Pick up a phone and call the man.
That was all the Joplin Globe had to do to get a relevant political story for its readers, but Globe editors elected to whittle down a news release on the announcement that Air Force veteran Michael Emery is challenging incumbent Rep. Steve Hunter.
In a political season where the amount of influence held by lobbyists has become the number one issue, Emery's candidacy stands out because he is making it his number one issue, and he is facing a legislator who annually ranks among the top two or three representatives in accepting lobbyists' gifts.
Hunter is also a paid employee of the lobbying organization, Associated Industries of Missouri and annually introduces legislation desired by his employer.
The Globe has touched on Hunter's problems in the past, but always in a hit-and-run fashion.
In the case of Emery's candidacy, the Globe also appears to be missing a local trend: He is the second candidate this week who has launched an independent candidacy against a firmly-entrenched incumbent, following in the footsteps of social worker Kim Wright, who plans to run against Sen. Gary Nodler. Some may consider these candidacies quixotic, but they do represent a growing dissatisfaction with our elected officials and with a campaign finance system that virtually serves as a full-employment plan for incumbents.