Aug. 6, 2010

Voters weigh in on health care, heated congressional primaries

Missourians went to the polls Aug. 3 and soundly endorsed Proposition C, which would provide options for Missourians related to certain measures of the federal Health Care act passed by Congress earlier this year. Although the outcome is likely to lead to legal challenges, the 71 percent winning margin underscores the public sentiment that voters are unhappy with the health care plan. Several other states will have similar questions on the November ballot.

Voters also narrowed the field of candidates for the U.S. Senate race, nine Congressional races, the state Auditor race, 18 Senate races and 163 House races.
For a full list of the outcomes from Tuesday’s election, visit the Secretary of State’s election results page.

Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee meets with UMKC officials

The Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee joined with the Joint Committee on Education in Kansas City July 26-27 to learn more about urban education issues and get an update on the Kansas City school district. Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg), chairman of the committee, joined several committee members and other area senators, representatives and legislative staff for a breakfast with University of Missouri System and University of Missouri-Kansas City officials Tuesday. UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton thanked them for their work to improve education and focus on long-term goals. He also briefed them on UMKC’s urban education efforts. Later in the day during hearings at Penn Valley Community College, legislators heard from UMKC Education Dean Dr. Wanda Blanchett. The committee is preparing a report to be provided to the Senate by the end of the year.

UMSL hosts youth for leadership event

The Legislative Black Caucus Foundation joined forces with the University of Missouri-St. Louis in June to provide a leadership conference for 150 minority students from across the state. Click on the link for photos and more details.

MU Extension, Mizzou Alumni Association co-host congressional candidate forum in Springfield

A crowded field of candidates vying to replace Roy Blunt in Congress from the 7th Congressional District resulted in a high profile candidate forum in Springfield July 19 hosted by MU Extension and the Mizzou Alumni Association.

About 350 southwest Missouri residents turned out to hear 10 of 11 candidates take questions on a variety of issues, including higher education.

KOLR -10 and KSNF broadcasted live the first hour of the program. The second hour was streamed live on the stations’ Web sites. The entire forum also was aired on KWTO radio. Mike Peters, St. John’s Mercy Health System vice president, served as moderator.

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Ten candidates for Missouri’s District 7 Congressional seat participated in an open forum in Springfield July 19. The event was sponsored by the regional MU Extension Council and the Mizzou Alumni Association.

Legislators, city officials and alumni gather in St. Charles for Mizzou update

Reps. Chuck Gatschenberger (R-Lake St. Louis) and Cynthia Davis (R-St. Peters) joined city officials and candidates, as well as Mizzou alumni and supporters, to hear an update on MU during a breakfast in St. Charles July 30. The group heard from MU Provost Brian Foster, MU Vice Provost for Research Rob Duncan and Bud Reber from MU Extension.

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Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, right, (R-Lake St. Louis) visits with M. Dianne Drainer of the Mizzou Alumni Association and MU Provost Brian Foster during the Mizzou Update event in St. Charles July 30.

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