This from the Purgason campaign this morning:

“Another strong and principled endorsement for Sen. Chuck Purgason added additional heat to the race for Republican Party nominee for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber,” declared his endorsement of Missouri State Sen. Chuck Purgason for the U.S. Senate. “Joe the Plumber” made his way into the hearts of the voters as the voice of next-door America during the last presidential election.

Sen. Purgason, described as being “Tea Party before Tea Party was cool,” is well-known in Missouri’s General Assembly as a protector of liberty, a strong fiscal conservative and a man whose favor cannot be bought. He earned Joe’s endorsement through a principally consistent voting record over 14 years and his ability to put his words into action. Joe’s endorsement letter focuses on his view of Purgason’s integrity and dedication to principle.

“A U.S. Senator has enormous power,” says Joe, “That power can be used in keeping our country balanced between order and liberty; safety and freedom; or regulation and prosperity. This power is routinely abused and used to make deals with no regard to our laws or what is morally right. Purgason is the only candidate in this race that can be trusted with that power.”

When questioned about his endorsement of Purgason for the U.S. Senate, Joe replied, “Why am I endorsing Purgason? He is one of the few men I have ever seen who has been able to serve in public office and not come out tainted. It’s like we’ve been saying all along: Integrity really DOES matter.”

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This area’s state representative, Don Wells, continues to generate news from a decision to hold a Jefferson City hearing on the benefits of payday loans.

Here’s an editorial appearing in the Columbia Daily Tribune, which first reported the news and has since been picked up by most metropolitan news outlets in the state.

Spotted in a letter to the editor in today’s Springfield News-Leader:”If people don’t fill out their census forms, Missouri might lose a politician and that’s a good thing.”

Houston receives a mention in a National Geographic project that kicked off Geography Awareness Week. The organization asked all 100 U.S. senators to draw a map of their state from memory and label at least three important places.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., included Houston on her map. McCaskill family members were local merchants and operated the local mill. She was born while the family lived in Houston.

Writes the senator: “Houston – My dad’s home town. I lived there when I was born.”

Raymondville gets a mention today on the Huffington Post, a political blog with a worldwide audience. Commentator Paul Begala discusses the race for the 8th Congressional District and includes a shoutout to Raymondville…yes, the one in Texas County.

Belgala’s column.

Here’s a little fun for readers:

Match the president to his White House pet.

meet_the_press6Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will appear Sunday on Meet the Press to talk about the economy and economic recovery package.

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