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Neither can we.

That headline is from the substance of a Kansas City Star endorsement editorial.

Spark is mostly lacking in U.S. House races in western Missouri

10/24/2014 5:52 PM 10/24/2014 6:02 PM


4th [Congressional] District

Nate Irvin has virtually no money, but he has pluck, knowledge and a sincere drive to oust incumbent Vicky Hartzler from Congress. We can’t think of a single reason to recommend sending Hartzler back to Washington for a third term. Lately she has over-reacted on the Ebola virus, calling on restricting visas for West Africans, just as it seems she overshoots reason on many issues that come her way.

As he travels the district, Irvin says, he thinks he has tapped into a general discontent with Congress. In the farm bill debate, Hartzler voted to cut SNAP funding (food stamps), which, Irvin maintains, are important to district residents. Irvin also notes the blatant hypocrisy that Hartzler’s family farm has benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in subsidies under the nation’s farm legislation.

Irvin hopes to present values that stand in stark contrast to Hartzler’s brand of harsh conservatism. He favors significant campaign finance reform, to quash the influence of big money. He supports accessible higher education (Hartzler voted to limit Pell grant funding). His views tend to be socially liberal and libertarian; he favors gay marriage and decriminalization of marijuana.


Welcome to the club.