Missouri voters will see candidates for three political parties on the November ballot. Republican and Democrat candidates are up for all the statewide positions,but Missouri’s third official party – the Libertarians – will be there, as well. Greg Tlapek, the Executive Director of the Missouri Libertarian Party, says his party has enjoyed automatic access to the ballot since 1992, because it has managed to win at least 2 percent of the vote in at least one statewide race in every election.Of the 555 candidates who have filed to run for Missouri’s state or federal offices, 35 are Libertarians. In addition to all the statewide offices the Libertarians are contesting, the party has also entered candidates in all Congressional districts, a handful of State Senate races, and a dozen Missouri House elections.
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A resolution receiving preliminary approval in the House would allow Missourians to decide whether the State Constitution needs to define marriage. It would ask Missouri voters to define marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman in the state constitution. Sponsor Kevin Engler of Farmington pushes for the consitutional amendment, saying it would keep judges from overruling existing state law and keep the state from being forced to recognize same-sex marriages in other states. The resolution, which passes on a 128 to 20 vote, needs another favorable vote to move to the Senate.
Chris Osgood was a wall on Tuesday, recording his 41st career shut out as the Blues topped the Oilers 1-0. Osgood faced all 28 shots he faced and Doug Weight scored the game’s only goal. Chris Pronger and Bryce Salvador assisted Weight on a power play at the 13:46 mark of the first period. The win puts the Blues in a more comfortable position because it broke the seventh-place tie with Edmonton. St. Louis has 89 points–two more than the Oilers. Edmonton takes on Dallas tonight and if they lose, the Blues will be assured of their 25th straight trip to the post season.
Red flags and sideline replay booths are here to stay—at least for the next five years. The NFL voted to keep instant replay for five more seasons at the annual owners’ meetings on Tuesday. The measure passed 29-3; the Chiefs were one of the three teams voting against it, along with the Colts and Bengals. Instant replay was reinstated in 1999. One change has been made to the previous system. Teams that successfully use two challenges will be given an extra challenge. Before the change, teams were allowed just two challenges, except for the last two minutes of each half, when a replay official could order a review. …The Chief signed free agent defensive tackle Lionel Dalton from the Redskins. He had 14 tackles and a sack last year. He spent 2002 with the Broncos and the previous four years before that with the Ravens. He was a member of Baltimore’s championship team in Super Bowl XXXV.
If Mountain State (W.Va.) had a team motto, it would have to be “Turnabout Is Fair Play”. MSU lost to Concordia University (Ca.) 88-84 in overtime in the 2003 NAIA Division-I Men’s Basketball Tournament title game. Last night they avenged that loss with a 74-70 win in this year’s national championship re-match. Kevin Moss, who was the tournament MVP and the NAIA Player of the Year, finished with 22 to lead Mountain State to its first championship ever. They finished the season with a 17-game winning streak.
It may be awkward the next time basketball coach Dave Slifer returns to St. Joseph. After leading the Missouri Western University to 205 wins in nine seasons, he’s leaving the Griffons to take a job with Central Missouri State, which is also in the MIAA conference. Slifer, didn’t want to leave but said CMSU offered to much money to say no, “I saw this as a way to make it more financially stable. I think that they probably paid me more than anybody else in the conference is making. It was a deal that I felt like I just had to take it.” In his time at Missouri Western, Slifer led the Griffons to eight-straight seasons of 20 wins or more and led them to the NCAA Division-II women’s tournament in each of those seasons. He is a three-time MIAA Coach of the Year and coached Missouri Western to two MIAA championships. Assistant Josh Keister has been named interim head coach.
The Royals batted around in the first inning, scoring five runs in a 9-4 win over the Padres. Mike Sweeney hit his fifth homer of the season—it was a two-run shot. Jeremy Affeldt pitched five innings allowing two runs off four hits to get the win…. The Cardinals pounded out 13 hits, but managed just two runs in a 10-2 loss to the Orioles at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chris Carpenter was touched for seven runs off eight hits in five innings of work. Five of those runs came in the first inning.
The Securities Exchange Commission is investigating the parent company of the Edward D. Jones stock brokerage company, looking into allegations the company did not tell customers that some mutual fund companies were paying promotional fees to agents who pushed their funds. The filing says the federal prosecutor in Eastern Missouri, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and other agencies also are investigating the deals. Edward D. Jones and its parent company, Jones Financial Group, are based in Des Peres. The SEC says the company got about $90-Million last year in so-called revenue sharing agreements with mutual funds.
The nation’s economic picture is improving and Missouri’s is improving along with it. Lynn Reaser, the Bank of America’s Chief Economist, has told a House committee that this state has made some major improvements in the last year, especially in he area of employment. Reaser says it’s a slow improvement, and we’re still seeingproblems in some areas of the job sector: manufacturing, government, transportation, and public utilities. On the whole, though, Missouri’s economy is looking better and can be expected to continue to improve. Reaser says Missouri’s economy is tied to that of the national economy. And, while the downtown in the economy on the national level hurt Missouri, this state will now benefit from he upturn being seen with the national economic picture.
Debate over the nation’s energy policies is music to the ears of an industry in the state that supports alternative fuel production. Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has debuted his plan to combat rising fuel prices in the U.S. Missouri Corn Growers Association Chief Executive Officer Gary Marshall is glad to hear the debate. Marshall says while high gas prices cut into consumers’ pocketbooks, they do actually help the corn-based ethanol industry in this state. Marshall says demand for alternative fuels is expected to continue growing. He hopes whomever winds up in the White House will make it a priority in the coming years.