John Russell "Russ" Carnahan, 58, originally from Rolla, was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Missouri. Carnahan represented Missouri's 3rd Congressional District from 2005 to 2013. Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Carnahan was a "rank-and-file Democrat with no significant legislation to his name.
Due to redistricting before the 2012 election he found himself running against long time politician Bill Clay and was defeated. 
January 15, 2016.
Carnahan is the son of former U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan and former Governor and U.S. Senator Mel Carnahan (D), as well as the brother of former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D).
Carnahan graduated from Rolla High School in 1976. The younger Carnahan earned his bachelor of science in public administration and a juris doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1983. He worked as a private practice attorney prior to entering politics.
He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2000, then to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005; he served until 2013.
Carnahan lives in St. Louis with his wife, Debra, and two sons, Andrew and Austin. The family owns a farm in Phelps County.


2002: Missouri Bar Legislative Award
2002: Lewis and Clark Statesman Award, St. Louis Regional Commerce and Grown Association
2002: Legislative Award, St. Louis Business Journal


Committee assignments U.S. House

Carnahan served on the following committees:[4]


On his campaign website, Carnahan lists eight issues that sound like he may still think he is running for national office instead of lieutenant governor.
Carnahan's website says, "The United States must move towards energy independence by developing alternative fuel sources. Such a policy can begin right here in the Midwest. During her campaign for the senate, his sister, Robin, was criticized for perceived favoritism her husband may have received in his solar business during the last decade.
Carnahan voted against tax credits for oil companies, and he has sponsored alternative measures that create incentives to produce alternative fuels.
“We need to roll back the Republican-sponsored tax-credits, worth $14 billion for Big Oil, and instead invest those resources in the America's future..I am committed to supporting research and innovation that will provide lower energy costs and long-term economic stability."
National Security
Carnahan is also committed to ensuring that First Responders in Missouri have the proper equipment and training should a terrorist event occur here at home.
The Congressman has supported legislation to provide federal funds for First Responders, and he has also carried out an analysis of terror targets throughout the 3rd District. Russ Carnahan in committed to legislation that defends Missourians against terror threats from abroad and here at home."
Carnahan joins labor unions, human rights groups and environmental organizations in a steadfast commitment to strengthen the US economy through support of fair trade policies.
“One of the most important jobs of the government is to protect every American worker's right to fair wages and benefits. Workers depend on American companies to provide jobs, healthcare and security. Likewise, the government has an important role to encourage business growth and opportunity in our region."
He is working to reform national healthcare policies and to extend coverage to the 47 million uninsured Americans and the 620,000 uninsured Missourians. (huh?)
Congress must redirect President Bush's tax cuts to provide basic medical services for all Americans. Russ knows that access to basic healthcare and affordable prescription drugs for every American is a fiscally and socially responsible policy."
Social Security
"The Social Security system has worked for over 70 years and returning the country to its economic growth from the 1990's would guarantee Social Security for another century.
Low growth rates would still keep Social Security solvent for decades. Russ Carnahan knows that a false crisis over Social Security is no excuse to shift benefits from the poor and middle class to the wealthy. Strong and stable Social Security is the foundation for seniors and future retirees."
"The Bush Administration's No Child Left Behind Act fails to provide the necessary funding to meet its own standards.
I am working hard to ensure that public schools receive the funding they need to successfully educate Missouri's students. Congress must work to create schools that prepare children for the future and fight to ensure that higher education is affordable for everyone."
Carnahan's website says,, “Carnahan vows to support our seniors after the sacrifices they have made for our country. Strong and stable Social Security and Medicare programs are the foundation of Russ Carnahan’s plan for seniors. He favors tax credits for seniors with long-term care needs and curbing unfunded mandates on the federal level, which often cause states to dramatically increase property taxes. These skyrocketing property taxes too often hurt seniors."
"Drilling for oil or gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refugee will have no effect on the country's dependence on foreign oil and will not reduce gas prices for consumers.
Congressman Carnahan opposes this rash act and instead supports renewable energy policies that focus on conserving existing resources and finding new forms of renewable energy. He has sponsored legislation offering tax credits to both manufacturers and consumers of hybrid vehicles."


Financial crisis

Rep. Carnahan voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.
Carnahan also supported the auto bailout. As of September 13, 2010, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43 percent supported it.
In addition, Rep. Carnahan voted for the stimulus bill. Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.
Carnahan also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill. According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.
Carnahan supported the "Cap and Trade" bill. Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed that it would help. Another 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.


Finally, Carnahan voted in favor of the health care reform bill.  Fifty-seven percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal.
 Thirty-five percent of likely voters opposed repeal. Fifty-one percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.


Fiscal cliff

Carnahan voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.
He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013. Carnahan later said, “Congress must redirect President Bush's tax cuts to provide basic medical services for all Americans.”


Mike Parson (b. September 17, 1955, in Clinton, MO) is a Republican member of the Missouri State Senate, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He served as Majority Caucus Whip in his first term.

Parson has served as sheriff of Polk County. He was a candidate for governor in the 2016 election but switched races and announced a run for lieutenant governor.


Born September 17, 1955, in Wheatland, Parson graduated from Wheatland High School in 1973. He served two tours in the Military Police for the U.S. Army, then as a deputy at the Hickory County Sheriff's Office.

In 1983, he began working as a criminal investigator at the Polk County Sheriff's Office; the following year, he purchased his first small business, a gas station, and in 1985, a farm.

Parson was elected sheriff of Polk County in 1992 and served until 2004 when he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. During his tenure as a state representative, he served as chairman of the House Rules Committee and Majority Whip.

Parson an his wife, Teresa, have one daughter, Stephanie, and five grandchildren.


Peerless Agriculture Record

When out-of-state interest groups sponsored a misleading ballot initiative, that would have harmed Missouri agriculture, Parson worked to repeal the most troubling and burdensome aspects of this proposal.

He worked with Missouri groups from all sides of the issue to come up with compromise legislation that would avoid a negative impact on Missouri farmers.

Parsons was also the Senate handler for the Right to Farm ballot measure, and he traveled the state to advocate for this important constitutional amendment to protect Missouri agriculture, which is a way of life for many across the state.

Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights

Parson is a tireless supporter of  Second Amendment rights and has voted not only to expand the Castle Doctrine, but also to protect our rights from being infringed upon by an overzealous federal government.

100% Pro-Life

He has always been supportive of protecting the rights of the unborn, and he has consistently voted for legislation that has made our state among the most pro-life in the nation, including the measure extending the waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours.

Promoting Economic Growth

Parsons has worked  to pursue policies that will help promote economic growth and protect Missouri taxpayers.

 He led the way on the Right to Farm effort, helping to protect Missouri’s number one industry – agriculture – from out-of-state interest groups.  

He also supported 2014’s landmark tax cut legislation, the first across-the-board tax cut in nine decades

Protecting Missouri Taxpayers

He says he is committed to fighting for smaller government and protecting Missouri taxpayers from wasteful spending.  
He sponsored a bill that would prevent future abuses like Governor Nixon’s purchase of a $5.6 million plane without legislative approval.

 He was also the lead sponsor of the effort to prevent Governor Nixon from using bonds to finance new stadium construction without legislative approval. 
           LIBERTARIAN PARTY         


Hedrick, 36, of Independence, was a 2014 Libertarian candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri. He was defeated by incumbent Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014. Before that, he was a 2012 Libertarian candidate for District 21 of the Missouri State Senate.
Hedrick ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 3rd District. He was defeated by incumbent Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Hedrick ran in the 2012 election for Missouri State Senate, District 21. Hedrick ran as a Libertarian Party candidate and was defeated by District 31 incumbent David Pearce (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[

Restore local control of all schools.
Remove restrictions on home schooling.
Move toward privatization of government public schools.
Repeal all Federal and State education mandates.


Establish tax-free Health Savings Accounts.

Make all medical and dental expenses income tax

Restore patient choice in medical care by removing interference from the State including access to nurse practitioners, midwifery, alternative medicine, and self-medication.


Initiate ceilings on personal property taxes.

Repeal the state income tax provision of the Missouri Constitution.

All state and local government functions should, where possible, be funded by user fees.

By Constitutional Amendment require 75% voter approval for all tax increases or new taxes.

Enact 100% property tax credits for those who send their children to non-government schools.

Pass enabling legislation to permit voters to repeal, and in the future prohibit sales taxes on food and Prescription drugs for Counties, Municipalities and all other political entities in the state which have authority to evy sales taxes. This includes the State-wide 1% sales tax for public schools.


End the practice of using eminent domain powers to seize property for the benefit of private developers.
Repeal the ability of local governments to turn over condemnation authority to independent parties.
Eliminate the use of  "blight" as a rationale for using eminent domain to seize private property.
Oppose the National Animal Identification System.


Eliminate mandatory sentencing.

Restore Second Amendment rights.

Repeal statutes regarding victimless crimes.

Enact legislation supportive of victims' rights and

Privatize prison and parole programs and demand

Add an explicit right to a Fully Informed Jury to the State Constitution.

Amend Missouri's Constitution to require a 'sunset clause' for every new law.

Require criminals to make restitution to their victims as a condition of parole or early release.

Prohibit all jurisdictions from seizing property in connection with an alleged crime until such time as the accused is tried and convicted.

Require Prosecutors to produce actual victims in court as witnesses subject to cross examination when prosecuting so called victimless crimes.


Repeal all subsidies.

Eliminate mandated benefits.

Eliminate taxes, do not abate them for certain groups.

Eliminate the abuse of incentives that skew the marketplace, such as TIF, TDD, and NID.

Sell all State agencies that duplicate services provided by businesses or charitable organizations.

Give responsibility for licensing drivers and vehicles over to auto insurers, including standards for vehicle

Oppose the use of government mandates to dictate the smoking policies of privately-owned businesses.


Support fair ballot access and free and open elections.

Support reduction of signatures required for ballot initiative.

Support proportional representation of popular vote for electors in presidential elections.

Support legislation requiring a "None of the above" option on all election ballots for public officials.

Support legislation requiring a "Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail" when using electronic voting equipment.

Repeal all Federal and State campaign finance laws which restrict Free Speech.

Support legislation requiring the use of an objective scientific metric when comparing alternatives for district boundaries to eliminate gerrymandering.


Define an explicit right to privacy in the Missouri Constitution.

Allow citizens to sue public officials individually and personally for violations of citizens' rights.

Oppose implementation of the "Real ID Act," which requires enhanced security for state drivers licences – essentially establishing a national ID card.


        Secretary of State        _____________________________________________


Who doesn’t know Robin Smith? We have watched her grow up on local television. She is all grown up now and ready to run for public office. Her qualification are: as a T.V. reporter, she has covered every significant issue in the State of Missouri for four decades.

Smith, who lives in St. Louis, graduated from Northwest High School and Lindenwood Colleges where she earned a BA - Double Major / Communication Arts &
Psychology. She later earned an Executive Masters International
Business degree from St. Louis University.


She has worked as a news reporter and anchor for all three of the major networks, finishing her news career as news anchor for CBS where she worked for 37 years.

Smith is also a third generation  Missouri real estate broker  


  • Not a career politician
  • Fair - unbiased - truthful professionalism for 42 years
  • Former news anchor and reporter
  • Graduate level degree - executive master's degree in international business
  • Four decades of leadership on civic and charitable boards
  • Licensed real estate broker in missouri
  • Favorably regarded because of her fair approach for asking tough questions in keeping the public better informed

Response from Robin Smith to the District 15 Democrats:

1. What do you view as the key role, and/or attributes needed for this position? What experience/attributes do you have that qualify you for this position? 
I have a Graduate Degree in Business – an Executive Masters in International Business – from St. Louis University, which makes me eminently qualified to run the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State. 
I believe that any person who runs for political office should have the highest regard for the facts.
In my 42 years as a TV news anchor and reporter, that is what my newsroom started and ended with every single day – our careers depended on it.
And so I would say that to be the Chief Elections Officer in Missouri you need to be fair, truthful, unbiased, impartial and professional.
 I believe we must keep the Missouri Constitution as it currently is written guaranteeing every resident the right to vote. I oppose any Amendment to our state Constitution, which could remove the right to vote from some 220,000 – mostly seniors, the disabled, college-aged students, the poor and minorities in Missouri. 
2. Why do you think you are the best person for this position? What differentiates you from your opponent(s)? 
I am one of five generations in my family to reside in Missouri. I have served the St. Louis Bi-State region and the surrounding 20-plus counties for 42 consecutive years on TV, and served on dozens of civic and charitable executive boards during that time. These include the St. Louis University Board of Trustees, Deaconess Hospital Board, Variety Club, March of Dimes of St. Louis Board among countless others. Public service is engrained in me, and I want to continue that service as your next Secretary of State. 
I am also a proud member of labor for 42 years (SAG- AFTRA), and my family has a long history of supporting voting rights and civil rights in this country. 
My opponents in the Primary Election have not demonstrated the same extensive record of public service to Missourians for over the last four decades. My likely opponent in the General Election is John Ashcroft, Jr., and the policies he’s espousing might as well come directly from his father, the former Governor of Missouri – U.S. Senate and U.S. Attorney General- John Ashcroft, Sr. 
6. How will you use your position to increase access to voting and combat restrictive voter ID laws? 
There are a number of ways to combat restrictive voter ID laws. For example, in Florida when a senior citizen decides he or she no longer wants to drive they inform the Florida DMV, and they receive a permanent sticker that labels them an eligible voter – permanently – which they can affix to their expired driver’s license.
And we absolutely must make sure that every county is properly prepared for election days so voters do not have to wait for hours to exercise their constitutional right to vote. 
To improve access, we need to look into the newest, secure technologies that will enable easier registration and potentially even voting. Policies like this will make it easier for millennials to use smart phone technology to register through an app on their phones.
Missouri should also consider adopting inclusive vote-by-mail and early voting laws. Las Vegas has clearly-marked, mobile buses off of exits on the highways where you can stop and vote early if you like. 
Missouri could be on the cutting edge of increasing voter participation, not keeping us in the dark ages of disenfranchising voters.
3. What do you feel are the most pressing issues currently facing this office and what plans do you have to address these issues? (please be specific) 
Without question the most critical part of the Secretary of State’s office right now is the battle for the ballot box and protecting the right of every Missouri resident to vote.
There is a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution on the November ballot that would ultimately block mostly seniors, the disabled, college-aged students, minorities, the poor from voting in our state.
This is akin to the Jim Crow South during the 1950s. Should the law pass more than 220,000 Missourians will be affected, both Democrats and Republicans, and those in harm’s way include the most vulnerable people in our society – who do not drive, cannot drive, or cannot afford to drive.
We should be doing everything we can, using the newest technologies available and employing common sense techniques, to increase the number of people participating in the democratic process, not decreasing the number of voters. Our elections should be more inclusive and less exclusive. 
4. Describe how you work with, or will work with, others to address your priorities. 
In politics as in the newsroom, you need to be able to rely on trustworthy sources before you make decision on a news report or a public policy.
Because I am not a career politician I recognize the importance of requesting information from individuals or organizations who know the facts of an issue, instead of those who slant the truth for political gains. 
5. Who are your 3 largest campaign contributors? Do you have a policy on accepting lobbyist gifts? Are there donors from whom you will not accept campaign contributions? 
Currently, my three largest campaign contributors in order are: 
    1. Carpenters 
    2. Simmons Hanly Conroy 
    3. Ken McClain (my Treasurer), the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 655, the statewide Teamsters and Sid Meredith.
I support a gift ban and I am prepared to reject contributions from those that require any kind of quid pro quo or from those where I find their backgrounds or motives to be questionable. 


  • St. Louis University Board of Trustees; 12 Years of Service - much of the time on the Board’s Executive Committee, also served time as Trustee Board Vice Chair
  • University of Missouri; 21st Century Task Force
  • Deaconess Hospital Board
  • Grace Hill Settlement House Board
Smith says that she has utilized her Executive Master’s Degree in International Business to forward learning opportunities and the exchange of information across the globe while serving in leadership positions on St. Louis University’s Board of Trustees.
A 42 year member of American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA)
Her work is acclaimed with Emmy Awards for both news anchoring and reporting, as well as recognized with the Edward R. Murrow Award for reporting.
As “Host” of the Sammy Davis, Jr. Memorial Variety Club Telethon, Smith served as a grand master of ceremonies and was instrumental in motivating viewers to give from their hearts for many of the areas physically disabled children.
Smith was also “Host” of the United Negro College Fund Telethon which helped enable students who need financial assistance to get a college education.
Robin is married to Isaac “Bud” Stallworth who is one of only three to graduate from the University of Kansas as an “All American Academic and All American Athlete.” Bud is a basketball broadcaster and a retired Executive with the University of Kansas where he worked in construction design management.
 Stallworth played in the National Basketball Association for the New Orleans Jazz and Seattle Supersonics.


Robin believes in giving back to the St. Louis area and has received numerous community andorganizational awards for her contributions to go along with her recognition for journalistic achievement.
  • St. Louis NAACP Legacy Award
  • St. Louis University Alumni Merit Award
  • Edward R. Murrow Award
  • Better Family Life Community Leader Recognition
  • Bob Hardy Media Award
  • Communications Alumna of the Year Award, Lindenwood University
  • Riker Award Recipient for Variety Child Service
  • Former Honorary Chairperson for the Mental Health Association of Greater St. Louis
  • Signal Award presented by the St. Louis Sentinel Newspapers for continued devotion to community service
  • Faith in Action Award presented by Lutheran Family and Children’s Services
  • Special Leader Award presented by the YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Silver Circle Inductee of the National Association of Television, Arts and Sciences who are the presenters of the Emmy Award
  • Founder and Hall of Fame Member of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalist
  • Silver Beaver Award presented by the Boy Scouts of America
  • Virginia Betts White Quest Award presented by the St. Louis Chapter of Missouri Press Women
  • Media Award presented by the Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Media Award presented by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.
  • Diamond Achiever Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Gamma Omega Chapter
  • Health Citizen of the Year Award presented by Combined Health Appeal of Greater St. Louis
  • Missouri Radio & Television News Association Recognition
  • Emmy Award for Best Anchorperson St. Louis
  • Emmy Award for Spot News Coverage
  • Emmy Award for General News Coverage
  • Emmy Award for Coverage of the “First Day of Desegregation”
  • Missouri Broadcasters Association Award for Spot News Coverage
  • Horace Mann Award in Education for coverage of the St. Louis Public School Strike
  • Meritorious Service and Outstanding Professional Achievement Award presented by Lindenwood Colleges
  • Outstanding Young Woman of the Year presented by the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Inc.
  • Yes I Can Award presented by the St. Louis Sentinel Newspaper for Outstanding Achievement in Television

Ashcroft is the son of former U.S. Attorney General under President George W. Bush, former U.S. Senator, and former Governor of Missouri John Ashcroft (R).
He attended high school in Jefferson City, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla. After earning a bachelor's and master's degree in engineering management, Ashcroft began his career working at a defense contractor.
 He moved to St. Louis in 2000, enrolled in law school and became an engineering professor at St. Louis Community College. Ashcroft earned his juris doctor from St. Louis University Law School in 2008 then went to work as an intellectual property attorney at the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale. He currently practices compliance law with his father at Ashcroft Law Firm.
Ashcroft and his wife, Katie, have three sons and one daughter.


B.S., engineering management, University of Missouri at Rolla
M.S., engineering management, University of Missouri at Rolla
J.D., St. Louis University School of Law


Ashcroft's campaign website outlines his priorities as follows:
  • Increasing job creation by reducing startup and licensing fees for new businesses, eliminating administrative barriers and unnecessary regulations, and improving access to training programs for new business owners.
  • Reducing spending in the secretary of state's office by eliminating wasteful spending and modernizing the technology used for state archives, elections, and business filings.
  • Ensuring fair elections by providing clear ballot language, methods to secure the voting process, and requiring voter identification.
According to OpenSecrets.org, Ashcroft’s donation come from large corporation and attorneys, many of the same ones that supported his father.
Crawford Group $88,950 $74,200 $14,750
AT&T Inc $57,650 $17,150 $40,500
Sprint Communications $47,000 $32,000 $15,000
Leggett & Platt $44,500 $34,500 $10,000
Monsanto Co $41,450 $24,150 $17,300
Anheuser-Busch InBev $40,725 $20,725 $20,000
Edward Jones $38,050 $38,050 $0
Hallmark Cards $34,300 $14,300 $20,000
May Department Stores $32,500 $23,500 $9,000
Bryan Cave LLP $31,309 $31,309 $0
General Motors $30,850 $11,850 $19,000
Boeing Co $27,700 $17,700 $10,000
Exxon Mobil $26,650 $650 $26,000
Emerson Electric $26,400 $6,900 $19,500
Lockton Companies $25,200 $25,200 $0
Black Hills Energy $24,700 $6,200 $18,500
Ford Motor Co $23,900 $3,900 $20,000
Shelter Mutual Insurance $23,604 $16,850 $6,754
Boatmen's Bankshares $23,450 $14,450 $9,000
McDonald's Corp $23,400 $5,900 $17,500
Missouri Eagle Forum
Right to Life
Opponent, Robin Smith, has said that when Jay Ashcroft, Jr. speaks, his father’s opinions come out of his mouth.


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