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Missouri House, 56th District
By JOEL WALSH - The Kansas City Star
The race to fill a vacancy in Missouri‘s 56th House District pits two Lee‘s Summit residents.
Republican Mike Cierpiot and Democrat Dave Coffman are battling for the seat held by Republican Brian Yates
before Yates resigned from the state legislature in December.
Neither candidate has held government office, although Cierpiot served as Republican County committeeman in
Jackson County from 1993 to 2003.
Coffman is a retired educator, with 22 years as the principal of Westridge Elementary School in the Raytown
School District.
Cierpiot said he would cut state spending ―intelligently‖ and explore ending tax credits that don‘t promote
economic growth.
Coffman said continued investment in education, in part by reducing some tax credits for businesses, would lead
to long-term growth.
As of Oct. 15, Cierpiot had received $53,421 in campaign contributions. Coffman had $31,017.
The 56th district encompasses portions of Blue Springs, Oak Grove and Grain Valley as well as eastern Lee‘s

•Age: 57 •Address: Lee‘s Summit
•Occupation: Network engineer, AT&T
•Education: Attended Metropolitan Community College - Longview campus and University of Missouri-Kansas
•Previous elected office: Republican County Committeeman, 1993 to 2003
•Web site:
•Age: 64
•Address: Lee‘s Summit
•Occupation: Retired teacher, coach and principal
•Education: Bachelor‘s in education, Central Missouri State University; master‘s specialist degree in education,
University of Missouri-Kansas City
•Previous elected office: None
To reach Joel Walsh, call 816-234-4328 or send e-mail to
Posted on Tue, Oct. 19, 2010 10:15 PM

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Missouri House, 124th District
By DONALD BRADLEY - The Kansas City Star
Luke Scavuzzo, the Democratic incumbent seeking a third term, says the General Assembly‘s immediate
concern will be to find a way to come up with a budget without last year‘s stimulus money.
―There is no stimulus money this year,‖ Scavuzzo said. ―We are going to have to fill in the gaps.‖
He is opposed in the 124th House District by Republican Rick Brattin, a Marine veteran making his first run at
elective office. Also in the race is Constitution Party candidate Kent Cogan, who believes the country should do
away with all gun laws.
Scavuzzo, 54, a retired supermarket owner, says he will fight to make sure school districts aren‘t hurt by budget
Brattin, 30, owner of a small business, says he is running because of a lack of common sense in government.
He thinks business operates best when government gets out of the way. That is the way to create jobs for the
124th and the entire country, Brattin said.
―That is the conservative way instead of tax and spend,‖ Brattin said.
Cogan, 38, who works in information technology, is another first-time candidate.
His top priority would be to repeal abortion rights. He also opposes any restriction on gun ownership, even when
it comes to someone wanting to own a Sherman tank.
―If they can afford it, sure,‖ he said.
•Age: 54
•Address: Harrisonville
•Occupation: Retired owner of supermarket
•Education: Some college
•Previous elected office: Missouri House, seeking third term
•Age: 30
•Address: Harrisonville
•Employment: Owner of small construction company
•Education: High school
•Previous elected office: None

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•Age: 38
•Address: Harrisonville
•Occupation: Information technology
•Education: Some college
•Previous elected office: None
•Website: None
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Missouri House, 34th District
By SETH PUTNAM - The Kansas City Star
A pair of political rookies is contending for Republican Tim Flook‘s seat in Missouri‘s 34th House District.
Myron Neth, a Republican cattle farmer, will match up against Mark Ellebracht, a Democratic attorney. Flook,
who was elected in 2005, decided not to seek his fourth and final term.
If Neth had to pare his campaign to the basics, it would come down to jobs and the economy. ―Raising taxes
would be a job killer,‖ he said. We have to lessen the tax burden, not increase it. Small to mid-sized businesses
are the bread and butter of our economy.‖
Neth said the thing that sets him apart from his opponent is that he is intimately connected to the community. ―It
has everything to do with knowing who your constituents are,‖ he said. ―For the last 10 to 15 years I‘ve been in
the community.‖
Ellebracht, however, said his accomplishments as a newly graduated lawyer and a sergeant in the Army have
made him the more qualified candidate. ―Everything I‘ve gotten I‘ve earned,‖ he said. ―I‘ve worked very hard to
get where I am today. I can identify with people who have had to work.
As for the main thrust of his campaign, Ellebracht said he‘d crack down on corporate tax breaks. ―Why are we
helping corporations?‖ he asked. ―They‘re ruining our economy. People are the ones who need help, especially
when the economy is this bad.‖
Missouri‘s 34th House District includes Liberty, Glenaire and part of Claycomo.
Age: 29
Address: 1146 W. College Street, Liberty, MO 64068
Occupation: Attorney
Education: B.A., Political Science, William Jewell College; J.D. University of Missouri School of Law
Previous civic service: Sergeant in the U.S. Army (four years); Member, America Legion Post 95; Junior Vice
Commander, VFW 4043; Board Member, St. James Knights of Columbus; Adult Leader, BSA Troop 374
Age: 41
Address: 1826 Surrey Street, Liberty, MO 64068
Occupation: Self-employed, Stockdale Farms
Education: B.S. Business Administration, William Jewell College; Graduate of William Jewell‘s Doniphan
Leadership Institute
Previous civic service: Liberty Symphony Board, Liberty Rotary Club, Boundary Committee for Liberty Public
Schools, Blue Ribbon Committee for Liberty High, Liberty Public Schools Strategic Planning

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To reach Seth Putnam, call 816-234-4449 or send e-mail to
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Missouri House, 120th District
By DONALD BRADLEY - The Kansas City Star
Scott Largent, the Republican incumbent seeking a second term in the 120th House District, says this year‘s
election is clearly about jobs.
The Clinton resident is challenged by Democrat Zac Maggi, an attorney, and Constitution Party candidate
Richard Hoxsey, a retiree.
The district covers parts of several west-central Missouri counties, including Cass.
Largent, 40, thinks the General Assembly needs to do more to help small businesses.
―I don‘t think a big corporation is going to come in here and hire 3,000 workers,‖ he said. ―We need to help small
businesses hire two or three at a time.‖
Increasing jobs, he said, will in turn provide more money for schools.
Maggi, 27, a Clinton attorney, is making his first try for elective office. He thinks every policy area is being
mishandled by the current General Assembly and he also says too many rural legislators roll over for urban
He says more use must be made of available tax credits to help businesses in small towns grow and hire more
―That‘s the first building block to getting this state going again in terms of economic development,‖ Maggi said.
Hoxsey, 70, who lives in a rural area near Appleton City, is upset at the federal government for what he calls
forcing programs upon states. He would like to see Missouri exercise its sovereignty and refuse the health care
reform passed this year by Congress.
―Things like that,‖ Hoxsey said, are what ―make someone like me decide they have to run for office.‖
He also complained about the federal government‘s ―takeover of public schools.‖
•Age: 27
•Address: Clinton
•Occupation: Attorney
•Education: J.D. from University of Missouri
•Age: 40
•Address: Clinton
•Occupation: State legislator and owner of a small construction company
•Education: Bachelor‘s in criminal justice and master‘s in public administration, University of Central Missouri
Previous elected office: One term in Missouri House; Henry County coroner

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•Website: None
•Party: Constitution
•Age: 70
•Address: Rural Bates County
•Occupation: retired
•Education: Some college
•Previous elected office: Hudson R-9 School Board
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Missouri House 33rd District
By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON - The Kansas City Star
As Jim Stoufer sees it, jobs is the single most important issue in the race for representative of the 33rd District in
the Missouri House
The Democratic challenger from Claycomo is seeking to unseat incumbent Jerry Nolte, a Republican from
―Obviously everything revolves around those jobs,‖ Stoufer said. ―With the unemployment rate being so high,
nothing is going to get better until people have jobs to go to work and earn the money to pay the taxes.‖
One of the first things to do to address that is to tax Internet sales. Missouri has lost revenue by not taxing these
sales, he said.
―People are buying off the Internet instead of buying from a local store because it saves them money,‖ Stoufer
said. ―I think that means that not only are the sales not being in the state of Missouri, sales taxes therefore are
not being generated at the local and state level.‖
Stoufer said he would also like to propose legislation that that would freeze property taxes on primary residences
for retired citizens who are 62 years old and older.
Nolte, who was first elected to the Missouri House in 2004, also believes that jobs are by far the top issue in the
He cites the Manufacturing Jobs Act as the main piece of legislation that he worked on during the past legislative
session. That act provided tax breaks for automakers and was aimed at Ford Motor Co.‘s assembly plant in
Claycomo and intended to save thousands of jobs.
―I think we have gotten a good start, but what we need now is to focus on a couple areas — one is medium and
small businesses,‖ Nolte said. ―We need to be looking at regulatory relief and how we can essentially get out of
their way.‖
Another area that needs renewed attention is the manufacturing industry, where actual products and wealth is
being created.
―That is a source for an awful lot of good paying jobs with benefits that we can tap into,‖ Nolte said. ―I think
manufacturing is not dead in the U.S. I just think if we work it we can be competitive.‖
As for property taxes paid by senior citizens, Nolte would like to see legislation passed that would tie property tax
increases to Social Security Benefit increases. He doesn‘t want to see retirement income being eaten up by
higher property taxes.
The 33rd District is in Clay County and includes Gladstone and Claycomo.
Age: 51
Address: Claycomo
Occupation: Skilled trades pipefitter at the Ford Motor Co.‘s assembly plant in Claycomo.
Education: Graduate of a four-year pipefitter apprenticeship Metropolitan Community College — Business &
Technology Center.

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Previous elected office: Elected to Claycomo Board of Trustees for 18 years, including serving as chairman for
16 years.
Age: 55
Address: Gladstone
Occupation: Freelance illustrator, Jerry Nolte the Cartoonist
Education: Associate degree in arts, Metropolitan Community College—Maple Woods
Previous elected office: Three terms as state representative, 33rd District
Website: None.
To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261, send e-mail to or @cronkb on
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Missouri House 122nd District
By DONALD BRADLEY - The Kansas City Star
Incumbent Mike McGhee and challenger Holmes Osborne agree on the No. 1 problem facing Missouri:
They differ, however, on how best to create more of them.
Republican McGhee, 63, who is seeking a fourth term in the 122nd House District, believes tax credits would
allow businesses to prosper and hire more workers. Legislation passed the House, but stalled in the Senate. He
doesn‘t understand the holdup.
―I would like to see the Senate ease off and let entrepreneurs make some money and create jobs,‖ McGhee
He would also like to see the state provide ―seed capital‖ for new businesses.
Osborne, 35, a Democrat, thinks economic development can be accomplished by contacting companies and
touting the district as a great place to set up shop.
―We need businesses to come in and hire workers,‖ Osborne said. ―Call them, go see them, but we need to get
them here.‖
Despite the hard times at the state level, Osborne said he would fight to make sure funding doesn‘t fall off for
schools, roads and mental health.
The district includes parts of Cass, Lafayette and Johnson counties.

•Age: 35
•Address: Odessa
•Occupation: Investment company owner
•Education: B.S in finance from Syracuse University
•Previous elected office: None
•Website: None
•Age: 63
•Address: Odessa
•Occupation: Legislator and retired real estate investor and farmer
•Education: High school
•Previous elected office: Seeking fourth term
•Website: None

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Nixon reviews Training for Tomorrow at
By Amye Buckley - Neosho Daily News
Posted Oct 19, 2010 @ 11:52 PM
Neosho, Mo. — Students at Crowder College welcomed Gov. Jay Nixon Tuesday as he toured the campus to
review progress on the Training for Tomorrow program.

The governor toured the nearly completed health science building, addressed the crowd and watched as
students John Davis, Jason Nape and Ashley Courtnie did a mock trauma scenario using a trauma manikin
purchased through Training for Tomorrow funding.

Davis, a nontraditional student, was laid off. He returned to Crowder for retraining.

―I‘m putting the governor‘s money to work,‖ Davis said.‖I wanted to do this for a long time,‖

The Training for Tomorrow program, Nixon said, has done what it was designed for at Crowder by creating and
expanding training for high tech, high demand fields.

―When these folks graduate,‖ Nixon said, pointing to the EMT students who surrounded him at the podium, ―they
won‘t be sitting around looking for a job. They‘ll go straight from the classroom to the workplace. Their skills will
help them save lives, deliver state-of-the-art healthcare, and earn a living in this region.‖
Education that provides jobs, Nixon said, is good for the economy.

 ―As our economy continues to pick up steam, our need for trained workers is only going to grow,‖ Nixon said.
―Missouri‘s community colleges are uniquely positioned to meet that growing need.‖

He praised the job training available at community colleges, saying they are the only institutions capable of
moving fast enough to put people back to work. Those who are unemployed, underemployed or want to change
careers, Nixon said, should head to a community college.

―The best thing for you to do is show up at the admissions office of a community college in our state and ask
them for their advice. If you will work hard and play by the rules, then my bet is that you will have a good job and
a good career because of that smart step forward,‖ he said. ―Crowder College is a leader in that area and it is an
honor and a pleasure for me to be with you all today.

―Crowder College is a jewel for this region and a jewel for this state.‖

Crowder was awarded approximately $758,000 in Training for Tomorrow funds earlier this year. The bulk of the
money at Crowder went toward healthcare, but other programs also benefited.

Through the Training for Tomorrow funding, Crowder‘s EMT/paramedic department received three Zoll cardiac
monitors / defibrillators as part of their equipment. Two older units were moved to the other campuses. The
department had funds for a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, which can be used by first
responders as an alternative to intubations and also suction and oxygen equipment, splint devices and spine
boards. The funds supported salaries for faculty to expand the Neosho program and add one in Webb City.
About 24 students were in the EMT program last semester in Neosho and Cassville, but when they opened up

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another group of classes in Neosho and a set in Webb City, they doubled their numbers.

Program coordinator Kristin Spencer said updated equipment is crucial in training first responders.

―Most ambulances are on the cutting edge,‖ Spencer said. ―Our business is saving lives and it‘s important to
have the necessary equipment to do so.‖

 A dozen boxes sit in a corner of the lab, waiting for the program to open at the Nevada campus this spring. The
department is interviewing for an instructor now.

―What they‘re going to learn on in here is the actual equipment that is out there,‖ Spencer said. ―They‘re going to
go out there with kind of a head start and knowing how to operate this equipment.‖

Equipment in new labs at Crowder‘s unfinished health and science building will be purchased from Training for
Tomorrow funds. One of the labs will be set up like a hospital room, with beds and SIM patients. The equipment
had to be purchased, said college president Dr. Alan Marble, but the grant sped things up.

A collision repair program received two pieces of equipment: a velocity electronic measuring system and a spray
gun cleaner and solvent recycling system. Four new courses were added.

Transport training benefited from the purchase of two simulators.

The water and wastewater program now has a full-time faculty member and new training software will help bring
the program online to train operators around the state beginning in the spring. Two new certificate programs
have been created.

The funding will also help establish the new Healthcare Information Technology program.

―We scattered it all over the place,‖ Marble said. ―Places with high demand – either programs that had a lot of
students that needed more equipment or programs that needed the equipment to get the students to come.‖

New building
Space is another key ingredient in expanding programs at Crowder. Cassville and Nevada campuses still have
space and at the Neosho campus the new health science building and the addition of the MARET center will
ease crowding, said Ron Granger, dean of business and support services.

―We‘re trying to figure out a way to build in Webb City,‖ Granger said.

The school has expansion plans in other areas and is currently fundraising to meet those goals.

The new health science building will have seven new classrooms and state-of-the-art nursing, chemistry and
biology labs. The building – partially funded by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant – is not a
multipurpose room like many other FEMA projects. The two-story safe room is the largest allowed for in the grant
and is built to shelter 3,000.

―It‘s on track for LEED, silver, possibly gold rating,‖ said architect Brad Erwin, Paragon Architecture.

To certify as LEED both the design and the construction must be submitted for review. The design submission is
undergoing final review and they will submit the construction piece before the end of the year.
The building will be finished by mid-November and classes will be held in it next spring. The school had originally

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hoped it would be done sooner.

―We set a very ambitious schedule to begin with,‖ Irwin said. ―We‘re actually on a normal pace.‖

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Stadium Boulevard extension funds are on the
road to approval
Columbia Missourian – Johanna Sommers, Monday, October 18, 2010 | 8:06 p.m. CDT
COLUMBIA — It's up to Congress to approve federal funding to design the long-awaited extension of Stadium
Boulevard, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., said Monday.
In July, the Senate Appropriations Committee authorized the first $1.5 million to get the project started.
Estimated cost for the four-lane extension to the I-70/Lake of the Woods interchange is $133 million.
The $1.5 million is included in a comprehensive Transportation-Housing spending bill.
"We're coming up on the time when the lame-duck session will have to consider appropriations," Bond said.
Bond also noted that the project is a top priority for the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The environmental impact statement is complete and the mapping process is under way, said Roger Schwartze,
Central District engineer for MoDOT.
If the project is fully funded, it would take about a year to design and a year to purchase the necessary right of
way, Schwartze said.
The state intends to work with Boone County and the city of Columbia to finalize design details, he said.
Extending Stadium Boulevard has been on the Joint City-County Major Roadway Plan since 1970, City Manager
Bill Watkins said during the meeting.
―Forty years after, it‘s about time for both of us to move forward or get out,‖ Bond said.
He emphasized infrastructure as the key to economic development.
―Investing in roads is important, not just now but for the future,‖ he said.

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Carnahan is hoping her strong opposition puts her a step ahead of Blunt.

Earmarks are again at issue in campaign
by Tony Messenger > 573-635-6178
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:05 am
The midterm election of 2006 was the year of the "Bridge to Nowhere." Democrats swept into national power,
taking both houses of Congress, and the national discussion over the alleged GOP culture of corruption focused
on the Republicans' use of earmarks.
In television ads, Democrats highlighted the billions in spending that went to pet projects of key leaders, such as
the bridge in Alaska that cost a bundle and served few. In Missouri, then-Senate candidate Claire McCaskill
pledged to refrain from requesting any earmarks until the system was reformed.
One midterm election later, Democrat Robin Carnahan is hoping the issue gives her campaign a last-minute kick
to overcome a consistent lead in the polls by Republican Roy Blunt in the race for a U.S. Senate seat.
She's even doing McCaskill one better in the fight against earmarks. Carnahan wants them banned completely,
a position that puts her at odds with Blunt, who as a member of Republican leadership, has been successful in
bringing home millions of dollars in earmarks to various Missouri projects.
Blunt, like the man he and Carnahan seek to replace, Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, has been an unapologetic
supporter of the process that lets members of Congress trade political capital in order to get colleagues to
support funding for favored projects in home districts.
Blunt says it's critical to make sure Missouri get its fair share of federal dollars. That horse-trading, though,
comes at a price.
For every multimillion-dollar road project in Missouri that Blunt has backed in the earmark process, he's voted in
favor of a teapot museum or a center for studying potatoes in another state — votes Carnahan is now
highlighting in television ads.
The question for voters can be a complicated one. Does their concern over increased federal spending trump
their desire to make sure Missouri gets its share of the money?
Prudent approach
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is squarely in the camp of making sure his city gets a decent helping of the
earmark pie — as long as that's the system Congress uses for funding local projects.
Slay, a Democrat, agrees with Carnahan that the earmark process is broken. But his position outlines how tricky
the issue can be for politicians seeking to change the system.
"The country would likely be better off if all local appropriations were openly discussed," Slay said.
"Unfortunately, they are not. Until they are, it seems to me it would be prudent to earmark funds for good projects
in your home state."
Take the Mississippi River bridge under construction, for instance. Funded in part by earmarks secured by Bond
and U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, the $660 million bridge project is a big job creator in the St. Louis
metro area.
Then there are the millions of dollars for defense-related projects for local companies like Boeing, funding for the
redevelopment of Washington Avenue, and the improved Mississippi River flood wall in St. Louis.
Bond, who has his name on a couple of bridges in the state, points to such projects when defending earmarks.

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Earmarks are a relatively small piece of the national budget pie, less than 1 percent a year. But they get
attention because of the process — critics charge that lawmakers agree to support each other's projects in
backroom deals.
Since 2009, though, all earmark requests that are approved in the final budget must be posted on a
congressional website and connected to the representative or senator who requested them. Critics of the
process say still more transparency is needed.
In the Senate, meanwhile, old traditions are tough to budge. McCaskill has run into several obstacles in trying to
make the earmark process more transparent. Her proposed two-year ban on earmarks, for instance, failed by a
more than 2-to-1 vote.
But in a year when government spending has emerged as a key campaign issue, earmarks have gotten their
share of attention. And the issue seems to be working more in Republicans' favor this year.
Democrats may be more vulnerable because their party is in control of Congress. Also, Tea Party-inspired
Republicans are railing against incumbents who used earmarks, such as in the Senate race in Nevada, where
Republican Sharron Angle is blasting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the issue.
"It may not be as good of a tool for Democrats to use this year compared to Republicans," said Steve Ellis of
Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan group that tracks federal budget issues.
Yet in Missouri, it's the Democratic candidate, Carnahan, who is pushing the earmark reform message, pointing
to Blunt's 14 years in Congress. In the 2010 budget alone, Blunt requested $153 million in earmarks for projects
in Missouri.
A matter of seniority
In supporting a full ban, Carnahan, currently Missouri's secretary of state, criticizes the overall attitude about
spending in Washington.
"Nobody in Washington has credibility on this topic," she said. Earmarks "aren't the biggest thing in the budget,
but they're a reflection of the entitlement culture."
Blunt, meanwhile, defends the earmarks he's brought back to the Show-Me State.
"I will continue to fight for Missouri's fair share and do so in a transparent way," he said.
In light of the spotlight on earmarks, Blunt has softened his stance somewhat in recent months. For example, he
joined Republican leadership in agreeing to a one-year freeze on earmarks for the upcoming budget year. Only
four Republicans in the House requested earmarks in the 2011 budget and Blunt wasn't one of them.
One way or another, Missouri is likely to fare more poorly in future earmark years, no matter who wins the
election for Senate. Why?
The earmark system is based at least somewhat on seniority. It's why Bond, a senior senator who sits on the
appropriations committee, was Missouri's unabashed king of pork, and Blunt, a 14-year House member, was
also successful in bringing home the bacon.
If Carnahan wins, she will join McCaskill in giving Missouri two fairly junior senators who are opposed to
earmarks. And if Blunt wins, Missouri will have a senator who still believes in the process but will be a freshman,
and possibly a member of the minority party.
That could make things difficult for local officials like Slay, who have to live within the system, even as there's
talk of changing it.
"I think there's a lot of room for earmark reform," Slay said. "But as long as there are earmarks out there and
other states are taking advantage of them, then as mayor, I'm going to try to compete for them."

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Taylor distances self from Speaker Pelosi
Democratic congressman says he would back Rep. Ike Skelton
Molly Parker • • October 20, 2010
Jackson Clarion Ledger

U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor continues to distance himself from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he fights to hang
onto his 4th District seat.
Taylor said Tuesday he would support Rep. Ike Skelton, a Missouri Democrat and chairman of the House Armed
Services Committee, for speaker.
"If it's a narrow majority (that Democrats win by), I think he would get it," Taylor told The Clarion-Ledger editorial
The Bay St. Louis native said, "I'm not going to vote for Nancy Pelosi - period."
Republicans in conservative pockets across the country have hung their political campaigns on tying their
Democratic opponents to Pelosi, decrying what they consider an agenda that is too liberal and too costly for
Taylor voted for Pelosi, of California, for speaker. But he has bucked the party on numerous occasions. He is a
member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition of Democrats and says he is an independent who votes
for his district, not for a party.
But Republican opponent state Rep. Steven Palazzo says Taylor is hip-to-hip with Pelosi.
"He not only voted for her twice but enabled her entire liberal agenda to be crammed down the throats of
Mississippians," Palazzo said.
Who one elects for leadership speaks volumes about their political allegiances, Palazzo said.
"The thing with Pelosi is she is the third-most powerful person in the nation," he said. "She sets the legislative
Once considered an easy win for Taylor, the 4th Congressional District race is attracting money and attention
from both parties' congressional committees.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report, which tracks congressional races, recently switched its outlook for the
race from "solid Democrat" to "likely Democrat."
"I think Gene Taylor may win, but it's going to be the scariest challenge he's had yet and it will give Palazzo a
positive launching pad - and that's not to say Palazzo can't pull it out," said Marty Wiseman, director of the
Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University.
The two candidates have agreed to a debate next week on WKFK-DTV7 and News Radio 104.9 FM.
Libertarian Party candidate Kenneth "Tim" Hampton and Reform Party candidate Anna Jewel Revies also are on
the Nov. 2 ballot for the seat, but are not scheduled to participate in the debate.
Taylor on Tuesday accused Palazzo of running a canned ad on national GOP themes that ignores the issues
and their local impact.
"All he says is, 'I'm Steven Palazzo and I approved this ad," Taylor said. "His whole thing is fire Pelosi. We've
been looking for him to say one thing he would do differently."

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Also Tuesday, Taylor trumpeted his 21-year congressional career, saying he brings a common-sense approach
to Congress. Taylor said he is particularly proud of his work protecting soldiers by fighting for better vehicles and
equipment for troops on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"I think my voting record suits south Mississippi perfectly," he said.
Taylor is the senior member of Mississippi's U.S. House delegation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Informed Hoeman best choice for 30th District
Senate seat
Springfield News-Leader
October 20, 2010
Michael Hoeman makes a compelling case for the citizen legislator.
At age 58, he has varied and deep experiences: husband, father, school activist, small businessman, physician
for more than two decades, advocate in the field of health and school board member for more than eight years.
He talks persuasively of the value to society when someone like him decides to step away from an established
career and enter government.
We're convinced.
He'd do a good, aggressive job and bring fresh ideas to the Missouri Senate. He gets our support in his race
against term-limited state representative Bob Dixon for the 30th District Senate seat.
While Dixon certainly deserves kudos for some of his work during his eight years as a member of the House, he
shared few new thoughts or hopes with us -- particularly in the area of job creation. He also was not specific
about how he would reach one of his goals: reducing the size and scope of government.
We'd be remiss if we did not make note of Dixon's sincerity and his efforts to stay in touch with the community.
We have appreciated his contributions to public service. But he showed a lack of energy at a time when fresh
ideas are sorely needed.
Few would disagree that keen and immediate attention must come in Jefferson City in two major areas: health
care and education.
Listening to Hoeman speak about his time serving on the Springfield School Board, on local and state medical
boards and in business as a health care provider shows a depth of knowledge of health care and education
issues not possessed by many already working in the state capital.
Hoeman also speaks pragmatically, especially when it comes to how state leaders ought to spur economic
development and more openly debate controversial subjects.
In response to a question about the worst action he's seen by the state's leaders, he said: "They've demonized
the concept of looking at revenue as opposed to merely cutting our way out of our ... situation. Any discussion of
new revenue is simply off the table."
He's not pushing new taxes. But he cites better enforcement of the tax code as well as a careful look at the
impact of tax credits as examples of important moves legislators must be willing to make -- without re-election
foremost in their minds.
He also complains lawmakers now shy away from even discussing tax increases, for example in the state's
embarrassingly low cigarette levy. That, he said, is unwise.
We agree there, too.
Likewise, we believe Hoeman has pragmatic thoughts about 1) studying the ways surrounding states have been
successful in luring businesses 2)recognizing that proper funding for education spurs economic development 3)
preparing "to implement data-driven, cost effective practices to optimize our healthcare dollars" and 4) applying
leadership and consensus-building skills to make the Springfield area's political clout more commensurate with
its economic impact statewide.

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Big challenges.
But Hoeman speaks confidently, methodically and specifically. He also stresses that, as he watches state-level
lawmakers maneuver year after year, big problems persist.
"We can't change things by sending the same people back all the time," he said.
Many candidates this season speak about the need to invigorate stale government bodies with an infusion of
citizens with real-life experience. Hoeman, because of the interest and experience he has honed, makes the
He would be more than a citizen-legislator.
He would be an active-informed-involved-citizen-turned-lawmaker. Voters in the 30th ought to give him that

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Newly vulnerable chairmen have money issues
10/20/10 7:25 AM EDT Updated: 10/20/10 11:03 AM EDT
The powerful old bulls of the House are showing their vulnerable sides in the waning weeks of the campaign.
Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank's partner heckled the Massachusetts Democrat's opponent at a
public event in the Newton-based 4th District, and Frank, one of his party's elite collectors of other people's
money, wrote a check to his own campaign for $200,000 on Tuesday — the self loan being a sign that Frank is
indeed a bit worried about his race.
In rural western Missouri, Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton's fundraising bases in Washington, D.C.,
Kansas City and St. Louis are no longer strong enough for him to keep pace with former state legislator Vicky
Hartzler, whose small-donor base in the district and across the state is a strong sign of support in territory that
gave President Barack Obama just 37 percent of its votes in 2008.
And Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar has expressed little concern that he
might lose the Iron Range seat he's held since 1975, but political experts suddenly are paying attention to a
Minnesota race that was long considered non-competitive — in part because Obertstar reported just one
donation from his district of over $200 between late July and the end of September.
Money is only one metric, but it can illustrate certain dynamics of a race.
It adds up to this: It's not just their gavels these chairmen could lose in a Republican sweep; some could lose
their voting cards, too.
"Every year there's a longtime incumbent who loses. They get too comfortable in Washington, go home less,
their political and in-state fundraising operation atrophy, and time catches up with them. This year will be no
different," said Carl Forti, a Republican campaign strategist who advises the third party political juggernaut
American Crossroads. "In a wave year like this year, it's catching more than normal. No better evidence than
Oberstar getting one 1 donation from in his district. What better way to illustrate 'out of touch.'"
With voters angry over spending, the direction of the country and congressional performance, conventional
wisdom about the advantages of incumbency has been flipped on its head. Several veteran members of the
clout-wielding House and Senate appropriations committees already have been sent packing this year. House
Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey (D-Wis.) is retiring, and his district could flip into Republican hands for the
first time since the 1969.
In the 2006 Democratic sweep, veteran Reps. Clay Shaw of Florida and Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, both
senior members of the Ways and Means Committee, were among Democrats' most prized trophies. Natural
Resources Chairman Richard Pombo went down that year, too.
In the biggest electoral coup of all, Republican George Nethercutt knocked out sitting House Speaker Tom Foley
(D-Wash.) in the 1994 GOP "revolution."
The fortunes of Frank, Skelton and Oberstar, as well as those of Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt of
South Carolina and House dean John Dingell of Michigan, are independent of one another. Skelton and Spratt,
GOP targets since the beginning of the campaign, are widely viewed as the most likely of the set to lose their
seats. Both men have been on national Republican target lists since the end of the 2008 election. Oberstar,
Frank and Dingell, who was the longtime chairman of what's now known as the Energy and Commerce
Committee, are recent additions to political handicappers' hot sheets. If they lose. it will be indicative of a
nightmare election for Democrats.

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But there's also a common theme for each of their challengers: The incumbent has been in Washington too long,
having lost touch with the basic sentiments and needs of the district. They argue that this has also been reflected
in their lack of attention to raising money from locals.
For years, Oberstar has taken flak for spending too much time outside his district, without consequence. But
Minnesota Republican strategist Gregg Peppin, who has done consulting work for Oberstar rival Chip Cravaack,
said Oberstar's lousy local fundraising numbers reinforce what people already know about him.
―People have increasingly become aware of his lack of contact with the district,‖ he said.
Earlier this week, POLITICO reported that about 2 percent of Oberstar's receipts this election cycle have come
from inside his district, and that he raised more money in Texas 27th District, a Mexican border area hoping for
help with Interstate 69, than in Minnesota's 8th, where he's from.
Peppin said voters will question financing, not just for Oberstar, but for other incumbents as well. ―I‘m not saying
this just against Democrats, although they are committee chairs and they enjoy the booty,‖ he said. ―People are
asking, where is this money coming from, and what does it mean for the fiscal health of our country?‖
―The fact that he can raise money from an impoverished district in Texas – why? All this money from south
California – why? Or from Oklahoma, why is that?‖ he said. ―The average voter to the extent that they‘re
educated on that sees that as a disconnect.‖
However, University of Minnesota political scientist Eric Ostermeier said the numbers aren‘t flattering but won‘t
counter powerful name-recognition for Oberstar, and the fact that most voters don‘t care about campaign
―It‘s an embarrassing bit of information that can be played on, but I don‘t think it‘s going to work on a long time
incumbent like Jim Oberstar,‖ he said. Newer members of Congress, like Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.),
are more at risk for coming across like they‘re not spending enough time paying attention to constituents, he
Like Oberstar's, Skelton's fundraising reports show that the interests who want access to a chairman have doled
out hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars to him this election cycle. Interestingly, he's reaped a
windfall from Texas Rep. Solomon Ortiz's 27th District, too. He's taken in more money in Corpus Christi, Texas
($30,150) than in Jefferson City, Mo., ($24,030), which is his top-performing area in his district.
Skelton's top three fundraising spots in Missouri -- Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield -- aren't in his district.
But he raises enough at home -- a couple hundred thousand in the 2008 election cycle -- to make it difficult to
argue he isn't spending any time asking constituents for money. If he loses, it won't be for lack of resources or an
unwillingness to court committed voters who give money back home. Instead, after representing the rural district
since 1977, Skelton would fall victim to Republican leanings and his first tough GOP challenger in years.
Spratt is still edging his opponent in quarter-by-quarter fundraising tallies -- $630,000 to $601,000 in three-month
reports filed last week -- but the cash chase is close. And Frank's decision to become a benefactor to his own
campaign will certainly fuel speculation that he is in greater trouble than previously thought.

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Koster will continue to push for execution of
convicted rapist, murderer
St. Louis Public Radio (2010-10-20)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (St. Louis Public Radio) - Attorney General Chris Koster has pledged to exhaust all
legal options in an effort to carry out the execution of Roderick Nunley.

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday night upheld a stay of execution for Nunley, who pleaded guilty in 1991 to the
kidnapping, rape and murder of a Kansas City teenager. A federal judge in Kansas City on Monday had ruled
that Nunley's arguments that he had to be sentenced to death by a jury needed further study. Nunley pleaded
guilty in an effort to avoid the death penalty.

Nunley's death warrant is valid until midnight Wednesday. Koster said in a statement he would continue with
legal action until every option is exhausted.

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Funeral Mass For Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant

Sergeant Joseph Schuengel Was Killed Last
Week In A Helicopter Crash
BY Chris Regnier
October 20, 2010
St. Louis, MO ( — A funeral mass will be held Wednesday morning for a Missouri highway
patrol sergeant, killed last week in a chopper crash in Clarkson Valley. Sergeant Joseph Schuengel will be
remembered at the Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End. The funeral mass for Sergeant Schuengel is set
to take place here at 10 morning.

The service could last up to two hours with several speakers including Governor Jay Nixon. Tuesday, visitation
was held for Sergeant Schuengel at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary in South City. A giant American flag was
propped up outside the mortuary as many turned out to pay respects to Schuengel and his family.

The 47- year old Schuengel was killed last Friday when the Missouri Highway Patrol helicopter he was in
crashed into a residential street in Clarkson Valley off Kehrs Mill Road. Schuengel had just dropped off two
troopers before the crash and was heading back to the Spirit Of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield when the
helicopter went down. He was the only person on board and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Schuengel is being hailed a hero for avoiding hitting any homes when the crash happened. Nobody on the
ground was hurt. At the visitation Tuesday, one of Schuengel's three sisters remembered her big brother. "I'm
going to miss him he's my big brother he was a light in our family's life he kept us going and he will be severely
missed. We hope that the public remembers him and his dedication and remembers again most importantly
remember his family and what they've gone through again the sacrifice in essence his family has given here."
said Schuengel's sister.

Schuengel's commanding officer from Troop C is also expected to speak here Wednesday morning. The NTSB
has yet to release a preliminary report on the crash. Schuengel, who spent 17 years with the Highway Patrol,
leaves behind his mother and three sisters. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery on Mackenzie Road in
South County.

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Fox News Polls Track Close Races in Key
By Chris Stirewalt
Published October 19, 2010 -
With just two weeks to go, Democratic efforts to shrink the Senate playing field by using resources to shore up deep
blue states like California seem to be working. But at the same time, Republicans continue to bedevil party favorites
Even as Sen. Barbara Boxer and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown look to lock up their leads in California, Sen.
Michael Bennet is still trailing in Colorado and party-picked Senate candidate Gov. Joe Manchin remains behind
Republican John Raese in West Virginia.
Republicans, meanwhile, look increasingly unlikely to surrender any of the five Senate seats left open by retirements
this year.
The latest surveys were conducted on Oct. 16 by Pulse Opinion Research for Fox News. Each survey included 1,000
likely voters and has a margin of error of 3 points. The surveys will be conducted weekly until the election.
GOP Still Standing in West Virginia
Republican John Raese still leads Democrat Joe Manchin in West Virginia‘s rough and rowdy Senate race despite a
pair of controversial television ads, according to the latest Fox News state poll.
Raese‘s lead over Manchin shrank two points from Oct. 2, but his 48 percent to 45 percent lead over the popular
second-term governor is still cause for concern among Democrats.
Raese‘s lead comes after a bruising two weeks in which an ad agency hired by the National Republican Senatorial
Committee got busted looking for ―hicky‖ actors to play parts in an anti-Manchin ad and Manchin produced an ad in
which he shot a hole through a copy of President Obama‘s global warming legislation with a deer rifle.
The poll of likely voters shows why Manchin might be moved to take more shots at the Obama agenda. Obama‘s job
approval in the state dropped two points to 27 percent. Sixty two percent of voters said that Obama‘s polices had hurt
the state‘s economy – up two points from Oct. 2 -- and 51 percent thought the president‘s agenda had hurt their
personal finances.
Manchin‘s latest campaign gambit, laid out in ads and a Monday debate with Raese, is to argue that he would work as
a Senator to repeal only parts of the president‘s national health-care law. Manchin is defending other parts of the plan
and suggesting Raese is siding with insurance companies.
Manchin‘s message may be getting through as 29 percent of voters said they favor only a partial repeal of the law. But
49 percent said they prefer to have the whole law repealed. Only 21 percent favored maintaining or expanding the
Manchin‘s two-point gain may derive from his personal appeal. The governor gained three points on his job approval
rating to reach a new high of 69 percent, the same percent who hold a favorable view of the pro-life Democrat.
Businessman Raese‘s 29-point deficit to Manchin on personal favorability in voter‘s eyes, though, hardly seems
disqualifying. With undecided voters down to 4 percent and those remaining undecided voters overwhelmingly said
they were interested in sending a message of dissatisfaction with the Obama agenda.
The winner of the contest will serve out the remaining two years of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd‘s term.
Tancredo Roils Colo. Gov. Race; Senate Contest Looks Like a Squeaker
Third-party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo has drawn within 5 points of Democrat John Hickenlooper in the
topsy-turvy race for Colorado governor according to a new Fox News state poll.

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Tancredo, a former five-term Republican congressman who jumped to the American Constitution Party, drew 40
percent of the vote compared Hickenlooper‘s 45 percent in a survey of likely voters.
In the last Fox News state poll of Colorado, taken Sept. 25, Denver Mayor Hickenlooper led Tancredo by 10 points.
Tancredo's new support has come from the crumbling candidacy of Republican Dan Maes, a little-known Tea Party
enthusiast who won his party‘s nomination in an upset after former Rep. Scott McInnis was hobbled by a plagiarism
Maes drew just 10 percent support in the latest survey. Tancredo, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate who still
considers himself a Republican, has called on Maes to drop out of the race.
Tancredo took 69 percent of Republican support in the poll.
The major concern for Democrats, though, is the neck-and-neck race between Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican
challenger Ken Buck.
Buck leads Bennet in the new poll by a scant 1 percent, an improvement for Bennet who trailed in the Sept. 25 survey
by 4 points.
Democrats are making an all-out surge to save Bennet, who was appointed to the Senate after President Obama
tapped then-Sen. Ken Salazar to lead the Department of the Interior. The contest has been judged the most
expensive Senate race in the nation.
Former President Bill Clinton, who endorsed Bennet‘s primary challenger Andrew Romanoff, showed up Monday for a
Denver rally with the incumbent on the day that early voting began. First lady Michelle Obama appeared at a
fundraiser for Bennet last Thursday.
Bennet and Buck both boast high degrees of commitment from their voters – only 5 percent of all those who
expressed a preference said they were even open to considering another choice. With such firm support, the battle
will be over the 4 percent who remain undecided.
In what could be an indication of trouble for Bennet, none of the undecided voters thought President Obama‘s policies
had helped the state‘s economy. The pool of undecided voters also includes 10 percent of those who were dissatisfied
or angry about the way Washington is working and only 1 percent of those who gave the federal government good
The good news for Bennet is that his party‘s liberal base seems to be rallying to his cause, or at least President
Obama. Last month 21 percent of voters said they wanted their vote to show support for Obama. This month that
number is up to 33 percent.
Obama‘s overall approval rating in the state, though, remains at a sickly 40 percent.
Dems Show Strength in California
Democrats are solidifying their leads in California‘s costly, contentious battles for Senate and governor, according to a
new Fox News state poll.
Sen. Barbara Boxer moved from a mid-September lead of 1 point to a 4-point advantage over Republican challenger
Carly Fiorina in the latest poll of likely voters. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, meanwhile, went from
an absolute tie with Republican Meg Whitman to a 5-point advantage.
The closest contest in the poll was on the Election Day referendum on whether to legalize pot in the state. Likely
voters were split: 47 percent were opposed and 46 percent were in favor with 7 percent undecided.
California voters don‘t seem too happy with any of their candidate choices this year. Boxer, Fiorina, Brown and
Whitman all scored above 50 percent on being viewed unfavorably by voters.
After months of blistering negative ads, record campaign spending by wealthy candidates and outside groups and a
pair of dueling scandals for Whitman and Brown, one can see why. Whitman‘s former housekeeper claims the

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candidate knew she was in the country illegally and Brown was unwittingly recorded at a campaign meeting in which
Whitman was twice called a ―whore.‖
President Obama's job approval in the state held steady at 46 percent, but there are signs that the Democratic pleas
to base voters may be having some effect.
While 57 percent of respondents said that Obama‘s policies have either hurt the state‘s economy or done nothing to
help it, 30 percent now say the Obama plan has helped, up 5 points from last month.
Half of all voters, though, say they plan to vote for the Republican nominee in 2012 rather than Obama, who got the
certain support of 39 percent.
Mo. Senate Seat May Be Slipping Out of Dems' Reach
Missouri Republican Roy Blunt‘s 6-point Senate lead looks like it will be enough to carry him to a Senate victory over
Democrat Robin Carnahan, according to a new Fox News state poll.
With high degrees of voter certainty for Blunt supporters (91 percent) and Carnahan backers (92 percent), it seems
unlikely that, barring a major October surprise, that the Democratic secretary of state can mount a late comeback in
the race.
National Democrats have begun shifting resources out of the Missouri race to focus on defending vulnerable
Democrats elsewhere. The seat is currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond.
In the Fox poll taken two weeks ago, Carnahan trailed by eight points, and her uptick may be owed to a slight
softening of anti-Obama sentiment in the state.
The president‘s job approval in the state floated up two points to 41 percent and the percent of those who though
Obama‘s policies had helped the Show Me State rose to 25 percent from 22 percent.
But the Democratic brand is still in big trouble in Missouri.
With 49 percent saying that the Obama agenda had hurt the state‘s economy and 43 percent saying the president‘s
policy had hurt their personal finances, the final two weeks of the campaign look like a tough haul for Carnahan.
Strickland Stuck Behind Kasich
Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH) has been unable to close the gap with Republican challenger John Kasich, according to a
new Fox News state poll.
Kasich leads for a sixth straight week, this time with a 6-point advantage over Strickland in the survey of likely voters.
Kasich‘s lead has been either 5 points or 6 points for five of six weeks. Four weeks ago, the margin was only two
While President Obama rebounded from his all-time low 33 percent job approval in last week‘s Buckeye State poll, the
37 percent who do think Obama is performing well are not enough to help Strickland.
Seventy-two percent of voters said Obama‘s policies had either hurt the state‘s economy or made no difference.
Owing to the large, consistent lead by Republican Rob Portman in the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. George
Voinovich, Fox did not survey the Senate contest this week.

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Oct 19, 6:06 PM EDT

Dems: Mo. GOP Senate pick illegally employed
By DAVID A. LIEB , Associated Press Writer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Democratic Party on Tuesday accused Republican U.S. Senate
candidate Roy Blunt of illegally employing an immigrant 20 years ago who was applying for political asylum.
Blunt's campaign denied the assertion and said Democrats were distorting a kind gesture.
Democrats based their claim on an Aug. 21, 1990, letter from then-Secretary of State Blunt to an immigration
commissioner requesting assistance for a Nicaraguan immigrant who was seeking political asylum in the U.S. In
the letter, Blunt says the woman "has done some work for Roseann," who was his wife at the time.
The Democratic Party said the letter suggests the Blunts employed the woman before she got official approval to
work in the U.S. Democrats said they obtained the letter through an open-records request to the secretary of
state's office, which now is led by Blunt's Senate rival, Democrat Robin Carnahan.
"Congressman Blunt hired an illegal worker and used his official office and Washington connections" to try to
assist her immigration process, Corey Platt, a senior adviser at the Missouri Democratic Party said in a
conference call with reporters.
Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer called the assertion "just plain crazy."
"This person never worked for the Blunts," Chrismer said. "She simply helped out at a couple of church events.
"Constituents who are having problems with a government agency reach out to Roy Blunt all of the time and he
passes this information on to the appropriate officials all of the time," Chrismer added. "This is desperate, dirty
politics from Robin Carnahan's failing campaign."
Carnahan campaign spokesman Linden Zakula had no immediate comment about the assertions.
The immigrant is identified in Blunt's letter and other documents released by the Democratic Party as Dora
Narvaez, of Jefferson City.
The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that a woman identifying herself as Narvaez told the newspaper she had
worked for the Blunts as a housekeeper for several months in 1990. But the Star said she declined further
The Associated Press could not reach Narvaez on Tuesday. She did not immediately return a message left for
her through the church she attends in Jefferson City. A resident at Narvaez's last publicly listed address said
Narvaez had moved in April and had not left any contact information.
Roseann Blunt, who now is divorced from Roy Blunt, told the AP that she had shared her recollections of the
situation with Blunt's campaign team and did not have anything to add to the statement released by Chrismer.
The letter from Blunt to immigration commissioner Gene McNary referenced an attached letter from Narvaez to
Roseann Blunt, which the Democratic Party also released. In that July 23, 1990, letter, Narvaez said she had
come to the U.S. in December 1988 and applied for political asylum in Los Angeles before traveling to Jefferson
City to live with a sister. She said she had encountered trouble transferring her case to the Kansas City
immigration office and needed helping getting a certain immigration document and an attorney.
A September 1990 letter from McNary to Blunt noted there were almost 90,000 pending applications for asylum,
which were being processed in chronological order. McNary wrote that he had included a form for Narvaez to
apply for employment authorization, if she had not already done so.

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Questions raised on Blunt and immigrant
By STEVE KRASKE and DAVE HELLING - The Kansas City Star
U.S. Senate candidate Roy Blunt and Missouri Democrats fought angrily Tuesday over help the Republican
provided a Nicaraguan immigrant 20 years ago — actions the Democrats said proved Blunt‘s hypocrisy on
A woman who identified herself as Dora Narvaez told The Kansas City Star she worked as a housekeeper for
the Blunts for six months around 1990, roughly the same time she sought political asylum in the United States.
But the congressman‘s campaign said Narvaez ―never worked for the Blunts‖ and that any official aid he may
have provided as Missouri‘s secretary of state was routine constituent service for a person ―who helped out at a
couple of church events.‖
And the campaign sharply rejected any claim of improper influence, labeling the charges ―desperate, dirty
Democrats released an exchange of letters between Blunt and the head of the Immigration and Naturalization
Service at the time — a well-known Missouri Republican — and said the Senate candidate was clearly working
to provide special treatment for an ―illegal worker.‖
―Roy Blunt is playing loose and fast with the facts in this case,‖ said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
spokeswoman Deirdre Murphy. ―Now that Blunt is in hot water for potentially using his official position to do
favors for an illegal worker, Roy Blunt is trying to hide the truth.‖
In news conferences in Kansas City and St. Louis, Democrats accused Blunt of using his ―official office and
Washington connections to try and expedite that worker‘s case‖ — in contrast with a new Blunt TV commercial
urging a crackdown on illegal immigration.
In a statement, Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer called the charge ―just plain crazy.‖ He accused Democrats of
shopping the ―false‖ story to reporters in Missouri and Washington for months.
But Chrismer declined to go beyond his statement when asked to explain Narvaez‘s work relationship with the
Blunt family.
―Constituents who are having problems with a government agency reach out to Roy Blunt all of the time, and he
passes this information on to the appropriate officials all of the time,‖ Chrismer said in the statement.
Corey Platt, a senior Missouri Democratic Party adviser, accused Blunt of hypocrisy for running a new campaign
advertisement that features the congressman facing the camera as he stands along the border fence near El
Paso, Texas, and saying ―We have to do a better job securing our borders.‖
The heated exchanges came exactly two weeks before Election Day and were the latest salvos in a campaign
that has grown intensely negative.
Carnahan‘s camp has focused on Blunt‘s work as a seven-term congressman in the nation‘s capital, labeling him
repeatedly as ―the very worst of Washington.‖ Blunt has countered by calling Carnahan ―rubberstamp Robin,‖ a
reference to her support of President Barack Obama‘s key initiatives.
Through a spokeswoman, Carnahan declined to comment Tuesday on the immigration matter.
The documents that Democrats released included an Aug. 21, 1990, letter from Blunt on official secretary of
state letterhead that asked then-INS Commissioner Gene McNary to address a case involving Narvaez. The
woman, the Blunt letter said, had ―done some work‖ for Blunt‘s wife at the time, Roseann.

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―I believe her situation is properly expressed in her letter to Roseann,‖ Blunt wrote to McNary, a former St. Louis
County executive and an acquaintance of Blunt‘s.
Narvaez‘s letter was attached to the Blunt communication, Democrats said. So were government immigration
documents for Narvaez stamped with ―employment not authorized.‖
―I decided that if the guy you know best at Immigration and Naturalization happens to be the person in charge,
then it‘s all right to direct your correspondence to him,‖ Blunt wrote.
In the letter to Roseann Blunt, dated July 23, 1990, Narvaez said she asked that her request for political asylum
be transferred from Los Angles to the Kansas City immigration office. ―I would be most thankful if you could
assist me in obtaining legal counsel to work out my many problems,‖ Narvaez wrote Roseann Blunt.
Democrats alleged that the letters show Blunt tried to use his office to grant her ―expedited citizenship,‖ although
they could not cite specific language in the letter asking for such a favor.
In his return letter, McNary told Blunt he could not expedite Narvaez‘s asylum case but said ―I will assure that the
file is transferred to the Kansas City office.‖
McNary, who served as the INS commissioner from 1989 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, told The
Star that he did not recall Blunt‘s request from 1990. He said he would not have had the authority to expedite the
case anyway and did not recall his agreement to send the file to Kansas City.
―That was 20 years ago,‖ McNary said. ―I was pretty good about responding to the people from Missouri. … It
doesn‘t ring a bell.‖
Narvaez‘s current immigration or citizenship status is unknown. The Jefferson City resident declined further
interviews with The Star.
Roseann Blunt, who is no longer married to the GOP candidate, did not return several phone calls from The Star
seeking comment. But she told The Associated Press that she had discussed her recollections with the Blunt
campaign and had nothing to add to their statement.

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Dems claim Blunt hired illegal – Blunt says she
was church volunteer
Megan Lynch – 10/19/2010
Updated 2:30 p.m. (KMOX) — Missouri Democrats claim a letter dating back to his days as Secretary of State,
show Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Blunt hired an illegal.
Blunt‘s campaign has fired back, saying he was simply trying to help a constituent.
The Missouri Democratic Party announced a rushed conference call over the midday Tuesday, claiming Blunt
tried to use his personal connections with then-INS Commissioner Gene McNary to get ―expedited‖ legal status
for a Nicaraguan immigrant named Dora Narvaez. The Party accuses him of using government resources —
Secretary of State letterhead — to send the request.
―Congressman Blunt clearly states in his letter than Dora had done some work for his family. And along with his
letter he attaches a document clearly indicating multiple times that this woman was not authorized for
employment, ‖ says Corey Platt, Senior Advisor at the Missouri Democratic Party.
The August 1990 letter from Blunt to McNary states: ―Dora Narvaez has done some work for Roseann [Mrs.
Blunt]. Developing out of that relationship, we received the attached letter in late July expressing Mrs. Narvaez‘
concern regarding her status in the United States. I believe her situation is properly expressed in her letter to
Roseann. I decided that if the guy you know best at Immigration and Naturalization happens to be the person in
charge, that it‘s all right to direct your correspondence to him. Anything you can do to provide information and
an early resolution of this request would be appreciated.‖
(A letter from McNary in response explains a backlog in processing requests for asylum was delaying Narvaez‘
status decision.)
Platt calls Blunt‘s letter, ―a clear example of how Congressman Blunt preaches one set of rules and plays by
another,‖ citing Blunt‘s recent ad on the need for tougher immigration laws.
But when pressed by reporters, Platt said he has no other evidence Narvaez was paid by the Blunt family or that
his letter had any effect on her efforts to get work authorization.
The Blunt campaign issued this statement in response: ―Robin Carnahan has made some wild false assertions
in this campaign, but this one is just plain crazy. Robin Carnahan and her handlers have been shopping this
false story to state and national reporters for months. This person never worked for the Blunts. She simply
helped out at a couple of church events. Constituents who are having problems with a government agency
reach out to Roy Blunt all of the time and he passes this information on to the appropriate officials all of the time.
This is desperate, dirty politics from Robin Carnahan‘s failing campaign.‖
Democratic Party officials say the original letter was obtained through a Sunshine request — and not uncovered
by state staffers as campaign work for Blunt‘s democrat contender and current Secretary of State Robin
The Kansas City Star newspaper is reporting they‘ve spoken with someone claiming to be Narvaez, who says
she worked as a housekeeper for the Blunts for several months in 1990.
A spokesman with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tells KMOX News, due to privacy rules, they are
unable to release any information on Narvaez‘ current status.

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MO Republican Candidates Sign Tea Party
(Jefferson City, MO) -- The state's largest Tea Party organization says Republican candidates for office are
swarming to sign its so-called "treaty." However, two new polls suggest that the political establishment still
doesn't know what to make of the movement.

The St. Louis Tea Party Coalition said Congressman Roy Blunt, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate,
signed the treaty, along with several Republicans running for positions in the U.S. House of Representatives and
Missouri state legislature.

By signing the treaty, candidates "make a very public statement of entering into accountability with the
Constituents, something the voters are looking for in the upcoming election," according to a press release from
the coalition. The alliance will "hold signatories in alignment with Tea Party principles: Fiscal Accountability,
Transparency in Government and Constitutional Principles at every level of government."

Coalition Media Liaison Jen Ennenbach said the Tea Party's goal is not to get all Republicans to sign on to the
treaty, but she welcomed those who did.

"We have released this treaty across the board, we have given all candidates and office holders the opportunity
to sign this treaty", Ennenbach said. "This is a formal way for candidates and office holders to enter into
accountability with their constituents."

Signing of the document by Blunt was significant, Ennenbach said, because the Congressman had not always
lived up to all the Tea Party's expectations.

"That was something we were very frank with him about," Ennenbach said. "This was a personal decision of his.
He understands now that we will be watching his actions, we will hold his feet to the fire."

But Ennenbach said the support will go both ways. She said as long as Blunt keeps his promises under the
treaty, Tea Party members will back him with their collective firepower.

"We can be very noisy," Ennenbach said. She points to the Tea Party's ability to rally for a cause, noting its
gathering under the St. Louis Arch on Sept. 12, which she said attracted 14,000 people.

The one avowed Tea Party member who is running for elective office this year on the largest scale is Larry Bill, a
Cape Girardeau small-businessman who's running as an independent in the Eighth U.S. House District. During
an interview this summer, Bill, who has spoken at several Tea Party rallies, said he was running out of frustration
with both parties.

He said he wasn't happy with the way Republicans ran Congress during their time in the majority, and he said
the current Democratic administration had "taken the ball another 30 yards in the wrong direction."

He said he wants to go as an independent to Congress so he won't be beholding to either party. He also knows
his chances of winning are slim.

"I think I'll probably pull from both parties," Bill said. "I'm sure there are several disaffected Democrats who are
unhappy with Obama and the Democratic Congress, and they're not going to want to vote for a Republican. I'll

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be an option for them."

A couple of recent polls show Bill and other Tea Party members might have trouble advancing their ideas in
Washington, at least among the current Washington elite. A poll shows that 77 percent of so-called
Washington insiders don't think that Tea Party candidates can bring change to Congress. Forty percent of non-
Washingtonian respondents felt the same way.

Meanwhile, the poll showed that the insiders felt Tea Party candidates had been the most negative
in their campaigning, while those outside Washington felt the Tea Party had been the most positive.

Another poll, conducted by the Sam Adams Alliance, a Chicago-based political research group focusing on the
Tea Party movement, showed that even in conservative political circles, only seven percent felt the Tea Party
knew how to establish its goals.

"(Conservative political operatives) understand they need to listen to (the Tea Party movement); they understand
that they are an influence," said Anne Sorock, marketing director of the Sam Adams Alliance. "But they do not
appear to be on board with thinking that Tea Partiers know how to get the job done."

Ennenbach said the distrust of the Tea Party movement comes from unfamiliarity with the movement.

"Most of the modern establishment doesn't know how to take the Tea Party," Ennenbach said. "We rose up
really fast with a lot of momentum, and that momentum continues."

And Ennenbach said the momentum will carry them on long after this election cycle. She said Tea Party
members will be on hand to watch how the political "establishment" performs during the next two years. And Tea
Partiers will be on hand to call out what they deem to be abuses of power.

"We're not just about ousting Democrats," Ennenbach said. "We're getting rid of the corrupt politicians across the
board whether they be Democrat, Republican, Independent, what not."

She points to the defeat of Republican Alaska Senator Barbara Murkowski and Delaware Republican moderate
U.S. Senate candidate Mike Castle as showing the Tea Party's integrity.

"We've seen the RINOs going down left and right," Ennenbach said. "We're not biasing based on whether or not
you have a 'D' or an 'R' behind your name, this is a principle-based movement."

(Dick Aldrich, Missouri News Horizon)

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NAACP releases report accusing tea party
groups of links to bigots
By JUDY L. THOMAS - The Kansas City Star
Three months ago in Kansas City, the NAACP first raised charges of racism within the tea party movement.
Today a report is being released accusing tea party groups of providing platforms to anti-Semites and other
―These groups and individuals are out there, and we ignore them at our own peril,‖ said NAACP President
Benjamin Todd Jealous in a statement announcing the report. ―They are speaking at tea party events, recruiting
at rallies, and in some cases remain in the tea party leadership itself.‖
The 94-page report is being released by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a
teleconference today.
In July, NAACP delegates passed a resolution at their national convention in Kansas City condemning racism
within the tea party movement, creating a national furor. The NAACP board of directors ratified the resolution last
Tea party leaders condemned the report on Tuesday.
―Here we go again,‖ said Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation. ―This is typical of this liberal group‘s
smear tactics.‖
A Kansas City Star article in July found ties between several racist groups and tea parties, but tea party leaders
said such incidents were not widespread.
The new report describes what it calls links between tea party factions and white supremacist groups, anti-
immigrant organizations and militias, according to a news release issued by the Institute for Research and
Education on Human Rights, which wrote the document.
Not only have tea parties given platforms to extremists, the news release said, the movement is a recruiting
ground for hard-core white nationalists who are ―hoping to push these (white) protesters toward a more self-
conscious and ideological white supremacy.‖
The report, ―Tea Party Nationalism: A Critical Examination of the Tea Party Movement and the Size, Scope, and
Focus of Its National Factions,‖ was written by Leonard Zeskind and Devin Burghart of the Kansas City-based
Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.
Zeskind and Burghart examined government documents and databases, including court cases, campaign
finance reports and corporate filings.
―This is the first data-driven report of this type on the tea parties,‖ Burghart said. ―Understanding their
membership structures was the crucial first step that enabled us to understand the complexity of the tea party
movement and to be able to specify the role of racists and bigots in the movement.‖
The report cites numerous examples of what it said were racism and extremism within the tea party movement.
Some of them, according to the news releases:
•The St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens, the largest white nationalist group in the country, has
both led and promoted tea party protests. Roan Garcia-Quintana, a member of ResistNet who served as media
spokesman for a 2010 Tax Day Tea Party in South Carolina, is on the national board of directors for the Council
of Conservative Citizens.

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•Clayton Douglas, a former information officer for the New Mexico Militia, is a member of the ResistNet tea party.
He uses his profile on the ResistNet website to advertise his own ―Free American‖ website, on which he
promotes anti-Semitism.
•The Wood County Tea Party in Texas is led by a woman who used to be involved with the Knights of the Ku
Klux Klan.
•The 1776 Tea Party — also known as — is led by Stephen Eichler, executive director of the
Minuteman Project, an anti-immigrant border patrol group often referred to as vigilantes.
Those tea parties could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
But Sal Russo, a California political consultant and chief strategist for the Tea Party Express, called the report
―To attack a grassroots movement of this magnitude with sundry isolated incidents only goes to show the
NAACP has abandoned the cause of civil rights for the advancement of liberal Democrat politics,‖ Russo said.
―The Tea Party Express has publicly and explicitly repudiated racism.‖
One political expert said he doubted the report would have much effect on the November elections.
―It‘s a lot to digest,‖ said Burdett Loomis, political science professor at the University of Kansas. ―Unless there‘s
something super dramatic in it, I just don‘t see people‘s minds being changed very much now.‖
The report will be available online this morning at

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Candidates' differences highlighted in final 7th
District debate
Cory de Vera • Springfield News-Leader • October 20, 2010
Willard --At the last debate between the three men running to represent Missouri's 7th District in Congress,
differences emerged in how each viewed the "fair tax" proposal, who they favored for Speaker of the House, and
farm policy.
Democrat Scott Eckersley, Republican Billy Long, and Libertarian Kevin Craig met at Willard High School on
Tuesday night for a debate in front of a live audience of about 225 people. The event was hosted by the
Y.O.U.N.G. Conservatives and Web cast live on the organization's site. Each candidate answered nine
questions posed by the group's president, Dr. John Lilly, and had a chance to ask questions of each other.
The candidates differed on whether they would sponsor H.R. 25, the fair tax proposal. Fair tax proponents
advocate a national sales tax as a way of replacing the graduated income tax.
Long said he would sponsor the bill, as he is very much a supporter of it. He called for simplified taxes.
"If you call the IRS on seven different days you'll get eight different answers."
Craig said he wasn't sure if he would, but it was a step in the right direction.
"Libertarians advocate abolishing entire personal income tax all together," he said. The more important thing was
to cut government spending by keeping promises in the 1996 Republican platform that included cutting the
departments of education, energy, commerce, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Eckersley said he understood that people liked the fair tax because it made everyone an equal partner in paying
for things like roads and bridges. But he favored a hybrid of the fair tax and the flat tax. Many economists tend to
agree, he said, that a danger of the fair tax is that it would lead to a barter society.
Candidates were then asked who they would vote for as speaker of the House if they could vote for any
member; and who they would vote for if they were the tiebreaker in a race between Democrat Nancy Pelosi and
Republican John Boehner.
Long said he would vote for John Boehner if he could vote for anyone. Between Pelosi and Boehner, he said
he'd select Boehner.
Eckersley said he didn't support Boehner or Pelosi. "Frankly anyone who wants to raise the age on Social
Security I'm not in favor of," he said.
Craig said if he had to break a tie, he wouldn't vote for Pelosi. "I would think there are some other congressmen
like Ron Paul or even Paul Ryan" more trustworthy to cut spending than Boehner.
On farm policy, Long said he believed subsidies for mega farms were a problem, and obsolete subsidies should
be eliminated. Eckersley said farmers to whom he spoke had concerns about eliminating subsidies. Long said
the Farm Bureau endorsed him.
The debate also brought forth areas where candidates agreed. All agreed there was no constitutional right to
health care, and that they opposed efforts to restrict gun ownership and attempts to ban lead in ammunition.
Long asked Eckersley if he would support tort reform to do away with frivolous lawsuits. Eckersley said yes.
Eckersley asked Long if he would support a criminal investigation into activities that allegedly occurred at a
Springfield restaurant where Long is a customer.

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"Every allegation I've heard coming out is, Scott, 100 percent false as far as my knowledge," said Long. He
called the allegations Internet rumors.
Anyone who missed the debate may view it at the website of the Y.O.U.N.G. Conservatives at www.theyoung

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The economic effect of earnings tax raises
questions and disagreements
By DAVE HELLING and LYNN HORSLEY - The Kansas City Star
Would the end of Kansas City‘s earnings tax provide a new incentive to attract jobs and residents — or chase
companies and homeowners away?
Supporters and opponents of Proposition A on Missouri‘s November ballot — a measure that could lead to
repeal of the 1 percent levy — think they know exactly what will happen.
―A local earnings tax … hurts local economies by pushing businesses to locate in cities or towns that do not have
a local earnings tax,‖ Prop A supporter Marc Ellinger said.
Not so, said Jennifer Gormley, working to defeat Prop A.
―Businesses look at services and amenities that a city offers, and the earnings tax makes that possible,‖ Gormley
said. ―If the tax goes, and the city fails, who will want to move here?‖
The outcome of the statewide proposal may hinge on which side voters think is right.
But interviews with more than a dozen economists, business recruiters and political officials, along with a review
of several academic studies of the issue, suggest the truth is more complicated than either side acknowledges.
The earnings tax has some effect on whether a business or a homeowner locates inside the city, but it is not the
only factor — or even, for some, the most important.
Experts said precisely measuring that effect was almost impossible.
―Any attempt to find one strand in a rope that has 100 strands is a very dangerous game to play,‖ said Bob
Marcusse, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Economic Development Council, which recruits new
companies to the area.
Kansas City officials have argued for months that the earnings tax provides the revenue — more than $200
million each year — to pay for clean streets, safe neighborhoods and cultural amenities that businesses and
residents consider more important than a small tax on their wages and profits.
They‘ve received significant support from local business groups. The Civic Council, which includes leaders of
some of the city‘s biggest companies, has given at least $90,000 to the effort against Proposition A, while the
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce donated $10,000 Monday to the anti-Prop A committee.
―In Kansas City, the quality of life is the product, and taxes, including the earnings tax, are the price,‖ Mayor
Mark Funkhouser said.
Some Realtors agree: Quality of life, they said, trumps taxes.
Chris Wally of Wally & Co. in Overland Park helped JPMorgan move from Kansas City to Johnson County. The
relocation ―had nothing to do with the earnings tax,‖ he said, and everything to do with the quality of the office
space available at the Sprint campus in Johnson County.
Jeff Kaczmarek, president and CEO of the Kansas City Economic Development Corp., said he couldn‘t think of a
single company that decided not to come to Kansas City because of its earnings tax. He predicted a ―race to the
bottom‖ that could devastate business growth if Kansas City was unable to provide basic services.
Paying the 1 percent levy on wages and net profits can seriously affect the bottom line for companies and their
workers. In fiscal year 2008, for example, Anheuser-Busch provided St. Louis with $7.4 million in earnings and

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payroll taxes (the city collects a ½ percent business payroll tax unaffected by Prop A). AT&T wrote a check for
almost $6.5 million, according to a city audit.
Several studies conclude those taxes are a disincentive for some businesses and employees.
―The earnings tax likely creates some competitive disadvantage in the region,‖ public finance advisers with the
PFM Group told Kansas City in a 2008 report. The firm delivered a similar message to St. Louis.
Funkhouser and his council colleagues appeared to tacitly confirm the group‘s conclusion earlier this year when
they approved an earnings tax rebate for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which was
thinking about moving to Johnson County, which has no local earnings tax. The gambit appeared to work: The
group said Monday it would stay in Kansas City.
St. Louis has offered similar incentives to companies threatening to move.
At the same time, evidence does suggest the earnings tax isn‘t always a determinant for businesses looking for
a place to land.
From 2002 to 2008, figures from the Mid-America Regional Council show, jobs grew less than 1 percent in
Kansas City, far behind other cities in the area.
But that‘s only because Kansas City lost thousands of jobs south of the river. In the Northland — where the
earnings tax is also collected — Kansas City added almost 7,300 jobs, more than Kansas City, Kan., or Olathe
and nearly as many as Overland Park, all cities without an earnings tax.
Analysts said that suggested the earnings tax was not the primary factor in most local job location decisions.
In part that‘s because not all businesses are equally affected by the tax. Large businesses with fixed plants and
equipment can find it difficult to move, economists said, and can often build the cost of the tax into the price of
their products.
Smaller companies, by contrast, have more options.
―If you‘re a cemented company, you might just bear the tax,‖ said Kail Padgitt, an analyst with the Washington-
based Tax Foundation. ―If you‘re a new company saying we want to locate somewhere, you have to take the tax
into consideration.‖
Jon England, a commercial Realtor who works with smaller firms, calls the earnings tax ―a big factor‖ for his
clients, a point he made in a recent Proposition A debate sponsored in part by commercial Realtors.
The earnings tax is also a big consideration for some people thinking about buying a home in Kansas City,
according to Mary Wright, a ReMax sales associate in the Northland.
―It is absolutely part of their decision,‖ Wright said. ―Someone just last night said, ‗We don‘t want to move back
into Kansas City because of the earnings ‖ tax.‘
But, she added, if Kansas City‘s residential property taxes go up to replace the earnings tax, that could be an
even bigger disincentive for people to live in the city.
William Rogers, an economist with the University of Missouri-St. Louis, conducted an earnings tax study for the
supporters of Prop A. The levy is part of the business relocation debate because it‘s so visible, he said.
―Everyone expects … to see the property tax and the sales tax and the income tax,‖ he said. ―An extra earnings
tax? That stands out.‖
Voters working their way through all the contradictory evidence may try to look at other cities to see if earnings
taxes are a disincentive for job creation, but here, too, the evidence is mixed. The website CareerCast publishes
a monthly survey of the best and worst cities for jobs, based on unemployment rates, population, and other

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Of the 10 best cities to land a job, four collect a version of an earnings tax. The 10 worst cities for finding a job?
Four collect an earnings tax.

Proposition A
The ballot measure asks voters statewide if they want to require local elections every five years in Kansas City
and St. Louis on keeping the 1 percent earnings tax. If Proposition A passes statewide, Kansas City voters
would go to the polls next spring and at five-year intervals. If those Kansas City voters ever decide to abolish the
earnings tax, it would phase out over 10 years and could not be reinstated. Proposition A also asks voters
statewide to prohibit the earnings tax from being imposed in any other city in Missouri.

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Campaign donations for and against
Proposition B increase as election nears
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 | 8:22 p.m. CDT; updated 12:16 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 20, 2010
BY Melanie Loth
COLUMBIA – Donations to both campaigns promoting Proposition B continued to pour in during the latest
fundraising cycle, but supporters still have more than 30 times more money than opponents.
Reports filed last week with the Missouri Ethics Commission show supporters' multimillion-dollar campaign is
largely funded by the Humane Society of the United States and other national donors, while the opponents' more
modest account is being financed mostly by Missouri agricultural groups.
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, the primary organization leading the campaign in support of Proposition
B, has collected more than $3.2 million. The Humane Society of the United States sponsored the initiative and
has donated more than $2.18 million.
The campaign working against Proposition B, the Alliance for Truth, has raised almost $86,000.
The disparity in donations, however, isn't a reliable measure of how the vote will go on Nov. 2, MU political
science professor Marvin Overby said.
―There is no guarantee that the campaign with the most money will prevail,‖ Overby said. ―They may spend the
money foolishly.‖
The campaign supporting Proposition B has produced commercials promoting the initiative and has said it plans
to air them in every Missouri television market. They also can be found online at They show St.
Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa and a veterinarian with the Humane Society of the United States urging
people to vote yes on Proposition B.
Overby, however, said he has not yet seen a Proposition B television ad. Those who search for them online
probably are predisposed to voting yes, he said.
―You aren‘t reaching people who haven‘t thought about it already,‖ Overby said. ―The pro group is going to have
to spend some of that money to educate the public about the issue.‖
Opponents of Proposition B also have a presence on YouTube.
Barbara Schmitz, campaign manager for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, said the supporters' television
commercials have begun and are already helping the campaign.
"Since the commercials began airing, we have seen a very significant response," Schmitz said. "We are getting
calls from viewers who were not aware of the problem in Missouri, and we have seen an increase in donations."
Still, Overby said Proposition B might be an issue that few Missourians care about.
―There aren‘t tens of thousands of Missourians donating a hundred dollars apiece,‖ Overby said. ―You have a lot
of people who will support it because they have this warm and fuzzy feeling about it, and you are going to get a
whole lot of people out there who just don‘t know much or don‘t care much about the issue.‖
The 118 donations to Missourians for the Protection of Dogs that came from state residents or organizations
total almost $282,000. Twenty-one of those donations were for $100 or less. Donations from Maryland ($1.7
million) and New York ($590,547) far exceeded Missouri contributions.
Eighteen donations to the Missouri Alliance for Truth from residents of the state are for $100 or less, but
donations from Missouri residents and organizations together total almost $82,ooo.

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Karen Strange, president of the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners, said she doesn‘t think the Humane
Society of the United States is being honest about the true motive behind its campaign.
―Essentially what they are claiming is that they have no intent of targeting agriculture, but they have attacked
agriculture in other states,‖ Strange said. "We have every reason to believe that they will be back to target further
agricultural interests.‖
Roman Schroeder, operations manager of the Alliance for Truth, said his campaign plans to advertise, but he did
not give details about how they plan to do so. His ideas about the Humane Society targeting agriculture are
aligned with Strange‘s.
―There is no one in agriculture that is for this initiative,‖ Schroeder said.
Campaign contributions for Missourians for Animal Care show support from agriculture organizations. The
committee is against Proposition B and supports the Alliance for Truth. Their campaign donations come from the
Missouri Soybean Association, the Missouri Dairy Association, the Missouri Pork Association, the Missouri Egg
Council and other agricultural groups. Together, they were the only donors to the campaign.
The Missouri Egg Council, based in Columbia, donated $5,000 in July. Executive Director Jo Manhart said she
was more than willing to donate when she heard representatives of the Missouri Pet Breeders Association speak
against Proposition B. Manhart fears her industry will be targeted next and said she thinks the proposition aims
to put family-owned breeding operations out of business by setting standards that are too high.
While questioning the motives behind the ballot measure, Schroeder wanted to stress that opposing Proposition
B doesn't mean endorsing puppy mills.
―Whether you are for or against Prop. B," Schroeder said, "not a single person is for puppy mills.‖

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Traw, Wasson square off in 20th District
Men look to replace state Sen. Clemens, who is term-limited.
Didi Tang • Springfield News-Leader • October 20, 2010
A political neophyte is challenging a longtime politician in the race for state senator in the 20th District.
Democratic candidate Terry L. Traw, 56, hopes voters will choose him over Jay Wasson, 53, a Republican who
has spent the past 13 years as an elected official and cannot seek another term as state representative because
of term limits.
"There are problems that need to be fixed in the state, and I can fix them," said Traw.
Wasson hopes his record -- particularly in the past eight years as a state representative -- will convince district
voters to send him back to Jefferson City.
"I've been effective for my area. I've been effective for my state," Wasson said.
If elected, Traw or Wasson will replace state Sen. Dan Clemens, R-Marshfield, who has served two four-year
The 20th district covers Douglas, Webster, Christian and Greene counties outside of Springfield.
Before he graduated from Central High, Traw, a son of a hotel night clerk, worked for Safeway Grocery Stores
first as a bag boy then moving up to head clerk.
When the stores closed, Traw joined a food brokerage company and eventually became a partner.
In 1994, Traw started a business in collectibles.
In the campaign, he has described Wasson as "privileged."
Wasson's late mother, Edna Wasson, was a longtime postmaster for Nixa and was the town's first female mayor.
Wasson, who inherited 200 acres of family farmland, became a real estate developer in his early 20s. He
subdivided the land, which is now Wasson Place with about 400 homes.
"My opponent wants to paint me as a Richie Rich, that's not so," Wasson said. "I've worked hard."
He dropped out of college when his father died and was faced with paying an inheritance tax, Wasson said.
At age 19, Wasson said, he built his first home.
In the early 1990s, Wasson said he owned and managed a motel for seven years.
Now, he is developing a 12,000-square-foot office center off U.S. 160 in Nixa.
At the same time, Wasson said he has been active in public service.
He was appointed to the Nixa park board at age 21 and later served on the planning and zoning commission
before he was elected to the town's board of aldermen and later mayor.
Traw, who describes himself as an independent Truman Democrat, shares some values with Wasson.
Both have permits to carry concealed weapons, and both say they are anti-abortion and support restrictions on
But Wasson and Traw disagree on tax issues.

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Traw believes taxes -- especially the state income tax -- should be based on the ability to pay, favoring
measures on a sliding scale that place heavier tax burdens on the rich.
Wasson said the state does not have a tax issue but a spending problem.
"Can we provide the same service at less cost?" Wasson asked. "Is the service we provide essential?"
He said higher taxes would hurt small business owners, who would be reluctant to invest in their businesses.
"I just think a lot of people are hanging on there, by the skin of their teeth, small business people," Wasson said.
"... If you start raising taxes, that's rough."
Retorted Traw: "If you are making $1 million a year, I don't think you are just hanging on."
Traw criticized Wasson for supporting the fair tax, a tax plan that Traw said would abolish all taxes except a
uniform sales tax levied on all goods and services, including house purchases and medical services.
"Jay wants to tax everything," Traw said, pointing out the fair tax will hurt middle-income families.
He said the fair tax would have a detrimental effect on the housing market.
"It will absolutely kill the real estate market in Missouri," Traw said.
Wasson said the idea deserves discussion.
"(Fair tax) is not the sole answer ... but it certainly deserves discussion on the floor," Wasson said.
Traw said he would support both an Internet sales tax and a higher tobacco tax.
Traw, who sells antiques and collectibles online, said the state loses at least $200 million a year in sales tax
dollars from not taxing online purchases.
Wasson said he is OK with an online sales tax.
"I will vote for it, but it's not a budget fixer," Wasson said. "It's a fairness issue."
Wasson initially said he supported a higher tobacco tax but added later he would favor it only if it did not hurt
state revenue.
To revitalize the state economy, Traw has proposed a MO Jobs Bond program.
In his proposal, the state would borrow money from its citizens by distributing low-denomination, high-yield, tax-
exempt industrial revenue bonds to savers and investors.
The proceeds, paired with quality job tax credits, would help Missouri businesses to expand and create more
jobs, Traw said.
For job growth, Wasson said he would favor tax credits across the board but especially for small businesses.
"We need to allow them to plow the money back to their businesses and hire more people," Wasson said.
Wasson agrees with tea party supporters that the government has grown too big and is trying to do everything
instead of doing "a few things really good."
The government must provide public safety and build infrastructure, but it is overreaching when the government
tries to regulate health care, Wasson said.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources also is overreaching with its environmental rules and regulations,
Wasson said.
"The marketplace can work itself out," he said. "In most cases, when we talk about regulations, most time small
businesses cannot afford those regulations."

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However, Wasson is proud of some of his regulatory efforts.
Last year, Wasson said he rewrote the state statute regarding the funeral industry and successfully placed
restrictions on pre-need contracts and services offered by funeral homes.
"We've got to some some regulations, and that's one of them," Wasson said.
His legislative efforts don't contradict with his philosophy against regulations, because he does not automatically
turn to regulations for answer, Wasson said.
Traw has criticized Wasson for working for special interests, noting Wasson's campaign contributions often can
be linked to his legislative efforts in Jefferson City.
Wasson said the contributors approve of his work that is already done.
The donors do not expect special favors from him, Wasson said.

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Talking Politics: October 19, 2010
Posted Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 3:55pm | UPDATED: October 19, 2010 at 4:47pm
A look back at Rep. Jerry Litton‘s short-lived town-hall television show, Chris Kelly and Laura Nauser race for
State Representative, and commentator Jason Rosenbaum weighs the stakes in an undercovered local race.
Hosted By Kyle Stokes (Columbia, MO)
First, the campaign for the 24th District State House seat features two familiar names. Chris Kelly currently
holds the seat. He‘s a Democrat, elected back into the House in 2008 after serving there from 1983 to
1994. Kelly wants to raise the cigarette tax by 60 cents. He figures that would generate enough revenue for a 3.5
percent salary increase for MU faculty.
Kelly‘s opponent is another name Columbia voters recognize, Republican Laura Nauser, who‘s currently the
Fifth Ward City Council representative. She disagrees with Kelly‘s cigarette tax stance, and says while she wants
to hold the line on education funding tax increases aren‘t an option.
Next, commentator Jason Rosenbaum says one local race to watch may not always get top billing, but the result
often says a lot about the prevailing political winds in Missouri.
Jerry Litton was elected to the House of Representatives in 1972.
Then, Jerry Litton was elected to the House of Representatives in 1972, a tumultuous time for the U.S.
government. With Watergate and Vietnam, the country‘s morale was down, and in response, the Missouri
congressman created his own television show, Dialogues with Litton. It was a town hall-style interview program
that brought in key-figures in Washington to Missouri. The show only lasted two years, ending abruptly after
Litton died in a plane crash the night he won the Democratic Senate primary race. KBIA‘s Maureen McCollum
has more on Litton‘s legacy.

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Incumbent rep faces newcomer‘s challenge

Webber, Szopa vie for 23rd seat.
By T.J. Greaney
Columbia Daily TribuneTuesday, October 19, 2010
On an unseasonably warm Sunday, Stephen Webber walked door to door in the Parkade subdivision
canvassing for votes. And residents — many of whom were outside doing yardwork — made it clear that the
race for the Missouri House 23rd District was not at the top of their priority list.
Several opened doors just wide enough to grab a flier, giving the candidate barely a grunt of recognition. One
man turned off his leaf blower to let loose a monologue about the poisonous state of affairs in Washington, D.C.
And near the end of his hourlong circular trek, Webber heard the question that has become a familiar refrain
from voters meeting the baby-faced politician.
―Are you sure you‘re old enough?‖ a smirking woman asked after Webber introduced himself as a state
Webber said he hasn‘t heard that question as much during this election cycle as he did during his first run in
―It‘s funny. I‘ve been doing this every day now for three years,‖ he said. ―So in my head, I was young when I
started, but I‘m 27 now so I guess I don‘t see it as much as an issue.‖
Webber, a law student and Iraq War veteran, is still the youngest person serving in the General Assembly. And,
being in the minority party, he has mostly modest victories to point to from his first term in office rather than
sweeping legislative achievements.
But he said he is proud of the fact that under his watch, the University of Missouri saw its operating budget cut
by only 5 percent in a brutal fiscal environment last year. He is also proud of his work to expand the Quality Jobs
Act in 2009 that helped lure IBM to Columbia. And Webber pointed to his success in advancing the Missouri
Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The bill he sponsored
made it out of committee for the first time after years of failed attempts.
―It‘s probably not the most politically advantageous issue, but it‘s the right thing to do,‖ he said.
But Webber also said he has been frustrated by the group-think he sees in Jefferson City, where members of
both parties tend to speak and vote in lock step. That frustration was on display in July when he gave an
impassioned speech on the House floor railing against a provision in the bill to reform the state employees
pension system and allow elected officials to retire five years earlier than other state employees. He called it a
―sweetheart deal.‖ The bill passed overwhelmingly.
―If I could clone him and send 435 of him down there, I‘d be delighted,‖ said Truman Allen, a friend and
If elected to a second term, Webber said he will use his experience to push several initiatives, including a bill that
would give tax credits to private donors who fund the expansion of MU‘s School of Health Professions and
Sinclair School of Nursing.
―We have a shortage of occupational therapists, nurses and speech pathologists in this state,‖ Webber said.
―You have people that want to go into those professions and patients that need those services. And the
bottleneck is: We‘re just not training enough folks.‖

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But for the first time in years, a Republican will appear on the ballot in the 23rd District. Sitting at a table in
McDonald‘s after placing his National Rifle Association hat on a chair, Paul Szopa, 65, said he decided he would
run when he received his 2008 sample ballot in the mail and saw it lacked a Republican candidate.
―I just absolutely do not believe in uncontested elections,‖ he said. ―Why have an election if you can just have
somebody sign a form and pay a filing fee and appoint themselves to the office?‖
Szopa, who has worked at Westlake Ace Hardware for 10 years after taking an early retirement from work at
MU, admits to being a political neophyte. He is uncomfortable when the subject turns to fundraising, and he
nearly abandoned the race altogether after he attended the Republican House Committee‘s candidate school
and heard soliciting donations was a major component. He has raised $650 this election cycle and wondered
aloud whether a donation to his campaign would be a good investment of someone‘s hard-earned dollars.
But Republican leaders are glad Szopa stuck with the campaign.
―He‘d be an excellent officeholder if he can win,‖ said Tom Baker, president of the Columbia Pachyderms Club.
―But he‘s got his work cut out for him.‖
Szopa said his priorities if elected would be public safety and fully funding the Department of Agriculture. He said
he believes in lowering taxes on small businesses and cutting away the cobweb of burdensome regulations. He
has called for a two- or three-year freeze on salaries of elected and appointed state officials.
―I just think that it‘s time for a real hard-line fiscal conservative to get in there and make some waves,‖ he said.
But more than any specific item, Szopa hopes his candidacy revitalizes Republican energy in the 23rd District.
The district stretches across central and west Columbia and is heavily Democratic.
―If nothing else, if I can convince enough of the voters to take a chance on me, then maybe there‘s someone out
there who says, ‗If this guy with his little campaign didn‘t do so bad, maybe I can try it,‘ ‖ he said.

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Columbia Democrats running for House receive
greater contributions than Republicans
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 | 9:44 p.m. CDT; updated 6:54 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 20, 2010
BY Bailey Brewer, Deniz Koray, Mary Daly
On Oct. 15, local candidates for state House offices made their contributions public with two weeks left until the
general election, filing their records with the Missouri Ethics Commission. The local candidates bucked a
statewide trend of Republican candidates receiving more contributions than their Democratic counterparts.
Here is a breakdown by race:
Following the money

Local candidates for the state House released their final finance reports of the campaign season Oct. 15. The
numbers are as follows for itemized contributions:
District 21
MEDICAL: $1,250
OTHER/RETIRED: $14,239.50
TOTAL AMOUNT: $64,850.57
TOTAL AMOUNT: $54,353.55

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District 23
MEDICAL: $1,825
TOTAL AMOUNT: $31,181.05
District 24
EDUCATION: $21,520
MEDICAL: $14,856.70
OTHER/RETIRED: $45,585.70
TOTAL AMOUNT: $149,528.37
OTHER/RETIRED: $15,355.39

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TOTAL AMOUNT: $38,842.39

District 21
Democratic candidate Kelly Schultz received the bulk of her campaign funds from political sources — including
political action committees and other politicians — upwards of $40,000 in itemized contributions. Schultz said
that many of those donations are from people she has worked with or for in Jefferson City during her past 11
years as an employee in the state Capitol.
Aside from private citizens and the business community, Schultz‘s other large contributors are within the
educational and medical communities, with education providing approximately $6,000 and the donors from the
medical field giving just over $1,000.
Schultz has reported a total of $64,850.57 in itemized contributions and more than $93,000 in total contributions
since the start of her campaign.
She said the money raised from donors in education stems from her relationship with MU. Schultz has a
bachelor‘s degree and a master‘s degree from the university, and her husband, Loren, is a professor in the
veterinary school. She said that because of these relationships, the faculty are confident she will support them if
Schultz said that the first bill she plans to file if elected to office is the ―Medical Red Tape Reduction Act.‖ This
bill, she said, would aim to cut down on billing errors and insurance fraud.
Schultz said that the medical community supports her because she will advocate that taxpayers' money go back
to funding health care in the state.
Republican candidate John Cauthorn has reported nearly $55,000 in itemized contributions since his campaign
began. He reported a similar number in total contributions.
Cauthorn received sizable donations to his campaign from the political community — nearly $19,000 — and
private citizens —almost $24,000.
While his opponent received a fair amount of funds from the medical and educational communities, Cauthorn
had none to speak of from these groups. He received an overwhelming amount of money from people in the
business community, nearly $13,000.
As an explanation for this trend in funding, Cauthorn said he‘s a good business supporter. He added, ―I‘m strong
on job creation,‖ and said that creating jobs will be a main focus if he is elected.
A handful of farms donated to Cauthorn — unsurprising, perhaps, not only because the 21st District is largely
rural, but because Cauthorn himself is a farmer.
District 23
Republican candidate Paul Szopa has spent about $484 total on his campaign for the 23rd District House of
Representatives seat held by Stephen Webber. Webber, who is running for re-election, has spent about $13,447
on the race. Both candidates have primarily spent their money on campaign brochures and mailings.
According to his October quarterly report, Webber reported receiving $7,675 last month, bringing the total
amount his campaign has raised to $47,024. With all expenses accounted for, Webber reported he has $30,414
on hand.

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The majority of Webber‘s campaign contributions have come from groups with lobbying interests. His single
largest contribution of $2,500 came from the Missouri chapter of the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees, an advocacy group ―of people who share a common commitment to public service,‖
according to the organization‘s website.
The only contribution Szopa reported for the entire election thus far was $325 from the Columbia Federated
Republican Women‘s Club. He did not receive any contributions during September, according to his quarterly
District 24
State Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, received almost $150,000 in itemized contributions for his re-election
campaign from more than 700 separate donors. More than 60 percent of his contributions came from Columbia
residents, but Kelly also raised more than $9,000 from St. Louis residents and more than $7,500 from Kansas
City residents. He also received $6,825 from out-of-state contributors.
Overall, Kelly reported an intake of more than $170,000 total contributions to date.
Kelly said he was proud that his contributions came from a broad range of sources because it showed his
openness to work across the political aisle. He mentioned endorsements from the Missouri Labor Council and
Missouri Chamber of Commerce, two groups that he said do not often support the same political candidates.
He received more than $20,000 each in contributions from business and education sources, as well as nearly
$30,000 from political action committees. Kelly's campaign also brought in close to $15,000 each from medical
sources and law firms.
He said that his contributions from organizations and political action committees were a result of his openness to
work with different groups of people in Jefferson City. Kelly also attributed his success in garnering donations
from individuals to his extensive door-to-door campaigning.
Fifth Ward city councilwoman Laura Nauser, R-Columbia, received slightly less than $39,000 in itemized
contributions from 44 contributors. More than 90 percent of her donations came from within Columbia.
Nauser reported receiving more than $40,000 in total contributions thus far.
She received almost $1,000 from business sources and $1,950 from PACs. She received less than $1,000 total
from legal, medical, education and construction sources combined. Nauser reported a contribution of $10,000
from her husband in March. She also put in $20,000 of her own money on Oct. 8.
―I want to make sure I am able to get my message out,‖ she said. "I want to focus on meeting people rather than
fundraising for the last two weeks of the campaign.‖ Nauser also said that she had not been actively
campaigning to receive money from PACs. However, she believed that it would be easier to get contributions
from those organizations after establishing a record in the legislature.

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McClanahan, Wyatt face off for North Missouri
Truman Index - By Brenna McDermott
Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, Updated: Thursday, October 14, 2010 01:10
The House District 2 race between incumbent Rep. Rebecca McClanahan and challenger Zachary Wyatt is
revealing the Democrat and Republican's different campaign strategies leading up to the Nov. 2 elections.
McClanahan is running what she calls a "100 percent positive campaign," and Wyatt is utilizing Wednesday's
endorsement by U.S. Senator Kit Bond to advance his message that he is not a typical candidate. McClanahan
and Wyatt will come together for a candidate forum next Tuesday to debate issues and answer questions from
McClanahan said her commitment to a 100 percent positive campaign stems not only from a reflection of her
personal opinions on campaigning but also from what she said is a call from voters.
"Voters are very frustrated by the negative campaigning," McClanahan said. "And it ‗turns them off.'"
She has no plans to change her positive strategy, although she said some ads she has seen have had a
negative critique of her.
"The ones that I have accessed so far are negative attacks," McClanahan said. "And so, that just draws our
attention to how we will behave in contrast to that, and we will continue to be positive, but of course it gets our
attention. And we know that it will get the attention of voters."
McClanahan said part of her preparation for Election Day involves listening to constituents' issues and acting on
their behalf.
"That doesn't exactly fall in the category of campaigning," McClanahan said. "But on the other hand, it's doing
my job that I signed up for."
One of her advantages in this election, McClanahan said, is her experience in the legislature.
"There's just nothing that can replace my experience to date in the legislature," McClanahan said. "It's not time to
set the reset button."
One of her largest obstacles, McClanahan said, is to not solely focus on wedge issues, but to "have a
conversation from a position of common ground" with both Democrats and Republicans
"We clearly diverge on some issues, but on most things, we actually agree," McClanahan said.
Regarding Bond's endorsement of Wyatt, McClanahan said it isn't a surprise.
"Of course he would endorse Zachary Wyatt," McClanahan said. "Why wouldn't he? So I don't see it as
Although it was not a surprise to him, Wyatt said Bond's endorsement is an honor for him.
"I think it shows the momentum that has been building constantly throughout the last seven months since I
started campaigning," Wyatt said.
Wyatt said his campaign strategy has been to show that he represents a new generation of politicians.
Wyatt said volunteers will be "crucial" for a victory.
"That is what's going to get me across the finish line come Nov. 2," Wyatt said.
Wyatt's campaign team is completely volunteer-based.

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He said his military experience serving his country and the leadership that came with that service will be an
Wyatt also said his age is both an advantage and a disadvantage for him, in that he is able to attend many
events and travel often, but that some older voters might question whether his values align with their own.
"The advantage there is that I'm able to get on the ground," Wyatt said. "I'm everywhere. I don't tire very easily.
"The way I combat that with the older voters is I just say, ‗Look, I have the same conservative values as you
have and my age doesn't change what I think on those values.' And they know that."
Wyatt said recent advertisements that have been paid for by the House Republican Campaign Committee and,
because of election laws, he has no say in what content, negative or positive, is included in them.
"Anything that is not true, my opponent can approach me and give me the facts that aren't true on it, and I would
gladly say that they're not true and come out on that," Wyatt said. "But if they're true and that's what she voted
for, she needs to stand behind her vote."
McClanahan and Wyatt will speak at the candidate forum, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the El Kadir
Shrine Club in Kirksville. The forum, sponsored by the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce, will allow both
local and state government candidates to meet with voters and respond to questions from their opponents and
the media.
McClanahan and Wyatt agree that the debate will serve as a valuable opportunity for voters to compare and
contrast candidates and to decipher where each candidate stands on the issues.

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District 2: candidates address issues
Truman Index - By Brenna Mcdermott
Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, Updated: Thursday, October 14, 2010 01:10
This week, the Index separately interviewed District 2 incumbent State Rep., D-Kirksville, Rebecca McClanahan
and republican opponent Zachary Wyatt on relevant issues pertaining to the Nov. 2 election.
Here are their responses:
Index: How do you plan to represent student interests when confronted with cuts to higher education funding?
McClanahan: I spent 30 years as a professor at Truman State University, as I'm sure you know. And so I have
not only a deep appreciation for students and for higher education and specifically for Truman State University,
and I've carried that with me since day one in my four years of service in the state legislature to date. I sit on the
higher education committee as well, and so we really address policy issues related to higher education. But, I'm
on the budget committee as well, the house budget committee, where we consider funding issues. You know,
when I first was sworn in as state representative, Missouri ranked 47 on per capita funding for higher education.
My understanding is that we've actually moved up a couple of points to 45, which is really based on this initiative
that we've been able to do these last couple of years, of holding funding more stable, and in this current year we
weren't able to actually hold funding stable, but we actually were able to hold higher education harmless, if you
will. So that higher education didn't take as deep of cuts as other areas of state government.
And so I've been very gratified that we've been able to kind of hold the line on funding of higher education, and
that is, of course, allowed us to move up in the rankings, because other states have not been as fortunate as we
have to hold the line on that funding.
I have been working tirelessly, and I will continue to work tirelessly to assure that we reinvest in higher education
in the state of Missouri. I think that is critical to having a well-educated workforce for in-demand, high tech jobs in
particular, and many service jobs. And so I believe that's really critical for economic development and for job
creation in the state of Missouri, to make that investment in higher education. So I'm absolutely committed to
I was very pleased that we were able to take action to equalize the Access Missouri Scholarship funding this last
session, and that was something I have been working on since day one. So we've taken a situation where
private students going to private institutions got twice as much scholarship money as students going to public
institutions. And so we've been able to re-equalize that scholarship so that everyone will receive an equal
amount. And when that program is fully funded, then students going to public institutions have the potential of
increased funding. I just feel really strongly about that. I think it puts our commitment as a state where it should
be, that is, in supporting our public institutions.
Wyatt: I think I'll be able to represent you guys quite well because one, I'm of a lot of you guys' generation, and
I know the hardships that come upon you guys when you go to school or are away from home. I just went
through that phase of my life, as you guys are going through right now, and I think I'll be able to put a better
perspective on what needs to be looked at within the budget.
Index: How do you plan to kickstart local business?
McClanahan: Well, I've been working really hard with local businesses to help kickstart those businesses. I had a
meeting just within the last couple of weeks with a wind energy company that is working here in the area. There
are some regulations or a regulatory process that is kind of holding up their effort to begin building wind turbines
here in Adair County and across Sullivan County, and so I am working hard on trying to help resolve some of
those regulatory issues that would allow that kind of initiative to come. So that's really a win-win. If we can bring
jobs to the area, especially during the construction phase of a wind-energy project, and it can bring green jobs to

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North Missouri, then I see that as a win-win. So that's just one example, and something that I am currently
working on.
I'm still working very closely with the folks that are working on the DNA forensics lab and that initiative, although
working quietly behind the scenes, is still very much alive and well, and they are continuing to put together the
funding that they need to start that initiative. I've been working very closely with them. So there are a number of
other ways I've been working on those kinds of business efforts that will just make a huge difference in economic
development in North Missouri.
Another thing that's kind of an indirect effort is even just my strong support for Caring for Missourians funding.
And Truman has benefited from some of that funding, and it's allowed the expansion of the capacity of programs
to prepare health care professionals. So the nursing program at Truman has benefited from that funding, and the
communication disorders program has benefited. So that's really training for the workers of tomorrow. And those
are high-demand jobs. We have critical shortages of health care professionals in the state of Missouri, so that
funding is something that I have worked really hard to retain in the budget. Also, Moberly Area Community
College just received one of the Training for Tomorrow grants, and that will allow them to sit practical nurses in
transitioning to a, what is called a bridge program, toward preparation as a registered nurse. And so those are
things that are providing the sort of training opportunities for high-demand jobs, right here in North Missouri. So
that's a couple of other initiatives that I've worked really hard on.
Wyatt: Well, I think first we need to be able to cut all the red tape in order to start a business. There's so many
different fees in order for them to start up that most of them can't even afford the start-up fee. You also have to
look at the taxes as well, because you can't have a small business that is paying in so much more in taxes than
they are making. You're not going to succeed in the business sector.
It comes to a point where you have Obama Care and everything and that's going to play a factor, and hopefully
we can uphold Proposition C that we passed with 72 percent of the Missouri voters and be able to say, ‗Hey,
look, this is going to take a burden off of the small businesses.'
Index: If elected, what will be your main focus in office?
McClanahan: I feel like my main focus since day one, and what my focus would continue to be, is representing
the people of North Missouri in the best way that I possibly can. Many legislators talk about representing a
district. I'm very intentional in talking about representing the people of House District 2. And that has been what I
have been committed to doing.
I work hard to stay in direct contact with lots of local people. I attend public events and a lot of private events,
year-round, and year-in and year-out, whether it's an election year or not. I participate in every parade in every
little community that I'm available for, because I find that keeps me in touch with the people. And not only can I
talk with individuals, but they can talk with me.
And I never go to a local event that someone doesn't approach me with a piece of information that helps me do
my job better, or that they share a problem with me that I can help them work on. So I just find being accessible
to people is really important, and that allows me to work on the priorities that people have from here in North
Missouri. And of course, the top of everyone's list is jobs and the economy.

Wyatt: My main focus is going to be jobs. We, in Northeast Missouri, have for too long been losing jobs in the
area. I think that we need to pretty much get back to the basics. We need to start selling Northeast Missouri to
get more businesses in here. That's going to be done through the tax bases that we have, and that's going to
also be done through cutting a lot of the red tape they have to do in order to start up.
Index: What is the one thing you'd like to accomplish in office?

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McClanahan: If I could only accomplish one thing, it would be putting North Missouri back on the map in
Missouri. People north of I-70 sometimes feel forgotten and feel that so much of the investment of state dollars
and of private business dollars occurs along the I-70 corridor and south. And so bringing that kind of long-term
investment that will make a difference in our infrastructure and our ability to sustain economic development into
the future would be the one thing. And. of course, that's a very broad initiative.

Wyatt: My one thing I want to accomplish is get Northeast Missouri to be known as a place that is business
friendly, and every single company that looks at Missouri is going to be looking towards us, because we're the
ones that have the ability to sustain their company.

Index: Do you support or
oppose Proposition A?

McClanahan: Proposition A is an interesting issue that affects the metropolitan areas here in Missouri more than
it affects us, at least in the short term.
And so the concern I have about Proposition A is kind of, it may take away the opportunity for communities
across the state of Missouri to institute an earnings tax, if they chose to do that. So the concern I have is that it
would constrain us, and when I say us, that would be any community in Missouri. It would constrain us from
using an earnings tax if we were to choose to do that. And when a community like Kirksville has a large sales tax
base, that's one of the places that we tend to go to to support things that are really important to us, such as the
transportation tax. We have made the decision to tax ourselves using a sales tax to do the four-laneing between
Macon and Kirksville several years ago and now to add on to the alternative route, the alternate route. So we
use that as a sales tax base to accomplish something that's really important to us as a community and really
important to our economic development, and that could potentially help us create jobs here in this community.
There are other communities that don't have that opportunity because they don't have the sales tax base. And
I've actually been approached by people in Sullivan County - one of the other counties that I represent - that
have suggested the possibility of an earnings tax for Sullivan County. Now, Sullivan County just passed a half-
cent sales tax just in this last spring - to help support the development of a lake project, a reservoir project for
their community. And so they believed it was important enough to pass a sales tax, but again, other people in the
community have said to me that an earnings tax would really make more sense in Sullivan County and would
generate more money to support a project like the lake in Sullivan County.
So my concern about Proposition A is that it would actually take away an option that our local communities
would have to make their own decisions about how they support the projects that they would like to in their own
And so, in short, I would, I believe that Proposition A interferes with local control. So therefore, I have concerns
about it. Even beyond the implications of it, I have concerns that Proposition A is almost wholly funded and
supported by one individual that is a very wealthy Missourian that doesn't like the idea of an earnings tax and
essentially funded the petition drive to get that issue on the ballot. So I not only have trouble with the impact that
it would have, but I also have trouble with how it got there. Because I'm not sure that one person should have
that kind of power over every single community in Missouri.

Wyatt:I support Proposition A. Cities shouldn't base their budget on taxes that they receive from people. They
should base their budget on money they know they are going to have. When you base your budget on money

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that you're not going to get, you're more than likely going to fail and not be able to fund everything that you want
to do.
Index: Do you support or oppose Proposition B?

McClanahan: Proposition B is another one of those that is a well-intentioned initiative. I think it is well
intentioned because of the concerns people have about pets and specifically dogs in this situation. So there is
probably a not fully deserved reputation that Missouri has for having illegitimate dog breeders. We do have many
legitimate dog breeders in Missouri, but there are people that get involved in dog breeding, and then, for
whatever reason, are not able to do it well, and so then dogs are negatively affected by that. So I think there's a
well-intentioned effort to support an initiative to try to do something about this problem that we find ourselves in.
Unfortunately, Proposition B addresses making some more rules, if you will. So it actually creates additional
laws. They really will duplicate some licensure laws that are already in effect, so we already have a licensing
process for dog breeders, so this would just duplicate some of those. And then it would add on the requirement
that a dog breeder could have no more than 50 breeding animals. Now, first, I'm not sure that setting a certain
number of animals, an arbitrary number of animals, guarantees the safety and health of those animals, or it
doesn't guarantee that that operation is going to be a good one or a bad one. Setting the number of 50 breeding
animals appears arbitrary to me.
Another problem with Proposition B is it does nothing to improve enforcement. And so, just making more laws
without any additional enforcement is perhaps well intentioned, and perhaps we could even call it a feel-good
initiative, but it will have little or no impact unless we increase enforcement. I would much rather that we increase
enforcement of the licensure regulations that we have in place. And if we were to increase the funding for
enforcement that is already in place by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, we would have much more
impact and improve the quality of pet care and improve the quality of breeding facilities all across the state of
So I think it's well intentioned, but it's being approached in what I would see as a completely ineffective way. I will
say to you that there are many not only legitimate but very high-quality breeding facilities here in North Missouri,
in my district, and I have had the opportunity to visit some of those facilities that were very high quality, clean,
healthy animals. The animals all had access to an outside run so they could have access to sunshine and fresh
air, and those animals were being lovingly cared for by full-time owners and managers with plenty of staff. They
had access to veterinary care. So I've seen firsthand that there are quality breeders out there that just do a
wonderful job. So, if we could license those facilities as we are already and then perhaps pull the licenses away
from those that are not doing that well or shut down the facilities that are unlicensed - I think that would be a
much more effective measure.

Wyatt:I oppose Proposition B. I think Proposition B is an attack on agriculture, and you can see it happening in
California. They passed a law similar with the poultry industry. California is the United States' biggest egg-
producing state. Now, there's so many regulations on poultry within California they are starting to close a lot of
their poultry plans. Also, California legislature proposed a law that you can't buy eggs that aren't produced in
egg-laying plants that aren't the same way California law states. That's going to raise California eggs to $8.50 a
dozen compared to what we have to pay - around two dollars.
No one likes puppy mills. HSUS is saying anyone that breeds dogs are puppy mills, and they're not. A lot of
people, you know, this is their livelihood. I think that you can go and look at HSUS funding. They are funded by
ALF and ELF, which our FBI has recognized as domestic terrorist groups. I can't support something that is being
funded by domestic terrorists.

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Audit: Financial controls lacking
MSU welcomes report but disagrees with characterization of its accounting.
Didi Tang • Springfield News-Leader • October 20, 2010
State auditors were surprised when they began examining the books of Missouri State University in 2009 for a
routine audit.
"We were very unhappy that we asked for what we considered basic financial statements and the university
could not produce them for us," state Auditor Susan Montee said Tuesday afternoon when she delivered a 58-
page state audit report at the university.
About 20 administrators, professors and staff came to the presentation, during which Montee said the university
needs to strengthen financial controls.
University officials, while welcoming the audit report, argued Missouri State does have strong financial controls.
"We have other controls in place, but not the controls (Montee) wants to see," said Gordon Elliott, member of the
MSU Board of Governors and chair of the board's finance committee.
Said Montee: "I agree they have some controls ... (but) they did not know what exactly was going on in a lot of
those funds."
One example is the university's Child Development Center, where at least $4,038 in cash receipts were not
remitted over a 30-month period and records were missing.
Her report detailed other concerns, including inadequate documentation, failure to bid projects competitively,
violations of the state Sunshine Law and inappropriate expense allocations.
James Cofer, who became president of MSU after the audit was completed, was absent from Montee's
presentation but issued a written statement.
"I believe you always benefit from outside reviews, so I value the input from the State Auditor," he wrote. "We
appreciate the recommendations contained in the report and we will seriously consider them."
Cofer said he has formed a committee to advise him on recommendations the university should implement.
"Very scary"
For Montee, it is unusual for an institution the size of Missouri State not to able to "easily and accurately
produce" basic financial reports, such as budget-to-actual comparison reports; statements of revenues,
expenses and changes in net assets; and profit/loss statements for various funds.
"It's just very scary," she said. "Clearly they are going to fix the problems, which they are working on now. But in
the meantime, there is some potential for some real concerns."
Missouri State a few years ago switched to a new computer system, costing about $7.6 million.
"They had not ever set it up to produce very, very basic reports, which means they were not producing those
reports to monitor the expenses and what's going on to the budget," Montee said. "Even if there's no real
problem, that's a huge red flag when you have $270 million in and out."
When some reports were manually prepared, they contained errors, Montee said.
"Even though we didn't find any huge problem, we would not have been surprised if we had because of that,"
Montee said.
In its response, the Board of Governors said it disagrees with the auditor's general characterization of its
accounting practices.

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"We believe the university does have very strong financial controls," the official response said, adding the
university management has chosen to create "more valuable and user-friendly reports by query."
More proof of strong finances at Missouri State is the university's growing reserve fund, said Elliott.
Asked if Missouri State would be producing the basic financial reports suggested by Montee's office, Elliott was
noncommittal .
"I have to know what reports she is talking about," Elliott said.
As for the errors, Elliott said the staff was generating reports they don't commonly produce.
Losses noted
In the report, state auditors listed several money-losing operations.
Greenwood: The laboratory school had an operating fund loss of $800,000 total in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.
The board responded that the school is supported by university funds just as other educational enterprises are
that might not be totally self-supporting.
Athletics: The Intercollegiate athletics fund outspent its revenue by more than $7 million each year in 2008 and
2009. The board noted that in Fiscal Year 2009, only 14 of the 310 NCAA Division I schools "made money,"
according to an NCAA study.
"All other Division I schools received some funding from the university," the board said.
It said intercollegiate athletics does live within its overall budget when transfers and gifts are taken into account.
Arena: JQH Arena had operating losses in its first two years. The university tapped student fees for its
In fiscal 2009, the arena received a transfer of $26,350 from the university's relations fund and another $275,340
from the intercollegiate athletics in fiscal 2010.
The board suggested the university will consider adjusting some accounting procedures to better reflect the
revenues and expenses.
Printing: The university's printing services also operated at a loss of $234,993 and $33,107 respectively in fiscal
2008 and 2009.
The board said the number of employees has been reduced in the department.
On Tuesday, Montee said the university can argue the benefits of each of its subsidized operations but must
evaluate them in the context of the entire university operation.
Given the university is faced with financial challenges, Missouri State must examine subsidized operations,
document the rationale for them and make decisions.
Only then can the university judge what subsidized operations best fit the university mission, Montee said.
Elliott on Tuesday noted the university's academic programs don't make money, either.
Examples cited by Montee are part of the university's operation, Elliott said.
Blown budgets
State auditors found significant variances between its budget and actual expenses "due to unrealistic projections
of expenses."
For example, travel expenses were budgeted at $69,000 and $98,000 respectively for men's basketball and
women's basketball.

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Actual expenses were $313,434 and $228,446 in fiscal year 2009.
In the same year, the budget expenditure for Hammons Student Center/Plaster Sports Complex was $1.2 million
but actual expenses were more than $2 million.
The board said it agreed budget amounts should be closer to actual expenses for line items but said what is
more important is the overall unit budget.
For example, there is an "other" expense line item, where money can be paid toward unbudgeted expenses.
Montee said the budget is a planning and control tool but loses its effectiveness when projections are unrealistic.
She argued the university should be able to have better projections on travel expenses.

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Montee: MSU violated law by closing meetings,
redacting audits
Didi Tang • Springfield News-Leader • October 20, 2010
Missouri State University violated the state Sunshine Law when it held secret discussions that should have been
open and improperly redacted internal audits, State Auditor Susan Montee said Tuesday.
But the university argued it has followed both the spirit and the letter of the law, contending the closed
discussions involved confidential legal advice and personnel issues.
Paul Kincaid, chief of staff, said the university also stands by its 2009 decision to heavily redact internal audit
reports regarding improper use of student money on short-term, overseas study trips.
The university's official response said the audit reports reference the name of a specific employee who was
disciplined for improper conduct.
On Tuesday, Montee said exempt from public disclosure is information related to the performance or merit of the
employee, not an employee's name, position, salary and length of the service.
She also reminded university officials that the Sunshine Law should be "strictly construed to promote the state's
policy of open records."
In the state audit reports, state auditors said two paragraphs documenting evidence of non-prudent use of
university funds were redacted and that words such as "expense" and "class" were sometimes blackened out.
As for closed meetings, state auditors said the university used a catch-all phrase to go into closed meeting
without stating specific reasons, which is inappropriate and is an abuse of the closed meeting exceptions.
Kincaid said Tuesday the university board always states specific reasons.
The audit report noted two incidents when discussions should not have been secretive.
The university board of governors discussed behind closed doors the possibility of developing an endowed
university leadership chair to enhance the president's compensation package.
The board also discussed possibly dividing university policies into two groups: governing policies to be approved
by the board and operating policies to be approved by the president.
In its official response, the board said personnel records were involved in the discussion of the endowed chair.
The policy discussion involved confidential legal advice.
"We totally disagree with the responses," Montee said.

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MSU Child Development Center gets harshest
Didi Tang • News-Leader • October 20, 2010
State Auditor Susan Montee levied some of her harshest criticism at the Child Development Center at Missouri
State University.
"I'm not going to say there was a fraud, but I'm not going to say there wasn't a fraud," Montee said.
Lack of documentation at the center has made it impossible for state auditors to determine what transpired at the
center, a university teaching laboratory that offers child care to the general public, Montee said.
At the center, state auditors have found:
- The center did not remit to the university bursar at least $4,038 in cash received between July 2007 and
December 2009.
The director explained cash is withheld from the receipts and used to buy supplies, the report says.
State auditors found no documentation to support the purchases.
State auditors also questioned the need to use cash receipts to buy supplies when the director has a university
procurement card for this purpose.
- At the center, accounting duties are not adequately segregated. The director and all other center employees
can collect monies and issue receipt slips, but the director keeps the monies, completes the receipt reports for
the bursar and transmits the monies to the bursar.
Monies were not transmitted to the bursar timely, allowing for cash receipts to be available for inappropriate use.
- Receipt slips are not always issued at the time of payment.
Voided receipt slips are not always retained.
Generic receipt slips, instead of official receipt slips with the university's name, are issued for monies collected.
- Receipt slips from July 1 to Dec. 17, 2007, and from Jan. 6 to Feb. 12, 2008, were not retained.
Attendance records for the year ended June 30, 2009, were not retained.
- The center has not established formal policies and procedures allowing collection of partial payments. It has
failed to collect late fees.
- The center improperly allocated all expenses to the infant/toddler account while posting incomes in both the
infant/toddler and preschool accounts.
State auditors recommended the university investigate the undeposited cash receipts and take appropriate
Other suggestions include segregating accounting duties, ensuring financial records are retained and
establishing formal written policies and procedures for partial payments and late fees.
MSU officials said internal auditors conducted a follow-up audit and actions were taken to address state auditors'
Montee said the center was an example that the university failed to closely monitor its finances.

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Gordon Elliott, member of the MSU Board of Governors, said it demonstrated strong financial control, because
Missouri State's own auditors discovered the problems.
Montee said state auditors alerted university auditors to the problem, and the university's internal audit affirmed
her office's findings.

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Former MSU president's pay questioned
Didi Tang • Springfield News-Leader • October 20, 2010
Mike Nietzel, former president of Missouri State University, will be paid $80,211 this semester by the university
without any obligation to perform any service.
When he returns to the faculty at the department of psychology, Nietzel will make $160,423 a year, $68,000
more than the highest paid professor in his department.
The payments are all in accordance with Nietzel's presidential contract, but State Auditor Susan Montee on
Tuesday asked whether the contract is in the best interest of the university.
"When you are paid $68,000 more, then you start to have fairness and morale issues," said Montee, whose
office is now reviewing university presidential contracts across Missouri.
On Tuesday, Montee questioned the long-term effect of a such clauses in presidential contracts allowing the
president to retreat to the ranks of the faculty at a percentage of his or her presidential salary.
Missouri State has a similar contract with James Cofer, its new president.
Unlike benefits such as lifetime health insurance, the retreat-to-the-faculty clause creates a different relationship,
Montee said.
"It's an ongoing position that is different from the position you entice that person to come," Montee said.
The MSU Board of Governors, in its response, said it is the board's job to negotiate a contract with the university
"All of the elements cited are common and appropriate for competitive contracts for presidents leading public
universities with a budget of $250 million, 3,500+ employees, 21,000+ students, etc.," the response reads.
On Tuesday, Gordon Elliott, member of the MSU Board of Governors, said today's presidents demand a tenure
in the university.
"The board is well aware of it," Elliott said. "I have no problem with it."
A former president can also be the "best teacher" in the classroom, Elliott said, arguing Nietzel was underpaid for
his presidential job.
Bob Jones, head of the psychology department, said Nietzel has an impressive resume as a professor of
"He's a guy you put in a lot of hope and faith," Jones said. "He's a tier-1 guy. We're thrilled to have him."
As for Nietzel's salary, Jones said the faculty in the psychology department are "grossly underpaid."

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Auditor finds sloppy bookkeeping at MSU
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:10 am
Missouri Auditor Susan Montee released a report Tuesday criticizing Missouri State University for sloppy
financial bookkeeping and an inability to produce basic financial reports.
While the audit stops short of pointing to severe financial mismanagement at the Springfield school, Montee said
auditors requested "very standard" accounting reports but that the school was "not able to provide those with
their computer systems."
"That means they were not providing financial statements for daily decision-making and monitoring those
issues," she said in an interview Tuesday. "Everybody's mindset is really going to have to be a little different
The report questions the compensation of former President Mike Nietzel who is on a paid leave earning $80,000
for one semester, under the terms of his contract. Nietzel retains the right to return to the faculty as a psychology
professor for 60 percent of his former salary, or $160,423 a year. That sum, the audit points out, is $68,000
higher than any professor in the department.
"What was the benefit to the school to let him become a tenured faculty member" at such an increased rate of
pay, Montee questioned.
She noted that the new president — James Cofer — has the same terms in his contract.
In the school's official response to the audit, it states that the former president's contract was approved
unanimously and is competitive with other contracts for presidents at similar universities.
In other findings, the audit:
• Concludes that while the school paid more than $2.2 million to 48 faculty members for sabbatical leaves, it
often failed to collect proper paperwork justifying the leaves.
• Takes issue with $96,000 paid to the head basketball coach for "promotional compensation" — funds the audit
said were spent without documenting what services were rendered.
• Finds weak accounting practices regarding $6.2 million in ticket sales to athletic and entertainment events at
several campus venues.
• Concludes that the university needs a more complete policy for purchases, saying that in some cases spending
did not have written contracts that clearly explained the benefit to the university for certain services.
The university's Board of Governors responded that it disagrees with Montee's take on its accounting practices
but will review the recommendations.
The audit also questioned the school's adherence to the Sunshine Law.
Montee said after a records request by the Springfield News-Leader, the university "redacted it so heavily that
you couldn't even tell what they were talking about."
"Our viewpoint is that everything is open unless there's some special reason to close it or have it not be public,
and I think that's what the spirit of the law is."
Montee said the state hadn't audited the university since 1995, so her office added it to a rotation of four-year
and two-year schools.

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Audit of Missouri state finds no major flaws, but
criticizes practices
Kansas City Star – Oct. 19, 2010
SPRINGFIELD | An audit of Missouri State University's finances turned up no major problems but showed a
need for stronger financial controls at the Springfield school, State Auditor Susan Montee said today.
Montee's summary said the university lacked systems to monitor expenses closely and could not produce basic
financial reports easily and accurately, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
"Even if there's no real problem, that's a huge red flag when you have $270 million in and out," Montee said.
And errors were found in some reports that were prepared manually, she said.
"Even though we didn't find any huge problem, we would not have been surprised if we had because of that,"
she said.
In its formal response, Missouri State's Board of Governors said it disagrees with Montee's general
characterization of its practices but will review the recommendations seriously.
"We believe the university does have very strong financial controls," the board said, adding that the university
management has chosen to create "more valuable and user-friendly reports by query."
Montee disputed the board's assessment of the strength of the controls.
"It's just very scary," she said. "Clearly they are going to fix the problems, which they are working on now. But in
the meantime, there are some potential for some real concern."
Other issues cited in the 58-page audit report included errors in materials supplied to the auditors, inadequate
documentation and failure to bid projects competitively.
Among specifics, the audit said Missouri State failed to enforce its own policy of requiring faculty members on
paid sabbatical to produce a written report on the work completed during the time off.
The state office reviewed seven sabbaticals and found only two faculty members completed and submitted the
required report on time.
"While paid sabbatical leave may be beneficial in attracting faculty members and to ensure faculty members can
further their knowledge within their field of study, the university also has a responsibility to the public to use its
monies in the most beneficial ways possible," the report says.
The board said in its response that "action will be taken immediately to remind deans of the need for all faculty
members to timely file the required sabbatical reports."
| The Associated Press

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Nixon: 'The future is rising'

Governor visits area construction sites
By Lisa Crawford – St. Joseph News-Press
Originally published October 19, 2010 at 3:34 p.m., updated October 19, 2010 at 10:30 p.m.
With a pond full of squawking geese to his left and the sounds of heavy construction behind him, Gov. Jay Nixon
praised Missouri Western State University on its dedication to the expansion of higher education.
―The future is rising right over my shoulders here,‖ Mr. Nixon said.
The governor visited Missouri Western‘s campus Tuesday morning for a tour of the new three-story residence
hall being built with the use of bonds awarded by the state.
In August, the university obtained $5.7 million in Recovery Zone Economic Development Funds from the
Missouri Department of Economic Development. The bonds feature a subsidy of 45 percent on the interest,
enabling the university to save $787,000 in interest over the life of the bonds.
The remainder of the $15 million complex is being financed through Build America Bonds that were also created
through the Recovery Act. These bonds feature a subsidy of 35 percent and will save the university $4.5 million
in interest.
Mr. Nixon praised the dedication of Missouri Western‘s president, Dr. Robert Vartabedian, and the workers
behind him. Construction of the residence hall is expected to employ some 200 area construction trade workers.
The project is scheduled for completion by August 2011 and will house 245 students, putting an end to the
waiting list the university has had for the past three years.
―There is a well-established correlation between living on campus and being a successful student,‖ Dr.
Vartabedian said. ―We believe that making more housing options available at Western will lead to better
academic outcomes while enhancing college life for our students. We are grateful that the Recovery Zone
Economic Development Bonds and Build America Bonds have enabled us to make this project a reality in a
fiscally responsible way.‖
The new residence hall will house juniors, seniors, graduate and international students, and will better serve the
demand of the growing population at the university.
Missouri Western‘s enrollment increased 7 percent from last year, surpassing 6,000 students this fall. This is a
24 percent increase over the fall of 2003.
―The word is definitely spreading about the outstanding education available at this university,‖ Mr. Nixon said. He
also remarked on the other capital improvements Missouri Western has made, including the renovation and
expansion of the math and science buildings, the science and technology incubator, and the indoor sports
complex that housed the Kansas City Chiefs‘ football team this summer.
Mr. Nixon was also in Trenton, Mo., twice this month, visiting other education projects being funded by state-
provided bonds. These projects include the new Elizabeth and Arthur Barton Farm Campus for North Central
Missouri College, and construction projects within the Trenton R-IX School District.

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With or without foreclosure moratorium,
homeowners and housing market still ailing
By Mary Delach Leonard, Beacon staff - Posted 10:30 am, Tue., 10.19.10
Homeowner Craig McIntosh of St. Louis, who fought for more than a year to win a mortgage modification from
his lender, isn't surprised by the latest twists and turns in the nation's foreclosure mess, as banks have come
under fire for "robo-signing" thousands of documents without verifying their accuracy or authenticity.
"What I understand of this story is that, as with the modification programs, these companies were simply
unprepared for the tidal wave of troubled mortgages they had to deal with. That they did it poorly is no surprise to
one as unimpressed with American business ethics as I am," McIntosh says. "I'm pleased that the government
and other watchers have drawn attention to this. We learn slowly and usually at some cost. This will be no
McIntosh considers himself very fortunate to have navigated the federal government's Home Affordable
Modification Program, eventually cutting his monthly payments by $800 a month. He attributes his success to the
fact that he is an educated consumer who was determined and kept meticulous records.
McIntosh has tall stacks of paperwork documenting 13 months of phone calls and correspondence with his bank.
It is a case study in homeowner frustration: repeated requests for documents already submitted; contradictory
notices, sometimes sent on the same date, assuring him that his modification was proceeding, on one hand, and
threatening legal action on the other.
"I'm very lucky to have come out as well as I have," he says.
Last week's announcement by the state attorneys general that they were launching a joint investigation into the
foreclosure filings of the nation's lenders -- and the decision by some banks to suspend foreclosures temporarily
-- raised questions about the ultimate effect on financially struggling homeowners and the national housing
The story continued to unfold Monday as Bank of America, the nation's largest mortgage servicer, announced
that it would resume foreclosure sales in the nation's 23 so-called judicial states, including Illinois, where
foreclosures require a court process. In a statement, the bank said that it had started preparing affidavits in
102,000 foreclosure actions that are awaiting judgment and expects to resubmit them by Oct. 25.
The bank said it is continuing to review its process in the 27 non-judicial states, including Missouri.
"We anticipate, over the course of this pause, less than 30,000 foreclosure sales will have been delayed," the
bank said. "As was the case for our judicial state review, our initial assessment findings show the basis for our
foreclosure decisions is accurate."
In the second of a two-part series, the Beacon continues its look at the fallout on the housing market and options
open to homeowners.
Eric Madkins, senior housing director, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
Juli Niemann, a financial analyst who is executive vice president of Smith Moore and Company in St. Louis
Kevin Cottrell, co-founder of Kelsey Cottrell Realty Group in Ballwin
Rusty Reinoehl, a St. Louis attorney who represents homeowners in foreclosure case
Does this legal tangling suggest any real, lasting relief for homeowners facing foreclosure?

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Despite the legal wrangling, homeowners trying to stave off foreclosure should remain active in negotiating with
their lenders, said Madkins.
"I would definitely urge them not to become complacent at all," he said. "The Bank of America customer -- or any
customers, regardless of their bank -- should, still continue with the process. Still contact their lender if they're
having financial difficulties. Don't say that, 'OK, well, since the moratorium is on, I'm just going to wait.' "
Madkins, who has been counseling financially troubled homeowners since 2006, is not surprised by the rising
foreclosure numbers; his office still gets 30 to 40 calls from new clients every week.
He urges homeowners to seek assistance through a HUD-certified housing counseling agency because the
services are free.
"They're already going through hard times, they don't need to be paying an exorbitant fee like so many places
charge," he said.
Madkins urges homeowners who haven't worked with a housing counselor to try that route even if their lenders
have already denied their requests for a modification. Counselors have established networks they can tap into,
including contacts with lenders, and in a worst-case scenario might help negotiate a "soft" landing for
homeowners, such as a short sale or deed-in-lieu.
"We might be able to advocate for you," he said. "We know the formulas and the models and can make the case
to the lender for you."
Madkins said it is too early to gauge the impact of the moratoriums or how long it will take to untangle all of the
current legal challenges.
"We still don't know the enormity of the situation," he said.
In the meantime, the moratoriums may slow the foreclosure process in Missouri, a non-judicial state that has one
of the quickest turnaround times in the nation, Madkins said.
Reinoehl suggests that homeowners in default talk to an attorney to see whether they have any legal options.
"The way I fight foreclosure is by attacking the chain of title of the loan itself," he said. "Basically the loan was
sold through the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems into securitization, and we really don't know who the
holder of the note is. A lot of times you'll see that people had a Wells Fargo or a Bank of America loan, but it's
often the servicer doing the foreclosing. But they are not the note-holder so they technically don't have the right
to foreclose."
The cost of such a legal action depends largely on how much work it takes to unravel the mortgage's ownership
history. A title report could provide enough information in simple cases, but more complex cases might require
hiring experts to conduct forensic audits.
Reinoehl said that, in general, fighting foreclosure is more expensive in Missouri than in Illinois, which is a
judicial state. In Missouri, the homeowner must sue the lenders and will shoulder the burden of proof. In Illinois,
the homeowner is the defendant, and the lender must prove the case by showing proper documentation.
What does this mean for the housing market?
The fallout from the current legal tangles will not affect the St. Louis housing market to the same degree as other
areas because foreclosures and short sales amount to less than 10 percent of local real estate listings, said
On the other hand, the effect could be huge on such markets as Las Vegas, or Orlando, Fla., Miami or Phoenix,
where foreclosures account for 50 to 70 percent of the listings, he said.
Cottrell expects more of a psychological effect on the St. Louis market, with some homebuyers seeing
foreclosures as less desirable alternatives.

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"You have a shift in the psychology of buyers," he said. "They call us all the time interested in foreclosures. Then
they come to find out they're in poor shape and don't want to pursue them. Now, they've got the stigma of
potential title problems or not being able to close."
Cottrell said that short sales are increasing at a faster pace than foreclosures but are having most of their impact
on home prices above $400,000 because there are fewer sales in that price range.
What are the long-term ramifications for the economy?
Madkins says that until the economy improves and people go back to work, he expects to see more
homeowners at risk of defaulting on their mortgages.
"It's going to continue to be rough," he said. "When you have those two factors -- unemployment and housing --
it's going to be tough."
Niemann believes that banks will continue to be under pressure because of the numbers of bad loans they still
have on their books -- and that they have yet to address the problem in an efficient manner.
"The Dow's moved ahead, but the financials aren't joining in the fun. There are many more bad loans coming
down the pike. Are they staffing up to do this in an orderly fashion?" she said. "They're going to do this when
they're forced to. The government has to force them to staff up, take the necessary precautions, organize the
process, recognize the bad loans and do it in a systematic way."
Niemann believes that banks need to establish crisis teams to evaluate their foreclosed real estate, market it and
then clear it from their books.
"The banks are so bad in processing this stuff, that the entrepreneurs can't get the houses -- they can't buy
them. Banks have become their own worst enemy," she said.
In the meantime, Niemann says, the housing market will continue to suffer.
"People are only going to buy a house when the price is right, and they have the job they feel secure about.
There's this huge inventory of unsold houses, both used and new on the market, which means housing prices
are still going to go down, and this is a long trend," she said. "The bottom of the housing market has not been hit
yet. Is it going to plunge? No. It's going to erode."
The U.S. economy is in a state of transition now that consumers have pulled back on their spending, she said.
"They were using their houses as an ATM machine -- home equity loans, refinancing, taking equity out. That's
where they got their money to go spend, and that's how we got into this situation: too much debt, too much
spending. Can the economy recover without being led by the consumer? Yes, it can, but it's not going to be
robust," she said.
Cottrell said he expects to see downward pressure continue on housing prices for the next 12 to 18 months.
"It might only be 3 to 5 percent in the hardest hit areas, and a lot of areas will just be flat," he said. "Without any
stimulus from the government, we'll see flat pricing, and if you're in those upper price points where the volumes
of short sale properties are going up in numbers, then you're talking about a slow absorption rate, and we may
see more than 5 percent in downward pricing."
Although housing has led the nation out of the economic doldrums in recent years, Cottrell is looking for job
growth to inspire consumer confidence this time around.
"You can't buy a house without a job," he said. "I think in this case it's going to have to be led by private sector
job growth. People will feel a lot more confident when they start hearing about hiring and economic growth in
Cottrell doesn't see the situation getting appreciably worse, unless there is a huge dip in the economy.

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"Until we get private sector job creation, we're going to be stuck in this sort of bouncing along the bottom," he
To read the first part in this series "Untangling the latest installment in the nation's foreclosure mess," click here.

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You have e-mail; Missouri has your money
BY MATTHEW HATHAWAY > > 314-340-8121
Contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes represent less than 1 percent of the $600 million in unclaimed
property held by the state of Missouri.
Most of the money consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds, uncollected insurance policies,
government refunds, utility deposits and wages from past jobs. The treasurer's office estimates one of every 10
Missourians has unclaimed property. The average account returned is $365. To check to see whether the state
may be holding money owed to you, go to
Missourians now can sign-up to be notified via e-mail whenever the state is holding unclaimed property in their
names, the state treasurer's office announced Monday.
According to Treasurer Clint Zweifel, his office is the second in the nation to offer notification by e-mail. He said
the new system should make the property-recovery process faster and easier.
Click here to enroll.
During the fiscal year that ended June 30, Zweifel's office returned a record $35 million, including the state's
biggest, single return - $1.6 million to a St. Louis area man.
The treasurer's office said it is holding on to about $182 million that it wants to return to St. Louis area residents
or their estates.
Under state law, business and public agencies must turn over unclaimed property to the treasurer's office if there
have been no documented transactions or contact with the owner for five or more years.
Most of the unclaimed property consists of cash from bank accounts, investments and abandoned safe-deposit

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Joan Bray elected to head up board of Missouri
consumer group
BY MATTHEW HATHAWAY > > 314-340-8121
Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 2:40 pm
State Sen. Joan Bray, D-University City, has been elected president of the board of the Consumers Council of
Missouri, the non-profit, advocacy group announced today.
The Consumers Council is best known for opposing utility-rate increases.
Bray, who is prevented from running for re-election next month because of term limits, is one of the state's few
consistently liberal lawmakers when it comes to consumer-protection issues. In 2008, for instance, she was the
only senator to speak against a telephone deregulation bill.
According to the Consumers Council's website, the group was formed in 2006 because "consumer interests
were being ignored in lieu of a well-financed lobby for big business."
Executive Director Judi Roman said Bray and others recently elected to the group's board will receive no
Democrat Barbara Fraser and Republican John Lamping are vying to replace Bray in the senate.

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Spanish Lake casino proposal might be off
St. Louis Business Journal - by Diana Barr
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 8:13pm CDT - Last Modified: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 1:37pm
The developer proposing a casino in Spanish Lake, Mo., won‘t present its plan at the Missouri Gaming
Commission‘s meeting Wednesday, and it‘s unclear whether its application for the state‘s last available casino
license has been withdrawn.
The commission said late Tuesday that developer North County Development LLC, which wants to build a $350
million casino in Spanish Lake, will not make a presentation at its meeting in Jefferson City on Wednesday.
The commission didn‘t comment, however, on a letter it received Tuesday indicating North County Development
would withdraw its proposal if it didn‘t receive an extension from the commission for its final presentation.
State regulators are holding a competition to award the gaming license freed up when Pinnacle Entertainment‘s
President Casino closed. Regulators were scheduled to hear the three remaining proposals Wednesday.
With its announcement Tuesday, the Missouri Gaming Commission (MGC) distributed a copy of a letter it
received from Herzog Crebs attorney Ed Griesedieck on behalf of North County Development. The letter said
that, given the size and complexity of the developer‘s proposal, significant additional funding and sophisticated
operating and funding partnerships would be required.
―Unfortunately, however, the MGC has chosen to set a very short time frame for the presentation of the
developments,‖ Griesedieck wrote. Quality operators and financial partners have passed on North County
Development‘s project simply due to the time constraints, he wrote.
―Therefore, we would respectfully request that the MGC give consideration to continuing and extending the final
presentation and supplemental application requests regarding financing so that the top-tier operators may
conclude their due diligence and elect to participate in the full service, entertainment project proposed‖ by North
County Development, Griesedieck wrote. If the extension isn‘t granted, ―we will regretfully need to withdraw‖ at
this time, the letter said.
But Griesedieck wrote that if North County Development withdrew, it would want to re-enter the application
process if the commission found none of the other applicants satisfactory.
In response to a request for comment from the Business Journal, Griesedieck said: "We are asking that the
process be continued to allow additional time. The (Missouri Gaming Commission) will make that decision, we
suspect, some time after the hearings today and possibly the vote in November regarding the Cape project."
The commission distributed a copy of North County Development‘s letter with an announcement that Chairman
Jim Mathewson said Wednesday‘s meeting agenda will remain the same, minus North County Development‘s
The other remaining casino license applicants:
• Casino Celebration LLC, led by developer Jim Koman, proposed building a $157 million casino near the Chain
of Rocks bridge in St. Louis.
• Isle of Capri-Cape Girardeau LLC, part of St. Louis-based gaming company Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (Nasdaq:
ISLE), wants to open a $125 million casino in Cape Girardeau.
• Las Vegas-based Paragon Gaming proposed a $407 million casino in Sugar Creek.

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Oct 19, 6:48 PM EDT

North St. Louis County casino site lacks
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A group wanting to locate a casino in north St. Louis County won't be making a
pitch to the Missouri Gaming Commission as originally planned.
The Gaming Commission was to hear presentations Wednesday from four entities competing for Missouri's last
available casino license.
But an attorney for North County Development said it's had trouble getting financing for a proposed $150 million
casino development because of the short time frame set by the commission.
The developers said in a letter Tuesday to the Gaming Commission that it either needed more time before
making a presentation or would have to withdraw its application.
The Gaming Commission issued a statement saying the developers would not be making a presentation
Wednesday but provided no further comment.

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North County casino investors ask state for
more time
By Tim Logan • > 314-340-8291
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:00 am
On the eve of a key hearing in the race for Missouri's 13th and final casino license, the biggest — and most
controversial — proposal is threatening to pull out if the process isn't slowed down.
An attorney for the investment group that wants to put a casino on 378 acres in the Spanish Lake area said it
needs more time to line up a top-quality gambling partner. If that time is not granted, it will quit the competition.
In a letter to the Missouri Gaming Commission, attorney Ed Griesedieck said the commission's plan to award the
license by year's end was forcing applicants to move at "breakneck speed." And that, coupled with the weak
economy, was making it hard to line up a casino operator that would be willing to invest $50 million to $60 million
in the project's $150 million first phase.
"There is significant interest," Griesedieck wrote. "But given the size of the development, (gambling companies)
refuse to be rushed into such a large scale project without appropriate due diligence."
Though dated Friday, the letter arrived Tuesday afternoon, said commission spokeswoman LeAnn McCarthy.
This morning, all four applicants are due to make detailed presentations to the commission. Now there will be
three. Each of those — in Cape Girardeau, north St. Louis and Sugar Creek, near Kansas City, — has the
involvement of a company with experience running casinos, a key requirement.
It's unclear what the consequences of missing the deadline would be for the North County project. By late
Tuesday, no decision had been made on an extension, said McCarthy.
Even if the investment group gets more time, the proposal faces several hurdles.
Opposition is fierce from local environmental groups concerned about its location just south of the Columbia
Bottom Conservation Area, and County Executive Charlie Dooley has said he thinks the casino is a bad idea.
And there is concern in the gambling industry about saturation in the St. Louis market; at least one competitor —
Ameristar Casinos — is urging the commission to put the new license in Cape Girardeau.

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North County LLC to skip presentation meeting
Marshall Griffin and Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio (2010-10-19)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (St. Louis Public Radio) - One of the four developers vying for Missouri's lone available
casino license won't be making a pitch Wednesday as originally planned, and is threatening to drop out if the
process isn't slowed down.

"The letter kind of outlines the fact that they don't feel they have enough time," said Misosuri Gaming
Commission spokeswoman LeAnn McCarthy. "What their intentions are beyond this point, we don't know; what
the chairman and the commissioners will do beyond this point we don't know either at this time."

North County Development LLC is the only company to meet the commission's requirements for a "full-service
development property that would necessarily require a large tract of land accommodating more than simply a
gaming floor," attorney Ed Griesedieck wrote in the letter. The compressed time frame has made it impossible
for interested investors and gaming companies to conduct due diligence on the 370-acre, $150 million project.A
couple of investors, Griesedieck said, have already passed on the project because of the "break neck speed" of
the process.

North County Development LLC has proposed building a casino resort in northern St. Louis County, near the
confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Environmental groups oppose the project, but supporters say
the jobs are needed.

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Forum gives Cape Girardeau residents chance
to get answers on gaming from mayors with
casino experience
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
By Melissa Miller and Scott Moyers - Southeast Missourian

Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger is hoping his counterparts from four cities with casinos in Missouri and
Illinois will "clear the air" by answering questions directly from residents at a forum held exactly one week before
voters will decide whether Cape Girardeau will stay in contention for a $125 million gaming facility downtown.
The Mayors Forum will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Glenn Auditorium at Dempster Hall on the Southeast Missouri
State University campus. The mayors from the Missouri towns of Boonville, Maryland Heights and St. Charles
will join the mayor of Alton, Ill., to answer questions from the public for one hour, Rediger said.
The event will be moderated by KZIM-KSIM radio personality Faune Riggin. But the questions, Rediger said, will
come directly from the public.
"This is information that will not come from somebody in town, not from Isle of Capri, not from our staff or me,"
Rediger said. "This is information coming from the leadership in those communities that have experienced
gaming. I think this will offer our residents a better understanding of what actually will happen when we get
The mayors who have agreed to participate are Alton Mayor Tom Hoecht, Boonville Mayor Julie Thatcher,
Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller and St. Charles Mayor Patricia York.
Moeller called the Harrah's Casino a "huge benefit" to Maryland Heights, a west-central suburb of St. Louis with
a population of about 25,000.
The city expects to receive more than $13.5 million this year in revenue from the casino, which has about 3
million visitors each year, Moeller said.
Maryland Heights doesn't count on casino revenue as part of the city's general operating funds and only uses
the revenue for capital improvements, Moeller said. The city has used much of its casino money in road
improvements, including a $45 million new regional highway called the Maryland Heights Expressway that
connects Interstate 70 with Olive Boulevard. The city spends about $2 million of its casino income on repairs to
existing roads, he said.
Maryland Heights also used its casino money to build a new government center.
Moeller, who has been mayor for nine years, was on the council when Harrah's casino license was approved
more than 10 years ago.
"You hear all kinds of negative worries that people said it was going to bring, like crime and prostitution, but none
of that ever came to fruition," he said.
Mayor Tom Hoechst also had glowing words for the Argosy Casino in Alton, an Illinois town of about 30,000 that
is across the river from St. Louis and is considered part of its metropolitan area. Hoechst said he intends to
answer any question Tuesday, whether the answer is positive or negative.
"But there are many more positives than negatives," he said.

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He does admit he would rather see another Missouri casino in Cape Girardeau, rather than have one compete
with the Argosy in the St. Louis market.
The Argosy, which opened in 1991 and was Illinois' first casino, is one of Madison County's largest employers,
Hoechst said. Before the economy soured, Alton received $8.4 million in casino revenue in 2008, while the
number fell last year to just around $5 million.
"The one mistake we may have made is that we've used a lot of the money for general revenue, like employee
payroll and benefits," he said. "But that's not the casino company's fault. It was probably some mismanaging on
our part. When the economy recovers, that's what we hope to do."
St. Charles was one of the first three Missouri towns where casino licenses were granted. The city's had
riverboat gaming since 1993, said St. Charles Mayor Patricia York.
"We were not a very rich city when gaming first came," York said.
Currently, the city receives about $15 million annually from AmeriStar Casino, one of the largest casinos in the
state. At first, the funds were used only for infrastructure improvements, but now the city allows up to 50 percent
of its gaming revenue to be used as operating funds. Infrastructure improvements made with casino funds
include streets, roads, sewers, sewer and water treatment plants, parks, roads and sidewalk rebuilding.

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Hannibal to lobby for Amtrak service
By Staff reports - Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted Oct 19, 2010 @ 08:00 AM
Bowling Green, MO — The wheels are in motion to bring Amtrak passenger train service to Hannibal.
   It could take years and millions of dollars, but backers are seeking petition signatures to gauge Northeast
Missouri support.
   The idea calls for extending the route that now links Quincy and Chicago by taking it through West Quincy and
past the BASF chemical plant east of Palmyra into downtown Hannibal.
   The Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau is one of the groups backing the plan, and director Beau Hicks
calls it a ―great‖ opportunity.
   ―We know that there‘s interest there,‖ Hicks said. ―We need to get a passionate effort in our community to show
that we want this.‖
   Mike O‘Cheltree of the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council sees not only the ability to draw more tourists, but
benefits to other businesses and educational facilities.
   ―I think it will be good for the entire community,‖ said O‘Cheltree, owner of the Native American Trading Co.
―The train is just a great avenue.‖
   ―I‘m excited about the possibility,‖ said Terry Sampson of the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce. ―It would
be something that would be good for the area.‖
   Hicks said the proposal already has gotten support from state lawmakers in Jefferson City and community
leaders as far away as Macomb, Ill.
   The petition will be delivered to state transportation and legislative leaders by the end of the month, Hicks said.
It would then be up to the state to work with Amtrak on starting the service.
   Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari, a former Quincy television news editor, said the railroad is happy to discuss
an extension with state officials in Missouri and Illinois.
   Four trains operate on the route daily, with departure times from Quincy of 6:12 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The trip
takes about four-and-a-half hours one way.
   Many Missourians already board Amtrak at Quincy, and ridership along the route has jumped considerably in
the last few years.
   The downturn in the economy has prompted more business people and college students to use the train as a
cheaper alternative to flying or driving.
   President Barack Obama recently called for more funding to upgrade transportation systems, including
railroads. Construction already is under way on the St. Louis to Chicago high-speed rail line, Magliari said.
   While Hicks said federal dollars might be available to extend the train to Hannibal, state funding would be
   Also, about 14 miles of track between Hannibal and northern Marion County would have to be certified for
passenger use.
   Despite the obstacles, Hicks and others believe the region can make the idea a reality.
   ―It‘s not a pipe dream,‖ he said. ―It‘s a just a huge opening for all of us.‖
   ―I have not had one person with one negative thing to say about it,‖ said O‘Cheltree, who gathered dozens of
petition signatures in just an hour Sunday. ―It was all positive.‖
   As for a station in Hannibal, Hicks suggests the Trailhead building across from the Y Men‘s Pavilion at the foot
of Hill Street.
   ―That‘s the perfect train depot,‖ he said. ―It‘s sitting there, really. We (could) have a bigger and better depot
than many cities provide.‖
   Hannibal has not had regularly-scheduled passenger rail service since the 1960s.

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Education director stresses Internet safety
By Kim Norvell – St. Joseph News-Press, Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.
The Missouri attorney general‘s office is reaching out to more than 10,000 middle-school students in the state to
educate them about Internet safety and how to ―surf safely.‖
More importantly, they‘re wanting to teach kids the dangers of cyberbullying, as well as protecting themselves on
social networks, said Tom Durkin, public education director for the attorney general, who visited Bode Middle
School on Tuesday.
Mr. Durkin said cyberbullying has become ―a rampant problem‖ in our society, where people are saying and
doing things on the Internet without first thinking of the consequences. He referenced the case of a young
Missouri girl, Megan Meier, who committed suicide in October 2006 as a result of cyberbullying by a friend‘s
mother, who was using a fake profile.
―This is an atrocity,‖ he said to shocked Bode eighth-graders. ―If you are outraged about it, then we need to do
something about it.‖
Mr. Durkin asked them to make a commitment not to participate in this behavior, and to realize that if they were
to bully someone through the Internet, they‘re just as guilty as Megan Meier‘s bully.
―When I was a young boy, bullies were restricted to the playground and you had some reprieve. Now it‘s 24/7,
and I wanted them to be mindful of this. Most importantly, I wanted them to see through the Megan Meier story,‖
Mr. Durkin said.
Another hope of the attorney general‘s statewide campaign is to remind students to be mindful of the information
they display on social networks, such as Facebook or MySpace.
Mr. Durkin said a detective with the Jefferson City Police Department creates fake profiles of high school
students in order to find Internet predators. On each of his different profiles, he has more than 300 friends, where
he‘s getting any kind of information imaginable from teenagers who think he is also a teenager.
―If you have more than 100 friends on Facebook, you are not more popular, but what you are is more likely to be
a victim of some type of sexual assault, some form of Internet crime,‖ Mr. Durkin said. ―It‘s not about popularity,
it‘s about safety.‖
―If you have more than 300 friends, you‘ve already let some perpetrator in there, whether you know it or not,‖ he
He wants students to think about who they‘re sharing their profiles with, and un-friend those they wouldn‘t
normally take the time to share pictures with.
Terri Johnson, instructional coach and science teacher at Bode, said Mr. Durkin‘s message is a lesson to the
students, who use social networks as a learning environment.
―I want to go back and look at the conversations we‘ve had and see what we could find if we‘re not a member,‖
she said.
Ms. Johnson is also hoping to reach out to parents and educate them on Internet safety and provide them with
the tools necessary to become Internet-savvy.
―Just as you want to protect your sons and daughters in the real world, you want to protect them in the cyber
world,‖ Mr. Durkin said.
To see a list of tools provided by the attorney general, visit

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Platte County’s auditor accused of sexual
By GLENN E. RICE - The Kansas City Star
A Platte County worker has filed a civil lawsuit accusing the county auditor of sexual harassment and creating a
sexually hostile and retaliatory work environment.
Leanna K. Fannon, 44, has worked in the county‘s human resources office since 1996 and currently works as a
payroll specialist.
In the lawsuit filed Friday, she alleges that Auditor Siobhann K. Williams began making unwanted sexual
advances toward her in 2007, including comments about Fannon‘s clothing and appearance. Williams sent her
flowers, spied on her and inquired about her whereabouts, Fannon said.
Fannon said she told Williams she was married and not interested in a relationship.
―Every worker in Missouri has the right to decline the advances of a co-worker or boss without being retaliated
against,‖ said Kevin Baldwin, an attorney for Fannon.
Williams, who is seeking re-election, denied the claims.
―The allegations she is making are absolutely untrue and I am not a lesbian,‖ Williams said. ―The timing is
interesting because it is two weeks before I am up for re-election.‖
The lawsuit alleges that Williams retaliated by questioning Fannon‘s job performance during a September 2009
news conference. Williams called for an audit of the county‘s human resources department and said it was
fraught with administrative problems that created numerous errors in employee payroll and benefits.
Afterward, the Platte County Commission demoted Fannon, who managed the department. It later hired an
outside agency to audit the department.
The commission also is named in the lawsuit. County Counselor Bob Shaw said Tuesday that he has not seen
the lawsuit and declined to comment.

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Teacher: sometimes non-standard is best
by Bob Priddy on October 19, 2010
in Education
Missouri‘s Teacher of the Year believes in teacher and school accountability. But he has some misgivings about
the way accountability is measured.
Long-time chemistry teacher Bob Becker of Kirkwood High School is not criticizing standardized tests broadly.
But he has some questions about what the tests do to teaching and whether they measure the competencies
needed for tomorrow‘s work force.
Becker says a properly-written and properly-scored standardized test can be a great measuring tool. But he
says some tests don‘t do a good job of showing how well teachers cover the material. He says he cringes when
he hears teachers take time out of their curriculum to prepare students for a particular standardized test. Becker
says the 21st century doesn‘t need people with better test-taking skills.
He says some systems are backward–that instead of teaching to the test, the tests should be written to
encourage better teaching. He says a multiple choice test cannot show the intangible, valuable things that need
to be taught, including creativity and the ability for people to think on their feet. He says those are qualities the
21sat century workforce needs.

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Committee studies human trafficking in
by Brent Martin on October 20, 2010
in Crime & Courts,Politics & Government
Human trafficking seems to be a problem ―over there‖, but could it become a problem here, in Missouri?
State Rep. Jeff Grisamore (R-Lee‘s Summit) says he first ran into the specter of human trafficking in his
charitable work, discovering that it wasn‘t just an international problem.
―It may not be as wide spread as overseas, but we definitely want to put together some containment strategies to
make sure it doesn‘t spread,‖ Grisamore says.
Human trafficking in Missouri often targets children and teen-agers, exploiting the young and ruining lives.
―We‘ve seen cases of child sexual exploitation, that‘s very clear; cases of illegal employment issues, forced
employment which overseas we would call slavery, but here it‘s under a little different guise,‖ according to
Grisamore. ―We‘ve seen cases affecting children in their teens.‖
A special committee is studying the issue, attempting to uncover how serious a problem it is in Missouri. It will
forward its findings and recommendations to the Children‘s Services Commission which reports to the governor.

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Nunley execution stayed — for now
by Jessica Machetta on October 20, 2010
in Crime & Courts
Roderick Nunley was sentenced to death by a judge for the 1989 kidnapping, rape and murder of teenager Ann
Harris in Kansas City. The death sentence was to be carried out at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 20. However, the and U.S.
Surpeme courts have ruled that only a full jury can hand down a death sentence, not a judge. The court has
refused to lift a federal judge‘s stay of the execution. The Attorney General‘s office is arguing in court that the
execution should go through as planned today.
―It has been more than 20 years since the brutal murder of a 15-year-old Kansas City girl,‖ Attorney General
Chris Koster said late Tuesday night. ―My office will make every effort to see that justice is carried out for this
young victim and her family.‖
―The death warrant against Roderick Nunley extends over a 24-hour period, until midnight Wednesday [Oct. 21]
night. Litigation in this matter is proceeding even now and will continue until every option is exhausted.‖
Koster says Nunley asked for a judge to sentence him, not a jury, in 1991.
Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O‘Connell said late last night that the prison in Bonne Terre —
where executions take place by lethal injection — would resume normal operations until the next part of the legal
process happens. The lockdown was lifted but Nunley remains kept in a holding cell next to the execution
Nunley expressed remorse for his crime, apologizing to Harris‘ family, on a radio interview Tuesday. His
accomplice, Michael A. Taylor, remains on death row. A date has not been set for his execution.
For the details of the crime, visit Missouri‘s Death Row page.

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For both GOP and Democrats, suburbs,
especially St. Louis County, are key political
By Jo Mannies, Beacon political reporter - Posted 10:20 am, Tue., 10.19.10
To underscore the political power of St. Louis' suburbs, consider this: Missouri's Republican and Democratic
candidates for the U.S. Senate both chose to locate their campaign headquarters in St. Louis County -- the
state's largest bloc of votes.
But arguably stronger evidence of suburban clout hangs on the wall of GOP Senate nominee Roy Blunt's
campaign headquarters in suburban Sunset Hills.
A huge handwritten chart documents how many volunteer calls have been made to potential supporters in each
of St. Louis County's 28 townships -- particularly the GOP-leaning ones, such as Bonhomme and Queeny. Tens
of thousands of calls already have been made, and more are expected to follow in the remaining three weeks.
The state Republican aim goes beyond helping Blunt.
In St. Louis County, in particular, the Senate contest is linked to the region's two other hot races: the St. Louis
County Executive fight between Democratic incumbent Charlie Dooley and Republican Bill Corrigan, and the 3rd
District congressional battle between Republican Ed Martin and Democratic incumbent Russ Carnahan.
Democrats see a strong showing for Dooley, particularly among African-American voters, as also helping the
siblings Robin and Russ Carnahan. Republicans hope that county Tea Party support for Martin, for example, will
help Blunt and Corrigan.
Republican consultant John Hancock, who works for Blunt and other candidates, contends that the suburban
voters have been largely responsible for the national GOP swing over the past year.
To some, the national talk of "independent voters" is code for "the suburbs" because a higher percentage of
suburban voters tend to classify themselves as independents.
Urban areas, such as St. Louis and Kansas City, are overwhelmingly Democratic. Rural voters, at least in
Missouri, tend to favor Republicans. The swing suburbs tend to break the political tie.
Hancock points to the victorious GOP candidates for governor last year in Virginia and New Jersey, who experts
say won largely because of the shift of their states' suburbs away from the Democrats.
The suburbs' political shift "may be one of the things happening this year," Hancock said. He added that a
national realignment of suburban voters would mark the biggest change in electoral politics since 1992 -- when
Democrat Bill Clinton snagged the suburbs for his party.
St. Louis County is the state's biggest electoral prize
Such a political swing is definitely what Missouri Republicans are hoping for in St. Louis County, which was
deemed GOP-leaning turf until 1990. That year, Democrat George R. "Buzz" Westfall won a tight race for county
executive -- leading a Democratic wave that has controlled the county and influenced its voters ever since.

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St. Louis County is, by far, Missouri's largest bloc of votes, accounting for at least 20 percent of the state's
overall vote in a typical election. If county voters overwhelmingly prefer a particular candidate, that county
preference can make the difference in a close contest.
In 2006, for example, the county provided the statewide edge for Democrat Claire McCaskill in her successful
bid to unseat then-Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., who amassed large margins in rural Missouri.
In 2008, St. Louis County's Democratic bent was so strong that it provided almost a quarter of the votes that
Democrat Barack Obama collected in Missouri in his successful national bid for the White House. (Add in the
Democratic city of St. Louis, and one-third of Obama's vote came from just the city and county.)
Republican rival John McCain narrowly carried the state -- but St. Louis County had little to do with it, providing
only 15 percent of his statewide vote. Still, McCain's overall success didn't trickle down. The lack of St. Louis
County support for statewide Missouri Republicans helped kill the chances for all but one member of the party's
The 2008 Democratic beneficiaries included Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat who
collected more votes than any other statewide candidate in either party -- in Missouri and in St. Louis County.
State Democratic Party spokesman Ryan Hobart said his party has field staff and offices all over St. Louis
County. "It's a strong Democratic area, and we're working to keep it that way," Hobart said.
The Democrats are getting help from labor groups, who have regularly been conducting weekend door-to-door
canvasses across the county.
Republicans are heartened by reports of heavier-than-usual absentee voting in St. Louis and St. Charles County,
which the GOP believes is a signal that its supporters are turning out. The early voters in St. Louis County
include a higher-than-usual percentage of older voters, election officials say.
Ken Warren, a St. Louis University political science professor and a pollster, says that both parties' focus on St.
Louis County reflects a basic truth: Robin Carnahan needs to snag at least 56 percent of St. Louis County's
votes on Nov. 2 -- and preferably more -- while Blunt is seeking to minimize his losses.
"Essentially, in St. Louis County, a Republican just can't afford to lose big,'' Warren said. And a Democrat needs
to win big.
Behind all the talk of numbers are real voters like Craig Workman and Carmel Calsyn.
Workman, 55, is a small businessman in Crystal Lake Park. A Republican, he plans to vote for Blunt. Workman
praises Blunt's 14 years of experience in Congress, observing that the congressman's experience may be a
minus to his critics, but Workman sees it as a plus -- especially for the Senate.
For Workman, a key issue is health care and how much the federal changes may cost his company.
Calsyn, 63, is a Democrat. She supports Carnahan, but added that a key reason is her dislike of Blunt. Calsyn
says she's been influenced, somewhat, by the negative ads she's seen about Blunt.
Calsyn's key issues include education and jobs. She's out of work and hopes to find a job in the education field.
Calsyn and Workman also split the same when it comes to county executive: Workman backs Corrigan and
Calsyn prefers Dooley.
St. Charles County also a key political battleground
Fast-growing St. Charles County has become the region's second-largest political prize, with its vote tallies now
larger than those in St. Louis.
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The political portrait, though, is the reverse. St. Charles County is seen as reliably Republican territory, so much
so that it often attracts Republican presidential visits. President George W. Bush made several stops in the
county during his eight years in office, including one on the eve of the 2002 U.S. Senate contest that saw Talent
edge out then-incumbent Sen. Jean Carnahan, D-Mo., the mother of Robin Carnahan.
Warren says that Robin Carnahan's job this time is not to lose too badly in St. Charles County. That helps
explain why she was going door-to-door recently in St. Peters, stopping by households deemed to have
Democratic-leaning voters.
St. Peters Alderman Tommy Roberts, a fellow Democrat, is optimistic that Carnahan will do better than
expected. Democrats hope that Carnahan -- who carried the county in 2008 against a weak Republican
opponent -- can fare as well in St. Charles County as McCaskill did in 2006. Talent carried St. Charles County,
but McCaskill collected 44 percent of the vote -- strong enough to help her statewide effort.
Republicans say they're working hard in St. Charles County to make sure that Blunt gets a larger share of the
vote, and that Carnahan wins less.

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Texans say howdy to Blunt with big bucks for
BY BILL LAMBRECHT>>202-298-6880
Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:13 am
WASHINGTON - Joint fundraising committees offer the simplicity for big-time donors to write a single check that
benefits multiple candidates as well as the political party of their choice.
As the final quarterly disclosure reports before the Nov. 2 election trickle in, we're seeing the dividends paid by
aggressive joint efforts, like the Senate Republicans' Legacy Victory Committee.
Relying primarily on donors from Texas, the committee put together a cool $1.16 million for GOP Senate
hopefuls over the past three months.
Among the half-dozen Senate aspirants enjoying the benefits of the Texans' largesse was Rep. Roy Blunt, who
received $153,000, according to reports on file in the Senate.
His portion was exceeded only by what went to Kelly Ayotte ($157,000), the former New Hampshire attorney
general who is giving her party a strong chance of keeping that state's Senate seat in GOP hands.
Other recipients: Marco Rubio of Florida ($142,000); Carly Fiorina of California ($127,000); Dino Rossi of
Washington ($142,000); and Jane Norton ($99,000), who lost Colorado's GOP Senate primary to Tea Party-
backed Ken Buck in August.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee reaped $106,000 from the arrangement.
The $1 million plus came about primarily from sizeable donations from Texas executives, investors, bankers,
physicians and retirees.
Corporate PACs also kicked in, among them Texas-based oil companies like Valero ($10,000) and Tesoro
($4,000). The health-care industry was generous, including donations from WellMed ($25,000), known for its
Texas clinics.
Another joint fundraising venture, this one named the Senators Classic Committee, yielded Blunt considerably
less -- under $6,000 -- when the money was split among 13 GOP Senate candidates.
Meanwhile, Robin Carnahan, Blunt's Democratic opponent for Missouri's opening Senate seat, took in $28,000
from a joint effort called the Women's Senate Fund.
She shared proceeds of that fund, made of of donations from law firms and others, with Sens. Blanche Lincoln of
Arkansas and Patty Murray of Washington.

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Democrats accuse Blunt of improperly hiring
Nicaraguan immigrant 20 years ago
By Jo Mannies, Beacon Political Reporter - Posted 2:39 pm, Tue., 10.19.10
The Missouri Democratic Party released documents today that it says show that Republican U.S. Senate
nominee Roy Blunt attempted to use his post 20 years ago as Missouri secretary of state to aid a woman from
Nicaragua who was seeking asylum in the United States.
In an August 1990 letter on official state letterhead, Blunt wrote that the woman "has done some work for
Roseann," his wife at the time. The letter was addressed to Gene McNary, then the head of the U.S. Immigration
and Naturalization Service. McNary, a fellow Republican, previously had been St. Louis County executive.
The state Democratic Party also released 1989 documents from the INS pertaining to the woman, Dora Navaez,
that are stamped "employment not authorized."
Corey Platt, speaking for the state Democratic Party, contended during a news conference in Clayton that the
documents show Blunt "used government resources to reach out to Gene McNary'' and that he or his family had
employed an illegal immigrant.
Platt asserted that the incident showed Blunt's practice of "using his office" to help friends and relatives. Blunt
has been a congressman for 14 years from southwest Missouri.
Platt acknowledged that the accusation also is aimed at refuting Blunt's latest ad, which focuses on immigration
and asserts that Blunt is tough on illegal immigrants and that Democratic rival Robin Carnahan is not. Platt
contended that the incident with Navaez shows that Blunt is a hypocrite on the issue.
Blunt campaign communications chief Rich Chrismer replied, "Robin Carnahan has made some wild false
assertions in this campaign, but this one is just plain crazy."
Attached to Blunt's letter to McNary was a lengthy July 1990 letter from Navaez to Roseann Blunt, in which the
woman lays out her immigration problems and her request for asylum. In the letter, Navaez makes no mention in
the letter of working for the family, but asks for help "in obtaining legal counsel to work out my many problems."
Blunt explained in the letter that he was writing McNary because "I decided that if the guy you know best at
Immigration and Naturalization happens to be the person in charge, then it's all right to direct your
correspondence to him."
The papers released by the Democrats indicate that Narvaez was in the U.S. legally, while her case was being
considered, but she was not allowed to work.
McNary wrote back to Blunt in September 1990, saying that the tens of thousands of applications for asylum
were being considered "in chronological order of receipt to assure fairness to all applicants." Once his office
receives the appropriate information, McNary wrote, the case will be assigned to the INS' regional office in
Kansas City.
The Kansas City Star reports that it got ahold of Navaez and that she said she had been the Blunts'
housekeeper for about 6 months.
Blunt's campaign says that's not true.
Navaez, said Chrismer, "never worked for the Blunts. She simply helped out at a couple of church events.
Constituents who are having problems with a government agency reach out to Roy Blunt all of the time and he

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passes this information on to the appropriate officials all of the time. This is desperate, dirty politics from Robin
Carnahan's failing campaign."
Navaez, Roseann Blunt and McNary have yet to return calls from the Beacon. McNary, now 75, told the Star he
didn't recall the incident.
Roseann Blunt and the congressman are divorced, and he has remarried. At the time of the 1990 letter, Roy and
Roseann Blunt were raising three children. The eldest was Matt Blunt, who later become Missouri governor from
What's not in dispute is that the Democratic attacks are aimed at shifting the momentum in the U.S. Senate
contest, where Blunt has had a persistent lead over Carnahan in various polls. The most recent polls, however,
have shown a tightening in the contest.
The Democratic Party denied that Carnahan had any role in obtaining the documents. Platt said the party had
submitted an open-records request some time ago to examine the archival papers of Blunt during his eight years
as Missouri secretary of state. Platt said that Democratic campaign workers with the state party and the
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sifted through the boxes of records, and found the letter from Blunt
to McNary, along with related documents.
If the accusations are true, the episode would bear some resemblance to the housekeeper controversy swirling
around another Republican, California gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman, who has acknowledged
unknowingly employing an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. Democrats and the immigrant's lawyer allege that
Whitman did know.

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Democrats accuse Blunt of employing
Missouri Lawyers Media – Capitol Report Blog
Oct 19, 2010 2:12 pm
The Missouri Democratic Party is accusing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Blunt of illegally employing
an immigrant 20 years ago.
Blunt‘s campaign says that is false, and that Democrats are distorting a kind gesture.
Democrats on Tuesday released an August 1990 letter from then-Secretary of State Blunt to an immigration
commissioner seeking help for a Nicaraguan woman seeking political asylum in the U.S. In the letter, Blunt says
the woman ―has done some work for Roseann,‖ who was his wife.
Democrats said that language suggests the Blunts employed the woman before she got official approval to work
in the U.S.
Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer says the woman merely helped at some church events, and was never
employed by the Blunts.

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Tea Party straddles the line in billboard for Ed
BY JAKE WAGMAN • > 314-340-8268
Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:45 am
ARNOLD -- The local Tea Party is subtly demonstrating its support of Ed Martin in a not so subtle way.
The St. Louis Tea Party has purchased a billboard on Interstate-55 in Jefferson County showing the Republican
Congressional hopeful alongside his Democratic rival, incumbent U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.
Martin is the only candidate officially endorsed by the local Tea Party.
The group is a 501c(4) non-profit organization, which means it has to be careful about political activity. So-called
"social welfare" organizations can engage in political activity, so long as it is not their primary purpose.
They can also endorse federal candidates, so long as they communicate that endorsement only to their
members and to the press.
They can't, however, communicate endorsements to the public at large -- which is why their billboard is so
deliberately crafted.
It features a picture of Carnahan -- eyes closed, head down --- next to a photo of Martin -- head straight and
smiling. In between the photos, a question: "Who deserves to serve?"
The implication, of course, is obvious.
If the Tea Party billboard said simply, "Vote for Martin," or, "Don't Vote for Carnahan," they would risk losing their
tax exempt status -- a status that subjects them to far less disclosure requirements than a traditional political
action committee.
With a careful juxtaposition of photos, the Tea Party can effectively deliver its message, while at the same time
claim compliance with IRS laws governing political activity.
But unless Carnahan supporters really do have their head down, it won't be hard to see through the intent of the
billboard, which, if it sparks a legal challenge, could spell trouble for the Tea Party.

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Politicians Want to Text Us, Ruin Last Spam-
Free Area of Our Over-Mediated Lives
Riverfront Times
By Nicholas Phillips, Tue., Oct. 19 2010 @ 12:51PM
Show us a campaign e-mail, and we'll show you spam. Call us on our landline, and -- oops, we don't have one.
But send us a text, and Sweet Bejeezus we will drop the choking child we're trying to resuscitate and text you
right back. JK! (It's true.)

Politicians have known about our text obsession for a couple years, but now, according to David Lieb's recent
AP story (which is getting picked up around the country), some of them are getting prit-tee clever about getting
your cell phone number.

Those include Missouri's own Robin Carnahan, who's now throwing up signs in the occasional Men's room that
read "Text FLUSH to Robin" near the toilet or "Text WASH to Robin" over the sink. According to Lieb:
The bathroom bulletins were part of a calculated campaign strategy by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Robin
Carnahan to collect as many cell phone numbers as possible for a text-message database.
There are so, so many things we could say about this, but we'll stick with a message to the politicians for now.

Look, old-people-who-owe-their-jobs-to-our-approval. Here's how not to make us angry. (Disregard for a second
all the morons who recklessly give out their cell phone numbers to marketers and websites. Nobody likes those
people anyway.)

For most of us, the cell phone text is pure and true. When we get a text, we know it's going something we
actually want to read, not just another blowhard trying to sell us something.

If you get our numbers, call us if you must. But don't ruin texting. Please don't ruin it.


Young America

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Soulard's Mysterious Prop A Signs
Arch City Chronicle - by dave | Tue, 10/19/2010 - 12:31pm

The strip mall at 2000-2018 South 7th recently sported Yes on Prop A (anti-earnings tax) signs on the north
end, which was briefly home to a drive-thru Starbucks, one of 600 closed in 2008.
It‘s a high traffic street and the site is adjacent to the 7th Ward's Soulard polling place at Metropolitan Community
Church of Greater St. Louis. It's not within the Soulard Historic District but is within the Soulard Special Business
Saturday a.m. the above photo was taken. By Monday p.m. the signs were gone. Who authorized the signs?
Who removed them? Why were they removed? We don't know. But here's what we did find out.
The property is identified in City databases as 2014 S. 7th Blvd in City Block 659 and has two parcel numbers,
06590000231 and 06590000232, because it received partial tax abatement in its 2007 redevelopment
City Assessor records show the owner is 1560 Broadway LLC, created in 2005 by Luke S. Reynolds and Samuel
Berger. According to the Collector of Revenue's database, Reynolds' company owes $23,755.12 for 2009
property taxes on the strip mall, including Special Business District tax, interest and penalties.
Adding to the intrigue, the strip mall is leased (see attachment) to Panera LLC, with a St. Louis Bread Company,
as Panera is called locally, located on the south end, 7th @ Russell.
Reynolds also owns Molly's in Soulard, via LSR Ventures LLC and TMF Holdings LLC, with the land deeded to
his 816 Geyer LLC. In 2004-2005, as Molly‘s new owner, Reynolds had a run-in with the City when he built
cabanas without a permit. In 2006, he was interested in opening a nightclub at Broadway and Chippewa until he
found out about the 20th Ward‘s liquor restrictions.
In 2009, Reynolds expanded Molly's, via 816 Geyer LLC, by purchasing 808-812 Geyer, previously home to
Norton's. According to the Collector of Revenue‘s online database, the company owes 2009 taxes on all the
Molly's properties, $12,178.20 for 808-812 Geyer and $9,711.06 for 816 Geyer, including Special Business
District tax, interest, and penalties.
According to the Collector's database, some of Reynolds other companies also owe the City some money.
In Benton Park, $8,636.11 is owed for 2009 and 2008 on 1836 Gravois (1836 Gravois Properties LLC),
previously Alexander City Grill, and $1,561.34 is owed for 2009 and 2008 on 1820 Ann (1820 Ann LLC).
In McKinley Heights, $165.88 is owed for 2009 and 2008 on 1818 Geyer, $594.37 is owed for 2009 and 2008 on
1820 Geyer, $1,164.49 is owed for 2009 and 2008 on 1903 Geyer, $1,845.52 is owed for 2009 and 2008 on
1911 Geyer (all deeded to 1820 Ann LLC).
In Carondelet, $9,364.43 is owed for 2009 and 2008 on 442 Bates (442 Bates LLC), aka The Wedge. Under
Reynolds ownership, via 442 Bates Restaurant LLC, it reopened Sept. 2008, closed June 2009, reopened Nov,
2009, closed July 2010.

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Anti-Puppy Mill Effort Raises $3.2 Million
Riverfront Times
By Sarah Fenske, Tue., Oct. 19 2010 @ 1:30PM
Supporters of a Humane Society-backed initiative to crack down on puppy mills in Missouri have put their money
where the dogs are -- with $3.2 million in contributions as of September 30.
The new totals were first reported by the Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/Yes on Prop B! campaign in its
October quarterly report, filed with the state ethics commission Friday.

The $3.2 million in contributions include a staggering $1.6 million from the Humane Society of the United States,
$504,236 from the ASPCA and $250,000 from the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah.

The Humane Society of Missouri chipped in another $44,820.
The most generous local supporter to date appears to be Nancy Grove, a "self-employed animal welfare
attorney" based in St. Louis. Whatever Grove's title, business must be booming: She's donated $105,000 to
date, records show.

Interestingly, though Prop B has drawn criticism from some Republican state legislators, former Missouri Senator
John Danforth proved to be a supporter. The report shows he and his wife gave $250 last quarter.

Celebrity supporters of the measure now include not just pop artist Peter Max, who donated $10,000 this
summer, but the daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Emma Bloomberg, who kicked in $500.

Karen O'Connell and Patrick McDonnell, the cartoonists behind the Mutts comic strip and longtime animal rights
supporters, donated $10,000, according to Yes on Prop B!'s latest report.

Oddly, there was no mention of any contributions from Tony La Russa. But maybe those campaign commercials
he's been doing for Prop B are worth more than any check the Cards' skipper could write.

As of the most recent filing, which covers expenses and contributions through October 1, the campaign had paid
at least $1.9 million to air TV ads. They paid another $38,000 for polling and strategy.

The anti-Prop B team has set up a new political action committee, the Alliance for Truth. That group is still too
new to file extensive reports -- the committee wasn't even established until August 30 -- but has notched several
large contributions from local agricultural interests in recent weeks, including $5,000 from the Missouri Farm
Bureau Federation and $27,000 from something called the Missourians for Animal Care Campaign. The latter
group is also newly organized and received start-up funds from the Missouri Pork Association.

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Danforth's for the dogs: Former GOP Senator
backs Prop. B
BY JAKE WAGMAN • > 314-340-8268
Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 1:20 pm
ST. LOUIS -- Supporters of a ballot measure cracking down on so-called puppy mills announced another high
profile endorsement on Tuesday, this time from the Republican side of the aisle.
The campaign committee supporting Proposition B announced that Former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth -- who also
served as Missouri's attorney general -- is backing their proposal to impose new restrictions on the state's dog
"It is time for Missouri to shake its unfortunate reputation as the center of the cruel puppy mill industry," Danforth
said in a news release from Missourians for the Protection of Dogs. "Lifelong confinement and denial of
veterinary care to dogs falls far short of meeting our responsibilities to man's best friend."
The Nov. 2 ballot proposal would bar breeders from having more than 50 breeding dogs, prohibit stacked cages
and wire flooring and allow the animals "unfettered access" to an outdoor exercise area.
The Prop. B campaign -- which has received donations from animal welfare agencies and pet lovers from around
the U.S. -- claims that hundreds of breeders in Missouri have made it the puppy mill capital of the country.
Danforth is the first well-known Republican to endorse the measure, though it's not Danforth's only endorsement
of the election cycle.
The attorney, ordained minister and former ambassador to the United Nations has also endorsed GOP
Congressional hopeful Ed Martin -- who, in a debate with incumbent Russ Carnahan, announced he opposed
Prop. B.

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Missouri Libertarian party issues endorsements
of ballot measures
Springfield News-Leader – Inside Missouri Politics
Posted on October 19, 2010 by Roseann Moring
The Missouri Libertarian Party has issued endorsements for the five statewide ballot measures.
See the secretary of state‘s description of these measures here.
See how the Libertarian Party would like you to vote and why:
Constitutional Amendment 1: All counties except Jackson elect the county assessor.
While it does not seem illogical, in principle, that counties with a charter form of government elect their county
assessor, an amendment to the Constitution with language that exempts ―counties with a population between
600,001-699,999‖ specifically to exempt Jackson County strikes us as absurd. What will happen when the
population of Jackson County grows or shrinks to be outside this range, will the Constitution be amended again?
We feel that Constitutional amendments should be broad based, not targeted to some specific group or locale.
Constitutional Amendment 2: Exempts former prisoners of war from paying property taxes.
This proposed amendment, which affects an extremely small number of people strikes us as blatant political
pandering. Arguments can be made to exempt many less fortunate groups from property taxes, so why this one?
We would prefer to see property taxes lowered or eliminated across the board, which would create real
economic prosperity. Increased economic prosperity will create more opportunities and resources for the less
fortunate citizens of Missouri.
Constitutional Amendment 3: Prevents municipalities from imposing a sales tax on the sale of homes —
something no municipalities currently do.
We support any broad-based initiative to reduce or eliminate the tax burden or prohibit the imposition of new
Proposition A: Restricts an earnings tax to those who already impose it (Kansas City and St. Louis) and makes it
subject to voter approval.
We are opposed to earnings taxes and find them to be even more unjust when imposed without the people‘s
vote. Although the governments of St. Louis and Kansas City are unfortunately, yet predictably, addicted to their
respective earnings taxes, the 10-year phase out period should provide a more than adequate adjustment
period. The negative economic consequences of taxes on income are well known, however the negative effects
develop over time. Unfortunately, politicians generally lack the fiscal discipline to act in the best long term
interest, particularly when there is the enticement of an immediate rush of revenue. Therefore, the explicit
prohibition of new city earnings taxes will help protect the general welfare of the citizens of Missouri from greedy
Proposition B: Imposes restrictions on dog breeders with the intent of curbing puppy mills.
Like most people, we find animal cruelty appalling. However, as Libertarians, we are opposed to the passage of
ever more regulations that will have a broad-based and negative effect on legitimate businesses. There are

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already extensive laws on the books prohibiting animal cruelty. See
prop-b-really-help.html for a comparison of the language of the current law and Proposition B. We are also
concerned that the real agenda is to eliminate dog breeding and ultimately animal agriculture, as these are
stated objectives of some of the groups providing the money behind this initiative. Virtually all regulations sound
good on their face, however, in reality they simply end up driving up the cost of business, through paperwork,
bureaucracy and red tape, most of which accomplishes nothing toward the stated objective. This cost must
ultimately be passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices Meanwhile, the small minority of ‗bad
actors‘ continue to circumvent the laws.

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Missourinet: The Blog

Plane crashes
by Bob Priddy on October 19, 2010
Two airplane crashes that changed Missouri politics come to mind today.
We covered both of them. Please be forgiving if this piece grows long. Memories and stories of unfulfilled
possibilities are not easy to relate briefly.
This Wednesday, October 20, the State Historical Society of Missouri has the premier showing of a new
documentary, ―The Jerry Litton Dialogues.‖ It will be shown in the Ellis Library Auditorium at the University of
October 20th also is the tenth anniversary of the funeral of Governor Mel Carnahan.
Thousands of Missourians have their own memories and perspectives of these two great political tragedies—and
they were great political tragedies regardless of whether you favored or opposed both men.
The Society‘s documentary is based on the trove of videotapes of the ―Dialogue With Litton‖ television programs
that Congressman Litton did in the 1970s. They‘ve been put into a digital format because tape deteriorates and
because they are important historical documents. (It‘s interesting to ponder the thought of what a ―historical
document‖ is anymore. The challenge of preserving information in a world of constantly changing digital formats
is a daunting one.)
It‘s kind of sobering to realize that people in their 40s are too young to know how important Jerry Litton was or
how innovative his ―Dialogue With Litton‖ programs were. Based on what friends at the society have told me, the
documentary will provide that perspective.
Political campaigns and the campaign use of the media to manipulate the public are so radically different today
from what they were in Litton‘s time that there might develop a feeling that campaigns were gentler then. That is
not the case. Political campaigns were tough and campaigns for high office were often matches between two
heavyweights in big-time battles. The techniques were much different. But do not assume that Jerry Litton
versus John Danforth was not a very hard-fought campaign.
Jerry Litton was 39, incredibly charismatic, a two-term member of the United States House of Representative, a
skyrocketing star of the Democratic Party who had his eye on the presidency. In fact some people already were
putting green bumper stickers (similar to those he‘d used for his congressional campaign) on their cars reading
―Litton for President.‖ And Jimmy Carter, who was the presidential candidate that year, did say that he thought
Litton would be President of the United States one day.
John Danforth also was 39—he turned 40 a month after Litton died–and was a two-term Attorney General who
had led Republicans back into prominence in state politics and whose office became an incubator for young and
aggressive fellow Republicans who would make their careers later, including Christopher Bond and John
Ashcroft. Danforth‘s deep voice and serious straight-talking demeanor won over a lot of voters.
Litton had money. He and his father ran a nationally-recognized Charolais cattle farm near Chillicothe. Danforth
had money. His family was part of the Ralston-Purina business empire.
But Litton had a media savvness unseen in Missouri politics. He began holding town hall meetings long before
town hall meetings were widespread in politics. He gathered hundreds of people together in his congressional
district and he brought in leading political figures from Washington and chatted them up then let the audience
question them. Before long the town hall meetings, which were recorded, edited, and then televised in his
district, gained popularity outside his district because of the newsmakers he had on the shows with him. And

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when he ran for the Senate, Litton re-edited those shows and had them shown on TV throughout the state.
Although they were considered public affairs programs, there was absolutely no doubt what their purpose was.
The Missourinet was covering its first election on August 3, 1976. Litton was staying in Chillicothe but planned to
attend a victory party in Kansas City when the results came in.
Litton faced tough primary opposition from Congressman Jim Symington, the son of the retiring senator whose
open seat had generated this contest, and from former governor Warren Hearnes. Many felt Symington was the
favored candidate. But Litton rolled up 45% of the vote. Hearnes finished second with 26%. Symington could
only achieve third, with 25%. Danforth dominated the Republican race.
We got a report in our newsroom—time has erased how we got it—that there had been a plane crash at the
Chillicothe airport. We immediately feared what the news might become. But as we made our phone calls it
became clear it was the plane taking Litton to Kansas City. One of our calls wound up getting through to the
ambulance driver who had taken the bodies to a hospital. He confirmed there were no survivors.
Democrats nominated Warren Hearnes to replace Litton on the November ballot. Danforth posted a sizeable
Several days later I was talking to Alex Netchvolodoff, a top Danforth aide. He told me that Danforth was not
sure he could have beaten Jerry Litton even though Litton had spent ninety percent to his liquidity in his primary
campaign. Danforth, as I recall, was going to respect some campaign financial limits. Litton had the capacity to
raise enormous amounts of cash for the general election and no doubt would have done so.
Missouri politics were altered for years when that plane crashed on August 3, 1976. Maybe national politics, too.
There might not have been a Senator Danforth for more than eighteen years. The Democratic Party under the
influence of Jerry Litton undoubtedly would have been significantly different. Who knows what the products of
the Danforth Incubator would have gone on to achieve? Might there have been a Reagan-Litton presidential
race? Or a Litton-Bush 41? What course would Bill Clinton have followed if Jerry Litton had achieved his goal of
reaching the White House? Iffy history, to be sure. But when the crankshaft broke on Paul Rupp‘s plane that
night as it was taking off from the Chillicothe airport, all of us were left with a lot of ―What ifs‖ that the passage of
time have only magnified.
The Historical Society‘s documentary will remind us of several things, no doubt, but one of the things it will
remind us of is what could have been.
The same is true of the Carnahan plane crash on October 16, 2000. The Carnahan-Ashcroft contest was
another heavyweight slugging match between two distinctly different people. Ashcroft had the upper hand as an
incumbent U. S. Senator. But Carnahan relentlessly ate into Ashcroft‘s advantage and had closed the gap three
weeks before the vote.
Here is where the story turns a little personal.
My son, now an airline captain, was a flight instructor at the Columbia airport then and Mel Carnahan was
learning to fly. One afternoon he showed up at the airport, wanting to get some flight time and wanted to fly to
Hermann, where he would meet his wife, Jean, and their Highway Patrol security person who would take them
on to a fund-raiser in St. Louis. Carnahan couldn‘t fly alone at that time so Robert rode along on the flight to
Hermann. When they got to Hermann, Carnahan invited him to join them for dinner at a restaurant in town. The
four of them went to a little German restaurant that evening, enjoyed dinner, and took Robert back to the airport
to fly back to Columbia while the Carnahans went on to St. Louis. The evening made a huge impression on a
young pilot, who was making cargo flights in New York State in October, 2000.
October 16, 2000. My wife, Nancy, and I were in Albuquerque, having just finished an archaeological project in
the Mesa Verde area, when we saw a local television report that the airplane carrying Missouri senatorial
candidate Mel Carnahan was missing on a campaign flight. A quick switchover to CNN updated situation. The
plane had crashed and there were no survivors. An immediate call to the newsroom found Brent Martin and the

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rest of the news staff already at work. ―Find Roger Wilson,‖ I told them, and have somebody stick with him.‖
Wilson, the lieutenant governor, would be a key figure and he and the people around him would be the
immediate source of information as events unfolded. Brent alreayd had sent one of our reporters to Jefferson
County and our affiliate in the area was feeding us information. Our company founder, Clyde Lear—a former
newsman–also was in the newsroom and he was the person given a recorder and told to find Wilson and stick
with him.
Brent said later that he realized just before starting the first newscast that morning, at 5:55, that he would be the
one telling thousands of Missourians who had been asleep all night that their Governor was dead. He felt the
weight of that responsibility as he started that broadcast.
Nancy and I grabbed a few hours of sleep and then started a drive from Albuquerque straight through to
Jefferson City. Fifteen hours and 996 miles later we were at home and the next morning all of us were consumed
by the planning for the funeral, the short-notice preparations for a broadcast, asking and getting answers to
numerous questions triggered by the situation—what would Ashcroft do (he suspended his campaign during that
week and had to face refocusing his campaign to run against a dead man and the public reaction to the death);
could someone be appointed to run in Carnahan‘s place (no, it was too late); would Carnahan‘s name stay on
the ballot (yes, the ballots had been printed); who would take his place in the Senate if he won (Wilson said he‘d
nominate Jean Carnahan); how would we deal with the Secret Service, which had started taking over the funeral
plans because both President Clinton and Vice-President Gore and dozens of members of the U. S. House and
Senate were going to attent (one Carnahan family aide told us the Secret Service was ―being very secret and not
being of much service.‖); how to cover the visitation at the Governor‘s Mansion; who to interview‘ what questions
to ask–and more.
I was in the library at the mansion, jsut off the main hallway where the flag-draped coffin rested, the day the
public was invited in to pay its respects. I watched Jean Carnahan come past and go out to meet with the staff of
the governor‘s office. Her composure was striking. And when she came back in, she saw me in the library, came
over, hugged me and said, ―We‘re so glad we got to meet your son.‖
The reporter‘s professional stoicism cracked at that moment. Briefly.
The funeral was the next day—the day that Robin Carnahan told the story of her father telling her, ―Don‘t let the
fire go out.‖ It became a rallying cry for Carnahan supporters for the next three weeks and on election night we
began our coverage wondering if an astounding thing could happen. And about midnight when the St. Louis
results finally came in, I sat back in the studio and said to myself, ―My God, he‘s done it.‖
Some time later I met the man who had hosted the party for Carnahan before the fatal flight. He told me that
Carnahan had mentioned at the party that the polls were showing he had pulled ahead of Ashcroft for the first
But, again, a plane crash had altered Missouri politics. Would Carnahan have held on to the lead he felt he had
achieved in the hours before his death? If he‘d been elected, there would not have been the election in 2002 that
saw Republican Jim Talent, the loser of a close race for governor in 2000, defeat Jean Carnahan to serve the
remaining four years of the term. Would Bob Holden have defeated Congressman Talent for the governorship in
2000 if John Ashcroft‘s Senate campaign had not been suspended and altered in the closing weeks, something
that could have lifted Talent on the Ashcroft coattails? Would Matt Blunt have run for Governor in 2004 if Jim
Talent had been Governor? Would Auditor Claire McCaskill have run against a strong Governor Talent in 2006,
as she ran against a weakened Governor Holden and beat him in the primary only to lose to Blunt in a campaign
that set the political stage for her to run for the Senate in 2006 for the seat that Mel Carnahan would have held
since 2000? And what would Jay Nixon have done?
Or what if the campaign in 2000 had played itself out between Carnahan and Ashcroft with Ashcroft the winner?
Would he have become Attorney General? Would he still be a U. S. Senator, now serving his third term after

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being re-elected in 2006? Could our choice for the presidency in 2008 have been Obama and Ashcroft? Would
Robin Carnahan in 2010 be trying to keep the fire from going out?
Two plane crashes. Lives were lost. Lives were changed. The history of Missouri—and the nation—was altered.

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Missourinet: The Blog

Watching Death
by Bob Priddy on October 19, 2010
Missouri‘s first execution in 17 months is Wednesday morning. We‘ll be sending Jessica Machetta to cover it.
She has never covered an execution. Neither has our newest reporter, Ryan Famuliner. Brent Martin and Bob
Priddy have made melancholy journeys to prisons in eastern Missouri more than 25 times between them to
serve as media witnesses.
Brent remarked a few weeks ago that he gets more questions as a reporter about covering executions than
anything else he‘s ever covered–and that includes the 1993 floods that he covered while working in St. Joseph,
one of the biggest targets of the Missouri River that year.
We cover executions because we represent the people of Missouri in whose name this most severe criminal
penalty is administered. We cover executions because the inmates have committed crimes in all parts of the
state and the people we serve in those areas have a particular interest in the conclusion of this local tragedy that
happened so many years ago.
We don‘t cover them because we want to. We cover them because we have to.
Every time the state of Missouri inflicts its most severe penalty on one of its residents, the Missourinet is there.
Reporters from the Associated Press and the Missourinet, Missouri‘s only two true statewide news
organizations, are the only reporters that have covered every execution since lethal injection was legalized,
beginning with George (Tiny) Mercer whose execution was covered by Dan McPherson on January 6, 1989
through the most recent execution, that of Dennis Skillicorn, executed May 20, 2009, which I covered. The
Missourinet has covered 67 of the 106 executions since the state took over executions from counties in 1938.
Our reporters have covered executions at three penitentiaries. I have covered the executions of 16 people who
committed at least 25 murders. Brent has covered at least ten.
Executions today are done at the state penitentiary in Bonne Terre, a drive of about two hours from Jefferson
City. Missourinet reporters usually arrive at the motel between 7-9 p.m. They are expected at the prison, a short
drive through the small town, about 10 p.m. Executions are scheduled for 12:01 a.m. because the Supreme
Court‘s execution warrant establishes the date of the execution but does not specify a particular time. By
scheduling the execution for 12:01, the state has 24 hours to perform the procedure, an amount of time that
usually lets the court system deal with any last-minute appeals.
The Missourinet attracted international attention with the Skillicorn execution by becoming (as far as we know)
the first news organization to twitter an execution. Our twitter messages gave readers a minute-by-minute
account of the procedure.
Reporters who gather in the press area of the prison are usually escorted with other public witnesses about 11 a holding area well inside the prison. The witnesses for the person being executed gather in another area.
Witnesses on behalf of witnesses are taken to a third area. We are allowed to take notebooks and pens and a
paperback book to read if we wish while we wait to be taken to the execution area. We may not take cell phones,
cameras, or recorders (audio or video) with us.
About 11:15, Corrections Department officials brief us on the procedure we are about to witness, outlining how
drugs will be administered and what each drug does. We are given a chance to ask any questions but usually
don‘t have any because we‘ve been through this before and because we‘ve already checked with the
department spokesman on whether the inmate has had a shot of Versed—a sedative—and whether he has met
with his spiritual advisor. We check to see if there will be family members of the inmate and the victim present
and whether any of those people will be available after the event for comment.

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About 11:45 we move to another area of the prison and take our witness seats. We are on one side of the
execution chamber, which is not visible because there are curtains closed over the windows. Seconds before or
perhaps simultaneously with the start of the first drug injection, the curtains are opened and we can see the
inmate on the gurney in the execution chamber. We are on his right. His chosen witnesses are on his left, and
the witnesses on behalf of the victim are in a third area to our right so that he can see them if he raises his head
and looks past his feet. Walls separate the three areas. Depending on the reflection of the lights in the glass we
might or might not be able to see the people in the other two areas. We can hear them although there is little to
hear. Sometimes we can hear the sobs of the inmate‘s witnesses as he dies.
A corrections department official wearing a headset is told from the injection room when each drug begins to
flow. We can usually see the tubes that go from the inmate‘s arm through openings in the wall to the syringes
that are concealed behind the wall at his head. I usually keep a close eye on my watch to jot down the times
each drug begins and to jot down the time of death—although the department also keeps track and tells us later
the official times including the time the inmate is pronounced dead.
The inmate might look our way briefly but usually spends his last seconds looking at friends and family to his left.
We cannot hear anything he says and his witnesses usually mouth such things as, ―I love you,‖ or use sign
language to send him final messages as he loses consciousness. He cannot gesture because he is tightly
strapped down and can only move his head and his feet. During the injection of the first drug that renders him
unconscious he lowers his head to the pillow and appears to go to sleep. Occasionally he coughs once or twice
as his lungs shut down but otherwise there is no movement. Usually he is pronounced dead within six to ten
minutes. Forget the drama of ―Dead Man Walking‖ or of ―The Green Mile.‖ The most common word used to
describe Missouri‘s process is ―clinical.‖
Upon pronouncement of his death, the curtains are closed and we are directed out. We sign the forms as
witnesses and head back to the press area where the press person reads us the times and reads and distributes
printed copies of any final statements if there are any. The Director of Corrections answers any questions. We
interview victim and inmate witnesses if they want to talk to us and then leave.
The prison does not (or did not in May, 2009) have wi-fi, so we cannot file from there. We return to the motel,
process our sound, file our stories, twitter, make special phone calls to affiliates wanting special feeds of the
event, and with luck are in bed by 3:30 or 4 a.m. Sometimes we are up at 6 or 7 to do call-in shows for affiliates.
We usually get out of bed about 10 or 10:30, check out, and come back to Jefferson City to work an afternoon
Those are the mechanics of the event. I didn‘t include the pervasive smell of Lysol inside the prison, the dark
and often cool or cold walk from the waiting room across part of the prison yard to the execution chamber, the
silence in the execution room before the curtains are pulled, and the low hushed voices we find ourselves using
when we come back to the press room. These people who are executed might be the scum of the earth who
deserve no sympathy. But witnessing death, even to people like that, is an intensely sobering experience and a
reminder of a lot of things we don‘t often think about or want to think about in our daily lives.

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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor
For St. Louis County executive: Let Charlie
Dooley do it.
By the Editorial Board
Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 9:15 pm
St. Louis County is the big dog in regional affairs in St. Louis. Forty percent of the metro area‘s population lives
there. Its population exceeds that of the city of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties combined. It has 48
percent of the jobs in the region.
On Nov. 2, St. Louis County voters will elect a chief executive. The job‘s powers are somewhat circumscribed;
the county‘s governance is a big dog‘s breakfast, with its 91 municipalities, 25 school districts, 42 fire services
and more than five dozen police agencies.
But the county executive is the de facto mayor for the 322,000 residents who live in unincorporated areas. His
appointees run all manner of countywide services, from assessing, collecting and distributing tax dollars to
licensing contractors, providing public health and economic development services to overseeing the third-largest
police force in the state.
And, because he is the big dog‘s big dog, the county executive must be a regional leader, willing to work across
jurisdictional lines for the greater good of all 2.8 million people in the metropolitan area.
For that reason, we recommend that voters re-elect Democrat Charlie A. Dooley as county executive.
We do so with some reservations. Mr. Dooley, 62, became county executive in October 2003 upon the death of
George R. ―Buzz‖ Westfall, who first was elected to the office in 1990. Mr. Westfall had built a formidable political
machine among developers, organized labor and contractors, which Mr. Dooley inherited.
After 20 years, things have become a little calcified at the county government center. Republican Bill Corrigan,
51, Mr. Dooley‘s challenger, would shake things up — not a bad idea. He supports a new ethics code and has
some creative ideas for economic development, some of which were borrowed from the Post-Dispatch, which is
―We need to do some bold stuff, for godsakes,‖ he told us.
Sadly, Mr. Corrigan, a lawyer who lives in Ladue, flunks the regional leadership test. He says he favors
collaborating with the city of St. Louis and would be ―downtown‘s biggest cheerleader.‖
Cheerleading‘s fine. Leadership is better. Mr. Corrigan stayed studiously neutral during April‘s successful Metro
transit tax election, an issue that Mr. Dooley recognized was critical for the region‘s well-being.
Now the Corrigan campaign is falsely accusing Mr. Dooley of wanting to merge the city with the county and
absorb $150 million in pension liabilities and $30 million in debt.
Mr. Dooley would do no such thing, and Mr. Corrigan knows it. Mr. Dooley told us that he does support the
eventual re-entry of the city into the county as its 92nd municipality.
We didn‘t ask him, but he probably wants world peace, too. At best, the city rejoining the county is a longshot
scenario because it would require voter approval in both jurisdictions. Even then, the city‘s debts would remain
its own, just as the debts of the other 91 municipalities remain their own.

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He who would be the region‘s most important leader shouldn‘t lob stink bombs at the neighbors.
If he is re-elected Mr. Dooley, 62, needs to bring some new blood and new ideas into his administration. He
should cleanly separate politics from policy makers. And he should be an even stronger regional leader,
particularly in matters affecting the Metro East. Voters should give him the chance.

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Ray: Carnahan gets vote despite insulting
Senate campaign
Springfield News-Leader
October 20, 2010
Even though the second and final candidate debate for Missouri's open Senate seat included not only
Democratic candidate Robin Carnahan and Republican candidate Roy Blunt, but also the two "third party"
candidates, Libertarian Jonathan Dine and Constitution Party candidate Jerry Beck, it was not a satisfying
political feast. In fact, I would have to say that it was a burger, fries and drink short of a Happy Meal.
The four candidates sat before the press for only one hour and with their opening and closing statements there
was time for only four questions, none of which were objectively answered.
Carnahan and Blunt are seasoned politicians and if there had been a serious third-party challenge, both of them
might have been forced to lay aside their mutual allegations of corruption and actually address substantive
issues. However, neither Dine nor Beck demonstrated anything more than water cooler awareness of the issues
facing the Senate and therefore neither put even the slightest pressure on either Blunt or Carnahan to move
beyond reciting empty mantras about job creation and fiscal responsibility.
I am inclined to agree with Carnahan's characterization of Blunt's evolution from being an effective state
politician into being one of the most corrupt Washington politicians who is now so deeply in bed with lobbyists for
power and pharmaceutical interests that he has seen less daylight in the past 14 years than a trapped Chilean
miner. Blunt never answered my published request that he give the voters a pledge to not become a lobbyist for
either big pharma or oil if he loses this race. I strongly suspect that if he loses, he has a very lucrative job waiting
for him. Still, it was not difficult for me to come away from that debate with the impression that Carnahan's
combination of platitudes and mudslinging did not inspire a single person to vote for her.
I am so disappointed by Blunt's willingness to help shape our health care system to serve the profits of
pharmaceutical companies and to protect the profits of oil companies which keep us dependent upon foreign oil
that I would be inclined to vote for a fence post before I would promote Blunt from the House into the Senate.
However, we don't have any fence posts on the ballot.
The way that Blunt and Carnahan have run their campaigns has been an insult to thinking voters. The selection
of Dine and Beck as candidates should be an embarrassment to Libertarians and Constitution Party members.
On Nov. 3, I will vote for Robin Carnahan because I believe that the three other choices range from being totally
inept to frighteningly corrupt, but I do so remembering Ralph Nader's proverb, "If you are choosing the lesser of
two evils, aren't you still choosing evil?" I will vote hoping that Carnahan will actually work for job creation, health
care reform, environmental protections and a sane immigration policy. I guess it is a good thing that I hail from a
tradition which treasures faith without evidence.
Roger Ray ( is a local pastor contributing his personal opinion, not that of his church. His
Local Voice appears biweekly on Wednesdays.

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Voices: More of the same
By Steve Friede Special to The Globe The Joplin Globe Tue Oct 19, 2010, 08:24 AM CDT

CARTHAGE, Mo. — What a shame that the Globe endorsed Rep. Roy Blunt for U.S. Senator (Oct. 17).

So we now judge the effectiveness of a representative by how much pork he brings to the state. Adsurd!

What we need in Washington are people who can think, not someone who specializes in voting the party line
and lining his own pockets.

Roy Blunt as a senator will be more of the same, and the Globe has fallen in place as a below-par newspaper.

Steve Friede


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LETTER: Carnahan a better choice for U.S.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 | 3:25 p.m. CDT
Columbia Missourian - BY John Wieneman
JEFFERSON CITY — If management style is an indicator of one's representation in the U.S. Senate, I shudder
to think of Roy Blunt as the next senator from Missouri. I worked for the Secretary of State's Office when Roy
Blunt was at the helm. Let me say that the "waters were rocky" leading up to my division being "thrown
We were cast out into a "sea" of the unknown with little guidance, explanation or promise.
In retrospect, I can't say the move was a bad one, but the methods the Blunt administration used were unsettling
to say the least. The behind-the-door, closed meetings mapped all the directions to cover the waters of the office
of secretary of state, while the cast-offs were blind-sided, misinformed and left to survive on their own.
I certainly hope that any candidate destined for Washington will remember where they came from, the
constituents they were elected to represent and the importance of open and honest communication.
From my experience under the leadership of Roy Blunt, his political ambitions outweighed ethical representation
of his people.
John Wieneman lives in Jefferson City.

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Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 — Columbia -- Faculty council groups from the University of Missouri system are
considering formalizing a policy to revoke degrees. The university has revoked degrees before, said Brenda
Selman, director of the registrar's office. But she said there are no written guidelines about the process.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 --No update

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 — Kansas Ctiy -- A 300-pound chimpanzee escaped from a Kansas City home
Tuesday and roamed the neighborhood. Police spokesman Capt. Rich Lockhart said the ape broke out the
passenger-side window of a patrol car, but there was no other damage. A tranquilizer dart failed to subdue the
chimp. Its owner was finally able to coax it into a cage in the back of his vehicle.

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