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Paid candidate letters

Gardner has the experience (07/31/14)
Michael Gardner has the right experience for circuit judge. I strongly encourage you to vote for Michael Gardner as our next circuit judge. He has the right experience for the job. Michael graduated second out of 180 students in his law class at the University of Missouri. ...
Blattner very knowledgeable (07/31/14)
As a former employee of the recorder's office, and having worked for the current recorder, I am writing in support of Drew Blattner for recorder of deeds. Drew puts serving the public first. He is very knowledgeable in his field and has the most experience in proper preservation, storage and management of records. ...
Clark is customer-focused (07/31/14)
I've seen how Recorder Scott R. Clark has helped people needing access to public records, and I've heard others speak of similar experiences. Scott's focus on customer service and accessibility are obvious. Whether you're recording or searching for a document, Scott and his staff are always pleasant and customer-focused. ...
Why I'm running and what I stand for (07/31/14)
I'm a democratic candidate for state representative, and I've been out knocking on doors, talking to people, and handing out fliers almost every day now for about two months. The most common questions I get are: Why are you running? and What do you stand for?...
Progress made in county records (07/31/14)
On Aug. 5, Cape County voters will face an important decision in the recorder of deeds election. I believe voters should make that decision based on facts, with knowledge of the progress made within the office in the past three and a half years. My first term as recorder has been dedicated to enhancing access to records. ...
Victor Gunn: Right man for Ward 3 (07/31/14)
Although I am not a resident of Ward 3, I do have a vested interest in our great city and the Ward 3 City Council position. I am a Victor Gunn fan, and I have been for many years. Victor has a sincere interest in our city, with family roots going back more than 100 years...
Clark is enthusiastic leader (07/31/14)
I supported Scott Clark four years ago for the office of recorder of deeds because of his dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the SEMO Pachyderm Club, an organization to inform and develop leaders for our republic. Scott received the Pachyderms' highest award, the Tough Tusk award, this year...
Former county employee supports Blattner (07/31/14)
Having worked in the recorder of deeds offices for 33 years, including during the current recorder, I strongly support Drew Blattner for recorder of deeds. It was a pleasure to work with Drew in interoffice dealings between the recorder's office and the archive center...
Allen Moss: Trusted by law enforcement (07/28/14)
I am a supporter for Allen to be our next Circuit Judge, Division 1, because of his servant leadership and experience. I have known Allen, worked with Allen on various committees, and seen Allen in action professionally. Allen is a man with the experience: 27 years of experience as an attorney, experience as assistant attorney general, experience as a trial lawyer and experience as a municipal judge...
Clark a knowledgeable recorder (07/21/14)
I am writing to support Scott R. Clark, incumbent candidate for Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds. As a former chief deputy recorder working in that office for more than 46 years, I was trained by a recorder of deeds, and in my time there I trained three other recorders. Of all of them, Scott was the most knowledgeable about the office and what's happening within this field. The improvements he has made over the past three years have been tremendous...
I will listen (07/21/14)
I'm a Democratic candidate for state representative, and I know how to listen. I've had training on listening, and I know about active listening, body language, tone, etc. I've worked at jobs where listening is critical. I believe elected officials are tools people can use to shape their government and solve their problems. And the better the officials listen, the better they can serve. I will listen, and I will respond to your inquiries, even if the response is not what you want to hear...
Position on unions (07/10/14)
Most of us agree that we need government, even if parts are flawed. But if given the choice, would we all pay our taxes? No! I think similar statements can be made about labor unions. Like parts of government, some unions have been flawed, but unions in general have served workers well. ...
Position on abortion (07/03/14)
I've never met anyone who is comfortable with abortions. Everyone I've talked to is personally opposed to abortion as a means of birth control. I feel the same way. But abortions are legal. Like it or not, the Supreme Court decided that women have a right to have an abortion if they choose...
Work for the middle class (06/26/14)
Republicans take care of the wealthy, as evidenced by the recent tax cut for the wealthiest Missourians and the last-minute special interest deals for those with connections. We all take care of the poor with our taxes, donations, volunteering, etc., and that is good. We should always share with those who are less fortunate...
Neal E. Boyd receives Right to Life endorsement (09/27/12)
Sikeston, Mo. -- State representative District 149 candidate Neal E. Boyd, R-Sikeston, is pleased to announce that he has received the endorsement of Missouri Right to Life, the oldest and largest pro-life group in Missouri. The group works to pass legislation protecting the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death...
Jones has the skills for assessor (08/02/12)
I have had the privilege of interacting with Amy Jones professionally as a real estate broker as well as a contractor and land developer for more than 15 years. These experiences have equipped Amy with a tremendous base to flourish in the role as our next county assessor. ...
Metzger the best choice for public administrator (08/02/12)
On Tuesday, the voters of Cape Girardeau County will choose a Republican nominee for public administrator. This office has many demands and the diversity of the right candidate is extremely important in meeting those needs. Back in February of this year, on the first day of filing to run for public office, I was quoted in the Southeast Missourian newspaper as stating: "I personally made the decision not to file and run for this office upon learning that Julie Metzger would be in the race. ...
Jones has wealth of knowledge for assessor position (08/02/12)
Amy Jones is the clear choice for Cape Girardeau County assessor. Through many professional and personal experiences we have come to know Amy as an individual with integrity, professionalism and one who will always work to make sure her responsibilities are handled properly. We believe her wealth of knowledge and experience is exactly what this job requires. We are convinced that she will be a true asset to our community as county assessor. Join us in voting for Amy Jones on Tuesday...
Bob Parker, 8th District congressional candidate (08/02/12)
Bob believes in:n Pro-life from conception until natural death; Please pull a Republican ballot and vote for Bob Parker on Tuesday. Let's take America back. CATHY CLAYTON, 519 Tanglewood Ave., Sikeston, MO 63801...
Tremendous respect for Amy Jones (08/02/12)
It was a pleasure working with Amy Jones while planning the inaugural United Way's New Year's Eve fundraiser. I gained tremendous respect for Amy during our daily conversations. She was extremely committed and creative -- making the event a tremendous success...
Metzger for Cape County public administrator (08/02/12)
I have been a registered nurse for more than 30 years working with terminal patients and those with chronic diseases. It has been my lifelong passion to serve and care for others. Because of my professional experience in health care, I possess firsthand knowledge of what qualifications are needed to manage the position of public administrator. ...
Reitzel a trustworthy person (08/02/12)
Caring, compassion and a broad knowledge of medicine are a few words use to describe the qualifications of a public administrator. Only one candidate meets all of these requirements. I know from firsthand experience. Eight years ago my mother was diagnosed with skin cancer on her face. ...
Kelley is hardworking and compassionate (08/02/12)
I would like to personally endorse Kim Kelley for the job of Cape Girardeau County public administrator. I have known Kim for a number of years and worked with her on the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce as well as other business interfaces. I know her to be very hard working and compassionate. ...
Jones uniquely qualified for assessor (08/02/12)
We are very fortunate to have a candidate for assessor like Amy Jones who possesses all of the attributes needed to make her uniquely qualified. As a result, Amy will be able to step in on day one and provide a smooth transition. We all need to make sure Amy Jones becomes our next Cape Girardeau County assessor...
Thank you to supporters (08/02/12)
The primary election Tuesday will soon be upon us. My wife Karen and I have met some wonderful people out on the campaign trail; we look forward to meeting them again as our united pro-life Republican Party pushes for a conservative victory in November!...
Emerson plays both sides (08/02/12)
Jo Ann Emerson at the White House health care forum in 2009:"Thank you very much for your passion on this issue." "I thank you so very much because for me this has been a passion for all 13 years I've been in Congress." "We all need to give a little."...
Ending unnecessary spending programs (08/02/12)
Over the years, payroll taxes collected have supported Social Security payments. Until recently, payroll deductions easily covered the payments. The excess was used by our current Congress members to "invest" in other government programs. Unfortunately, in 2010 and 2011, there was an actual shortage in payroll deductions. Government borrowed money from investors and from the Federal Reserve to cover the Social Security checks. Experts forecast a funding shortage for this year as well...
Jones is a great leader (08/02/12)
Amy Jones will be a hard-working employee for Cape Girardeau County! I've had the privilege to work for Amy Jones as the project manager of Walden Park. Amy is a great leader, has a strong work ethic and is an amazing manager. With Amy's background, I know she is well prepared for the position of assessor. ...
Best lt. gov. candidate on the issues (08/02/12)
There are many fine candidates in the Democratic primary election for lieutenant governor, but in my opinion Democrats should vote for the candidate who has the best chance to win the general election. I think that will be the candidate who is best on issues most likely to appeal to moderates and independents, and I think that is me: The care of our seniors and veterans, freezing property taxes for seniors and others on fixed incomes, ending animal abuse on factory farms, protecting family farms, ending public funds for companies like Walmart which don't need it, a constitutional amendment to ban corporate political contributions, college loans for all, improving early childhood education and primary and secondary education generally. ...
Jones always comes through (08/02/12)
I support Amy Jones for Cape Girardeau County assessor. My family and I live in a home at Walden Park in Cape Girardeau. Amy has served as the managing partner/developer of Walden Park and has proven herself to be hard working, dedicated and above all, trustworthy. ...
What others are saying about Debra Tracy (08/02/12)
Wondering who to cast your ballot for Tuesday for public administrator? I'm Mark Cook, former principal of Jefferson Elementary School, and I agree with what these supporters and co-workers know about Debra Tracy! "Deb is honest, fair, and capable. I am confident she will be a competent and conscientious public administrator." -- Carolyn Ford-Bock...
Concerns with candidate's qualifications (08/02/12)
As an informed voter, I have studied the qualifications of all the public administrator candidates and wonder why the Pachyderm and elite ranking Republican party members have chosen one of the least qualified people on the ticket, Lisa Reitzel. Maybe all she has to offer is that she is a Republican. ...
Purcell doesn't represent you (08/02/12)
I read Jay Purcell's re-election signs, and after I quit laughing, I started examining his statements. "Proven effective leader"? 1) He was not very effective at organizing a union at Dana, losing the vote by a 2-1 margin -- some leader! 2) He was very effective in getting Dana to move its plant to Mexico, costing us numerous skilled high-paying jobs -- some leader! 3) He was very effective in secretly taping private conversations and making them public. ...
Reitzel a good choice for public administrator (08/02/12)
Lisa Reitzel for public administrator:In a few days Cape Girardeau County voters will select a Republican candidate for public administrator. One candidate possesses all the criteria for the office. That's Lisa. She is medically qualified: A registered nurse, working for Dr. Deisher for the past 15 years, providing daily care to his patients...
Lichtenegger a proven advocate for senior citizens, disabled (08/02/12)
To all people with disabilities and senior citizens struggling, Donna Lichtenegger has proved she understands and will continue fighting for our needs in Jefferson City. Compassion is not a thought, Donna puts the word into action every day. If you think there is no way, vote Donna Lichtenegger, a proven advocate for all...
Andrews is professional, honest and committed to Cape County (08/02/12)
Vote for Ron Andrews, assessor, on Tuesday! I have known Ron since the late 1970s when my mother, Winnie, worked as a voter registration clerk in the county clerk's office. Ron implemented the first computerized voter registration system for the county, trained then-County Clerk Rodney Miller and his staff on how to perform data entry/reporting, and provided ongoing support as needed...
Jones has tremendous work ethic (08/02/12)
Amy Jones is the best Republican candidate for Cape Girardeau County assessor. We have been acquainted with Amy for 18 years. She has a tremendous work ethic and is a person of integrity. Amy is very prepared for the assessor's job because of her background as a real estate broker/owner and owner of a construction/development company. ...
Supporting Reitzel for public administrator (08/02/12)
Why I support Lisa Reitzel for public administrator:I've known Lisa since we were youngsters singing in church. She is a person of faith in words and deeds. She is the only candidate that has worked tirelessly for our local Republican party to keep it strong, and she truly is 100 percent conservative...
Paid election letter: Tracy can navigate the shoals of government (07/30/12)
I support Deb Tracy for public administrator of Cape Girardeau County. To care for 150 wards of the county, deemed unable to make sound and safe decisions for themselves, requires a person with empathy -- certainly. A good listener -- very helpful. ...
Paid election letter: Friese shows character in honesty (07/30/12)
Why vote for Mary Ann Friese for public administrator? Among the obvious reasons: she is well-qualified, has probate experience, real estate experience, is hardworking and has managed a successful business for more than 30 years; she is an honest person...
Paid election letter: Bob Parker: Patriot for Congress (07/30/12)
Knocking on doors, parades, town halls, Lincoln Days, meet and greets and more, Parker has made himself available to the people through public events and feet on the ground. He has accepted no special interest money, but has run his campaign with hardworking volunteers in the district (zero paid employees), proving that hard work out performs big spending. ...
Paid election letter: Jones has diverse experience (07/30/12)
I will be casting my vote for Amy Jones for county assessor on Aug. 7. Amy's diverse experience includes starting and managing a real estate development and construction company and a broker/owner of a real estate sales company. Owning and managing these companies in addition to being a real estate agent makes her the most well rounded candidate. ...
Paid election letter: Experience with government's overregulation (07/30/12)
Government regulations stopped my efforts to build a new business. We decided to develop a milk processing business in our local town. After acquiring the site, we contacted agencies who regulate this business. The Department of Natural Resources representatives notified me that the sewage processing rules had changed and that I would have to install a system 100 times more expensive than planned. ...
Paid election letter: Jones is most qualified GOP candidate for assessor (07/30/12)
Amy Jones is the most qualified Republican candidate for our next assessor. I feel Amy will do an accurate and fair valuation of real and personal property in Cape Girardeau County. She is intelligent and a very energetic lady wanting to do a great job. Amy is a Christian person which I feel is very, very important! She has made many commitments to the community and has volunteered for lots of service organizations. I believe Amy Jones is the best choice for Cape Girardeau County assessor...
Paid election letter: Metzger has the background and skills to be public administrator (07/30/12)
I'm voting for Julie Metzger for public administrator. In my position as an employee in the health information department of the hospital, I see firsthand the level of knowledge and skills required to be the Cape Girardeau County public administrator. ...
Paid election letter: Hitt is a poised leader (07/30/12)
Coach Van Hitt has more than 40 years of experience in the education system as a teacher, coach and administrator. Van assisted me and many others during his time with the Jackson School District as an educator, coach and role model. Van is also a lifelong farmer and previous small-business owner, which has given him invaluable hands-on experience. ...
Paid election letter: Wallingford is a true conservative (07/30/12)
I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent Southeast Missouri for eight years, and I want to thank the people of the 27th District for all of their support. Our district will be asked to elect a new state senator this year, and the first step in that process comes with the primary election in August...
Paid election letter: Adams is perfect for assessor's job (07/30/12)
Please support Bob Adams for Cape Girardeau County assessor. I am also in the appraisal business (a different company than Bob's), and this man is perfect for the job. He knows the business inside out, and I can tell you that county assessors, Realtors and appraisers all know what they are getting with Bob -- a sharp, sincere man of integrity...
Paid election letter: Adams knows Cape Girardeau County real estate (07/30/12)
I endorse Bob Adams for county assessor. Why? Bob Adams knows Cape Girardeau County real estate. Bob has served our area as a licensed appraiser for over three decades -- in the fields, the creeks and the backyards of Cape Girardeau County -- establishing the value of every type of real estate. ...
Paid election letter: Democracy has spoken (07/30/12)
Let us set the record straight. A July 26 letter to the editor claims to be supportive of the right to vote. However, the author of said letter obviously doesn't trust the voters of Jackson when their voices are heard. Trust is a key ingredient in our society and I trust the voters to have made the decision they felt was best. It is my sincere hope that this individual soon realizes that no matter the number of voters involved in a decision, democracy has spoken. Let it rest...
Paid election letter: Jay Purcell works for you (07/30/12)
Cape Girardeau County voters:I am Dick Kent Withers of the Cape Girardeau County Park Board, and I want to tell you why I am voting to re-elect our County Commissioner Jay Purcell. As our county commissioner, Jay Purcell has assumed the duties of the retiring park superintendent for no additional salary, which saves the citizens over $50,000 a year...
Disappointed with Parker's position on amendment (07/26/12)
As an active member of the Missouri Army National Guard, I am disappointed that Bob Parker supports jury trials for terrorists. The Smith-Amash amendment does just that and Bob Parker has vocalized adamant support for it. Fortunately, Rep. Emerson stood against the ACLU and the Council on American-Islamic Relations and voted against this dangerous amendment. ...
Reitzel a stalwart of Republican campaigns (07/26/12)
Each of the other 11 Republican candidates in the race for public administrator has credentials in their own right. Only two are members of the central committee. One of those has only held office for two years, and his participation has been somewhat lacking. As a committeeman, by state party rules, I am forbidden to endorse or campaign for a candidate in a contested primary. So here goes a nonendorsement, just the facts...
Adams prepared to serve in General Assembly (07/26/12)
When I think of a person who would be the best service-oriented person to represent the 146th District, I think of Gerald Adams. It was my pleasure to serve with Gerald on the Jackson School Board. I found him willing to put in the time necessary to accomplish what is needed. He is levelheaded and approaches issues in a down-to-earth manner. I found him to care what his constituents thought. All of these qualities would only make him the best representative of the 146th District...
Faith a compass on pro-life views, other issues (07/26/12)
Accepting Christ as my personal savior in 1975 changed my life. I found that having God in my life serves as a compass for activities like raising a family, running a business and advocating for property rights. My stands against abortion and federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research come from my faith and understanding of the Holy Scriptures. ...
Metzger the most qualified candidate for public administrator (07/26/12)
Determining who is the most qualified candidate for Cape County public administrator:As an eligible voter in Cape Girardeau County, I feel it is my duty to examine the qualifications of candidates and determine who has the best ability to serve the position. ...
Libertarian view on war on drugs (07/26/12)
The Libertarian Party has consistently denounced the failed war on drugs for 41 years. Here are a few facts:n Five hundred thousand-plus people currently are incarcerated on drug-related charges; I welcome any adult discussion regarding the failed war on drugs. Obviously the incumbent regards this important issue as cheap political fodder to scare people into electing her to a ninth term...
Emerson should defend her votes (07/26/12)
Congresswoman Emerson's campaign looks very similar to President Obama's campaign. Get people talking about some obscure issue that can be twisted so that you don't have to defend your record. Her campaign is now going after Bob Parker as being "soft on drugs." Really? After 16 years in Congress, that's all you got?...
Lichtenegger is an effective leader (07/26/12)
Cape Girardeau County deserves an effective state representative! Donna Lichtenegger is an effective leader. Why? 1) Donna is accessible. Her email address and cellphone number are available to the public. 2) Donna is a problem solver. She helps citizens and businesses with their questions, concerns and problems. ...
Why I will vote for Gerald Adams (07/26/12)
A response to Bill Bonney and his question: "What's wrong with the vote of the people?" Bill, I am all for the people to vote, and yes, I was disappointed with the outcome of the vote, only because of the voter turnout and misinformation. Donna Lichtenegger's small group got 843 voters out to seal the north border of Jackson and defeat the 9,895 eligible Jackson voters...
Paid election letter: Lichtenegger has served us well (07/23/12)
Two years ago, I endorsed and supported Donna Lichtenegger for state representative. Donna knew many Republicans in leadership positions in the House. They knew and trusted Donna. As a result, they made her part of the Republican leadership team. Donna performed at a very high level. ...
Paid election letter: The $26,350 question (07/23/12)
In the 1950s we watched a TV game show called "The $64,000 Question." In 2012 we modified this theme, and we call it the $26,350 question. That is the amount of money that Commissioner Jay Purcell cost the county for his failed, self-inflicted lawsuit and two subsequent appeals that also failed. Now this is not conjecture or unsubstantiated allegations. This is fact...
Paid election letter: Julie Metzger for public administrator (07/23/12)
Julie Metzger will be an excellent public administrator for Cape Girardeau County. Julie's 25 years of social work experience is distinguished by successful leadership at SoutheastHEALTH, commitment to mentoring for the National Association of Social Workers and dedication to helping Cape citizens reach their full potential...
Paid election letter: Adams the best qualified candidate for assessor (07/23/12)
I would like to recommend Bob Adams for Cape Girardeau County assessor in the primary election Aug. 7. Bob has been a fellow appraiser for 30-plus years in the Cape Girardeau County area, first serving as an employee of the former Colonial Federal Savings and Loan Association and later as an independent fee appraiser owning and operating Adams Appraisal LLC...
Paid election letter: Lichtenegger favors vote of the people (07/23/12)
What's wrong with the vote of the people? The citizens of Jackson voted not to annex parts of Fruitland. Don Kuntze apparently did not want the citizens of Jackson to have a vote and obviously was disappointed with the vote rejecting the annexation...
Enforcing drug laws (07/19/12)
It was our Founding Fathers' intent that the states be more powerful than the federal government. Powers not delegated to the United States are reserved to the states or the people. No where in the Constitution does it state the federal government wage the war on drugs. ...
Pro-life and pro-gun (07/19/12)
One of the businesses I run is as a deer and turkey hunting outfitter in rural Missouri. I have qualified for Missouri's conceal and carry permit. As a gun owner, I cherish our arms heritage. Our rights to keep and bear arms are fundamental to keeping America free. ...
Wallingford walks the walk (07/19/12)
Recent articles in the Southeast Missourian, "Rep. Ellen Brandom kicks off campaign for state Senate," June 3, and "State Senate candidates battle over pro-life credentials," June 27, called into question the endorsements of Missouri Right to Life Political Action Committee (MRL PAC)...
Represent all of us, all the time (07/19/12)
We, in District 146, made up of Jackson and Cape Girardeau County, not including the city of Cape Girardeau, deserve a representative at state that will represent all of us. Not someone who would collect signatures for a group to force a costly election on the city of Jackson that we, the taxpayers, will have to pay for. Not someone who also has a family member at this time in litigation against the city...
Paid election letter: Parker to speak at candidate forum (07/16/12)
Republican congressional candidate Bob Parker works hard to communicate at personal events like candidate forums. There, interested voters get the chance to express concerns and hear how Bob plans to correct the direction of our country. One upcoming local event is the Cape County Tea Party -- 2012 Candidate Forum. ...
Paid election letter: Andrews demonstrates commitment (07/16/12)
I highly recommend Ron Andrews for assessor in the Aug. 7 primary election. I became acquainted with Ron through his service as an umpire for the Jackson Baseball League. Five years ago, the JBL board asked Ron to be a one-man umpiring crew at the Leonard Sander Armory field, where 7- and 8-year-old boys play "America's Greatest Pastime." Ron accepted the challenge and continues to receive raving reviews from parents and coaches for his ability to manage the game and mentor the boys. ...
Paid election letter: Adams will unite district (07/16/12)
Gerald Adams is the one candidate that can unite the citizens of the 146th District. Gerald will work tirelessly to put "unity" back into our community. Gerald's father, Leonard Adams, was a decorated veteran of World War II and a long time member of American Legion Post 158. ...
Paid election letter: Emerson fights for our values (07/12/12)
I endorse Jo Ann Emerson for Congress and have for a number of years. Although I don't agree with every decision she or any other politician has made, I do believe she has a demonstrated history of conservative practice. She opposed the expansion of Obamacare and would vote to repeal it. ...
Paid election letter: Parker is pro-life, no exceptions (07/09/12)
Pro-Life Republican Bob Parker deserves the confidence of all Right to Life voters. He has always been pro-life from conception to natural death with no exceptions. He would never vote for federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research as longtime Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson did. ...
Paid election letter: It's time for a change (07/09/12)
Missouri's 8th District needs a new congressional representative. We need someone with strongly held convictions that the Constitution does matter, is worth keeping, and is even worth fighting for. We need a representative who will go to Washington and not become part of the tide drowning out our freedoms...
Paid election letter: Parker's personal story against abortion (07/05/12)
Only months after Bob and his wife, Karen, were married, they hoped to start a family. Shortly after, Karen had extensive X-rays for a back injury, later realizing that she was pregnant while having those X-rays. Doctors were concerned that the baby could have very serious health problems, and that abortion could be an option. ...
Paid election letter: Lichtenegger an inspiration (07/05/12)
I want to personally thank the volunteers from Southeast Missouri for coming to our aid after the devastating tornado that came through my district and took 161 of our citizens and literally destroyed everything in sight for miles. Many of you have returned repeatedly over the past year to help us rebuild. From myself and the citizens of Joplin, Mo., and Duquesne, Mo., thank you. Without your prayers and help, we would not be as far along as we are. God bless you all...
Paid election letter: Emerson's Right to Life endorsement (07/02/12)
Life is something we respect, honor and value as a gift. As a Southeast Missourian, I am pleased that Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson has received the endorsement of Missouri Right to Life. Along with the endorsement, it was announced that she is the only candidate suited for the job of protecting life in our district. Her record validates their decision. Jo Ann Emerson is truly the best candidate to protect our unborn in the 8th District...
Paid election letter: Parker a real conservative (07/02/12)
Veterans are supporting Bob Parker for Congress. Bob believes Congress should declare war according to the Constitution. Our troops go to war, win and come home. To rebuild a nation that is taught to hate us is insane. The recent defense bill Congress passed took rights from terrorists, and American citizens as well. President Obama said he could detain American citizens, but would not do so. Do you believe him? Does Jo Ann Emerson read these bills?...
Paid election letter: Endorsement of Ron Andrews (07/02/12)
I want to endorse Ron Andrews for assessor in the Aug. 7 primary election. I have known Ron for more than 30 years as a colleague in the information technology field. Ron has 25 years of experience with the Assessor's (CAMA) Computer-Assisted "MASS" Appraisal and Assessment Administration system...
Paid election letter: Wallingford's pro-life endorsement (07/02/12)
Wayne Wallingford is my choice for Missouri state senator. Wayne Wallingford knows full well our country was established by godly men on Godly precepts; it is easy to recognize from a visible and measurable commitment of a lifetime of service to God, country and fellow man. Wayne is pro-God, pro-life and pro-country...
Paid election letter: ‘Parker Rangers' on campaign trail (06/28/12)
Hundreds of volunteers, dubbed "Parker Rangers," diligently work to achieve Bob Parker's twin goals of reducing federal spending to keep Social Security solvent and protecting the unborn. Among our group are many senior and veteran volunteers who contribute their talents and time to help Bob get elected. We seek God's will to guide our efforts...
Paid election letter: Parker sending children wrong message (06/28/12)
I couldn't believe Bob Parker sides with drug legalization advocates over the federal support our law enforcement community receives to fight narcotics in Missouri communities. In a choice between our children and drug pushers, we ought to choose our kids every time. ...
Keeping Social Security solvent (06/21/12)
Republicans must wonder about congresswoman Emerson's sincerity on spending cuts. In the Southeast Missourian on Tuesday, the congresswoman railed against a wasteful, ineffective federal government. On the same page, there were records of two spending cut votes proposed in Congress...
Bob Parker: True conservative for Congress (06/21/12)
Bob Parker is an honorable man who loves and believes in America. He believes in pro-life, less business regulations, bringing jobs back to America, states' rights, right to bear arms, right to work, smaller government, keeping promises to veterans, strong defense, term limits and balancing the budget. ...
Paid election letter: 8th District congressional debate (06/18/12)
While visiting with those in the district, many have requested a debate between Emerson and Parker, yet Ms. Emerson continues to refuse. She has her voting record, and Parker has his platform to present to the voters. With a fair moderator, what better way for the people to decide who they want to represent them in the 8th District? Our election should not be based on who has the most money to spend on ads, but rather a forum that places both candidates on a level playing field. ...
Paid election letter: Reasons to support Parker (06/18/12)
I support pro-life Republican Bob Parker for Congress. I've known Bob several years. He is an honorable man who won't compromise his principles. He will use his faith in the Lord, as well as his business and agricultural experience, to steer our country in the right direction in Washington. ...
Paid election letter: Martin announces ‘We Remember' plan (06/14/12)
Ed Martin, candidate for Missouri attorney general, released a veterans initiative last week, which he appropriately titled the "We Remember" plan. Mr. Martin's plan would add protection of veterans rights to the responsibilities of the attorney general because he believes that we can do better as a state to help veterans, those on active duty, in the reserves and National Guard. ...
Paid election letter: Emerson votes like a Democrat (06/14/12)
So many people have told me that they are not all that pleased with Jo Ann Emerson's voting record, but they don't want to run the risk of having a Democrat represent our district. Did they notice that Jo Ann voted with the Democrats twice the last week of May?...
Paid election letter: Parker stresses background, commitment (06/11/12)
We appreciate communicating with paid election letters. I'm Bob Parker, conservative, pro-life candidate for the Republican Party's nomination to represent you in Washington. Our growing list of supporters are putting out signs and going door-to-door. Have you wondered about my background?...
Paid election letter: Purcell adversarial at local debate (06/07/12)
Dear Editor, At the last Pachyderm meeting May 17, when commissioner candidate Jay Purcell was allowed the opportunity to present his candidacy, he truly showed his colors. Instead of showing his appreciation to the Pachyderms for the invitation, he came right out of the box combative and adversarial. ...
Paid election letter: Parker is the true conservative (06/04/12)
Well, Jo Ann Emerson did it again. She was the only Missouri Republican to vote to keep the union monopoly on military contracts. It's our money and I would like to have contracts done by the lowest competent bidder -- union or not. Jo Ann also co-sponsored the bill that will bail out bankrupt union pensions. I don't care what kind of benefits a union negotiates, just don't make me pay for them...
Emerson on NDAA (05/31/12)
As an Army veteran who served in Iraq, I oppose Jo Ann Emerson's support of last year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill added a provision to override American citizens' Constitutional rights to due process. I expressed my concerns about this to Mrs. ...
Paid Election Letter: Growing support for Parker (05/14/12)
Republican pro-life conservative Bob Parker's primary challenge of 16-year incumbent Jo Ann Emerson is gaining steam. As Bob expresses his goals of protecting the unborn and reducing spending to keep Social Security funding solvent, he is gaining support throughout the 8th District. ...
Paid Election Letter: Why I support Bob Parker (04/12/12)
In sports and business, when circumstances go the wrong way for an organization, stakeholders dismiss their leaders outright. Curiously, when it comes to incumbent congressmen, with an 8 percent approval rating, Americans repeatedly send the same poor performers back to Washington...
Paid Election Letter: Purcell files as a Republican (03/15/12)
Dear Editor, Like Ronald Reagan used to say, "Well, there you go again." Jay Purcell, the man of a thousand faces. The man who publicly announced on his blogs, and in the public media, that he would run as an independent, has now filed as a Republican. Could he not decide which side of the fence he was on? Did he conveniently forget what he had said? He publicly wanted a divorce from the Republican Party, and it was granted to him!...
Paid Election Letter: Cutting office budget (02/20/12)
In a time of ever-tightening state budgets, it's important that Missouri's elected officials make every effort to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Last week as part of my 2013 budget request, which calls for no increase in funding, I decided to return my official state vehicle in an effort to continue to cuts costs...
Paid Election Letter: A time for ‘plain speaking' (02/06/12)
I've just read your article about Dr. Dobbins' testimony on additional funding cuts to Southeast Missouri State University. He, of course, was professional and polite. The time, however, has come for "plain speaking." 1) In a state with unlimited campaign contributions coming overwhelmingly from Clayton, LaDue, Town and Country and University City (Forsyth Avenue);...
Robert deserves your vote (10/28/10)
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, voters in Southeast Missouri will be faced with several important election decisions. For those in Cape Girardeau County, one ballot item will require little thought. Constituents want honesty and integrity in their officeholders. ...
A real job creator (10/28/10)
In this campaign both major party candidates proclaim we need jobs. Of the four candidates, I'm the only candidate who has worked in the private sector in the 8th District as a self-employed entrepreneur. Over the last 17 years, the enterprises my wife and I have tackled included buying houses with our own money and selling them or renting them out. Our initiative, creativity and hard work helped improve local employment...
Larry Bill will listen to you (10/28/10)
Fellow 8th District voters:Will you vote next Tuesday for a candidate based on signs and TV ads? We complain about the negative campaigning, distrust of both major political parties and robo-calls, yet history shows that we voters will continue to vote with the dollars like a badly outdated tradition...
Sowers is battle-tested (10/28/10)
My brother served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I know firsthand the hardships that military families face. We need more people in Congress who understand these wars and their impact, and that's why I support Tommy Sowers for Congress. During the congressional debates, Jo Ann Emerson said she trusts General Petraeus to make decisions about the wars. ...
Tommy Sowers will fight for us (10/28/10)
Jo Ann Emerson is not running against Obama or Pelosi. She's running against Tommy Sowers, a decorated war veteran. He is a tough, battle-tested leader. While I know many people are upset with Democrats right now, Tommy Sowers will be a major improvement from Jo Ann Emerson's legacy of lost jobs and poor leadership...
Emerson: A true conservative (10/28/10)
Jo Ann Emerson is endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Veterans of Foreign Wars and National and Missouri Right to Life. I am confident Jo Ann will continue to support the Constitution and other issues that define our way of life...
Emerson supports veterans (10/28/10)
There's been a lot of discussion about our nation's veterans in the campaign for Congress from the 8th District. The truth is Jo Ann Emerson has a record of supporting these heroes that her opponent, Tommy Sowers, could never match. Jo Ann is endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee and supported by thousands of veterans across the district because she's working every day to improve the care and support our veterans receive. ...
Bill has the experience we need (10/28/10)
Independent congressional candidate Larry Bill will represent the citizens of Southeast Missouri in Congress, leading us with the conservative principles that he believes in. Larry is a long-term resident of Southeast Missouri, moving here with his parents at the age of 10. ...
Emerson knows business (10/28/10)
Small-business owners, and those who understand their importance in growing our economy, are supporting Jo Ann Emerson. Jo Ann is fighting against the higher taxes and regulations supported by President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Tommy Sowers that threaten the viability of small businesses in Southeast Missouri and across the country...
Libertarian Party's positions (10/28/10)
Missouri Libertarian Party takes positions on statewide ballot initiatives:Constitutional Amendment 1: Oppose. While it does not seem illogical, in principle, that counties with a charter form of government elect their county assessor, an amendment to the Constitution with language that exempts "counties with a population between 600,001-699,999" specifically to exempt Jackson County strikes us as absurd. ...
Emerson's support for veterans (10/28/10)
Military retirees with 20 years of service to our nation may not realize it, but they are receiving Tricare For Life without a deduction from their retired pay because of the work Jo Ann Emerson has done on their behalf. Several years ago, my husband, LTC Lloyd Young (Retired), informed Jo Ann that the federal government, which pledged to provide veterans with 20 years of service health benefits for life, had failed to fulfill its obligations...
An independent can win (10/28/10)
Can an underdog independent congressional candidate win a general election? Actually, it has happened before in the 8th District. Fourteen years ago, Jo Ann Emerson, during a difficult time in her life, apparently concluded she was better qualified than either major party candidate. She went through the independent candidate petition process, similar to what we did, and she won...
Rick Vandeven is the best candidate (10/28/10)
After watching the Missouri 8th District congressional debates, it is obvious there is only one candidate who is truly dedicated to peace, prosperity and the next generation: Rick Vandeven, Libertarian Party. Rick has separated himself from the rest of the pack by courageously questioning issues such as the perpetual war on terror, the unsustainable welfare state and our antiquated immigration laws. ...
Clark an effective leader (10/28/10)
I want to endorse Scott R. Clark for recorder of deeds in the Nov. 2 election. He has a fine reputation for his hard work, honesty and effectiveness. He has a genuine desire to serve the people of Cape Girardeau County. Scott understands the importance of face-to-face customer service and also wants to update the Recorder's website and record keeping systems to make them more user friendly...
Accessible government (10/28/10)
On Nov. 2, you have the opportunity to elect a new Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner. Your vote will decide which path our county will travel. Will we stay on the same course of the good old boy system, or will we take the path that opens to the voice of the people and their needs?...
Sowers will fight for jobs (10/25/10)
Jo Ann Emerson has tried telling us the bank bailouts she voted for are good for Southeast Missouri, but nothing could be further from the truth. The TARP bill rewarded bankers for irresponsible behavior and left us with the check. Now the big banks have taken our money and moved on. ...
Emerson and agriculture (10/25/10)
Jo Ann Emerson said the other day that rural America is under attack by Obama, Pelosi and their liberal allies. She's right. The Pelosi-Reid Congress has quadrupled our deficit, destroyed our health care system and implemented regulations that will destroy our agricultural industry...
Emerson, the right choice (10/25/10)
In my opinion, it's not hard to understand why our economy is still struggling with the uncertainty small-business owners, like myself, are facing with the Obama administration. Why would small-business owners take the risk of expanding their business when the liberals in Congress threaten to punish any success we have with higher taxes, tougher and ridiculous regulations (like cap-and-trade) and the disaster that is now the health care law?...
Sowers is a patriot (10/25/10)
Jo Ann Emerson is a nice woman, but she's had 14 years in office. While I trust she had good intentions, she's made too many bad votes, taken too much money from special interests and given too many favors to big business. Her continued denial of lost jobs, her vote for 12 trade deals that have caused our jobs to be outsourced and her vote for the bailout are just symptoms of the greater problem. ...
Energy independence (10/25/10)
In Congress, my military experience will influence my decisions. After flying the B-52 and U-2 during the Cold War, I deployed to the Middle East in AWACS to enforce the no-fly zone over Iraq. From overhead we could see the devastation of Kuwait when Saddam Hussein set the oil wells on fire...
Sowers the best choice (10/21/10)
After attending the first October debate, I'm convinced that Tommy Sowers is the best choice for Congressional District 8 voters on Nov. 2. His Green Beret service and experience, in my opinion, make his character, integrity, honesty and honor unquestionable. ...
Following the money (10/21/10)
In Tuesday's paper Jo Ann Emerson and her campaign asked us to "follow the money." We did that, and here's what we found (www.opensecrets.org):Emerson has taken $628,179 from Wall Street and financial special interest PACs. She rewarded these same banks with a $700,000,000,000 bailout and then voted against regulating them to prevent another crisis. How's that for a return on their investment?...
Larry Bill is the leader we need (10/21/10)
I hope everyone had a chance to hear at least one of the debates among the four candidates for U.S. representative for the 8th District. Larry Bill was very knowledgeable and showed great respect for our Constitution and the people of this district. While Jo Ann and Tommy argue over what makes a good leader, Larry exudes leadership just by his nature and his integrity...
Debate reaction (10/21/10)
I would like to thank my fellow candidates for Congress for joining me at the four debates that took place across the 8th District last week. Thanks also to Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers Community College, Missouri S&T, and Mineral Area College for hosting these forums. The debates provided voters the opportunity to see firsthand the very real differences between the candidates, and I appreciate my opponents accepting my invitation for these discussions...
Vote for the district (10/21/10)
Roy Blunt divorced his wife of 30 years to marry Ms. Perlmann because he lusted after money and younger women. His wife couldn't trust him, the GOP can't trust him, so how can voters trust him? When Roy received Jack Abramoff's wedding gift, he wouldn't reveal what it was. ...
Sowers is not a rubber stamp (10/21/10)
Tommy Sowers served our country as a Green Beret in Iraq. On multiple deployments in Iraq and Kosovo, he put his life on the line to keep us safe. Now Tommy is home, running for Congress. After hearing him speak, I met with him personally, and I learned this: Tommy Sowers is nobody's rubber stamp. ...
Ready to serve (10/21/10)
As we candidates went through the debate process, I concluded this about our American society: we Americans are willing to acknowledge our difficulties and shortcomings. We recognize our earlier mistakes and truthfully describe the magnitude of our problems. We brainstorm ideas and allow the expression of several different solutions unafraid that our suggestions will endanger us...
Solutions offered in the debates (10/18/10)
Thank you to Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers Community College, Missouri University of Science and Technology and Mineral Area College for hosting debates featuring us four candidates for Congress. During the debates, I tried to present deficiencies in legislation and offer alternative, though sometimes difficult, solutions for our nation. My focus will be on reducing the size and scope of the federal government. Forty cents of every dollar spent must be borrowed or printed...
Follow the money (10/18/10)
With two weeks until Election Day, we've entered the campaign silly season, but some of what we're learning about Tommy Sowers isn't funny at all. While Sowers is trashing Jo Ann Emerson for her support and endorsements from Political Action Committees like those of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri Right to Life, a new website documents the money Sowers is soliciting from pro-abortion and environmental extremists...
Vote 'yes' on Amendment 2 (10/18/10)
We respectfully urge voters to vote "yes" on Amendment 2 on Nov. 2. This bill exempts real estate tax for the homestead of 100 percent totally disabled former prisoners of war (including Iraq and Afghanistan.) It applies only to those POW's suffering 100 percent total disability and only if the disability came from military service connected injuries. The few known to be eligible are remaining WWII, Korean, and Vietnam survivors...
Emerson stands up for district (10/14/10)
As someone who attended the 8th Congressional District debate, I was disappointed by Tommy Sowers. Remarkably, for someone who campaigns on his military background, he again refused to take a stand on the war on terror. When asked directly, he disagreed with Obama's Afghan policy, but did not offer alternatives. ...
Sowers will bring new leadership (10/14/10)
This November, let's focus on finding common ground: We need better solutions coming out of Washington. Incumbents of both parties spend their time talking past each other instead of moving our country forward, and our taxes pay for it. Jo Ann Emerson is no exception; she voted for CAFTA, which cost thousands of factory workers, like my parents, their jobs. ...
Larry Bill will fight for us (10/14/10)
For the past several months, you have seen Larry Bill's name popping up here and there. He hardly discusses his opponents in the 8th District race. He is demonstrating that one can get results without huge advertising expenditures that run down the character of others and put us all in a bad mood about the future of our country...
Scott R. Clark is the right choice (10/14/10)
A voter should weigh the appropriate time for change in offices that don't attract attention but are critical to clean government. For recorder of deeds, our county should elect Scott R. Clark. I have worked closely with Scott; he is among the most hard working, principled people I've known. Scott is the same at home or work. If this job requires something or restrains him, you can bet he will follow the law whether you like it or not...
Emerson a friend to veterans (10/14/10)
Last Sunday, veterans and those who believe it is important to honor their service came together at Cape County Park for the local Wreaths Across America Walk-A-Thon organized by Dream Events in Chaffee. This national program raises funds so that at Christmas time, the graves of our nation's fallen soldiers can be adorned with a wreath to honor their service...
Tune in to the debates (10/11/10)
Thank you to the American Legion Post 133 of Perryville for holding a forum available to all congressional candidates last Tuesday. Democrat Tommy Sowers and I discussed issues concerning our district, state and nation. Republican Jo Ann Emerson did not attend. ...
Sowers has his 'boots on the ground' (10/11/10)
I support Tommy Sowers because I've met and spoken with him, and I see two very important qualities: He is fiercely independent and he is in this race for us. Tommy doesn't mince his words. He disagrees with both political parties on a lot of issues, including the trade deals both parties supported, the bailouts and the Afghanistan war, which he will push to end. ...
Tune in for the debate (10/07/10)
Do you have questions about the upcoming elections and how they will affect Southeast Missouri? Are you interested in learning more about how we can make our future brighter? If so, I encourage you to tune in at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, for the first congressional debate to take place in our district in a very long time. ...
Campaign proposals (10/04/10)
Disappointed with the advertising of the two major party competitors in our race? With over $1,000,000 of campaign contributions, they've determined the best way to present their message is to put up unflattering pictures of their opponent and then disparage each other, ending with "and I approved this message."...
Sowers is a leader (10/04/10)
As a historian devoted to understanding our democracy's unmatched capacity to heal itself, I'm writing to support Tommy Sowers for three simple reasons:1. Experience. This Green Beret is a decorated combat veteran who defended our country for 11 years. Tommy stood up to terrorists in the desert; he'll stand up to both party's leadership and special interests in Washington...
My pledge (09/30/10)
The Republican Party offered "A Pledge to America" as a set of goals. Our own platform has five specific goals. Term limits for congressmen. As congressional member seniority increases, lobbyists flock to them with campaign contributions used to defeat any opposition...
Emerson and lobbyist funding (09/30/10)
This week, congresswoman Emerson was scheduled to hold a barbecue fundraiser at a location registered to a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. The minimum contribution to have barbecue with Congresswoman Emerson: $1,000. Imagine that: an incumbent serving pork to lobbyists...
Emerson's record (09/30/10)
It's that time of the year, folks, when our homes are inundated by misleading and untrue political ads. We are exposed to exaggerations, lies and hyperbole that stagger the mind. The current TV commercials of JoAnn Emerson are a case in point. They loudly proclaim that Sowers will raise our taxes, or that Sowers supports some distorted figure, that he will become the puppet of Pelosi. ...
Emerson's leadership is best (09/27/10)
Tommy Sowers and his supporters consistently write this paper attacking Jo Ann Emerson and belittling our congressional district. They do it so often I'm wondering if Mr. Sowers has anything positive to say about southern Missouri at all. Last week, on national TV, Sowers went so far as to suggest some aspects of life in Iraq are better than what we enjoy here...
Reduce government spending (09/27/10)
In 2005, I noticed wages weren't rising but house prices went up. Those with poor credit bought with nothing down. I read "The Coming Crash in the Housing Market" by John R. Talbott, Copyright 2003. Talbott explained that Fannie Mae counted on an implied government bailout. He stated rating agencies overrated mortgage-backed bonds and duped institutional and foreign investors. Talbott forecast the 2008 taxpayer bailout known as TARP...
Larry Bill's personal campaign (09/23/10)
I hope many of you had the opportunity to meet Larry Bill at the fair this past week. He and several volunteers manned a booth inside the Arena Building for the week. That's the way Larry has campaigned -- up close and personal. I couldn't even guess has many miles Larry has walked this past year getting to know the people of the 8th District. ...
Entrepreneurs deserve respect (09/23/10)
During the SEMO District Fair, we discussed solutions with the hundreds of 8th District residents who visited our booth in the Arena Building. Thank you all for coming by. As I applaud the efforts of veterans, first responders, teachers, preachers, volunteers and others, another group that has my deep respect is the self-employed entrepreneur...
Sowers: More than empty words (09/23/10)
Here are the facts on congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson's record:1. Emerson voted for the $700 billion TARP (HR1424, Oct. 3, 2008), the Wall Street bailout that gave a free pass to the same people that ruined our economy. 2. Emerson is now co-sponsoring HR3936, a taxpayer-funded bailout of poorly managed union pensions. Taxpayers could be on the hook for $165 billion...
Sowers has passion and plan (09/20/10)
I usually stay out of politics, but this year I'm speaking out in support of Tommy Sowers, a Green Beret who served our country for 11 years in Kosovo and Iraq and as a teacher of the Constitution at West Point. Mr. Sowers came home to run for Congress because he saw politicians in Washington getting it wrong. ...
Larry Bill at tea party events (09/20/10)
Many voters ask us about the tea party movement. I spoke at the first tea party held in Cape Girardeau April 15, 2009. My topic was term limits for congressional members to prevent American aristocracy. At subsequent conservative events, I outlined the personal sacrifices the signers of the Declaration of Independence made during the Revolutionary War. ...
Larry Bill: True conservative (09/16/10)
The fact that Jo Ann Emerson has received endorsements from VFW, NRA, Missouri Right to Life and others does not mean she is the only one who can represent these causes. Larry Bill is definitely pro-life, supports gun rights and is a veteran. One thing he won't do is vote for any bank or pension bailouts. ...
Support for cancer research (09/16/10)
On Monday, a candidate for Congress from the 8th District attacked Jo Ann Emerson for donating $218.50 to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. In fact, Emerson did donate money to Wasserman-Schultz, a breast cancer survivor. The donation was a reimbursement for expenses incurred as part of the bipartisan congressional women's softball game, a fundraiser for breast cancer research in which Emerson participates each year...
Running to improve 8th District (09/16/10)
Voters of the 8th District: As the election draws nearer, you'll be hearing a lot from my opponent and from the special-interest groups funding her campaign. Unfortunately, a lot of what you hear will not be true. It will be typical D.C. politics. This is already taking place in my opponent's attack ads on TV, where instead of talking about a plan she's talking about D.C. politicians that I've never met...
Compare candidate qualifications (09/13/10)
Burlison: The political joke of our time! I will try to limit my thesis to 150 words as I do not have the lobbyists' campaign funds that are provided to my incumbent opponent. Are qualifications important? Compare and decide. Education: My incumbent opponent has one degree. ...
Sowers will listen to voters (09/13/10)
On TV, Jo Ann Emerson acts like she's running against Nancy Pelosi. I understand why she would want to -- she'd rather distract voters with lies than talk about her poor record. During 14 years in Congress, Emerson has consistently voted for trade bills that destroyed our manufacturing base. She supported the bank bailout and is now co-sponsoring another taxpayer-funded bailout of poorly managed pensions...
Emerson: Champion for military (09/13/10)
As a veteran, I'm extremely proud that the VFW has endorsed Jo Ann Emerson. Jo Ann is a true champion for our active-duty military, veterans and their families. The VFW is supporting Jo Ann, yet her opponent cites his military record as his key qualification for office. We thank and admire him for his service, but how will he serve us in Congress?...
Emerson donates to Democrat (09/13/10)
It's only $218.50, but what does it express? Jo Ann Emerson will ask Republicans to help by marching in parades, manning booths and phone banks and donating money. Should they ask, "We support Jo Ann, does she support us?" According to the Federal Election Commission website, incumbent congresswoman Emerson, making $170,000 per year, has made two donations to the 2010 federal races. ...
Vets need voice in Congress (09/09/10)
This Saturday, as we commemorated the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are reminded of the sacrifices our troops make. As a veteran, I want someone in Congress who knows firsthand what fighting for our freedoms means. That's why I'm joining countless other veterans to vote for Tommy Sowers, a former Green Beret who served in Iraq...
A principled approach (09/09/10)
Again I chuckle as my competitors claim they're going to "fight" for the 8th District. Do we really want people in leadership who approach problems looking for a fight? Wouldn't it be easier to solve problems by beginning on principle, defining the problem and related limitations, acknowledging the opposing viewpoint and using logic and determination to get a point across?...
Emerson helps protect life (09/09/10)
Last week Missouri Right to Life endorsed Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson in her campaign for re-election. As a pro-life resident of the 8th District, I am proud to support her. Jo Ann is the only candidate who has proved she will stand up to Nancy Pelosi and side in defense of the unborn. ...
Sowers: I'll fight for our home (09/07/10)
On Labor Day, we celebrated and thanked the hard-working men and women who built our country. But today we make far fewer products in America than we used to. Today, there are twice as many Americans employed by the government than in manufacturing. Since Jo Ann Emerson took office, Southeast Missouri has lost an estimated 16,000 jobs as 150 plants have closed or laid off workers...
Emerson fights for farmers (09/07/10)
As a farmer and resident of the 8th District, I am proud that our congresswoman, Jo Ann Emerson, has been endorsed by the Missouri Farm Bureau -- our state's largest agricultural association. Jo Ann is fighting every day to ensure the concerns and interests of southern Missouri's farmers and ranchers are represented in Washington. Too often, big-city liberals are working to undercut our agricultural interests by imposing misguided environmental regulations, restrictions and monetary costs...
Why run as an independent? (09/07/10)
Put the same ingredients in the cake mix, you get the same cake. Why run for Congress as an independent candidate? Conventional congressional candidates use a proven system: generate massive campaign funds from lobbyists and others to buy up all the media, promote with a generic message and use local party structure and national party support to win...
Sowers welcomes debates (09/02/10)
The Tommy Sowers for Congress team is looking forward to the October debates between the four candidates for the 8th District congressional seat. We have accepted four of six offered thus far: Cape Girardeau on Oct. 11, Poplar Bluff on Oct. 13, Rolla on Oct. 17 and Park Hills on Oct. 18...
Tommy Sowers deserves chance (09/02/10)
Political TV ads state that Roy Blunt and Jo Ann Emerson will work for jobs. What have Blunt and Emerson been doing the 14 years she has been the 8th District representative? From what I have read, Blunt has been doing a lot of work for himself. He likes to marry lobbyists because it is profitable. ...
Larry Bill: Honorable choice (09/02/10)
I urge everyone to learn more about Larry Bill. He is running against Jo Ann Emerson and Tommy Sowers for the 8th District U.S. representative. He would make a great representative, and he is definitely the most conservative. Other states have upset the apple cart of longtime politicians, and I believe our district can do the same. ...
Thanks for support, petitions (08/30/10)
We are officially on the ballot as a congressional candidate of the 8th District, Missouri. I humbly thank the many volunteers who worked with our campaign to gather signatures. I further thank the over 6,694 registered voters who signed the petition. They believed everyone deserved a chance to offer themselves up for public service...
Sowers knows education needs (08/30/10)
As an educator for 38 years, I am concerned about educational quality in the 8th District. One-third of the schools identified as failing to meet accreditation standards are in this district. Qualified, hard-working teachers serve our schools, but they are inadequately supported...
Support Emerson's clear record (08/26/10)
I'm writing to support congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson against the attacks on her. She has never voted for a congressional pay raise, and never will. Democrats have also accused her of voting against a pay increase for the military. In fact, the bill would have allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly immediately, without even the study of the issue requested by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ...
Opportunities for homeowners (08/26/10)
As we go about our busy day-to-day living, we sometimes ignore opportunities laid at our feet. The Federal Reserve, in an effort to stimulate the economy, is providing money to lenders for next to nothing. This has resulted in historically low mortgage rates. The opportunity for some to get home loan payments reduced is available...
Get new blood in Washington (08/26/10)
Jo Ann Emerson claims to be a small-government, fiscal conservative who is trying to create jobs in the 8th District, yet her voting record says otherwise. She voted for the Wall Street bailout and is currently co-sponsoring another bailout, this time using your taxpayer dollars to pay for poorly managed pension funds. ...
Still waiting - Take Two (08/23/10)
We're now entering the third month of silence by Tommy Sowers to support his assertion that I made "false claims" about his fundraiser at a gay bar in Washington. He previously had said I was "pathetic" and "desperate," but he will not answer which of my claims were false...
Use influence for port dredging (08/23/10)
Recently Representative Emerson complained to the Army Corps of Engineers about their refusal to dredge the SEMO Regional Port. Apparently the corps, as part of the federal government, doesn't have the money ($250,000) for the project. Maybe a nongovernmental solution could be applied...
We need new blood in Congress (08/23/10)
Over the last few years, the start of school meant preparing to teach at West Point. I taught the Constitution, which I swore to support and defend in my 11 years in the U.S. Army. My cadets knew I was a tough grader. I'd give congressional incumbents an F in defending the Constitution. ...
Eliminate government waste (08/19/10)
I first learned about government budgeting while flying B-52s back in the 1980s. Military vets know the significance of Sept. 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year. As that date approached, our crew was completing a mission too long to conduct additional training like practicing approaches back at base. ...
Emerson helps small businesses (08/19/10)
As a small-business owner and member of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), I am proud that our congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson has received the full-throated endorsement of NFIB, the nation's leading small-business association. I agree with Congresswoman Emerson that we must end the Obama-Pelosi policies of higher taxes, onerous regulations and bigger government that have kept our nation's unemployment rate at record levels. ...
8th District has a choice: Sowers (08/19/10)
Leadership in Congress on the Afghanistan war: We face immense challenges in Afghanistan. We've been there for nine years, making it our nation's longest war. It has cost taxpayers $325 billion and, more importantly, the lives of 1,215 brave troops...
Tommy Sowers, tell the truth (08/19/10)
Tommy, tell the truth: Tommy Sowers has repeatedly submitted misinformation about Jo Ann Emerson to this publication. Jo Ann has voted against pay raises for members of Congress for as long as she's been there. In fact, she's cosponsored legislation to automatically stop pay raises. ...
GM creating jobs - in Mexico (08/16/10)
The Wall Street Journal announced General Motors is committing $500 million to start a production line on a new car and new engine. GM is expected to create 390 new jobs while saving 400 other jobs. The cars will be exported. Great news, if you live in Mexico, where the plant is going...
Time to get tough, fire Congress (08/16/10)
After serving 11 years in the U.S. Army, I understand the importance of a strong, properly equipped military. Like most vets, I saw firsthand the wasteful spending that occurs on overseas operations. At West Point, I taught cadets Article I of the Constitution which gives Congress the power of the purse. ...
Self-employment is good option (08/12/10)
If you're conducting a job search, please consider self-employment. Laid off as an Air Force pilot during the 1990s military drawdown, I returned to Jackson and started rehabbing houses. While learning new skills like carpentry and plumbing, I encountered other entrepreneurs. Put out of work by technology and streamlined management practices, they also stepped out and began making their own way...
Will money decide the race? (08/09/10)
Will money spent be the final determinant of who represents us in the 8th District? Tuesday's primary showed how vulnerable 14-year incumbent Jo Ann Emerson could be in the general election. According to the Federal Election Commission, through June 30 she had spent $724,785 on her campaign. Opponent Bob Parker spent $29,688 and lots of personal energy. Among constituents of her own party, Jo Ann could only get 65.6 percent of the votes, while Bob Parker got 34.4 percent...
Scott Clark for recorder of deeds (07/29/10)
I want to endorse Scott R. Clark for recorder of deeds in the Aug. 3 primary election. Scott has a fine reputation within the Republican Party for his hard work, honesty and effectiveness. He has a genuine desire to serve the people of Cape Girardeau County. Scott understands the importance of face-to-face customer service and also wants to update the recorder's website to make it more user friendly...
Vote yes on Proposition C (07/29/10)
On July 18, The Missouri Libertarian Party endorsed Proposition C. As the uncontested Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress, I have chosen to focus the efforts of my campaign on helping to pass Prop C during the months leading up the primary. Missourians have an unprecedented opportunity to push back against the ObamaCare mandate of being fined by the IRS for choosing not to buy health insurance. ...
Emerson is advocate for unborn (07/29/10)
Jo Ann Emerson opposes partial-birth abortion, the abortion pill and taxpayer-funded abortions, which are already being offered under government insurance products. She supports overturning Roe v. Wade and protecting the consciences of doctors and hospitals which object to abortion practices...
Don't vote for Jay Purcell Aug. 3 (07/29/10)
Jay Purcell already holds a commission seat, and to vote him in as presiding commissioner would result in a Democratic governor appointing his replacement. Do we want that? Purcell does not do the job he holds, so why should he have the responsibility of dealing with major businesses or budget control?...
Emerson voted with Pelosi (07/29/10)
I had to chuckle when I heard seven-term incumbent Jo Ann Emerson on the radio, after condemning Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, declare, "I'm mad too!" Where was this outrage when she voted with Nancy for bank bailouts that resulted in making Goldman Sachs whole? When she voted with Nancy for Cash for Clunkers that resulted in costing taxpayers $24,000 per car? When she voted with Nancy to bail out Chrysler, the immediate effect of which was shipping manufacturing jobs from Fenton, Mo., to Mexico?...
Clint Tracy: Prepared to serve (07/26/10)
On Aug. 3 voters will decide on presiding commissioner nominees for Cape Girardeau County. Of the six GOP candidates, there is one who stands out as uniquely prepared to serve: Clint Tracy. Naval Academy graduate, and now lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve, Clint served in two combat operations -- Operations Desert Fox and Iraqi Freedom -- leading sailors and managing millions in contracts and equipment. ...
Please vote in Aug. 3 primary (07/26/10)
Fellow conservatives Chuck Purgason and Bob Parker, campaigning to replace longtime Washington insiders, will get a voter decision in the Aug. 3 primary. Independents and Republicans can finally choose candidates truly committed to the conservative tenets of the Republican platform...
Emerson's out-of-state earmarks (07/22/10)
Let's re-evaluate congressional earmarks. Used to help local governments with projects, earmarks also fund private nonprofit organizations as well. Our own representative appropriated for two organizations outside Missouri. The Congressional Hunger Fund is a scholarship program for post-graduate college students who "study" the hungry, not feed them. Originally a federal program eliminated by Congress, Bill Emerson converted it into a nonprofit organization...
Still waiting (07/19/10)
It's now been a month since I challenged Tommy Sowers to support his assertion that I made "false claims" about his fundraiser at a gay bar in Washington. He previously had said I was "pathetic" and "desperate." He said, in essence, "You lie." So, I asked him two questions: One, whether or not he held a fundraiser at Local 16 on "U" Street in Washington, D.C., and two, whether he denies that it's a gay bar. I also offered to pay for the space to print his answer...
We need more than lip service (07/19/10)
Missouri's Republican-led House and Senate decided to subsidize global giant Ford Motor Co. with tax incentives to allegedly keep Ford jobs in Missouri; most other Missouri businesses lack this advantage. Chuck Purgason, a state senator, filibustered the efforts of his own party...
Emerson is cap-and-trade foe (07/15/10)
Cap-and-tax is on Congress' agenda, right after the election. That's right, they won't vote on this job-killing bill before the election. They don't want us to know what they really want to do to the U.S. economy until it's too late. I don't have to ask how Jo Ann Emerson will vote on cap-and-trade -- she's been one of the most vocal opponents of this bill since liberal Democrats and their extreme environmentalist backers on the Left Coast dreamed up the idea. ...
Stop subsidies of foreign defense (07/15/10)
Ron Paul, Barney Frank and I agree that maintaining massive troop bases within the borders of economic competitors South Korea, Japan and the European Union is against America's best interest. Paul and Frank, two congressmen with nearly opposite political philosophies, recently pointed out that our nation is borrowing money from China to continue subsidizing the defense of these nations. ...
Undo government interference (07/12/10)
Only private enterprise can expand this economy. What inhibits private enterprise employment? Employers don't know what new regulations will face them, whether they will be required to provide specific health care benefits or if environmental requirements (such as tighter ozone limitations) will cause them to shut down...
We need less federal intrusion (07/08/10)
According to Investors Business Daily (June 15, 2010), Sen. Harry Reid is sponsoring legislation to federalize employment policies of local governments throughout the nation. Investors Business Daily states, "While a boon to unions, this law would seriously damage our federalist system by taking away a large measure of local control over police and firefighters unions and lead to higher costs to local governments and taxpayers, costs that neither will be able to affect at the ballot box."...
Grassroots campaign continues (07/01/10)
Recently a grassroots citizen group, the Rolla Tea Party, went to a lot of effort to place congressional candidates before the people in an open forum. Republican Bob Parker, Libertarian Rick Vandeven and I (independent) participated in the event. Surprisingly, Jo Ann Emerson and Tommy Sowers, though invited, were not present...
I want my War Refund (06/24/10)
Our nation is hamstrung with a public debt of over $12 trillion. It is time to stop paying lip service to cutting federal spending and start making the necessary cuts before hyperinflation, massive tax hikes and/or indentured servitude to China becomes reality...
Stop spending and bailouts (06/24/10)
Let's discuss possible future opponents. Independent and conservative Republican voters, due to Missouri's open primary system, will make a major decision about the direction of the Republican party on Aug. 3. Republican Bob Parker, a farmer and businessman operating in the 8th District for 33 years, is working hard to replace 13-year incumbent Jo Ann Emerson. Bob wants to follow the Constitution and stop unnecessary spending and bailouts in Washington...
Sowers is bad medicine (06/24/10)
I've lived in southern Missouri and worked as a pharmacist here for more than 30 years, and I take great exception to remarks by Tommy Sowers' political campaign that I am some kind of lobbyist based simply on the fact that I organized an event for supporters of our member of Congress, Jo Ann Emerson. ...
Sowers lied about Emerson (06/21/10)
Tommy Sowers neglected once again to check his facts and rushed to smear Jo Ann Emerson with accusations she supported the stimulus. He told voters that the billion-dollar Holcim plant in Ste. Genevieve (total -- 2,750 jobs) was a stimulus project. It's not the first time Sowers has lied about Emerson, and it won't be the last...
Prove me wrong, and I'll pay (06/21/10)
I've just read Tommy Sowers' response to my letter. He said it was "pathetic and desperate." Well, Tommy, that's a matter of opinion, but look at it this way: I'm not running for political office as a far-left liberal in a conservative district and trailing my opponent by 50 percentage points. That should just about cover the "desperate" part, don't you think?...
Sowers: 'Aggressive' campaigner (06/21/10)
In a column published June 11, Southeast Missourian publisher Jon Rust mentions that Tommy Sowers, congressional candidate for the 8th District, is a "highly aggressive" candidate. I agree that Tommy is running an "aggressive" campaign and is continually on the offense. I would expect nothing less from a Green Beret who spent 11 years in the U.S. Army...
The very worst of politics (06/17/10)
As a veteran, I spent time over Memorial Day weekend alongside Tommy Sowers as he walked the 100-Mile Yard Sale listening to voters. At the same time that I was walking with Tommy in honor of our fallen heroes, Jo Ann Emerson had just voted against a pay increase for our troops, and her campaign was smearing Tommy's military record with false claims...
Attack was pathetic, desperate (06/17/10)
Last week the Southeast Missourian published a paid letter by Bill Emerson's former chief of staff, Josh Bill. A day later, the publisher of the Southeast Missourian described the same letter as "repugnant." I'd describe Josh Bill's letter differently: pathetic and desperate...
Analyzing military spending (06/17/10)
As a retired lieutenant colonel, I agree with former senator Talent's article: Defending America is the constitutional duty of the federal government. But as he discussed deficits in Air Force capability, I spotted the red herrings he threw out as he advocated for the "military-industrial complex" Eisenhower warned us about...
Legislation favors BP (06/17/10)
Many have propagated the notion that the Gulf region oil spill is the result of a nonexistent unregulated free market. BP met or exceeded every single federal regulation. As is always the case, regulations fail to protect property rights. Government regulations are about control and submission, not protection...
Questions about Tommy Sowers (06/10/10)
So far, Tommy Sowers, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 8th Congressional District, has attacked Jo Ann Emerson for everything from the price of bread to the debt crisis in Greece. He's said very little openly, however, about who he is and what he is. His biography, on his Facebook page, doesn't even say how old he is or if he's single or married. He served in the Army, and he's a professor at Rolla. That's about it...
Awareness, outside experience (06/10/10)
As an Air Force pilot, I've learned mission accomplishment requires situational awareness. As volunteers work to get signatures, I strive to study efforts in the 8th District. Should you review our website, you will find I have visited multiple venues and discussed issues with many 8th District stakeholders...
Troop support requires action (06/03/10)
Last Thursday, I began a 100-mile road march through the district to honor veterans over the Memorial Day weekend. The same day, in an interview with the Southeast Missourian, Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson attempted to diminish my 11-year Army career as a combat engineer, Ranger and Green Beret. She stated I had "never commanded anybody."...
Campaign focused on real issues (06/03/10)
Playing politics, the Obama administration and Bill Clinton tried to talk Joe Sestak out of opposing Arlen Specter using possibly illegal inducements. While oil spews into the Gulf and national debt rises by millions per day, the incumbent Republican Congress members focus on the Sestak Senate campaign in Pennsylvania...
The record speaks for itself (06/03/10)
The message is loud and clear -- Rep. Jo Ann Emerson has been a "friend" to the community banker since she was elected, and she is now serving her seventh full term. Jo Ann understands the community bank environment and knows the role each bank plays in the community or region that it serves...
FDIC reform needed for local banks (05/27/10)
While the debate over financial reform has been in full swing in Washington, I'm on the campaign trail listening to the people. This weekend, I'll be road marching the entire 100-Mile Yard Sale from Jackson to Kennett. And all along Highway 25, I expect to continue to hear the fury about the bank bailouts for which incumbents of both parties, including Jo Ann Emerson, voted...
We have a choice in 8th District (05/27/10)
The five candidates running for the office of congressional representative, 8th District, are running active campaigns. These are quotes from their respective Facebook pages:"Mountain Grove, Farmington, Park Hills, Poplar Bluff, Raymondville, Licking, Willow Springs, West Plains, Fredericktown, been a busy week, campaigning ... ." Bob Parker...
Stop illegal immigration (05/20/10)
Not stopping illegal immigration in our country affects the legal occupants of our nation. Besides the increased stress on our institutions like schools, police departments and hospitals, those who employ illegals have an unfair advantage over employers who play by the rules. ...
Larry Bill needs more signatures (05/13/10)
People are surprised by our approach to politics. I am running for U.S. Congress as an independent in the 8th District of Missouri. I am disappointed with both major parties as they conspire together at the federal level to bankrupt this country. I will advocate for Constitutional conservative ideas from any source and not be bound by party affiliation...
Hyperinflation is real threat (05/06/10)
As our independent campaign for Congress continues, we plan to present solutions for problems it is in Congress's power to correct. One impending problem we will have is hyperinflation similar to what we experienced in the 1970s. While working my way through college in grocery stores in Jackson and Cape, I can remember every week pulling cans off the shelf and raising prices 3-4 cents per can. ...
Sowers' problem with the facts (04/29/10)
"Her opponent is a full-time candidate who can fly to New York or Los Angeles for fundraisers every week if he wants to," read my quote in the Missourian on April 18. In a paid election letter by Tommy Sowers on April 22, he wrote, "Jo Ann Emerson spokesman Jeff Connor was quoted as saying that I have made trips to both coasts for fundraisers." Clearly I was not...
Sowers: A fact-based campaign (04/22/10)
In Sunday's front-page article, Jo Ann Emerson spokesman Jeff Connor was quoted as saying that I have made trips to both coasts for fundraisers. This statement was false. We are running a fact-based campaign. Apparently Jeff Connor is not encumbered by facts or the truth. Before readers accept future statements from Mr. Connor or the Emerson campaign, I would recommend they do their own fact-checking...
The high road (03/04/10)
No matter how cynical, dirty or ugly politics can become, it shows tremendous insensitivity to compare the second deadliest disease in our country to the American political process. In his paid op-ed in the Missourian, Tommy Sowers sensationally trivialized how cancer has touched so many Missourians -- every time, for the worse...
Cancer of incumbency needs cure (02/25/10)
I spent the last 28 days conducting "Boots on the Ground," living, working and listening one day and night in each of Missouri's 8th Congressional District's 28 counties. Across one of the poorest districts in America, voters here in Missouri reflect the record national anti-incumbent mood, a deep anger at all things Washington...