Thursday, July 29, 2010

Reposting: story: Poll finds support for Proposition C

St. Louis Post Dispatch:

To read the full story by Tony Messenger, click here.

"...Republicans overwhelmingly said yes to the proposition, 67 percent to 16 percent, with 17 percent undecided. Democrats said no, 48 percent to 27 percent, with 25 percent undecided.
The heavy Republican opposition, combined with an expected heavy GOP turnout Aug. 3, leads to the likelihood that Proposition C will pass easily, said pollster Brad Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.
Even if the proposal passes, legal experts say the question of whether Missourians could really opt out of the federal health insurance mandate will be settled in court.
Supporters of Proposition C have pitched it as a referendum on President Barack Obama.
And in that regard, poll respondents were clear: They are unhappy with the president..."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Vote to cap carbon emissions haunts House Democrats in Mid-Term Elections

Cap and Trade may come back to haunt House Democrats who voted for it months ago. Bill Stouffer, candidate for 4th Congressional seat currently held by Congressman Ike Skelton, comments in this story.


Among House Democrats in Rust Belt, a sense of abandonment over energy bill
By Paul Kane and Shailagh Murray
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

To read the full story, click here.

"...But 13 months after that tough vote, Boccieri and dozens of other House Democrats along the Rust Belt are not at all happy with the way things have turned out.

Throughout the winter and spring, as the health-care debate dominated Washington's attention, lawmakers faced less scrutiny on climate change and some thought the controversy might recede. But Republicans are reviving it as a campaign issue...

"That bill would just crucify Missouri. Voting for it, it just didn't make sense," said state Sen. Bill Stouffer, who is one of two well-financed Republican primary candidates hoping to unseat Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton in the fall. The GOP is using the climate change vote to accuse Skelton, now in his 34th year in Congress, of drifting from his moderate Midwestern roots..."

Sunday, July 25, 2010

KC Star Endorses Bill Stouffer in Republican 4th Congressional District Primary

Today the KC Star endorsed Bill Stouffer as "the best of a crowded field" in their recommendations for the August 3rd primary election in Missouri.

"The many national challenges — a still-struggling economy, too few jobs, rising health insurance costs, two wars and continued terrorism threats — have attracted a bevy of candidates for Missouri’s congressional races. The retirement of U.S. Sen. Kit Bond creates the most prominent opening.

Many of the candidates are new faces. But, when determining the candidates who would best serve Missouri’s interests in Washington D.C., or at least who would provide November voters with the most solid choices, a theme emerged: Experience counts. The best of some very crowded fields know their way around politics. In these complicated times, that matters.

For voters heading to the polls on Aug. 3, expect some rather long primary ballots. With that in mind, here are The Star’s recommendations in selected primaries:"

"...State Senator Bill Stouffer of Jefferson City is the best of a crowded field. Stouffer is a fiscal conservative who has realized the importance of spending for economic development, particularly as chairman of Missouri’s Senate Transportation Committee where he proposed widening Interstates 70 and 44.

The other candidates are State Sen. Vicky Hartzler, Harrisonville; Brian Clark, Cleveland; Arthur John Madden, Malta Bend; Eric James McElroy, Tunas; Jeff Parnell, Rogersville; Brian Riley, Marshall; James Scholz, Warrensburg; and Roy Viessman, Jefferson City..."

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