The Joplin Globe's coverage of independent candidate Kim Wright's challenge to incumbent 32nd District State Senator Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, hasn't been exactly comprehensive to begin with, but the handling of the apparent success of her petition drive to get on the November ballot was poor, even by Globe standards.
Susan Redden's story on page 6A of the July 20 print edition was balanced and well written; it was the good old boy network in the headline writers that gummed up the works.
The headline read "Woman submits petition to challenge Sen. Nodler"
First, why list Sen. Nodler's name and not Kim Wright's.
Second, would the Globe have even thought of writing a headline that said, "Man submits petitions to challenge Sen. Nodler?" In this day and age, even stodgy old Joplin Globe editors should not be surprised when a woman runs for office.