Courtney Cole, the Democratic Party candidate in the 121st Legislative District, issued a press release on job creation yesterday:
Courtney Cole Calls for Special Session on Jobs Bill and Tax Credits
Urges Legislature to Pass Bi-Partisan Jobs Bill, Support the Ford Claycomo plant and quit playing politics with tax dollars
Warrensburg, MO — Democratic candidate for 121st District State Representative Courtney Cole is calling on the legislature to remove political agendas and agree to a special session to focus on passing a badly needed jobs bill to put Missourians back to work.
Cole’s request is after Governor Jay Nixon announced that he would be open to a special session if the legislature would guarantee it would be productive.
“Missouri has a 9.5 percent unemployment rate and small businesses are closing their doors every day. We cannot afford to lose more jobs.That is why today, I’m joining the bi-partisan call for the legislature to hold a special session focusing on a serious jobs bill that puts Missourians back to work and food on the table,” said Cole.
Cole is calling for the legislature to support incentives to keep the Ford Claycomo plant here in Missouri, incentives for manufacturing and small business growth in rural areas, and a serious review of the recent findings in an audit completed by State Auditor Susan Montee regarding tax handouts.
The audit, released in April, found that the legislature underestimated tax credit giveaways by over $1 billion dollars.
“The legislature must pass a plan to bring in long-term, good paying manufacturing, agricultural and small business jobs for Missouri families throughout the state,” said Cole. “We must remove politics out of who gets tax credits and allow Economic Development Director David Kerr to focus the necessary resources on attracting jobs. The partisan political games in Jefferson City have wasted millions of our hard earned tax dollars and kept too many people out of work. It’s time for it to end.”
And then there was this interpretation:
Mrs. Courtney Cole (D-Warrensburg)
May 25, 1:06 PM
Kansas City Religion & Politics Examiner Steven Fines
….Cole, who has increasingly close ties to the Missouri democratic establishment, is using Nixon’s Kansas City jobs speech to further the bond between her and the democratic minority. The Missouri Democratic Party is desperately trying to pick up seats in the Missouri House of Representatives after a dismal 2008.
However, in Cole’s August 3, 2009 candidacy announcement, she immediately highlighted job creation….
….Cole signaled early on that job creation is her number one priority.
“…Cole, who has increasingly close ties to the Missouri democratic establishment…”
Uh, Courtny Cole filed as the only Democratic Party candidate in the 121st Legislative District. She is an elected member of the Missouri State Democratic Committee. Now, would you mind telling us, good correspondent of the Kansas City Religion & Politics Examiner, how “increasingly close” worked into your story? Just asking.
“…The Missouri Democratic Party is desperately trying to pick up seats in the Missouri House of Representatives after a dismal 2008…”
Uh, if the Democratic Party picked up seats in the Missouri House in the 2008 election you’d think that it was the republican party that had a “dismal” year in 2008. You’d think.