Kelly’s Clinton County, MO August 5th Primary Picks

July 28th, 2008 11:59 pm by Kelly Garbato

Oh yays! It’s election time again. Missouri’s state-wide primaries will be held on August 5th this year. LD and I were finally able to pick up sample copies of the ballot this week, the late date probably owing to the fact that we live in Clinton County, i.e., “the sticks.”

Since Missouri has open elections, you need not register with a party to vote in the primary (hello! independence). However, according to MO rules, voters must choose one ballot – and one ballot only:

Since Missouri has open primaries, every eligible registered voter may select the party ballot of their choice.

However, primary voters may select only one party’s ballot. Voters who do not wish to give a political party preference may request an issues only ballot, if one is available in that particular jurisdiction.

This year, there are three ballots from which to choose: Democratic, Republican and Libertarian. I’ll reprint each of these (again, for Clinton County, Missouri), but since I’m going to go with the Democratic ballot, I won’t bother researching and reporting on the others.

Why the Democrats? I know, I know, I quit the party, vowed only to vote third party, etc. And I still will…in the general election. The primary, not so much. For starters, the only third party options are Libertarian, so meh. And the Libertarian Party ballot is looking pretty empty. As in, each candidate is running unopposed. So it would be kind of useless to choose the Libertarian ballot, when all the candidates are essentially already settled upon.

The Republican ticket, too, is slim pickens. Out of nine positions, only two (Governor and Lieutenant Governor) feature more than one Republican vying for the position. Plus…Republicans. Ew.

So Dems it is. Hopefully I’ll find at least one local politician worthy of my support.

Ballots and picks after the jump.

Democratic Party Ballot – Clinton County, Missouri

For Governor

x Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon

x Daniel Carroll

For Lieutenant Governor

x Sam Page

x Michael E. Carter

x Richard Charles Tolbert

x Becky L. Plattner

x Mary Williams

x C. Lillian Metzger

For Secretary of State

x Robin Carnahan

For State Treasurer

x Mark Powell

x Clint Zweifel

x Andria Danine Simckes

x Charles B. Wheeler

For Attorney General

x Chris Koster

x Margaret Donnelly

x Jeff Harris

x Molly Williams

For U.S. Representative, District 6

x Kay Barnes

x Ali Allon Sherkat

For State Representative, District 5

x Mike Waltemath

For County Commissioner, District 2

x Larry C. King

x Bernie Cassity

x Charlie Carroll III

For Sheriff

x K. Porter Hensen

x Leonard Eads

x Steve Burris

For Assessor

x Jerry Howard

For Public Administrator

x Nancy (Slater) Wingate

For Coroner

x Sheldon L. Kenslow

x Glenn McMillian

Clinton County Library District Question

Shall there be an annual tax levy rate of fourteen cents (.14) on the hundred-dollar assessed valuation of all property in the Clinton County Library District except the incorporated city limits of the City of Cameron for the purpose of operation of county libraries?

x Yes

x No

For Governor: !?@#!#@#

I think I’ll have to give the win to Nixon, basically by default. His challenger, Daniel Carroll, does not even appear to have a campaign web site. Now, if dude can’t be bothered to register a domain (or even a Myspace account, yo!) that tells me that he doesn’t want to be Governor all that hard.

His, um, “platforms” (or rather, lack thereof) leave much to be desired. In fact, the Columbia Missourian’s profile on Carroll makes him sound eerily similar to my slack-jawed, pothead high school boyfriend:

CAMPAIGN WEB SITE: None

OCCUPATION: Works in the tool and dye department of Cerro Flow, a company that makes copper tubing.

EDUCATION: General equivalency diploma, 1977

BACKGROUND: Navy Seaman aboard the USS Howard W. Gilmore, 1974-1977

Finances, as of July 15

Carroll has not filed any campaign finance reports yet.

Issues

ETHICS: Says he knows that ethics reform is necessary but isn’t sure what he’d do about it until after seeing the possible options.

HIGHWAYS: Thinks highways that aren’t up to standard should be repaired, but funding “needs to be checked into.” Funding should not increase or decrease until it is reviewed, because it seems to be coming from somewhere it shouldn’t be coming from. [Zuh?]

A man with no plan, credentials or web site. Perhaps he’s channeling 2008 presidential snoozer Fred Thompson?

Though Nixon is certainly more qualified than Carroll, some of his positions are, shall we say, more than a little disturbing.

While Republicans have “tarred” (more like “complimented”) him as a “pro-abortion” Democrat, his record on reproductive rights is less than stellar.

For example, in his response to the Congressional Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test, via Project Vote Smart, Nixon supports a ban on “partial-birth” abortion. To his credit, that is the “only” regulation on abortion (set forth in the survey) that he endorses. Or at least he did in 1998; he hasn’t bothered responding to later version of the test.

Over on RH Reality Check, Pamela Merritt (aka Shark-Fu) observes:

Here in Missouri, anti-choice Governor Matt Blunt is not seeking a second term, and the gubernatorial race is wide open. While the Republican candidates debate who is more anti-choice heading into their primary, the lone Democratic candidate, Attorney General Jay Nixon, is campaigning for a win in November. The Missouri House and Senate are currently under Republican control and have produced anti-choice legislation with daunting regularity, all of which our anti-choice governor has signed into law with glee. So, pro-choice voters in Missouri have a huge opportunity this year to elect a protective veto into the Governor’s mansion in November.

But nothing is ever as simple as it first appears to be. Missouri’s social conservatism bleeds over into Democratic politics just as it fuels Republican politics. […]

Like any modern voter, I took to the Internet to research Attorney General Jay Nixon’s stance on choice, hoping to find an endorsement or two by a pro-choice advocacy group. But none were to be found. When I did a search for news regarding Nixon and choice, I found some alarming items about his defense of anti-choice laws as Attorney General; for instance, while serving in the Missouri Senate in the 1980s, Nixon supported a woman’s right to choose only in cases of rape or incest. A year ago, when defending himself against an attack ad, the Nixon campaign responded by firmly stating the Attorney General’s support of Roe v. Wade and his commitment to work with family planning programs to promote sex education and contraception. But, as Attorney General, Nixon has also defended Missouri anti-choice laws, such as parental consent and the infamous House Bill 1055 ambulatory surgical center law that would restrict a woman’s access to reproductive healthcare. […]

NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Executive Director Pamela Sumners offers some clarification on the race. Sumners shares that, although he did oppose abortion except in cases of rape or incest in the 1980s, Nixon has been classified as pro-choice by NARAL since 1994. Sumners allows that Nixon’s defense of anti-choice laws in his role as Attorney General does confuse the issue and that we don’t exactly have a good barometer on him, but added, “I can’t speak for Nixon’s campaign but I believe that he would defend choice and I wouldn’t be prepared to vote for him if I didn’t believe that.”

Shark-Fu also notes that

Nixon has also recently issued a statement regarding the California same-sex marriage ruling stating his support of Missouri’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage.

Lovely.

Also from the Project Vote Smart survey: Nixon is what you’d call, um, “hard for crime.”

Among other things, he expressed his desire to:

Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.

Increase spending to build more federal prisons.

Impose “truth in sentencing” for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.

Prosecute youths accused of a felony as adults.

Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.

Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.

Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers. [!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.

Increase funding for border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.

He passed on legalizing medicinal pot and reducing prison sentences for non-violent offenders.

Elsewhere on the Internets, Nixon is on the receiving end of endorsements from Missouri National Education Association, Service Employees International Union-MO, the Teamsters Union, Missouri AFL-CIO and the State Fraternal Order of Police.

So.

Come November, a vote for Nixon isn’t so much a vote for Nixon as a vote against the Republican nominee. I hate playing that game, but as Shark-Fu notes, a Dem Governor would have the power to veto the bullshit anti-woman measures that have been winding their way through the MO legislature as of late. (Two words: Matt Blunt.)

I wish Nixon had a solid liberal/progressive challenger in the primaries, but…not so much. So methinks I’ll vote for Nixon once, and rail against him if he proves to be a “moderate” Democrat (as they so euphemistically refer to themselves nowadays!).

I’d really love to vote for Carroll, but he’s giving me nothing. Protest vote, maybe? I don’t think there’s much chance Carroll will win – Nixon may as well be running unchallenged – so there can’t be any harm in voting for the unknown. Famous last words, eh?

I should also note that the Libertarian candidate doesn’t provide a socially liberal escape hatch come November. He’s better than Nixon on crime, but is also a misogynist godbag.

Anywho, be your own decider person.

FYI, for more on Nixon, visit

http://www.jaynixon.com

http://www.nixonforgovernor.com

http://ago.mo.gov

http://www.firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/215

http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=BMO70401

http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=105278

For Lieutenant Governor: Sam Page.

On the Missouri State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test, Sam Page supports the statement that “Abortions should always be legal,” with no additional restrictions. Under “Other or expanded principles,” he penciled in “Abortion should be rare, safe & legal.” A Hillary Clinton-esque answer provokes smiles from this crabby feminist. He also does well (IMHO) on the questions involving government spending, taxes, campaign contributions, elections, education, the environment, gun issues, health care and employment; and so-so on crime (e.g., is pro-death penalty and anti-medicinal marijuana; but supports increased funding for rehab and education). His website goes by the charming (?) title www.sampage.com.

Michael E. Carter is a real estate lawyer who looks as though he only just graduated college since the last election cycle. I really can’t find out much about the guy, other than he’s been robo-calling MO voters.

Richard Charles Tolbert was proud to see his letter to the editor published in the January 27, 2008 edition of the Kansas City Star. He also appears to be “an elected Trustee of Metropolitan Community College.”

Becky L. Plattner was appointed (by Matt Blunt!!) to the the Missouri Conservation Commission in August 2007. Beyond her love of tourism and agriculture (she’s a farmer, though not an evil animal agriculturalist, i.e., a factory farmer), I can’t find much mention of her on the interwebs.

Mary Williams, she of common name, is a “registered nurse in Jefferson City” who plans on “conducting her campaign only ‘through word of mouth’ with family and friends.” OK, then.

C. Lillian Metzger is another candidate of few words. Like many of the others, the only information and I can find on Metzger is her reply to the Columbia Missourian’s issues questionnaire. Which is really just a bunch of political posturing of the answering-without-giving-any-real-answers sort. Meh.

Although…the discrepancy between Metzger’s Total Money Received ($2,925), Total Money Spent ($0) and Cash on Hand ($125) had me scratching the old noggin.

Same Page’s pro-choice credentials alone make him the clear winner here.

For State Treasurer: Clint Zweifel

Mark Powell is currently Mayor of Arnold, MO. He was also the Dem candidate for MO Treasurer in 2004. As per his campaign website, he seems to be more than qualified for the job. His core issues seem to be college affordability, home ownership, investor protection and state investments (e.g., local and low-risk).

Clint Zweifel, the Kansas City Star’s pick, has served three terms in State House. As per his website, Zweifel’s concerns include “protecting retirement and investor security,” “making college more affordable,” “renewing the promise of home ownership,” and “keeping taxes and inflation in check.” The KC Star’s identification of Zweifel as the candidate with the most progressive ideas, coupled with the fact that he fosters two girls (totally awesome!) and his campaign ad mocking Matt Blunt (eww!), bumps him to the top of my list.

Andria Danine Simckes (formerly Danine Lard) has previously served in Governow Mel Carnahan’s Administration; she was also Comptroller of Win 96-Missouri’s Coordinated Campaign and Executive Director of Greater St. Louis Regional Empowerment Zone.

Her plans include:

* Making sound investments to spur our economy and create jobs;
o Stimulating the economy by supporting our hospitals
o Helping working families and children
o Helping employees of small businesses save for retirement
o Educating citizens about managing their finances responsibly

* Educating citizens about managing their finances responsibly;

* Improving Missouri MOST, the state college savings plan;

* Putting safeguards in place to protect consumers from fraud and unscrupulous lending practices; and
o Ensuring Our Military Families are Financially Secure

* Ensuring taxpayers receive the greatest return for their money.

Dr. Charles B. Wheeler, who the St. Louis Post-Dispatch helpfully describes as “the old-timer” and “the only Democrat in the primary for treasurer old enough to have voted for Harry S. Truman” (he’s 81), served as Mayor of Kansas City from 1971-79. He appears to be the Democratic MO State Treasurer candidate to have his own Wiki page.

At wheelerfortreasurer.com, one of his stated goals in particular caught my eye:

–Promote environmental responsibility in state government, particularly by implementing recycling and energy conservation in all aspects of the treasurer’s office.

(Me likey!)

As did this Benjamin H. Grumbles moment:

–He has been in public service for more than 40 years and has never been the object of a hint of scandal or impropriety.

I know, I know…openness and transparency in government is a good thing. But he made it sound so…pearl-clutchingly Victorian!

Anyway, I really don’t know how to pick a State Treasurer, so I give this one to Zweifel because 1) the Kansas City Star endorsed him as the most progressive of the candidates; and 2) he’s a foster dad to two girls (totally irrelevant, but totally awesome).

For Attorney General: Jeff Harris

Chris Koster was elected to the MO Senate in 2005…as a Republican. On August 1, 2007, he switched to the Democratic Party:

On August 1, 2007, Chris made Missouri political history when he announced that he was leaving the Missouri Republican Party and becoming a Democrat. Citing his longstanding differences with the Republican Party on issues like stem cell research, workers’ rights, and the non-partisan court plan, Chris said that the Missouri Republican Party had become too beholden to the extreme right wing to lead the state of Missouri forward. He is the first high-profile elected official in Missouri EVER to have taken such a leap.

Both Dems and Repubs alike are calling this a case of “political opportunism”. Though I can appreciate Koster’s positions on some issues – he’s pro-stem cell research, has plenty of labor endorsements, and singles out worker’s rights and environmental protection as key issues on his campaign website – ain’t no way I’m going to vote for a new (as in, barely a year) Republican covert to the Democratic Party in the Democratic primary. A “moderate Republican”, as Koster seem to envision himself, as no place on the Democratic ticket.

Plus, his Democratic “pro-choice” credentials are less than inspiring:

Much of the changes in Koster’s views are subtle, demonstrating how in the face of the Republican shift to the far right, moderate Republicans can easily become moderate Democrats. When he ran for state senate in 2004, Koster, who is Catholic, described himself as “pro-life.” But in explaining what that means, he told the Kansas City Star that he “would limit abortion to the boundaries set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court.” When he arrived in Jefferson City, he says, he discovered that “the term ‘pro-life’ means something different inside the Capitol than outside. There are a lot of Catholics who would say they are pro-life, but if they were asked whether they would criminalize abortion, they would say they wouldn’t go that far. In the assembly, [pro-life] means you would criminalize.” Accordingly, Koster the Democrat now describes himself as “pro-choice,” but his views on abortion have not changed. He supports Roe v. Wade, but would also support “some common sense restrictions,” including parental consent.

No to mention, Koster is in the midst of a possible fundraising scandal and may have planted one of female challengers in order to draw votes away from the legitimate female in the race. (More on that below.)

Margaret Donnelly is currently serving as a Representative in the Missouri State House; she’s previously worked as an attorney and school social worker. She seems to be especially concerned about worker’s rights and protecting families and children.

Her voting record on reproductive rights (she voted against bills seeking to criminalize “coerced abortion” and “Defin[e] Mifepristone as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance “) and campaign finance and elections is strong.

On the flip side, she supported HJR 39: Prayer in Public Schools,

a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that reaffirms a person’s freedom of religious expression, prohibits the state from interfering with this right, guarantees the option for public school students to pray in school, and requires all public schools receiving state funds to display the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Because, you know, those poor Christian students, always having their religion denigrated, mocked and thwarted. Not.

She’s also drank the anti-meth Koolaid, which makes this allergy sufferer not a little pissy. And stuffy. Very stuffy.

You can view Donnelly’s voting record at Project Vote Smart; unfortunately, she did not respond to their survey requests. Also, check out her campaign website at http://www.donnellyforattorneygeneral.com.

Jeff Harris represents the 23rd District of Missouri in the Missouri House of Representatives. He previously served as an Assistant Missouri Attorney General working with Attorney General Jay Nixon.

While Harris lists a number of awards on his campaign website, one of them pops right off the screen: in 2006, he won the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation Open Your Heart Award. That’s damn near enough to score my vote, but seeing as I’m blogging this, let’s read on.

On his Issues page, Harris includes the standards: protecting children, guarding privacy, environmental protection, etc. At the bottom of the page, he notes:

Discrimination helps no one. As Attorney General, I will support domestic partner benefits for state government employees, and I will support the inclusion of sexual orientation in our state’s non-discrimination act.

Swoon. So far, so good.

Over on Project Vote Smart, I see that…

Based on voting records, candidate questionaires and candidate interviews, Missouri Right to Life determined the rating for Representative Harris to be 0 in 2004.

Representative Harris supported the interests of the Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region Advocates, Inc. 100 percent in 2004.

Representative Harris supported the interests of the Missouri Votes Conservation 100 percent in 2005.

Representative Harris supported the interests of the PROMO- For the Personal Rights of Missourians 100 percent in 2004.

Representative Harris supported the interests of the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition 100 percent in 2007.

So he’s pro-animals, pro-environment, pro-choice, pro-civil liberties and pro-GLBT? AND he’s “100% liberal”!? Zum, is there even a contest here?

Well. And…,

Then there is Molly Williams, a Kansas City social-studies teacher and political unknown who so far has refused to engage in anything resembling a campaign. […]

Also on the primary ballot is Molly Williams, a Kansas City teacher and nonpracticing lawyer.

Beyond filing for the office, Williams has played no role in the race. She has raised no money, has made no public appearances and has not responded to inquiries from the media.

The Pitch wonders,

Did Sen. Chris Koster plant Molly Korth Williams as a fake candidate for Missouri attorney general? […]

The surprise candidacy has prompted speculation that Williams is merely a name on the ballot to siphon votes from another woman in the primary, Margaret Donnelly, a state representative from suburban St. Louis. The other candidates for the Democratic nomination are state senators: Jeff Harris and Chris Koster, the ambitious former Cass County prosecutor who left the Republican Party last year.

Williams is obviously a plant. Only a fake or a delusional person would challenge three state legislators who have been raising money and campaigning for months.

So the question becomes, who sent her out as a stalking horse? Circumstantial evidence points to Koster. Molly Williams is golfing buddies with a judge named Joe Dandurand, a man who’s been called a mentor to Koster.

Oh how I love a conspiracy theory!

Considering Kostner’s recent defection from the Democratic Party and Williams’ apparently faux candidacy, the field is effectively narrowed to Margaret Donnelly and Jeff Harris. I’d be happy with either, but Harris is my guy.

For U.S. Representative, District 6: Kay Barnes

Kay Barnes, of course, served as Mayor of KCMO for two terms. She was KC’s first female mayor, as well as one of the first two women on the Jackson County Legislature.

Barnes received an endorsement from Emily’s List, who praises her as:

A proven leader with a solid record of achievement, Barnes is one of the strongest congressional challengers in the nation and, according to the Washington Post, “one of House Democrats’ most prized recruits.”

Barnes is widely credited as the driving force behind the dramatic economic revitalization of Kansas City. After eight years as mayor, she’s got a firm base in the suburban part of this district. But Barnes’s roots are in rural Missouri: she was born and raised in the small town of St. Joseph and is deeply committed to strengthening rural communities. She can compete with Graves, a standard Bush rubber stamp with a staunch anti-choice voting record, in every part of this diverse district. […]

Barnes’s popularity and strength as a candidate, Graves’s far-right views and pitiful record, and voter discontent with Bush — and particularly the war in Iraq and the economy — make this one of the most exciting House races of the 2008 election cycle.

Emily’s List goes on to enumerate Branes’ qualifications and positions, which are many. Visit her campaign website, http://www.kay4congress.com, for more.

Ali Allon Sherkat is an intriguing candidate; on his campaign website, he makes the following pledges:

* I will work with all local, state, and regional entities in order to secure funding and support for their projects and programs.
* I will make every effort to make sure that the United States maintains and improves its leadership role in the world.
* I will work toward making sure the focus of government remains on all the people, their will, their issues, their interests, and their needs.
* I will share the truth with the people and make every effort to eliminate the underestimation of their intellect and work toward educating them about the issues.
* I will share with the people all issues of importance and eliminate issues used to distract the people.
* I will make sure that the United States Constitution is considered in all laws and eliminate selective application of the law so that laws are applied universally.

He sounds as though he could be a very progressive candidate; however, he’s new to politics and most of his positions are unknown. Given that Barnes is already a fairly progressive candidate – who just might unseat incumbent Graves – I’m not really fixin’ to take a chance on the underdog, particularly when I’m not sure what platform he’s even running on.

For County Commissioner, District 2: Larry C. King

MyCameronNews.com notes, “This particular race will be decided in August, as no person is running as a Republican in the County.”

Larry C. King is the incumbent in this race. I can’t seem to find anything on the internets in regards to King – or even the position of County Commissioner. You’d think they’d have a government website, no?

I’m ambivalent on Bernie Cassity. While he wants Clinton to “be Missouri’s first ‘green county'”, he also says he’s “Totally against amnesty for illegal immigrants.” At least he doesn’t call them “aliens.” Meh.

Charlie Carroll III…doesn’t exist?

Looks like it’s King by default.

For Sheriff: Not Steve Burris

K. Porter Hensen, the incumbent, is described on the Clinton County, MO Sheriff’s website thusly: “Porter Hensen, a native of Clinton County has lived in Lathrop, MO his entire life. Hensen has worked in Law Enforcement more than 22 years. He began his career in 1985 with a commission as a reserve deputy sheriff with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Dept. He later became a full time deputy with the department, before becoming chief of the Lathrop Missouri Police Department. Hensen was sworn in as Sheriff in November 4, 2004.”

According to stjoenews.net, Leonard Eads “has served with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years, including more than two years as a major. He received his law enforcement certification in 1991. His experience includes the jail, dispatch and road patrol. He was the county’s emergency management director for nine years.”

Steve Burris “is currently inactive in law enforcement. He worked five years each with the sheriff’s department and Lathrop Police Department. He completed a 720-hour academy at the regional criminal justice center in Kansas City. He also trained through the patrol and the criminal justice program at Central Missouri State University.”

Steve Burris is an obvious no-go, being “inactive in law enforcement” and all. In the absence of any dirt (or anything at all, really) on incumbent Hensen, it’s a toss up between him and Eads.

For Coroner: Wev.

I am nothing if not obsessively thorough. Not that my borderline-OCD paid off when researching the candidates for the Clinton County Coroner.

Sheldon L. Kenslow appears to own (or is otherwise affiliated with) the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home in Plattsburg, MO.

Glenn McMillian…is running against Sheldon L. Kenslow.

*Shrug*

Clinton County Library District Question: I’m more than a little embarassed to admit that I live in one of 31 (32?) Missouri counties which does not have a county-wide public library system. (*Sob*) I believe this ballot measure has failed at least once before. (Double *sob*) Since I’m a huge nerdy nerdgeek, I vote yes. And I very rarely borrow books from the library anywho.

Here’s to an endless stack of thick books and a cozy reading nook for every kiddo in Clinton County.

And to the adults of Clinton County: stop being so fucking cheap. For reals.

Republican Party Ballot – Clinton County, Missouri

For Governor

x Scott Long

x Sarah Steelman

x Kenny Hulshof

x Jennie Lee (Jen) Schwartze Sievers

For Lieutenant Governor

x Peter Kinder

x Paul Douglas Sims

x Arthur Hodge, Sr.

For Secretary of State

x Mitchell (Mitch) Hubbard

For State Treasurer

x Brad Lager

For Attorney General

x Mike Gibbons

For U.S. Representative, District 6

x Sam Graves

For State Representative, District 5

x Jim Guest

For County Commissioner, District 2

— None —

For Sheriff

x Zephry M. Bingham

For Assessor

— None —

For Public Administrator

— None —

For Coroner

x Kathleen Little

Clinton County Library District Question

Shall there be an annual tax levy rate of fourteen cents (.14) on the hundred-dollar assessed valuation of all property in the Clinton County Library District except the incorporated city limits of the City of Cameron for the purpose of operation of county libraries?

x Yes

x No

On the Rethuglicans: Sam Graves and Jim Guest are the US Rep/District 6 and State Rep/District 5 incumbents, respectively. Quite regularly do I receive correspondence from them, “respectfully” agreeing to disagree with me regarding issues x, y and z, the matters of which I’ve chosen to write them about. In other words, they’re your standard-issue misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, racist, earth-scorching, pearl-clutching, anti-sexpot arseholes. They both suck big hairy Bonobo balls; Graves has the dubious added honor of actually physically resembling a small furry primate, while Guest is a Ron Paul bot. I do so hope they both get crushed like coconuts come November.

That is all.

Libertarian Party Ballot – Clinton County, Missouri

For Governor

x Andrew W. Finkenstadt

For Lieutenant Governor

x Teddy Fleck

For Secretary of State

x Wes Upchurch

For State Treasurer

— None —

For Attorney General

— None —

For U.S. Representative, District 6

x Dave Browning

For State Representative, District 5

— None —

For County Commissioner, District 2

— None —

For Sheriff

— None —

For Assessor

— None —

For Public Administrator

— None —

For Coroner

— None —

Clinton County Library District Question

Shall there be an annual tax levy rate of fourteen cents (.14) on the hundred-dollar assessed valuation of all property in the Clinton County Library District except the incorporated city limits of the City of Cameron for the purpose of operation of county libraries?

x Yes

x No

On the Libertarians: Ask me again in November. Yawn.

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