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Leutkemeyer delivers anti-stimulus speech in U.S. House

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 12, 2009 - New U.S. Rep. Blaine Leutkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, is joining fellow Missouri Republican congressman Todd Akin and U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., in registering his objections to the proposed federal stimulus package.

Being media savvy, Leutkemeyer's staff already is circulating a Youtube video of his remarks on the U.S. House floor Thursday, which total 57 seconds. It was Leutkemeyer's first floor address since taking office less than six weeks ago.

The St. Louis area's two Democratic members of Congress, Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay, already have made clear their support for the stimulus package -- as has the state's Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Claire McCaskill (who resides in Kirkwood). All three were early and enthusiastic supporters of now President Barack Obama.

Missouri's partisan congressional split so far hints that the state's 11-member delegation could end up casting party line votes on the final stimulus bill.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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