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Cape County Lincoln Day features Hawley, Bailey and other Republican candidates

United States Senator Josh Hawley spoke at the Cape Girardeau County Republican Women’s Lincoln Day on March 2 at the Jackson Knights of Columbus Hall. Photo by Jay Forness

The Cape Girardeau County Republican Women’s Club held its annual Lincoln Day celebration on Saturday in Jackson, including speeches from United States Senator Josh Hawley and Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey, as well as other state officials and candidates.

“The truth is that we are here tonight, at a critical hour in the history of our country,” Hawley said. “This is a moment of challenge, it is a moment of trial and it is a moment of consequence for our country.”

Hawley spoke against President Joe Biden, who gave his State of the Union address last week, and Democrats in congress – targeting their stances on immigration, transgender issues, internet safety, climate policies and the war in Ukraine.

“You need people who are going to put the American people first and get the American people to be in charge – not the corporations, not the defense contractors, not big government,” Hawley said.

He also spoke about corruption among members of both parties, advocating against lobbyists and the ability for members of Congress to buy and trade stocks. “We cannot go on with a corrupt machine controlled Congress,” Hawley said. “We cannot go on with the border open like this. We cannot go on with the assault on our families and our kids like this.”

Hawley, who is running for reelection this year, said it was one of the rare times in this country’s history where the choices made by the nation will affect the next 50 years in the United States. “This is the hour for us to stand up and save our republic right now,” he said.

Bailey, who is also running for reelection, spoke about his work since being appointed as the state’s attorney general early last year – including removing St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner from office and his work against the Washington University Transgender Center.

“I’m a veteran of the battlefield in the courtroom, and that experience matters,” Bailey said. “The attorney general’s office is no place for training wheels. This fight is too important to learn on the job.”

Bailey also talked about 30 lawsuits currently pending against the Biden administration – including one to force the president to build a wall on the southern border. Bailey will also represent the State of Missouri at the Supreme Court later this month in a case related to first amendment censorship allegations for social media posts related to COVID-19 vaccines.

“We have to build a wall of separation between tech and state to protect our right to free speech as we move into an election cycle,” Bailey said. “We have been fighting and winning for the people of the state of Missouri since I took over on Jan. 3, 2023. In just one year, we’ve got all of that and more. Now I’m here to tell you folks, we are just getting started.”

The dinner, which was held at the Jackson Knights of Columbus Hall, included speeches from District 146 State Rep. Barry Hovis, District 147 State Rep. John Voss, District 151 State Rep. Herman Morse.

Candidates for state offices who spoke included governor candidate Bill Eigel, lieutenant governor candidate Paul Berry III, secretary of state candidate Adam Schwadron, District 27 state senator candidate Jacob Turner, District 27 state senator candidate Christina (Chris) Dodson Dinkins and District 146 state representative candidate Lucas Green.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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