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Not necessarily. Either one.

….Honest…I ran out of gas. I…I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! It wasn’t my fault, I swear….


Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): maybe if corporations were women… (February 28, 2013)

Rep. Ann Wagner (r): maybe if corporations were women… (February 28, 2013)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): through the looking glass (March 2, 2013)

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [file photo]

An editorial in today’s Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal (subscription required):

3/3/2013 6:51:00 PM

Actually, Rep. Hartzler voted against act


Jack Miles

The Daily Star-Journal newsroom operates with a degree of trust in the sources with whom the newspaper works, but not blind trust, and the degree of trust the newspaper offers relates directly to the credibility of sources, often based on their positions.


Based on trust, The Star-Journal accepted as fact, under the headline “Hartzler votes to protect women from acts of violence,” the following three paragraphs in a press release last week from U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s office:


In the release, she makes no mention that she did not vote for what would become law and, coupled with the deadline timing, what conclusion could be drawn other than that she voted for what would become law?


I received a call from Hartzler’s office and I thanked the person for the release, saying something to the extent that the release appeared to cover all of the bases. The newspaper heard nothing to suggest the release meant anything other than what the release said: Hartlzer voted for the act.


I hope this information answers the question of how the mistake occurred.

I trusted…

I regret that error.

It’s generally not a good idea for people holding public office to upset people who buy ink by the barrel.

In the Columbia Daily Tribune:

Senate version of anti-violence measure passes

Hartzler voted for House bill.

By Rudi Keller

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler on Thursday put out a news release touting her vote in favor of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, but the release failed to mention that the bill she supported did not pass.

The House did pass a version of the law, which had already received bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate and is now awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature. Hartzler’s news release did not mention that bill or that she voted against it….

We await more spin from Representative Hartzler (r).