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2014 Unofficial Newton County General Election Sample Ballots  

Below are links to the 2014 Unofficial Newton County General Election Sample Ballots sorted by Legislative Districts. 


159th Bill Lant:

160th Bill Reiboldt:

161st William (Bill) White:

162nd Charle Davis:

Page 2 of Sample Ballot:


Information on the Judges listed on Page 2 of the Sample Ballot can be found on pages 9 (Laura Denvir Stith), 11 (Paul Campbell Wilson), 24 (Mary W. Sheffield), and 25 (Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer) of the following pdf.



Newton County Republican Headquarters Grand Opening. 

The Newton County Republican HQ Grand Opening will be Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. at 120 S. Wood, Neosho, MO 64850.

The HQ Grand Opening is open to all Republicans.  Refreshments will be provided—free of charge. Pastor Rafael Cruz will be addressing those in attendance.   Born in Cuba, Rafael lived and suffered under a cruel, oppressive dictator. He began fighting Batista’s regime as a teenager and was imprisoned and tortured for his role in that fight.

Rafael arrived in Texas on a student visa in 1957 with nothing but the clothes on his back and one hundred dollars sewn into his underwear. He got a job as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour, and worked his way through the University of Texas, while learning English. He later built a small business in further pursuit of the American Dream.

Concerned with the negative impact of the Carter administration policies on our country, Rafael Cruz became engaged in conservative politics as a grassroots activist during the 1980 Presidential Campaign of Ronald Reagan.

When his son Ted was a child growing up in Houston, Rafael would tell him, “When we faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?”

In 2012, Ted Cruz was elected U.S. Senator from Texas.

Today, Pastor Cruz is an ordained minister, sharing the Word of God in churches and Pastors’ Conferences throughout the United States. He is also the president of Kingdom Translation Services.

As he travels the country sharing his story and speaking on the Biblical foundations of our nation, it is his passion to encourage Christians in what can be done to return our nation to the principles that made America exceptional.

A Pie Social & Pie Auction will also be held at the HQ Grand Opening.  Pie and dessert donations may be arranged with Republican Women of Newton County President, Tami Owens by calling 417-825-1785.

Bring your friends and neighbors.



August 5th Primary Election Ballot Issues and Unofficial Ballot 

Here is a link for the  Ballot Issues that will appear on the  August 5th Primary Election in Missouri.


Click the link for the unofficial ballot for the 2014 August Primary in Newton County or click images below.



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Annual Free Watermelon Feed 

The Annual Free Watermelon Feed, co-hosted by the Republican Women of Newton County and the Newton County Republican Central Committee, will be held Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at Big Spring Park, 308 West Spring St., Neosho, MO 64850.

The Free Watermelon Feed is open to all Republicans.  Ice cold watermelon and bottled water will be provided—free of charge. New this year, and also free of charge, will be ice cream produced in Newton County by Anderson’s Ice Cream.  All you need to bring are your lawn chairs, appetite, and friends & neighbors.

Guest speakers include Hobby Lobby Lawyer Joshua Hawley, Missouri State Senator Ron Richard, and Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.  We will also have informative time limited (3-5 minutes) presentations on the issues on the August 5, 2014 Ballot. We will have sample ballots available.  Presenters will include Newton County’s State Representatives Bill Lant, Bill Reiboldt, Bill White, Charlie Davis, and State Senators Mike Kehoe & Kurt Schaefer. To see the ballot issues in detail and the unofficial Newton County ballot on our webpage,

A straw poll will be available to those in attendance.  The straw poll ballot will serve as entries into a drawing for prizes.  Featured prizes include: 12 gauge ammunition, .22 ammunition, the book One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future by Ben Carson, MD, and the book Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times by Rae Katherine Eighmey. The drawing will take place at the conclusion of the Free Watermelon Feed.

In case of rain the Free Watermelon Feed will be moved to the Lampo Building, 500 E Spring Street, Neosho, MO 64850 at 6:30 P.M.

Bring your lawn chairs, appetite, and friends & neighbors.


Nick Myers, Chairman,

Newton County Republican Central Committee



Tami Owens, President,

Republican Women of Newton County

(417) 825-1785




2014 August Primary in Newton County

Click the link for the unofficial ballot for the 2014 August Primary in Newton County or click images below.


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 2014 August Primary in Newton County. 


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Veto Overridden!

Missouri Lawmakers Override Veto, Enact Tax Cut

Missouri's GOP-led Legislature enacts income tax cut by overriding veto of Democratic governor

By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press


Missouri's Republican-led Legislature enacted the state's first income tax rate reduction in almost a century Tuesday by overriding the veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who has denounced it as a reckless financial experiment.

The law will gradually cut Missouri's top individual income tax rate starting in 2017 and make the state just the third in the nation to offer a special business-income deduction on personal tax returns. But the incremental tax cuts will occur only if Missouri's revenues keep growing.

The tax cuts could benefit about 2.5 million individuals and families, with the wealthiest standing to gain the most, and would provide an extra boost to hundreds of thousands of people involved in business partnerships, limited liability corporations or their own ventures.

The override vote capped an intense, multi-year campaign that included millions of dollars of advertising by tax-cut supporters and scores of opposition events organized by Nixon. Republicans made the tax cut a priority after failing last year to override Nixon's veto of a more expansive cut.

The GOP holds large majorities in both chambers but needed a little Democratic help to accomplish the two-thirds vote required to override this year's veto. The House voted 109-46, with Democratic Rep. Keith English of suburban St. Louis joining all 108 Republicans. The GOP-led Senate voted Monday to override the veto on a party-line 23-8 vote.

Republicans cheered and House Majority Leader John Diehl raised his arms in victory as the override vote passed.

"Missouri is now truly saying we are open for business and ready to grow," House Speaker Tim Jones said.

Like colleagues in other states, Missouri Republicans touted the tax cut as a means of remaining competitive with their neighbors and boosting the economy as revenues rebound from the Great Recession. But the tax-cutting trend has not been limited to Republican states. About a dozen states passed income tax cuts last year and at least half that many already have voted to cut income taxes this year, including Democratic-led New York and Republican-led Oklahoma.

When he vetoed the Missouri measure last week, Nixon raised concerns that it could jeopardize funding for essential state services while providing a much larger benefit to the rich than the poor. He described it as "an unfair, unaffordable and dangerous scheme that would defund our schools, weaken our economy, and destabilize the strong foundation of fiscal discipline" in Missouri.

Nixon said in a statement Tuesday that the tax cut fails to protect public education and "remains a very real threat to the principles of fiscal discipline."

Economists at the University of Missouri-Columbia have estimated that the tax cut will eventually reduce state revenues by $620 million annually. But Nixon asserted it could punch a $4.8 billion annual hole in the state budget. He contends the bill's wording could be interpreted to eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000, though Republican legislative leaders have called that "absurd."

The new law is designed to gradually reduce Missouri's top individual income tax rate — currently charged on all income over $9,000 — from 6 percent to 5.5 percent. It also phases in a new 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. Each incremental cut would occur only if state revenues grow by at least $150 million over their high mark from the previous three years.

It also increases a tax deduction for low-income residents and makes annual adjustments to Missouri's tax brackets based on inflation, which could effectively result in perpetual tax cuts.

Republicans tout the revenue trigger as an important safeguard for Missouri's budget. But had the law been in place, a revenue increase in the 2008 fiscal year would have caused a tax cut to occur in 2009 as state revenues plummeted as a result of the recession.

"The trigger is meaningless," said Rep. Jon Carpenter, D-Kansas City. "It is a cut in education."

When the law is fully in effect, a family of four earning $44,000 annually could get a tax cut of about $32, according to Department of Revenue projections. A family of four with a business owner making $100,000 annually could get a tax cut of more than $1,600.

The extra money could allow a small business owner to provide raises or fund employee health plans, said Brad Jones, the Missouri director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Missouri's tax cut is a less aggressive version of measures recently enacted in Kansas, which also lowered its top tax rate and fully exempted certain categories of businesses from taxes. Last week, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Kansas' credit rating, citing its sluggish economic recovery. It said the income tax cuts were putting pressure on the budget and creating risk for the state's financial future.



Newton County August 5th 2014 Primary Unofficial Candidates 

Below is a link to the unofficial list of Candidates running in the 2014 August Primary in Newton County. 

Newton County August 5th 2014 Primary Unofficial Candidate List 


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U.S. Congressman Billy Long and MO Speaker of the House Tim Jones added as speakers at Annual Lincoln Day Dinner of Newton-Jasper Counties.  

JOPLIN, MO (January 23, 2014)— The Annual Lincoln Day Dinner of Newton-Jasper Counties will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Butcher’s Block Banquet Center, 499 West Fountain Rd, Joplin, MO 64801.  Social Hour will start at 6:00PM and the program will start at 6:30PM.

This year’s featured speakers will be keynoter Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, U.S. Congressman Billy Long, Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones and State Senator Ron Richard.  Jim Jackson will serve as master of ceremonies. 

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased from (Joplin) Nick Myers CPA, 5031 S Rangeline, Joplin, MO; 417-623-2214; or from (Neosho) Gina Rodriguez at 417-825-4825.



Nick Myers, Chairman,

Newton County Republican Central Committee





2013 Free Bean Feed at Crowder College


November 8th Annual Bean Feed at Crowder College in Neosho

The Annual Free Bean Feed, hosted by the Newton County Republican Central Committee, will be held Friday November 8th at the Crowder College Main Campus 601 Laclede, Neosho, MO 64850 in the Wright Conference Room on the second floor of the Farber Building.  Doors will open at 6:00PM and the Buffet Line will begin at 6:30PM. 

Catering will be provided by the Aggie Club of Crowder College and the menu will include Ham and Beans, Cornbread, Cake, Iced Tea, Coffee and Water. 

Featured speakers will be U.S 7th District Congressman Billy Long, MO State Senator Ron Richard, and MO Attorney General Candidate Senator Kurt Schaefer.

The Republican Women of Newton County (RWNC) will be hosting a silent auction.  If you are interested in donating items for the Silent Auction, please contact RWNC President Tami Owens at 417-825-1785.

We invite all our Republican friends from across Southwest Missouri.  Bring your friends and neighbors and please pass along this information to anyone that may be interested in attending.

In order to ensure enough seating and food for the event a head count will need to be provided to our caterers, the Aggie Club of Crowder College.  If your family and friends plan to attend the Bean Feed, please let me know via email or call 417-623-2214.



Nick Myers, Chairman,

Newton County Republican Central Committee




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