Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s appearance in St. Louis to veto a bill on workplace discrimination draws fire from a protestor upset over another issue —  puppy mills.

Voters statewide approved Proposition B in November, which put new limits on dog breeders to prevent overcrowding dogs in cages and other inhumane conditions.

Holding his sign across the street from Nixon’s veto ceremony,  protestor Michael Kiepe is a political science student at the University of Missouri St. Louis. 

“His signing of a bill that nullifies a ballot initiative, to me, goes against the spirit and letter of Missouri Constitutional law, and damages the social contract, which in our day and age is more important than ever,” Kiepe said. 

Nixon defended his decision to go against the will of Missouri voters. 

“The voters spoke, but the voters didn’t have the authority to put resources in,” Nixon said.   Nixon also noted that members of the legislature from both parties supported the changes, as well as the Humane Society.  

But Kiepe isn’t satisfied.

“By nullifying that law it tells me that my vote really doesn’t count on this issue,” Kiepe said,  “This wasn’t a rider on an amendment on a bill in committee.  This is law.”

Copyright KMOX.

Comments (28)
  1. Salvatore Paradise says:

    No one is above the law. No-one.

  2. jeanne Hendricks says:

    Yay N+Mike You rock !!!

  3. kathie says:

    Thankyou Governor Nixon for supporting Missouri agriculture and protecting it from HSUS a big money, out of state, radical,influence.

    1. Shelley says:

      I belong to HSUS and I live in Missouri. In fact, there are many people who are members of HSUS in Missouri.

      So are you also advocating to keep out all of the larger agricultural-based organizations, too?

      How about the NRA? Are you advocating keeping the NRA out? After all, the NRA got the legislature to overturn the people’s vote on conceal/carry. There you have an organization with a lot of money directly influencing legislation–but they didn’t do it through the ballot, they did it in back rooms.

      It was inappropriate for our elected officials to pretend to follow the will of the people, when it was obvious they had no interest in doing so. And to cast blame on a non-profit organization because it pleases big agribusiness interests.

      This action was not something either the legislature or the governor can be proud of.

    2. getemout says:

      Yes, thank you Governor Nixon! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Michael L. Kiepe says:

    My intention was not to support either side of this issue, I want residents of Missouri to have a voice and the rule of law to be supreme in the state of my birth. Regardless of your stand on this issue, the overturning of a ballot initiative is simply unacceptable.

    1. Shelley says:

      I’m for Proposition B, so I may be biased, but I agree with your: the first article of the Missouri Bill of Rights reads:

      That all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.

      Seems this was conveniently forgotten by too many people.

  5. Andrew says:

    Mike, I’m proud of you! I, for one, was a former student of Poli-Sci at UMSL back in the early 80’s. Last time I checked my Constitution, I thought that there was such a thing as “public corruption”, “equal protection under the law”, “conflict of interest by public officials”…

    To introduce a bill (for consideration of a law) of which you have a “personal and pecuniary/monetary” interest, is considered a “conflict of interest”

  6. kathie says:

    Shelley P.Give it up .You have ranted for months the doctrine of your great thought leader ,Pacelle. Face the facts ,you and HSUS lost-we won. Missouri is not the place for your radical terrorist activism.Take it to the coasts.Thank god we have leaders like Gov. Nixon and Senator Parson to protect the agriculture comunity from the city people.Again Shelley P. YOU LOST

    1. kathy1949 says:

      kathie – seems to me you are one of the losers. Some rural reps are hog farmers, and at least one has direct ties to an infamous MO puppy mill. These reps vote on Agriculltural bills – mostly to the detriment of family farmers, other rural MO property owners and the enviroment of MO. It’s only a matter of time before they allow a CAFO in your bckyard.

      1. kathie says:

        We are hog/cattle farmers,and own a kennel ,You lost-we won.HSUS= LOSERS

  7. getemout says:

    Good job, Governor Nixon! Kathie is correct. How did you enjoy the recently adminstered POUNDING?? LOL! LOL! TAKE THAT!! GET OUT H$U$. YOU ARE NOT WANTED HERE. ANTI-AG OUT OF MISSOURI!! DID YOU GET THE MESSAGE LOUD & CLEAR?? H$U$=LOSERS. MISSOURI AGRICULTURE=WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. notsurprised says:

      That is how you guys have acted all through this process with no class. Missouri will have to come out of the dark ages eventually. It will happen. You sound like a two-year-old yelling losers and a lot of you are quite paranoid. It is not a communist invasion it is people all over the country wanting dogs treated humanely finally.

  8. alice says:

    Mississippi just made animal abuse a felony, Texas is about to ban puppy mills outright, and Missouri (puppymill capital of the US, with 3,000+ mills) of course, can’t even pass a law giving their breeding dogs things like bigger cages and not being in those cages their entire lives, not being stacked on top of eachother, etc.

    I mean, I’m not really surprised – Missouri is a cespool of racist white trash and hillbillies who are extremely paranoid of the government and think Obama is a muslim or whatever, so I know they’re living in their own little bubble of ridiculous. But I thought they’d at least respect a law that was passed by the majority of their own voters rather than supporting a government official vetoeing it for obviously shady reasons.WOW.Just wow. Even Kansans are making fun of this.
    Keep being embarassing, Missouri.

    1. Summer says:

      I am from Missouri, Alice. And, I agree 100% with you.

      The protestor was arguing the broader point of representation through the voting process, which is also broken here.

      The bragging and name-calling is country-wide. But, treating animals in this way just shows our whole states’ lack of care for our families, animals, and integrity.

    2. daniiel says:

      that there was no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe. That NOT The Nixon doaprn, as the leftist press would have you believe, was Ford’s ultimate downfall. Even in the 1970’s thanks to Woodward and Bernstein, the press was damn liberal.Personally I have mixed feelings about the doaprn. Then again, at the time Watergate happened, I was merely a baby. Don’t blame me, I grew up in a Democratic household. But my mother liked Ford for being an average joe. Somehow methinks he was the first RINO Republican President.We have a second one, of course, in the current administration. And I for one don’t like it. Bush to me is NCE–Not Conservative Enough!

  9. Linda Lambert says:

    Nixon overturned the will and vote of his people, there are many in Missouri who are members of the HSUS! Missouri Agriculture are the ones that have bigger mouths, more money and think of nothing to abuse the will of the people for their own selfish needs!

  10. Linda Lambert says:

    Alice – your right, Missouri is an embarrassment to this country -I see anything “made in Missouri” it will not come into my house! Be it food or products!
    I would buy a bumper sticker that said, “Missouri The Puppy Mill State!”

  11. kathie says:

    Nixon gave HSUS the boot as he needed to do to protect his state from a radical,kool aide drinking, gaggle of gnome.And who really cares who Kansas is making fun of for god sake.Keep on ranting-bottom line:YOU LOST-WE WON.Repeat so you might finally get it–YOU LOST-WE WON.LMAO!

    1. notsurprised says:

      You have won for now but not forever. Some of your statements are so bizarre and paranoid and you are not even a graceful winner.

  12. Holly says:

    I find it very revealing to find those who CLAIM they are for animal welfare, yet they are against the Missouri Solution and SB161 which provides high standards and humane care for dogs in Missouri! Clearly, those against the Prop B fix are more upset about not getting their way then they are about the care of animals. I have learned this past year that HSUS and animal rights activists are against breeding of any kind — and I’m guessing that’s why they’re REALLY upset, because to them all breeders are considered “puppy mills”. How pathetic!

    1. notsurprised says:

      You cannot speak for all people who are for animal welfare. That has been part of the problem. You group everyone together. People want RESPONSIBLE BREEDING OF DOGS AND HUMANE CARE OF THE DOGS. There are extremists in every area of life and for every cause. What I and a lot of people want is common sense, practical, humane and compassionate treatment of dogs in the breeding business with some concern over where that dog you breed and sell ends up. Are you selling your puppies at auctions so that they can go to pet stores. Do you even care where they go? Do you realize that in addition to suffering at the hands of some abusive dog breeders (aka puppy mill owners) that some of these dogs end up at auctions, pet stores and/or become unwanted down the road contributing to the extraordinary unwanted dog population. The purebred rescues all over the country try their best to get these dogs out of the shelters and not be euthanized but not all are saved. There are 4 to 6 million dogs euthanized every year because they do not have a home.l

  13. notsurprised says:

    Another thing Holly. The lawmakers overturned a vote of the people. Wait until your turn comes and they overturn your vote. Not a good precedent. Agribusiness and their lobbyists won this time but it will be someone else the next time. The people voted and since some people didn’t like it the lawmakers decided they knew better and that is not a good thing.

  14. Terry Ward says:

    Breeders are thugs.

  15. Shakil says:

    Minister of Propaganda could well be a conservative who pdeetnrs to be liberal to make liberals look bad. Not that they need any help…

    1. Kathie Blomberg says:

      like you pretend to be literate?

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