KLPW Election Results

There was a 67% voter turn-out in Franklin County Tuesday and all results are unofficial until they are certified Thursday.

Jay Nixon will remain the Governor of Missouri with a 55% win over Challenger Dave Spence’s 43%. Nixon becomes the first two term governor since Mel Carnahan won a second term in 1996. Nixon won Franklin County by only 535 votes. Governor Nixon will face another hostile legislature. Both the House and Senate now have veto-proof majorities of Republicans.

Incumbents ruled the day on yesterday’s statewide ballot. Incumbent Republican Peter Kinder won the Lieutenant Governor’s race over Susan Montee by a 49 to 45% margin. Treasurer Clint Zweifel and Attorney General Chris Koster also held on to their offices. Democratic state representative Jason Kander of Kansas City edged Republican Shane Schoeller for the Secretary of State’s office.
Republican Dave Schatz won the race for State Representative by a wide margin in the 61st district. Franklin County voters chose Paul Curtman over Ann Schroeder for the office of State Representative of the 109th district with a 58 to 42% vote. Mike Schatz will be the new Franklin County Commissioner in the second district joining Tim Brinker in the first District to take office on January 1st. Schatz won with 61% of the votes to Democrat Teresa Connelly’s 39%. Tom Copeland will remain the Franklin County Assessor over challenger Angela Beckett.
In one of the closest races of the evening Julie Bowen held on to a narrow lead for the office of Public Administrator, until the last few precincts reported, and ended up losing the race to Mary Jo Straatmann by only 363 votes.
The 10 cent property tax increase to provide funding for those with developmental disabilities in Franklin County failed by a 54 to 46% vote
The 1 cent sales tax increase for road improvement in the city of Gerald passed with 318 for and 190 against.
And the Strain-Japan R16 school district 35 cent tax levy increase passed with 258 votes for and 210 votes against.
State wide proposition B-the tobacco tax increase-failed by a narrow margin.
Missouri voters have passed a ballot measure limiting the governor’s ability to implement part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Prop E to prohibit the establishment of a health care exchange passed by a large margin.
The way judges are selected in Missouri will stay the same with Amendment 3 failing
Prop A passed with a 64 to 36% vote, so St. Louis will now have local control over the police department

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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CLICK THE ABOVE LINK TO HEAR OFF THE CUFF: ON DEMAND.

Thomas Jefferson, proponent of the Bill of Rights, could never have conceived just how many venues there are today for First-Amendment protected speech.

What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

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2015 marks the first time in the history of Washington Post 218 American Legion Baseball that all three teams in the program have qualified for state tournament play. The Freshmen team played in the state tournament in Springfield earlier this month. The Juniors won state in Blue Springs last weekend and the Seniors are going to the state tournament in Sedalia this week.