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    Skunk Blunt isn't gonna run again for Senaturd

    Sen. Roy Blunt won't run for reelection, complicating Republicans' bid to retake the Senate

    WASHINGTON – A fifth Republican senator decided to pass up a 2022 reelection bid, complicating GOP efforts to reclaim control of the U.S. Senate.

    Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who turned 71 in January, announced his retirement via video Monday, citing his decades of public service as a factor in his decision.

    “After 14 general election victories – three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives and four statewide elections – I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year," Blunt said.

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    In declining to run in 2022, Blunt joins retiring Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Richard Burr of North Carolina.

    The party is waiting on decisions by other GOP senators, such as Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

    Blunt and other retiring Republicans avoid a congressional election in which ex-President Donald Trump plans to play a major role, forcing GOP candidates to take a stand on his divisive presidency.

    Republican strategist Liz Mair said there's a "trend" of mainstream conservative Republicans "walking away from an environment in which traditional conservatism has been little rewarded, but jumping on crazy trains has been."

    The result, she said, could be a series of elections "that pit die-hard liberals against a nuttier, and often deeply un-conservative and ethically compromised, breed of Republican."

    In last month's Senate impeachment trial, Toomey and Burr were among the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump on a charge that he incited the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. They would probably have been targeted by Trump-backed primary opponents, had they run.

    Blunt, a two-term senator, has been generally supportive of Trump. He did not give a particular reason for his retirement, beyond his longevity.

    Missouri is a largely Republican state, but Democrats are often competitive. Blunt barely won reelection in 2016, holding off Democrat Jason Kander with 49.2% of the vote to 46.4%.

    On Twitter, Kander said after Blunt's announcement that he would not for the Senate next year, but "I’ll campaign for the Dem nominee!"

    A former Democratic senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, also said she would not seek Blunt's job. "I will never run for office again," she tweeted. "Nope. Not gonna happen. Never. I am so happy I feel guilty sometimes."

    The U.S. Senate is split 50-50 between the Democratic and Republican caucuses. Vice President Kamala Harris, who serves as president of the Senate, provides the tie-breaking vote that gives Democrats control.

    Republicans faced an uphill battle before the retirements. They have more positions to defend, holding 20 of the 34 Senate seats up for election in 2022.

    Sabato's Cystal Ball, a newsletter produced by the University of Virginia Center for Politics, downgraded the Missouri Senate race from "safe Republican" to "likely Republican," still favoring the eventual GOP candidate.

    "We'll see if Democrats can get a good recruit here," said J. Miles Coleman, associate editor of the newsletter.

    Coleman said Blunt's retirement creates the possibility of a "messy" Republican primary involving Trump, his supporters and anti-Trump campaigners.

    Reed Galen, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump political action committee, said most of the GOP Senate candidates in Missouri "will be begging" for support from Trump and his backers, such as the state's other senator, Republican Josh Hawley.

    "It will be an ugly, fascistic, Big Lie-filled contest," Galen said. "The only good news? Even Missourians are likely to understand the insanity and elect a Democrat."

    In his retirement announcement, Blunt said he always tried to do his best: “In almost 12,000 votes in the Congress, I’m sure I wasn’t right every time. But you really make that decision based on the information you have at the time."


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    Our view: Roy Blunt was always good to Southwest Missouri

    Our view: Roy Blunt was always good to Southwest Missouri

    March 8, 2021

    Agree or disagree with him — and we did both — Sen. Roy Blunt was always good to Southwest Missouri, and he received many Globe endorsements through the years, most recently in 2016.

    Blunt served nearly a half-century in public office at one level or another. He announced Monday morning he will not seek reelection in 2022.

    In his quarter-century in Congress — seven terms as our U.S. representative, two as a U.S. senator — Blunt always fought for this region, and his ability to secure funding on everything from highways to the MARET Center at Crowder College to the visitor center at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery is part of his legacy. And throughout the years we have praised him for his support for national service programs such as AmericCorps, for mental health treatment and funding, for adoption efforts, to name just a few areas where we have found common cause.

    Nor will we forget how he was there for Joplin in 2011. In the months following the tornado, Blunt led the fight for disaster aid, including helping get an amendment into the 2012 appropriations bill that added $400 million to the Community Development Block Grant program in order to aid relief and rebuilding efforts. Millions that went to Joplin to help get us back on our feet during that difficult time are because of Blunt.

    We always found Blunt personable, accessible and willing to work across the political aisle to help us out. We need more of that.

    What we don’t need is former Gov. Eric Greitens, who has been positioning himself as a possible replacement.

    Greitens failed Missouri. He does not deserve to represent Republicans in the 2022 contest and certainly not to represent all Missourians in Washington, D.C. His 17 months as governor ended badly in 2018, undone by ethical and personal lapses, and it’s probable he would have been impeached had he not resigned.

    Asked recently about running for for a U.S. Senate seat by a St. Louis radio station, Greitens said: “It’s something that I’m certainly going to keep the door open to and take a look at.”

    He also was quoted as saying: “As you know, unfortunately Roy Blunt has been out siding with Mitch McConnell. He’s been criticizing the president of the United States over what happened on Jan. 6. He’s been criticizing the president of the United States for not coming to (President) Joe Biden’s inauguration, where obviously everybody in Missouri saw Roy Blunt there.”

    We’ll see what the rest of the Republican field looks like, but Republicans need to run a proven leader. That’s not Greitens. They need to run a candidate who supports openness and transparency. That’s not Greitens, either.


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      St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors

      St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors

      A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges

      ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges and agreed to give up the weapons they used during the confrontation.

      Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Her husband, Mark McCloskey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750.

      When several hundred demonstrators marched past their home in June of 2020, the couple waved weapons at them. They claimed the protesters were trespassing and that they feared for their safety.

      The McCloskeys, both of them lawyers in their 60s, wore blue blazers and spoke calmly in answering questions from Judge David Mason during Thursday’s hearing. Mason asked Mark McCloskey if he acknowledged that his actions put people at risk of personal injury. He replied, “I sure did your honor.”

      Mark McCloskey, who announced in May that he was running for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri, was unapologetic after the hearing.

      “I’d do it again," he said from the courthouse steps in downtown St. Louis. "Any time the mob approaches me, I’ll do what I can to put them in imminent threat of physical injury because that’s what kept them from destroying my house and my family.”

      The McCloskeys' defense lawyer, Joel Schwartz, said after the hearing the couple had hoped to raise money by donating Mark’s rifle to charity, but acknowledged that it was an unusual request.

      Because the charges are misdemeanors, the McCloskeys do not face the possibility of losing their law licenses and can continue to own firearms.

      On the courthouse steps after the hearing, special prosecutor Richard Callahan said the misdemeanor plea was reasonable noting the McCloskeys called the police, no shots were fired and no one was hurt.

      “But I think that their conduct was a little unreasonable in the end,” he said. "I don’t think people should view this case as some type of betrayal or assault on the Second Amendment. We still have the Second Amendment rights. It’s just that the Second Amendment does not permit unreasonable conduct.”

      The June 28, 2020, protests came weeks after George Floyd's death under a Minneapolis police officer's knee. Mark McCloskey emerged with an AR-15-style rifle, and Patricia McCloskey waved a semiautomatic pistol, according to the indictment. Cellphone video captured the confrontation. No shots were fired and no one was hurt.

      The McCloskeys were indicted by a grand jury in October on felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering. Callahan later amended the charges to give jurors the alternative of convictions of misdemeanor harassment instead of the weapons charge. Under that alternative, the evidence tampering count would be dropped.

      An investigation by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office led to the initial indictments — and harsh backlash from several Republican leaders. Then-President Donald Trump spoke out in defense of the couple, whose newfound celebrity earned them an appearance via video at the Republican National Convention.

      Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has said that if the McCloskeys are convicted, he’d pardon them. A spokeswoman for Parson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment after the hearing.

      Callahan, a longtime judge and former U.S. attorney, was appointed special prosecutor after a judge in December ruled that Gardner created an appearance of impropriety by mentioning the McCloskey case in fundraising emails before the August Democratic primary. Gardner went on to win reelection.

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        Replacing Roy: A year away from primary, race for Senate starts

        Replacing Roy: A year away from primary, race for Senate starts

        NEOSHO, Mo. — When talking about Republican candidates for a U.S. Senate seat appearing at an upcoming event, Nick Myers noted the date.

        “The watermelon feed is one day short of one year from the primary election,” said Myers, the chairman of the Newton County Republican Central Committee.

        The gap in time indicates how Republicans and Democrats have a lot of work to do in deciding who their candidate will be to replace U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who announced earlier this year he would retire from the Senate after his term expires in 2022.

        Two Republican groups will host a watermelon feed Tuesday that features many of the GOP’s candidates for the seat. Speakers at the event will include the following announced candidates:

        • U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, of Harrisonville, who represents Missouri’s 4th Congressional District.

        • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who was appointed to the post by Gov. Mike Parson in 2018 and won election for a full term in 2020.

        • Mark McCloskey, a St. Louis personal injury lawyer who earned national attention after he and his wife waved guns at protesters who marched about racial injustice near his home last summer.

        Also present will be U.S. Rep. Billy Long, who won the 7th District seat after Blunt was elected to the Senate in 2010, and U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, a Republican who represents Missouri’s 8th District. Myers said both of them are expected to announce their candidacy for the seat.

        Myers said attendees will get the chance to talk to each of the candidates beforehand, and the program will feature an opportunity for candidates to give brief speeches that will be time-enforced for fairness.

        “One of the attractions to the watermelon feed is that it gives people the opportunity to interact with candidates and also hear them speak and see how they are at addressing issues,” Myers said. “I expect all of them will be there before the event and be able to visit with attendees and talk about what they believe what is important in the upcoming election.”

        The race will likely be expensive and feature a large group of candidates. Former Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned in 2018 amid criminal investigations with the Republican-led Legislature considering impeachment, has also entered. And there is plenty of time for others to join the race, because the primary — as Myers noted — is a year away.

        The upcoming election is viewed as very important, Myers said. Not only will Republicans seek to replace a lawmaker considered to be respected and influential, but they will also attempt to hold a seat in the 50-50-split Senate.

        Myers said Republicans in Newton County are interested in issues such as inflation, federal spending and the southern border with Mexico. And, as former President Donald Trump uses his influence in the party, local voters will be inclined to follow suit.

        “If you look back at election results, our voters have been very supportive of Trump and his policies,” Myers said. “The choice of how involved he gets is up to him, but I know Newton County Republicans are very interested in what his opinions are.”

        The annual watermelon feed is a tradition jointly presented by the Republican Women of Newton County and the Newton County Republican Central Committee.

        Democratic campaigns

        Democrats also see an opportunity to reclaim a Senate seat lost by Claire McCaskill in 2018 to U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, whose run created the vacancy that Schmitt filled.

        But they say they know that will be difficult in a state that Trump won easily in the last two presidential elections.

        Barring a COVID-19-related cancellation, Democratic candidate Tim Shepard, a Kansas City-based activist, is scheduled to be at JOMO PrideFest on Aug. 28-29, said Krista Stark, executive director of Southwest Missouri Democrats, a six-county group for the region.

        Stark said the group is reaching out to other Democratic candidates for appearances, such as retired U.S. Marine Lucas Kunce, former state Sen. Scott Sifton, St. Louis County startup owner Spencer Toder and U.S. Air Force veteran Jewel Kelly. The group has already hosted events with Shepard and Kunce.

        For Democrats, the bigger news lately has been people who have decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat, including former Gov. Jay Nixon, former senatorial candidate Jason Kander, Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway and McCaskill.

        Stark said Democrats across the area are focused on voting rights, health care and recovering from the pandemic.

        “We’re looking forward to a robust primary, where candidates can listen to people’s concerns,” Stark said. “We definitely did see a calling for (Nixon, Kander and Galloway), but we have a lot of people who like multiple candidates who are already running. Some of us already have favorites.”

        Want to go?

        The annual free watermelon feed will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Big Spring Park, 308 W. Spring St. in Neosho. Watermelon and bottled water will be provided, and state Sen. Bill White will provide ice cream.

        The event is open to all Republicans. It is organized by the Republican Women of Newton County and the Newton County Central Republican Committee.


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        • #5
          7th District Congressman Billy Long announces U.S. Senate bid

          7th District Congressman Billy Long announces U.S. Senate bid

          U.S. Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., announced his campaign for U.S. Senate late Tuesday night. He also said he has hired Kellyanne Conway as his senior adviser and pollster. Conway was a senior counselor to former President Donald Trump.

          Long, 65, who has been the Southwest Missouri congressman since 2010, made his announcement during an interview with Tucker Carlson.

          U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has announced plans to retire in 2022.

          Long, an auctioneer and real estate broker, said in a statement: “We need to get the Senate back. You aren’t going to do anything until you get the Senate back and I’m the guy who can win that Senate seat in Missouri."

          “As Republicans we must fight hard to regain control of the Senate. The Democrats are working at warp-speed to dismantle everything President Trump and I fought for over the last four years. I'm fed up and I'm not having it!"

          In the same statement, Conway also said: “Who serves in the Senate matters. Kamala Harris has not done much as vice president, but she has broken eight ties in the Senate. The Democrats now control what happens to you. Congressman Billy Long is a fighter who unequivocally supports the America First agenda. He was one of the longest and the strongest supporters of President Donald J. Trump."

          Other Republicans who are officially running include:

          • U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, of Harrisonville, who represents Missouri’s 4th Congressional District.

          • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who was appointed to the post by Gov. Mike Parson in 2018 and won election for a full term in 2020.

          • Mark McCloskey, a St. Louis personal injury lawyer who earned national attention after he and his wife waved guns at protesters who marched about racial injustice near his home last summer.

          • Eric Greitens, a former Missouri governor who resigned office amid personal and political scandals and the threat of impeachment by his own party.

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