2012 Capitol Reports and Press Releases (Archived)
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NEWS RELEASE - August 11, 2012. I just returned from a Republican Summer Caucus in St. Louis. I met most of the new primary winning candidates and we are making plans to gain several seats in the November General Election.
August 25, 2012. My "hat's off" to the 110 supporters and volunteers, who attended our appreciation gathering. A special thanks to: Rick & Deona Reed for hosting this event at the barn. Also a big thank you to Jerry Long, Leland Curtwright, Earle Zeiler, and Peggy Smart for the music. Finally, I thank Senator Mike Parson and Delbert Scott for the words of encouragement and support.
September 9, 2012. This week's activities included: a Missouri Bankers Association meeting in Columbia on Wednesday, and Empire Electric Co-op meeting in Joplin on Thursday, a parade at the Wheatland Harvest Festival on Saturday, El Dorado Car Show on Saturday, and a benefit dinner held for Zack Reno & Mike Bryan at the McCarty Center also on Saturday, and wrapping up the weekend with an Annual Wheatland Community Church service in the park on Sunday.
September 16, 2012. This week started at a Pomme de Terre Chamber meeting on Monday, Tuesday I attended the St. Clair County Cattleman's meeting in Collins, Wednesday, Daniel Dysart and I attended the Veto Session in Jefferson City [I was honored to meet with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and receive their endorsement], Thursday I spoke to the Benton County Daughters of the American Revolution at Cole Camp, we traveled to Overland Park to welcome a beautiful granddaughter on Thursday, Saturday Marla and I enjoyed some time at Music on Main Street in Lowry City, and Sunday after church we attended the Benton County Museum open house.

September 23, 2012.  Reflecting back on another busy week, which included fence and building repairs plus we baled 20 acres of Pearl Millet hay on the Love Ranch. On Thursday, I attended a meeting with the Missouri State University at Springfield, then I spoke at the Cedar County Farm Bureau annual meeting. Saturday morning I went to the mens prayer breakfast in Wheatland, later that day Marla & I attended the Edwards Fall Festival and purchased a cherry pie at the pie auction. We were on the way to our Granddaughter's birthday celebration in Columbia. While in Columbia we also visited my good friend and supporter Richard Sunderwirth. Richard is in the hospital recovering from a knee surgery with blood clot complications. The good news is, he will be coming home on Monday. Sunday was church at Hopewell, then a benefit dinner for "On My Own*" at the Wheatland McCarty Senior Center. Sunday afternoon we attended the Dave Spence for Governor Rally in Springfield. All of the State's GOP candidates were there along with special guest Gov. Chris Christie from New Jersey. The Governor got about a 1,000 Missourians fired up to Win in November.  

* On My Own assist people of all ages with disabilities in Bates, Cedar, Hickory, St. Clair & Vernon Counties.

September 30, 2012.  Started off Monday at a Rally for Ed Martin in Columbia with special guest Gov. Rick Perry from Texas. Tuesday I had coffee with Paul Meinsen at Springfield. Mr. Meinsen heads up Capitol Commission, a Christian Ministry at the Capitol in Jefferson City. Wednesday, I sat in on a Missouri Business Conference at the University in Warrensburg. Thursday was a Co-Mo Electric Coop meeting in Tipton and a GOP Rally that evening in Warsaw. Friday was the El Dorado Chamber coffee in the morning and the Osceola Chamber for lunch. Marla & I went to the Stockton Walnut Festival Parade and I walked the Parade in support of Dave Spence for Governor. That evening we went to the Iconium Block Party*. Sunday was church at Hopewell and in the afternoon Marla & I worked around the Love Ranch.  

* Iconium Block Party was a community effort to raise funds to rebuild the Iconium Fire Station.

October 7, 2012.  My week began last Monday at the Warsaw Farm Bureau office where Suzie Spence, [the wife of Dave Spence, Republican candidate for Governor] was holding a Meet & Greet event. I had lunch with the Benton County Republican Ladies. Then I escorted Suzie Spence to the Farm Bureau in El Dorado Springs for a Meet & Greet event. We also attended two Republican Chili Suppers and Pie Auctions on Monday evening—one at Wheatland and one at Osceola. On Tuesday I worked on the Love Ranch and mowed some late hay. Wednesday, I attended a Missouri Cattlemen's board meeting in Columbia. Thursday & Friday I was baling hay and other work around the ranch. Friday evening I attended Lodge meeting in Lowry City. Saturday evening Marla and I attended the El Dorado Springs Chamber Annual Banquet Dinner. Sunday we visited the Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Warsaw and we both worked in our yard in the afternoon.
October 14, 2012.  This week's schedule included: I attended a ribbon cutting in Warsaw for the Grand Opening of the Benton County Republican headquarters on Monday. It's on the square next to the old Roxy Theatre. Tuesday, I drilled 32 acres of Rye grass and grilled Beef Tri-Tip plus sides to cater the St. Clair County Cattlemens meeting that evening. On Wednesday I attended the Lions Club Luncheon and re-posted a few 4x4 signs in Benton County. Thursday I re-posted signs in Cedar County and attended a St. Clair County Retired Teachers Luncheon. Our weekend was blessed with a visit from our Children and nine Grandchildren at Love Ranch.
October 21, 2012.  My activity for this week, Wednesday, I met with the four Hospital administrators in my district along with Jerry Burch the spokesman for the Missouri Hospital Association. On Saturday, Marla and I spent 3 hours working at the Benton County Republican headquarters in Warsaw. Then on Sunday morning I took my horse to the Old Heritage Day Festival in Warsaw and delivered the Circuit Riding Preach'n church service message. Later that afternoon we took a two hour ride on the Harley, it was truly a "Great Day"!
October 28, 2012.  Last Wednesday I met with Chris McCune and Diana Hoemann at the St. Clair County Senior Center. We discussed how many seniors they service and funding. Thursday morning I attended a Dave Spence for Governor Meet & Greet at the Porter Fescue Seed Barn in Bolivar. Friday morning was the El Dorado Springs Chamber Coffee at Evans Drug Store and the Osceola Chamber Luncheon, where a MoDOT engineer discussed the new overpass they will construct at the Hwy 13 & 82 Junction tentatively during the summer of 2013. Friday evening Marla & I went to a barn dance at the Circle S Feedstore in El Dorado Springs. Saturday Marla and I drove to Jefferson City to look at "in session" local lodging accommodations. Sunday was church service at Hopewell and Chicken Dinner at the Landmark in Lowry City.
November 4, 2012.  On the 29th of October I sat in on the St. Clair County Health Board meeting. Tuesday, October 30 was the "Discover More on Route 54" meeting in Collins. Thursday, November 1st Marla & I attended the Cedar County Hospital Annual Banquet in El Dorado Springs. On Saturday November 3rd, I hosted and led the 5th Annual Iconium to Shiloh Trail/Wagon Drive funds raised for Civil War memorial.
November 11, 2012. A recap of week ending November 10th: Monday I spent the day campaigning in Northeast Springfield for fellow State Representative Lincoln Hough [he was successful in his re-election]. Wednesday, I attended the Republican Caucus meeting in Jefferson City to elect leadership positions. A pleasant surprise was we have 110 members, which is a veto proof majority. To finish up the week, Marla & I took a couple of days off and went to Paris, Missouri and attended Grandparents Day at our Granddaughter's school. The best image I was left with: our "Little Gretchen" leading the Blessing for snack time.
November 18, 2012. My week began on Monday by taking down campaign signs. Tuesday I attended the Kaysinger Basin & MoDOT transportation meeting at Appleton City. I was also able to get several home improvement projects done this week. Then on Saturday evening I finished my two year term of serving as President of the St. Clair County Cattlemen's Association by attending our 2012 Annual Banquet.  I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I have many things to be thankful for.
December 2, 2012. This past week started with two days at the Capitol in Jefferson City. It is part our Freshmen Legislative tour. We had Mock Committee meetings and practiced debating in the House Chamber, also selected office rooms. Wednesday morning we all boarded two buses and headed to Branson then back to Springfield in the afternoon. Some tour stops of interest were Associated Electric and Jordon Valley Health Center. Thursday, we traveled to Popular Bluff and visited Three River Community College and Noranda Aluminum Plant. Friday, we toured a State Prison in Farmington and finished the day at the Linn Technical College in Linn, Mo.

December 20, 2012.  My Fellow Missourians:  The morning of December 20th is beginning to look a lot like Christmas as I write this news update. We are getting some much-needed moisture in the form of snow. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.  I think of warmth, comfort and loved ones.  I think of caring and sharing.  Christmas is a time to reach out to others to let them know we are there for them. Some of my best Christmas memories were when I attended the one-room schools at Shiloh and Freedom. The community reached out to all of us children and made sure that we had a merry time. Each year we had a Christmas program of Plays and Monologues. A decorated tree with a gift exchange and Santa Claus would appear and pass out sacks of hard candy, peanuts, with an orange and apple. Although we hear the refrain, “Tis the season to be merry” that is not always the case for everyone.  We should take this time to reach out to those who are homeless, who have lost loved ones, and to those in need.  We can reach out and lift them up with a kind word, a gentle caring hand, and perhaps a gift, a token of our care and friendship.  There are so many ways to give, to share.  And the intangible gifts…the ones that are of kindness and deeds of caring…are the most important.  When we reach out to those in need, we receive so much more in return.  May you and your families enjoy a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a blessed holiday season all around and a prosperous and wondrous New Year!

With the 2013 legislative session just weeks away, members of the Missouri House and Senate have turned their attention to filing bills. Our Speaker Tim Jones has recently made a 4 day tour of the State where he outlined his Triple E Agenda:  Economic Development for Job Creation, A Strong Energy Policy for a More Energy Independent Missouri and Education Funding and Reform for our most precious resource and treasure, our children.  The House Majority will focus on legislation designed to retain major employers and professionals, improve our business climate and comprehensively revise our complicated criminal code.  Missouri must reform its confusing regulatory environment for businesses and energy production and eliminate disadvantages that Missouri has in competing with neighboring states for businesses, jobs and medical professionals.  Finally, we must continue to focus on our education system and make it the best it can be.  Our children and grandchildren of today are the “us” of tomorrow:  the business leaders, the job creators, the public servants, the entrepreneurs, the innovators, the workers and the future leaders of our State and Nation.  Lawmakers from both parties will work together to accomplish our goals in the next session.

The past two weeks I have attended the Missouri Cattlemen’s convention and participated on the Legislative Panel. I also have been busy getting my office at the Capitol furnished. My “Hat’s Off” to Debbie Poire my Legislative Assistant and others at the Capitol who have been so helpful. I also have drafted three bills to be researched and written. They involve Prevailing Wage, Workman’s Compensation, and Collecting Sales Tax on out-of-state Internet sales. My official duties will begin on January 9, 2013 when we are sworn in.

At that time I will have my official phone number and email address. Until then you can contact me thru my website which is www.warrenlove.org or email address: warrenlove@centurytel.net, or phone 417-646-2320.

Sincerely,

Representative-elect Warren D. Love