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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Republicans to host annual watermelon feed Thursday

  • The Hobby Lobby attorney, who recently successfully argued before the Supreme Court for religious freedoms and against contraception requirements within the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will speak at the Free Watermelon Feed, hosted Thursday evening in Big Spring Park by the Newton County Republican Central Committee and the Republican Women of Newton County.
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  • The Hobby Lobby attorney, who recently successfully argued before the Supreme Court for religious freedoms and against contraception requirements within the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will speak at the Free Watermelon Feed, hosted Thursday evening in Big Spring Park by the Newton County Republican Central Committee and the Republican Women of Newton County.
    Nick Myers, central committee chair, said Josh Hawley will be one of several featured speakers at the gathering, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Myers, who was the president of the statewide Lincoln Days in Springfield, Mo., earlier this year, enlisted Hawley to do a session on religious freedom.
    “So I asked him if he would come whenever that decision came out,” Myers said. “When I saw that, I asked if he would come, talk about that as well and he decided that he would. So, we’re fortunate to get him here.”
    Myers said Hawley, a University of Missouri School of Law professor, will talk about the Hobby Lobby case against the ACA, or ObamaCare, and the protection of religious freedom and exercising your religious rights.
    Myers said the Free Watermelon Feed normally provides a forum for Republican candidates for county offices, prior to the August primary election; but since there are no GOP primary races for county office, the five Constitutional Amendment questions on the ballot will take precedence.
    First on the itinerary is Tom Schweich, who is running for re-election as state auditor; and Myers said Hawley will also be given from five to 10 minutes to speak.
    “Then we’re going to cover all five ballot issues.”
    He said two of the Senate sponsors of those measures will address the audience.
    “The Missouri transportation tax (Amendment 7), Mike Kehoe, a Senator from Jefferson City, on the gun amendment, number five, Sen. Kurt Schaefer, he is the sponsor,” he said. “I think (he) had a large part in writing that. Then we have three other issues.”
    He said Schaefer is from Columbia.
    Rep. Bill Reiboldt, Neosho, sponsored and will speak about the ‘Right to Farm’ bill, Amendment 1.
    Myers said Rep. Charley Davis, Webb City, will speak on the proposed veterans lottery ticket, Amendment 8. He is still working on a state representative to speak about Amendment 9, which seeks to provide for the security of electronic communications and data the same as is done for your person, home, papers and effects.
    He said he will try to keep the orators of the five amendments between three and five minutes on their speeches.
    “In between all of that,” said Myers, “we’ve got free watermelon and water, which we generally have. Then something new we’re doing this year, (Sen.) Ron Richard is sponsoring Anderson’s Ice Cream, which is now produced in Newton County at the Candy House on [Missouri Highway] 86. In addition to providing free ice cream, he said Richard will introduce the two Senators.
    Page 2 of 2 - Myers said the evening will also include drawings, with prizes of ammunition, books, and flags provided by Reiboldt.
    In the event of rain, he said the event will move to the Lampo Community Center on East Spring Street, Neosho.

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