Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"Students for" Groups Featured in Maneater

Here's an article in The Maneater that features how the different Democratic Presidential student groups are doing. I find it really strange that at this point there are no similar groups for the Republican side.

The most active group of the three is certainly Mizzou for Obama, which is headed up by the Mid-Missouri Campus Organizer for Claire McCaskill's campaign. His experience seems to be paying dividends.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"My Media's More Liberal Than Your Media!"

The student newspaper for Colorado State University published an editorial that read: "Taser This: F*** Bush." Can you believe that there were some people who were upset? Believe it! In fact, the paper in the hours following the printing of the editorial, the paper lost $30,000 in ad revenue and received hundreds of comments.

Here's the story by USA Today.

Confused about the taser reference? Log onto The Internets, and clog the tubes by going here.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Buhrmester: Thank Your University Administration

Mizzou College Democrats President Mark Buhrmester penned a letter to the editor of The Maneater regarding stem cell research. UM System President Gordon Lamb issued a strongly- worded statement against the proposed anti-stem cell amendment. He caught a lot of flak about this statement, so in response to the criticism, all four Chancellors issued a joint statement supporting Lamb and his remarks. Buhrmester, on behalf of the Mizzou College Democrats, thanked Lamb and the Curators for standing up for "higher education, decency and sound judgment."

Friday, September 21, 2007

Soon-To-Be Octogenarian Running for House

Mary Kasten

The headline for this post is not exactly Earth-shattering. It's no secret that there are a lot of old fogies in the realm of Missouri politics. Take, for example, George D. "Boots" Weber. He's a former State Representative (mid-1960's) who has attempted several times to unseat Rep. Todd Akin and is now running for President. I hope that I have that much energy when I'm 82 years old.

There's another former State Representative running for office, but this time it's not President. Her name is Mary Kasten and she's running for State Representative in the 158th District. She is 79 years old.

Sen. John McCain is 71 and has received a lot of criticism about his inability to relate to the 95% of America that are his junior. How anemic would his poll numbers be if he was 79?

Some people wonder why young people aren't more involved in politics. This might be one reason: alienation.

Emily Kiddoo Featured in Truman Index

Emily Kiddoo is a College Republican who serves as the student representative to the Truman State Board of Governors. She was featured with a three-page article (at least in the online version) in this week's issue of the Truman State Index.

Here's an interesting quote from her: "People get afraid when I say that I'm a Republican and I worked for them, but I'm not a crazy Republican."

An interesting aside: Kiddoo was mentioned (not by name) in the piece that fellow Truman Stater Sam Hodge wrote for the Huffington Post. I posted about Hodge's piece here.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Mizzou CRs Remember 9-11

As I mentioned before, the Mizzou College Republicans planned are creating a memorial for 9-11. Well, that date came and went, but not before the CRs placed 911 miniature American flags on the Carnahan Quad, manning a table, handing out buttons and stickers and recording some "thank the troop" messages. The videos are due to be posted on YouTube soon, although they have not been posted yet (that I found, at any rate).

They got some good press with The Maneater here.

Friday, September 14, 2007

President of Mizzou for Obama Held at Knifepoint

I probably should have put two and two together before now, but I suppose it's better late than never.

A couple weeks ago Glenn Rehn was elected President of Mizzou for Obama. He's a former officer in the Mizzou College Democrats, and worked on the McCaskill campaign last year. Last week, a homeless man entered his home, cut his roommate (although not too badly), tied him up at knifepoint, stole several expensive items including his car and then crashed his car into a brick house.
“It was frightening at the time,” Rehn said. “I was scared but it wasn’t traumatic. I’ve played over a few what-ifs about the situation, but in the end insurance will cover the car, we got our merchandise back and no one was hurt.”
Here's the story in The Maneater.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Mizzou Dems: Help MU Go Green

The Mizzou College Democrats are trying to get their University to be a bit greener. Mark Buhrmester, President of the Mizzou College Democrats, wrote this column in today's Maneater. It starts out by expounding on the Mizzou College Democrats successes, moves on to critique the Mizzou College Republicans for declining a debate, and then continues by discussing the issue of environmentalism on campus. An excerpt:

To underscore the importance of taking the lead on this important issue and to learn how to get involved, please join the College Democrats as we sponsor a live rendition of “An Inconvenient Truth” by an Al Gore-trained presenter. The event will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the General Classroom Building room 204.

Help the College Democrats as we prove that a Tiger can have “green” stripes, too.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Mizzou for Hillary Kicks Off

Mizzou for Hillary is having their first-ever meeting tonight at 8pm. The organization is being started by Missouri Students Association President Rachel Anderson as an answer to the Mizzou for Obama group that has been active on campus for about half a year.

Here's a comment posted by a MU student on the Mizzou for Hillary message board. I think it's interesting:
I would be very interested in being involved with [this group]. We need to beat back that Obama group (I like Obama and think he would make a good president, but that group is driving me insane...and Hillary is WAY better).

Friday, September 7, 2007

Mizzou for Obama Meets, Sets Lofty Goals

The Maneater reports that Mizzou for Obama, which was formed last semester, had their first meeting of the semester this week. They had over 30 people in attendance. From the article:
The first task on Wednesday evening’s agenda was to recruit volunteers for the group’s tabling campaign. Thirty-six positions were available for a three-day campaign, and in less than two minutes, every position was filled.
Not too shabby. They set some pretty high goals as well, hoping to pledge 5,600 Mizzou students (20 percent of the student body) to vote for Obama in the Presidential Primary February 5.

Mizzou CRs attract 30, plan 9-11 memorial

According to this article in The Maneater, the Mizzou College Republicans attracted Rep. Ed Robb, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's campaign manager and a representative of Gov. Matt Blunt's campaign to their first meeting on Wednesday.
College Republicans Vice President Marcus Bowen said the MU chapter of College Republicans is one of the biggest in the state. About 30 students attended Wednesday’s meeting.
Their next event will be a memorial on September 11 of miniature American flags.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Update from SLU CRs

Amy Kaufman, President of the SLU College Republicans, reports that their opening meeting was a success. They had about 25 people in attendance with a good variety of Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors. Among the activities they have planned for the year are a debate with the College Democrats and an Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. Shamed Dogan's speech, as one might expect, focused on the importance of young conservatives and political activism.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

SLU CRs to host Shamed Dogan

The St. Louis University College Republicans will have their opening meeting this evening. Their special guest is Shamed Dogan, 28, a candidate for state representative. Kudos to the SLU CRs on getting Jo Mannies to mention them on her blog. In their press release they state that "SLU's chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters of the approximately 20 College Republican campus groups in Missouri."

I hope to have an update regarding how their meeting went in a day or two.