The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 2, 2014

Susan Redden: Area Democrats recruiting candidates

JOPLIN, Mo. — Officials with the Southwest Missouri Democrats organization hope to change the election-day landscape when it comes to races for the region’s representation in Jefferson City.

Candidate filing opened last Tuesday, and only Republicans — all incumbents — have filed thus far for General Assembly posts from Southwest Missouri.

But an email being circulated by Southwest Missouri Democrats calls the lack of opposition a “huge problem throughout the country” that results in the election of many tea party candidates.

Democrats said the lack of opposition is “harmful to American democracy” and urged local Democrats to consider filing for House races before the March 25 deadline.

McCaskill stop

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will be the special guest at a reception set for Tuesday, March 18, in the ballroom of the Billingsly Student Center at Missouri Southern State University.

There will be a live auction and entertainment featuring Pat Kelly.

A suggested donation of $20 will be charged for the event. All funds solicited will be used by the Democratic Committee for Missouri’s 32nd Senatorial District.

For information or to reserve for the reception, call 417-437-8443.

GOP convention

Until last week, political junkies in Missouri could have hoped for a sweep in 2016, with St. Louis being mentioned as a site for the Democratic National Convention and Kansas City for the GOP gathering.

St. Louis officials last week announced the city has withdrawn from the competition, but Kansas City is mounting a push to hold the Republican National Convention, going up against cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix and Denver.

A local committee, the Kansas City RNC 2016 Task Force, has been working for more than a year on the effort. Representatives from cities seeking the convention will make their pitch to party officials Monday.

The last time Kansas City hosted the GOP convention, in 1976, Kemper Arena was the convention site. This time, the city’s offerings include the new Sprint Center as well as a new restaurant and entertainment district.

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