Fourth Congressional District Democrat candidate Teresa Hensley hosted a forum on Medicare for seniors in Columbia Wednesday. She focused primarily on her disapproval of Republican Vice President Candidate Paul Ryan’s Medicare budget, and the health care reform act. Hensley says privatizing Medicare is unrealistic for seniors.
“What we’re talking about is giving a senior a voucher for them to go find their own health care, to talk to their own insurance companies to find their own health insurance,” Hensley says.
As the deadline to register to vote for the November election approaches, a report shows Boone County had the lowest voter turnout in the state in August’s primary election. According to statistics from the secretary of state, only 16.7 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in August, compared to 23.2 percent statewide.
John Petrocik, Chair of the MU Political Science Department, says the turn out in the primaries here tends to be pretty low.
Former Senator and long-time Missouri politician John Danforth has announced his support of Ed Martin, the Republican challenger to Chris Koster in the state attorney general campaign - but the two politicians are split on one issue: Whether or not to support Congress member Todd Akin.
Republican congressman Todd Akin has made good on his promise to stay in the Missouri Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
Tuesday's final deadline for Missouri candidates to remove their names from the ballot came and went at 5 p.m. as Akin continued a bus tour across the state. It's a final confirmation that he's resisting calls from within his own party to drop his bid.
The presidential candidates have yet to meet in a face-to-face debate. But last week in Des Moines, Iowa, ag leaders witnessed a preview of sorts during a Presidential Forum on Agriculture held in advance of the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
Two small items in the New York Times from the Democratic Convention caught my eye. The first was that Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of Chicago, is now leading a Democratic SuperPac, one of those new types of fund-raising organizations, trying to pry big dollars loose from liberal donors. Some of these donors have refrained out of principled opposition to SuperPacs. Others have more personal reasons. For example, George Soros has taken a pass because he could not get face time with President Obama. So it will be a tough sell.
I again asked students in my American Political Parties class at Columbia College if President Obama’s acceptance speech was a success and if it changed their minds about him. Of the six who sought the bonus points, four went in supporting Obama and none changed their minds. Most comments were about the emotional power of the speech and how good a public speaker he is. The criticisms were of the lack of specifics. One was very positive despite her feeling that he had made little progress on his promises from four years ago.
Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 5:27 pm
Lawmakers are returning to Jefferson City for their annual veto session, which begins Wednesday at noon.
House and Senate leaders will attempt to override Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto of a bill that levies local sales taxes on out-of-state vehicle purchases. The issue has heated up, as Nixon’s supporters are running radio ads urging Missouri citizens to call their lawmakers and tell them not to override the Governor’s veto.
Nixon calls the bill a retroactive tax hike on anyone who’s bought a vehicle outside of Missouri this year, while GOP leaders say it will provide much-needed revenue to local police and fire departments and encourage car and boat buyers to shop in Missouri. Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) admits the chances of overriding the veto of the vehicle sales tax bill are slim.