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Republicans of Pike County hosted its annual Lincoln Day event April 19 at the St Clement Knights of Columbus Hall.
The doors opened at 5:30 p.m. so guests could shop at the silent auction or visit. At 6 p.m. the ladies served a delicious meal following a blessing by Paul Akin. There was approximately 100 in attendance.
John Baker, club president, opened the meeting welcoming guests and recognizing a state committee member of the 18th Senatorial District, Larry Craig; Aaron Baker who represented Representative Sam Graves; and Chris Mennemeyer, current circuit judge of Pike and Lincoln counties.
Bucky Ward spoke for Jay Houghton, former Rep. of 10th Legislative District, who was unable to attend because of the death of a family member.
Susie Oberdahloff introduced Rep. Jim Hansen, of the 40th Legislative District. Hansen said the United States is in crisis, beyond comprehension, with the federal government trying to take away states rights, Obamacare killing us with even unions opposing that.
He noted he would not vote for Medicaid expansion because it adds more debt and doesn’t fix the problem. He is for reform of Medicaid but not expansion.
On gun laws he said it is insulting just making it harder for law-abiding citizens. He stated we need to stick to Republican philosophy, market our message directly to the people since media is mostly unreliable, reach out to people, and spread the philosophy of Abraham Lincoln.
Sen. Brian Munzlinger, of the 11th District urged everyone to get involved and get engaged since legislative issues follow you from the time you are born to the time you die.
He said he is disappointed in five different Missouri government offices who are profiling Missouri citizens by scanning information and CCW permits at driver’s license offices and sending this to a third party and who knows where it goes then.
He was disheartened and infuriated at these offices who have sent names of all CCW permit holders to the Social Security and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms departments. He is also against Medicaid expansion. He stated the Legislature is getting things done to make a lot of difference that would be good for Missourians.
Hansen and Munzlinger answered questions from attendees. Dorothy Sisson, Pike County republican committee chair, challenged everyone to get engaged by attending the regular monthly meeting of the Republican Club or being a member of the central committee.
This is an annual fundraising event to promote Republican philosophy and to financially help candidates who run for local, county, or district offices.
Extra meat and deserts were sent to Clarksville for people who are working to keep the rising floodwaters from damaging their town.