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Jim Billedo wants to work for YOU! Jim isn’t just the Local 6312 President of the Communication Workers of America and a Trustee of the Springfield Labor Council, Jim is also our very own Chair of the Christian County Democratic Central Committee. In the November 2014 election Jim will run against Republican Lynn Morris for the 140th Representative District. This District includes most of Ozark, Sparta, Bruner and Oldfield.

Jim is running because he believes hard-working people deserve to make a living without having to rely on government assistance to make ends meet. He also believes that workers should have the same right to organize and participate in the political process just as businesses lobby for their interests.

Over the past decade, the Missouri Legislature has embraced a special-interest agenda that favors big corporations over working-class people. Jim promises to work on:

  • Support the creation of living wage jobs
  • End corporate tax credits that return nothing to the community
  • Protect workers’ rights
  • Invest in quality education, job training and student financial aid

If you can help Jim with his campaign, please contact him:

Jim Billedo
224 Hedgerow Dr.
Ozark, MO 65721

jrb140@yahoo.com
417-343-7826

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Are you registered to vote??

On July 7, 2014, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Thoughts, by Christian County Democrats

Voting boxJuly 9th is the last day to register to vote for the August 5th Primary. AND YOU NEED TO VOTE! Click here to register online.

If you will be out-of-town or incapacitated for the August 5th election, get an absentee ballot.

You will have a choice of ballots: Democrat or Republican. You will have Republicans running on the Republican ballot, and Democrats running on the Democrat ballot. Sample ballots are available online.

Democrat ballots will have Jim Billedo running for the 140th Missouri District unopposed. And there are two Democratic candidates running against Billy Long for the 7th US District (Jim Evans and Genevieve Williams). And if you live Union Chapel Township, two candidates are running for committee man for the Christian County Democratic Central Committee. Here are some of your Republican ballot choices:

  •   The Republican ballot will have two names running for US Representative and the Democrat ballot will have two names. This is the seat Billy Long currently holds, so you have a chance to unseat him!.
  •  For those of you living in the 139th Missouri District (includes Nixa, Clever, Highlandville, and Spokane) the Republican ballot will have 3 choices to replace Kevin Elmer. No Democrat on the Democrat ballot.
  • On the Republican ballot there will be 3 candidates running for Associate Judge for Division II. No Democrat on the Democrat ballot.
  • Also only on the Republican ballot there are 5 candidates running for Presiding Commissioner of Christian County, and 2 candidates running for county auditor.
  • All voters will have the opportunity to say yea or nay to 5 Missouri Constitutional Amendments:

Amendment 1 (Right to Farm): Many believe this would give special protections to large agribusiness over small family farms. Other concerns include food safety, environmental stands, property rights, and animal welfare. [The Humane Society, Missouri Farmers Union, and Food for America are all opposed to this amendment.] If approved, it is likely to be challenged in court because of its vague language.

Amendment 5 (Right to Bear Arms): The right of Missourians to keep and bear arms is already granted in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and in state law. So what will this amendment do? It may make it harder to regulate guns and hinder law enforcement from protecting the public. Since there are already court challenges, it would also mean tax dollars spent fighting court cases.

Amendment 7 (Sales tax for Transportation): This would be the largest tax increase in state history and would fall heavily on the poor and working class. It would make transportation a higher priority than education and mean out-of-state drivers get a free ride through our state. Shouldn’t those using our highways the most pay for improvements?

Amendment 8 (Veteran Lottery Tickets): This proposes a lottery ticket be sold with proceeds going to a Veterans Trust Fund. Some people are questioning how this would affect the funding of education (right now receiving 24 cents of every lottery dollar). The question seems to be whether the welfare of our veterans should have to depend on a lottery?

Amendment 9 (Electronic Data Protection): This amendment would give electronic data the same privacy protections as the possessions inside your home. The U.S. Supreme Court is studying two cases now concerning electronic privacy. Because of the vague language, the consequences of this law are unknown.

WHATEVER YOU DECIDE ON THESE ISSUES, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU VOTE ON AUGUST 5TH!
(The opinions expressed are those of Polly C. Dross, President of the Democrat Club of Christian County.)

 

State Rep Lynn MorrisState Rep. Lynn Morris, R-Ozark, wants to have a meeting with other lawmakers, board of education members, school administrators, teachers and parents on education issues.

Representative Morris wants to talk about the legislature passed bill (HB253) which would drastically cut business income tax in Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon, who vetoed the bill, called the bill “an ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment” that would jeopardize funding for education and other services. Click here for Gov. Nixon’s veto letter. Representative Morris has stated he is in favor of the income tax cut bill.

Another item to be discussed is Common Core Standards, a set of criteria that the National Governors Association introduced in 2010. The standards are designed to set a target for mathematics and language arts instruction in public schools across the country. Here is the link to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) web page on Common Core Stands in Missouri:  http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/Common_Core.html

Representative Morris says: “I’ve had people ask me about Common Core, I’ve had people ask me about other things. We can talk about the tax cut bill, whatever you want to talk about, we can talk about those things.”

Schedule

Wednesday, July 24, 2013; 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
Auditorium at Ozark High School

We believe it is very important that people show up that may disagree with the Republican agenda and talking points. Rep. Morris needs to know that there are other viewpoints other than his party leadership.

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