If anything can be gleaned from Missouri's election night results, it is this: we're fine, thanks.
Every statewide incumbent was re-elected. Governor Nixon will serve another term, as will Lt. Gov. Kinder, Treasurer Zweifel and Attorney General Koster. Jason Kander picked up the open Secretary of State seat, which remains in Democratic hands.
The same was true of Senate and Congressional seats. All incumbents were re-elected, and the one open seat was retained by the Republican. Most notable was Sen. Claire McCaskill, who won by an amazing 15-point margin, better even than the Senate race of 2010.
Voters also rejected a tobacco tax increase, a change to the way judges are selected and the ability for the governor to create health care exchanges. The exception was Prop A, which returned municipal police forces to local control.
Lastly, Missouri Republicans retain significant control of both houses of the General Assembly.
While we wish to take nothing away from any of last night's victors, especially Sen. McCaskill, overall Missourians seem to have said they like things fine just the way they are.
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Answering individual aggression with government aggression will not lead us to the society we desire.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is wrong when it says that Kansas is going to fall of a fiscal cliff with its pro-growth tax reforms, and that Missouri will do the same if it follows the same path.
Randy Georges Sr. moved to the U.S. to obtain a good education; now, he may have to move across town so his kids can have the same opportunity. This is a sad state, especially when alternatives, such as giving families private school options, exist.
Missouri has at least two chances to win the Border War.
The state’s foundation formula for K-12 education is currently underfunded. Some are calling for more spending, but freedom, not money, is the answer to our problem.
Should Missouri and other states accept an offer of “free money” from Uncle Sam to expand the Medicaid program in their states? Instead of acting as enablers of fiscal profligacy, Missouri and other states should say “no.”
Conservatives ought to consider these items before ceding state power to the federal government.
Proposition B might have brought some much-needed funding for education, but voters turned down the measure. The “no” vote may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise if legislators act on the need to address school funding issues.
Letters regarding Jacob Turk's race for Congress.
Missouri and Kansas have maintained a steady rivalry for decades, but Kansas' latest tax reforms have changed the competitive landscape between the two states — decidedly in Kansas' favor.
The state board of education voted to grant provisional accreditation to the Saint Louis Public School District, which is the correct decision, but this distinction will mean very little to schools or students.
Subsidies to Ballpark Village and other big-city sports complexes are a gift to some of our wealthiest citizens — sports team owners — that provide little or no broader economic benefit.
Strong teachers’ unions in large public school districts with multiple failing schools will do everything possible to maintain their jobs and benefits. If it is to happen, major reform must come from outside the existing system — through increased competition and choice.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying for local government entities likely will not be banned so it is time to create transparency so citizens can see how their money is being spent.
Despite a final judgment in the school transfer case, the issue remains unresolved and neither taxpayers nor students will benefit.