How Long a Leash Will Voters Give These Prop B Opponents?

The Post-Dispatch has a good story today the General Assembly's attempt to overhaul Proposition B, which now sits on Gov. Jay Nixon's desk. I was particularly interested in this breakdown of St. Louis area-legislators who voted against the will of their constituents. 

Across the state, there were at least four Senators and thirteen Representatives who voted contrary to his or her district's position. 

  • In the Senate, Victor Callahan, Bob Dixon and Rob Schaaf voted to overhaul Prop B -- and for the the emergency clause that would prevent a future referendum.  (The proposal to add an emergency  clause failed in the Senate, and is not part of the final bill approved by the House and Senate.)  Scott Rupp also voted for the overhaul, but opposed the emergency clause. 
  • In the House, Jamilah Nasheed, Jerry Nolte, Noel Torpey, John McCaherty, Kurt Bahr, Paul Wieland, John Diehl, Doug Funderburk, T.J. Berry, Terry Swinger, Paul Curtman, Bill White and Melissa Leach voted against their constituents' wishes.

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In related celebrity endorsement news, Ellen DeGeneres is calling on Gov. Nixon to veto SB 113 -- on her website and on her syndicated talk show. 

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Here's a full breakdown, with the percent of voters in each legislative district who supported Proposition B in November 2010.

Senators

Senate District

Percent for Prop B

Callahan

D-11

67.7

Dixon

R-30

50.9

Schaaf

R-34

58.8

Rupp

R-2

53.5

 

 

 

Representatives

House District

Percent for Prop B

Nasheed

D-60

80.8

Nolte

R-33

70

Torpey

R-52

65.5

McCaherty

R-90

62.8

Bahr

R-19

61.7

Wieland

R-102

61.5

Diehl

R-87

61.4

Funderburk

R-12

60.5

Berry

R-35

57.1

Swinger

D-162

56.3

Curtman

R-105

54.7

White

R-129

53.4

Leach

R-137

51.5

 

 

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