Brownback, Romney:s Mistake: Too Much on the Economy
June 29, 2013

(AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney focused too narrowly on the economy during his campaign last year and would have fared better if he talked about social issues.

Brownback told The Associated Press ahead of a fundraiser Friday in Arkansas that the Republican Party needs to broaden its agenda as it prepares for next year’s midterm elections. He says social issues such as gay marriage and abortion are still important.

Brownback is an outspoken abortion opponent who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

Brownback was in Little Rock to speak at the Arkansas Republican Party’s annual Reagan-Rockefeller fundraising dinner.

Republicans won control of the Arkansas Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction last year and successfully pushed for new abortion restrictions this year.

Sanders Keeps Post as Missouri Democratic Chair
January 29, 2013



(AP) — Missouri Democrats have re-elected Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders as chairman of the state party.
Sanders initially became party chairman in November 2011. The state party said Monday he was re-elected during a leadership vote Saturday.
Democrats also elected St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green as vice chairwoman and Kansas City School Board chairman Airick West as party treasurer. He is currently the president of the Kansas City School Board.
Democrats hold five of the six statewide offices in Missouri’s executive branch but have struggled in legislative races. Republicans now control a veto-proof supermajority in both the House and Senate.

Missouri GOP Tabs Ed Martin to be New State Chairman
January 5, 2013

Ed Martin, elected Saturday As Mo. GOP Chairman.

After a disappointing year at the polls, the Missouri Republican Party has elected a new chairman, Ed Martin of St Louis.
Martin, who lost a race to Democratic incumbent Attorney General Chris Koster in November, ousted incumbent David Cole and defeated another rival, Jane Cunningham.
“Today’s competition was the sign of a vibrant and mature Party," Martin said in a statement after his election.
GOP state Committee members made the decision at a meeting Saturday in Columbia.
Cole,, the past Chairman, had the support of many of the Republican elected officials in the state.
The Missouri GOP expected to win the US Senate and several statewide offices in the 2012 elections.
Despite the fact, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney easily carried the state, his campaign had no Missouri coattails.
Senare candidate Todd Akin’s campaign imploded after his remarks about " legitimate rape".
GOP gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence was trounced by incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon.
State Rep. Shane Schoeller lost his race for Secretary of State.
Only Lt. Governor Peter Kinder won his statewide race for a rare third term.
Martin led the Party’s Victory Drive for the GOP in addition to his AG race.
He campaigned heavily on his opposition to the new federal health care law.
He frequently referred to Attorney General Chris Koster as " Obama’s lawyer", for not joining other states in challenging the new health care law.
I look forward to working with the members of the state committee, our volunteers, activists, and donors as we take our conservative message to Missourians from across the state and from all walks of life" Martin said in a statement.
Martin also lost a close race for Congressman Russ Carnahan in 2010.
He was also the Chief of Staff for GOP Governor Matt Blunt for part of Blunt’s one term in office.
In a news release, the Missouri GOP says, "other members of the MOGOP leadership, elected at the meeting, are Trish Vincent, Vice-Chair, Pat Thomas, Secretary, and Richard Peerson, Treasurer."

Dem Trackers Folow Republicans Home, Tape & Post Residences
July 9, 2012


Politicians recognize they give up a degree of privacy when they run for office.
But Democrats are testing the outer limits of that understanding with a practice that raises questions about when campaign tracking becomes something more like stalking.
While most serious campaigns on both sides use campaign trackers — staffers whose job is to record on video every public appearance and statement by an opponent — House Democrats are taking it to another level. They’re now recording video of the homes of GOP congressmen and candidates and posting the raw footage on the Internet for all to see.
That ratcheting up of the video surveillance game is unnerving Republicans who insist that even by political standards, it’s a gross invasion of privacy. Worse, they say, it creates a safety risk for members of Congress and their families at a time when they are already on edge after a deranged gunman shot former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords 18 months ago.
Wisconsin GOP Rep. Reid Ribble, who said he’s also been followed by a cameraman when shopping for groceries, said the home videos cross a line.
“I feel it’s totally inappropriate,” said Ribble, a freshman facing a competitive race for reelection. “It was disturbing to me that they would put that online. I don’t understand any political benefit that can be achieved with that.”
In Ribble’s case, a clip of his northeastern Wisconsin home appeared online June 18. The soundless video — which lasts 38 seconds — is taken from a car sitting just outside the house. The shot pans across the large home, showing it from several different angles.
DeaNa Ribble, the congressman’s wife, said it is deeply unsettling.
“I’m more creeped out about this than Reid is, just because I’m home more,” she said. “If they so much as put a foot on private property, I will be the first person to call the police.”

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Candidate Turk Says He May Move to Stay in Mo-5 Primary
May 30, 2012

Republican Congressional candidate Jacob Turk says he may have to move to stay in the 2012 Mo-5 race.
“Now we will have to move less than a mile away to be back in the District I lived in for 30 years. It is sad the political class would hurt so many people to try to scare me away from opposing Cleaver,” said Turk in a Tuesday statement.
He was reacting to the Missouri State Supreme Court decision to uphold the 2012 Missouri Congressional redistricting.
That map moves the Missouri 5th Congressional District (Mo-5), now held by Democrat Emanuel Cleaver.
The district drops parts of Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs. It picks up some West Missouri counties that used to be in the Mo-4 before redistricting. It also picked up some of Kansas City North in Clay County that used to be part of the Mo-6.
The Mo-5 was largely a Jackson County Congressional district before the 2010 census. The Mo-5 can been seen in purple on the map to the right.
Turk, who ran for Congress against Cleaver in three earlier campaigns, says the redistricting Mo-5 map that was drawn with him in mine.
He says it was “was so conspicuously drawn around (our) home in Lee’s Summit, MO after Turk came so close to defeating Cleaver in 2010.” Turk lost to Cleaver by 9 points in November 2010.
Cleaver responded to Turk’s charge he was gerrymandered out of the Mo-5.
The Kansas City Star quotes Cleaver, “It is unfortunate that one of my Republican opponents is unhappy with redistricting, which was controlled by the Republican-led Missouri legislature and affirmed by the highest court of the state. For my part, I will continue working for all constituents, existing and new.”