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state- No party Has overwhelming support. *Partisan- Strong biased towards one party's
viewpoint. *Debate- a discussion of a public question before an assembly involving opposing views. Presidential Campaign -by s17- *Rhetoric- technique used in speeches and public
statements to win favor with listeners: Using diversion ,
repetition, and other strategies to ingrain crowd pleasing
politics into listeners minds. *Conservative- republicans , also called "right", originally
meaning one who avoids change; politically, it usually
indicates an attitude of compromising individual rights
and smaller government assistance. *Liberal- usually referring to Democrats called "left", originally meaning one who advocates change; politically, it usually indicates an attitude of compromising individual rights for the collective good involving a larger government assistance. *Primary Election- election that narrows the field of candidates within a political party held to see who will receive nomination from his/her party for the general election. *Electoral Votes- votes cast to elect the president based on the popular votes of people in each state. Number of votes for each state equals number of congressmen from that state. There are a total of 538 electoral votes. The candidate with 270 Electoral votes wins the presidential. Missouri has 10 electoral votes. Political Issues 1- Abortion 2-Animal Rights 3- Death Penalty 4- Education 5- Firearms National Republican Convention- August 27, 2012- August 30, 2012/ Tampa, Florida National Conventions National Democratic Convention- September 4, 2012- September 6, 2012/ Charlotte, North Carolina * Must be a native born U.S. citizen. *Must be at least 35 years of age. * Must be living in the U.S. for at least 14 years before becoming president. * J.F.K. was the youngest president of the US at 43 years of age. Democratic Vice President Joe Biden Political Cartoons This is expressing how both candidates will try had for undecided voters. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/topoftheticket/ This is expressing how a lot of people aren't voting this year because they don't like either candidate. This shows how hard NRA people will try to keep there guns. This cartoon shows how the word is starting to revolve around technology. This is showing how Obama has changed in four years and that he is making us pay for his mistakes. This cartoon shows how people don't vote for presidents anymore. They just vote against the one that they especially don't like. This shows how what the economy has came to. Democratic Ticket President- Barack Obama
Vice President- Joe Biden Republican Ticket President- Mitt Romney
Vice President- Paul Ryan Focus- They are focusing on getting re-elected and fixing the problems they made in there first term. Focus- Romney plans on cutting federal spending and and fixing everything that Obama messed up in his eyes. Democratic View Abortion- Obama thinks that abortion should be legal if the baby is unwanted.
Animal Rights- Obama is very strong with animal rights. He believes they should have just as good of a life as humans do.
Death Penalty- Obama thinks that the death penalty should only be issued to the absolute worst of crimes such as murder.
Education- Obama thinks that every child should have a chance or opportunity to have a good education in his or her lifetime.
Firearms- Obama thinks we should throw away all are guns because it will limit the amount of murderers in the U.S. Republican Views Abortion- Romney thinks that there should only be abortions in the case of rape, incest, or if the mother is in grave danger.
Animal Rights- Romney believes that an animal should be treated like an animal and not just another human being.
Death Penalty- Mitt thinks that the death penalty should be issued to harsh crimes and worse penalties issued to those who commit extreme crimes.
Education- Romney thinks that all kids should get an opportunity for a good education and that they should be learning at there speed and not at the speed that other people are on.
Firearms- Mitt thinks that the people in the United States should have the right to carry concealed weapons and that we should be able to have weapons at home for self defense and protection. Missouri Statewide
Election United States Senator Republican- Todd Akin Democratic- Claire McCaskill Missouri Governor Republican- Dave Spence Democratic- Jay Nixon Libertarian- Jim Higgins Lieutenant Governor Michael E. Carter Peter Kinder Brad Lager Charles W. Kullmann Mitt Romney's Articles Barack Obama's Articles Secretary of State Jason Kander Shane Schoeller Treasurer Clint Zweifel Sean O'Toole Cole McNary Attorney General
Missouri Govenor Chris Koster Ed Martin Adam Lee Warren Presidential Debate Romney Obama Most often word used- Wall Street
He has been staying on the Wall Street topic. Most often word used- Mortgage Regulation He or she talks with state officials and constituents about problems or concerns in the district and across the state. Governors are charged with overseeing the executive branch of their state's government. Lieutenant governors are usually ordered to fulfill the governor's duties while he is out of the state, incapacitated or otherwise occupied. The primary responsibility of the secretary of state is international relations, and she spends much of her time traveling abroad on diplomatic missions. The secretary of state also is responsible for advising the president on international matters and conveying his foreign policy agendas. Other tasks include working with foreign embassies and monitoring international arms issues. He or she manages the state's investments, administers budget funds and chairs the N.C. Banking Commission. The Missouri Attorney General is the attorney for the state, representing the legal interests of Missouri and its state agencies President Barack Obama put Republican challenger Mitt Romney on the defensive on foreign policy in the final presidential debate Monday night, with analysts and an immediate poll giving Obama the victory.
With 15 days before the November 6 vote, the candidates now hit the road for the final sprint to Election Day -- focusing on the handful of vital battleground states that could decade the closely contested race.
Obama kicks off his "America Forward" tour Tuesday with events in Florida and Ohio, where he will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden, while Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, campaign in Nevada and Colorado.
In Monday's debate, Obama sought to highlight his experience after nearly four years leading the nation's military and foreign policy efforts. Romney, a former governor with less foreign policy experience, tried to paint Obama as an ineffective leader even as he expressed agreement with many of the administration's steps in Syria, Iran and other hotspots.
Analysts agreed that Obama won on points, but questioned if the result would have a big impact on voters and the race as a whole.
"There's no question debate coaches would score this one for the president," said CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, while CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen said Obama "dominated the middle of the debate" and emerged as the winner.
Both King and Gergen agreed that Romney avoided sounding like an overzealous advocate of military action -- which is how Obama and Democrats seek to portray him.
Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor, conceded Obama "won tonight on points, no doubt about it," but added that Romney showed the leadership style of a commander-in-chief to demonstrate that making a change in the White House would be safe.
A CNN/ORC International poll of people who watched the debate showed 48% favored Obama compared to 40% for Romney, numbers barely within the margin of error range of plus-or-minus 4.5%. Another poll by CBS scored it a clear victory for Obama.
At the same time, the CNN/ORC poll showed viewers thought Romney established credibility as a leader, which former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor, said was very important.
"This isn't going to change the trajectory of the result," Fleischer said, noting that 24% of those questioned said the debate made them more likely to vote for Obama while 25% said it nudged them toward Romney, and 50% said they were not influence either way.
The poll also reinforced a gender gap in the race, with women favoring Obama as a strong leader by 59% to 39%, while men chose Romney by 53% to 43%. Obama needs to repeat the strong support from women voters -- who comprise half the electorate -- that helped him win in 2008.
The third and final face-to-face showdown occurred with the candidates running even in national polls and the race hinging on a handful of battleground states -- particularly Ohio, Florida and Virginia.
According to the latest polls, Obama has a slight lead in Ohio. Romney is ahead in Florida, and Virginia is a dead heat.
In the debate, Obama more than once sought to highlight Romney's lack of foreign policy experience.
The president took a jab at his challenger's world view -- paying him a backhanded compliment for his analysis of the threat of terrorism to the United States.
"Governor Romney, I'm glad that you recognize that al Qaeda is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al Qaeda; you said Russia," Obama said, adding that "the 1980s, they're now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War's been over for 20 years."
Romney countered that in that speech, he had argued Iran was the nation's greatest security threat and identified Russia as a "geopolitical foe."
"Attacking me is not talking about how we're going to deal with the challenges that exist in the Middle East, and take advantage of the opportunity there, and stem the tide of this violence," he said.
Romney added that Obama's foreign affairs policies have made the United States less respected and more vulnerable, particularly as it relates to Iran.
"I think from the very beginning, one of the challenges we've had with Iran is that they have looked at this administration, and felt that the administration was not as strong as it needed to be," Romney said.
Romney also repeatedly tried to shift the discussion to his strongest issue -- the continued high unemployment and slow economic recovery under Obama -- arguing that a strong foreign policy and national defense depends on a strong economy.
"We want to end those conflicts to the extent humanly possible," Romney said. "But in order to be able to fulfill our role in the world, America must be strong. America must lead. And for that to happen, we have to strengthen our economy here at home." Romney also accused Obama of supporting policies that undermine the nation's military preparedness.
"Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917," the Republican nominee said, also noting that "our Air Force is older and smaller than at any time since it was founded in 1947."
Obama fired back, suggesting Romney "maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works."
"You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916," Obama said. "Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed."
Sarcastically noting that the Navy now has "these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them" as well as "ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines," Obama concluded that "the question is not a game of 'Battleship,' where we're counting ships -- it's what are our capabilities."
Romney applauded the Obama-approved mission that killed Osama bin Laden and his efforts to take out other al Qaeda leaders but insisted that "we can't kill our way out of this mess." Rather, he pushed for "a comprehensive strategy" to curb violent extremism in the Middle East.
"The key that we're going to have to pursue is a -- is a pathway to get the Muslim world to be able to reject extremism on its own," Romney said, proposing U.S. policies to promote economic development, better education, gender equity and to help create institutions.
However, he was unable to express any significant policy difference with Obama on how that would happen.
Obama responded by criticizing his opponent on a host of foreign policy issues -- claiming Romney had favored positions that would have hurt the United States or offered sometimes contradictory views.
"What we need to do with respect to the Middle East is strong, steady leadership -- not wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map," the president said.
Romney's economic plan seeks trillions in tax cuts while increasing defense spending, which would increase the deficit, Obama said.
For his part, Romney repeatedly shifted back to his stump speech criticism of the nation's sluggish economic recovery under Obama's policies, which he says have hindered growth through high taxes and onerous regulations.
The candidates were at odds as well about how Washington should ultimately respond to the continuing violence in Syria.
Talking about the need to provide those fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces with arms, Romney said the Democratic incumbent has not done enough to curb violence that has left tens of thousands of people dead and also destabilized the region.
"We should be playing the leadership role," Romney said.
That precipitated a quick response from Obama, who pointed to American efforts to organize international efforts to address the issue as well as its support for opposition factions. "We are making sure that those we help will be our friends (in the future)," he said.
A strong performance by Romney against a lackluster Obama in the first debate October 3 in Denver helped the GOP challenger tighten the race and even pass the president in some polls.
The president fought back to win the second debate last week in New York, according to polls and pundits, setting up Monday night's showdown at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, moderated by CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer.
Until recently, polls showed Obama ahead of the former governor on foreign relations issues, and the Romney campaign has mounted pointed attacks in an attempt to narrow the president's advantage.
Other issues discussed in the debate included Iran's nuclear ambitions, China and the war in Afghanistan. Both candidates pledged to support Israel if the Jewish state comes under attack, and Romney backed the 2014 date set by Obama and NATO for withdrawing combat troops from Afghanistan.
Romney has landed blows thus far in the campaign by promoting his own business background while arguing that continued high unemployment and sluggish growth showed failed policies under the president.
In a major foreign policy address on October 8, Romney promoted a traditional U.S. foreign policy dating back decades, based on exerting global influence through military and economic power. While the speech sought to distinguish himself from Obama on foreign policy, specific proposals he cited then were similar to what the administration is doing.
Obama's campaign has accused Romney of shifting positions on foreign policy matters and mishandling a trip to England, Israel and Poland this summer when he publicly questioned London's preparedness to host the Olympic Games and cited cultural differences as a reason for economic disparities between Israelis and Palestinians. From CNN Perry County Election Missouri State Representative District 145 Missouri State Senator District 27 Wayne Wallingford Circuit Judge, Circuit 32, Division 2 Ben Lewis Sheriff Gary J. Schaaf Perry County Assessor Perry County Public Administrator Perry County Surveyor Perry County Coroner Perry County Sheriff October 28, 2012
As Obama Accepts Offers, Late-Night Television Longs for Romney
By BILL CARTER
The week after the first presidential debate, with Mitt Romney riding a surge in the polls, Lorne Michaels believed he was close to achieving one of the perennial objectives of an election year for the celebrated television show he created and still produces, “Saturday Night Live.”
Landing a presidential nominee as a guest.
The excitement at the show about a possible walk-on by Mr. Romney was tangible. But sometime that Friday, interest from the Romney camp cooled; the Republican candidate did not follow the precedent set in other recent presidential races by John McCain and George W. Bush by appearing on television’s most famous address for political satire.
A deal with the Romney camp has not been as close since, though Mr. Michaels said he is keeping offers open to both campaigns for a last-second appearance. That happened four years ago when Mr. McCain appeared as a guest three days before Election Day, performing a memorable sketch with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, spoofing a home shopping appearance in a late appeal for cash.
Mr. Michaels is hardly alone in his pursuit: every other late-night television producer has been chasing Mr. Romney for weeks to try to secure a guest appearance, with no success so far. Mr. Romney also has declined invitations from a host of other media outlets who have landed President Obama for interviews, including MTV and NBC News, which was given two days of access to the president during his campaign tour last week.
The opposite has been true for President Obama, who has taken advantage of the open invitation from the late-night shows to make extended guest appearances on Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” on Comedy Central, and Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” on NBC, racking up strong ratings in each case. (Michelle Obama visited Jimmy Kimmel on ABC.) Mr. Obama visited David Letterman on CBS last month and did a sketch, “Slow Jammin’ the News,” with NBC’s Jimmy Fallon in April.
In the waning days of an intensely close election, one campaign has clearly made a calculation that the late-night audience is valuable and worth courting, while the other has maintained late-night silence.
Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said the willingness to appear with interviewers like Mr. Stewart, Mr. Leno and Mr. Letterman has to do with reaching out in less conventional ways to undecided voters.
“Most regular viewers of the news made up their minds a long time ago,” Mr. LaBolt said in an e-mail message. “So while the president has continued to do interviews in traditional news venues, our goal in the final days of the race must be to reach voters where they are — whether that’s crisscrossing the country asking for their vote or appearing on the programs they tune into on a daily basis.”
Appearing with Mr. Stewart had the benefit of playing to an especially concentrated group of younger adults. “The Daily Show” scores the best ratings in late night among the 18- to 49-year-old viewers so valuable in television. Those viewers are hard to reach on news programs. (Mr. Obama’s appearance drew the biggest audience on “The Daily Show” this year, 2.8 million.)
Mr. Stewart’s network, Comedy Central, coincidentally released a research study this month that asked so-called millennials in what venue they would most like to hear a candidate be interviewed. By a large margin they responded: on a late-night comedy show.
Appearing with Mr. Leno (where he lifted “The Tonight Show” audience average by almost 50 percent), the president gained another advantage, according to a producer of one rival late-night show. “Jay is Ohio,” the producer said, asking not to be identified discussing a competitor’s strengths.
Mr. Leno has always projected a more mid-American appeal than most other late-night hosts, a conclusion borne out by some numbers. Mr. Leno averages a 3 rating in Cleveland, but only a 2.1 in New York. Mr. Obama seemed well-aware of the potential to score with Ohio voters, when he joked with Mr. Leno about how Halloween would be different his year from last when Mrs. Obama offered trick-or-treaters only fruit. “Candy for everybody!” Mr. Obama joked, adding that if a child could prove he was from Ohio, he would get an extra-large Hershey bar.
Mr. Letterman has been in the middle of the late-night story this election season because of Mr. Romney’s comments in a fund-raising tape where he criticized 47 percent of Americans for not taking personal responsibility. He also said Mr. Letterman “hates me.”
Since then Mr. Letterman has waged an on-camera campaign to get Mr. Romney onto his visitors’ couch, at one point even telling his viewers not to vote for the Republican unless he turned up.
“Not exactly sure what the problem is,” said Rob Burnett, Mr. Letterman’s executive producer. “If they need us to send a car, we can do that.”
Much of the back and forth between Mr. Letterman and the Romney camp has been in that joking tone, but Mr. Burnett, like several other late-night producers, suggested that Mr. Romney’s avoidance of late-night shows (he did appear with Mr. Leno in March) is no accident of scheduling conflicts.
“I have to believe every decision being made is strategic,” Mr. Burnett said. “They have never told us that Governor Romney won’t do the show, but it’s becoming pretty obvious that he has no intentions of coming.”
“It’s obviously something they have discussed behind closed doors and they have their own strategies,” said Hillary Kun, the supervising producer for “The Daily Show,” who books all the guests. “It’s hard to really know what’s going on there.”
Spokesmen for the Romney campaign did not respond to several requests for comment. Mr. Romney, in the 47 percent video, did comment on why he has turned down “Saturday Night Live” in the past.
“I did not do that in part because you want to show that you’re fun and you’re a good person, but you also want to be presidential. And ‘Saturday Night Live’ has the potential of looking slapstick and not presidential.”
None of the late-night shows has given up on securing a last-minute visit from Mr. Romney. Ms. Kun said “The Daily Show” would hold open a spot until the last minute. “We would make room for him,” she said.
“Saturday Night Live” has one show before the election; Mr. Michaels said the show could work up something for either candidate “even a day before” the broadcast Saturday. “I still think something could happen, because the campaign is so close,” Mr. Michaels said.
From New York Times ________________________________________
October 29, 2012
Who Wins the Presidency Still Matters
By ALBERT R. HUNT | BLOOMBERG NEWS
WASHINGTON — Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the senator and Harvard professor, observed that academic politics is so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
This year, U.S. politics feels that way, too. The issues don’t seem as seminal as those facing the nation during the Cold War or the civil rights movement; the partisanship is worse.
Nonetheless, this presidential election has important policy implications.
If either party wins the White House and control of both houses of Congress, there will be an opportunity to deal immediately with fiscal and health care issues through a congressional process known as reconciliation that allows an expedited procedure with a simple majority in both chambers. That’s how the George W. Bush-era tax cuts and President Barack Obama’s health care measure were enacted.
The more probable congressional outcome is something resembling the status quo: a House with 235 Republicans and 200 Democrats, and a Senate with 52 Democrats and 48 Republicans. That configuration will require compromise. Whoever is president, however, will still have important leverage for his agenda and allied interest groups in shaping any compromises.
The fiscal cliff: The next president will have to deal with a possible fiscal crisis almost immediately. He will have to contend with a mix of calls for stimulus to bolster a sluggish economy and the need for long-term debt reduction through spending cuts and tax increases. All as he grapples with raising the U.S. debt ceiling early in 2013.
With the prospect of a divided Congress, Mr. Obama wouldn’t make much headway in advocating more spending on green jobs or major infrastructure projects. Nor would Mitt Romney be able to sell his huge tax cuts, which few serious analysts believe come close to adding up.
Nevertheless, the White House would matter. Advocates of lower taxes, especially for the wealthy, and of more robust spending on defense would fare considerably better under a Romney presidency. Proponents of strengthening educational measures like Pell grants for college students or health-research spending would do better under a President Obama.
Health care/financial regulation: Mr. Romney has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the financial regulatory legislation sponsored by former Senator Chris Dodd and the retiring Representative Barney Frank. Mr. Obama vows to retain them.
The new Congress is likely to alter both, either significantly so under a Republican president, or with just some tweaking under the incumbent.
On health care, if you’re a business that opposes the taxes in the Obama measure, you’re cheering for Mr. Romney. A new administration would gut some of those provisions. If you’re uninsured, and especially if you have pre-existing conditions, you’re in tough shape if Mr. Romney is president.
Interest groups have a lot at stake in how Dodd-Frank is revised. If Mr. Romney is elected, the big Wall Street banks that trade derivatives will celebrate, as restrictions would probably be eased. An Obama victory would be welcome news for financial-industry regulators, whose resources would be cut by Republicans, and for regional banks.
Supreme Court/judiciary: The odds are in favor of a Supreme Court appointment or two over the next four years. Five of the six second-term presidents since World War II have named justices; four of the current justices are 74 or older. With gay marriage, affirmative action, abortion and major economic issues on the docket in the years ahead, any nominee will endure a bruising battle for confirmation. Mr. Obama’s record makes clear that his picks would be left-of-center moderates. Mr. Romney, who almost never mentions Supreme Court appointments, probably would listen to the demands of the movement-conservative community, which dominates legal issues within the party.
Further, the next president will probably name more than two dozen appellate court judges and 100 U.S. District Court judges. These will tilt the balance in some important jurisdictions.
National security: The foreign policy debate last week failed to reveal many differences between the candidates because Mr. Romney, seeking to demonstrate his credentials to be commander in chief, largely agreed with the current administration’s positions on Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, the 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan, the use of drones to fight terrorists, Iranian sanctions and even Libya.
There’s every reason to expect that Mr. Obama’s second-term foreign policy would be a continuation of the past four years, though absent some of the heavy hitters like Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and perhaps Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.
There is great debate in Republican circles over the direction that a Romney national security team would take. Traditionalists or centrist Republicans point to the Romney of the debate of last week. The neoconservative wing led by the Dick Cheney/Donald Rumsfeld unilateralists are dominant among Mr. Romney’s advisers and could effectively pressure a president-elect who is inexperienced in this field.
Particularly in the Middle East, a President Romney might be more aggressive, even confrontational.
Two imponderables make forecasts impossible. When it comes to some of the toughest issues, including Iran and Pakistan, there are no good answers. And future national-security crises are unpredictable. In 1960, during his campaign for president, John F. Kennedy talked about the dispute between Taiwan and China over two obscure islands, Quemoy and Matsu. As president, his foreign policy was defined by Cuba. In 2000, the candidate George W. Bush called for a more “humble” foreign policy; a year and a half after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he unilaterally invaded Iraq.
From New York Times Shelley Keeney Ted Christisen Charles Triller Tammy Tarrillion Tim Baer Herbert Miller The Results Are In!! The main role of members of the Missouri House of Representatives is to write and pass state laws. State senators are responsible for representing the interests of the citizens in their district when considering legislation for the state. Associate circuit judges hear misdemeanor, infraction, municipal ordinance violation, juvenile, small claims and felony cases, as well as civil cases that don't exceed $25,000. They may be assigned criminal or civil cases from the circuit court. A Sheriff's work is done both in and out of the office; patrolling the county and managing paperwork like warrants, complaints, and deputy patrol activity records are typical job duties. Determine taxability and value of properties, using methods such as field inspection, structural measurement, calculation, sales analysis, market trend studies, and income and expense analysis. Public administrators implement policies set by civil servants and elected officials. Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys in order to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed. As a surgical technician that helps determine causes and manners of death, the coroner works to provide answers that explain the causes and methods of a person passing away. President United States Senator United States Representative Joanne Emerson
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District 145 Missouri State Senator District 27 Circuit Judge, Circuit 32, Division 2 Perry County Sheriff Perry County Assessor Perry County Public Administrator Perry County Surveyor Congratulations Barack Obama This is explaining how we are just asking the terrorist to give it to us instead of going out and grabbing it. Google images Perry County Republic Monitor Google images google images Google images Google images Missouri Articles Spence criticizes Nixon's handling of Mo. economy
19 hours ago • Associated Press
Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence called for improved efforts on economic development while campaigning Wednesday near an abandoned artificial sweetener plant that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon had said could employ more than 600 people.
Spence said the failure of the Mamtek U.S. plant could have been avoided with a "lick of commonsense" and sufficient research and due diligence. He said a similar project would not get through under his watch and that Nixon owes an apology.
"Mamtek represents what happens when you try to go for photo ops and headlines and not do what business is intended to do," Spence said. "Anybody in the real world, anybody who's in the private sector would have picked up in two seconds that this was not a viable project."
Mamtek received $39 million in industrial development bonds from Moberly and authorization for up to $17 million of state incentives to build an artificial sweetener plant in the central Missouri city about 30 miles north of Columbia. Construction was halted on the partially completed facility after the company missed a bond payment in August 2011.
Bruce Cole, the chairman and CEO of Mamtek, has been charged with theft and securities fraud and is accused of using bond revenues to avoid foreclosure on his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. The federal Securities Exchange Commission also has filed a lawsuit against Cole seeking financial penalties. Last week, the remaining assets for the plant were sold at auction by UMB Bank, the trustee for bondholders.
Nixon's administration frequently has said no state incentives were paid to Mamtek, but Spence countered that the state incentives helped prompt Moberly to issue its bonds.
"The fact is that no state tax dollars were lost on that project because Missouri has strong protections in place for taxpayers," Nixon campaign spokeswoman Channing Ansley said.
Ansley highlighted a business deal of Spence's in New York that led to his company repaying $75,000 worth of incentives after failing to meet job targets.
Spence's company bought a Brooklyn-based plastics manufacturer and received a $125,000 grant from New York's main economic development agency. The grant called for keeping the facility's 55 full-time employees and adding 45 workers by January 2006. In March 2005, the New York agency said the job requirements were not met and that 60 percent of the grant should be returned. No payment immediately was made, and the New York agency filed a lawsuit in December 2005. The company wrote a check the next month.
Spence's campaign has said New York was not a business-friendly state. It has said criticism of the business deal was an effort to distract from a poor record of economic growth in Missouri.
In an interview after a Columbia campaign appearance highlighting his work to expand disability services, Nixon reiterated his spokeswoman's comments that the state didn't pay any tax incentives for the Mamtek project. The governor also criticized his opponent for voting in early 2011, as a board member of Reliant Bancshares, to forgo repaying a $40 million bailout from the federal government. Spence resigned from the bank board shortly after that vote and has said regulators actually suggested the bank not repay the money because of its continued financial struggles.
"We paid zero during that process," Nixon said of Mamtek. "Much different than what the taxpayers had to pay when he voted not to pay the taxpayers back when he was on a bank (board)."
Missouri's economy has been a focal point in the governor's race as voters head to the polls next week.
The two candidates have offered different interpretations of how Missouri is doing. Nixon has touted declines in the state's unemployment rate and this week told autoworkers that Missouri's auto plants have added 3,200 jobs during his four-year term in office. Spence said the state's job picture is not rosy and that many Missourians simply have stopped looking for work.
Associated Press writer Alan Scher Zagier in Columbia contributed to this report. Spence shouldn't get to run state like a business
October 31, 2012 12:00 am
Spence shouldn’t get to run state like a business
Of all the disturbing comments I have heard during the current campaign, the most upsetting one has come from Dave Spence who, should he be elected governor, plans to run our state like a business. Missouri is not a business, and we citizens are not workers who can be hired or fired at the whim of a governor who thinks he is a CEO.
Dave Spence did run a business for many years — and then he sold it. Spence called the business “my fifth child,” an odd choice of words for something that he sold to make a profit. The state of Missouri does not produce products, it does not make a profit, and most assuredly it can not be handed over in a business deal. What skills then does he have to govern a state full of diverse people with many difficult problems that don’t respond to business practices? What does he know about education, health care, road maintenance, police services, disaster relief?
The job of state government is clearly outlined in the Missouri Constitution, which begins,”all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.” Clearly the framers intended for Missouri government to work “solely for the good of the whole.”
People, in all of their strengths and weaknesses, are at the heart of our state. The governor’s job is to take care of the people and to see that Missourians have the services they need. The governor cannot fire citizens or get rid of people he doesn’t like or turn his back on people he condemns as unproductive. We citizens are not vying for favor from a boss or worrying about layoffs from our citizenship. We are looking for good government.
But Mr. Spence seems to feel that he is above the law, that he can do what average citizens cannot. The latest Post-Dispatch article about Mr. Spence states that he “voted with other Reliance Bank board members not to pay the federal money back” that had been loaned to his bank. How many of us could refuse to pay a legitimate debt and escape with no consequences? Is that the behavior we expect from a governor?
Mr. Spence lacks the empathy, the ethics, and the skills to lead our state.
Patricia Noland • Ballwin Still mourning the death of her mother, Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill returned to campaigning Wednesday as Republican challenger Todd Akin gained a dual boost from a former presidential hopeful and a political group that had aided one his rivals in the GOP primary.
Former Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich led a rally for Akin in Kansas City, urging supporters to send a powerful signal to "the moneyed Republican establishment" that _ led by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney _ abandoned Akin after an August remark about "legitimate rape."
Yet there were fresh signs that Akin was regaining GOP support. The Now or Never Political Action Committee, which backed an Akin rival in the GOP primary, announced Wednesday that it was buying $800,000 of TV ads urging Romney supporters to also vote for Akin on Tuesday.
Missouri polls have consistently shown Romney leading Democratic President Barack Obama, who narrowly lost the state four years ago. Some polls also have shown a tightened Missouri Senate race, as Akin has attempted to rebound from an Aug. 19 TV interview in which he said women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy after "legitimate rape."
McCaskil had canceled most of her campaign events during the past week to spend time with her ailing mother, who died Monday. She returned to campaigning Wednesday with an event outside a St. Louis County elementary school.
"This has been a tumultuous time in my life, obviously," said McCaskill, her voice seeming to break. "And part of me is a little lost. This is the first time I've walked out my house in the morning, campaigning, where I haven't had a chance to say, `Mom, I'm out there. I'm going.' And she hasn't given me the, `I wish I could go. Go get them.' So that's hard for me. She's been a huge part of my life in so many ways."
McCaskill used the school setting to criticize Akin's opposition to the federally funded school lunch program, which began during the administration of President Harry Truman, a Missouri native. Akin has suggested states could better handle the program.
"This is a program that should not be a place that candidates for the United States Senate differ, but we do. And that should remind Missourians how extreme Todd Akin is," McCaskill said.
At the rally in Kansas City, Akin suggested it is McCaskill who was out of touch with most Missourians in supporting Obama's federal stimulus act and health care law. He noted that 71 percent of Missouri voters approved a 2010 ballot measure rejecting a key provision in the health care law.
Akin also emphasized that low-income housing firms affiliated with McCaskill's husband, Joseph Shepard, have received tens of millions of dollars of federal subsidies. That's "your taxpayer dollars that are going to her family business," Akin said Wednesday.
Cheers mixed with jeers as Akin and Gringrich spoke at Kansas City's historic Union Station to a crowd that included about 100 supporters and nearly as many protesters, many carrying signs that referenced Akin's "legitimate rape" remark. The event highlighted the intensity of a campaign that has remained in the national spotlight and could help determine party control of the U.S. Senate.
Republicans need a net gain of four Senate seats in Tuesday's election _ or just three, if Romney defeats Obama and gives a GOP vice president the power to break tie votes in the Senate _ to retake the chamber's majority from Democrats.
"No single Senate race in the country will send a more powerful signal than the election of Todd Akin," Gingrich said at the rally, first noting the potential for Republican control of the chamber. But Gingrich said there was an equally strong point to be made within the GOP.
"There is no other race in the country that will send a bigger signal to the moneyed Republican establishment that it is votes that matter and citizens that matter," Gingrich said to his most enthusiastic applause. "When people of a state make a choice, they deserve to be respected for their right to choose the candidate they want, not the candidate Washington dictates."
Winning the majority was the reason cited by the Now or Never PAC for its new ad. The group had backed Akin rival Sarah Steelman in the Aug. 7 GOP primary.
"Todd Akin may have not been our first choice for Republican nominee in the race to replace Claire McCaskill," said spokesman Tyler Harber. "But congressman Akin plays an important role in securing the Senate chamber."
Among the protesters at Wednesday's rally in Kansas City was Neil Harris, a retired college teacher and McCaskill supporter who held a sign saying, "Todd and Newt (equals) Hypocritical Mass." Harris referred to Akin as "an idiot."
"His 13th century doctrine on women shutting down the possibility of pregnancy after rape seems to be far from reality," Harris said.
Akin supporter Kiley Chaney, a union bricklayer who drove an hour from rural Garden City to attend the rally, acknowledged that Akin had "made some blunders in the campaign." But Chaney said he was more concerned with McCaskill's ties to Obama and the large national debt.
"She's going to be a yes woman for Obama," said Chaney, later adding: "It's not fashionable to be for Akin, but I'm going to vote against McCaskill."
Salter reported from St. Louis. From St. Louis Post Dispatch Victory and Concession Speeches Barack Obama Claire McCaskill Jay Nixon Peter Kinder Jason Kander Clint Zweifel Chris Koster Shelley Keeney Wayne Wallingford Ben Lewis Gary J. Schaaf Charles Triller Tammy Tarrillion Herbert Miller Perry County Coroner Tim Baer United States Representative Joanne Emerson