As the President entered the stage last week in Springfield the Republican theme song, "We're Not Gonna Take It” blared over the speakers.
Perhaps, yesterday, voters played the song back. There are a number of things to note about as Missouri citizens responded with record turnout for a midterm election. In general, I think it's important to state that the citizens of Missouri voted conservatively.
Stem Cell Research - Passed by a "conservative" margin
Taxes - Tobacco Tax rejected by a large margin - Veteran Tax Exempt Status approved
Still, our values are less defined by a party logo than they are by our conscience and values. Local government organizations stood against minimum wage increases which the voters approved by large margins (expect Tony Messenger of the Springfield News-Leader to address this in tomorrow’s editorial). Andrew Cline MSU Journalism professor begged the question a few weeks ago, "Isn't an honest days pay - the ability for the working man to support his family through hard work a Republican value?" Voters overwhelmingly approved a minimum wage increase.
Libertarian voting was high peaking at 4.1% of voters in the Taney County 7th District
In agreement throughout the state - the greatest landslide victory was the fight against corruption. Cheat the citizen's - dishonor public office and we will take away your pension. Corruption – “We're not gonna take it anymore"