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

May 14, 2012

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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.

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.

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.

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Liberal 1 year, 11 months ago

Just as yeller bellied as they ever were...I was trying to speak there language.

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pace 1 year, 11 months ago

Does any state legislature pay attention to the real problems, Head line grabbing goons, writing law on sports, religion, marriage, but NADA on jobs, homes, fair tax. What goons on both sides of the border. Losers.

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blue73harley 1 year, 11 months ago

I think Misery should be required to issue free plates to any former Kansans that are unfortunate enough to have to live across the border.

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MarchHare 1 year, 11 months ago

“We can’t sell our souls,” 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.

Absolutely stunning examples of hyperbole. This, people, is what we elect our Senators for. Who else is going to save us from the imaginary cartoon characters?

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Beth Ennis 1 year, 11 months ago

FYI: Kansas has it in their law/regulations that only Kansas schools can be on KS license plates. They don't allow any out of state schools. However, Missouri already allows out of state schools on their licenses plates, so to not allow KU could be called discrimination which could cost the state some money if someone decides to make a case of it. I sure wouldn't put a Jayhawk on my license plate if I lived in Missouri. Like someone else said, that's putting a target on your car, and I personally would be too paranoid to do that.

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mrchips 1 year, 11 months ago

Didn't anyone tell the people of Missouri that this was to be a good-will gesture? The tax revenue from the sale of Jayhawks tags in MO was to go directly into a fund to pay for dental work for their population....

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motercyclejim 1 year, 11 months ago

This is rideculus!! I went to missu and i dont want any jay hawkes on the missouri lisense plate!!! they just are mad that were going 2 the sec which is a beter confrence!!!!! all hail missou!!!!!

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tange 1 year, 11 months ago

“We can’t sell our souls,” Stouffer [R-Napton] said.

Must be irony week.

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Gandalf 1 year, 11 months ago

Why would a Jayhawk in Mizzu want to place a target on his/her car?

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Budgets_Smudgets 1 year, 11 months ago

Ego check: This is no more embarrassing than those of you who wanted to rename Missouri Street in Lawrence.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 11 months ago

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mdlund0 1 year, 11 months ago

As someone who doesn't have a dog in this fight (I came from another state well across the country and attended universities that do not include KU or MU), I have to say that it fascinates me how in rivalries such as this one (UT / A&M is another good example) there is always one team/side (MU or A&M in this case) that takes it extremely seriously with utter hatred and contempt for the other side while the opposition (KU or UT) tends to brush it off and not really understand what all the fuss is about. Rivalries are asymmetrical. Can someone explain to my why Mizzou people have their undies in such a bundle? What is the origin of this?

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somedude20 1 year, 11 months ago

It is good to have standards MO. The Hawks are out but Rush Limbaugh is in the Missouri Hall of Fame and will have a bronze bust in the state Capitol next to Twain and Truman. Yep, it is good to have standards, keep it classy, MO!

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 11 months ago

“KU’s turning down a lot of revenue by not playing MU in football,” Stouffer said, dang that is one brilliant statement, oh I forgot we are talking about "Misery" and who left the conference

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John Kyle 1 year, 11 months ago

Who cares what Missouri does?

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Haiku_Cuckoo 1 year, 11 months ago

I'll bet senators Schaefer and Napton still use the term "freedom fries".

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thuja 1 year, 11 months ago

My generic tag works great all by itself.

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autie 1 year, 11 months ago

JackM, you give the boy way too much credit.

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Armen Kurdian 1 year, 11 months ago

More like a fascintating study of Missouri dumbasses. Actually it's not fascinating. It's laughable.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

"Wheatbenders" and Meth heads in a girl fight over license plates.

Too funny

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anonyname 1 year, 11 months ago

"A fascinating study of hatred." I wonder how many supporters of this idea would approve of a Kansas tag with Truman the Tiger.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

Missouri shooting themselves in the foot because of KU. Some things never change.

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Don Brennaman 1 year, 11 months ago

Why not save the world from the myth of excellence at anything over there?

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