The race for the Missouri State Representative District 48 seat is an interesting one.
The seat was vacated by State Representative Will Kraus when he decided to move to the Eighth Senatorial District to enter a three way Republican Primary for the seat held by Senator Matt Bartle. Bartle was termed out, leaving the seat open. Kraus won the primary but still faces opposition in the general election from Libertarian candidate Kevin Robert Parr.
The 48th District race has had its share of controversy. Three candidates remain in this race. Originally there were six. Gary Cross won the Republican Primary Election in a lopsided victory.
Gavin Fletchall, was the only Democrat on the ballot in the Primary, but was originally challenged by former Raytown Alderman Pat Riehle.
Riehle was removed from the ballot by the Missouri Ethics Commission for failure to file election forms in a timely manner. Riehle claimed that the Election Commission had mailed the forms to Raytown City Hall instead of his home address. He brought a lawsuit to remain on the ballot but the Courts ruled against him.
Constitution Party candidate Nathan Eaton was unopposed for his party's nomination.
The 48th District is considered a “swing district”. That means that neither party really controls the district and that the outcome is far from a “done deal” in any election.
Geographically speaking, the 48th is divided in thirds by Kansas City, Raytown and Lee’s Summit.
Remember, only one vote per person!
Sweet Revenge, Mixed Messages and Soda Costs
by Jenn Walters
Sweets may enrage later in life, some fat confuses the brain into eating more, and the soda tax debated.
Not Kids’ Play
So here’s an interesting one: A recent study shows that kiddos who are given and indulge in more treats as youngsters have a higher risk of becoming violent as adults. Yeowsers. (Sometimes I wonder where researchers even come up with random stuff to research.) The study controlled for both environment and lifestyle, including family income, parenting style and education, and still, those who had more sweets were more likely to be violent. Researchers guess that parents may give their children sweets to stop them from being upset or angry, which later makes them more likely to need instant gratification and have less patience. This subject definitely needs more research, but dang…that even makes me want to stay away from the candy jar!
No Treats, Just Tricks
We all know that fatty foods aren’t great for us in excess, but researchers now believe that some types of fat may actually send signals to your brain to go ahead and eat more, even though your stomach has plenty of food. A saturated fatty acid called palmitic acid—found in butter, cheese, milk and beef—is particularly sneaky about doing this. Here’s some good news though: Oleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid in olive and grapeseed oils wasn’t found to do this! I bet you can guess what I’ll be drizzling on my salad tonight…and what I’ll be avoiding as dessert!
Some politicans, health experts and researchers are urging the government to pass a 1 cent tax per ounce on all sugary drinks and sodas (about a 15 to 20 percent price hike on a 20-ounce soft drink). The moolah could help fund health care reform or health programs, proponents say, and lead to a minimum reduction of about 20 calories a day per person from soda. As you might expect, the beverage industry is against the tax.
We didn’t intentionally mean to pick three FitBits about sweets; It just happened that way! Turns out sweets aren’t so sweet after all.
To read more of Jenn’s musings go to Fit Bottomed Girls
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