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Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) held a series of town halls on Wednesday in the 4th Congressional District. We attended the afternoon town halls in Clinton and Warrensburg. There were dissenting views and push back at both town halls, but the one in Warrensburg was by far the more raucous.


Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town halls in Clinton and Warrensburg (August 10, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 1 (August 11, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 2 (August 12, 2011)

Vicky Hartzler is trying trying to scare you (August 12, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 3 (August 13, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 4 (August 14, 2011)

There was a letter to the editor in today’s edition of the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal addressing Representative Hartzler’s (r) expressed view on government regulation:

Get government off backs of business? Is that good?

I attended Congresswoman’s [sic] Vicky Hartzler’s town hall meeting in Warrensburg and am concerned about her comments about getting the government off businesses’ backs.

She spoke about the Environmental Protection Agency and how it was out of control, that we needed to get rid of all these regulations for businesses to grow. It may be that Congress should start doing its job on oversight of government agencies but I am concerned with this notion that we have too much regulation, that we need to slash whole agencies….

….The EPA was founded to improve human health. It is fun to watch the eagles but the important thing about them is that, if they are healthy, then we humans have a healthy environment to live in as well.

[emphasis in original]

Interestingly enough, the paper had a lead editorial in the same edition on the same subject:

Business regulations beneficial to public

Without environmental regulations, many businesses would not self-regulate – either due to greed or ignorance….

….Businesses know the risks, but coal continues to provide a major source for business profits and for Missouri energy. This is not to suggest coal, for now, remains a needed source of energy, only that regulations have resulted in cleaner-burning coal at places such as Iatan II in Platte County. Such regulations should be strengthened, not weakened, for the sake of public health.

If you only get 50.4% of the vote in a non-presidential year election with relatively low turnout you probably shouldn’t act like you won by a three to one margin.

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – November 2, 2010 General Election

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

As announced by the Board of State Canvassers

on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

U.S. Representative – District 4 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 415 of 415

Candidate Party Votes % of Votes

Skelton, Ike DEM 101,532 45.1%

Hartzler, Vicky REP 113,489 50.4%

Braun, Jason Michael LIB 6,123 2.7%

Cowan, Greg CST 3,912 1.7%

Total Votes   225,056

[emphasis added]

Of course, if you’re a right wingnut that’s a feature, not a bug.