Friday, May 25, 2012
The Associated Press reports the state of Missouri is spending $1,000 to guard the controversial talk show host's bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians.
Rush Limbaugh newly-enshrined bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians is reportedly the only one there with a security camera aimed at it. The outspoken talk show host was formally inducted into the hall during a closed door ceremony in the Missouri General Assembly near the close of the just-completed legislative session. The Associated Press reports that the House Clerk went ahead with the $1,100 expenditure because of vandalism concerns. State Representative Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) told Patch via email this week that the placement of the bust in the hall, after the end of the session was indicative of a "shroud of secrecy" and that she hoped the state Office of Administration would refuse to allow it to remain on display.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Rush Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians this week. An honor well deserved? Or a mistake on the part of Missouri lawmakers?
Rush Limbaugh, the controversial conservative commentator, was enshrined into the Hall of Famous Missourians this week, sparking controversy across the state and country on whether Limbaugh should be worth of such an honor. Limbaugh's name now sits amongst such famous Missourians as Mark Twain, Dred Scott, Jack Buck and Stan Musial. According to the St. Louis Beacon, Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley gave reporters less than a half-hour’s notice of the ceremony. From the Beacon: Tilley’s decision to honor Limbaugh, a Cape Girardeau native, has sparked opposition from Democrats and progressives because of Limbaugh’s often strong words when he talks about people with whom he disagrees. Limbaugh’s bust will be placed in the Capitol’s Hall …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Controversial talk show host inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians despite opposition over Limbaugh's recent remarks about a Georgetown graduate student.
In a ceremony kept private by GOP state lawmakers Monday afternoon, Missouri native and conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was formally introduced as a member of Missouri's Hall of Famous Missourians. Limbaugh's candidacy for the honor has been under fire by Democrats for months, sparked by his comments made about a Georgetown University graduate student who had spoken out in support of birth control. In March, Creve Coeur area State Representative Jill Schupp spoke out against the honor, saying it would inflame half the state and "could detract from the greatness of those Missourians included in the Hall of Famous Missourians." In his remarks, which can be seen in this YouTube clip Limbaugh said he was stunned, "but not …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Democrat Jill Schupp represents parts of Creve Coeur, Chesterfield, Town and Country and Unincorporated St. Louis County in Jefferson City
State Representative Jill Schupp (D-82) joined other Democrats Tuesday in urging Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley to reconsider the decision to place radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh in the Hall of Famous Missourians. Late Tuesday she released the following statement to Patch: I have heard from scores of people in the district all asking me to oppose recognizing Rush as a famous Missourian. I have responded and asked them to send their comments to the Speaker. It is a prerogative of the Speaker to make selection(s) of famous Missourian(s) and raise money to cover the cost of the sculpture(s) to be unveiled and housed in the capitol. This choice is one that I believe will inflame half of the people of the state. Particularly in light …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
A letter to Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley says "fame alone" has not been the standard of enshrinement for the Hall of Famous Missourians.
In a letter Tuesday to Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley signed by every Democrat in the General Assembly, including Creve Coeur State Rep. Jill Schupp, lawmakers called on Tilley to pull back on plans to honor broadcaster Rush Limbaugh in the Hall of Famous Missourians. Limbaugh, a conservative commentator, has been under fire for comments he made about a Georgetown University law student who was advocating for insurance coverage of contraception before a Congressional panel. Limbaugh labeled the woman a "slut". Limbaugh issued an apology over the weekend. Some advertisers, including AOL, parent company of Creve Coeur Patch, have pulled their ads from his program. The letter from lawmakers, according to FOX2 News, said "honoring …