ban on MPs blocking Article 50 Labour's crisis over Brexit has deepened after one of the party's frontbenchers said he will vote against Britain leaving the European Union. Daniel Zeichner, a shadow transport minister, and Jeff Smith, a whip, said they would defy Jeremy Corbyn's ban ... Second Labour frontbencher vows to defy Corbyn on Brexit voteNews & Star How should journalists respond to Trump? Their response to his inauguration gives some cluesNew Statesman Corbyn confident Labour MPs will back legislation to start Brexit processIsle of Man Today Eagle Radio -ITV News -Daily Mail -The Independent all 188 news articles »
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Striking Photos Show Animal Survivors Of Northern California Wildfires
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As communities in Northern California devastated by the Butte and Valley wildfires begin the arduous effort of rebuilding, animal rescue groups and veterinary hospitals are working to care for the countless non-human creatures that have been displaced and injured by the blazes.  There’s no official tally of animal injuries or fatalities, but animal control officer Shirley Zindler noted there are “many thousands of animals affected by the fires through death, injury or displacement.” Zindler is an animal control officer in Sonoma County, but she’s also been working on animal rescues throughout Lake County, the county hardest hit by the Valley Fire. The Valley and Butte Fires claimed at least six human lives and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.  The Valley Fire, Zindler said, was particularly perilous for pets because it started so suddenly, people had almost no time to prepare. “It was chaos," she told The Huffington Post. "The fire came through so fast and so hot, people did ...
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Covered California Back Online After State Upgrades Health Insurance Exchange Site
Huffington Post - over 3 years
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Online enrollment for California's new health insurance exchange resumed Wednesday after technical glitches on the system's opening day forced overnight upgrades. The enrollment portion of the exchange website was taken offline from 8:30 p.m. Tuesday until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Covered California spokesman Roy Kennedy said. He said some pages were loading slowly and logos for insurance plans were not displaying correctly. Consumers were still able to browse insurance plan options while the enrollment pages were being fixed. Interest from Californians appeared high after the exchange opened for business Tuesday. Approximately 7,700 Californians began applications for insurance coverage, Kennedy said. The state's two call centers received 19,000 calls, and there were more than 5.7 million hits on the website by Tuesday afternoon. A third service center, in Fresno, is scheduled to open in November. Kennedy said he was not able to comm ...
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How One Radio Station Silenced Rick Perry
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is being told "don't mess with Missouri" as he tries to lure the Show Me State's businesses to Texas. KTRS Radio in St. Louis announced Friday that it would not air a commercial starring Perry aimed at telling businesses to leave Missouri for Texas. The ad is part of a nine-day advertising campaign Perry is running in Missouri preceding his job recruitment trip to the state next week. Mark Dorsey, the station's general manager, posted on the KTRS website that the station at first thought the ad was just promoting Texas tourism. Dorsey wrote: It has come to the attention of KTRS management that a commercial running on KTRS Radio, voiced by Texas Governor Rick Perry, is asking Missouri business to move to Texas. When the order was placed, KTRS was under the assumption these commercials were going to promote tourism to Texas. Once we, the Management of KTRS realized these commercials were instead focused on stealing locally owned companies away ...
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Christie Challenger Makes Big Announcement
Huffington Post - over 3 years
New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono has qualified for state matching funds in her uphill race against Gov. Chris Christie (R). Buono announced Tuesday that she filed for matching funds based on $445,000 in campaign contributions since the June primary. This is the first time Buono has filed for general election matching funds, bypassing four previous deadlines since June to file with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. Under the terms of the matching funds program, a gubernatorial candidate cannot ask for matching funds until they have raised $380,000; the state then provides a 2-to-1 match on all funds raised, except for the first $122,000. A candidate can ask for a match of up to $4.22 million. Those accepting matching funds have to adhere to spending limits and participate in debates. Buono campaign manager Jonathan Ducote said in a statement that the funds were raised as part of a "grassroots effort" and show that Buono "will ha ...
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Struggling Christie Challenger Makes 'Last-Ditch Effort'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono is looking to re-energize her struggling campaign by picking a local Latina labor leader as her running mate in the race against Gov. Chris Christie (R), according to multiple media reports. Milly Silva, Buono's choice for lieutenant governor, is the New Jersey executive vice president for 1199 SEIU, a local health care workers union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. first reported the Silva selection on Thursday. Buono's pick marks only the second time in American history that two women have run together for governor and lieutenant governor. Buono's spokesman declined to confirm the selection, saying only that Buono will make an announcement on Monday. The Democratic candidate, a Middlesex County state senator, has been trailing Christie by 30 percentage points in the polls. The governor is running for reelection with his current lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno. ...
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WATCH: Mississippi Just Makes It Too Easy
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In the wake of President Obama's proposed gun laws, a few states are claiming sovereignty when it comes to enforcing said laws. One of the worst offenders: Mississippi, where lawmakers are pushing for a "nullification panel" whose intended purpose would be to block the enforcement of federal legislation they deem unconstitutional. Colbert was ready to make fun of this, but instead cracked up at referring to Rep. Jeff Smith as a "man whose toys come to life at night." Watch the clip of Tuesday's "Colbert Report" above for Stephen's rare breaking of character.
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Todd Akin-Like Tea Party Fave Nabs Big State Win
Huffington Post - about 4 years
A Tea Party favorite elected as chairman of the Missouri Republican Party late last week is already being criticized as a Todd Akin-like politician. Ed Martin, who lost a race for Missouri attorney general in 2012, narrowly captured the party chairmanship, unseating incumbent David Cole, who was backed by the state's GOP establishment. Martin's election is being met with criticism from state Democrats, who are comparing him to Akin, the former Missouri Republican congressman who lost last year's U.S. Senate race following his "legitimate rape" comments. "In this last election, Missouri voters rejected Todd Akin and Ed Martin's extreme views on rape and contraception, which simply aren't in step with the mainstream values of women and families in our state," Mike Sanders, chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, said in a statement. "It's telling that the extreme elements in Missouri's Republican Party have doubled down on Todd Akin by electing Ed Martin, someone who w ...
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UPDATED: School Reform Network Shutters National Office
Education Week - about 4 years
From guest blogger Gina Cairney The Public Education Network has announced plans to close its national office in Washington, D.C., today, after 21 years of working to help all children—especially minority and disadvantaged children—have access to quality education. But PEN's network of independent, community-based, nonprofit organizations called local education funds, will continue working with their school districts and local communities in high-poverty areas—much as they did before PEN was formed, Amanda Broun, PEN's former senior vice president, said in an email. UPDATE: The network's organizers closed the national office because its original goals have been met, and there's no longer an "economic climate" to support a membership organization like PEN's, according to Broun. The LEFs have "become mature organizations which have moved from mainly project-oriented work they were doing in the 1990s to policy work, public engagement" and college and career readiness, B ...
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Republicans STILL Think Todd Akin Might Have A Chance
Business Insider - over 4 years
Todd Akin’s campaign is at a crossroads. Now that the deadline for him to drop out of the Missouri Senate race has passed, he needs to demonstrate to national Republicans, outside groups and donors that he can recover from his “legitimate rape” comments and beat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. That would appear to not be going so well. When Akin said in remarks published Thursday that McCaskill did not act “ladylike” in their first debate, both Republicans and Democrats shook their heads. They may have slapped their foreheads when just a couple hours later, it was revealed that Akin’s referring to McCaskill as a “a wildcat out of the cage.” If Akin really wants crucial support and resources for his campaign, Republican strategists told TPM, he just has to stop saying stuff like that. The NRSC on Wednesday opened the door to supporting Akin again, but on Friday — after Akin’s newest quotes hit the Internet — there were signs the NRSC is rethinking its rethinking. NRSC chair J ...
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GOP Candidate's Secret Weapon
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Republican locked in a three-way primary for Missouri secretary of state may find his past advocacy for those with autism pushes him over the edge in Tuesday's vote. Missouri political observers are saying that Sen. Scott Rupp's (R-Wentzville) work to create a state law allowing autism to be covered by health insurance has endeared him to the state's autism community and could help him win the primary. Rupp, whose campaign did not return a call for comment, took the lead on the legislation several years ago, including traveling around the state to gather input for the law that was signed in 2010. Rupp worked with Sen. Erik Schmitt (R-Glendale) on the issue. "This group of people who have children suffering with this have not been political," former Sen. Jeff Smith (D-St. Louis) told HuffPost of the autism community. "These legislators understood their plight and achieved something. It is the kind of thing that can give him an edge." Missouri was the 20th state in ...
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WeGoPlaces Tourism, LLC Celebrates the Nation’s Independence Day by Adding Military Museums across the U.S. and Canada to Travel Website
Yahoo News - over 4 years
WeGoPlaces Tourism, LLC celebrates the nation’s independence day by adding military museums across the U.S. and Canada to travel website.(PRWEB) July 07, 2012, a travel website for the U.S. and Candada, has added over 30 military museums to their list of attractions. There is so much to discover about the military including equipment, weapons, uniforms and memorabilia from all military branches. Gain a glimpse into our history and what it was like for the men and women who served.Jeff Smith, President of WeGoPlaces. ...
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Outstanding Students Win Elks Scholarships
Aliso Viejo Patch - almost 5 years
The local Elks recently gave out $4,000 in scholarships to Mission Viejo's outstanding students, as well as savings bonds and certificates. Some of the students are heading to such top schools as UCLA, Stanford and Harvard. Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tempore Rhonda Reardon was there to honor the outstanding students, too. Here are the top scholarship winners: Daniel J. Havert, Lake Forest, El Toro High School Ramin Talebi, Mission Viejo, Capistrano High School Joshua D. Grossman, Aliso Viejo, Aliso Niguel High School Kaitlin T. Propeck, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita Catholic High School Kayla M. White, Laguna Niguel, Dana Hills High School John Dellos also recognized a sixth student, Karli M. Thompson, Rancho Santa Margarita, Trabuco Hills High School, who was awarded an $800 scholarship at the state level competition. "I was astonished by the tremendous academic and community service accomplishments of the foregoing student scholars," Dellos said ...
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Lawmakers comment on failed bond bill
Y'all Politics - almost 5 years
Local lawmakers comment on failed bond bill Funding for state and community college capital improvement projects is in jeopardy, after the Mississippi Senate failed to approve a proposed $400 million bond bill Saturday. The state House of Representatives passed the bill, but it was killed in the Senate, following a lengthy debate between legislators and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Leaving the state without a bond bill for the coming year will affect funding for roads, bridges, fire trucks, the Mississippi Development Authority and others, in addition to the college projects. "Am I disappointed? Of course I'm disappointed; this was the whole bond bill for the state," Rep. Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, said, when asked if the bill's demise was disappointing. "I really thought we would come together at the last minute like we've done in the past. This wasn't the usual party politics; there didn't seem to be any support from the Senat ...
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Mayday: SmartMeter Opt-Out Deadline Fast Approaching
Watsonville Patch - almost 5 years
PG&E is asking its customers who want to opt out of the SmartMeter program to contact the utility by the end of today, a spokesman said. Although May 1 is a "soft" deadline, PG&E today is trying to get an accurate count of how many refurbished analog meters it will need to supply to customers who oppose the installation of SmartMeters, spokesman Jeff Smith said. "Customers can still opt out for any reason at any time in the future," Smith said. "We're basically trying to get a better idea of how many refurbished meters we'll need to buy and where they'll be needed." Opponents of SmartMeters have argued that the meters emit harmful radiation, an argument that state and federal agencies say is not backed by science. The California Public Utilities Commission in May unanimously approved PG&E's SmartMeter "opt-out" program, and said the potential negative health effects from SmartMeters had not been "identified or confirmed." According to PG&E, 1,540 customer ...
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Lorain settles lawsuit
Chronicle Online - almost 5 years
For the second time in a decade, the city of Lorain has settled a civil rights lawsuit filed by an Elyria Schools truck driver arrested by Lorain police officers. The latest settlement came Friday as a federal jury was deliberating whether Lorain police Officer Dennis Camarillo’s Oct. 8, 2009, arrest of Willie Banks for allegedly possessing crack cocaine violated the law. The charge against Banks was later dropped after a lab determined the crumbs Camarillo reported finding in Banks’ car weren’t drugs. The city, which had already been dismissed as a defendant in the case, agreed to pay Banks $55,000 to end the lawsuit. Lorain Law Director Pat Riley said, despite the settlement, the city denies Camarillo did anything wrong. Brent English, Banks’ attorney, said he felt his client had a strong case. “Why would you think that a city would pay $55,000 if they hadn’t done anything wrong?” English said. He said the city also denied wrongdoing when it paid Banks $25,000 in 2003 to end a la ...
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Finance Committee To Consider Forensic Audit
New London Patch - almost 5 years
The City Council unanimously agreed by roll call vote on Monday to have the Finance Committee consider a forensic audit of the city finances. The proposal, put on the agenda by Councilor John Maynard, asks the committee to consider submitting a request for proposals for conducting the audit. The committee is currently in the midst of discussions on the fiscal year 2013 budget, with Mayor Daryl Finizio’s budget proposing a 6.4 percent increase to $87,111,948 and an increase of the mill rate by 4.97 mills to 30.28. Finizio and Finance Director Jeff Smith formerly said the city was projected to face a $12 million budget deficit over three years unless steps were taken to correct it. This figure was calculated based on an audit showing a $1.3 million deficit in the 2011 fiscal year, overspending and revenue shortfalls in the current fiscal year, and a need to replace the general fund balance in the 2013 fiscal year. In his “State of the City” address, where the budget was presented, ...
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School Board Candidates Announced for 2012-13
Northfork Patch - almost 5 years
Races for seats on local school boards are mostly uncontested this year on the North Fork. Oysterponds Elementary School will have the only contested race for two available seats, with newcomer Alison Lyne, an Orient parent, running against incumbents Linda Goldsmith and Krista de Kerillis. Greenport School, on the other hand, has only one incumbent — Dan Creedon — running with two seats available. Incumbent Lisa Murray will not seek another term, and no one else signed up to run, said Greenport’s superintendent Michael Comanda. The board will have to appoint someone to fill the seat for one year, and that seat will be up for grabs again next year. “This hasn’t happened in Greenport in quite some time — at least not since I’ve been here,” said Comanda, who worked for years as the school’s principal before becoming superintendent. In the Mattituck-Cutchogue school district, incumbents Laura Jens-Smith and Douglas Cooper will run again, as will newcomer Sarah Hassildine of Cu ...
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Spring break said to be at risk
Des Moines Register - almost 5 years
Spring breaks could become a thing of the past in some Iowa school districts if state lawmakers are successful in their quest to push the first day of classes closer to Labor Day. A measure to restrict start dates to no earlier than the fourth Monday in August was approved Tuesday by the House. The legislation, which still needs Senate approval, also eliminates waivers that currently allow nearly 99 percent of the state’s 351 districts to circumvent state requirements and begin classes early. Schools with so-called innovative calendars — a form of year-round schooling — would be able to keep them under the plan. Database: Iowa school district start and end dates and early-start requests for 2011-2012 In districts where students now begin classes on or near Aug. 15, the shift could mean the end to the mid-March break coveted by students and staff, some Iowa educators say. It could also delay semester finals until after Christmas vacation, create havoc for high school students who ar ...
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Rick Santorum Dropping Out of Presidential Race
Opposing Views - almost 5 years reports that Republican Rick Santorum will drop out of the GOP presidential race on Tuesday afternoon. This will be Santorum's first public appearance following the release of his daughter from the hospital. Santorum insisted numerous times that he would participate in Pennsylvania and Texas primaries. He also claimed that it was God's will for him to run for president. Santorum's decision surprised to many Pennsylvania supporters, including Jeff Smith, chairman of the Butler County Republican Committee, who said the campaign was continuing as of Monday night: "Here on the ground, the troops are still ready to go." Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) remain in the race, but are unlikely to catch frontrunner Mitt Romney, who has 661 delegates, according to the Associated Press. Santorum has 285, Gingrich has 136 and Paul has 51.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jeff Smith
  • 2015
    Age 41
    In 2015, Smith published a book, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, which details his time in politics and federal prison.
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  • 2012
    Age 38
    In 2012, Smith gave a TED talk in New York titled "Lessons in business... from prison".
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  • 2011
    Age 37
    In spring 2011, Smith was married and in September, he and his wife Teresa had their first child, Charlie Wallace Smith.
    More Details Hide Details Smith accepted a professorial position in urban policy at the New School's Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy in New York City. At present he writes for the website The Recovering Politician and contributes to Politico - The Arena. His writing has been published in Inc. magazine and praised in New York Magazine's Approval Matrix.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    In November 2010, he was released early from the halfway house and is no longer in federal custody.
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    In late August 2010 he was released to a halfway house in St. Louis.
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  • 2009
    Age 35
    On August 25, 2009 he pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and resigned his seat.
    More Details Hide Details He admitted his involvement, and attempted cover-up, in two federal election law violations committed during his 2004 campaign for Congress. These violations involved his campaign's coordination with an independent group to fund and create a mailer with information about the voting record of his opponent, Russ Carnahan. Smith is Jewish and was raised in the St. Louis suburb of Olivette, Missouri and graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in African-American Studies and political science. He received his MA and PhD in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. Smith has taught as an Adjunct and/or Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and Dartmouth College and won the 2002 Washington University Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence.
    He resigned effective August 25, 2009 and was sentenced to one year and a day of prison.
    More Details Hide Details He also was fined $50,000. His lawyer requested Smith be sent to a prison camp in Marion, Illinois. However, Smith was sent to the camp at Federal Correctional Institution, Manchester in Kentucky.
    In January 2009, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office, acting upon newly discovered information, opened a criminal investigation to determine whether anyone had attempted to obstruct the Federal Election Commission proceeding.
    More Details Hide Details Smith's former associate Steve Brown was approached by the FBI to wear a wire. Brown escaped a jail sentence by recording conversations with Smith. Smith pleaded guilty to two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Each conspiracy count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
    Smith also emerged in 2009 as the Legislature's leading advocate for historic preservation tax credits.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2004, Smith submitted a false affidavit to the Federal Election Commission relating to a conspiracy with a group called Voters for Truth in the summer of 2004, to run negative advertisements against Russ Carnahan, Smith's opponent in a congressional race.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    Smith, who was widely seen as a rising star in the state Democratic Party, worked across the aisle to pass several pieces of major legislation. On December 22, 2008 Sen Smith introduced Paternity Reform legislation in the Missouri State Senate.
    More Details Hide Details Sen. Smith's SB 140 created "fathering courts" throughout the state, while SB 141 is generally like the model legislation. Governor Jay Nixon signed both bills into law shortly after the 2009 legislative session.
  • 2006
    Age 32
    Smith won the primary election on August 8, 2006, and was unopposed in the general election.
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    It was the subject of the documentary film Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, which won the 2006 audience choice award at the Silverdocs film festival.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2007, the documentary aired on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. A year after his unsuccessful Congressional campaign, Smith announced his intention to seek the Missouri State Senate seat being vacated by Pat Dougherty. The race was heavily contested and other candidates included State Representatives Yaphett El-Amin, and Amber Boykins, former State Representative Derio Gambaro, and former St. Louis Alderman Kenny Jones.
  • 2004
    Age 30
    In 2004, Smith was a candidate in the crowded Democratic primary election for the U.S. House of Representatives to replace retiring Congressman Dick Gephardt.
    More Details Hide Details Beginning as an unknown, Smith finished second in the ten-candidate field, narrowly losing to Russ Carnahan. His campaign was widely recognized as an example of successful grassroots organizing.
  • 2001
    Age 27
    In 2001, Smith co-founded the Confluence Academies, a group of charter schools in North St. Louis focusing on math and science education.
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  • 1973
    Born on December 9, 1973.
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