Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

2 Republicans Battling for Shot at Polizzi

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

2 Republicans Battling for Shot at Polizzi

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State Republicans say they have a good chance of defeating state Rep. Jan Polizzi, D-Mehlville, in November. They claim she is too liberal for her district.

Two conservative Republicans - Carl H. Hendrickson of Mehlville and Walt Bivins of Oakville - want to take her place. On Aug. 2, party voters will select the candidate who will try to oust her. Polizzi is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Polizzi laughs at the Republicans' observation. She says she is called a liberal because she is "pro-choice" - saying women should make their own decisions about abortion - while the two Republicans strongly oppose the idea. A weekly newspaper's poll last week on progressive votes "gave me a 64 percent rating. Is that a raving liberal?" Polizzi asks.

Hendrickson and Bivins do not differ sharply on issues. But Hendrickson is not in the same political camp as state Sen. Irene Treppler, R-Mehlville, the main party power in South County. Treppler is neutral in the primary. But Hendrickson ran twice unsuccessfully against Walt Treppler, the senator's husband, for Republican committeeman from Concord Township.

Campaign finance reports show Bivins started out quickly raising money, but, since April, Hendrickson passed him. Hendrickson has raised $6,447.50, and Bivins, $4,763, according to reports due 40 days before the primary.

Hendrickson surpassed Bivins mainly on the strength of $3,592.50 in donations from people who gave $100 or less between April and June. Hendrickson did not have to list these donors individually. School Financing

Bivins stresses his opposition to the state's new foundation formula law for public schools. He objects to the school aid formula law because it raised state taxes without voter approval.

Hendrickson agrees. He adds that he is concerned that other parts of the law would take control of schools away from local school boards. Crime

Hendrickson says his goal "is to take away the fear of being a victim of crime."

He says he want to make sure "justice is fair and swift. The accused should be given swift trials."

The records of juveniles who commit violent crimes should be available so courts can take their past into account if they commit violent crimes as adults, Hendrickson says.

Both candidates say violent criminals should serve most of their sentences. Bivins says the state should consider building separate prisons for people guilty of non-violent crimes. The state could save money because the security needed for such facilities would be less than the amount needed for prisons housing people convicted of violent crimes.

But the two sharply differ on concealed weapons. Bivins wants to allow more people to carry them; Hendrickson does not.

Bivins says he leans toward the Legislature passing a bill similar to a Florida law that expands the number of people who can carry concealed weapons after receiving training and obtaining insurance. …

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