Some Mike Sanders supporters whispered that The Star's Kevin Murphy handed them an early Christmas present with his scorecard of area legislators votes on 10 key bills. Sanders, who is Jackson County's prosecutor, and State Sen. Charlie Wheeler of Kansas City are considered the frontrunners in the August Democratic primary for county executive.
Area representatives and senators only missed at most just one of the 10 votes, with the exception of Wheeler and Jason Brown, a Republican from Platte City who is serving in Iraq. Wheeler missed half of the 10 votes including the one requiring voters to present photo ID at the polls. Those votes occurred last Thursday and Friday.
Chief of Staff Richard Murray said Wheeler was in Kansas City Thursday evening to accept a special award from the local chapter of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.
"I don't think you will find he missed a key vote when the vote was in question," he said. "They were not even close."
Posted by DeAnn Smith 6:45 p.m.