March 15, 2007

Area Republicans Rally at Lincoln Day Dinner in Memphis

By Mike Scott, The Media

About 60 Republicans from across Missouri’s First District gathered Saturday evening at the VFW Hall Memphis. The featured speakers for the evening were Representative Brian Munzlinger, Tom Reiss, Director of Boards and Commissions, and Representative Brian Nieves, Missouri’s House Majority Whip.

Munzlinger spoke of the changes made since Republicans took control in Jefferson City.

“There is a climate of progress. We’re growing Missouri,” he said.

Munzlinger also spoke about the recent emergency evacuation of Lewistown.

“Everybody, from the local people to county road crews, to MoDOT, DNR and SEMA, worked really well together. Northeast Missouri people respect each other and pull together. You can’t ask for more than that.”

“We have more people working in Missouri than every before in our history,” Tom Reiss told the audience, adding that 53,000 new jobs have been created in Missouri since Republicans were elected to the majority. He highlighted other achievements, including increasing funding for schools by over a half-billion dollars, passage of Jessica’s Law to increase penalties for sex offenders.

The night’s keynote speaker was Majority Whip Brian Nieves.

“My job is to make sure the Democrats lose on every vote, every day. That may sound harsh, but let’s not forget that for 50 years while the Democrats held control, that’s what is was like being a Republican” Nieves said.

Nieves praised Munzlinger’s true conservatism and leadership in the house.

“To have you representative be the chairman of the agribusiness committee is a big deal,” he said.

“For four years, we’ve been turning the state around. We inherited a billion dollar deficit. No matter how much they taxed, no matter how much we fed their insatiable appetite for tax dollars, they still left a billion dollar deficit. How do you do that. You have to be a Democrat,” Nieves said.

Nieves reported that Republicans have eliminated the deficit, and Missouri now has a modest surplus of around $300 million.

“We’ve also reduced fraud in Medicaid, and increased funding by $275 million. That’s something you don’t hear in the news,” he said.

Nieves summed up what Republicans want to do.

“We’re getting the government’s nasty little fingers out our your business.”

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