Thursday, August 19
Tuesday, August 17
KSPR News is reporting that the fire at a Springfield apartment complex was the result of an electrical issue. The larger issue at hand wasn't the fire, however, but the lack of smoke detectors and sprinkler systems in the building. Check out the KSPR report below.
Sunday, August 15
The moral of this story is two-fold: 1) Don't do crack and 2) Don't tick off the judge while in possession of crack.
Saturday, August 14
- Mitt Romney 21%
- Sarah Palin 18%
- Newt Geingrich 15%
- Mike Huckabee 14%
- Ron Paul 10%
- Haley Barbour 3%
- Tim Pawlenty 3%
- Mike Pence 3%
- Rick Santorum 2%
Thursday, August 12
Former Lawrence County Sheriff Doug Seneker has passed away at the age of 75. Visitation will be held tomorrow, Friday, August 13 at 6 pm at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt Vernon. The funeral will be held on Saturday.
KSPR has a full bio on him. Please click here to read it.
Wednesday, August 11
Do you know what the irony in of all this is? Both women were integral parts of statewide campaigns that did not receive a majority of Missouri's support. Hanaway failed in her attempt to become the Secretary of State in 2004 and Mrs. Hulshof's husband Kenny lost the race for governor in 2008. Maybe the third time will be the charm.
Tuesday, August 10
That being said, trying to find footage of Sen. Stevens in a positive manner was hard to come by. I was able to find this clip of news from KTVA profiling the Senator.
Monday, August 9
Sunday, August 8
According to an article from the Joplin Globe, the debates will be held at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the steps of each county courthouse in the 7th district.
I appreciate the willingness of both candidates to head to every county in the district to campaign and debate, but I have many problems with this format. The greatest is the timing of the events. These debates leave out a large section of the population -- those who work. While a "high noon showdown" on the courthouse steps sounds cutesy, only voters who don't work and have a way to their respective county seat of government will be able to watch what takes place.
If the candidates really wanted to express their views to the people then why not debate in the evenings when a larger cross section of the public could watch?
I expected better from the man who is "fed up" with politics as usual and from the guy who fought the government for the people. Guess I expected too much. I mean, allowing the most people possible to hear your policy positions is a crazy thought that went out the window a couple of decades ago.
I guess I should look on the bright side. At least we know the debates will happen. Now we will wait to find out if anyone will be able to watch.
Saturday, August 7
Friday, August 6
Thursday, August 5
Update (12:00 p.m.): CNN is reporting two fatalities. It is not known from which vehicle the fatalities are from.
Update (12:14 p.m.): KYTV is reporting that the buses contained 8th grade band students. The accident involved a semi, two school buses, and a car.
Update (3:30 p.m.): KSDK TV is confirming that the driver of the car along with a female band student aboard one of the buses are the two fatalities.
Turner operates the blog The Turner Report which is, in my opinion, the source for political information in Southwest Missouri.
Sarah Steelman's radio program airs on KWTO Thursdays from 10 -11 a.m.
Wednesday, August 4
I agree that many of will line up behind him. There is always a certain percentage of people who will fall in line with a candidate, regardless of their views, because of the party affiliation. In this race, however, there seems to be more unhappiness with the nominee than I have seen in years. Normally those people who are really unhappy would just stay home on election day, but last night the Democrats nominated a less than liberal candidate and the Libertarians have an outspoken advocate on their side. Additionally, it appears that if enough signatures are verified, Dean Moore will be running as an Independent.
Tuesday, August 3
Update (8:20 p.m.): The AP has called the Republican primary for MO's US Senate Race for Roy Blunt.
Update (2:00 P.M.): Randy Turner of the Turner Report blog has uncovered some additional information:
"An online travel inventory posted by Erwin shows that he was in New Mexico on June 15, 2007. The inventory only dates back to 2006, however."
UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): Joplin Globe is confirming that there were three locations where investigators were searching -- Fox Farm Whole Foods on 32nd Street, Erwin Photo Studio on S. Main, and a home at 411 Main St. The Globe is also confirming that these addresses are connected to Ron Erwin. He is a Joplin business owner, best known for his store Eccentrix.
SMO: Why did you jump into this race?
Wisdom: I entered the congressional race because, like other constituents in the Seventh District, I was frustrated with the direction of the country after the meltdown on Wall Street began to affect Main Street. Our leaders were taking the country down a dangerous path of debt and spending. I had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq and felt the call to serve again, this time in elected office. I wanted to make a difference. I knew I had the economic background and fortitude to make the tough decisions needed in our nation's capital. I had new conservative approaches to the economy, immigration, health care, etc.
SMO: In a crowded field of Republican candidates, what exactly sets you apart from the rest of the candidates?
Wisdom: I am the only candidate in the race that has served in either Iraq or Afghanistan. I did detainee operations in Iraq, so I am very familiar with our mission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I am the only Republican that has studied the economy extensively. I am the only candidate with new ideas: economic plan, immigration plan, etc. I am the only candidate to make a pledge to the district.
SMO: What qualifications or experiences make you most qualified for this position?
Wisdom: As a well-rounded individual, I have spent over half my life in public service, first the classroom, then the battlefield, now hopefully elected office. I have degrees in economics, political science, business, and education. I have served the country in uniform and taken an oath to defend our principles, values, and Constitution. I have proven I can be frugal with resources. Our campaign has spent approximately $20,000 and we have even produced and run radio and television ads. I have sought to prove that an effective campaign can be run on a small budget. In other words, I have proven I can be a good steward of the people's resources in Congress. Some campaigns have spent much more, but achieved smaller results. I seek to live by example.
SMO: What are the three most important issues you want to tackle in DC if elected to this office?
Wisdom: The most pressing issue is the creation of jobs. We must get the country working again to achieve true economic recovery. We must also deal with the massive problem of illegal immigration. If we do not secure our borders, it will affect our economy, our educational system, and our health care resources. A third very important issue is curtailing government spending. If we do not cut the size of the federal budget and stop monetizing our debt, we are laying the foundation for hyperinflation which could end up collapsing our currency.
SMO: Why should an undecided voter cast their ballot for you today?
Wisdom: During the last week of the campaign, other candidates opted to go negative. My campaign has remained positive from day one, and I have focused on solutions to our nation's problems and substantive issues. I have worked hard throughout the district to meet people and listen to their concerns. I will be a congressman they can trust and on which they can depend.
1) What is voter turnout like in Springfield, Joplin, and in the Monett/Mt Vernon/Aurora areas? This may give us some idea of the base level of support the top 3 candidates in 7th Congressional district may have. For Long to win, he must carry Springfield by a large margin. For Goodman to win, he must carry his home district by a significant margin. For Nodler to win, he must carry the Newton/Jasper county vote by an astronomical margin.
2) What is the feeling on the ground in some of the other larger communities in the 7th District? Bolivar and Branson have been somewhat overlooked in this race in my opinion. Who carries their vote might decide who wins if this contest is a true nailbiter.
3) Will Democrats vote in their own primary or will they cast a Republican ballot? There is a primary for the 7th Congressional District seat on the Democratic side, which may help limit the number of Democrats who vote in the Republican primary.
4) What is voter turnout like in Kansas City and St. Louis? The Secretary of State's office predicted lower voter turnout totals in the urban areas of Missouri than the rural ones. Projections were for only 10% of registered Kansas City voters to go to the polls. If this does come to fruition, Proposition C will likely have an easier time passing.
Let us know what you are seeing in your area as you vote today!
Monday, August 2
US Senate: I think both Robin Carnahan and Roy Blunt will win easily. I think Chuck Purgason will pull double digit percentages, however, when all the votes are counted.
State Auditor: This is a hard one to figure out. I think when it comes down to it, as much as I hate his cheesy nickname, IceT will win.
Proposition C: Passes. Look for this to be a big topic on the cable news channels Wednesday.
129th District: Bill White wins. For a state house race, this one has been rather nasty.
130th District: This is a toughie. I think Lynn Otey wins.
140th District: Lincoln Hough will win.
4th Congressional District Republican Primary: I believe Vicky Hartzler will prevail. She will take on Democratic nominee, Ike Skelton.
7th Congressional District Democratic Primary: Scott Eckersley should win this race.
7th Congressional District Republican Primary: This is the toughest race of all for me to call. I can see this going four different ways. In the end, I have to go with my gut. I predict that Goodman will win. But it will be close... possibly nailbitingly so. This has been a nasty last week in the campaign.
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