Now it's Sifton trying to keep his spot in the
The contentious "right to work" proposal has added fuel to this political fire, with opposing unions going all out to aid Sifton, while a major backer of the measure is helping Jotte.
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The two candidates also differ on various other issues.
The district stretches from
Sifton, 42, a lawyer, emphasizes his ability to work with the
"About half the voters (in the district) favor each party," he said. "People here want somebody who can work across the aisle and I've proven that."
Among other things, he points to a bill he sponsored last year to require licensed day care centers to adhere to infant sleep safety standards. The idea was rolled into a Republican colleague's broader child protection bill, which ultimately passed.
Sifton says he also worked with
Jotte, meanwhile, promises to approach issues in
In that capacity, he said, he acts in the best interest of patients, not their employer, insurance company or family. So as a senator, he says, he'd put constituents' interests before those of his political party, advocacy groups and lobbyists.
"They can play a role ... but when they become the end in themselves, I just disagree with that," said Jotte, 56.
Competitive and costly
About half of the 34 state
In the 1st, Sifton has raised more than
In the 19th, a total of more than
Organized labor has been a key Sifton campaign money source, led by a
Sifton, a supporter of abortion rights, voted against a 72-hour waiting period for abortions passed in 2014 by the Legislature. Jotte, who supports the 72-hour wait, is endorsed by Missouri Right to Life, the state's leading anti-abortion group.
Among Jotte's biggest contributors is a committee largely funded by
Right-to-work is shorthand for a law barring labor contracts that make union dues a condition of employment. Supporters say the measure would attract new business and generate jobs; opponents say it would weaken unions and shrink wages and the middle class.
"I have seen what can happen to families that hit hard times," Sifton said at a metro area labor rally last month in
Jotte says right-to-work isn't the "armageddon for unions" feared by opponents but "just a form of accountability" for unions. He adds that new jobs will come more from places such as the Cortex complex for high-tech entrepreneurs in midtown
Sifton got his start in elective politics on the
Sifton, while sticking to his 2012 campaign pledge to refuse lobbyist meals and gifts, has pushed unsuccessfully for a law to ban all legislators from accepting such freebies. Jotte takes the same position.
Jotte was on the
Among the issues dividing the two is
Jotte says he's open to improving coverage but opposes expanding the current state
"There are some great inefficiencies that allow redundant care, not the best outcomes and very, very expensive care for a small" percentage of recipients, he said.
Sifton says he supports making
The two also disagree on embryonic stem cell research, with Sifton in favor and Jotte opposed.
They also differ on a proposed statewide prescription drug monitoring program to fight addiction to opioid painkillers. Sifton supports such a law.
Jotte says he doesn't oppose the idea but that the bill should also include initiatives aimed at treating addicts -- which he sees as a more effective way to fight the problem. One possibility, he said, is seeking a waiver from federal rules that he says now don't allow many doctors to prescribe some anti-craving drugs.
Both candidates raised enough money to afford TV commercials in the final weeks before Tuesday's election.
A Jotte ad shows him at work as a doctor. In it he says he doesn't ask patients' party affiliation and that state government would work better with that approach.
A Sifton commercial features the mother of a 7-month-old boy who died while napping at a
Another Sifton ad proclaims his endorsement by the
The two differ on who could be more effective. Sifton said that he would be a check on the Republican majority and that Jotte would be just one more
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