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Candidates clash over Missouri
treasurer post
By Jake Wagman
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
10/22/2008

The race for Missouri treasurer could be the most important ballot contest you haven't heard about.
Two young lawmakers are vying to become the state's banker and chief fiscal officer, a post that often serves as
a springboard for higher office.
State Sen. Brad Lager, a Republican from northwest Missouri, faces State Rep. Clint Zweifel, a Democrat from
Florissant.
The pair are as far apart ideologically as they are geographically. Zweifel sees the position as a bully pulpit to
increase college affordability and help struggling homeowners. Lager subscribes to the maxim that the
government that governs least governs best.
Both are vying to replace incumbent Sarah Steelman, who passed up re-election for a bid at the governor's
office, an effort that ended unsuccessfully in the Republican primary.
Although the treasurer's contest has struggled to gain visibility in a crowded election season, the nation's
financial crisis makes it perhaps more critical than any time in recent memory.
Lager, 33, brings a meat-and-potatoes philosophy to life, and government. The small businessman raised on a
farm has never had a cup of coffee in his life, and hasn't had soda in years. Lager, he says, would be happy to
order a hamburger and french fries at every meal.
But not pork — at least not on his political plate. Lager is a budget hawk and small government zealot. He
proposed a constitutional amendment to eliminate the state income tax and has opposed salary increases for
elected officials. He pronounces "bureaucrat" as if it was a four-letter word.
Lager, who was unopposed in the Republican primary, got his start in politics in Maryville, about 20 miles from
the Iowa border. He runs a wireless communications firm that, as he tells it, was experiencing undue burdens
from government regulations.
"Nothing more than just some bureaucrat not moving paperwork," Lager recalled.
The experience persuaded Lager, then in his mid-20s, to run for the City Council. Lager proved a quick study,
jumping to the Missouri House and, two years ago, to the state Senate.
Though he represents a rural area, Lager says he has a firm grasp on urban issues.
Even so, Lager's campaign literature for state Senate seemed to slight big cities.
"When St. Louis and Kansas City special interests threaten our way of life," one piece read, "we need a senator
who will fight for us."
His stance now as a statewide candidate: "I'll fight against small-city special interests, too."
Lager's campaign has been funded with help from individuals who share his limited-government philosophy. The
family of Ethelmae Humphreys of Joplin, a board member of the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute in Washington,
has given Lager's campaign more than $80,000.
"I believe that every time you pass a law, you restrict a freedom," Lager says.




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Lager says that he would use technology to make the treasurer's office more efficient — much as he does in his
home, inputting every hamburger receipt into a computer spreadsheet.
"Every receipt, yep," Lager says. "Because, otherwise, how do you know where you are spending your money?"
Zweifel says he never would have run for treasurer had Steelman not decided to pursue higher office — running
against an incumbent leaves little room for the issues, Zweifel said. That stance, however, belies Zweifel's only
political history.
As a 29-year-old whose experience in office was limited to a seat on the municipal planning board, Zweifel broke
into the Legislature in 2002 by unseating a Republican incumbent with a 67-vote margin of victory.
Zweifel, now 34, is hoping to continue his success in his quest to be treasurer with a platform that focuses on
families struggling in the current economy.
Zweifel recently added to his own family, adopting two children, ages 8 and 10, that he and his wife cared for as
foster parents for several years.
His campaign has pitched a state mortgage assistance program that subsidizes loan payments for those in
jeopardy of foreclosure. Zweifel also has pushed a scholarship plan that allows community college students with
good grades to attend a state university for free if they agree to 40 hours of community service.
"We put a lot of emphasis on these larger institutions that we've helped nationally," Zweifel says, referring to the
recent Wall Street bailout, "but we really haven't done enough for the average homeowner."
With his slight frame and bespectacled face, Zweifel may not fit the profile of someone who owes his political
pedigree to labor. But his father is a retired union carpenter, and Zweifel got his own start as a research and
education director for the Teamsters local.
The Pipefitters, Carpenters and Ironworkers have all given $5,000 or more to his campaign.
Zweifel rejects the notion that his union ties would hurt his independence in the treasurer's office, which has
influence over what building projects receive state tax credits. For instance, Zweifel says, he supported a
teacher-evaluation measure in the Legislature that was opposed by the state's education unions.
As a lawmaker, Zweifel has, at times, focused on policy minutiae. As treasurer, though, he says he would take a
big picture approach, using the office as a bully pulpit to influence government:
"In this economic environment more than ever, you need to have somebody that has all hands on deck."




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Government’s role differentiates
Missouri treasurer candidates
By JASON NOBLE
The Star‟s Jefferson City correspondent
JEFFERSON CITY | In the race for an office charged mostly with managerial duties, the major party candidates
for Missouri state treasurer are running on competing political philosophies.
The Democrat in the race, state Rep. Clint Zweifel, says he will serve on the principle that government must
provide opportunities.
“We need to have a state government that provides an infrastructure of opportunity for everyone to succeed,”
Zweifel said.
His Republican opponent, state Sen. Brad Lager, believes just the opposite: When government is minimized, the
people prosper.
“I‟m a guy who believes the budget should drive government and not vice versa,” Lager said.
Both are vying to replace Republican Sarah Steelman, who is finishing her first term after running unsuccessfully
for governor earlier this year.
The treasurer is responsible for managing the state‟s revenues and investments, authorizing expenditures and
returning unclaimed assets to their rightful owners. The treasurer also serves on several boards and
commissions.
Lager, 33, of Savannah, is a small-business man with six years‟ experience in the state legislature.
Since graduating from Northwest Missouri State University, he has worked for a small wireless telephone
company, although much of his time in recent years has been spent in Jefferson City. Lager was first elected to
the House in 2002 and served two terms, ultimately serving as chairman of the budget committee. In 2006, he
was elected to the Senate.
In the Senate, Lager is vice chairman of the and serves on Ways and Means. He‟s chairman of the Joint
Committee on Tax Policy.
Sen. Luann Ridgeway, a Smithville Republican, called Lager “one of the most fiscally responsible watchdogs”
she‟d ever worked with.
“We have to have someone who‟s willing to question the way things have always been done, and I think Brad
will do that,” Ridgeway said.
Zweifel, 34, of St. Louis County, has likewise served in the legislature since 2002. Now in his third term in the
House, he‟s the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee and serves alongside Lager on the Joint
Committee on Tax Policy.
He holds a master of business administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Outside the legislature,
Zweifel works for Teamsters Local 688 in St. Louis, where he has assisted union members with financial
planning.
Zweifel is “built for the job” of treasurer, said Rep. Jason Holsman, a Kansas City Democrat who served with
Zweifel on the tax reform committee.
“He‟s very good at understanding the collateral impacts of financial decisions,” Holsman said. “The questions he
would ask in committee showed a deep understanding of the future impacts of legislation.”



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Beyond their philosophical differences, the candidates agree on some priorities for the office. Both, for example,
said they would pursue reforms of the state‟s tax credit programs.
In a Lager administration, those reforms would take the form of increased scrutiny of tax credits and more
frequent reports to the legislature on the efficiency of the credits.
“Tax credits are no different than a government program in that they deserve and should have regulatory
oversight,” Lager said.
Zweifel said he would propose new rules for the Missouri Housing Development Commission to eliminate
conflicts of interest and adopt a system to better evaluate which projects are granted tax credits.
“There has to be a way to quantify these projects,” Zweifel said. “If we‟re going to have tax credit programs in
this state, it‟s important that you can show their value numerically.”
Both candidates said they see opportunities to serve the state in ways that go beyond the constitutionally
mandated duties of the office.
Lager said he would work to enhance financial literacy, perhaps through educational programs in high schools
similar to the legislative-process workshops lawmakers often lead.
“We have the opportunity in a very simple but yet very responsible way to help promote some financial literacy
opportunities,” Lager said.
Zweifel said he would advocate for Missouri Promise, a Democrat-led plan that would allow students who attend
community college through the state‟s A+ Program to continue at a four-year university for free.
“As state treasurer, you have a responsibility to tell a story of how these fiscal policies make sense for taxpayers
long term,” Zweifel said.
Rodney Farthing of Salem is the Constitution Party candidate for treasurer. He is a former minister and now
works for ARM Prison Outreach International, a prison ministry.




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Prop A has issues
By Joe Crawford
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
10/22/2008


Suzanne Jackson has seen the billboards and watched the commercials touting Proposition A as a viable way to
bolster education funding in Missouri.
The message is familiar: If gamblers lose more money in the state's casinos, it means more tax money
distributed to public schools.
She just isn't buying it.
"It's just a hollow promise on this money for education," said Jackson, 42, of Overland.
The proposition's supporters, backed financially by casino companies Pinnacle Entertainment and Ameristar
Casinos, say they realize they face a difficult task in winning over a skeptical bloc of voters, many of whom don't
believe casino tax revenue has actually boosted education funding in the past. Skeptics say the Legislature
simply uses the new tax dollars so it can spend prior school funds on other state programs.
And the Yes on A Coalition faces an additional challenge in justifying the measure in the St. Louis region. That's
because the bulk of any new tax revenue would, at least initially, bypass most area school districts. That
includes two-thirds of those in St. Louis County, a massive and critical county for the Nov. 4 elections.
But coalition spokesman Scott Charton said this proposition is different than previous gambling expansion
proposals. Charton said the law would remove the potential for what many believe has been a shell game when
it comes to casino tax revenue.
Last year, $288 million of that tax money was directed to the state's school funding formula.
Critics say those funds have made it possible for the Legislature to redirect other tax revenue away from schools
to other parts of the budget.
Missouri legislators "have pulled stunts before, but this is tamper-resistant," he said.
The Missouri auditor's office estimated that schools would receive between $105 million and $130 million in new
tax revenue, though critics say those estimates are high.
Critics are also skeptical of the proposal's language, which declares the tax on gambling losses "shall not be
used to replace existing funding provided for elementary and secondary education."
Rep. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, said there is no way to obligate the Legislature to spend a specific
amount on education.
"No department in government has a locked-in amount that they know they're going to get," said Cunningham,
chair of the education committee in the Missouri House.
LEFT-OUT SCHOOLS
The two sides agree on one point: Many St. Louis-area schools wouldn't initially see much of the new money.
That's because supporters of Proposition A are seeking to distribute the bulk of any new tax revenue through the
state's school funding formula.
The mathematics of that formula generally favor rural and poor districts that need more assistance providing an
adequate level or per pupil spending.



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As a result, any casino money plugged into the formula bypasses 19 of the 29 districts in St. Louis and St.
Charles counties, which are generally deemed to have a larger local tax base. School districts in outlying
counties are more likely to benefit.
The Pattonville School District, with its 5,544 students, is not projected to receive any of the new casino money
through the formula.
Ron Orr, the district's chief financial officer, said he's not bitter or surprised. But he said Pattonville faces a shaky
financial future, due to flat local taxes and rising costs.
"Salaries, health insurance, textbooks — all those things go up from year to year," he said.
David Glaser, Rockwood School District's chief financial officer, said the district could use the $1.6 million it is
projected to receive through the measure. It is preparing for possible reductions in revenue, especially with the
likely closure of the Fenton Chrysler plant, he said.
But Glaser said he's not totally sold on the proposition.
"I haven't seen any money yet," he said. "I'll believe it when I see it."
NO CRYSTAL BALL
As school districts in the region compare notes as to who might get what from the proposition, state officials
warn that any estimates to this point are questionable.
That's because the proposition doesn't fully explain how to distribute all the funds.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can only explain where $54 million of the
more than $105 million in potential new revenue might wind up. The uncertainty about the remaining money is
owed to the fact that the state's new school funding formula won't be fully implemented for several more years. In
other words, much of the casino tax revenue channeled through the formula initially would remain unspent.
Gerri Ogle, the state associate education commissioner who prepared the estimates, said it would fall to the
Legislature to determine how to distribute what's left. But she said she believes the proposition would require any
such money to be ultimately spent on schools.
Critics like Cunningham say there's no way to say for certain whether that would truly happen.
For example, she said, the state plans to allocate up to $125 million more for education next year anyway. But
who's to say, she asks, if the Legislature would still allot that amount if more money comes from casinos.
That's where the state auditor comes in, say Charton and other supporters of the proposal. The proposition calls
for an annual audit to determine whether the gambling proceeds are being spent as intended by the act —
basically whether the Legislature is playing a shell game.
Joe Martin, chief of staff with the auditor's office, said the auditor's office can monitor the money coming in and
out of the fund set up for the gambling proceeds. And they can check to see whether education funding
increases each year, he said.
But Martin said it would be difficult to know whether the Legislature is taking the Proposition A money into
consideration when they decide how much other tax revenue to direct to education each year.
"I'm not sure anyone is going to be able to forecast what the General Assembly is going to do," he said.




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Attorney general candidates criticize
DNR in third debate
COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN - By CHRIS DUNN
October 21, 2008 | 8:10 p.m. CDT
ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Natural Resources Department faced criticism from both attorney general
candidates in their third general election debate, held in St. Louis.
Democratic candidate Chris Koster said the Natural Resources Department has not done its job of adequately
regulating the environment, while Republican candidate Mike Gibbons said the relationship between the
department and the attorney general's office needs to be repaired.
The candidates were answering a question about whether the Agricultural and Environmental Protection Division
within the attorney general's office has been effective.
Koster criticized the Natural Resources Department for failing to establish and enforce stronger environmental
regulations. He accused the department of acting in the interests of business. But the department's director
charged that Koster did not understand the law.
"The DNR has fallen down on the job," Koster said. "They try to be good to business, and the old-time thing was
that lax environmental regulation was good for business, and strong environmental regulation was bad for
business. But that old-time thing has been completely discounted."
The result, Koster said, is an upswelling of citizen-powered environmental regulatory groups that are "stricter and
much more organized than anything we've seen in the rest of the state."
"So now our agricultural industry -- the state's No. 1 industry -- is forced to face as many as 114 different
regulatory structures as it tries to go about its business," Koster said. "Why did that occur? Because the
Department of Natural Resources didn't do its job. The next attorney general has to drop the accelerator down
on environmental prosecution."
However, the director of the Natural Resources Department said his department does not have the authority to
enact new environmental policies.
"You would never know that Sen. Koster served in the legislature," said Doyle Childers, the department's director
and a former GOP senator. "There are no laws that allow the DNR the authority to do this. What has to happen
then is, the people have to find other ways of using the law to do what they want to do."
Gibbons said the relationship between the Natural Resources Department and the attorney general's office is
much like that between the governor's office and the attorney general's office. He said the tension between the
two government bodies would be harmful if it continues. He attributed the tension to the issue of legal practice
within the Natural Resources Department.
"The Department of Natural Resources typically hires their own lawyer to represent their interests, the interests
of the people, when in fact that really should be the attorney general's job," Gibbons said. "I don't know how it got
to be to the point where the relationship deteriorated to this point, but I think it's a serious problem."
The Natural Resources Department does use its own attorney, despite the department's paying the attorney
general's office for legal representation, Childers said.
Childers referred to the current Democratic attorney general's lawsuit against the Natural Resources
Department's efforts to abandon the Katy Trail bridge in Boonville as a reason why the department hired its own
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"He was supposed to be representing us," Childers said. "It doesn't result in a great deal of respect or trust for
the attorney general that's supposed to be representing the state."
If elected to the attorney general's office, Gibbons said he would repair relations with the Natural Resources
Department.
"My objective, if I'm going to be attorney general, is to eliminate whatever tensions existed, to be on the same
team, representing the interests of the people of Missouri, and do that much more effectively and aggressively
than has been done," Gibbons said. "That's my knowledge on where the problem lies, and that's the problem I
would seek to correct."
Childers said either candidate would be more effective than the current attorney general, Democratic
gubernatorial candidate Jay Nixon.
"You can just go on and on about things that this particular attorney general has done that has created a very
bad situation," Childers said. "I think either candidate could do a better job than what's been going on in the past
12 years."
In a race between two candidates who belonged to the same political party until August 2007, encountering
issues where they stand apart is infrequent.
However, another divisive topic brought up during the hourlong debate at Clayton High School involved shield
laws. Shield laws exist in varying forms in 35 states, according to Judith Scott, who moderated the second
debate and is executive director of the Three Rivers Community College Foundation. They allow journalists to
refuse to identify their sources in court under some circumstances.
In the second such debate held in Poplar Bluff on Oct. 9, Gibbons said he would support a Missouri shield law
except under pressing circumstances. On the other hand, Koster reinforced his long-time opposition to a
Missouri shield law and argued that "if any other industry sought immunity from the courts, the media would be
the first to cry foul."
Koster elaborated on his argument in Monday's debate, referring to a blurred line between professional and
citizen journalism.
"If my mother opened up a political blog that had confidential sources from her neighborhood, for example,
should she have special privileges from the court just like The New York Times has?" Koster said. "The answer
to that question is no. Under our First Amendment, there is literally no way to divide between The New York
Times and a blogger or a student newspaper, because all Constitutional privileges have to apply across the
board."
A third divisive issue addressed in the debate was the Missouri nonpartisan court plan.
Developed in 1940, the plan — often called the Missouri Plan — establishes a nonpartisan procedure by which
judges of the Missouri Supreme Court, trial courts in St. Louis and Kansas City and the three state appeals
courts are selected and appointed. Legislation and ballot initiatives to alter the nonpartisan court plan have been
frequent in recent years.
Most recently, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof proposed amendments to the plan that would
alter the makeup of the commission that chooses and presents three nominees to the governor for appointment.
Koster reiterated his belief that the nonpartisan court plan should remain as it is, and that the recently proposed
changes are an attempt to inject politics into the appointment procedure.
Gibbons, who said he supports the nonpartisan court plan for its merits as a nonpartisan judicial selection
procedure, also said that improvements could be made.
"Holding fast to the original Missouri Plan doesn't allow us to look at how we can make it better," he said.



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Committee created to support accurate
Mo. census count
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (2008-10-21) Governor Matt Blunt has signed an executive order, creating a committee
to ensure Missouri's population is accurately counted in the 2010 U.S. census.
The Complete Count Committee will contain 30 members, and will include people from all regions of the state
and from both major political parties.
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder will chair the committee.
"Our charge is to guarantee that we offer the fairest, most transparent process for making certain that everyone
is counted," Kinder said.
Kinder adds that Missouri is in real danger of losing a Congressional seat in the next count.
"Unfortunately there is...although our population has grown over the last decade, it has not kept pace with growth
in some other fast-growing states such as Texas, Florida, Arizona, Colorado and others," Kinder said.
The committee will be tasked with finding people isolated by geography, culture or other factors that make them
hard to count.
KWMU also contacted the Missouri Democratic Party for this story, but they chose not to comment.




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Palin to hold rally at MSU
Republican VP candidate to campaign for McCain at McDonald Arena.
Chad Livengood
News-Leader

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will hold a campaign rally Friday morning at Missouri State
University in Springfield.
The Alaska governor will hold a "Road to Victory" rally in McDonald Arena and discuss John McCain's plans for
protecting the economy and country abroad, campaign officials say.
Doors open at 9 a.m. The rally will begin at 11 a.m. Tickets are free and will be available starting this morning at
the Greene County GOP headquarters, 2951 E. Sunshine in Springfield, or Christian County headquarters, 809
N. Main St. in Nixa. Both offices will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
The arena at 850 S. Kings St. officially seats 3,255. Add in the floor space, and the rally may hold up to 4,000
supporters.
Palin, a popular figure on the campaign trail, often draws larger crowds than McCain, who last visited Springfield
in June for a town hall meeting before a crowd of 350 at MSU's student union.
McCain's campaign officially announced the visit late Tuesday after it signed a contract with the university to
lease the arena.
"Governor Palin is excited to be traveling back to Missouri on Friday so that Missourians can hear straight talk,
straight from her, about how she and Senator McCain will work across the aisle, strengthen our economy, keep
taxes low and lead in Washington," said Wendy Riemann, McCain's Missouri spokeswoman.
For details about the rally, call (314) 667-4728.




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Short stop for McCain
Candidate visits between events.
By JASON ROSENBAUM of the Tribune’s staff
Published Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Republican presidential candidate John McCain was the guest of honor at an invitation-only luncheon yesterday
afternoon at Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-B-Q in south Columbia.
The appearance was sandwiched between public rallies the Arizona senator held in St. Charles County
yesterday morning and Belton in the afternoon, and it began when he arrived at Columbia Regional Airport at
12:30 p.m. aboard "Straight Talk Air" with Sen. Kit Bond and former Sen. Jack Danforth.
After stepping off his plane, McCain talked briefly with Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins, Missouri Farm
Bureau President Charlie Kruse, car dealership owner and state highway Commissioner Mike Kehoe and others
before boarding an SUV en route to Columbia.
The initial scene at Buckingham was chaotic as press corps members crammed into the relatively small eatery to
get a glimpse of McCain. McCain introduced the politicians traveling with him, including Sen. Lindsey Graham -
one of McCain‟s top allies in the U.S. Senate.
"I found the senator from South Carolina; you don‟t have to applaud him," McCain said as Graham laughed.
After that, McCain sat down with a handful of local business owners, and within a few minutes, members of the
local and traveling press corps were ushered out of the building while McCain and company ate lunch.
Mark Brown, owner of the restaurant, said he closed to allow individuals invited by Bond‟s office to dine in. Some
people spotted in the restaurant included former Department of Economic Development Director Greg Steinhoff
and MasterTech Plumbing owner Russ Duker.
"It‟s just another day playing barbecue," Brown said. "We‟ve just got some more interesting people in the
restaurant today than usual."
Brown said he‟s been serving Bond, a Republican senator from Missouri, for nearly eight years. He got a call
Sunday that McCain would be stopping by and was "honored" to make an accommodation. "He‟s a big
Buckingham fan," Brown said of Bond, "and his office called me yesterday and said he wanted to bring Sen.
McCain to his favorite barbecue place."
After about half an hour, McCain stood before reporters to denounce what he saw as Democratic presidential
candidate Barack Obama‟s effort to raise taxes on small businesses.
"Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars of income affects 50 percent of the total income of small business in
America," McCain said, naming professions such as pediatricians, painters, pharmacists and land developers
who he said would be affected. "These are the backbones of America‟s economy. They don‟t want their taxes
increased. They don‟t want checks given away to people who don‟t pay taxes."
McCain did not take any questions, but he did shake hands with some of the nearly 100 people who had
gathered across the street. After mingling briefly with the crowd, McCain was driven back to Columbia Regional
Airport.
Stephen Nittler, an 18-year-old student at Rock Bridge High School, said it was "awesome" to get a picture and
shake hands with McCain. "I think he‟s trying to reach out to, like, the smaller towns," Nittler said. "He‟s hungry.
He wants some Buckingham‟s. It‟s good food."




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Justin Hamilton, a spokesman for Obama‟s Missouri campaign, defended the tax proposal McCain criticized,
saying most small businesses have less net income than $250,000 a year. "Which means that they would benefit
more from Sen. Obama‟s tax policies than John McCain," he said.
Duker, a GOP committeeman who owns a small business that employs 18 people, said it‟s "absolutely,
completely not true" that Obama‟s plan would only affect people who make more than $250,000. "If you draw
down businesses‟ cash reserves, it limits the ability to weather times such as this," he said, adding that it would
also limit a business‟ ability to expand.




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Carole King stops by Columbia to stump
for Obama
COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN - By Jennifer Gordon
October 21, 2008 | 11:10 p.m. CDT
COLUMBIA — Close to 100 volunteers gathered around the staircase at the Barack Obama campaign
headquarters downtown to hear Carole King speak Tuesday. Some of the crowd held King's Grammy award-
winning "Tapestry" album, while others wore placards bearing one of King's song titles.
Tuesday was not King's first visit to Columbia. In 2004, she came to speak on behalf of the John Kerry
campaign.
The four-time Grammy winner has been all over the country the last few weeks to support Barack Obama. Last
week, King spoke in Iowa. Before that, it was Ohio, Indiana and Michigan — typical swing states in an election.
Tomorrow she will go to Camdenton. King said that though she is a spokesperson for the campaign, she visits
the states on her own accord. The people are motivation enough to keep going, she said.
"This is more grueling than my professional work, but I love doing it because I'm nourished by what I see in
people's eyes," she said. "I see the hope. I see the inspiration. In some cases, I see the desperation for change."
King's speaking tour promotes the Obama campaign in rural areas not unlike her home community in Idaho. She
also goes to campaign offices to encourage volunteers to continue the effort until election day. King said she has
heard many stories of canvassing difficulties and the challenge of talking across party lines.
Campaign workers need to be respectful of the Republican or undecided voters, she said.
Throughout her speech, King cited Colin Powell as evidence that voting for Obama doesn't make you a
Republican or a Democrat.
"You can stay a Republican and support Barack Obama," King said. "It's OK. In fact, it's the most courageous
thing you can do. I tell them you can walk into that booth a Republican, but when you cast that ballot, you are an
American, and then you can walk out a Republican again."
Darryl Douglas, a volunteer at the Obama campaign headquarters, said he was pleased with the turn out. That
morning, only 22 volunteers were committed to attend. By 6 p.m., that number almost quadrupled.
"My celebrity probably attracts people to walk in the door, and then I have a message to them. My message is of
a fellow American citizen. I have one vote like they do," King said.
Celebrity appearances are not uncommon in the Obama campaign. On Oct. 6, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel and
Aisha Tyler came to Columbia in support of the campaign. Don Cheadle also made an appearance at MU earlier
this month.
While most of the volunteers had worked at the campaign office before, for some, King's appearance was the
incentive they needed to join the campaign effort.
"I've been meaning to come out, and I heard she as going to be here, so I decided to come," Melissa Gephardt
said.




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Maria Shriver says Arch rally made her
“grateful to be alive”
By Jake Wagman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Barack Obama’s huge turnout at the Arch on Saturday has stirred at least one of the Democrat‟s big-name
supporters.
Television journalist turned California First Lady Maria Shriver was on CNN‟s Larry King show last night, telling
him why she‟d be happy to join Obama on the campaign trail.
“I looked at the picture of 100,000 people coming out for him in St. Louis the other day,” Shriver said. “And I just
sat at my kitchen table and looked at that picture, and thought, I was so grateful to be alive to see that.”
Shriver‟s home features as stark a political split as any. She is the daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister
to John, Robert and Ted Kennedy. Her husband, of course, is Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican
governor of California.
Even so, it seems that Shriver has beat the action star for household political supremacy — Shriver told King
that she is “so proud that I have a child” who will be voting for Obama.
But not a husband — Schwarznegger is set to campaign for Republican John McCain in Ohio next week.




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Voting Machines Tested
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri ranks as one of the six most prepared states for the election day, according to a
study done by the New York University School of Law.
The study done by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law looks at emergency
paper ballots, ballot accounting, voter verification and a post-election audit. And on top of that, Cole County
election workers are testing each of the county's 72 voting machines.
"I think everything's going smooth. It's a normal test day; everything seem like it's going pretty good," said Cole
County Clerk Marvin Register.
With political campaigns entering their final two weeks, the last thing Missourians need is problems at the polling
booths. Register and his staff prepare by looking for possible issues that may pop up on election day. Their goal:
To make sure what's marked on the ballot shows up in the machine.
"We also do an under-vote..." said Cole County Deputy Clerk Dawn Cremeans. Thats when put a ballot in the
machine without marking anything on it. "So that way that does check the machines to make sure it does kick it
out to give you a chance to vote it" she said.
The county will test the machines again after November 4th to make sure the machines are still working correctly
after the election. In addition to the county clerk, both Republican and Democratic parties send representatives.
"It increases voter confidence and the fact that their vote is being counted accurately and that there's no problem
at the polls and nobody's trying to change the outcome of what the vote actually is," said voter John Bluma.
Until the day before the big day, the all 72 machines will be locked up.
Most mid-Missouri counties will test their machines in the next two weeks.
KOMU-TV -Reported by: Akiko Oda
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Greene County gears up for record
turnout
More than a dozen precincts change to handle large numbers of voters.
Jaime Baranyai
News-Leader
Luella Corbin is just one of nearly 39,000 Greene County voters who will be heading to a different polling place
this election.
Record-breaking turnout -- more than 190,000 people are registered to vote in Greene County -- has forced 14
of the 79 voting precincts to move to larger locations to accommodate the additional voters expected on Nov. 4,
Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff said.
"This is the largest number of polling sites we've changed for any election," he said. "But it reflects the kind of
historic participation we expect."
Most of the changes are temporary, but some are permanent.
The voters who will be affected by the changes can expect to receive a postcard noting their new polling place
by the end of the week or early next week, Struckhoff said.
Yellow postcards mean the change is temporary, while green postcards mean the change is permanent.
Struckhoff said although his office has been working on the changes for months, he thought it best to send the
notices closer to election time.
"We don't want to tell them too early or they will forget, and we don't want to tell them too late," he said.
Corbin, a 74-year-old Springfield resident, said she would have liked the county to notify voters of the changes
sooner.
"The earlier, the better," she said.
Corbin said her apartment building, not the county, first notified her of the change in her polling place last week.
Come next week, everyone should know where to vote, Struckhoff said. Those who don't can find their precinct
and polling place by visiting the Web sites of the Greene County Clerk or the Missouri Secretary of State:
- www.greenecountymo.org/ election
- https://mcvr.mo.gov/ voterlookup/
"There are several options using the Greene County Clerk's Web site," Struckhoff said.
He also encourages voters to use the Web site to familiarize themselves with what a ballot will look like. Sample
ballots also are printed in today's News-Leader and will appear in next Wednesday's newspaper as well, he
noted.
"Clip it out, make notes and take it with you (when you go to vote)," Struckhoff said. "If you vote the whole ballot,
you're probably going to be making 25 marks. If you go in cold it will take you 10 to 15 minutes. If you do your
homework, I bet you can make those 25 marks in less than one minute."
Judges
The prospect of more voters for this election has not only triggered a need for additional polling places, but also
more election judges, Struckhoff said.
This year there are 544 election judges, compared to 320 during a normal election, he said.
Struckhoff said his office budgeted for the additional staff when it turned in its numbers for this year.
In addition to election judges, there will be one special deputy assigned to each polling place, Struckhoff said.
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allow them to double-check voter registration and help voters find the correct polling place if they're at the wrong
location.
Struckhoff said the only people allowed in polling places besides election judges are election authority staff,
voters and their children, designated challengers, media members and law enforcement officers if their
assistance is requested by election authorities.




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St. Louis County sees record number of
registered voters
By Joe Mahr
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
10/22/2008

St. Louis County has more registered voters than ever in what will be its most expensive election.
But some critics question whether the county has prepared enough.
At the county Board of Election Commissioners meeting, Republican elections director Joseph Goeke confirmed
that the county has 715,000 registered voters — about 60,000 more than were registered in August.
It's common for voter rolls to swell for presidential elections. But in 2004, the county had 686,000 voters
registered. This year, it's nearly 30,000 more, enough to make St. Louis County's election bigger than those of
11 states, elections officials said.
The county provides the state's single biggest bloc of voters. In many elections, as much as 20 percent of
Missouri's votes are cast in St. Louis County.
The commission could not immediately provide a breakdown of new registrations by precinct, but Goeke told
commissioners Tuesday that the biggest increase came in the Washington University area. There more than
1,700 people are registered, compared to 950 in August.
To pay for the election, the county expects to spend $2 million. That's about $600,000 more than in 2004, Goeke
told reporters, and he blamed much of the excess on processing the new registrations.
But voting-rights advocates want the county to spend a little more. The Advancement Project, a Washington-
based advocacy group, said it projected that 52 of 449 precincts will run out of paper ballots — leaving long
waits at precincts with too few touch-screen machines to handle the crush of voters. The group asked the
commission to follow the city of St. Louis' lead and print enough paper ballots to cover every registered voter in
every precinct.
But Goeke said the group's analysis was flawed. He said voters won't take as long to vote as advocates say, and
— just to be safe — the commission has printed 8,000 more ballots and repositioned extra voting booths at
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UPDATE: One month drop in
unemployment brightens Hulshof camp
By Tony Messenger
After being dogged by Democrat Jay Nixon’s campaign for a couple of months over bad news on the economic
front, the campaign of Republican Kenny Hulshof got a glimmer of good news today.
For one month, Missouri had the largest job gains in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The
state added 3,800 jobs last month, according to the BLS formulas that are often later adjusted. Gains were in the
manufacturing sector. Construction slowed down. The state‟s unemployment rate, still at near record levels,
dropped from 6. 7 percent to 6.4 percent.
The numbers made Hulshof spokesman Scott Baker near giddy:
“Jay Nixon wants to focus on the negative, because that‟s all he has,” Baker said in a news release. “The
numbers don‟t lie. Significant challenges remain, but it is dishonest for Nixon to suggest that zero progress has
been made. It‟s time for his staff to update Jay‟s script.”
The next jobs numbers, of course, won‟t be available until after the election.
UPDATE: Always quick with a response, Democratic Party spokesman Zac Wright offers this take on Hulshof‟s
news release on jobs numbers. (Note, Wright doesn‟t address the one month drop in unemployment):
“Right now, Congressman Hulshof, George Bush and John McCain are the only people in America who think our
economy is a success. And frankly, I think even Bush and McCain must be starting to doubt Hulshof‟s assertion
that Missourians are better off under the economy today than they were four years ago. Hulshof‟s finger is really
„on the pulse‟ of what‟s going on.”
Wright‟s „on the pulse‟ comment refers to a video up on the Democratic Party‟s Web site about Hulshof. See it
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Hulshof asks supporters for money, is
$2,000 behind
THE MANEATER - Posted to Politics Watch by Abby Rogers

at 4:25 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Republican U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof sent an e-mail to his supporters asking for campaign contributions to help
him “shift just a few hundred votes in a few key counties to win this race at the wire.. "
In a news release from his campaign, Hulshof said Democrat Jay Nixon‟s campaign is leading in media
advertisements. Hulshof, whose campaign reported $1,229,313.28 on hand on Oct. 15, asks his supporters to
donate money to his media campaign to help him too.
In the Oct. 15 report, Nixon reported he had $3,195,629.22, putting him about $2,000 ahead of Hulshof
In the news release, Hulshof said the Democrats‟ numbers are falling and contributions to his campaign will help
him beat Nixon, the current attorney general.




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Biofuel Production Controversial Issue
MEXICO - Missouri is a leader in biofuels, an industry that's been a boom for farmers and an expensive item for
taxpayers.
With an industry so heavily influenced by government action, many Missourians wonder how the next governor
will approach the issue of biofuels.
Biofuels are big business and a hot issue for politicians from the presidential race on down. Farmers say it
means their crops are much more valuable but at what cost to taxpayers?
The great debate on biofuels affects nearly everyone.
"No matter if you're a farmer in rural Missouri, or if you're a lawyer in Columbia, Missouri," said corn farmer Gary
Clark.
It affects prices from the gas in our cars, to the food in grocery stores.
"It's a hot issue because right now the argument is being framed by food versus fuel," corn farmer Harold Beach
said.
And with the governor's race not so far in the distance, things are really heating up.
"I think it's quite evident to everyone that our country needs to be energy independent," corn farmer Winston
Simpson said.
But in Audrain County, where biofuels dominate the economy, farmers reap a windfall. Every time soybean
farmer John Cauthorn cracks open a shell, he sees a big profit.
"I've got about 800 acres," Cauthorn said.
He remembers a time when he could barely make any profit on his soybeans
"We've had tough times in the community. We haven't had exraordinary prices like this in a long time," said
Cauthorn.
In 2005, Mexico became the home of the Mid-America biofuels plant, the largest biodiesel plant in Missouri. The
plant produces about 30 million gallons of biodiesel a year, adding big numbers to the bottom line for farmers
like Cauthorn. But even these farmers recognize the biofuel industry is not perfect.
"It's really food, and fuel, and feed," Cauthorn said.
Missouri ranchers worry the biofuels industry is driving up their feed costs, while consumers worry ethanol
production is increasing the price of their favorite foods. Many farmers, along with both gubernatorial candidates
feel the future of biofuels may lie outside of corn and soybeans.
With the biofuels industry almost completely supported by government subsidies, like Missouri's Ethanol
Mandate, the gasoline companies stand to lose a lot. For many voters like Cauthorn, their vote in the governor's
election will depend largely on how they plan to handle the issue of biofuels.
Although Democrat Jay Nixon and Republican Kenny Hulshof have similar energy policies, KOMU talked to
them to find out exactly where, they stand.
"I think there are significant differences between where I am and where I want to take the state and where
Congressman Hulshof has been, which has been right with the oil companies voting for tax break after tax break
refusing to support whats necessary at a federal level to make sure that we get in front of this energy challenge
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problem. Now the key is having somebody who's stood up to those special interests and lead the way I have
over the last 20 years laying out a plan for energy independence for the state."
"So infrastructure is a way though, that we can harness some of our own energy sources here," said Republican
gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof. "We've also proposed, I've already been working with officials in the
State of Illinois on, as we rebuild the locks and dams on the Mississippi River, hydroelectric capacity that we
would share with the State of Illinois. Nuclear power, wind energy, clean coal technology, solar. To me, all of
those things should be considered and we have some great opportunities in the State of Missouri. And so, in a
number of areas I know the Attorney General does not support those domestic exploration activities, but on
biofuels at least, we do agree."
KOMU-TV --Reported by: Margaret Enright
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Looking For A Fight
The two top candidates for Lieutenant Governor continue to trade tough jabs, two weeks out -- as the
race becomes personal.
***
PETER KINDER'S CAMPAIGN SAYS SAM PAGE DOES NOT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE LIEUTENANT
GOVERNOR BECAUSE OF HIS OPPOSITION TO THE DEATH PENALTY:
"Peter Kinder has always been a strong supporter of the death penalty and have always been prepared to carry
out an execution in the event the governor was out of state. Peter believes we owe it to the victims of heinous
crimes like murder to ensure that justice is served," said Kinder spokesman Paul Sloca. "Missourians should be
concerned about Sam Page‟s opposition to the death penalty and his apparent inability to carry out the duties of
lieutenant governor," Sloca added.
TEAM PAGE RESPONDS:
"Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is apparently too busy defending physical and sexual abusers of children to check his
facts," said Page spokesperson Bret Bender. "The man who called all Democrats dumb farm animals is so
desperate at this point he has given up on twisting the truth and is just conjuring attacks out of thin air. Rep.
Page has never co-sponsored such legislation," Bender added, referring to 2007 legislation to repeal the death
penalty.
***
TEAM PAGE HITS KINDER ON SEPARATION OF GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
The Page campaign said Kinder should explain the hiring of Stacey Blomberg, who they say serves dual
roles as an employee for the state and a worker for Kinder's campaign.
"The revolving door between campaign work and state work is well known in Kinder's office. Deputy Lieutenant
Governor Jerry Dowell is also a member of Tour of Missouri Inc. even while moonlighting as a paid campaign
manager for a Republican Congressional candidate. Campaign e-mails were found on the computer of former
Kinder Chief-of-Staff Eric Feltner. And a slew of Kinder state staffers were found coordinating campaign efforts
with Kinder's campaign spokesman Paul Sloca on state e-mail accounts," said Page spokesperson Bret Bender.
"It's time for the flagrant campaign work on state time and on our tax dollars in the lieutenant governor's office to
come to an end," Bender added.
TEAM KINDER RESPONDS:
"Sam Page should be more worried about federal charges for taking campaign contributions from foreign
nationals rather than who is working in the campaign office, but, to address Sam Page‟s personnel obsession,
Stacey Blomberg does not work in the campaign office. Does this guy have any real issues to talk about,"
responded Kinder spokesperson Sloca. "Blomberg has a letter from the Missouri Ethics Commission saying she
has no conflict of interest as long as she does campaign work on her own time," Sloca added. (Here‟s link:
Blomberg ethics letter)


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UPDATE: Page makes issue of state
worker on Kinder payroll
By Tony Messenger
In the latest back-and-forth between lieutenant governor candidates Peter Kinder and Sam Page, the Creve
Coeur Democrat suggests the Republican incumbent has another issue with a state worker double dipping in his
campaign.
Page sent a news release today questioning the dual state and campaign rolls of Stacey Blomberg, an
employee of the Department of Economic Development. Blomberg, who former worked for Kinder, is involved in
Kinder‟s big project, the Tour of Missouri.
But while she‟s earning her state salary, she‟s also being paid by Kinder‟s campaign and another campaign arm
connected to Kinder.
Page points to the Post-Dispatch story about Kinder‟s double-dealing and alleges another conflict. “Blomberg‟s
concurrent employment with so many political entities connected to Lt. Gov. Kinder and the state of Missouri
needs further scrutiny,” said Bret Bender, a spokesman for Page. “It‟s time for the flagrant campaign work on
state time and on our tax dollars in the lieutenant governor‟s office to come to an end.”
Kinder‟s state office denies an allegation made in the Page news release that Blomberg works directly in
Kinder‟s office in the Capitol. And Kinder campaign spokesman Paul Sloca calls the allegation a non-story.
“Sam Page should be more worried about federal charges for taking campaign contributions from foreign
nationals rather than who is working in the campaign office, but, to address Sam Page‟s personnel obsession,
Stacey Blomberg does not work in the campaign office. Does this guy have any real issues to talk about?”
Sloca is referring to this story.
UPDATE: The lieutenant governor‟s office has produced a letter to Blomberg from the Missouri Ethics
Commission saying she has no conflict of interest as long as she does campaign work on her own time. Of
course, that‟s always the question about such matters, isn‟t it? (see letter below)
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New Gibbons ad ties Koster to mob,
says he's "too often on the wrong side
of the law"
JEFFERSON CITY | Wow! Now, this is an attack ad!
An ad posted to YouTube today and coming soon to a primetime commercial block near you throws a kitchen
sink of accusations at Democratic Attorney General candidate Chris Koster -- even connecting him to the
Gambino Crime Family.
It comes from his Republican opponent, Michael Gibbons.
View the ad here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYCwwcBwtVc




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Gibbons goes on tour to promote AG
bid, forgets to mention he’s with GOP
By Jo Mannies
State Sen. Mike Gibbons of Kirkwood, the Republican nominee for attorney general, is launching a six-day tour
beginning next week that will stop at 20 courthouses around the state. The tour will begin next Tuesday and run
through election eve, Nov. 3. (The election is Nov. 4.)
By accident or design, Gibbons‟ release doesn‟t mention that he‟s a Republican.
Gibbons‟ Democratic opponent is fellow state Sen. Chris Koster, D-Harrisonville, who still may be plagued by
some Democratic dissent over his primary victory because of his past as a Republican until he switched parties
in August 2007.
According to Gibbons‟ release, his tour will promote his “commitment to protecting and serving Missourians.”
“This tour will provide Missourians with an opportunity to hear directly from me about the depth of my
commitment to serving and protecting the people of our great state as their next Attorney General,” Gibbons said
in a statement. “Working with local officials and local communities will be a top priority for me as Attorney
General and this tour is an example of that commitment.”
Here‟s the times, dates and locales for his tour, which is open to the public and the press:
Tuesday, October 28                                                      11AM Macon County Courthouse
9AM St. Louis County Courthouse                                          Rollins and Washington St.
41 S. Central Ave.                                                       Macon, MO 63552
St. Louis, MO 63105                                                      2PM Marion County Courthouse
3PM Jackson County Courthouse                                            100 S. Main St.
415 E. 12th St.                                                          Palmyra, MO 63461
Kansas City, MO 64106                                                    4PM Pike County Courthouse
4:30 Clay County Courthouse                                              115 W. Main
11 South Water St.                                                       Bowling Green, MO 63334
Liberty, MO 64068                                                        Saturday, November 1
Wednesday, October 29                                                    9AM Franklin County Courthouse
9AM Buchanan County Courthouse                                           300 East Main St.
411 Jules, St. Joseph, MO 64501                                          Union, MO 63084
10:30 Platte County Courthouse                                           11AM Phelps County Courthouse
328 Main St., Platte City, MO 64079                                      200 N. Main
1:30PM Cass County Courthouse                                            Rolla, MO 65401
102 E. Wall St.                                                          3PM Webster County Courthouse
Harrisonville, MO 64701                                                  Courthouse Square
4:15 Bates County Courthouse                                             Marshfield, MO 65706
1 N. Delaware                                                            4:30 Greene County Courthouse
Butler, MO 64730                                                         940 Boonville
Thursday, October 30                                                     Springfield, MO 65802
9AM Vernon County Courthouse                                             Monday, November 3
100 West Cherry St.                                                      9AM Howell County Courthouse
Nevada, MO 64772                                                         1 Courthouse Square
11AM Cedar County Courthouse                                             West Plains, MO 65775
113 South St., Stockton, MO 65785                                        12PM Butler County Courthouse
2PM Henry County Courthouse                                              105 Main St.
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Clinton, MO 64735                                                        2:30 Cape Girardeau County Courthouse
4:15 Lafayette County Courthouse                                         1 Barton Square
116 S. 10th St.                                                          Jackson, MO 63775
Lexington, MO 64067                                                      4:30 Jefferson County Courthouse
Friday, October 31                                                       300 2nd St.
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All in on Proposition A?
ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS - by Jennifer Hall
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

From classrooms and casinos to new developers and problem gamblers, Proposition A will affect a variety of
people.
The changes deal with four issues — the present loss limit of $500 per two-hour period at casinos, the
identification of compulsive gamblers, the number of casinos allowed to operate in the state and the tax rate
casinos would pay.
The tax rate would increase from 20 percent to 21 percent.
Some advertisements for Proposition A talk about tax money going to schools. However, not every school in
Northwest Missouri would get new money from Proposition A.
“We‟ll get the same amount, so that really doesn‟t allow for any growth,” said Mike Leach, superintendent of
Craig R-III School District. The district currently receives about $262,220 in state funding.
“Our concern is the declining enrollment, like many smaller schools, where you have other expenses going up,”
he said. “It really makes it tough.”
Mr. Leach said that at a recent superintendents‟ meeting, held at a local casino, lobbyists from the initiative
spoke to the group.
“We were skeptical that it will bring in any new money because we are held harmless,” he said. “It‟s kind of a
wash. But I believe that‟s why rural administrators haven‟t focused on it one way or another.”
There are several schools that will continue to get state and local funding, but because of Missouri‟s “hold
harmless” clause, the state‟s smaller schools won‟t reap the gaming benefits from a tax increase.
“Hold harmless” is a term many school districts know well. A formula, used by the Missouri Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education, states that if the calculation yields an amount less than what the school
district was getting under the prior foundation system then the district will not get less on a per pupil basis,
according to Gerri Ogle, associate commissioner of DESE.
“So they are held harmless,” she said. “They‟re not losing, they‟re just not receiving additional monies.”
The St. Joseph School District is taking a neutral position on the issue, said Steve Huff, assistant to the
superintendent.
“It‟s a gaming issue, not a school district issue,” he said. The local school district received more than $39 million,
according to school district officials. The district is expected to get an additional $995,945 if Proposition A is
passed, according to the DESE formula simulation.
And the initiative nearly missed the ballot entirely.
A Cole County judge ruled Monday that Proposition A would remain on the ballot. Two separate lawsuits were
filed a week after Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan approved the item on Aug. 6. The two
businessmen wanted to build casinos in Cape Girardeau and Sugar Creek and filed the lawsuits because they
oppose the measure‟s limit on casino licenses.
Supporters claim the increase in gaming tax revenues will be great for schools, while the elimination of the $500
loss-limit and other rules will be a dangerous temptation for problem gamblers.
Lori Eck said she thinks loss limits are a good thing for problem gamblers.




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“They need time to stop themselves, regroup and maybe, possibly, decide they need to leave,” said Ms. Eck, a
certified compulsive gambling counselor at Family Guidance Center for Behavioral Healthcare.
The estimated annual cost for problem and pathological gamblers is $5 billion per year and an additional $40
billion in lifetime costs for productivity reductions, social service and creditor losses, according to the Missouri
Department of Mental Health.
She said the loss limit in place at Missouri casinos is another tool gamblers can use but that the ultimate solution
is to take action and get treatment.
Under current law, compulsive gamblers can register themselves on the Disassociated Persons List (DAP),
rendering them ineligible to receive the plastic cards that casinos issue to patrons. Those on the list cannot get
the cards and, therefore, are not admitted to the casinos. Since the cards are used to keep track of loss limits,
there would be no need to issue them.
At present, more than 12,000 compulsive gamblers have taken advantage of the program to protect themselves
from their own gambling impulses. Under the new law, casinos would have to check identities for age only.




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Prop A Lawsuit Examined
SEMISSOURIAN - Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Cape Girardeau is nearly three and a half hours away from Missouri's capital city of of Jefferson City, so it is
easy to think that what takes place there has little or no effect on the people of southeast Missouri. But the trial
court judges and Supreme Court judges housed in Cole County make rulings every day that have a huge impact
on our daily lives.
There is an article in today's Missourian about a Cole County Judge ruling against a legal challenge to
Proposition A. Why a Cole County judge and not a Cape County judge? The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Cape
Girardeau business owners and Prop A's ban on new casinos will prevent Cape Girardeau from getting a
riverboat. Shouldn't a local judge be deciding this case? The answer lies in the relief requested and the
defendants. When state officials are sued, generally they must be sued in the county where their principal place
of business is located. For virtually all state officials, that place is Jefferson City, located in Cole County,
Missouri. Therefore, most constitutional and statutory challenges are placed before Cole County judges and it
gives those judges a great deal of power to over all of the citizens of Missouri.
In addition, one of the legal arguments made in the lawsuit against Prop A is that it includes multiple subjects in
violation of Article III, Section 50 of the Missouri Constitution. This section of the Constitution is designed to
prevent "logrolling" or putting a bunch of popular items that have broad support in a bill or initiative petition and
then inserting an unpopular provision at the last minute that does not relate to the popular items. For years,
Missouri Courts have given great deference to the Legislature and only rarely would second guess the
legislature's (or the initiative petition) process. But in the last few years, the Missouri Supreme Court has been
more willing to slap down the legislature.
Whether this means the Plaintiffs in the Prop A lawsuit will succeed at the Missouri Supreme Court remains to be
seen. But the climate to this type of challenge is certainly more favorable than it has been in recent years.




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Debate points up strong differences between Barnes,
Graves in U.S. House race
By LYNN HORSLEY
The Kansas City Star
Kay Barnes faulted Sam Graves‟ performance as congressman, and Graves faulted Barnes‟ record as Kansas
City mayor at a 6th District debate Tuesday.
The two sparred before a luncheon audience of more than 250 people. The debate was sponsored by the
Northland Chamber of Commerce.
Barnes, a Democrat, said Graves had refused to accept responsibility as a member of the House for the mess
the country was in. Graves, a Republican, said Barnes would not acknowledge her role in the tax increases and
high debt burden that Kansas City took on while she was mayor.
Barnes contrasted the nation‟s budget surplus and rosy economic outlook when Graves took office in 2001 with
the economic crisis today, saying, “If you send the same person back, you get the same result.”
Graves pointed out that Barnes remained 10 points behind in the polls. He said that he had fought hard for fiscal
responsibility but that it was not easy because he was only one of 435 representatives in the House.
The 6th Congressional District encompasses a huge swath of northwest Missouri, including Clay and Platte
counties and a small part of eastern Jackson County.
The Libertarian candidate in the race, Dave Browning, was not invited to participate in the debate.
The contrast between the two debaters was readily apparent:
•Energy: Barnes said she would push for tax credits for wind energy, which she said had great potential in
northwest Missouri. She faulted Graves for voting for big oil subsidies while rejecting tax credits for wind. Graves
responded that removing oil subsidies would simply drive up gasoline prices. He said he had supported wind-
energy tax credits in the past but not current legislation loaded with pork-barrel spending. He said he supported
extensive domestic drilling for energy independence, while Barnes wanted more selective drilling.
•Health care: Graves said he supported health insurance for needy children but voted against increasing the
State Children‟s Health Insurance Program, saying it would have unreasonably benefited families with high
incomes. Barnes said that was not the case and that even lawmakers in Graves‟ party, such as Sens. Kit Bond
of Missouri and Pat Roberts of Kansas, supported the SCHIP increase.
•War in Iraq: Barnes said it was time for responsible withdrawal from Iraq, beefed-up military efforts in
Afghanistan and increased emphasis on diplomacy. Graves, who has visited Iraq, said success there was
essential and doable. “Success is a stable region and a country that is not a safe haven for terrorists,” he said.




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UPDATED: “Democrats for Gibbons” set-
up website
By Jake Wagman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It‟s not too difficult to imagine a Democratic backlash against attorney general nominee Chris Koster, whose
deflection from the GOP was met by criticism that he was seeking an easier route to higher office.
The question is: Is “Democrats For Gibbons” authentic? Or a ploy by the competition?
Either way, opponents of Koster — purporting to be Democrats — have set-up a website offering their support
for Republican attorney general hopeful Mike Gibbons.
The site quotes famous Missouri son Harry S Truman:
The people don‟t want a phony Democrat. If it‟s a choice between a genuine Republican and a Republican in
Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article every time. That is, they‟ll take the Republican.
The trouble is, there is no name attached to the site, and the domain is registered through a proxy server. So is
“Democrats For Gibbons” a real coalition — or just Republicans in Democratic clothing?
UPDATE: Though it escaped notice at first, the site does indeed have disclaimer indicating that it is paid for by
Gibbons campaign committee.




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Attack Phone Calls Spur Support
COLUMBIA - The election for Missouri State Senate heats up as controversy starts building.
An anonymous phone call went out to Democrats inviting them to celebrate an anniversary. A fundraiser with
Senator Claire McCaskill is a response to what some call a "low blow."
"I hope both sides will stay away from anonymous, smear attacks and we'll just stick with issues that effect
working Missourians and issues we can make a difference on," said State Representative candidate Stephen
Webber.
An automated phone message went out, saying a one year anniversary party was being held for Democrat
Chuck Graham's DWI arrest. But that's not the reason for the Tuesday night get together. The fundraiser
supported Senator Graham. Graham supporters including Senator McCaskill's mother, do not approve of
the mud slinging phone calls.
"I think they are bad. I think if you can't campaign on any more substance than that, you have a problem,"
Senator McCaskill's mother Betty McCaskill said.
Senator Graham is not worried about the incident.
"We had a number of people that called up and said they were Republicans that are now going to vote for us
because they didn't like it. Especially those people who got called after 10:00 p.m. There's just no need to do
that to voters," Graham said.
A spokesperson for Graham's opponent Republican Kurt Schaefer says this about the automated phone calls:
"We don't know anything about this and this is something Kurt Schaefer's campaign will not engage in."
On a lighter note, an award has been named after Senator McCaskill's mother. The Betty Ann McCaskill Award
will recognize a young woman who does outstanding work for the Democratic party.
KOMU-TV - Reported by: Scott Sportsman
Edited by: Stephanie Stouffer




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Joan Barry’s Senate campaign runs
Bosnian radio ad
By Jake Wagman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

State Senate hopeful Joan Barry is targeting Bosnian voters with an ad in their native language.
The minute-long radio spot is set to run on 770 AM, which has two Bosnian-themed shows. Barry, a Democrat,
is running against Republican Jim Lembke in a district that includes a heavily Bosnian section of south St.
Louis.
Barry is not the first St. Louis politician to tailor their pitch to the area‟s foreign-born population — both Mayor
Francis Slay and former State Rep. Yaphett El-Amin have had signs in Bosnian.




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Denison: Campaign forgot to file
campaign finance report
By Chad Livengood-SPRINGFIELD NEWS-LEADER

State Rep. Charlie Denison said Tuesday his campaign's failure to file a campaign finance report last
Wednesday detailing his third quarter fundraising and spending activities was due to a "mix up" about the filing
date.
“There was a mix up on the date," Denison told the News-Leader.
Denison, a two-term incumbent seeking re-election against Democrat Nancy Hagan, said his longtime campaign
accountants didn't recall getting a reminder notice from the Missouri Ethics Commission about the quarterly
report, which was due Oct. 15.
“I certainly leave it up to them to let me know when to get my stuff in there,” Denison said of his accountants.
“October 15 just absolutely got by me."
Third quarter reports cover campaign expenditures and fundraising from July 1 to Sept. 30.
Matthew Patterson, executive director of the Greene County Democratic Party, said Denison's story doesn't add
up given that "he‟s had to file an October 15th report now going on four years."
“It‟s a little convenient, in my opinion, to think he‟s just forgotten,” Patterson said.
Denison said the Ethics Commission will likely fine him $10 for every day the report was past due. Denison said
he intends to file his 15-day and 8-day pre-election reports on time.




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Shield law has gone wrong, judge says
By MARK MORRIS
The Kansas City Star
A Missouri law that permits judges to protect the identities of defendants charged with domestic abuse should be
changed, a Kansas City appeals judge wrote Tuesday.
Writing in the appeal of a disbarred Columbia lawyer convicted of abusing his wife, Missouri Court of Appeals
Western District Judge Ronald Holliger noted that the appeals court could refer to the lawyer only by his initials,
M.L.S.
“At first blush this result seems appalling and after more consideration remains so,” Holliger wrote in a
concurring opinion.
The law was intended to protect the privacy of domestic abuse and sexual assault victims. But in this case, the
defendant said that naming him would reveal his victim‟s identity, and therefore he should not be named. So a
law intended to shield his victim instead shielded him.
That made at least one other judge on the court queasy.
“We harbor some doubt as to whether (the law) should be interpreted as broadly as appellant contends,” Chief
Judge Thomas H. Newton wrote in the main opinion.
M.L.S. asked the appeals court to refer to him only by his initials. He cited a provision in Missouri law that
requires that any information that could be used to identify a victim of sexual assault, domestic assault, stalking
or forcible rape to be taken out of documents before disclosure to the public.
The appeals court granted the request, noting that the prosecutor did not object and that the law was clear.
“It is worrisome any time that in a criminal case the name of the defendant is concealed from the public,” Holliger
wrote. “It is particularly so here because the defendant is a well known member of the community and engaged
in a profession that does not tolerate such criminal conduct. I strongly urge the legislature to fix this statute.”
The law in question took effect Aug. 28, 2007, after his criminal case in Columbia concluded. His records there
remain open and under his full name, Michael Lee Selby. The Missouri Supreme Court suspended Selby from
practicing law in July 2007 after his conviction and disbarred him in April.
Colleen Coble, chief executive of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, lobbied for the
new law and said she had heard of no other occasion when it was used to hide a defendant‟s identity. The
statute clearly needs more work in the next session of the Missouri General Assembly, Coble said.
“One of the difficulties of writing good laws is ensuring that the language is specific for all contingencies,” Coble
said. “In this case there was an unintended consequence that was used to the advantage of someone convicted
of the crime of domestic violence. It can be fixed.”
Selby‟s attorney could not be reached for comment.
Elsewhere in the appeals court opinion, judges upheld Selby‟s convictions for third-degree domestic assault and
resisting arrest. The court reversed a conviction for obstructing government operations, saying that evidence
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Missouri law curbs drivers who are unfit
By Blythe Bernhardand Elisa Crouch
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
10/22/2008

Floyd Wright thinks he's a good driver. His wife Betty disagrees — and so does the state of Missouri.
Wright, 83, is one of thousands of Missouri drivers who have had their licenses revoked under a 10-year-old law
that allows police officers, doctors, licensing staff and family members to anonymously report potentially
dangerous drivers.
Those drivers must pass a physical exam and in some cases a driving test or risk losing their license.
More than 96 percent of the older drivers who are reported end up losing their licenses, according to a study
released today by AAA Missouri and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
"I was very, very, very unhappy," said Wright, of St. Charles, whose doctor turned him in to the state over
concerns about his mental and physical condition. "I can drive but I don't think I'm going to attempt it because I
do not have a drivers license and I do not intend to get one."
Wright, who has early-stage Alzheimer's disease, would probably not have quit driving on his own, his wife said.
"I like the idea of him taking the driving test and finding out exactly why he isn't supposed to drive," said Betty
Wright. "It's really a hard thing to do to a person, but for his own sake, and in case he would hit anybody, we'd
never be able to live with that."
While most states have laws allowing for the reporting of unfit drivers, the study was the first to look at the
Missouri law's effectiveness. Researchers studied the records of 4,100 drivers ages 50 and older who were
reported to the Missouri Department of Revenue as potentially unsafe drivers from 2001 to 2005.
Dementia or other cognitive impairment was cited in nearly half of those cases.
"The majority of older adults make decisions along the way as things change in their health," said Thomas
Meuser, a professor of social work and gerontology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the study's lead
researcher. "The problem is there are some people, and persons with dementia would fall into this category, who
don't have sufficient self-awareness to know when is a good time to stop and will drive too long past a point of
reasonable safety."
Sheldon Suroff says the law isn't as effective as it should be. Suroff's son, Jason, died in 1993 when a 91-year-
old man drove the wrong way down Interstate 70. The man's pickup ran Jason Suroff's car off the road.
Jason, 21, died instantly.
Sheldon Suroff and his wife, Karen, lobbied heavily for the Missouri law.
"There's got to be more awareness from the doctors and family members," he said. "When someone shouldn't
be driving, they should take the keys away."
Meuser agreed that the law doesn't catch a large number of drivers — about 900 to 1,000 drivers are reported
each year. About 130,000 people in Missouri have a dementia-related illness.
"The majority of senior drivers are safe drivers," Meuser said. "A subset may be unsafe ... those are the drivers
we're concerned about."
With the baby boom population reaching retirement age, more people can be expected to experience cognitive
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In 2006, 30 million licensed drivers were older than 65 — an 18 percent increase from 1996, according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
While Missouri's law is not age-specific, 93 percent of the people reported to the state are 50 and older. The
average age of the drivers in the study was 80.
However, older drivers aren't statistically more dangerous on the road than other age groups, federal statistics
show.
Older drivers tend to compensate for declining driving skills by avoiding high traffic times of the day and
dangerous intersections, said Rae Tyson, a spokesman for the department.
"If you're going to generalize, older drivers tend to be more cautious," he said.
The AARP supports the Missouri law because it does not necessarily target older drivers.
"It's about the safe functional ability of someone to drive," said Elinor Ginzler, AARP senior vice president for
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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor
St. Louis County polls: Penny wise and
paper foolish?
By Eddie Roth
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis city elections board is leaving little to chance.
It will have on hand a paper ballot for every registered voter. Thus, if every touch screen machine in the city were
to fail, each polling place should have enough paper ballots to cover all the registered voter assigned to it. That‟s
the plan, anyway.
It cost the city about 40 cents per ballot to print a ballot for every voter (with a few extras to provide for
breakage). And you can be sure nowhere near all of the ballots will be used.
So the city decided to invest in the Election Day equivalent of an insurance policy.
St. Louis County has reached a different conclusion. The elections commissioners and staff think they can
ensure a smooth election at each of the county‟s 446 polling places without the fail safe back stop of a paper
ballot for ever voter.
It‟s complicated calculation.
It appears the county will have about 715,000 registered voters for the election.
If you assume an 80 percent turnout, that means 572,000 voters will be coming to the polls.
Of these 40,000 to 60,000 are expected to vote absentee.
The county elections board is planning on about 200,000 of these voters casting their votes on the 1,700 “direct
recording electronic” voting machines — known as DRE‟s — with about 325,000 casting their votes on paper
ballots.
The board boasts that it will have 560,000 paper ballots on hand.
Sounds like the bases are covered. But some people have questions.
The question is whether there will be enough ballots at the right polling places to meet unanticipated
contingencies in the operations of the DRE‟s.
For example, St. Louis County will have 141 “styles” of ballots — which means every burg and municipality and
fire district and school district may can put distinct items before their voters and their voters alone, and this
election will require 141 versions of the ballot to cover all the bases, just in St. Louis County.
Here are other variables: what if a polling place experiences an unusual number of malfunctions in their DRE‟s,
or has a higher than expected incidence of disabled voters who take a very long time to vote?
Then there‟s this: The county elections board projects it will take voters 4 to 15 minutes to complete the very
long ballot that will be put before voters. If the average voter takes longer than projected, it would mean the
DRE‟s will be able to handle far fewer voters — and that the polling place will have to depend on more paper
ballots. If there not enough paper ballots at a location, it will mean voters will have to wait.



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So the questions are these: What are the risks if the projections go awry? What would a true one-ballot per voter
insurance policy cost?
The election board will be having its last public meeting before the election this afternoon at 3 p.m.
Phillips Michaels is an operations manager who has been following the election board‟s planning process for
several years as an engaged citizen. He will be offering this testimony at today‟s hearing:
michaels-to-st-co-boec-21oct08
He favors the city‟s approach of printing a ballot for every voter at every polling place — which, by the way, is
what Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan recommends.
As for cost, Mr. Michaels posed this question to me on the phone: “Would the county board be criticized more for
printing a thousand ballots that go unused, or for a thousand voters not getting to vote?”
County election board chairman John Fox Arnold and director Joseph Goeke have been accessible and open to
sharing information.
Check back on The Platform for what we hear from them on this point.




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Be smart about posting signs
Don't let signs become dangerous by blocking drivers' lines of sight, city right of way.

Apparently, this problem will get worse in coming days, leading to Nov. 4. So, if you're about to post a political
sign, please be smart about it.
The rules in Springfield and Greene County leave quite a bit of leeway for wood, paper and plastic emblazoned
with candidates' names.
But you can't create danger.
City and county employees responsible for keeping roadways safe have been removing those that sit blatantly in
the city and county's right of way.
Basically, it's just good judgment.
Consider how traffic moves on the road or street near you, and don't let the signs block lines of sight.
Other rules:
- Signs in the city can be placed on private property if they are 6 square feet or smaller. (That's 3 feet by 2 feet,
about the size of a typical desktop.)
- In a business area, the signs can be bigger, no more than 34 square feet, a little bigger than a typical piece of
4-by-8 plywood or paneling.
- Signs on city right of way is verboten, but that gets tricky.
The city's public information office says on its Web site, "Generally, the right of way begins 1 foot behind the
sidewalk and extends to the street. If there are no sidewalks, look at utility poles or telephone boxes. Right of
way would be from the pole or box to the street."
- The county's Dan Smith, highway administrator, said signs on public property create both traffic issues and
difficulty with maintenance. He said he advises sign posters to put them on private property or do not post them.
If you see a sign creating an immediate danger, call 911.
If you see one that you think is illegal, or potentially creating a problem in the county, call 831-3591. If it's in the
city, call 864-1012 or 864-1068.
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AS I SEE IT


Clean Energy Initiative would work well for
Missouri
By ERIN NOBLE
Special to The Star
On Nov. 4 Missouri voters will have the opportunity to secure clean, renewable energy through Proposition C,
the Clean Energy Initiative.
Backed by the names of 163,000 Missourians, the initiative requires the investor-owned utilities Ameren, Kansas
City Power & Light, Aquila and Empire to obtain 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021.
The initiative defines renewable energy as sources like wind, solar, biomass and small hydropower.
Missourians support the Clean Energy Initiative because it works for our economy, schools, public health and
environment, while protecting consumers from high energy costs.
KCP&L announced its support earlier this year, joining a diverse coalition of labor, public health, environmental
and faith-based organizations that endorse Proposition C (view a complete list at MissouriCleanEnergy.org).
Twenty-six states have already adopted similar policies, known as renewable electricity standards, and are
currently benefiting from cleaner, cheaper electricity.
With Missouri‟s abundant renewable resources and the strength in the technology sector, our state is also poised
to become a national leader in clean energy.
Proposition C will further stimulate our state‟s economy by adding tax revenue. As evidenced by the wind farms
built in Missouri, clean energy developments have a direct, positive impact on local school districts.
In addition, under Proposition C, clean energy will begin to replace fossil fuels for a healthier future for Missouri
families and the environment.
Eighty-two percent of Missouri‟s electricity currently comes from polluting coal-fired power plants, which emit
particulate matter linked to asthma and lung disease, and mercury, which causes developmental brain defects in
children.
Because of the increasing costs of fossil fuels and the likely regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, Proposition
C would produce net savings to electricity customers over time.
As an added guarantee, the Clean Energy Initiative includes an ongoing rate cap that provides stringent
ratepayer protection.
The bottom line: Proposition C is projected to save Missouri consumers $331 million over the next 20 years. In
November, Missourians can choose clean energy and take a critical first step toward a secure energy future.
Proposition C represents a win-win situation for all Missourians as we lessen our dependence on out-of-state
coal and gain new jobs, new businesses and new revenues for Missouri.
It‟s time for Missouri to join the 26 states already benefiting from energy independence and economic growth.
Erin Noble is the energy policy and outreach coordinator for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.
She lives in St. Louis.




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Missourinet
Former Senator Danforth refuses to meet with ACORN over voter
fraud allegations
Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 3:40 PM
By Steve Walsh

Former U.S. Senator John Danforth (R-MO) is keeping up the criticism of the community organizing group
ACORN and its voter registration efforts. Danforth, who is working for the McCain campaign, has no doubt that
ACORN is involved in what he calls "widespread election misdeeds."
And, he is rejecting a request from ACORN that he meet with the group to discuss what it sees as intimidation
and voter suppression efforts. Danforth believes the McCain and Obama campaigns should get together to
discuss voter fraud and how to address the concern. But Danforth says the Obama campaign has taken the
position that it is not interested in getting together with the McCain officials to discuss the issue.
As for how states are addressing voter fraud concerns, Danforth says Missouri is doing a good job of dealing
with the issue. But Danforth fears the best efforts of election authorities could be sidelined by many phony
registrations gumming up the works on Election Day.

Threat to Missouri's forests moving closer
Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 10:01 PM
By Bob Priddy

A major threat to our oak forests and the economic value they have to Missouri has munched its way closer.
That munching is making Missouri bug-watchers nervous.
Every year, state entomologist Collin Walmsley checks the traps for for gypsy moths, which have killed
thousands of acres of oak trees in the northeast. This year he found ten, indicating there's no established
population here.
But in Iowa, traps turned up 624 males, 73-percent more than the old record. That's not good news to Walmsley.
"It makes us very nervous," he says. He says Missouri has about 12.5 million acres of oak forest in Missouri, and
gypsy moth larvae like oaks. "We have about a four-to-five billion dollar forest products industry in Missouri that's
dependent on oak," he adds.
He says the moth is moving this way quickly with the numbers found in Iowa. He says there was an outbreak in
southwest Illinois, near St.Louis, last year. And what's worse is that funding for a federal eradication program has
been cut in half--increasing the approaching threat.
Walmsley says there are effective pesticides to fight them if a population is found in Missouri. But heading off the
need for those pesticides will require continued close attention.

State representative challenges re-election of Lt. Governor
Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 5:07 PM
By Brent Martin

A Democratic state representative is challenging the re-election of Lt. Governor Peter Kinder by criticizing Kinder
for not opposing cuts to Medicaid.
Rep. Sam Page, a Democrat from Creve Coeur, is a medical doctor running for Lt. Governor to be an advocate
for senior citizen health care. In an interview with the Missourinet, Page criticizes Kinder for not denouncing



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Medicaid cuts pushed through by his fellow Republicans in 2005. Page charges that Kinder, as the official
advocate for senior citizens, had an obligation to oppose the cuts.
Page says the Medicaid cuts didn't really save money, but instead shifted costs, forcing the insured and
hospitals to pick up the tab of the uninsured.
The Lt. Governor chairs the Tourism Commission. In that role, Kinder has been a big advocate of the Tour of
Missouri professional bicycle race. Page is hesitant to say he would continue such support. He says he will have
to review the impact of the event from the inside before making a decision about whether he would support
continuing it.
The Lt. Governor also serves on 13 boards and commissions and deals extensively with veterans issues.

Shape Up Missouri Challenge
Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 4:01 PM
By Aurora Meyer

It's not too late to join a statewide program to help you drop a few pounds or give you some motivation to be
more active. Today is the last day to register to be part of the statewide Fall 2008 Shape Up Missouri
Challenge. Teams of two to 10 adults compete in either weight loss or activity minutes for nine weeks.
"Obesity is an issue for a lot of Missourians, however what we try to promote is we try to promote getting people
to pick out certain times of the day and not necessarily in a formal venue but certain times of the day when they
can be physically active," said Assistant Director Larry Luetjen. "That may mean walking a little farther in the
parking lot to work or walking when you go shopping or working outdoors."
The program is designed to fight the culture of obesity.
"[It's] not going to happen overnight, but as long as it continues and there's an awareness and that's our
mission," he said. "Our mission is to simply put programs in place that create an awareness that this is important
and says this is important as you know harder to do something by yourself but it's a lot easier to do it with a
group of people who are motivating each other to stay active."
While the competitors are adults, the challenge effects kids, Luetjen said.
"We feel it's very important that we create an awareness that adults are physically active as much as they can
each and every day," he said. "Now hopefully the trickle down effect is that our young people will see adults
making that effort and then hopefully they will learn by example that hey I need to be physically active too."
As a competitor you'll get an e-mail with physical activity and nutrition tips, a t-shirt and an entry into weekly
drawings.




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USA TODAY MISSOURI NEWS
Wednesday, October 22
Jefferson City - Gov. Blunt created a committee to make sure every resident participates in the 2010 national
Census. Although Missouri's population has been growing, it has not kept pace with some states in the South
and West. The concern is that the state's congressional delegation could shrink from nine members to eight.

Tuesday, October 21
Kansas City - An explosion and fire ripped a popular steak restaurant at about half past midnight Monday. The
blast blew a large hole in the brick veneer on the Hereford House. Damage was estimated at more than $1
million, but no injuries were reported. The building apparently was empty at the time. Federal and local
authorities were investigating.

Monday, October 20
Springfield - Construction issues have delayed completion of a new crime lab slated to serve parts of southwest
Missouri. The $6.2 million lab, going into an older building here, is now expected to be done by Nov. 18 and will
likely begin processing evidence in January. A project manager said the building, which dates back to the 1920s,
needs more work to meet structural standards.




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