Sunday, February 5, 2012

BREAKING NEWS

RAYTOWN RETIREE WINS $1 MILLION MATCH PRIZE IN POWERBALL from KMBC TV


A retired Raytown grandmother was the first person in Missouri to win the new $1 million Match 5 prize in Powerball. Roberta Sinclair bought her winning ticket for the drawing on Jan. 28. She matched all five of the white-ball numbers for the $1 million prize.

Before the game changed its rules in mid-January, matching five numbers but missing the Powerball was only worth $200,000. Sinclair said she couldn't believe it when she checked her numbers and realized she'd won. "I sat there and took it all in," she said.Sinclair, a retired General Motors employee who has three children and six grandchildren, said she plans to trade up to a newer car and may visit relatives in Arizona.


The 2012 Missouri Republican Primary took place on February 7, 2012, resulting in a  55.2% win for Senator Rick Santorum. The primary was non-binding. The Republican Caucus will be held on March 17th to begin the delegate process for the Republican National Convention.
 
Results
Missouri Republican Primary, February 7, 2012
 
Rick Santorum -  138,957 votes - 55.2%
Mitt Romney - 63,826 votes - 25.3%
Ron Paul -  30,641 votes - 12.2%  
Uncommitted - 9,859 votes - 3.9%
*Rick Perry -  2,463 votes - 1.0%
*Herman Cain 2,314 - votes - 0.9%
*Michele Bachmann - 1,690 – votes - 0.7%
*Jon Huntsman - 1,045 votes - 0.4%
Michael J. Meehan - 364 votes - 0.1%
Keith Drummond -  162 votes - 0.1%
*Gary Johnson -  547 votes - 0.2%

*Indicates candidate had withdrawn from the race but remained on the ballot.
 
The 2012 Missouri Democratic Primary took place on February 7, 2012, resulting in an 88.3% win for incumbent President Obama. President Obama was slated to receive 89 delegates. Four candidates, plus uncommitted, were on the ballot.

Results
Missouri Democratic Primary, February 7, 2012
Barack Obama – 64,405 votes – 88.3%
Randall Terry – 2,016 votes – 2.8%
Darcy Richardson – 892 votes – 1.2%
John Wolfe, Jr. – 1,022 votes – 1.4%
Uncommitted – 4,588 votes – 6.3%



NEW POLL! by Paul Livius
It’s been some time since we conducted a poll at the Raytown Report. So, Greg and I put our heads together to see what we could come up with.
Other than the weather, most of the news has been on the Republican campaign for President of these United States. 

Missouri’s turn in the national limelight is diminished this year because the Republican Primary contest is little more than a beauty contest. The vote totals will not be used in determining which delegates will be chosen or who they will support at a national convention. One of the major contenders, Newt Gingrich, isn’t even on the ballot.

The only candidate to campaign in Missouri has been Rick Santorum. He visited the Kansas City area last week when he gave a speech in Lee’s Summit.

The real campaigning will begin on March 17th when the Republican Party conducts its County Caucuses.

How do the Republican caucuses work?

  • County Caucuses, March 17, 2012: Attendees will select delegates and alternates to the Congressional District Conventions and State Convention.  Delegates selected at the county level will not be bound to a specific candidate unless a rule is passed by participants of the caucus.

  • Congressional District Conventions, April 21, 2012: Delegates chosen at the county level will select 3 delegates and alternates to the National Convention and 1 presidential elector.  These delegates and alternates will identify their candidate before being chosen.  They will be bound to that candidate on the first ballot at the national convention.
  • State Convention, June 2, 2012: Delegates chosen at the county level will vote on a slate of 25 at-large delegates and alternates to the National Convention and 2 at-large presidential electors. These delegates and alternates will identify their candidate before being chosen.  They will be bound to that candidate on the first ballot at the national convention.
Since Missouri State Law does not require individuals to register by party, the process is open to any registered voter who attends the caucus.

THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY held next Tuesday (February 7th) is binding. It does not choose delegates but locks in percentages for the candidates running for the National Convention. It is a foregone conclusion that President Obama will win the contest. Still, there are 3 other candidates on the ballot who have filed for President on the Democratic ballot.

The most well known of them is Pro-Life candidate Randall Terry. Mr. Terry recently made national news with a very graphic anti-abortion ad that his campaign will air in some cities during the Super Bowl. Use this link to view the ads Randall Terry Anti-Abortion Ads

THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY is also conducting a primary next Tuesday. There is only one candidate on the ballot.

There has been criticism of both the Governor’s office and the Missouri Senate for dropping the ball in the handling of this year’s primary in Missouri.
For an understanding of who is to blame for the botched primary to be held next Tuesday use the following link to read an article by Steve Kraske of the Kansas City Star. Missouri Primary Debacle is Costly

Good News for Raytown Gateway Intersections by Greg Walters
In his weekly report City Administrator Mahesh Sharma wrote that the energy efficient street lights grant is nearing a close and the city has been notified that there is extra funding available. The city was originally scheduled to receive lights and services in a value not to exceed $120,000.00, but now the value of lights and services is now expected to be close to $140,000.00.

The increase in funding will now allow the city to install new energy efficient street light fixtures at all city-owned decorative street light fixtures at the city gateways.

The frequency of burned out bulbs, particularly at the 63rd and Blue Ridge Gateway has been an eyesore that has needed constant attention. The new bulbs are expected to be more resistant to the vibration from passing traffic. Hopefully the new, brighter bulbs will also enhance the visibility of the intersection and feeder roads at night.

Can We Stop Talking About Clothing Size Already? By Erin for Fit Bottomed Girls
We’ve long preached that health, fitness and happiness shouldn’t be determined by the number on the scale. In fact, it’s kind of the FBG philosophy to step on that scale no more than once a week, using it as a gauge for where you are but not enough for fluctuations to ruin your day. My weight can easily fluctuate 5 pounds... Continue reading


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25 comments:

Andy Whiteman said...

The new energy efficient street lights were pointed out to me a few BOA meetings ago at city hall. I like them. They are much better than the dim, useless lights now replacing burnt out bulbs.

I can't understand why the Republicans have disenfranchised Republican voters. Could it be because this is the Show ME State and they consider the voters too ignorant to vote?

The ignorant ones are the candidates. They spent the whole campaign bickering among themselves rather than addressing national issues.

Why should I waste my time and vote since it won't count? I have never hard of the Democrat candidates other than the Dictator, but the logical thing is to vote the Democrat ticket and vote for one of the unheard ofs.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Andy,

I don't think Republicans have disenfranchised Repuulbican voters. The vote totals from the primaries are at historical highs. I will admit it has been a rough campaign for the party. But it is part of the process used to choose presidential candidates. I've seen just as nasty ones from the democrats. All you have to look to is four years ago and the bashing the Hillary Clinton took in the primaries from her opponents.

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain to me why the Republican Primary is a waste of money but the Democrat Primary is not?

Isn't half of the expense of the election for the democratic primary?

Andy Whiteman said...

Whats wrong with the Fire Department blog? I posted way back in January. I went there tonight to read about the recent fire. I also saw my post and response from Matt Mace. I tried to post a reply and "new comments not allowed." I even logged in and still "new comments not allowed." Is this a system error? Do they not want comments? or don't they like what I said?

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

The Democrat party and the Republican party do not pay for the primary, we the taxpayers do. Because of party rules, the Democrats are bound by the primary results and Republican rules are different. The Republican establishment (party bosses) apparently are afraid that the "rank and file" Republican voter is not smart enough to choose a candidate on their own.

Andy Whiteman said...

7:35 AM, Using the same logic, the voters are not smart enough to vote in November.

Andy Whiteman

Andy Whiteman said...

Didn't waste my time voting since the vote doesn't count. I was waiting for a phone call anyway and that was more productive use of my time even though I didn't get the call.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

i don't think the election was a waste. I doubt that Mr. Santorum thinks it was a waste either.

Anonymous said...

Run Rick Run

Anonymous said...

It was encouraging to see 11% of Democrats voted against Obama.

Anonymous said...

Anon Feb 8 @ 6:11,

We will just have to wait until after the Republican caucus before deciding if Mr. Santurum thinks it was a waste as the election last night doesn't count for anything, but wasting our tax dollars.

Andy Whiteman said...

The people who voted for those who are no longer in the race voted stupidly.

BTW: I never heard the word stupidly until it was used by the Dictator.

The Rebublicans made a big blunder by fighting among themselves rather than addressing national issues.

Andy Whiteman

Andy Whiteman said...

Does smoke free mean they can't have a fire at the fire station?

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

I see the Fire Department is talking about making it mandatory for firemen to work out on duty. Why is this just now an issue. I see them at the store and they need to do something.I also see they are taking about making the fire stations smoke free. I thought all government offices already were supposed to be smoke free. How behind are these guys?

Pat Casady said...

I have never been so glad to have moved
out of Kansas City! It seems that their city leaders would rather put the people at risk by cutting their fire fighters back. Heaven forbid they cut the city
workers that you see while going through KC. Usually there are five people watching and one working.
It is a shame that when city leaders waste and give away tax dollars the first cuts seem
to be police and fire departments. The two
most important, highest trained departments any city can have. Not to mention the money
spent on training these professionals.
I guess city leaders in KC have found the stupid pills too.

Anonymous said...

Breaking news!!!

KCMO Mayor Sly James supports cutting firefighter jobs.

Does that mean that the Raytown Fire District is overstaffed?

Andy Whiteman said...

The KCMO leaders lie more than Raytown leaders. I remember they said that unless the earnings tax was approved, the Fire Department would be cut. The earnings tax was passed and look at what they did!

LIARS!

Andy Whiteman

KMCCLA said...

Here is a little "insight" on the KCFD and the job cutting. While I am NOT, on the fire department, NOR DO I represent anyone who does, I am a fire buff, and have known quite a few members on the KCFD. In my opinion, and insight, is that is merely a "tactic" that is going to be used to get them to "negotiate" to once again restructure the fire department. Some years ago, there was a "threat" that they (the city) was going to close down a company/station for a day to save on overtime. The Union rattled, and the result was that they "reorganized" with some early retirements, and doing away with the two manned squad units. This has happened before -- the city makes a "threat" like massive layoffs, closing stations, companies, etc...which then "forces" the Union (Local 42) to "negotiate". I doubt it will go as far as them getting rid of 105 members, but do look for some early retirements.

Anonymous said...

I believe Mayor James supports letting the fire chief decide where to make cuts. The city administrator wants to cut firefighters.

I don't see how the situation in KC has any bearing on Raytown.

Doc Summers said...

The boys did another good job today.
Yes another house was damaged due to fire.
Info posted on Fire Department blog.

Please make sure your house address is visable from the street.
It helps us find you faster.
Doc Summers

Andy Whiteman said...

10:16AM, Correct, the news quoted Sly James as stating Smoky Dyer should decided how to apply the budget cut since he knows the operation of the department.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

I don't know what came of the item to make the fire stations smoke free, but I can tell you the firetrucks are smoke friendly. I was at hyvee Friday afternoon and saw the truck E2 parked with the 2 guys in the front smoking like they didn't have a care in the world.

Anonymous said...

I know it is hard for some to think beyond our city and understand that we live in a greater metropolitan area.

For those that are able to understand this, also understand that city have mutual aid agreement even those who might have the nearest city being 20 or more miles away.

We could be inpacted by fire cuts in KCMO if we would need to count on mutual aid for a major fire or even a small fire at bowen apartments as we nolonger have a large ladder truck.

So next time you donot think that Raytown could be impacted, you better take that time to think things through first and get some honest answers.

Andy Whiteman said...

7:55PM, I hope they had the windows open!

Andy Whiteman

Andy Whiteman said...

What happened to the ladder truck? Before I moved to Raytown I inquired if the FD could handle a high rise fire and was told yes. Obviously a ladder truck as well as training are required.


Andy Whiteman