Educating and turning out voters in MissouriSubmitted by Elisabeth Fri Oct 22 2010 10:05:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
The moon was still over Miami when I left this morning, but "Kansas City, Kansas city, here I come" was running through my mind. After a lovely event in Coral Gables at a really nifty book store and a few hours of sleep, I was off again to the eighth of the nine states on the election tour.
As in every other state that I have visited this fall, the issues are largely the same- encouraging voters to turn out despite the constant barrage of negative ads paid for by well-heeled, often secret donors. And then there are the ballot issues with serious consequences for the state. In Kansas City (Kan City, I heard one hip, young person call it tonight) it is a proposition to repeal the E tax which taxes workers who earn money in one city but live somewhere else. The League here is fighting this proposal, but lots of money from a proponent who wants to work in Kan City but live outside the city is fueling the race.
On a bright note, the local League sponsored a state house and senate debate this evening that demonstrated, once again, that League rules and standards bring out the best in candidates.Five candidates answered questions submitted by the audience with a minimum of sound bite responses or negative comments. I have been hearing about debates gone rowdy in every state that I have visited and the one thing that these forums have in common? They are not League sponsored.
So tomorrow I am on to Columbia and St. Louis.