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Ward 2 candidate
Posted Friday, January 31, at 1:04 PM
Cape Girardeau city council Ward 2 candidate Shelly Moore did send a response for the story we ran today about Tuesday's primary, but not in time for it to be included in print. Here is what she said, via email sent Friday: Please tell me about yourself -...

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Democrat responds to Cantor visit
Posted Wednesday, November 27, at 9:55 AM

A Democrat who wants to challenge U.S. Rep. Jason Smith for the 8th Congressional District seat in 2014 commented on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Tuesday visit to Cape Girardeau in an email this morning. Smith and Cantor held a roundtable discussion on Obamacare before attending a private fundraiser for Smith...

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Movement from Smith campaign
Posted Thursday, October 17, at 5:55 PM

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith on Thursday announced the formation of a "grassroots team" of activists from the 8th District's 30 counties to support his campaign for re-election in 2014 and named leaders. Smith, a Republican from Salem, Mo., chose state Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, as his campaign chairman. Richardson competed with Smith for the GOP nomination for the congressional special election earlier this year...

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith: Defund ObamaCare
Posted Friday, September 20, at 10:19 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a resolution that would defund the Affordable Care Act and instead offer tax breaks to people who buy their own insurance. Opponents say the move would only help a looming government shutdown, but Missouri's 8th Congressional District representative said Thursday in a statement that he supports the plan...

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Swan on tax credits
Posted Saturday, September 14, at 9:09 AM

State Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, sent me some thoughts on tax credits and the state budget after I called her Friday to talk about the failed veto override attempt on House Bill 253. Here is what she had to say: Tax Credits and the State Budget...

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Wallingford, Keeney to support HB 436 override attempt
Posted Monday, September 9, at 6:43 PM

While some have questions they want answered before they vote to override a Missouri House bill that would nullify federal gun laws and others won't support an effort to override at all, two others Southeast Missouri legislators say they are on board...

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Blunt on Syria
Posted Tuesday, September 3, at 10:44 AM

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt came to Cape Girardeau Thursday to talk about his recently refiled GAS Act legislation http://www.semissourian.com/story/1998694.html, but when prompted, the Republican from Missouri also weighed in on the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons to kill about 1,500 people there on Aug. ...

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Downtown parking update
Posted Wednesday, August 21, at 4:35 PM

Asphalt overlays are nearly done or soon to be underway along the Broadway corridor, creating four new parking lots in downtown Cape Girardeau. The result, according to city engineer Casey Brunke, will be a combined 152 new parking spaces in three lots on Broadway and one at the River Heritage Museum on Independence Street...

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Pro-fracking movie to be shown in Cape
Posted Tuesday, July 23, at 12:03 PM

"FrackNation," a recently-released documentary about the positives of drilling for oil and natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, is set for a free local showing at a Cape Girardeau hotel on Aug. 13. The conservative group Americans For Prosperity is promoting the film showing locally through press releases to activist groups...

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Mining exemption
Posted Friday, July 19, at 10:31 AM

If you read our story today about the work of a mining industry lobbyist and state representative and the resulting veto of an agriculture bill by Gov. Jay Nixon, you might also be interested in the Kansas City Star's take: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/07/09/4337389/nixons-vetoes-reveal-sloppy-work.html...

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Local congressional offices
Posted Thursday, June 13, at 2:36 PM

Your new congressman, Jason Smith, opened four regional offices this week in Missouri's 8th Congressional District, his staff said Thursday. The locations are the same in Cape Girardeau, Farmington, Rolla and West Plains as held by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson during her time in office. Phone numbers have also been kept to make the transition as simple as possible, according to Smith's staff...

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Hodges, Smith attack each other with TV spots
Posted Friday, May 24, at 12:30 PM

In his first aired advertisement in the 8th Congressional District race, Democrat Steve Hodges goes after his Republican opponent, Jason Smith, on Social Security. The 30-second video, titled "Blind," features a narrator who says Smith will cut Social Security benefits because he is "loyal to Washington political bosses," and shows images of senior citizens followed by Smith at a podium rubbing his hands together...

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Welcome, Bailey
Posted Monday, May 20, at 12:39 PM

We have an intern in the newsroom this summer who will be reporting general news and helping out on my government/politics beat as needed. I started here as an intern, so I'm happy to welcome her and wish her well. I hope I don't scare her as much on her first day as our past man on the beat, Rudi Keller, scared me...

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8th District campaign hits TV
Posted Wednesday, May 8, at 4:35 PM

Republican Congressional candidate Jason Smith's campaign on Wednesday released a video advertisement in the race for the 8th District. The ad, which talks about values Smith said are important to people in the district, features Smith meeting with constituents, shows him with his family on their farm in Salem, Mo., and in hunting gear firing a rifle...

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Right-to-work protest
Posted Friday, April 19, at 7:38 PM

He didn't make it, but if he had, national right-to-work advocate Mark Mix may have met protest in Cape Girardeau. Mix was scheduled to speak to the SEMO Pachyderm Club Thursday evening in Cape Girardeau, but the event was cancelled after Mix experienced a travel delay at the Detroit airport...

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Hodges claims disagreement with Obama on gun control
Posted Thursday, April 11, at 12:46 PM

Steve Hodges, a Democratic member of Missouri's House of Representatives, and Democratic candidate for Congress, told members of a local group during an appearance Wednesday in Chaffee, Mo., that he will not vote for President Barack Obama's legislative gun control priorities if elected in Missouri's 8th District...

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Sahara's Law
Posted Thursday, April 4, at 6:08 PM

So many people remember Sahara Aldridge. She was bright, she loved sports, and she loved Rick Springfield. In November 2007, the Cape Girardeau 13-year-old died after a battle with a brainstem glioma, a malignant brain tumor with no cure. A run/walk to benefit pediatric brain tumor research is held locally each year in her honor. ...

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New Cape City Council member
Posted Thursday, April 4, at 12:48 PM

Wayne Bowen, chair of the history department at Southeast Missouri State University, will be sworn in as the newest member of Cape Girardeau's city council Monday. Bowen ran unopposed in Tuesday's special election for the Ward 6 seat. The seat was left vacant when Kathy Swan resigned to serve as state representative in the 147th House District, which includes Cape Girardeau...

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Thomas Brown short signatures
Posted Wednesday, March 27, at 4:48 PM

Thomas Brown, a retired teacher and coach who lives in Fredericktown, Mo., said Wednesday he will not likely appear on the ballot for the 8th Congressional District as an independent candidate -- but still has hopes as a write-in. "It's looking that way," he said. "I'm still a good two and a half thousand away from getting what I need."...

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Forums for 8th district
Posted Tuesday, March 26, at 8:38 AM

Republican Jason Smith's campaign sent word yesterday afternoon that he will be participating in two upcoming public forums. The first is at 7 p.m. on April 25 at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center. It will be hosted by the League of Women Voters. The second is at 6:30 p.m. on May 22 at the Cape Girardeau Public Library and it is hosted by the Cape County Tea Party...

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Erin Ragan began writing for the Southeast Missourian during a college journalism internship and later freelanced in news, arts and entertainment and special publications. She grew up in Southeast Missouri schools, coming from Malden, Mo. Her first beat at the Southeast Missourian was K-12 and higher education, but recently she made the switch to city government and political news.
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