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Well, we have some great numbers from Raytown after this November's election. All the raw precinct numbers are from the Jackson County Election Board. President-elect Obama won in every Brookings precinct except one, and in that single precinct (BR19) McCain only won by 5 votes. The total ended up Obama-Biden 6,996 to McCain-Palin 4,971, which makes it Obama over McCain by 2,025 votes. That sure looks like a mandate from the Raytown electorate.

In the state races, Nixon and Carnahan cleaned up in our town. Nixon handed Hulshof his walking papers 7,932 to 3,782. Carnahan walked away with her race, winning by over 4,400. Sam Page took Raytown by 2,430 votes, even though he lost the overall race.

Democratic candidates took Raytown in every race but the one for the 48th House, where the odious Will Kraus kept his seat away from Joe Volpe by 623 Raytown votes. Make no mistake, as much as we dislike the man, Kraus campaigns hard to get re-elected. He came very close to unemployment in 2006 (losing Raytown and KC to Chris Moreno but making it up in Lee's Summit for a 3% victory) but even in a Democratic year, 2008 was pretty much a cake-walk for him.

Kraus is an anomaly who has figured out how to get Democrats to vote for a right-wing Republican, but don't let anyone tell you that Raytown is not a Democratic town. Barack Obama beat John McCain here by more almost 17%. Every other Democrat but Volpe simply wiped out their opposition in the Brookings precincts.

We'll leave you with a final stat. If you add up all the votes (in contested races only--it's even worse for the GOP if you add in races like Victor Callahan's) Democrats received in Raytown (61,950) and all those for Republican candidates (37,454) that means the people of Raytown cast 24,496 more Democratic votes than Republican votes. In percentage terms, 62% of votes in contested races were cast for Democrats.

Wow. Just wow.

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I'm a Raytown resident, but I didn't vote for Barry Obama. The election results just go to show that Kansas City, MO, and the nearby surrounding areas are full of lazy people who are expecting Obama Christ to fulfill their dreams of free handouts.

He has started his regime in true dictatorial fashion, handing out more Executive Orders in one week than most Presidents sign in a year. Closing Gitmo, banning so-called "torture" of terrorists, and appearing on Al-Arabiya are all sops for the Muslim handlers of this Manchurian Candidate, those who donated millions in illegal contributions to his campaign.

President Obama has appointed one of the most crooked politicians ever as his Secretary of State, a tax cheat as his Secretary of the Treasury, and his Attorney General nominee, Eric Holder, thinks criminals and terroristic murderers should be pardoned, yet he invents as many reasons as possible to imprison law-abiding gun owners.

The only people who fear armed, law-abiding citizens are criminals and evil policitians. Which may explain why so many residents of this area voted for a candidate whose record shows he favors gun control measures--Obama supporters don't like their potential victims to be armed.

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Ted Wedel, chief of staff to the office of the Minority Leader, refused to comment on the matter.

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Here's the text of the actual AP article on Levota and the FBI's ongoing investigation of him. Look's like Paul has had his hand in the old cookie jar down in Jeff City:

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By DAVID A. LIEB – 4 hours ago

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The FBI is questioning Missouri lawmakers about allegations that legislative leaders demanded campaign contributions in exchange for prestigious committee posts, legislative sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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In an interview with the AP, LeVota said he has not been contacted by the FBI. He denied any wrongdoing and suggested the accusations stem from a disgruntled political rival.

The Kansas City Star first reported Sunday, citing anonymous sources, that the FBI is investigating alleged pay-for-play scenarios at the Missouri Capitol.

Bridget Patton, a spokesman for the FBI office in Kansas City whose jurisdiction includes Jefferson City, said Tuesday that she could neither confirm nor deny a public corruption investigation at the Missouri Capitol.

The investigation into alleged political favors dates at least to 2008, when House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, was in charge of the chamber. Jetton, who did not seek re-election last year because of term limits, said he had not been contacted by the FBI.

One of the lawmakers who spoke on condition of anonymity told the AP he had been contacted by the FBI multiple times in 2008 and 2009 with questions about pay-for-play scenarios in the Capitol, including whether House committee assignments were offered in exchange for lawmakers contributing money to campaign committees. The lawmaker said the FBI's questions focused on LeVota and others in legislative leadership positions.

Another lawmaker told the AP about an interview with the FBI that occurred several weeks ago in the Capitol. That lawmaker also said the FBI asked specifically about whether LeVota had made committee assignments contingent upon lawmakers contributing money to Democratic campaign committees.

The lawmaker also said the FBI asked about an e-mail sent last year by LeVota on the letterhead of the Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee.

The Sept. 22 letter, obtained by the AP, asks for donations of between $50 and $250 to help Democratic candidates. But instead of listing the address for the committee, which helps all Democratic House candidates, the bottom of the letter directed donations to LeVota's personal campaign committee in Independence.

LeVota told the AP that he "never asked anyone to give an amount for a committee spot whatsoever."

He said his personal campaign address was listed because it was sent under his mass e-mail account.

"Hindsight tells me I should have took it off for that request," said LeVota, who later added: "It was my intent to try to raise money for the HDCC."

LeVota's campaign committee contributed $35,000 for the 2008 elections to the House Democratic Campaign Committee, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

LeVota said he believed the FBI's apparent questions were prompted by a "political rival who's trying to throw me under the bus."

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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