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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Strong Arm Tactics in the 8th CD

[ Patrick Tuohey ]

The special election to replace Rep. Jo Anne Emerson will be decided by the 86 delegates to Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District Republican committee. (We understand they will be required to show photo ID before casting their vote.) Let's hope the various candidates are less heavy handed than some Poplar Bluff city employees.

The SEMO Times wrote back in November of the Poplar Bluff effort to increase sewer rates by 75% to renovate the existing treatment facility. The city is accused of using strong arm tactics, including police resources, to affect the election outcome. On election day,

an armed officer was dispatched to tear down signs that he claimed were illegal.  The officer then tore down the signs opposing the city’s ballot measure while ignoring other signs without “paid for by” disclaimers. He informed the crowd of poll workers that he was “only supposed to take this sign.”

City officials and police claimed they were acting under the orders of the Missouri Ethics Commission, which denied making any such request or even informing the Poplar Bluff police about any such investigation. Members of the City Council claimed to be unaware of the city's tactics—but it is another lesson that in big cities and small, the interests of city employees aren't always the same interests of taxpayers.

1/9/2013 10:02:17 AM

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