Lt. Governor http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Republican Tilley drops out of Mo. lt. gov. race http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/republican-tilley-drops-out-mo-lt-gov-race <p>(Click on the link to hear Marshall Griffin&#39;s exclusive&nbsp;interview with Tilley)</p><p>The only major Republican contender in the Missouri Lt. Governor&rsquo;s race has dropped out.</p><p><a href="http://teamtilley.us/">Steven Tilley</a> of Perryville&nbsp;made the surprise announcement today (Thursday) to fellow House Republicans and to the media.&nbsp; He says he made the decision after realizing that he wants to be a normal person again.</p><p>&ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t in my heart to do it, I just didn&rsquo;t have the fire in the belly,&quot; Tilley said.&nbsp; &quot;I started out because I wanted to do it, but I&rsquo;ve sacrificed a lot to myself financially and to my family, and I&rsquo;m comfortable&hellip;it&rsquo;s a load off my shoulders and I&rsquo;m excited to move into a new chapter.&rdquo; Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:12:24 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 2446 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Republican Tilley drops out of Mo. lt. gov. race Allegations of Kinder history with ex-stripper could damage his political future, UMSL prof. says http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/allegations-kinder-history-ex-stripper-could-damage-his-political-future-umsl-prof-says <p>Political observers say<a href="http://ltgov.mo.gov/"> Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder&rsquo;s </a>political future could be in jeopardy, if reports alleging his pursuit of a former stripper and nude model are true.</p><p>The<a href="http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2011/08/peter_kinder_penthouse_pet_scandalet.php"> St. Louis Riverfront Times published an interview with Tammy Chapman</a>, who worked as a stripper in the St. Louis area in the 90&rsquo;s and claimed that the then-State Senator was &ldquo;one of her best customers.&rdquo; Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:19:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1847 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Allegations of Kinder history with ex-stripper could damage his political future, UMSL prof. says