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Missouri gets star treatment
By Jo Mannies
POST-DISPATCH POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
09/02/2008


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Missouri's delegation at this week's Republican presidential convention is staying almost 30
miles away in a modest hotel outside Minneapolis.
But otherwise, the state couldn't be more in the spotlight.
With front-row seats right next to the podium, Missouri's contingent got close-up views Monday of Laura Bush
and Cindy McCain during their brief appearances on stage.
Today, Missouri is expected to be among five states that will formally nominate Sen. John McCain for president.
State GOP leaders had thought that procedure might take place during Monday's shortened opening session,
but it was postponed when organizers ran out of time.
Headline-grabbing speakers — including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, actor Jon Voight and McCain's
mother — also have been dispatched to address the Missouri group at today's lunch. More are expected by the
time the convention ends Thursday.
All that attention has helped ease any grousing over the Missouri delegation's out-of-the-way digs.
"We're one of the five most important states here,'' said Judy Zakibe, chairwoman of the city of St. Louis'
Republican Central Committee.
That point was underscored at Monday morning's delegation kickoff breakfast, where Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt
and state Republican Party chairman Doug Russell made similar pitches about the importance of Missouri to
McCain's election chances.
"We're going to see John McCain and Sarah Palin take Missouri and keep it red,'' Russell said.
Sunday's rally in O'Fallon, and the huge crowd it attracted, are proof of the ticket's momentum, he added.
Like their state counterparts, and the convention as a whole, Missouri's Republican delegation has seen some
retooling of its schedule this week because of Hurricane Gustav.
The state contingent hopes to take part in some relief activities aimed at providing help or money for hurricane
victims.
Convention organizers say that part of the Minneapolis Convention Center is being used to assemble 80,000
emergency-care packages, which will include toiletries and snack foods. A Missouri GOP spokeswoman said the
state delegation's relief activities should be clearer later this week.
But most of the social events, underwritten by various corporations, remain on tap for Missouri's delegates. The
same is true for many other states.
Today, for example, Missouri delegates will attend two receptions on rail cars, and a late-night music event
featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
In Missouri's case, all but one of the events — Monday's reception sponsored by Target — is open to press
coverage. State GOP executive director Jared Craighead said the reception was closed at Target's request, not
the state party's.




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Several other state-delegation events were to be closed, but Craighead and other state-party staff persuaded the
sponsors to reconsider. The push to close some events had nothing to do with Gustav, a state party
spokeswoman said.
Blunt said he is continuing to monitor the hurricane and noted to delegates Monday that he has called up 1,300
Missouri National Guard troops to the gulf region to provide security and distribute supplies.
As of Monday, the governor was planning to remain in St. Paul for the rest of the convention. Blunt is addressing
various Republican groups and participating in a number of convention-related activities involving the Republican
Governors Association. He is vice chairman of the group.
Blunt said that the hurricane "changes the tone'' for the convention. But he added: "I don't think it changes the
message."
That message, he said, is that McCain and Palin best represent the values of voters in Missouri and across the
country.
Blunt and other state Republicans say they're pleased that McCain recognizes that he must carry the state to win
the White House.
And, in turn, Missouri's delegates couldn't be happier with their front-row seats.




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Monday, Sep. 01, 2008

McCain to Seize the Stormy Moment?
By Michael Scherer TIME MAGAZINE / O'Fallon, Missouri

As often as not, presidential campaigns are won or lost because of the unexpected, not the predictable. In the
heat of a final push towards Election Day, what usually makes the difference is how each candidate responds to
and takes advantage of unforeseen events. Two weeks ago, for instance, the Obama campaign had no way of
predicting that John McCain could not count, at a moment's notice, the number of houses he and his wife own.
But they reacted instantly. Within hours, Obama's minions pounced, broadcasting the gaffe for days in what
amounted to the Democrat's single biggest negative attack of the campaign.
Party conventions, by their very nature, are supposed to be one of the few reliably scripted moments in a
campaign. Democrats and Republicans alike spend years planning all four days of partisan posturing down to
the smallest detail, in the hope that they can broadcast the perfect message before the chaotic fall battle ensues.
But now, thanks to that most unpredictable of factors, the weather, McCain and the Republican Party face an
unexpected challenge, and potential opportunity, in their quadrennial gathering. With Hurricane Gustav bearing
down on the Gulf Coast, the GOP decided late Sunday to cancel most of the first day of the Republican National
Convention. The storm is the worst to pass over the Gulf of Mexico since 2005, when President Bush and the
federal government horribly botched the rescue and relief response to Hurricane Katrina, unmistakably
tarnishing the Republican brand.
John McCain can't stop the storm, but his campaign is determined to make the most of it by using it to rebrand a
new generation of Republicans as leaders who govern effectively and rise above partisanship. "There's very little
doubt that we have to go from a party event to a call to the nation for action, action to help our fellow citizens in
this time of tragedy and disaster, action in the form of volunteering, donations, reaching out our hands and our
hearts and our wallets to the people who are under such great threat from this great natural disaster," McCain
said midday Sunday, after receiving a briefing on preparedness with four Republican Gulf coast governors.
The McCain campaign's new message dovetailed with two themes the campaign had already been planning to
promote at the Republican convention--his desire to improve the quality of government and his determination to
excite Americans to increase their participation in service for the public good. During a Sunday interview with
NBC News, McCain said he was even considering accepting his party's nomination Thursday not from the
convention floor in St. Paul as planned, but via satellite from somewhere in the storm ravaged region. The
opening slate of convention speakers Monday, which included an address by President Bush, was also swept
clean, leaving only a barebones schedule of parliamentary procedures.
In some ways, the storm could not come at a worse time for McCain. It interrupts a wave of mostly positive press
coverage, and reignited Republican enthusiasm, after his announcement Friday that he had selected Alaska
Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Other messages that the campaign aimed to promote in the days
leading up to the convention have also also been disrupted. For instance, McCain spoke Sunday at a rally in
Missouri that brought together two of his formal rivals for the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney and Mike
Huckabee, who have had tense relations since the end of the primary campaign. Huckabee notably called
Romney "my colleague and my friend," a rare expression of warmth in a mostly hostile relationship, but the show
of party unity was overshadowed by the evacuations and other preparations for Gustav.
McCain's stated determination to rise above politics and partisanship may also be easier to declare than to
accomplish. Before McCain arrived at the rally, which was held at a minor league ballpark, several of his
surrogates offered pointed attacks on Barack Obama in an effort to fire up the crowd. The Republican Missouri
Governor Matt Blunt noted that Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, were among the most liberal members
of the U.S. Senate, according to one ranking. Blaine Luetkemeyer, who is running for Congress, tried to
minimize Obama's energy plan. "His plan is to inflate your tires," he told the crowd. "Typical liberal response,
isn't it?" A Republican candidate for governor, Rep. Kenny Hulshof, joked that Democratic Convention last week
had been painful to watch. "I could only take last week watching Denver in small doses, I'll tell you that," he said.


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Just hours later, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis attacked Obama for criticizing McCain and Palin. "So he
attacks us while there's a hurricane going on and John McCain suspends his convention basically," Davis said in
an interview with the Politico. "What bigger contrast can you have about putting your country first?"
Both McCain and Palin, meanwhile, have promised to leave politics aside. "We will put aside our political hats
and put on our American hats," McCain said at the rally, while standing on a stage printed with the words,
Country First. Palin tried to burnish her bonafides as a strong leader by addressing the television cameras
moments later. "I'd like to add my call for every person and every family in danger to make a straight path for
safer ground," she said. "Crisis on this scale can bring out the best in our country."
The McCain campaign is waiting to see the impact of the storm before planning out the rest of the week. But
even if the storm damage is bad, it will not be such an easy decision for the Arizona Senator. The media is
already asking questions about how much good it does to have a politician with a big security entourage and no
actual connection to the afflicted region staying put there.
Whatever happens to the Gulf, however, there is no doubt that the McCain campaign will continue to use the
aftermath as a way to demonstrate the candidate's superior leadership qualities. From the early primaries,
McCain has run as a candidate best able to deal with a crisis, though the focus has mostly been on national
security challenges. Now, in a circumstance at home he would never have chosen, he has a chance to deliver
on that promise.




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Russell and Blunt: Missouri must, and
will, remain red
By Jo Mannies
ST. PAUL — Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt and state Republican Party chairman Doug Russell made similar
pitches this morning to the state’s convention delegation.
In short, as Russell put: “We’re going to see John McCain and Sarah Palin take Missouri and keep it red.”
Blunt made artful jabs at the Democratic ticket by citing The National Journal’s ranking of presidential nominee
Barack Obama with the No. 1 liberal record, while running mate Joe Biden came in at No. 3.
The audience laughed because the sole socialist member of the Senate, he said, came in at fourth. (Actually,
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is officially an independent, although some do see him as a socialist.)
Blunt might want to be careful about bringing up those National Journal ratings, which are based on 2007 votes.
McCain was among three senators who received no score because, the Journal wrote in the ratings guide: “they
missed more than half of the rated votes in an issue area…”
McCain’s absences are tied to his campaign for president.
Blunt also jabbed at Biden’s long record in the Senate, which goes back to “when I was 2 years old.”
Later, Blunt told reporters that McCain ’s almost-as-long record (in Congress since Blunt was 12) was different
because of his maverick image. McCain, unlike the Democrats, has often been “a thorn in the system,” the
governor said, citing McCain’s various issue differences with Republicans.
“He definitely is a force for change,” Blunt said. Palin’s selection, he added, reinforces that message.
Blunt said that the scaling back of the GOP’s convention proceedings, because of Hurricane Gustav “changes
the tone (but) I don’t think it changes the message.”to v
 Blunt plans to be in St. Paul-Minneapolis for most of the week. He is speaking to various other states’
delegations, and also is attending various events organized by the Republican Governors Association. He is the
group’s vice chairman.
When asked, Blunt said he couldn’t say whether this convention would be his last as a high-profile figure.
“I wouldn’t want to predict that,” he told reporters, citing “a lot of unpredictable events in my life.”




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Will Biden try to pound Palin at Wash U?
By Bill Lambrecht

ST. PAUL — The Oct. 2 vice-presidential debate at Washington University has gotten more compelling.
On the surface, it looks one-sided. Joe Biden has a world of foreign policy experience, not to mention all his
Judiciary Committee work and two presidential campaigns, and will talk, talk, talk till somebody gives him the
hook.
But should the Barack Obama campaign be worried?
Quite possibly, if Biden takes Sarah Palin lightly or becomes overbearing, dismissive or patronizing — all within
the realm of possibility.
Republicans in St. Paul already are playing the expectations game — and maybe some mind games — in
anticipation of the evening when Biden and Palin meet in St. Louis.
“When he starts talking and trying to bully her around some, I think there’s going to be a very interesting
reaction,” said Charlie Bass, head of the Republican Main Street Coalition, an organization of GOP
moderates.
“If I were an Obama strategist, I’d be fretting about how to keep Biden under control when he is dealing with
Sarah Palin,” added Bass, a former congressman from New Hampshire.
Two years ago, in an Alaska gubenatorial debate with then-Gov. Frank Murkowski, Palin was asked if she was
“a little too young and inexperienced for the job.”
She responded by portraying herself as an outsider and reciting a litany of accomplishments as mayor of the
Alaskan town of Wasilla.
In St. Louis, look for a similar tact — and remember that not long after that debate, Murkowski was looking for
work.




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Candidates tout care plans for uninsured
Hospital association yet to endorse either candidate's proposal.
David A. Lieb
The Associated Press

Jefferson City -- To expand health coverage to the uninsured, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny
Hulshof wants to dip deep into the money now paid to hospitals as reimbursement for their charity care.
He's following a financial strategy first employed by GOP Gov. Matt Blunt -- pledging to increase the
government's role in providing health insurance largely by redirecting existing dollars.
Hospitals got on board with Blunt's plan, though it ultimately failed in the House. The assumption for their support
was that a reduction in government payments for uninsured patients would be offset by payments from a greater
number of patients having health insurance.
But hospitals would have more at stake under Hulshof's plan.
As of yet, the Missouri Hospital Association hasn't endorsed it. Nor has it endorsed a rival plan by Democratic
gubernatorial candidate Jay Nixon.
As outlined last week, Hulshof's HealthMax proposal would cost an estimated $590 million when fully
implemented.
It would offer subsidies and tax incentives for lower-income Missourians to buy high-deductible insurance plans
coupled with health savings accounts. The state would set up a legal framework giving people multiple choices
of plans from multiple insurers. Anyone could purchase insurance through the new pool.
The math would work like this:
- The state would pay $50 million from its general revenues, attracting a match of an estimated $82 million in
federal money, to subsidize the premiums of low-income Missourians.
- An additional $23 million in state tax incentives would go to those Missourians a step higher on a yet-undefined
income scale.
- Participants would be expected to pay about $11 million in co-payments for their health care.
- A user fee for HealthMAX participants would generate about $5 million.
That still leaves $419 million to be covered somehow. Hulshof's campaign says the bulk of that would come by
redirecting money the state currently pays hospitals for treating the uninsured. The remainder would be covered
by expected growth in hospital taxes.
Last year, hospitals got $492 million for providing care to the uninsured -- money known in government-talk as
"disproportionate share hospital" money, or DSH payments.
Blunt sought to redirect $159 million of such money to his Insure Missouri plan of government-subsidized health
insurance. His plan also would have directed an assumed growth of $189 million in hospital tax revenues to
Insure Missouri.
Hulshof's plan lacks such specifics. But if Hulshof were to bank on a similar tax growth as Blunt did, he would be
left to redirect $230 million from hospitals' uninsured payments to his new HealthMAX proposal.
Daniel Landon, the hospital group's senior vice president of governmental relations, said Hulshof's campaign
never discussed with the organization how much money it wants to redirect.


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"Obviously, we are going to be interested in ensuring that as DSH payments are reduced, there is a directly
proportional increase in the amount of people who are covered" by insurance, Landon said.
Hulshof projects that his subsidies and tax incentives could help provide insurance to about 200,000 of the more
than 700,000 Missourians now lacking it.
Nixon's plan is geared at restoring Medicaid coverage to an estimated 110,000 who lost it as a result of
Republican cuts in 2005, and reversing the benefit reductions made to several hundred thousand others. He also
wants to give the families of 150,000 children without insurance the option of being covered through a
government-run health care program.
But Nixon takes a different approach from Hulshof. Nixon proposes to spend $265 million annually in general
state revenues, which would draw down an additional $431 million in federal Medicaid money. His plan doesn't
depend on shifting any of the uninsured payments away from hospitals.
Republicans cast Nixon's plan as risky to taxpayers, claiming its $265 million hit on general revenues will
become unaffordable as it grows over time.
By contrast, Hulshof's plan "is a little bit of a risky thing for hospitals," said Tim McBride, a professor in
Washington University's School of Social Work who focuses his research on economics and health policy and
has been an adviser for Nixon's campaign.




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Missouri judges evaluated a new way
for retention vote
By William C. Lhotka
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
09/01/2008


Review teams of six lawyers and six laymen will provide voters with an evaluation as well as results from a
survey of lawyers and opinions of jurors.
Twenty-three St. Louis-area judges on the Nov. 4 ballot will learn this week whether newly constituted review
teams think they should keep their robes.
Also under refreshed scrutiny are Missouri Supreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge and three appellate
judges from eastern Missouri: Robert Dowd Jr., Roy Richter and Kurt Odenwald.
On Thursday, the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Kansas City Metropolitan
Bar Association will release and post online their evaluations recommending which judges should be retained or
dumped.
Voters have historically paid little attention to such advice, but lawyers say they hope a revamped system will
carry more weight.
The Supreme Court approved the plan, in which committees of six lawyers and six laymen in each jurisdiction
will judge the judges. The committees will provide voters with a summary of each judge's background and
evaluation, and results from a survey of lawyers. Opinions of jurors who served in their courtrooms also will be
revealed.
The process does not apply to outstate Missouri, where judges seek election and re-election in partisan
contests. But judges for the Missouri Supreme Court, appellate court and in urban areas are appointed by the
governor to terms of up to 12 years, and require a majority vote of the public at retention time to remain.
Judicial performance surveys in Missouri date back to 1948 and were expanded in 1992 to consider more than a
dozen factors.
Dale Doerhoff, a Jefferson City lawyer and one of the architects of the revised evaluations, said it came after a
2007 speech by then Chief Justice Michael A. Wolff calling for a more useful evaluation.
Wolff wanted to poll not just lawyers "but also the voices of jurors, litigants, witnesses, court staff and others who
have direct experience with the judges."
Doerhoff said the bar studied the surveys of a dozen states, some of which cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
Missouri's new one is financed by the state's 28,000 lawyers.
The committees, not just the raw numbers from surveys, decide whether to recommend retention.
Some states, like Colorado and Arizona, provide even broader input, Doerhoff said. Later, he said, "We are
going to evaluate ourselves and see how we can make it better next time."
Also new is a requirement that a lawyer filling out an evaluation must certify personal knowledge of a judge.
Before, St. Louis area attorneys who appeared 20 times in a courtroom in the city or county could vote on all of
the judges up for retention in both locations.




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In 2006, the lawyers' Voter's Information Guide recommended against retaining Judges Judy Preddy Draper,
who got a 27.5 percent approval rating, and Brenda Stith Loftin, who got a 49.7 percent. Both were retained by
significant margins anyway.
Retired Judge Susan Block suggested the two were victims of racial bias; Draper is Asian-American and Stith
African-American.
Loftin said she has not seen the new surveys but thinks they may increase diversity. Draper declined to
comment.
St. Louis attorney Thomas M. Walsh, a vocal critic of the Missouri's method of judge selection and retention, said
the new system might be just window dressing.
"The effect of surveys in the past was negligible at best and made no difference to the voting public," Walsh said,
citing Draper.
He said the priority should be getting good judges in the first place. While the governor appoints an appellate or
urban judge from a list of three narrowed by a nominating commission, the public learns only the names of the
finalists.
Another frequent critic, Professor William Eckhardt of the University of Missouri at Kansas City's law school,
praised the revamp. "The more information the public gets, the better," he said.
Doerhoff said the Missouri Bar refrained from asking the Legislature for public funding because of lean financial
times. He said Kansas taxpayers provide $250,000 for such a survey.
In Arizona and Colorado, the states send judicial performance reviews to every home with a registered voter.
Colorado's evaluations reflect opinions from attorneys, litigants, jurors, crime victims, police, social service
caseworkers, probation officers and court employees. They also include sentencing statistics.




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Online classes available for state's
students
Betsy Taylor
The Associated Press

St. Louis -- The first school bells of the year have sounded for Missouri's public schoolchildren, but the state's
online school is still accepting applicants
Missouri's virtual instruction program, known as MoVIP, lets elementary and high school students around
Missouri take classes online using the Internet.
"Our numbers are fluid," said Curt Fuchs, Missouri's virtual school director. "Everything is still open." He
estimated last week about 750 students in kindergarten through fifth grade were in the program, with another
1,500 students in sixth through 12th grades.
The program includes a variety of students, including those schooled at home, recuperating from an illness or
seeking courses their school district doesn't offer.




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Saturday, August 30, 2008
Joplin law firm kicks in $75,000 for
Nixon
In his first report of $5,000-plus contributions since the limits were removed Thursday, Attorney General Jay
Nixon reported receiving $121,250, including $75,000 from the Hershewe Law Firm in Joplin.
The contributions, all received on the first day, included:
Centene Management, St. Louis, $13,000; Health Care Professionals for Change, St. Louis, $13,000; Stone
Leyton & Gershman, Clayton, $13,500; Charter Communications, St. Louis, $6,750



TAMKO owners shovel $300,000 into
Kinder campaign
Apparently, free speech is for those who can afford it.
Those like columnist George Will who oppose campaign contribution limits claim they are a violation of the First
Amendment because they limit free speech.
The Humphreys family of Joplin, which owns TAMKO, exercised its free speech to the tune of $300,000 given to
the re-election campaign of Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. David Humphreys and EthelMae Humphreys of Joplin and
Sarah Humphreys Atkins, Arlington, Va., each chipped in with $100,000.
The $300,000 was nearly three-quarters of the $407,400 Kinder reported in a filing tonight with the Missouri
Ethics Commission.
Others contributing to Kinder were:
Stone Leyton and Gershman, St. Louis $10,000; William Holekamp, Holekamp Capital, St. Louis, $25,000; Jerry
Hall, Jack Henry & Associates, Monett, $20,000; L. B. Eckelcamp, $12,400; Menlo Smith, Sunmark Capital
Corporation, $10,000; White Oaks Real Estate, $10,000; James McDonnell III, St. Louis, $10,000; Evergreen
Investments, Lebanon, $10,000

Medical interests funnel big bucks to
Page
The medical community poured big bucks into Dr. Sam Page's campaign for lieutenant governor Friday and
today, according to documents filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Page reported $105,000 in contributions, including $75,000 from various anesthesiologists and organizations
representing anesthesiologists. Out of that total, $30,000 came from the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists
and $20,000 from Western Anesthesiology Association in Ballwin.
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Steelman: Time for Palin; no word on
Hulshof
By Tony Messenger
The oh-so-quiet Sarah Steelman, who has had a tiny carbon footprint in terms of her media exposure since her
loss in the Republican primary for governor, was one of the first Missouri politicos to heap praise on John
McCain’s choice of a running mate.
Says Treasurer Steelman, in a statement e-mailed from her state office:
“I am thrilled with John McCain’s bold selection of Sarah Palin for Vice President. Governor Palin represents the
direction and principle that our nation needs.
“As Governor she has fought for the people of her state and for a government that truly serves them. In Alaska,
she fought against cronyism and corruption and restored faith in what principled leadership can accomplish. In
battling wasteful and reckless spending by Congress, Governor Palin called for a ban on earmarks, even when
they would benefit her state. That’s the kind of leadership America needs.”
Meanwhile, it’s been several weeks since Steelman lost to Kenny Hulshof, and a couple of weeks since they
met and Hulshof’s campaign promised forthcoming statements, and still no word from Steelman on that race,
right here in Missouri.
Interesting.




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Blunt and Bond cheer McCain veep pick
JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt and Sen. Kit Bond weighed in this afternoon on Sarah Palin,
John McCain’s pick for vice president.
In short, they like her.
Blunt’s statement:
“Governor Palin is a sharp, aggressive person. She has been a tough executive for her state and she is an
outstanding choice for Vice President.
“I first had the opportunity to meet Sarah Palin in her campaign office in Anchorage when she was running for
governor. I was impressed with her at that time and I have been very impressed with her term as governor.
“As a fellow governor I understand the experience she will bring to Washington having managed a large budget,
lead the state's National Guard and made tough executive decisions for her state including cutting spending.
“Washington is broken and I think it is important that Senator McCain has selected someone from outside
Washington as his running mate to help him change Washington.”
Bond’s statement:
“Sarah Palin is a bipartisan reformer who brings the executive experience and values voters in Missouri and
across the nation are looking for. Not only as a Governor, but as a mother of five children, Palin understands
what American families want economic security, health care security, energy security from the foreign oil cartels,
and security from threats at home and abroad.”
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Mo Dems on Palin: “Gift from God”
By Jo Mannies

DENVER — As they ate a last hotel breakfast before leaving town, Missouri Democrats were glued to the
overhead TVs as they watched the news that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was GOP presumptive nominee John
McCain’s vice-presidential choice.
The reaction among Democrats: Euphoric.
“I’m just giddy,” said Peggy Cochran, whip for Hillary Clinton’s Missouri delegates, as she waited for her
omelet.
St. Louis delegate Yaphett El-Amin was almost dancing in her chair. “We are SO going to win,” she said.
A delegate on the hotel elevator said, “She’s a gift from God.”
These Democrats believe that Palin, a first-term governor, negates McCain’s chief argument against Democrat
Barack Obama — that he doesn’t have enough experience to lead the country.
At 72, McCain would have been smarter to get someone with more experience than Obama and who voters
could see as a potential president, these Democrats said.
Instead, he chose someone younger than Obama, with less experience in public office.
McCain better pull all those negative no-experience ads, several added with a laugh.
Burton Boxerman, a delegate from Olivette, said he saw no advantage to Palin “except that she’s a woman.”
Cochran said that Palin won’t connect with most Hillary supporters because Palin doesn’t share Clinton’s
positions on most issues, including abortion rights and expanding health care coverage.
St. Louis city Democratic Party chairman Brian Wahby had a succinct Democratic take on McCain’s choice:
“Dick Cheney in a skirt.”




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Friday, August 29, 2008


Hulshof reports more than $1.1 million on first day
without campaign contribution limits
Special interests came through in a big way for Congressman Kenny Hulshof Thursday, the day that a new state
law tossed out campaign contribution limits.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate picked up $1,185,000 with more than half of the total, $600,000, coming
from the Republican Governors Association.
Southwest Missouri interests were front and center for Hulshof, led by Jerry Hall of Jack Henry & Associates,
Monett, who kicked in $100,000. Hulshof also picked up $25,000 from Neosho banker Rudy Farber, whose big
bucks for Republican causes led Gov. Matt Blunt to appoint him to the Transportation Commission, $13,300 from
the Newton County Republican Central Committee, and $20,000 from Jerry Wells, Carthage, of Moark.
Other first-day contributors were:
Schnucks, $25,000, Metro Heart Group of St. Louis, $10,000; Southern Union Company, Houston, Texas,
$7,375; Howard Wood, Bonne Terre, Cequel III, $100,000; L. B. Eckelcamp, Bank of Washington, $20,000;
Lewis and Clark Regional Leadership Fund, St. Charles, $50,000; Samuel Hais, St. Louis (Blunt appointment to
Missouri Gaming Commission), $20,000; Stephen Notestine, St. Louis, $10,000; William McGinnis, Nestle
Purina Pet Care, St. Louis, $10,000; James McDonnell, St. Louis, retired, $20,000; James Ross, RCS Inc.,
$10,000; Boone County Republican Central Committee, $13,200; 24th Legislative District, Columbia, $13,450;
24th Senatorial District Committee, Maryland Heights, $13,181 (in-kind); AG Processing, Inc., Omaha,
Nebraska, $10,000; Drury Development Corporation, $20,000; Bill Holekamp, Holekamp Construction, $50,000
At this point, no contributions of $5,000 or more have been reported by Hulshof's opponent, Attorney General
Jay Nixon.


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Door Named in Suit by Losing Attorney
General Candidate
By Bill Miller Jr. , Washington Missourian Staff Writer


Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door said she isn't surprised that Margaret Donnelly, who lost her bid for
attorney general in the Democratic primary, has requested a recount.
Donnelly lost by only two-tenths of a percent of the vote which some are calling the closest statewide race in
Missouri history.
But the county's chief election authority is questioning why she was named as a defendant in two separate
lawsuits filed by Donnelly this past week seeking a review of uncounted ballots.
Donnelly lost Missouri's four-way Aug. 5 Democratic primary to Chris Koster by 780 votes out of more than
346,000 cast.
"I believe I was named (as a defendant) only because there were more Donnelly supporters than Koster
supporters here in Franklin County," Door said Thursday. "I think her lawyers are trying to look at those areas
where she did better to see if they can possibly pick up some votes. At least that's what I've read. But it doesn't
really make sense here because we only had one absentee ballot that wasn't counted and it was a Republican
ballot."
Donnelly received 1,854 votes or 36.37 percent of the total ballots cast in Franklin county in the primary election.
Koster finished second with 1,720 votes or 33.74 percent of the votes, according to county election returns.
The other two Democratic candidates, Jeff Harris and Molly Williams, received 1,186 and 338 votes respectively.
Donnelly requested a recount on Aug. 22, the day after Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced
the official election results indicating that Koster had won.
Carnahan advised Donnelly that under Missouri law, the recount would not include a recount of absentee and
provisional ballots that were either rejected or not counted.
On Monday, Donnelly filed suit in the Missouri Supreme Court against Door and 25 other local election
authorities seeking a review of absentee and provisional ballots that she contends were incorrectly rejected-and
thus should have been counted.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court turned down her lawsuit and instead directed that the case should start in a
circuit court before potentially being appealed back to the state's highest court.
Later Tuesday, Donnelly's attorneys filed the lawsuit in Clay County Circuit Court.
One of Donnelly's attorneys told the Associated Press that there are 800 to 1,000 absentee and provisional
ballots in question in the 26 counties targeted by Donnelly's lawsuit.
Door said that isn't the case in Franklin County where there were no provisional ballots received and only one
absentee ballot that wasn't counted because it came in a few days late.
Door said her office is preparing for a recount which could take place Sept. 3. She said she still is waiting for
instructions from the Missouri Secretary of State's office as to whether it will be a mechanical or hand recount.
Either way, she says her office is ready to perform the recount.
"We have four bipartisan teams that are trained and ready to do the recount. If it's a mechanical recount, the
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local election judges administer the process," Door explained. Door said that either way, the recount will not
change the outcome of the race in Franklin County. She said that the last statewide recount occurred in the
August 2006 Republican primary race for auditor between Jack Jackson and Sandra Thomas.
After the recount was performed, Jackson gained two more votes and Thomas lost five votes. The hand recount
took two days to complete, according to Door.
Door said she understands the need for a recount but is frustrated by the lawsuits because they are going to
delay her office's preparations for the November election.
"This stops us dead in our tracks. We don't know whose name is going to appear on the ballot and the ballots
are already at the printer. As far as the recount goes, my feeling is let's get on with it because we have other
business we need to get working on for November," Door added.
Some information in this story came from the Associated Press.




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5th District recount fight draws big legal
names: White, Rosenblum
By Jake Wagman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This could be the talk of the St. Louis Bar Association’s next meeting.
Two of the biggest legal names in the area sat opposite one another today in a court hearing for a suit brought
by State Rep. Rodney Hubbard, who is challenging his narrow loss to State Rep. Robin Wright-Jones in a
State Senate primary earlier this month.
Representing Hubbard was none other than Scott Rosenblum, the high-profile defense attorney whose clients
have included former Rams star Marshall Faulk and Tom Lakin, the East Alton lawyer and Democratic
powerbroker who has been ensnared in a tawdry sex case.
This might be, though, the first election law case for Rosenblum, who is more accustomed to representing
officials who get in trouble once they are already in office.
Not to be outdone, standing in for Wright-Jones was former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White,
who left the bench last year for private practice.
White’s presence in the courtroom today led to the rare occasion of a judge referring to an attorney as “your
honor.”
Hubbard’s cash and insider support arguably made him the favorite in the primary earlier this month. Even so, he
lost by 101 votes.
On Tuesday, Hubbard filed a suit challenging the results of the contest, alleging a number of irregularities such
as problems at the precincts and with voting machines.
This afternoon, Circuit Court Judge Edward Sweeney held a lengthy preliminary hearing, and appeared poised
to let the case move forward.
The 5th District Senate contest has already been fought in the courts plenty.
Earlier this year, Wright-Jones successfully convinced a judge to disqualify State Rep. Connie Johnson, who
was found to have crossed district boundaries to live with her mother.




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PSC staff: AmerenUE's rate-hike request
is too high
By Jeffrey Tomich
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
08/30/2008


The staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission is urging regulators to deny most of AmerenUE's proposed
$251 million increase.
The staff, a group of lawyers, accountants and engineers who advise the five-member commission, reviewed
AmerenUE's April rate proposal and concluded the utility should be allowed to increase rates by $51.4 million.
The recommendation was made in a filing late Thursday.
St. Louis-based AmerenUE, with 1.2 million Missouri electric customers, claims it needs increased revenue to
keep pace with rising fuel costs and make investments to improve reliability and to add pollution controls at
power plants.
"We disagree with the staff's position on our case," AmerenUE spokeswoman Susan Gallagher said in a
statement. "This rate case is all about investing in reliability to provide a secure energy future for Missouri."
The PSC staff recommended reducing AmerenUE's allowed return on equity, or profit, to 9.5 percent from 10.2
percent. The company is seeking a return of 10.9 percent. While the difference seems small, it represents $70
million that would potentially flow to the utility's bottom line.
The PSC staff isn't the only group reviewing Ameren's rates. Other groups also are urging the PSC to deny
AmerenUE some of the increase it's seeking.
Among them is the Missouri Industrial Energy Consumers, an alliance of AmerenUE's biggest commercial and
industrial customers, including Anheuser-Busch Cos. and Boeing Co. The MIEC didn't review all aspects of
Ameren's proposal but called the utility's rate proposal "significantly overstated."
A series of 14 public hearings will be held across AmerenUE's service area beginning Sept. 8 to let customers
have a say on the proposed increase. Formal hearings in Jefferson City are scheduled for November.
The PSC has until March to rule on AmerenUE's request, so any change in rates probably wouldn't show up on
bills until early 2009.
AmerenUE's last electric rate increase of $43 million was approved by the PSC in June 2007. That increase was
the first for the utility in 20 years but was substantially less than the $361 million the utility initially sought.
Ameren's Illinois utilities are seeking a $207 million increase in electric and natural gas rates. A ruling in that
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State: Minimum wage going up to $7.05
St. Louis Business Journal

Missouri’s minimum wage is projected to increase 6.1 percent to $7.05 per hour next year, the state said
Thursday.
For tipped employees, the new rate will be a minimum of $3.525 per hour, according to the Missouri Department
of Labor and Industrial Relations. The changes would be effective Jan. 1, 2009.
State law requires the state labor department director to, on Sept. 30 of each year, make any adjustments to the
minimum wage based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.
“The department has begun receiving calls from businesses asking what the new rate will be so they can take
that into account as they begin working on their budgets for next year,” said Todd Smith, department director, in
a statement. “While we are not required to publish the information until the end of September, it is doubtful the
federal government will revise their CPI numbers and we wanted to give employers as much lead time as
possible.”
This projection may change and will not become official until Sept. 30.
The federal minimum wage rate will again increase on July 24, 2009, to $7.25 per hour. If the above projected
rate of $7.05 for Missouri becomes final, the federal rate will exceed Missouri’s rate and that will become the
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Local myth is no match for economic
realities
By David Nicklaus
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
08/31/2008
The map, showing the job-growth prospects of the 50 states, features a few conspicuous splotches of red.
Global Insight, an economic forecasting firm, puts the crimson color on Florida, California and Nevada, which
have taken the biggest hits from the nationwide housing slump. Michigan, the capital of a fading auto industry, is
an obvious basket case. Financial industry layoffs have painted New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts
scarlet.
And then there's Missouri. The housing market didn't get as far out of kilter here as it did in some places, and we
like to pride ourselves on having a well-diversified economy. Nevertheless, Global Insight says the Show-Me
State will be among the biggest job losers in 2009, after posting the fifth-worst job performance in the latest 12
months.
Furthermore, most of Missouri's cities are doing OK. Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia still show year-over-
year job gains. St. Louis, the state's biggest economic engine, is the one that's sputtering.
The latest figures from the Labor Department make that clear. As of July, the number of jobs in the metro area
had fallen by 6,200, or 0.5 percent, in the past year. The unemployment rate was 7.2 percent, which is a 16-year
high.
Howard Wall, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, applies a seasonal adjustment method
that lowers the unemployment peak somewhat. He calculates unemployment here at 6.7 percent, which still is a
full percentage point above the national rate.
This gives lie to one of St. Louis' favorite pieces of economic mythology, the notion that we weather slumps well.
Locals have accepted the fact that they don't live in a boomtown, but they like to think they're in relatively good
shape when the economy turns down. We're protected by our job market mix of autos, airplanes, finance, health
care and other industries, or so the myth-makers assert.
It just isn't so, Wall says.
St. Louis' economy did hold up relatively well in the recession of 1990-91, he says, but the 2001 recession began
earlier and lasted longer here than elsewhere. "It really depends on what kind of recession it is," Wall adds. "The
first one wasn't really a manufacturing-led recession, and the second one was."
The lingering effects of that 2001 recession may still be affecting the unemployment statistics. From 1991 to
2004, St. Louis' jobless rate was consistently below the nation's, but for the past four years, the local rate has
been higher. Wall hypothesizes that many former factory workers may still be trying to find their niche in the job
market.
The current slowdown doesn't look much like either of the previous episodes. Manufacturing does account for
half of our recent job losses, but St. Louis isn't as smokestack-heavy as it used to be. We now look pretty much
like the rest of the country in that respect.
The banking and home building industries, which are responsible for putting some states in the red on the Global
Insight map, aren't especially troubled here, either. Wall said he isn't sure why St. Louis is underperforming the
rest of Missouri, and for that matter the rest of the country, by so much.
If you're looking for a silver lining, Global Insight says Missouri will be back to its customary growth rate, adding
new jobs at about a 1 percent annual clip, by 2010. Until then, it looks like we'll be marching in the rear of the
pack, and that's not a good place to be.



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Immigrants Affected By New Laws
COLUMBIA - The organization Centro Latino said they are concerned about the new tougher immigration
policies Governor Blunt signed into law.
Some of the new laws prohibit illegal immigrants from obtaining a driver's license and punish those who transport
as well as hire illegal immigrants.
"The laws target the common community, working class, people, parents and young immigrants," said Eduardo
Crespi.
Crespi oversees Centro Latino, which provides resources for many area Latinos and immigrants.
"The legislation I signed embraces the contributions that lawful immigration makes to our society and sends a
clear message that we will defend the rule of law and fight to protect Missourians from illegal immigration," Blunt
said.
"His directive has already led to about 285 criminals being determined to not be in the country legally and being
turned over to immigration and customs enforcement," Blunt Spokesperson, Jessica Robinson said.
Crespi said the food and care provided by Centro Latino is vital to many immigrants in mid-Missouri because
tougher immigration laws affect the stability of their home.
Stressful situations are created when parents are in the process of being a resident, or when they do not have
proper documentation. For any technicality, they can be arrested and deported.
Crespi said he does not plan to protest the new laws, but will continue to help Latinos and immigrants in the
community.
Illegal immigration has been one of Governor Blunt's main priorities. Missouri's new immigration laws are some
of the toughest in the nation.
KOMU-TV - Reported by: Lorenzo Hall
Posted by: Jessica Holley
Edited by: Caroline Zilk
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State receives $1M grant to help students prep for
college
St. Louis Business Journal

Missouri students will soon have a Web site to learn about college preparation and entrance requirements
thanks to a $1 million federal grant the state received.
The Missouri Department of Higher Education has been awarded more than $1 million in federal funds for each
of the next two years.
The grant is part of a national effort to better serve students that are underrepresented in postsecondary
education, the governor’s office said.
The department will use the grant to:
      Develop and distribute financial literacy information to Missouri high school students.
      Create an online destination for students and families to learn about academic preparation, application
and entrance requirements, online tools and calculators depicting costs and likely sources for financial
assistance.
       Conduct a grant program to build and strengthen outreach activities offered by non-profit organizations
that assist Missouri students and families in preparing for higher education.




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Swingle happy with changes to Mo. law
barring felons from having guns
Saturday, August 30, 2008
By Bridget DiCosmo
Southeast Missourian
An amendment to Missouri's law preventing felons from possessing firearms took effect Thursday.
The revised law closed several loopholes that previously made it a weak statute, Cape Girardeau County
Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said.
Swingle said he favored the changes to the law because the previous wording created circumstances that
allowed all but the "most unlucky" of offenders to avoid prosecution.
Now, the law more closely resembles the federal statute, meaning the only qualifications to charge someone
with being a felon in possession of a firearm are showing they've been convicted of a felony and possess a
firearm, Swingle said.
Swingle penned several letters to legislators asking for the changes, he said.
The first change made in the law involved eliminating the word "concealable," meaning any type of gun capable
of lethal use would qualify under the new statute, making it nearly identical to the federal law governing such
offenses.
Second, the law was expanded to include anyone convicted of a felony in Missouri or in another state that
recognizes what would be a felony in Missouri.
Previously, the law said the offender must have a prior conviction for a "dangerous felony," defined by Missouri
law, which only included certain crimes.
Also, a requirement that the felony be within five years of the firearm possession was removed from the new
statute.
"I agree we must have better protections in place to prevent dangerous felons from falling through the cracks
when it comes to firearm possessions," wrote Sen. Michael R. Gibbons in a Sept. 20 letter to Swingle.
In the letter, Gibbons notified Swingle of his plans to examine the current felon in possession of a firearm law
and prepare to "offer better protections" by December 2007.




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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor
Commentary: Health care must be
viewed as an economic issue
By Timothy D. McBride
STL TODAY 09/02/2008


Economic issues — rising unemployment, falling home prices, high gas prices and more — are weighing heavily
on people's minds this year. So is health care, which also is an economic issue.
One of voters' greatest fears is losing health insurance. Nationwide, about 47 million people do not have health
insurance; in Missouri, about 772,000 people are uninsured. The increase in the number of people without health
insurance can be traced in part to the sluggish economy. When people lose jobs, they lose the health insurance
their employer had provided, and in Missouri almost 17,000 jobs have been lost since November.
But just keeping one's job doesn't guarantee keeping health insurance. The upwardly spiraling insurance costs
have led some employers to drop it or to shift a greater share of the cost to employees who can ill afford it.
Health insurance premiums have doubled in the past eight years, outpacing by a substantial margin the 20
percent rise in inflation over the same period. In that time, the percentage of firms offering health insurance to
their employees has fallen from 69 percent to 60 percent nationwide.
Directly or indirectly, rising health insurance premiums cut into workers' take-home pay. While health insurance
premiums have doubled since 2000, wages have increased only 24 percent. Some of the money employers
used for those insurance premiums might have been available for pay increases.
Changes in government policies and practices also have made it more difficult to get health insurance coverage,
especially in Missouri.
In 2005, Gov. Matt Blunt, supported by the majority in the state Legislature, changed eligibility criteria for
Medicaid, which left more than 100,000 low-income people without health coverage and another 300,000 with
reduced services. Although the effort was characterized as necessary to balance the state's budget, it actually
was short-sighted from an economic perspective.
To understand this, consider what would happen if the Medicaid cuts were restored. It would require roughly
$265 million in state dollars to do so. However, because the federal government shares the cost of Medicaid,
spending $265 million in state money would bring in an additional $430 million in federal dollars. By the time all
that Medicaid spending cycled through the economy, it would generate an increase of $890 million in economic
activity in the state each year — accounting for more than 11,500 additional jobs and more than $400 million in
additional state wages.
This projection demonstrates how closely linked the health care and economic systems are. Since the 2005
policy changes were enacted, the state has turned away more than $1.6 billion in federal matching dollars.
These are funds that could have gone to health providers and, in some case, for treating the uninsured.
At Missouri's hospitals, the cost of uncompensated health care — care for which no payment is received —
increased by 38 percent and $162 million in the first two years after the Medicaid cutbacks. This actually



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underestimates the total economic burden of the Medicaid cutbacks because it does not account completely for
the revenues lost by clinics, physicians and other safety-net providers.
Our health care system probably will not improve without intervention and a public-private effort to solve the
problem. Employers and health providers now seem sufficiently concerned about the issues — and convinced of
our inability to survive current trends — to be willing to work with state and federal policymakers to put together
packages of reforms that can address long-term affordability and access problems.
We know what needs to be done, and there is a long list of viable private-public alternatives that might prove
acceptable across the political spectrum. Among them: expanding the children's health insurance program and
Medicaid, programs to improve care for chronic health conditions, consumer choice and high-deductible
insurance plans and insurance reforms to reduce premiums.
What we have yet to find, however, is the political will to proceed and the determination to succeed. Those will
come once we understand that everyone has a stake in the solution and that our economic problems are
connected to our health care problems. The voters seem to understand that already. Our leaders need to catch
up.
Timothy D. McBride is a health economist and a professor at Washington University's Brown School of
Social Work.




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Dropping limits, adding scrutiny
by St. Joseph News-Press
Saturday, August 30, 2008

The term “money laundering” has been used so casually and so often, usually in the context of criminal behavior,
that we tend to skip over how this unseemly practice actually works.
State Sen. Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, has been in politics long enough to recognize its application there: The
purposeful funneling of money through party committees or other means, thus “laundering away” the true source
of the donation before it reaches the candidate.
Laundering corrupts elections in two ways: It disguises who is contributing to campaigns, and it provides a cloak
of secrecy for bundled donations that, when aired in public, in all likelihood would be easily traced to the same
person or interest group.
Sen. Shields led a successful attack on this practice — an unfortunate result of campaign contribution limits — in
the last session of the General Assembly. On Thursday, a new state law took effect, abolishing limits in place for
14 years except for a brief period last year.
“We hope to go back to a system where people will send money directly to candidates,” Sen. Shields said.
“You’ll be able to track that, and if contributions are not going directly to candidates, you’ll have to question the
motives.”
Previous limits for an individual ranged from $325 to $1,350, depending on the office. But it is widely
acknowledged that the personal limits routinely were circumvented by making donations through the party
committees. Now the primary restriction is that contributions of more than $5,000 must be reported within 48
hours.
Sen. Shields thinks most donors will make gifts in amounts similar to those allowed under the previous limits.
That may be a stretch of logic, but we will know the fact of the matter soon, with eight weeks of fundraising
possible until the general election.
Either way, we agree that increased public scrutiny — including attaching suspicion to money not given openly
and directly to candidates — should be given a chance to work. If repealing the limits is what that takes, then so
be it.




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State campaign illustrates tradition of
charitable giving
By The News Tribune

State employees traditionally have been exemplary when it comes to charitable giving.
They will have that opportunity again as the Missouri State Employee Charitable Campaign gets under way.
The campaign kicked off Wednesday with events at the Truman State Office Building.
More than 100 of the 1,177 not-for profit organizations included in the campaign set up booths to distribute
information and answer questions about the services and programs they provide.
Among the agencies included in the state campaign are the United Way of Central Missouri, which will kick off its
area campaign next week, and the Samaritan Center, which recently issued a community appeal to restock its
food pantry.
The area United Way received $165,000 from state employees last year, topping the list of recipients. In
addition, state employees donated $64,000 to the Samaritan Center.
Overall, the 2007 state employees campaign generated $1,116,973, a 7 percent increase above the previous
year.
Various sectors of state employees have created enjoyable activities or friendly challenges to enhance charitable
giving.
“We want to do activities that are out there and different to promote the campaign,” said volunteer Marcy Mealy,
who added the events also are “a thank you for the employees who give.”
We extend our appreciation to each and every state employee who contributes to the campaign. Your generosity
enhances the compassion and caring in our community, and our state.




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Missourinet
Abbreviated schedule no problem for Missouri delegates to
Republican Convention
Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 6:49 AM
By Steve Walsh

Missouri's delegates to the Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota are a little disappointed
that Hurricane Gustav hitting the Gulf Coast has cancelled some of the events that had been planned for this
week. But they seem to be accepting of the fact that there are priorities, and that taking care of fellow Americans
in times of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters are among those priorities.
First time delegate Jim Chappell of Kansas City would like to have seen President Bush attend the Convention
and speak to delegates, but he understands the situation.
Many delegates, though disappointed, are embracing the fact they are taking part in a piece of history in helping
to select the person who could be the nation's next President. Susan Hais of Clayton, another first timer, says
she was both excited and nervous at the prospect of handling such an important responsibility.


Missouri teens brought youth to Democratic convention
Monday, September 1, 2008, 11:00 PM
By Brent Martin

Two Missouri teen-agers, starting their college careers this year, already have had a great start to their
education. The two have served as delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Both were elected delegates as high school seniors. 18-year-old Rex Ryan graduated from Wellington High
School and enrolled as a freshman at William Jewell College in Liberty today. Ryan says there's a simple reason
for his involvement with the Democratic Party so early. He says he wants to make politics his career and this is
"an awesome time to start."
Ryan says the week in Denver at the Democratic National Convention was incredible and reaffirmed to him that
the Democratic Party is where he belongs.
19-year-old Brett Carmical graduated from Brookfield High School and got special permission from Truman State
University professors in Kirksville to skip his first week of school to attend the convention.
Carmical says it isn't all that hard to get young people involved in politics.
"I lot of times, it just takes an introduction," he says.
Carmical was a strong Hillary Clinton delegate, disappointed that Barack Obama won the nomination. He says
the convention helped heal wounds from the tough presidential primary battle.

More drivers using commuter lots
Monday, September 1, 2008, 10:01 PM
By Aurora Meyer

Ride sharing is proving to be more popular as commuter parking lots fill up. Drivers are using about half of the
6,000 commuter parking spaces in the more than 100 lots across the state. There's no doubt gas prices are
contributing to people using the lots, said spokesman Sandra Hentges with the state department of
transportation.



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"More people are interested in commuting trying to save gas and save money and so therefore they're parking in
our commuter lots to meet the people they're riding with," she said.
Encouraging people to use the commuter lots isn't just about saving people money.
"MODOT is certainty a friend of the environment, so we want to keep air emissions low and keep our state a
good state to live and work in," Hentges said.
Several lots in the St. Louis area are generally full. St. Louis County lots and one in St. Charles County are also
close to capacity.

Missouri floods provide training for hurricane relief
Monday, September 1, 2008, 10:01 PM
By Bob Priddy

Missouri water patrol officers heading to Louisiana for Hurricane relief got some important training right here in
Missouri just a few months ago.
The state has sent a half-dozen state water patrol officers and a half-dozen conservation department employees
to Louisiana for flood duty. They've taken boats, four-wheel-drive rescue vehicles and other equipment with
them.
Water Patrol Corporal Jerry Callahan says the patrol has tried to increase training for swift-water rescues. He
says officers are "pretty much on the cutting edge." But he says the patrol can't have a boat for every situation so
it has to rely on the equipment it has.
Callahan says Missouri's Spring floods gave the officers going to Louisiana some valuable experience in dealing
with swift water work. He says newer officers had not seen the kind of swift water that Missouri had during some
of Missouri's Spring floods. He thinks they'll see some of that same kind of water in Louisiana.
The Missouri group will be gone a couple of weeks. Callahan says a relief unit will be sent in if the deployment
lasts longer He says fresh people are needed because the long hours and working environment take so much
out of officers on the scene.

Governor Blunt on busy schedule at Republican Convention
Monday, September 1, 2008, 6:56 PM
By Steve Walsh

Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) is among the many Missouri political leaders in Minneapolis-Saint Paul for the
Republican National Convention. And, while Blunt is not running for reelection, he is running around the Twin
Cities quite a bit, appearing a various functions.
Hurricane Gustav has affected this convention, forcing officials to curtail many of the events that had been
planned, but Blunt says the situation in the Gulf is not altering the message of this convention.
Blunt, who attended the John McCain-Sarah Palin rally in O'Fallon on Sunday, is actively working for the GOP
presidential ticket. In addition, he is attending a number of events in his capacity as vice chair of the Republican
Governors Association.

Missouri responds to Gustav
Monday, September 1, 2008, 11:22 AM
By Bob Priddy

Governor Blunt has stepped up Missouri's National Guard commitment to hurricane relief.
He's calling out more units that will be on the move tomorrow, joining the 600 Guard members called up
yesterday. His latest callup increase Missouri's Guard commitment to 1300 soldiers.


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The latest units are from Joplin, Kansas City, Carthage and Anderson, Festus, Perryville, Lexington and Trenton.
The units called up yesterday are from Poplar Bluff, Springfield, Dexter, Portageville, Nevada, Lamar..and from
fort Leonard Wood.
Missouri's National Guard is part of a mutual aid agreement with Louisiana.
The Missouri Water Patrol and the Conservation Department are sending six officers each to the area. They're
taking boats and four-wheel-drive rescue vehicles with them. Those people will go to a staging area in Baton
Rouge and wait to be dispatched. A water patrol spokesman says the callup of its officers leaves the agency
short of patrolmen on this last day of the Labor Day holiday.
Emergency shelters were set up in eight cities--St.Louis, St. Joseph, Cape Girardeau, Kansas City, Jefferson
City, Columbia, Hannibal, and Springfield--after Louisiana announced plans to fly evacuees out of New Orleans
to Missouri. However, Louisiana announced it was closing its airports at mid-afternoon yesterday and some
readjustment of the shelter plans might be made.
However, a spokesman for the state emergency management agency says people who have voluntarily left the
Gulf coast are headed north and reports have been heard that motels in Cape Girardeau are getting evacuees.

New boating laws in effect for holiday weekend
Friday, August 29, 2008, 10:01 PM
By Aurora Meyer

The State Water Patrol is expecting a lot of boaters on the water this Labor Day weekend.
Most boaters will be on the water during the day, which will make the waters more crowded and more congested
than a regular weekend.

"We ask the boaters to be a defensive boater keep a lookout watch around you and slow down, have more
patience," said Sgt. Jerry Callahan.
In addition to cruising defensively, boaters need to be aware of some new laws. There's a new legal limit for
blood alcohol, it's down to .08, the same as on the roads. Boats also must pass emergency vessels that are
displaying lights at idle speed and not produce any wake. Another new law is on requiring that passing channel
be kept open.
"It just comes down to a curtsey issue if you're on the small float streams make sure you're not positioning
yourself to where you may be blocking the only channel for other canoers and boaters to pass through,"
Callahan said.

Missouri Republicans applaud McCain selection of Sarah Palin as
running mate
Friday, August 29, 2008, 3:08 PM
By Steve Walsh

Missouri Republicans have been quick to weigh in on presumptive presidential nominee John McCain's choice of
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder was the first to issue a statement, applauding the selection, and saying,
"Governor Palin's integrity, strong pro-life record and her continued stance on energy independence makes her
the perfect choice to be our next Vice President."
A statement with comments from Governor Matt Blunt, Senator Kit Bond, and Missouri Republican Party
Chairman Doug Russell was then sent from GOP headquarters. Governor Blunt, who has worked with his fellow
Republican chief executive, saying, "As a fellow governor I understand the experience she will bring to



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Washington having managed a large budget, lead the state's National Guard and made tough executive
decisions for her state including cutting spending."
Senator Bond calls Palin, "A bipartisan reformer who brings the executive experience and values voters in
Missouri and across the nation are looking for."
Says Russell: "Sarah Palin is a strong conservative and the Missouri Republican Party is proud to have her as
the vice presidential nominee for the Republican Party."
State Treasurer Sarah Steelman has offered a comment of her own. "I am thrilled," writes Steelman, "With John
McCain's bold selection of Sarah Palin for Vice President" Steelman adds, "in battling wasteful and wreckless
spending by Congress, Governor Palin called for a ban on earmarks, even when they would benefit her state.
That's the kind of leadership America needs."

Missouri delegates leave Denver with history lesson in mind
Friday, August 29, 2008, 2:00 PM
By Brent Martin

The Missouri delegation has left the Democratic National Convention in Denver to return home to the real work
of the campaign. Missouri sent about 350 people to the convention which concluded last night with the
acceptance speech of Barack Obama, delivered before 85,000 people at the Broncos' stadium, across the street
from the convention center.
Delegates return inspired by speech after speech at the convention, charged up for the remaining weeks of this
election season. They also have heard a combination rally cry and history lesson from the dean of the Missouri
Congressional delegation, Ike Skelton of West-Central Missouri.
Skelton has reminded delegates that conventions are a milestone in the history books and that they have
participated in an important historic event. Skelton is confident that Barack Obama and Joe Biden can win in
November, but he warns delegates the critics are out there, saying it cannot be done. Skelton urges delegates to
work hard to prove the critics wrong.




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USA TODAY MISSOURI NEWS
Tuesday, September 2
St. Louis - Decora Jenkins, 18, was killed in her home by a bullet meant for someone else. Police said Jenkins'
boyfriend was fighting with the accused shooter over a bag of fast food when the suspect tried to shoot him, but
hit Jenkins instead. Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 28-year-old woman.




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