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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A rodeo clown has performed for the first time since a controversial State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling hammed it up for the crowd during a pro bull riding event Friday in Jefferson County.

Beforehand, Gessling said everything has been very overwhelming and that he's surprised people took offense to the politically themed skit. It featured another clown wearing an Obama mask, while Gessling made comments — including "We're gonna stomp Obama" — to the crowd.

Gessling says the skit had been performed before, and that several past presidents' faces were placed in similar scenarios. Gessling had other shows scheduled between his State Fair and Jefferson City appearances, but they were canceled.

Missouri GOP considering party loyalty statement

Sunday, 15 September 2013 09:48 Published in Local News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Top Missouri Republicans are looking for ways to ensure greater party loyalty after a supermajority in the GOP-led House recently failed to enact an income tax cut.

Meeting Saturday in Kansas City, the Missouri Republican State Committee proposed a new requirement for candidates registering to run as Republicans. They would be asked to sign a statement saying: "I have read, understand and fundamentally support the platform of the Missouri Republican Party."

Supporters of the measure noted that tax cuts ought to be a central Republican philosophy.

Fifteen Republican House members defected from party leaders this week to help sustain Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut. Some echoed his concerns about the effect on education funding.

The GOP committee took no action Saturday on the proposed policy.

After acquittal, Zimmerman still in spotlight

Saturday, 14 September 2013 09:20 Published in National News

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Whether they think he got away with murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin or was just a neighborhood watch volunteer "standing his ground," many Americans can't seem to get enough of George Zimmerman. And he can't seem to stop giving it to them.

So it's hardly surprising that everything Zimmerman does produces a Twitterverse explosion and spins into heavy news coverage. Comedian Deon Cole nailed it when he said being found not guilty doesn't make Zimmerman a free man.

He certainly hasn't been free from the spotlight. He's been stopped for speeding and toured the factory where the pistol from the shooting was made. This week, Zimmerman was handcuffed in the street after an alleged scuffle with his estranged wife and father-in-law.

Crisis management expert Mark McClennan calls the pattern of fame a two-way street.

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