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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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Jo Ann Emerson filed for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri's Eighth Congressional District this morning in Jefferson City. Emerson, a Republican, has served southern Missouri in Congress since 1996.

"Representing the Eighth District in Congress is a tremendous honor, and I am very much looking forward to the conversation about the issues on voters' minds that we will have over the next several months," Emerson said. "Our congressional district is diverse, we have unique strengths, we're home to wonderful people, and our voice is very important in today's political environment. I like to think we come to the national political discussion with common sense on our minds, not hyper-partisanship or narrow interests."

According to Emerson, the political environment in the nation's capital has never been more challenging.

"The next two years are crucial to Missouri. I'm entrenched in a fight to prevent cap-and-trade taxes on the gasoline and electricity we use in our homes and economy. I've long been working to lower the price of prescription drugs and to expand health care in rural areas of our country, by rejecting huge government expansion of our health care system that eliminates choices for Americans. And we need to see through some major contributions to our economic infrastructure that will create jobs and grow opportunity in southern Missouri. The next two years will bear out many of these discussions. I'm looking forward to being part of some real solutions for the American people."

She also noted that national liberal political interests are targeting every Republican seat they can.

"In a year where conservatives are sure to pick up seats in Congress, Nancy Pelosi and the liberal establishment are going to fight for any and every seat they can get in order to cling to power in the House. But I think the policies of the liberal left have been roundly rejected in southern Missouri, and I look forward to the opportunity to work on an agenda where the ideas of our district are given the credence and merit they deserve," Emerson said.

www.joannemerson.com


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And another two years of record setting unemployment in the district, record lows in median income and record lows in economic growth for the district. Sure as hell doesnt sound like something I'd want to continue.

People over politics my ***.

-- Posted by poplarproud72 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 12:56 PM

Hey, Poplar--Why so angry and bitter? I'd be bitter, too, if my candidate only cursed the darkness and took no stands on anything, except of course the Pelosi health care bill. I understand he doesn't know enough about the district or current events to take principled stands on most issues--but, as an ex-military man, surely he has a position on gays in the military. So, why won't he tell us what that position is? Also, for someone who is so devoted to health care for all, why doesn't he pay the health care costs of his own staff? The proof is in his actions, not his empty statements.

-- Posted by VIKED on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 1:20 PM

Art, I mean poplarproud, when was the last time you voted for the winner of the Congressional election in the 8th? 1978? Sorry, but I'm going to side with the vast majority of people who respect and admire Jo Ann.

-- Posted by northside8 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 1:33 PM

Northside: I am proud to be a Democrat, but I don't vote for the winner, I vote for the right person. It's why I have voted for Kit Bond in the past, he is a stand up guy. Your statement is a stretch.

VIKED: How's Washington DC treating you? You're obviously one of Emerson's interns. No one is THAT much of a political cartoon character. I was a Congressional intern in college too, its fun to bash the other side, but just remember, that this is a debate over the future of the district that I live in. This isn't pure politics, there is real things at stake here.

When I met Tommy, and asked him about healthcare and cap and trade and the like, he answered my questions. Maybe you should ask him in person. He doesnt have to tell everyone everything.

Oh, and last time I looked, Emerson's issues page doesnt have anything substantive, nor has she been a leader on any issue that has gotten play and has a chance of passing.

-- Posted by poplarproud72 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 2:17 PM

It's kind of hard to ask Tommy any questions when he's so busy jet setting to New York, California and DC raising money from Howard Dean/Nancy Pelosi/Lorne Michaels/Harry Reid/Wes Clark.

I guess 28 days in the 8th district are all we're going to get from him.

Hope he has a backup plan come November...

-- Posted by cjb2m5 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 2:46 PM

Art--I live in the District. I have asked Tommy about Cap and Trade. He would not answer me. If he has answered you, tell us, what is his position? Why won't he pay health care for his staff? Tell us. I'm frustrated with him because he won't answer these simple questions. I am a Democrat. We just don't need any more phonies in Congress who will not stake out positions on the issues. Saying people don't want 14 point positions--which is his stock answer is cute, but it answers nothing. As I have noted he is for the house health care bill. But he has taken no other positions--on anything. What is his position on Gays in the military? Surely, as a military man, he has a position on that.

-- Posted by VIKED on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 3:18 PM

Art--I live in the District. I have asked Tommy about Cap and Trade. He would not answer me. If he has answered you, tell us, what is his position? Why won't he pay health care for his staff? Tell us. I'm frustrated with him because he won't answer these simple questions. I am a Democrat. We just don't need any more phonies in Congress who will not stake out positions on the issues. Saying people don't want 14 point positions--which is his stock answer is cute, but it answers nothing. As I have noted he is for the house health care bill. But he has taken no other positions--on anything. What is his position on Gays in the military? Surely, as a military man, he has a position on that.

-- Posted by VIKED on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 3:21 PM

Who is Art?

Look, I can't speak for the guy, obviously. I just want everyone to be a little bit more relaxed about this, conversations like these can be a real headache. All I can do is give him my vote, which I will do with pride.

In the end, we're all on the same side here. We all want the district to be better, we all want people to have healthcare and their lives to be better. We just all have differing ways of going about what is affecting our country. Arguments like these, with people like me, are not productive.

If you dont like whats going on, run for office. Thats why its there!

-- Posted by poplarproud72 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 3:30 PM

You don't have to run for office to ask for stands on the major issues. As a Democrat, I just don't want any more officials who either hide or do not have true positions. You are right, though--in the end we are on the same side. I look forward to a true debate on issues--not silliness about blue Tiffany boxes and who spends the most time in DC. But, that means that all candidates must take positions. I look forward to tommy staking out positions on issues.

-- Posted by VIKED on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 3:48 PM

Art, you want everybody to have healthcare, great! How are you and Tommy and Howard Dean planning to pay for it? On the backs of my kids and grandkids? Tommy picked the wrong district in the wrong year. This is a Republican district with an incumbent that gets 1/3 of D's. Looks like we're all on the same side. Who's side are you on? And where have you met Tommy? I'd like to know the story.

-- Posted by northside8 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 4:50 PM

OMG! She went against Bob Parker's advice not to run! She's in trouble now!

-- Posted by almighty on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 6:09 PM

I am very happy that Jo Ann filed for reelection. Jo Ann is a known commodity and will continue to represent Missouri well. That Sowers guy was endorsed by Howard Dean. If Dean is throwing Blanche Lincoln under the bus because she is moderate, what did Tommy Sowers say to Dean to get him to back the Sowers campaign? Seriously, we are talking about HOWARD DEAN!

-- Posted by ResAdjudicata on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 7:05 PM

she is a do-nothing. no jobs eve come here, she caters to the rich farmers, and money. ever hear of a plant or manufactor coming to semo? she is a republican and she gets re-elected in a dumb district.

-- Posted by workingdude on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 8:30 PM

Looks like she is going with the Don Johnson look from Miami Vice

-- Posted by gman on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:35 PM

Welcome to the race, Ms. Emerson

Larry Bill, Independent Conservative Candidate for Congress, 8th District, Missouri

visit: http://larrybill.com/why-i-m-running/

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:37 PM

Let's see, Emerson is in the race now, if re-elected she can continue;

More Cash for Clunkers

Embryonic Stem-cell research that kill embryo's with your tax dollars, Continue to bailout GM and Chrysler, Export more jobs with more CAFTA like trade deals, tac on more earmarks to mega spending bills such as the 410 Billion dollar Omnibus bill that she put a 3 million dollar earmark on to fund the socialist hunger center that her daughter works at, see Emerson class of 20 at Hungercenter.org.

Nothing but lip service on illegal aliens, they have been releasing them for years. EPA has been destroying jobs here in Missouri for years, glad she just noticed it.

She voted for more staff pay increases for Congress LAST YEAR! She has been part of the problem in Washington for years, especially the last 4. She does not get the right to life endorsement. She is not even considered a Conservative anymore but a moderate/liberal.

She is an expert on jumping on an issue and beating it hard to cover up this record. Illegals, cap and trade are good examples. This is professional encumbent politics at it's finest.

I am pro gun, pro life, pro America! I have run a business in the 8th district for 33 years and have fought for property rights and freedom for years.

I have taken positions on most major issues on my website, I am not afraid to tell you what I stand for www.electbobparker.com

Mrs. Emerson is in trouble this election. I hoped she would not run because I will educate the people of her record and that they have a choice this year.

I don't think this district will elect someone that has been part of the bailout, clunker, earmark mania that has bankrupted our country.

I have just put together a 3 hour video explaining who I am and what I stand for. Log onto my website and request one.

Again, I challenge Mrs. Emerson to a debate. If she is such a good candidate why won't she debate me? I am not afraid of my record, I will gladly explain what I stand for and who I am.

Why don't all you bloggers help put together a debate in Cape and let's get all the candidates together so you can all ask your questions. I would be glad to do it.

Sincerely,

Bob Parker

Congress in 2010

Missouri's 8th district

www.electbobparker.com

-- Posted by electbobparker.com on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 7:43 AM

if you can't spell incumbent, you shouldn't be allowed to challenge one...

-- Posted by cjb2m5 on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 8:40 AM

3 HOUR VIDEO? That is ridiculous Bob Parker. People don't even watch movies that long. I bet we spend 30 minutes watching Bob Parker eat lunch and another 30 minutes watching you fashion an aluminum foil helmet to keep the government from reading your thoughts. The rest of the 2 hours we probably watch Bob Parker read "Catcher in the Rye" out loud.

-- Posted by ResAdjudicata on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 8:31 PM

I'm with Resadjudicata. I'm scared of this Bob Parker. I'm sure not giving him my address to mail a three hour video Bob made himself to my house. That is like the Unabomber.

-- Posted by Sgt Sausage on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 9:27 PM

and Bob is pro Ron Paul who is for legalized pot, anti-israel, pro-iran, anti-sanctions on iran, etc etc etc. Nuff Said!!

-- Posted by bionicrotor on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 9:50 PM

"Jo Ann is the best advocate Southern Missouri could hope to have!"??? That's the political equivalent of battered spouse syndrome.."I know he is no good to me but I guess I just don't deserve any better"

Look around at how bad things have gotten down here over the past 10 years (and they haven't been this bad everywhere else in the country), and what has she done? Nothing. Time for her to retire.

-- Posted by mudbug on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 7:11 AM

mudbug, that is about as glass half empty as you could every be. First, she is the best considering the options. Second, if you have not seen all this money she has brought to SE MO you have not been watching. I bet you are sitting in an office somewhere with a TOMMYBOY sign on the door. To be as obtuse as your statement takes a conscious choice to be ignorant.

-- Posted by bionicrotor on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 8:38 AM

And if you are waiting for GOVERNMENT to make things better around here, your hope is completely based on the wrong organization. Personal reponsibility and effort, pulling yourself up by you bootstraps, initiative and work ethic--these are better things to base your hope on than government. It is an age old fact!!

-- Posted by bionicrotor on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 8:43 AM

Hey, I'm not the one bragging about all the GOVERNMENT (i.e., borrowed from China) earmark dollars she brings back here.....all the private sector dollars have left on her watch...

-- Posted by mudbug on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 8:53 AM

To totally dominate the mid-term elections, Republicans should pick a single earmark in their own districts and introduce legislation to eliminate it. The legislation should specifiy that such earmark elimination will go for debt reduction and no other purpose.

I would recommend stopping $360,000 for the Girl Scouts in New York from our own representative.

Original request was $500,000.

http://www.house.gov/emerson/financial2....

This symbolic legislation would demonstrate Republicans have regained the fiscal restraint religion they lost in the Bush administration.

Thanks,

Larry Bill, Independent Conservative Candidate, 8th District, Missouri

http://larrybill.com/a-link-to-the-radio...

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 9:32 AM

Frankly, I don't think any politician is on "my" side. I think the "little guys" are in for a major screwing no matter who gets in. Wait until the "Fair Tax" passes. You will be taxed to death for everything, just wait and see, who would think up taxing rent, doctor visits, prescriptions, cars, EVERYTHING! Taxes on taxes! Its crazy!

-- Posted by ArcticFox on Tue, Mar 9, 2010, at 2:10 PM


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