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October 14, 2012

Susan Redden: Area Democrats plan Jackson Days West

JOPLIN, Mo. — Democratic candidates for state and national offices will be speakers at a gathering billed as Jackson Days West at 6 p.m. Saturday at the IBEW Hall, 3316 Hearnes Blvd.

The event will include an auction and banquet. Area Democrats will hear from Attorney General Chris Koster, who is seeking re-election; Jason Kander, candidate for secretary of state; and Jim Evans, candidate for the U.S. House from Missouri’s 7th District.

Dinner reservations must be made no later than Tuesday by calling Jordan Overstreet at 761-4213, Jim Hight at 499-3005 or Krista Stark at 437-8443.

Live and silent auctions will be held.

Area Democrats will hold a party to watch the second presidential debate on Tuesday night. The event is set for 7:30 p.m. at the breakfast room of the La Quinta Inn.

Republicans make stops

As Election Day gets nearer, trips to the area by Republican candidates get more frequent.

In a stop last week in Joplin, Ed Martin, GOP candidate for attorney general, said protecting Missouri businesses and residents from the “overreach” of the federal government would be a top priority if he is successful in ousting incumbent Chris Koster.

Martin said too many federal regulations are hurting jobs in the state. He said he would establish a task force whose members would review federal, state and local regulations, and monitor regulators to make sure “they do not exceed their proper authority or role under the law.” Energy and environmental regulations, health care and small-business law and regulations would be initial targets.

“I think it’s the job of the attorney general to keep the balance of power on the side of the people,” he said.

Martin has criticized Koster for not joining the group of attorneys general who filed a lawsuit challenging federal health care reforms. He also criticized an advertisement in which Koster, former Cass County prosecuting attorney, emphasizes his experience in the courtroom as a qualification for the attorney general’s post.

“The attorney general’s office serves as the legal firm for the state; there’s a lot more to it than work in the courtroom,” Martin said.

It appears that the opponents won’t be debating that point in front of the Missouri Bar Association. The group was to be host for a debate as part of its annual meeting later this month. Koster accepted by the deadline, but Martin did not.

Martin has received endorsements from former U.S. Sens. Christopher “Kit” Bond and John Danforth, who also held the attorney general’s post.

Martin said U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will campaign with him later his month. A tea party favorite and the son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, he will make appearances with Martin in Springfield and Cape Girardeau on Oct. 29. Earlier, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida came to Missouri on Martin’s behalf.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence was in Joplin two weeks ago to meet with supporters at Cunningham Park. He returned last week and made a stop with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt at Dude’s Donuts, where he talked about his plans to bring more jobs to the state.

Nurses endorse McCaskill

The American Nurses Association and its political action committee last week announced an endorsement of Democrat Claire McCaskill in her bid to return to the U.S. Senate.

The announcement cited McCaskill’s support of the Affordable Care Act and called her a “tireless fighter for a stronger and more accessible health care system.”

Endorsement decisions, the group said in a release, are based on candidate interviews, communication with the association’s constituents and state nurses associations, campaign information, and the candidate’s voting record on nursing issues.

The association represents the interests of 3.1 million registered nurses in the U.S.

Susan Redden is a staff writer for the Globe. She can be reached at sredden@joplinglobe.com or 417-623-3480, ext. 7258. Follow her on Twitter @Susan_Redden.

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