Public Editor

Senate sales tax story needed local contingent’s vote

One reader I spoke with on this phone this morning was pretty perturbed at an omission in a story on the front page of the print edition.

It concerned

yesterday’s U.S. Senate vote on a bill that would allow states to collect sales tax for online purchases

. It mentioned that the bill easily passed by a vote of 69-27, but that didn’t include one important detail. Well, four of them, really.

“Why would (The Star’s) editors not tell us how the senators from Missouri and Kansas voted?” he asked.

That’s a good question. In this reader’s opinion (and mine as well), that’s something that should always appear as a matter of course in stories such as these.

My caller noted that he knows he could have looked that information up on the Internet, but he knows other readers are curious about the same information. It belonged in the story from the get-go, he said.

By the way,

the tally

: Sens. Blunt and McCaskill of Missouri voted yes. Sen. Roberts of Kansas voted no and Sen. Moran did not vote.