Belly dancers grace the steps of the State Capitol
MDN Menu
MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News

Belly dancers grace the steps of the State Capitol

Date: March 15, 2010
By: Rebecca Stephen
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  Belly dancers shake their stuff on the steps of the State Capitol to promote the Census.
RunTime:  0:31
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Two belly dancers were part of the entertainment for the Census Road Tour.

St. Louis County Republican Jane Cunningham says she didn't see the belly dancing, but she questions the dancers being invited to the Capitol.

Actuality:  CUNN1.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "But it does seem totally inappropriate when we are talking about a government activity, just what I know of belly dancers."

Office of Administration Commissioner Kelvin Simmons says the entertainment at the tour was to show the diversity of Missouri citizens.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

Intro:  Belly dancers put on a show to encourage people to participate in the Census.
RunTime:  0:37
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Two belly dancers were part of the entertainment at the Census Road Tour that took place in front of the Missouri State Capitol.

Census Road Tour Producer Eddie Hall had a long pause after I asked him if he thought the belly dancers were appropriate.

Actuality:  HALL.WAV
Run Time:  00:10
Description: "Do you think it is appropriate to have belly dancers on the grounds of the State Capitol?" "Ummmmmmmm,I'm going to say yeah, they were here."

On the other hand, St. Louis County Republican Senator Jane Cunningham says the belly dancers seem to be an inappropriate way to promote a government activity.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

Intro:  Stimulus money payed for a show to promote the Census in Missouri.
RunTime:  0:35
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The Census Road Tour which provided food and entertainment at the State Capitol was payed for by stimulus money.

St. Louis County Republican Senator Jane Cunningham says she doesn't think taxpayer money should be used for entertainment.

Actuality:  CUNN2.WAV
Run Time:  00:06
Description: "It's not stimulus money it's taxpayer money, we pay for it, and I don't like my money being used that way."

Office of Administration Commissioner Kelvin Simmons says the stimulus money used to put on the Census Road Tour was appropriated to the Census Complete Count Committee by the Missouri legislature.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.  

Intro:  The NAT sound for the Census Road Tour
RunTime:  0:00
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: 


Missouri Digital News is produced by Missouri Digital News, Inc. -- a non profit organization of current and former journalists.