Dear Missouri Trucking Association Member,
As a fellow trucker and businessman, I’m sure you will agree that the last four years have been the most challenging business environment many of us have ever seen. For many, it seems as though government is another hurdle to be overcome. Don’t you wish we had more leaders in government who understood the value of signing the front of a check, with their own money on the line?
That’s why I am pleased to report that the Executive Committee of the Missouri Trucking Association has officially announced its support of Dave Spence in his campaign for Governor.
As a recipient of this email, you are probably wondering “why are they announcing this so late? The Election is Tuesday!” And you would be correct.
The honest answer is this. Dave Spence has a chance to win. Very few gave him a shot even two weeks ago. As we looked around our own industry, I think we all knew we weren’t overly excited about the prospect of a second term for a pro-trial attorney, anti-business Governor, but we were resigned to quietly vote for Dave Spence.
The second part of the answer is that Dave Spence is a businessman, like us, who understands the risks associated with running a business in Missouri. The foundation of Dave Spence’s campaign is a pro-business & pro-growth platform that we have been pushing for in the legislature for years. Tort reform, workers comp reform and Right to Work legislation are all part of the Dave Spence campaign for Governor.
As a committee of interested observers of and participants in the election process, I know that we don’t want to think “what if” for the next four years. Please join us in Voting for Dave Spence and encourage all your employees, friends, and family to vote for Dave Spence!
Tom Kolb, Chair
Missouri Trucking Association
On November 6th, we will be voting for a governor for the great state of Missouri. I have personally looked at both candidates, and I am proudly supporting Mr. Dave Spence. I have met Dave personally several times, and I feel he will make an outstanding governor. Mr. Spence understands the sacrifices of the men and women who have defended our nation. He has asked what he can do as governor to help repay us for our service. I have merely mentioned to him that we just want our voices heard. He has promised he will listen to us veterans, and they will have a seat at his table.
Mr. Spence has created jobs in the private sector and has built a broad coalition of good, honest Missourians supporting him in this campaign. He fully realizes that when the men and women who have so bravely served our country come home, the most important thing they will need is a job. I don’t feel our current path provides those servicemen and servicewomen the opportunities a Spence administration would provide. I feel Dave is the best candidate to help get Missouri’s current and future veterans working again.
As a former legislator, test pilot and Marine pilot, I feel we can ask no more of a man who is asking us for his vote. I respectfully request that each of you support Mr. Spence on November 6th.
Jackie Jackson, Col. USMCR (Ret.)
Missouri Eagle Forum proudly endorses Dave Spence for Governor of Missouri. Mr. Spence is committed to conservative values that will bring our state government back to reality! In contrast to Governor Nixon who refused to support 71% of Missourians opposed to ObamaCare, Mr. Spence is committed to fight against this intrusion on our freedoms. He is also opposed to Cap and Trade, outlandish farm regulations, punitive state agencies that over-regulate, cronyism in appointments, pay to play contributions, lavish lobbyist gifts, and the coffers of special interest groups. Mr. Spence is committed to protecting our constitutional rights to keep and bear arms, and he’s been a lifetime member of the NRA. He is a proven job creator, who has managed small, successful businesses for years. He is determined to remove all barriers to job creation, mainly the constant intrusion of government into the private sector.
Last but not least, Mr. Spence is committed to protecting human life at all stages. He has been endorsed by Missouri Right to Life for his strong pro-life beliefs, and he will fight to reduce the number of abortions in Missouri. He will also fight to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage. Finally, he believes that all discrimination is wrong. But at the same time, he does not believe that it’s the government’s place to engage in social engineering. David Spence has been married for 21 years to Suzie, and they’ve raised 4 wonderful children.
Please join with Missouri Eagle Forum to help elect Dave Spence, a man who honors his God, family, and country. Let’s do all we can to elect him Governor of Missouri November 6th!
Joan F. Langenberg
President, Missouri Eagle Forum
From: St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine, Volume 34, Number 5
Dave Spence, Republican
Jay Nixon, Democrat (Incumbent)
Editor’s Note: Gov. Nixon did not provide responses to the questions submitted by St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine as of press time, despite repeated contacts with his campaign staff from Aug. 22 through Sept. 21. If his responses are received after press time, they will be posted on www.slmms.org.
The Missouri Supreme Court recently struck down 2005 legislation that had set a $350,000 cap on non-economic damages in medical liability lawsuits. It is expected that this will cause medical malpractice insurance costs to increase sharply and could cause physicians to leave the state, retire early, or stop performing higher-risk procedures. How do you propose to restore a liability system that controls unpredictable non-economic damage awards?
Spence: Health-care professionals are under assault in Missouri and America and this decision is going to make it that much harder on Missouri doctors and nurses. This decision will result in doctors leaving our state as they had been before the 2005 law was passed. It will also cause dramatic increases in malpractice insurance rates and make doctor recruitment a nightmare. In my administration I will work with the General Assembly to reinstitute caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases and make any necessary statutory or constitutional changes to ensure that the reforms remain in place. I will also push for other litigation reforms that will protect health-care providers including loser pays lawsuits to curb frivolous lawsuits and other strong tort reforms. Personal injury attorneys have given over $4 million to our current governor and it’s time to end the trial bars’ stranglehold on the governor’s office. Health-care professionals are engaged in an honorable trade and its time we stopped stacking the deck against them.
The Legislature has taken positions against the federal health-care reform act, including opting out of forming an insurance exchange, opting out of Medicaid expansion, and going on record as opposing the requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the health reform law, how do believe Missouri should respond to its implementation?
Spence: I believe that implementing Obamacare in Missouri would burden small business, bankrupt the state and federal governments, disrupt the patient/doctor relationship and constitute unprecedented federal intrusion into the lives of Missourians. I am hopeful that Obamacare will be repealed in its entirety and I am committed to pushing back on its implemen- tation in every conceivable way. We need market based solutions to ensure access to affordable care for all Missourians, not more government programs and involvement. If the federal government would allow states the flexibility to manage their safety net programs we could realize tremendous savings and doctors could focus on meeting the healthcare needs of our most vulnerable citizens in innovative and cost-saving ways.