State of Missouri Archives: on Government Reform


John Brunner: Eliminate inefficient, outdated and ineffective programs

Our roads and highways are significantly underfunded and beginning to crumble. It's time to take action. We need to create a smaller, more efficient, and more accountable government. My Mission:
Source: 2016 Missouri gubernatorial campaign website JohnBrunner.com May 10, 2016

Lester Turilli: The right to vote should be quick and uncumbersome

Q: Your comments on the statement, "Make voter registration easier"?

A: Voter registration should be easy while being committed to being legal. The right to vote should be quick and uncumbersome. New computer software should be implemented to reduce voter fraud.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues Apr 25, 2016

Eric Greitens: Ban gifts from lobbyists; close revolving door; limit terms

WE MUST END THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION. I believe that career politicians have turned Jefferson City into a corrupt, do-nothing embarrassment. I will clean up the mess by banning gifts from lobbyists, closing the revolving door between legislators and lobbyists, and applying term limits to every statewide elected official.
Source: 2016 Missouri Governor campaign website EricGreitens.com Oct 9, 2015

Jason Kander: OpEd AdWatch: "Pandering Panda" caters to lobbyists

A new ad from the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee) is attacking 2016 Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Jason Kander. The NRSC is sponsoring an ad campaign featuring `The Pandering Panda,` a portrayal of Jason Kander, Senate candidate and current Missouri secretary of state, as doing anything to win over lobbyists and big money in Washington.

The YouTube ad features a person dressed in a panda suit in various locations throughout Washington. The panda character alternates between holding a burlap sack full of money and a hand-drawn sign that reads, `I love Obama.` The ad also features clips of real pandas and high pitched voices making claims about Kander `pandering` for money in Washington.

Kander, a Democrat, is hoping to unseat Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican who has held the office since 2011. Among the charges in the NRSC ad is the claim that Kander is `attending fancy dinners all over the country.`

Source: PolitiFact AdWatch on 2016 Missouri Senate race Oct 2, 2015

Jason Kander: FactCheck: Has more MO donors & less PAC money than opponent

The NRSC `Pandering Panda` ad claims that Kander is `attending fancy dinners all over the country.` The NRSC provided us with a list of five fundraisers they say Kander attended between March 1 and May 31, 2015.Five out-of-state fundraisers didn't seem like a lot to us, so we checked with political scientists. They didn't see much out of the ordinary in Kander's trips or actions based on the information provided by the NRSC.

[Comparing to Kander's opponent Senator Roy Blunt]: Blunt's money is 49.8% PAC donations, totaling $1.2 million compared to Kander's $176,650, totaling 11.6%. In total itemized contributions, Blunt has 516 Missouri donors resulting in $581,647, compared to Kander's 835 Missouri donors for $679,816.

Source: PolitiFact AdWatch on 2016 Missouri Senate race Oct 2, 2015

Jay Nixon: Re-institute strict campaign contribution limits

The single most destructive force to our system is the unlimited sums of money pouring into the campaign accounts of candidates seeking public office. We must institute--we must re-institute--strict campaign contribution limits.

Each time a wealthy individual or business or special interest sends a check for $20,000 or $100,000 to a candidate, the public's trust erodes a little bit more. I've led the fight for campaign contribution limits for many years. As Attorney General, I stood before the U.S. Supreme Court and successfully argued in support of Missouri's contribution limits. And as Governor, I stood before you every year and made the case for them.

This year, if the Legislature does not send a campaign contribution limit bill to my desk, I will do everything in my power to get it on the ballot and make sure it passes. The people of Missouri have voiced their opinion on this matter already at the ballot box and their support for contribution limits was overwhelming.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Missouri Legislature Jan 28, 2013

Todd Akin: Get rid of Departments of Energy, Education and Commerce

Steelman felt she was a trustee of the people in a constitutional republic form of government.

Akin advocated for getting rid of the Departments of Energy, Education and Commerce. The representative believes every bill before Congress should have a webpage dedicated to why a certain bill is constitutional or not.

Source: Yahoo.com coverage of KYTV 2012 Missouri Senate debate May 27, 2012

Todd Akin: Reversing 17th Amendment gives power back o the states

Each candidate responded to whether the 17th Amendment should be repealed. The amendment deals with the direct election of senators. Brunner stated it was "hard" for a citizen-senator to come forward and run for office due to the amount of time and money involved.

Akin believed the election of senators is a state vs. federal rights issue. He believed "reversing" the 17th Amendment would put more power back into the states.

Source: Yahoo.com coverage of KYTV 2012 Missouri Senate debate May 27, 2012

Todd Akin: Denounces intrusive government regulations and ObamaCare

All three candidates denounced intrusive government regulations, which they say are hurting businesses and farmers and hindering the economic recovery. They also support repealing the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Saturday's debate was the first featuring all there Republican candidates for the August primary.
Source: KSDK coverage of 2012 Missouri Senate debate Feb 19, 2012

Robin Carnahan: Pledges to not seek earmarks if elected

The two also differed over earmarks, which are funding requests for local projects inserted into federal spending bills. Carnahan accused Blunt of accepting too many and pledged not to seek any if elected. House Republicans, including Blunt, have banned earmark requests, but only for this year. "For you to come back to Missouri and pretend to be a reformer, I just don't think Missourians buy it," Carnahan said.
Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Took $200K from lobbyists for 2010; tops among House members

Carnahan repeatedly criticized Blunt for ties to lobbyists. He has taken $200,500 from lobbyists this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, tops among current House members. "Even your own party thought you were too tainted by these special deals & relationships with lobbyists," she said.

Blunt rejected the criticism, contending that some Senate candidates have taken more money from lobbying groups. He criticized a federal grant to Carnahan's brother for a wind farm project.

Carnahan responded that she had nothing to do with her brother's business. The federal government previously has provided tax incentives to boost renewable energy. The stimulus package offered cash payments instead of tax credits for wind-energy projects. The U.S. Treasury Department has said it had no discretion in deciding who qualified.

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Carnahan's $107M wind energy project created only 16 jobs

Blunt pointed out that a wind-energy company headed by Carnahan's brother, Tom, had received a $107 million grant through the federal stimulus package. That money, Blunt said, created only 16 jobs. "Tell me if that's a good investment of money," Blunt said.

But Carnahan said the business created thousands of jobs around the state and accused Blunt of below-the-belt attacks. "I've got nothing to do with my brother's business," she said.

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Took $200K from lobbyists for 2010; tops among House members

Carnahan repeatedly criticized Blunt for ties to lobbyists. He has taken $200,500 from lobbyists this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, tops among current House members. "Even your own party thought you were too tainted by these special deals & relationships with lobbyists," she said.

Blunt rejected the criticism, contending that some Senate candidates have taken more money from lobbying groups. He criticized a federal grant to Carnahan's brother for a wind farm project.

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Ban earmark requests, but only for this year

The two also differed over earmarks, which are funding requests for local projects inserted into federal spending bills. Carnahan accused Blunt of accepting too many and pledged not to seek any if elected. House Republicans, including Blunt, have banned earmark requests, but only for this year. "For you to come back to Missouri and pretend to be a reformer, I just don't think Missourians buy it," Carnahan said.
Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Catherine Hanaway: No term limits; but yes to state campaign funding

Q: Do you support limiting the number of terms for Vermont governors?

A: No.

Q: And for Vermont state senators and representatives?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support using an instant-runoff method of voting for statewide offices?

A: No.

Dunne adds, "I support a run off election method of choosing a governor if no one receives 50% instead of instant run-off."

Source: Missouri Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Catherine Hanaway: Supports term limits but not contribution limits

Q: Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Missouri officials. State Senators and Representatives?

A: Yes.

Q: Governor?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates. Individual?

A: No.

Q: PAC?

A: No.

Q: Corporate?

A: No.

Source: Missouri Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Catherine Hanaway: No campaign spending limits; no state funding of campaigns

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support increasing retirement benefits for state legislators?

A: No.

Source: Missouri Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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