Monday, May 14, 2012

Missouri lawmaker’s vow: No Jayhawk license tags on his watch


Take it as a sign that even though the University of Missouri is leaving the Big 12 Conference, its rivalry with Kansas University is alive and well.


KU Alumni Association

This license plate is a preliminary design the Kansas University Alumni Association submitted last summer, when it began the process seeking approval for a KU plate in Missouri.

Two Missouri state senators are trying to quash the KU Alumni Association’s attempt to make a Jayhawk license plate available in the state after news of the effort hit last week.

“It’s a fascinating study of hatred,” said Kevin Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association.

Corbett said the association was trying to provide the tags for its 30,000 or so alums in the state.

“Missouri happens to be a state where we’ve got a lot of graduates that would love a license plate,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the University of Missouri.”

Two state senators — Kurt U. Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Bill Stouffer, R-Napton — issued a press release Monday declaring their intentions to block the measure.

Stouffer is a co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight and the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. He said he thought it was “pretty reasonable” to assume that the proposal wouldn’t make it out of the transportation oversight committee. After the news that KU was pursuing a Missouri license plate, Stouffer said his email hadn’t lit up like that since the Missouri House speaker announced plans to honor political commentator Rush Limbaugh in the state’s Hall of Famous Missourians.

Even though Missouri offers other universities’ license plates — Pittsburg State University and the University of Arkansas are two examples — Stouffer said KU was a special case.

“We can’t sell our souls,” Stouffer said.

But wouldn’t that mean Missouri is losing out on a new revenue source?

“KU’s turning down a lot of revenue by not playing MU in football,” Stouffer said.

He said he wouldn’t be able to look his grandchildren in the eyes if he allowed the KU license plate to go forward.

“My goal is just to save the world from a mythical bird invasion in the state of Missouri,” Stouffer said.


Bill Shaw 1 year, 11 months ago

Talk about losing revenue.
Misery has the 2nd highest consumption of cigarettes per person in the US plus one of the lowest tobacco taxes. If they would add a tax to products made in Misery from wood, they would have a budget surplus.


hammr25 1 year, 11 months ago

Stouffer should just accept the fact that Mizzou already sold it's soul to the money in the SEC and that's why there is no more revenue from Kansas football and basketball.


Robin Smith 1 year, 11 months ago

I want Mizzou to have plates in Kansas. Money to our state and something fun and appropriate for youngsters to deface.

Of course MO is too stupid to recognize these opportunities


ltownatrain 1 year, 11 months ago

If I was misery I would take all the money I can get to improve their public roads and highways. They are so atrocious that when I go to visit friends there from up here in Lincoln I take 71 through Topeka and add 30 minutes to my trip just to avoid misery highways at all costs.


Lindsey Buscher 1 year, 11 months ago

Saw the headline and knew an 'R' would follow the names of the senators.


Beeper 1 year, 11 months ago

"Stauffer" and "Stouffer" are (thankfully) different -- different names, different family, different building, different dinner, but that might not stop the good senator from wanting to change his name from Stouffer to about, ...)lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll mud? I got a load of guffaws out of this one -- "what a tool" is right!
Ignorance is a breeding pit for anger and hate -- let Senator Stouffer wallow in it. We're not going to make him better. Hopefully the national press will get ahold of this and hoist him as the hate-mongering fool he is. We have real enemies in this world -- so focusing on a next door neighbor seems pretty shallow. As Martin Mull once said, "Isn't it sad when cousins marry?" A few years ago, the Iowa legislature voted that the Sunflower was a "noxious weed." Recognizing that the Kansas State Flower was being picked on, (so to speak), the Kansas Legislature passed a resolution declaring the Eastern Bullfinch (the Iowa State bird) a "public nuisance." How's that for responsible leadership! I am so proud.


Sam Constance 1 year, 11 months ago

What an absurd story. Just a few random thoughts of mine after reading the article and most of the comments:

1) This shouldn't be surprising to anyone. Not because these guys are from Missouri, but because a lot of lawmakers are petty and small-minded. I'm honestly surprised there are only two lawmakers who are outspoken on the matter.

2) I wonder if either of these guys have figured out yet that by doing this, they are actually giving the middle finger to a percentage of their own constituents, without really generating anything of value for the state in return. Taking value away from the state, actually, given the fact that custom license plates would generate revenue for virtually no marginal cost compared to what they already pay to run the program for Pitt State and Arkansas custom plates.

3) Don't kid yourselves if you think Kansas doesn't have any of its own state senators/representatives who would do the exact same thing, or at least something similar, given the proper circumstances. It's just a question of how many would be on board.

4) Someone above mentioned something about not needing license plates to tell KU drivers apart in Missouri because of the... distinctive... traits of their vehicles, which reminded me of a vehicle I once saw in Missouri. It was an old-school conversion van, but on one of the side windows, the owners had attached a window-unit air-conditioner, like you normally see on the sides of trailers and houses. I can't even begin to imagine how they were supplying power to the damn thing, since I'm pretty sure A/C units don't come with a cigarette lighter power cord adapter.

5) This reminds me of a more extreme version of people wanting to change the name of Missouri Street in Lawrence, because of a college rivalry. I'm as big a fan as you will find, but letting college rivalries bleed into completely unrelated real-life situations is beyond childish. Obviously, this is worse, since it means Missouri leaving revenue on the table.

6) I think my favorite--and the most underrated--part of the article, is where this tool Stouffer responds to the question about the STATE of Missouri leaving revenue on the table (in these tough economic times for state governments) by pointing out that the UNIVERSITY of Kansas is leaving athletics revenue on the table (which is a debatable point anyway) by not playing Missouri in a college football game. Leaving aside for one sec the fact that the two situations aren't comparable, given that one is a state government and another is an athletics corporation, it's amusing what Mr. Stouffer has done. By bringing up KU's football decision, he signals that he is somewhat bitter about it (since it's completely irrelevant), even though citing something as a justification for one's own actions typically indicates approval of that thing.

7) Perhaps next, Mr. Stouffer will start working on legally changing his name, since KU has a Stouffer Hall on campus.


PickleFuzz 1 year, 11 months ago

A mythical bird invasion of Mo, so he knows that there r more KU fans that mu fans? Bet there would be more KU plates than mu plates by the tens of thousands!


amatxjayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Why the hell would any KU supporter put money in the state coffers of Missouri. I'd rather buy a big ass decal from the KU bookstore. That would be a win win, sends the message and supports our university.


BillSelf4Prez 1 year, 11 months ago

Anybody see Cole Aldrich tearing up against LA?? And who is the announcer that always gushes about KU? Because Reggie Miller said,"and where is cole aldrich from" and the guy said Minnesota and the university of Kansas. But Reggie then said like you usually mention KU about 6 times each night. And then the announcer said something about Nick Collison being from KU and then Reggie said something about how oh here you go about KU



Sparko 1 year, 11 months ago

A Jayhawk plate classes the place up too much. I had a friend who once saw a Jawhawk in the scorched remainder of a Missouri Meth trailer that had blown up. He said it was a like a flower that bloomed in a desert moonscape. But with banjo music.


jhawkrulz 1 year, 11 months ago

How many of us would allow Missouri plates in Kansas?

I would be calling my senators/house reps and anybody else if this measure was brought up.

I think this was actually one of the few things that politicians have done well in some time.


Jackalope7 1 year, 11 months ago

I can't say I really blame them for acting against a Jayhawk being on a fizzou licence plate. Then again, what does it matter if KU grads, who live in Missouri, paying Missouri taxes toward the state, want a Jayhawk on their plates. If I'm a political figure, I'm for this. It's just an option to have the Jayhawk on the plate. It's not a state wide action.


riverdrifter 1 year, 11 months ago

“KU’s turning down a lot of revenue by not playing MU in football,” Stouffer said.

Stouffer is an idiot. Neither side would've ever agreed to schedule in football. Mizzou wanted to suckle off the KU teat in BB and Bill Self has correctly torpedoed that.


GraniteHawk 1 year, 11 months ago

All of us who were fortunate to have attended KU, but live in MO need the email address for this senator so that we can voice concerns about his leadership and financial decision making abilities. You would think that having to drive on the roads we can not afford to fix would be reason enough for the state to want to generate any new revenue possible.


ksbball1 1 year, 11 months ago

KSU fans aren't much different.


KansasRedLegger 1 year, 11 months ago

There is nothing - nothing - more pathetic than an MU fan.



holidaysmore 1 year, 11 months ago

“KU’s turning down a lot of revenue by not playing MU in football,” Stouffer said.

Yup and there was the last straw.


iamakufan 1 year, 11 months ago

Typical of Missouri lawmakers. Just like the rest of the state. No class. Just an inferiority complex.


Janet Scott 1 year, 11 months ago

These two make Pee Wee Herman sound like Einstein.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 11 months ago

As a native Missourian who found redemption as a Kansas Jayhawk, I can only say I am not surprised by this small-minded, mean-spirited decision brought on by a deep-seated inferiority complex.

Honestly, they really don't know how good it is not to be part of Missouri....almost like little children who think the world pretty much stops just on the outside of their own backyard fence!!!!!


ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 11 months ago

KU fans are easy enough to spot in Missouri. We are the ones NOT driving the 1983 chevy vans with a 2 spare tires for wheels, tarp for a roof, and farmers tanned arm with with needle inserted sticking out the driver side window.


John Fitzgerald 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow ... I'm embarassed for this guy! How can you not allow a jayhawk tag in missouri? That's rascism. Judging a person by the school they attended. Not good on your part compodre, and if you ban this expect a huge backlash. You think you're life is tough now? Deny jayhawk alums the right to a jayhawk tag and you will be wishing you're soul was sold to Bill Self.


Ben Kane 1 year, 11 months ago

i have no problem with them stopping this from happening and i would hope that the kansas government would do the same if mizery tried this.


Pbbut 1 year, 11 months ago

"We can't sell our souls."

The guy's a politician, he's already sold it at least once.


Chris1955 1 year, 11 months ago

My company vehicle lease is up at the end of August. You better believe that I'll have a new Texas Jayhawk license plate on my next vehicle. Say what you will, Texas likes to find ways to create revenue opportunities.


ksjayhawk74 1 year, 11 months ago

No Jayhawk tags in Missouri... But they just had a ceremony honoring the bust of Rush Limbaugh's fat head. They had to do it secretly, without the public around.


STL_Jayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

If these guys weren't such small minded individuals, they could have passed the measure with an ammendment that all of the additional funds would be donated to Mizzou Athletics. Apparently, the boosters could use some help keeping up with the other SEC schools.


thebcman 1 year, 11 months ago

I know how he feels. I wouldn't be able to look my grandchildren in the eyes if I were a Republican senator from Missouri.


Cmill1221 1 year, 11 months ago

Lol. I love that they are so bitter: "KU turned down a lot of revenue by not playing Missouri in football". HA!! What a tool is right!


tolawdjk 1 year, 11 months ago


Missourians apparetly have souls.

Who knew?


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