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.


tolawdjk 10 years, 1 month ago


Missourians apparetly have souls.

Who knew?

Shelly Harshaw 10 years, 1 month ago

tolawdjk ... Couldn't have said it better!

nuleafjhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

He was mis-quoted. He actually said "We can't sell our soles."

Most Missouri residents are barefoot and this guy is trying to keep the few that actually have shoes from selling them.

Cmill1221 10 years, 1 month 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!

Ervin O'Neal 10 years, 1 month 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.

ksjayhawk74 10 years, 1 month 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.

Chris1955 10 years, 1 month 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.

Pbbut 10 years, 1 month ago

"We can't sell our souls."

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

Robin Smith 10 years, 1 month ago

he has sold it multiple times but it was a ponzi scheme

Ben Kane 10 years, 1 month 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.

jhox 10 years, 1 month ago

I'm with you, Chuckberry32. Any real KU fan could not stand by and see Missery Tigers on Kansas plates, if the the roles were reversed. I can't believe all of the people who are critical of these guys would feel the same way if the shoe was on the other foot. Think about it people, would you want to see their ugly logo on Kansas plates? It's bad enough to have to see all those powerkittens on Kansas plates.

Kyle Rohde 10 years, 1 month ago'd all be up in arms sending emails to your state senator if the opposite was happening. Not surprising in the least.

John Fitzgerald 10 years, 1 month 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.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 1 month ago

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KUbsee69 10 years, 1 month ago

Rascism ??? In a pro-slavery state. Nah.

JayHawkFanToo 10 years, 1 month ago

"That's rascism. Judging a person by the school they attended."

How do you make the leap from "judging a person by the school they attended" to "racism"? Discrimination? Yes. Racism? No. Racism is defined as prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a "different race" based on such a belief. Obviously it does not apply in this case..

If you are going to put down someone from Missouri, at least try not to look equally ignorant...and learn to spell racism...and compadre.

Robin Smith 10 years, 1 month ago

your technical proficiency is laudable, but c'mon, the guy was joking

and personally (even with a degree in English) I find critiquing someone's spelling to be obnoxious

Don Everett 10 years, 1 month ago

Rascism? I'm embarrassed (sp?) you're a Jayhawk fan.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 1 month 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.

KUbsee69 10 years, 1 month ago

What's the most popular brand of tire in Missouri?

Answer: No Hunting

Tony Bandle 10 years, 1 month 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!!!!!

gchawk 10 years, 1 month ago

I'm not sure they have an inferiority complex, I think they're just plain inferior!

Steve Reigle 10 years, 1 month ago

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

Marcus Balzer 10 years, 1 month ago

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

Yup and there was the last straw.

KansasRedLegger 10 years, 1 month ago

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


Robin Smith 10 years, 1 month ago

this sounds like a riddle

what about 2 MU fans? :D

GraniteHawk 10 years, 1 month 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.

riverdrifter 10 years, 1 month 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.

Jackalope7 10 years, 1 month 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.

Jeff Coffman 10 years, 1 month 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.

Scott Patterson 10 years, 1 month ago

I'd be totally fine with it. Actually, you could have fun with it. For instance, MU license plates would cost a bit extra or all $$ for MU license plates is automatically directed to KU and KSU for a degree in Criminal Jusitice with an emphasis on eradicating Meth Labs. Or, all $$ is directed to a History program focused on the Civil War.

I don't understand how having an extra home game in Lawrence, where loclal businesses collect thousands of dollars in extra state sales taxes, results in KU and the State losing money, but I'm sure logic isn't this State Senator's forte.

Sparko 10 years, 1 month 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.

BillSelf4Prez 10 years, 1 month 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


Robin Smith 10 years, 1 month ago

Cool! I didn't know that. Way to rep it Harlan -- my new favorite announcer :)

amatxjayhawk 10 years, 1 month 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.

Helen Gross 10 years, 1 month 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!

Sam Constance 10 years, 1 month 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.

Todd 10 years, 1 month ago

I was thinking the same thing about pissing off their constituents, but they are state senators. One represents Columbia and the other some podunk place to the northwest of Columbia, so they don't have to worry about making anyone mad since they're the ones getting the emails in opposition from the toothless fans in middle MO. If they were from around KC or StL then there would be more pushback.

Sean Williams 10 years, 1 month 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.

Lindsey Buscher 10 years, 1 month ago

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

Eric Dawson 10 years, 1 month ago

And yet this is what defies political comprehension given the state of Missouri's budget situation -- Republicans turning down a tax free, essentially cost free (only the marginal cost of producing the plates, since the fixed costs [except for the one time design cost for the plate] are already covered) way of adding to the state coffers.

Of course, if it were mOOrdor asking to have a mOO plate for the state of Kansas, i could see resistance from some of our legislators as well -- BUT I would hope they would demonstrate enough political savoir-faire to say "Thanks for the money, mOOsters!", and have the proceeds be dedicated to supporting KU and (to be politically astute and to ensure passage) KSt.

gchawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Not sure that an "R" had anything to do with their decision any more then if they had an "I" or a "D". I don't want this to be a political topic, but there are a lot of ignoramuses affiliated with all political parties, just like there are a number of good people who belong to all of them. Your comment implies that all "R's" make bad decisions. Ignorance is the breeding grounds for prejudice.

ltownatrain 10 years, 1 month 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.

Brak 10 years, 1 month ago

And yet they would probably just spend it on meth and moonshine.

Robin Smith 10 years, 1 month 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

hammr25 10 years, 1 month 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.

Bill Shaw 10 years, 1 month 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.

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