Voter ID: the media circus continues

KOMU TV aired a story about the voter ID issue during its early evening broadcast today. It betrayed the usual bias and confusion we have come to expect from our friends in the media. The Internet version of the broadcast is a little less warped. After a very brief introduction vaguely mentioning debate about government issued IDs for voters and a constitutional amendment, the reporter went right into an interview with… a Democrat opponent. It is good journalism – and respectful – first to ask the proponents about their goals before letting the bashing begin. If there was a balancing interview with Rep. Rowden, a supporter quoted in the Internet article, it was not aired. The broadcast created a negative impression of the legislation. Continue reading


Boone County State House and Senate races for 2012 – first impressions

With the 2010 census come new district maps for Missouri General Assembly seats. The State failed to come up with maps twelve months in advance of the election, so a weird rule kicked in, allowing aspiring candidates the choice of filing for any district that includes any part of the county they currently live in. For Boone County, that means there are five State House districts to pick from.

That has been advantageous for at least a few people, who have filed in districts where they currently do not live. Longtime Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) is/was the incumbent in the old district 24, which is basically southern Boone County, puts his place in new district 50, which has turned more conservative, and includes a lot of Moniteau County, home of current Rep Caleb Jones (R-California). Jones is a freshman this term, but his father served in the Capitol, and, well-known himself, is considered to be a shoo-in for reelection in his new district – in fact he will be, as he is running unopposed.