Underdog 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Munzlinger Wins!

District 18 is now under new leadership as Brian Munzlinger has beaten Wes Shoemyer for State Senate, winning 58.3% of the vote, according to the Secretary of State's website.

Munzlinger was quick to thank his supporters after the election, and is ready to take on his new responsiblities.

"And then we knuckle down and get to work. Of course with the session coming on and being able to file bills December 1st, I've got some ideas, but that's what we're going to be looking at is getting to work and doing good conservative things that people sent us to Jeff City to do," Munzlinger told WGEM last night.

In other relevant election results, Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, passed narrowly just over 51% of the vote.

Zachary Wyatt defeated Rebecca McClanahan with 60.6% of the vote to be the next State Representative for District 2. Roy Blunt won the U.S. Senate seat by defeating Robin Carnahan with 54.3% of the vote. It was a very successful day for Republicans nationwide, and Missouri was no exception.

With the election finished, so to will be this blog. Thank you for reading, and a final congratulations to Brian Munzlinger and his staff for a successful campaign.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vote Tomorrow!

In his few final campaign trips Munzlinger showed up in Hannibal as well as Kirksville attempting to gain more support for the election. He has been a very reachable and visible candidate in this race and despite being up against the incumbent, those in the Munzlinger camp are confident that this race will be a close one.

Tomorrow is the big day, Election Day that is! Now is the most important time to show your support. After all, no matter how you have supported Representative Munzlinger throughout the campaign, it means very little if do not vote. If you live on Truman's campus your voting location is the first floor of the Student Union Building. Polls will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. So make sure you get out and vote!

If you do not live on campus, visit the Vote Missouri website to find your voting location!

If you are still having trouble finding the voting location, here is the contact information for the Adair County Clerk’s office:
Adair County Clerk
106 W. Washington St. Rm. 2
Kirksville, MO 63501-2889
Phone: (660)665-3350
Fax: (660)785-3233

[edited 11/2/2010 - Sorry for the bad information!]

Friday, October 29, 2010

Flood Protection Plan Sparks Dialogue

With the election mere days away, candidates are seeking an advantage in any way possible. Wes Shoemyer has recently taken to labeling Munzlinger as a “flip-flopper” for his position on Plan H. This proposal seeks to raise all but 20 of the 140 levees along the Mississippi River. Three Missouri counties contain levees which are not part of the plan, and would not be raised under the current proposal.

Munzlinger did originally sponsor the House bill for Plan H, despite the lack of coverage for three of Missouri’s counties. The bill stated that Plan H “the greatest level of protection to the greatest number of residents in the Upper Mississippi River Valley by ensuring enhanced flood protection for most currently-protected urban and agricultural areas.”

Munzlinger has recently stated his is against Plan H as it currently exists, but was doing what he could to bring attention to the need to raise the levees, sponsoring the bill as a matter of agenda setting. Nonetheless, Shoemyer has taken this information and spun it in an attempt to make Munzlinger appear as a flip-flopper on the issues. Munzlinger will continue to work to bring a solution to all the Missouri homes along the Mississippi River.

Monday, October 25, 2010

One week left.

Only a week left until Election Day and Rep. Munzlinger is still campaigning hard adding two more Old-Fashioned Picnics to his list, one in Lancaster and one at the Adair County Republican Headquarters in Kirksville. He also participated in a debate against opponent Wes Shoemyer at Hannibal-LaGrange College on Friday October 22. Then it was back to Kirksville for some more door to door campaigning.

In the debate last Friday both candidates expressed concern for creating and keeping jobs for Missourians. Senator Shoemyer made some large claims about what he had accomplished in this area during his office in the Senate. Munzlinger, however, fired back saying that “it takes more than hard work to keep people employed. He says it takes having a goal and a plan to create jobs.”

Healthcare was also a concern, especially in light of Missouri’s vote to reject Obamacare last August. Munzlinger said, "I think it was a great violation of our constitutional rights for one thing to start with, the other thing is its loading down our businesses people want to expand and hire people it’s giving them a lot of uncertainty it’s also shoving a lot of red tape at them, they have to do ten 99s and everything like that, this was a lot more than a healthcare bill.” (Click to read the full story.)

With the campaign coming to a close, it is good to see both candidates were still willing to debate these issues and inform their citizens of their positions.

Don’t forget to vote next Tuesday, November 2nd!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Munzlinger to appear tonight in Hannibal

Brian Munzlinger will be appearing in Hannibal, Missouri tonight to talk about some election issues. He will be the guest speaker for the Northeast Missouri Republican Club. All members and guests are invited to attend the speech, which will be at 7 p.m. at Fiddlestiks. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. For more information about this event, call (660) 221-6083.

Munzlinger also appeared alongside Wes Shoemyer in Kirksville this week for the Chamber of Commerce’s “Meet the Candidates” forum. Again, the two candidates disagreed most on health care and the ways in which Missouri can generate revenue. Munzlinger reinforced his belief in the tax credit system to encourage the growth of new businesses in the state.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Don't believe everything you hear.

We have mentioned Proposition B in several of our past blog postings, however I have recently discovered some more relevant evidence against it that I would like to share.

The first thing I would like to point out, current Missouri legislation that already regulates breeders—the Animal Care Facilities Act. The current legislation includes the same basic regulations being proposed in Prop B, and is actually even more detailed. View this for more information on the differences between the legislation.

So if Missouri already has legislation regulating “puppy mills,” why is there another proposition being pushed forward? Shouldn’t the focus be on enforcement and not more regulation?

The Alliance for Truth has a lot of information about the issue, including information about the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) who is credited with pushing the Proposition.

Individuals who are publically against this measure have come under fire for being “anti-puppy” or have been accused of being against animal welfare. However, take a look at some of the organizations who do not support Prop B.
American Kennel Club
Missouri Farm Bureau
Missouri Veterinary Medical Association

You don’t have to take my word for it. Just please, please, please do your own research on the proposition before forming your opinion. And by research I don’t mean simply reading the proposition. Research the current legislation as well as what is considered to be good living conditions for dogs and puppies.

In other news, Rep. Munzlinger has been hitting the campaign trail hard in the past few weeks. He has held several more “Old Fashioned Picnics”, one on October 12 in Canton, MO and one on October 18 in Mexico, MO. He will also be attending a “Moms for Munzlinger Luncheon” this Thursday in Mexico. He also made an appearance this past Saturday in Kirksville at the Truman State homecoming parade.

Election Day is coming soon! Don’t forget to vote on November 2nd!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Taxes, Job Creating Key Points in Election

With less than three weeks until a pivotal election day in Missouri, the busy campaigns of both Wes Shoemyer and Brian Munzlinger are being challenged to answer some tough questions about the future of Missouri’s citizens. Two issues are quickly becoming prominent to voters: Job creation, and ways in which revenue can be generated for our state’s sagging budget.

Munzlinger’s answer to job creation lies in the enablement of job producing tax credits for employers in the state. However, these tax credits would not just be given away without review – if the employers do not keep the jobs here in Missouri, they would have to pay the credits back. Such a requirement ensures these tax credits directly benefit our state. Another benefit of this program is that the jobs are created in private industry, not within the government, where there is no shortage of waste of taxpayer dollars. This belief also leads Munzlinger to encourage a freeze on spending for all government programs until these programs’ budgets can be analyzed independently, ensuring the tax dollars of Missouri Citizens are being used wisely.

Munzlinger continues to strengthen his stance against new taxes. For example, Shoemyer has recently backed a plan to add revenue to the state budget by enforcing sales tax on Internet purchases. Munzlinger is opposed to the idea, noting that hardworking Missouri citizens do not need new taxes added to their financial problems in an economic down time.