KCUR Election News 11-3-10
By Maria Carter
Kansas City, MO – Republicans locally mirrored the national trend, winning big on both sides of the state line and sweeping the races for statewide office in Kansas.
In the third Congressional district, which covers Wyandotte and Johnson counties and part of Douglas county, Kevin Yoder handily dispatched Stephene Moore.
In the Second District covering Topeka and southeast Kansas Republican, Lynn Jenkins cruised to re-election.
Ike Skelton, one of the most enduring and influential members of the Democratic Party in Congress, has been ousted by western Missouri voters.
The GOP expanded its control in the Missouri Senate and House, and Republican Tom Sweich beat Democrat Susan Montee for Missouri auditor.
Missouri's fifth district, the one that covers most of Jackson County and a bit of northern Cass County, very nearly went Republican. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver narrowly beat Republican Jacob Turk.
Longtime Overland Park Mayor Ed Eilert unseated Johnson County Commission Chair Annabeth Surbaugh.
Missouri voters approved Proposition A, requiring voters in Kansas City and St. Louis to decide whether to keep one-percent earning taxes every five years.
Proposition B also got the thumbs up in Missouri. It puts tighter regulations on dog breeders for housing, food, and vet care.
Missouri voters also approved a measure banning real estate transfer taxes and approved a property tax break for disabled former POWS.