Lincoln Days rallies local GOP

Posted on March 31, 2015 09:42 am CDT

Joplin Globe
Allie Hinga

Area leaders and representatives rallied local Republicans and outlined their legislative efforts at the annual Lincoln Days celebration on Saturday.

About 350 people attended the banquet sponsored by the Republican central committees of Jasper and Newton counties and held at the Butcher’s Block Banquet Center.

State Sen. Ron Richard, among featured speakers, outlined issues he planned to push in the remaining weeks of the legislative session, including tort and labor reform and right to work.

He also relayed some comments from U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, highlighting issues such as pushing back against regulation by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Blunt’s belief that the Obama administration had been overzealous on its constitutional authority.

U.S. Rep. Billy Long, another featured speaker, praised the House’s passage of a budget that would not raise taxes and discussed his work toward creating jobs.

He also spoke against EPA regulation, saying the city of Springfield had told him that in the future, complying with regulations would cost thousands of dollars for “every man, woman and child in Springfield.”

Attendees also heard from a few speakers who are candidates for state office or who are considering running for state office.

Sen. Will Kraus and Jay Ashcroft, both in the running for secretary of state, and Bev Randles, who is considering running for lieutenant governor, each took two minutes to introduce themselves and to address political challenges.

Newton County Republican Central Committee Chair Nick Myers spoke at length about State Auditor Tom Schweich, who died last month of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Myers praised Schweich’s commitment to following U.S. and state constitutions and demanding that from other office-holders.


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