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  • State GOP, emerging from denial, is taking steps to recovery

    03/19/2015 9:58:26 AM PDT · by Pelham · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | George Skelton
    Sixteen years ago a prominent Republican stopped me on the street to complain that his party was in denial. It was falling fast, he said, with little hope. The California GOP was "like an alcoholic," the pol asserted. "We all want him to recover, but he's got to want to recover. And before that can happen he has to hit bottom. We all think he's hit bottom, but he doesn't." The man was talking about the party's addiction to gay bashing and gun worshiping, to feeding off anti-abortion and illegal immigration causes. That resulted in big hangovers on mornings after...
  • Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton

    As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. It is followed by an observation of his own.
  • America's 'most injured soldier' is going back to war

    02/25/2011 1:33:29 PM PST · by panthermom · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2/24/2011 | Michael Bates
    He is missing one eye, the roof of his mouth and can barely eat or drink - but America's 'most injured soldier' is going back to war-Actual Title America’s most wounded soldier to return to combat is going back to the front line to serve his country once more. Captain D.J. Skelton will take charge of 192 men from his previous unit and fight in the dangerous plains of Southern Afghanistan. Friends said his achievement should have been physically impossible but he pushed through the pain because of his ‘warrior spirit’.
  • Congressman Ike Skelton gives farewell speech Wednesday to House

    12/29/2010 2:12:32 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies · 4+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 12/1/2010 | U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee Chairman
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 1, 2010) — Today House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) delivered his farewell speech to the U.S. House of Representatives. Skelton expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to represent Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District for 34 years and also discussed his hopes and concerns for the future of our nation. Attached are Skelton’s remarks as prepared for delivery.
  • Local political parade police escort request draws rebuke from Hartzler

    11/05/2010 12:51:56 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 11/2/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 2, 2010) — Campaign staff for Republican congressional candidate Vicky Hartzler have joined in the criticism of a decision by local Democrats to ask the Waynesville and Saint Robert police for an escort for a political parade through the two cities on Saturday. In a press release issued Tuesday by Hartzler spokesman Steve Walsh, officials for the candidate seeking to unseat Congressman Ike Skelton noted that “Democrat Party officials in Pulaski County are now in trouble for using police officers to stage an unauthorized parade on behalf of Ike Skelton and another Democrat Party candidate last...
  • Red tide drowns Democrats

    11/05/2010 12:48:38 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 5 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 11/3/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 3, 2010) — A red tide of Republicans swept out Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner Don McCulloch, State Sen. Frank Barnitz, and Congressman Ike Skelton Tuesday night. While Pulaski County was once a Democratic stronghold, last night’s election results showed that most Republicans won by large margins, in some cases by a three-to-one split.“What we’re seeing across the county is not just a wave but a tsunami,” said Andy Bobbitt, president of the Pulaski County Democratic Club. Only Circuit Court Clerk Rachelle Beasley, a Waynesville Democrat, escaped the deluge and won re-election. The other Democrat to gain...
  • Three Powerful Democratic Chairmen Toppled

    11/03/2010 9:29:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    CQ Roll Call ^ | Nov. 3, 2010 | Christina Bellantoni
    Three longtime House Democrats holding gavels of power were defeated Tuesday night, with Republicans ousting Members with 98 years of combined experience who served as top lieutenants to Speaker Nancy Pelosi . Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar (Minn.), Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (Mo.) and Budget Chairman John Spratt (S.C.) all lost as Republicans regained control of the chamber in a wave that has ousted at least 60 Democrats.
  • Hartzler blasts Skelton for not working harder against homosexual agenda

    11/01/2010 12:42:00 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/30/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    LAQUEY, Mo. (Oct. 30, 2010) — Republican congressional candidate Vicky Hartzler earned her reputation as a Christian conservative during a successful statewide campaign in 2004 in which voters decided by a 71 percent margin to amend the state constitution to bar gay marriage. She’s been blasted by a national liberal magazine which asked if she is the “most anti-gay candidate in America,” and conservative Christian themes were brought up several times during her Saturday morning veterans rally at VFW Post 3168 next to the Laquey ambulance base. Hartzler attacked incumbent Congressman Ike Skelton for his role as chairman of the...
  • Hartzler defends her stance on guns despite not having NRA endorsement

    11/01/2010 12:38:42 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 3 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/30/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    LAQUEY, Mo. (Oct. 30, 2010) — With the major exception of the Missouri Farm Bureau, many organizations which typically endorse conservative Republican candidates for office have endorsed Congressman Ike Skelton for years despite him being a Democrat. That includes right to life and veterans organizations, as well as the National Rifle Association; the Farm Bureau had endorsed Skelton for 14 years until this election. However, the NRA endorsement of Skelton over his Republican challenger, Vicky Hartzler, has become a point of controversy this year. Skelton has severely attacked Hartzler for opposing a 1998 proposal to place concealed carry permits on...
  • Vicky Hartzler rallies area veterans, explains her efforts to replace Skelton

    11/01/2010 12:36:11 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/30/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    LAQUEY, Mo. (Oct. 30, 2010) — About two dozen fired-up supporters of Vicky Hartzler converged Saturday morning on VFW Post 3168 next to the Laquey ambulance base to hear their candidate explain why she believes it’s necessary to oust U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Retired school superintendent David Dicke introduced Hartzler while wearing an “Ike Take a Hike” button, which he said is available for purchase from the Camden County Republican Party. Dicke predicted a Hartzler victory, and Hartzler herself said that’s important to get back on the right track. “I really believe that...
  • Poll shows Skelton up 7 percent; both candidates plan rallies for veterans

    11/01/2010 12:33:32 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 30 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/29/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 29, 2010) — A new poll commissioned by a Springfield-area television station and Missouri State University in Springfield shows U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton up by 7 percentage points over his Republican challenger, former State Rep. Vicky Hartzler. The poll attributes Skelton’s rise to concerns over the future of Fort Leonard Wood, and both candidates will hold campaign rallies in the Fort Leonard Wood area today and tomorrow. According to the poll’s director, Missouri State University Professor Brian Calfano, Skelton’s lead in a bad year for Democrats is due to “three words: Fort Leonard Wood ... Skelton's...
  • Dixon rancher appointed to leadership of Vicky Hartzler's ag advisory panel

    11/01/2010 12:29:53 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/26/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 26, 2010) — Staff members for Vicky Hartzler’s congressional campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton announced Monday that they’ve appointed three Fourth District residents, including Dixon rancher Charles Bassett, to serve as leaders of the campaign’s “Farmers and Ranchers Coalition.” Other members are Brent Heid of Hartzler’s hometown of Harrisonville and Dwayne Schad of Versailles. Bassett, who is the father-in-law of State Rep. David Day of Dixon and a relative of incoming county clerk Brent Bassett, has run a cow-calf operation for nearly 50 years, has known Hartzler for nearly a decade, and was an...
  • Advocating Absalom: Vicky Hartzler's views on Christian political activism

    10/25/2010 11:17:44 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/25/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Oct. 25, 2010) — Republican Congressional candidate Vicky Hartzler has clearly identified herself for many years as an evangelical Christian, dating back to her days in the state legislature from 1995 to 2000 and then as a spokeswoman for the successful 2004 campaign to amend the Missouri state constitution to ban gay marriage. While Hartzler’s opponent, 17-term U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, has attacked Hartzler on numerous issues, he’s avoided her religious beliefs and church affiliation. Others have been less restrained. In recent weeks, some journalists have asked if Hartzler will be the young “David” to defeat the powerful “Goliath” of...
  • Hartzler explains responses to attack ads, 'negative campaigning' in book

    10/25/2010 11:11:39 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/25/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Oct. 25, 2010) — U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton’s campaign has been running advertisements accusing his Republican challenger, former State Rep. Vicky Hartzler, of being “way too nasty.” At a Pulaski County Republican Party event, Hartzler said Skelton’s campaign ads made her “look like the Antichrist.” While Hartzler has strongly protested what she views as misleading and sometimes outright false attacks by Ike Skelton, it’s not the first time she’s been a target of negative campaigning. In her book, “Running God’s Way; Step by Step to a Successful Political Campaign,” she recounts an experience in her 1996 re-election campaign when her...
  • Controversy over VFW endorsements didn't remove Skelton's earlier award

    10/25/2010 11:08:10 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/23/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Oct. 23, 2010) — While it wasn’t mentioned at the Pulaski County “Veterans for Vicky” rally because speaker Bill Rostad isn’t a Veterans of Foreign Wars member, the VFW endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton being widely publicized by his campaign has come under significant attack by the campaign of his Republican challenger, Vicky Hartzler, and by some members of the VFW itself. Candidates, including Skelton, often state that they’ve been “endorsed by the VFW,” “endorsed by the National Rifle Association,” or by other similar organizations, but the VFW and NRA are nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations which can’t explicitly endorse...
  • NRA endorsements of Democrats focus only on Second Amendment issues

    10/25/2010 11:06:04 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/23/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Oct. 23, 2010) — It’s gotten much less attention than the disputed Veterans of Foreign Wars endorsement, but a similar debate is currently happening in the National Rifle Association, which endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton over his Republican challenger Vicky Hartzler while giving both Skelton and Hartzler an “A” rating. While she didn’t receive the NRA endorsement, Hartzler has also been touting her endorsements by two much smaller organizations, the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance and Gun Owners of America. Locally, the NRA also endorsed incumbent Missouri State Sen. Frank Barnitz, a Dent County Democrat, by giving him an “A-plus”...
  • Numerous Cass County elected officials associated with Hartzler's church

    10/25/2010 11:01:49 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/23/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Oct. 23, 2010) — In an age of conservative Christian activism, some churches have become heavily involved in the “culture wars” and strongly promote political activism by their members. However, the church attended by Republican congressional candidate Vicky Hartzler appears to take encouragement of political activism to an unusually high level. Few rural churches with a membership of 400 can claim that even one of their members is a former state representative, spokeswoman for a successful campaign to amend the state constitution to prohibit gay marriage, and current congressional candidate. When Hartzler’s pastor preached last month of the importance of...
  • Veterans for Vicky warn Ike Skelton: 'Time to go, you are dismissed'

    10/25/2010 10:57:58 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 17 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/23/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 23, 2010) — U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton bills himself as the “soldiers’ congressman.” Given his strongly conservative district in rural Missouri stretching from Whiteman Air Force Base in the north to Fort Leonard Wood in the south, there’s little chance the district would be represented by any Democrat if it weren’t for Skelton who has served 34 years and is seeking his eighteenth term in office. However, Republican challenger Vicky Hartzler is working hard to convince veterans that a vote for Skelton isn’t in their interest. Hartzler’s “Veterans for Vicky” coalition sent three teams of veterans to...
  • Conservative Democrat in Congress wants Ike Skelton to oust Nancy Pelosi

    10/21/2010 1:03:35 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 14 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/20/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Oct. 20, 2010) — At speech after speech throughout Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, Republican candidate Vicky Hartzler has drummed home a simple theme: “Fire Nancy Pelosi!” Some Hartzler supporters even wear buttons to campaign rallies pushing for Pelosi’s ouster as Speaker of the House, arguing that the best reason to oust 17-term incumbent Democrat Ike Skelton is because of his support for Pelosi and her advocacy of other items on the national Democratic agenda. Skelton, like nearly all other Democrats in the House of Representatives, has voted repeatedly for Pelosi, a self-identified liberal Democrat from San Francisco. That’s standard practice...
  • Hartzler narrows funding gap in congressional race to unseat Skelton

    10/20/2010 7:12:33 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/20/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Oct. 20, 2010) — Republican candidate Vicky Hartzler spent most of her campaign for Congress this year as a financial underdog. Faced with the daunting prospect of running against 17-term U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Hartzler raised $497,000 during the primary election season and spent most of it to defeat State Sen. Bill Stouffer, who raised almost as much money in a hard-fought primary battle. Until recently, campaign finance reports showed Skelton had raised $1.9 million and spent only $773,000 of his warchest, mostly on radio and television ad buys questioning Hartzler’s commitment...
  • Congressional candidate Vicky Hartzler's pastor warns of 'butt-kicking' if church members don't vote

    10/18/2010 10:49:12 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 37 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/18/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Oct. 18, 2010) — Vicky Hartzler, the Republican trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, the 17-term Congressman who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, has clearly identified herself as a Christian conservative. She served as spokesman for the successful campaign in 2004 that amended the Missouri state constitution to prohibit gay marriage, and she’s the author of a book entitled “Running God’s Way; Step by Step to a Successful Political Campaign.” So what sorts of sermons does she hear on Sunday mornings in the church in Harrisonville where she’s attended for three decades? Just before leaving on vacation, Hartzler’s...
  • National liberal website, Daily Kos, organizes campaign to hurt Republican Vicky Hartzler on the web

    10/15/2010 8:09:46 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/13/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Oct. 13, 2010) — A national news and opinion website associated with liberal causes has targeted Vicky Hartzler for an organized campaign designed to drive up Google and other search engine rankings to “get as many undecided voters as possible to read the most damaging news article about the Republican candidate for Congress in their district.” The Daily Kos may not be widely known in rural Missouri, but it’s a major factor in the “netroots” movement within the Democratic Party and liberal or “progressive” politics on the national level. Founded in 2002, its writers include former President Jimmy Carter, current...
  • Second retired general favors Skelton; retired colonel says Skelton 'lying'

    10/15/2010 8:06:38 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 6 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/11/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 11, 2010) — A second retired general has endorsed U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Last week Tuesday, the Skelton campaign announced the endorsement of Maj. Gen. John Havens, who retired in 2001 after serving as the adjutant general — the top post — in the Missouri National Guard. Havens now lives in St. James. However, Skelton isn’t the only candidate in the race to receive military endorsements from retired senior leaders. Skelton’s opponent, Republican Vicky Hartzler, has been running advertisements blasting Skelton with retired military personnel accusing him of...
  • Challenger of Skelton unhappy with senior citizens candidate forum format

    10/15/2010 8:03:31 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/5/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 9, 2010) — The Republican seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton has agreed to attend a Tuesday evening candidate forum sponsored by the Waynesville-St. Robert Senior Citizens Center, but in an announcement for a Friday afternoon press conference at the state capitol in Jefferson City, Vicky Hartzler blasted Skelton for his “decision to avoid speaking to and taking questions from the people he represents.” Less than an hour before Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Lloyd Smith was scheduled to begin a Monday afternoon telephone press conference attacking Skelton’s refusal to debate Hartzler, Skelton’s campaign manager...
  • Republicans to host conference call asking why Skelton won't debate

    10/15/2010 7:52:01 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 3 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/4/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 4, 2010) — U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton’s friend and colleague, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, will be debating her Democratic challenger, Tommy Sowers, on his home turf of Rolla later this month on Sunday, Oct. 17. However, Skelton so far has refused requests by his Republican challenger, Vicky Hartzler, to have either debates or candidate forums with both present. A Missouri Republican Party spokesman announced today that Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Lloyd Smith will be hosting a 3 p.m. Monday media conference call to discuss why their candidate is willing to debate Skelton, who so far...
  • Skelton agrees to come to Pulaski County Senior Citizens Forum

    10/15/2010 7:47:42 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 3 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/4/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 4, 2010) — Barely half an hour before a Republican press conference castigating Cong. Ike Skelton for not participating in candidate forums or debates, Skelton spokesman Jason Rauch announced that his candidate will be coming to the Waynesville-St. Robert Senior Citizens Center candidate forum on Oct. 12. The leader of that organization, Lela Randolph Dyl, could not immediately be reached for comment. The dinner preceding the event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m., with the candidate forum following at 7 p.m.
  • Ike Skelton's opponent denies she's a pacifist despite Mennonite church ties

    09/30/2010 8:53:01 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 22 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 9/30/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Sept. 30, 2010) — This fall, Missouri residents might vote out the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, replacing U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, a conservative Democrat who describes himself as “the soldiers’ Congressman” in campaign material, with a member of a church which until a few months ago was known as Harrisonville Mennonite Church. Mennonites have been pacifists for centuries and have generally opposed military service, though some have served in various non-combat positions within the military. However, Hartzler’s campaign spokesman emphasizes that she is not a pacifist and does not agree with some views historically held by Mennonites....
  • Hartzler responds to Skelton TV ads

    09/30/2010 1:04:51 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 15 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 9/11/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Sept. 11, 2010) — Running against an incumbent with three decades of seniority is hard, especially when the incumbent has raised $1.9 million compared to $497,000 for the challenger. As of the last campaign finance reporting deadline, U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, a Democrat from Lexington, has spent $773,000 of his $1.9 million warchest, and much of that has gone into television advertising blasting his Republican challenger, Vicky Hartzler, a former state representative from Harrisonville. Hartzler cited those ads in a speech to those attending the Pulaski County Republicans’ fall picnic, held Sept. 11 at the Charles Bassett...
  • Far behind in funding, Vicky Hartzler enlists top GOP officials for help in race against Ike Skelton

    09/08/2010 8:46:53 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 3 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 9/7/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Sept. 7, 2010) — While Republican congressional candidate Vicky Hartzler was able to raise and spend more money than her primary opponent, State Sen. Bill Stouffer, she doesn’t have anywhere close to the funding of the man she hopes to unseat, U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton. According to campaign finance reports released shortly before the August primary election, Hartzler raised $497,699 and spent $255,936 in her quest to win the Republican nomination; Stouffer spent about the same amount of money and had about $196,000 left, according to his last campaign finance report before the primary election. However, despite...
  • Hartzler says ‘Bogus’ to Skelton claim she would freeze VA Hospital funding

    09/06/2010 1:16:06 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 9/6/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Sept. 6, 2010) — As a conservative Democrat and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, few were surprised when U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton’s re-election campaign began running television advertisements noting that “this year the VFW honored Ike with their Congressional award and said ‘our military, veterans and families ... have no better friend in Congress.’” However, other claims in that advertisement have drawn fire from supporters of Republican challenger Vicky Hartzler, including a section of the ad stating that “Hartzler called for a freeze on funding for veterans’ hospitals” which cites the Pulaski County Daily News...
  • Hartzler spokesman says she didn't mean to say Missouri has lost sailors

    08/31/2010 8:47:28 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 8 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 8/23/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 23, 2010) — A recent television interview with congressional candidate Vicky Hartzler by a Kansas City-area television station has led some to question how much Hartzler knows about the military, but campaign spokesman Steve Walsh says the interview put both Hartzler and incumbent U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton in a bad light. “Let’s face it; neither of them came off well,” Walsh said. “The impression you get from watching the Channel 41 report is Vicky Hartzler is suggesting that Missouri somewhere has a naval base, and that is, of course, ridiculous. She is fully aware there is...
  • Missouri Republican leader says FLW voters shouldn't fear ousting Skelton

    08/31/2010 8:44:09 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 8/25/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Aug. 25, 2010) — In a Wednesday afternoon conference call with statewide Missouri media, Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, explained why he believes voters in a mostly rural district that includes both Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base may be ready to unseat U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, the state’s longest-serving congressman who also serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. The Republican candidate is Vicky Hartzler of Harrisonville, a former state representative who was also the state spokeswoman for a Missouri ballot initiative that barred homosexual marriage statewide. “This...
  • Farm Bureau rejects Skelton, endorses Republican for first time in 14 years

    08/21/2010 5:25:19 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 17 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 8/20/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    SEDALIA, Mo. (Aug. 20, 2010) — For the first time since the mid-1990s, U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton has lost the endorsement of the Missouri Farm Bureau’s political action committee. The trustees of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District FARM-PAC announced Friday morning that they’ll be endorsing Vicky Hartzler, a former state representative from Harrisonville, over Skelton. “It has been a long, long time since we didn’t endorse Skelton, and for a long time before that, we made no endorsements,” said Charles Bassett, a rural Dixon resident who chairs the 4th Congressional District FARM-PAC. The Farm Bureau endorsement could reflect an important shift...
  • Stouffer: 'If it’s only Ike Skelton who is keeping those bases open, then they shouldn’t be here'

    07/31/2010 9:54:16 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 7/28/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (July 28, 2010) — State Sen. Bill Stouffer knows he’s in an uphill battle trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton. When he visits military installations, he routinely sees everything from dog kennels to major training facilities named after Skelton, who as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has brought literally billions of dollars to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base. So why would anyone ask voters in a county like Pulaski, where Skelton is widely credited with saving Fort Leonard Wood from closure, ask voters to close out Skelton’s congressional career of more...
  • Stouffer responds to Hartzler attacks on taxes in race to replace Skelton

    07/31/2010 8:05:23 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 7/28/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (July 28, 2010) — It’s hard to avoid being attacked during a political campaign, but Pulaski County’s own legislator, State Rep. David Day, says he knows State Sen. Bill Stouffer well and believes recent attacks on him by former State Rep. Vicky Hartzler miss the mark. Stouffer and Hartzler are the two leading Republican candidates to replace U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, a longtime Democrat who chairs the House Armed Services Committee and represents one of the most conservative congressional districts held by a Democrat. Skelton has rarely had aggressive opposition, but this year both Hartzler and Stouffer...
  • State Sen. Bill Stouffer says he can beat U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton in the fall

    07/31/2010 7:09:06 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies · 3+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 7/28/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (July 28, 2010) — As one of the two leading Republican candidates seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, State Sen. Bill Stouffer said he rather than former State Rep. Vicki Hartzler or any of the other candidates is best qualified to replace a conservative Democrat with a conservative Republican in Congress. Speaking Wednesday morning at the Sunshine Café in St. Robert, Stouffer said anyone who wants to unseat Skelton after more than three decades needs to be able to understand farmers and rural Democrats. “I think I am the...
  • 4th of July: Red’s White & Blue (w/video: Red Skelton recites pledge of allegiance)

    07/04/2010 3:49:20 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies
    BigHollywood.breitbart ^ | July 4, 2010 | Adam Baldwin
    Red Skelton loved America. In one of his most famous soliloquies, Red Skelton re-enacted a lesson about the American Flag taught to him by his childhood teacher, Mr. Laswell. [See the video above and please visit Red's website here for more.]
  • Top House Dem against lifting military gay ban

    06/09/2010 11:45:57 AM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 8 replies · 58+ views
    AP ^ | June 09, 2010 | Anne Flaherty
    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says he opposes repealing the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., told reporters Tuesday that he traveled throughout his congressional district over the Memorial Day recess, shortly after the House voted to repeal the ban, and the issue "just wasn't raised" by his constituents. Skelton said he still opposes the bill because he wants troops' opinions surveyed first.
  • Skelton: Support troops and families, oppose “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” repeal

    05/31/2010 8:34:54 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 4 replies · 328+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/31/2010 | U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee Chairman
    Each year, the House Armed Services Committee fulfills its constitutional role by preparing a defense authorization bill. For Missouri, this year’s bill authorizes substantial military construction at Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood and additional support for the National Guard. Unfortunately, hundreds of the great provisions in this bill have been overshadowed by a secondary issue: the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” While I opposed the so-called Murphy Amendment that would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” I did support final passage of the defense bill. Thus I stood by our military — our troops and their families...
  • Repealing 'Don't ask, don't tell' ban on gays in military is wrong, Skelton says

    05/26/2010 3:16:06 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 19 replies · 456+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/25/2010 | U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee Chairman
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 25, 2010) — Today, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the following statement regarding efforts to attach a repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act: “My position on this issue has been clear – I support the current policy and I will oppose any amendment to repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.’ I hope my colleagues will avoid jumping the gun and wait for DOD to complete its work.”
  • Armed Services chairman opposes DADT repeal plan

    05/25/2010 4:13:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 414+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 25, 2010 | Jordan Fabian
    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday said he opposes a deal struck between the White House and Congress to allow gays to serve openly in the military. On Monday, Congress and the White House reached a deal on repealing the "Don't ask, don't tell policy" against openly gay service members. The compromise would allow legislation to be passed, but implementation would only occur once a Pentagon panel concludes a study of the repeal. But Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) said he would prefer that the Pentagon finish its review before moving any legislation. “My position on this...
  • Skelton provides lists of organizations supporting troops, veterans, families

    05/08/2010 11:24:33 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 5 replies · 291+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/5/2010 | U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee Chairman
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2010) — While another beautiful spring is in full bloom throughout the Fourth District, many of our neighbors who serve in the armed forces continue to fight for our freedoms both at home and overseas. Enduring many personal hardships and sacrifices, our warfighters and the loved ones they leave behind continue to do their best to get the job done. Yet often times, their sacrifices go unnoticed by the general public. So, to publicly recognize and honor those fighting for our freedoms, Congress designated the month of May as “National Military Appreciation Month.” The Department of...
  • Helter-Skelton: Key Lawmaker Reverses On Climate Action

    03/01/2010 3:50:03 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 10 replies · 910+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/1/2010 | Sean Higgins
    Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., has signed on to legislation that would block the EPA from implementing its proposed greenhouse gas regulations. That’s a pretty clear sign that House Democrats are feeling the heat on climate change. Skelton, 78, has been in Congress for 33 years and is chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee. But in 2010 he may face a tough re-election fight. Last June, Skelton voted with his party leadership to implement a cap-and-trade bill. The bill passed the House 219-212.
  • US Reps from Mo. to propose blocking EPA gas rules

    02/03/2010 3:01:12 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 929+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 2, 2010 | Chris Blank
    Two congressional members from Missouri said Tuesday that they plan to file legislation blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from developing its own greenhouse gas rules. U.S. Reps. Ike Skelton, a Democrat, and Jo Ann Emerson, a Republican, sharply criticized federal environmental regulators and warned that because EPA officials are not elected, the agency is not accountable to the farmers, business owners and other Missouri residents who could be hurt. The EPA had concluded in December that that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases represent a danger to public health, which allows it to consider rules limiting them. That...
  • Tough fight set for gays in military--Obama wants ban repealed, but House and Senate not so sure

    02/01/2010 9:38:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 605+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2010 | Rowan Scarborough
    President Obama's pledge to lift the military's ban on openly gay service members this year seems at best headed for extremely close votes in the House and Senate, according to Congress watchers. The president's proposal needs 218 votes in the House. A bill to repeal the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell" has fewer than 190 co-sponsors. What's more, a number of Democrats representing conservative districts, led by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton of Missouri, are set to buck the president and vote against repeal. In the Senate, senators who support the ban could filibuster the 2011...
  • Skelton opposes repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell'

    01/15/2010 12:09:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 497+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 15, 2010 | Roxana Tiron
    The leading House Democrat on military policy said Friday that he opposes repealing the law that bans openly gay people from serving in the military. Seventeen years ago, Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) played a major role in crafting the controversial law known as "Don't ask, don't tell." When President Bill Clinton wanted to lift the ban preventing gay people from joining the military, Skelton opposed the move. The end result was the compromise under which gay service members would conceal their sexual orientation. Now, after President Barack Obama pledged during his campaign and first year in office to repeal the...
  • House Armed Services Committee Chair sends letter to President Obama on attempted terrorist attack

    01/04/2010 2:26:44 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 12/31/2009 | U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee Chairman
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 31, 2009) — Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) sent the following letter to President Barack Obama following a briefing yesterday about the attempted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound aircraft on Dec. 25. The Congressman, who has worked to better coordinate anti-terrorism efforts since the 1990s, expresses concern about information sharing across intelligence agencies and emphasizes the need to remain on the offensive to destroy extremist groups' ability to recruit, train, and plan terrorist activities.
  • Skelton speaks at christening ceremony for U.S.S. Missouri

    12/12/2009 9:23:05 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 13 replies · 913+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 12/5/2009 | U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee Chairman
    GROTON, Conn. (Dec. 5, 2009) – Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) spoke at the Dec. 5 christening of the USS Missouri (SSN 780), a Virginia class attack submarine and the fifth warship in American history to be named after the “Show-Me” State. “We in Missouri are proud of this ship, proud of this crew, and proud of the shipbuilders that are making her,” said Skelton. The last ship to bear the name USS Missouri, now a floating museum in Pearl Harbor, was commissioned in 1944 and earned the nickname “Mighty Mo” for the tremendous firepower of her 16-inch guns and her...
  • Skelton defends much-maligned Patriot Act as key in War on Terror

    11/28/2009 3:14:32 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 5 replies · 428+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 11/15/2009 | U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee Chairman
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 15, 2009) — The Patriot Act passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It was intended to enable law enforcement officials to track down and punish those responsible for the terrorist attacks and to protect against any similar strikes against our nation. In the years following 9/11, the Patriot Act has proven to be an important law enforcement tool and has enhanced our national security. Currently, Congress is reviewing legislation to amend and extend the Patriot Act. Provisions within the Act are set to expire on Dec. 31 of this year. As is...
  • Skelton pleased by new law helping PCSing military homeowners, unemployed

    11/28/2009 1:23:41 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies · 278+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 11/5/2009 | U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee Chairman
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 5, 2009) — Today, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) announced that Congress has approved H.R. 3548, the Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act. The bipartisan legislation would extend unemployment benefits for 14 weeks and for six weeks in states with unemployment rates above 8.5 percent. Missouri’s unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in September 2009. It would also allow military personnel to fully participate in the first-time homebuyer tax credit program and will make payments tax-exempt under the Military Homeowner Assistance Program, which helps military families recoup costs associated with selling a home that has declined in value and...