I’ve really stepped up the campaigning this past week.
There have been several city council meetings throughout the district. I am also planning on going to Hughesville’s and Houstonia’s this month.
Melody and I walked door-to-door in Sweet Springs this morning. One of my good friends drove the van while we walked, and kept us hydrated and cooled off when needed. It gets hot by 9:30 a.m. these days, so we usually stop by noon. We should finish Sweet Springs and Emma this next week. I was told that Sweet Springs is largely Republican, but I had a lot of good conversations with people there and they seemed very open minded. It is a nice town, and I have learned a lot about it while attending city council meetings.
On Friday, June 8, we celebrated Harry Truman’s birthday at the Martin Community Center. Quite a few notable people were there, among them: Emanuel Cleaver II, Stephen Webber, Lisa McCaskill-Finn, Bear Bissen and most of the candidates for positions within Saline County. There were speeches, an auction, good food and drink. I had a great time, and I had an opportunity to speak, as well. We have a lot of industrious candidates that are willing to put in the work. Expect a lot of them to come to your home. Many are going door-to-door.
In addition, we talked about Proposition A. I am beginning to see a lot of those signs in yards to vote “No” on the proposition. The “Right to Work” bill is very regressive and has not really done anyone any good except for the very large employers and large corporations. There are many good ways to regulate commerce and unions, but this isn’t one of them. Please look at the issues and consider a “no” vote.
Another interesting tidbit was discussed at the celebration. There is a new group raising money for Democrats. They are trying to get a lot of people to give a little bit each month to “ItStartsToday.” That money will be in a fund and then used to help fund Democratic candidates at the state level. We are traditionally outspent by the Republicans, so this is an effort to help level the playing field a bit. The website is: https://contribute.itstarts.today/2018. Take a look at it. I know that people are generally reticent to get involved in these things, but it is being done by reputable people and there will be no sharing of information. Also, only 3 percent is going toward administration, which is about as reasonable as these things ever get to be.
I always write my blogs at the end of the week, and then they appear in the Monday paper and website. Therefore, I am going to wish all fathers a Happy Father’s Day even though it will have occurred by the time you read this blog. I am blessed with three great kids, three great grandkids and a super daughter-in-law. Hopefully, I will see all of them by the summer’s end, as they are scattered, but I always look forward to the phone calls from them. Father’s Day is always a good phone call.
I have a sick mother and a sick father-in-law, but Sunday will be a good day to visit both of them, as well.
I have gone to a few rather large events lately, where I was basically anonymous, so I am getting a few T-shirts printed locally to get me through all of the Fourth of July and fair activities. I plan on having more made as money comes in. I am also planning ahead for yard signs. They won’t go up until October, which seems relatively distant, but so much has happened since I filed in late February that I know that I really have very little time left and so much to do.
I am hoping to have a few town halls, and I am sure that there will be a few forums to attend as well, so I am working on trying to get my message across in a succinct manner, and I am trying to get to know all of the issues, as well. I am no public speaker, so I need to work on my delivery.
Anyway, there is very little change expected in the weather. It looks to be a hot summer, so I will be walking in the mornings and evenings, leaving the hot part of the day for errands and for visiting those who would like an audience. I had a very nice visit with an old friend in Sweet Springs this week, and she was so enlightening. I have a lot to learn, and the best place to get educated is by listening to all of you.
Have a safe week, stay cool and let me know if you’d care for a meeting with me. I’ll do my best to get there.