John Brunner http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Republicans Predict Victory As Long As Focus Is Solely On Democrats http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-republicans-predict-victory-long-focus-solely-democrats <p>SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –&nbsp; From U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt on down, Missouri Republicans at the party’s annual Lincoln Days festivities are full of confidence about their chances at the polls this fall and in 2016.</p><p>And the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,’’ is getting much of the credit.</p><p>“If this disaster doesn’t help us take control of the Senate, it will surprise me,” said Blunt, who sparked several ovations at Friday night’s opening banquet of the weekend gathering, held this year at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, the senator's home turf.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:07:10 +0000 Jo Mannies 33915 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Republicans Predict Victory As Long As Focus Is Solely On Democrats Three main candidates race to the right in Mo. GOP Senate primary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/three-main-candidates-race-right-mo-gop-senate-primary <p>Most of the people gathered outside of Washington University&rsquo;s Edison Theater before a recent GOP Senate Primary debate already knew who they were voting for.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But Shelby Hewerdine wasn&rsquo;t sure yet.</p><p>So, she drove in from St. Charles to get a better feel for the character of each candidate.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know how else people are going to look at it because they are very similar on the issues, so, we&rsquo;ll see,&rdquo; Hewerdine said.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:45:55 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4210 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Three main candidates race to the right in Mo. GOP Senate primary GOP Senate debate sticks close to party themes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gop-senate-debate-sticks-close-party-themes <p>The three Republicans vying for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November didn&#39;t stray far from the party&#39;s script at a debate in St. Charles last night.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:32:06 +0000 Tim Lloyd 3887 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org GOP Senate debate sticks close to party themes Morning Headlines: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-april-24-2012 <p><strong>US Chamber of Commerce weighs in on Missouri&#39;s GOP Senate primary</strong></p><p>The US Chamber of Commerce has made an endorsement in the three-way Republican Senate primary in Missouri.</p><p>The chamber on Tuesday backed former Vi-Jon chairman <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/brunner-enters-race-us-senate">John Brunner</a>, saying his private sector experience in cutting spending and balancing budgets provides the best contrast with Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:56:19 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, The Associated Press & KRCU 3557 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning Headlines: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 McCaskill report concludes US House members circumvented earmark ban http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-report-concludes-us-house-members-circumvented-earmark-ban <p>A report issued Monday by Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri concludes that US House members circumvented a ban on earmark spending more than 100 times. (<em><a href="http://mccaskill.senate.gov/ndaa/InvestigationofHouseFY2012NDAAEarmarks.pdf">read full report here</a></em>)</p><p>House Republicans banned earmarks last fall for two years to curb government spending. But, McCaskill&#39;s report finds that the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used tricks to allow more than $800 million in earmarks be inserted in the 2012 Defense authorization bill.</p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 23:42:28 +0000 Joseph Leahy 2664 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill report concludes US House members circumvented earmark ban McCaskill introduces legislation for permanent ban on earmarks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-introduces-legislation-permanent-ban-earmarks <p>Missouri&#39;s Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill introduced legislation Wednesday to put a permanent ban on earmarks, the legislative practice of funding specific projects.</p><p>Currently, there is a temporary ban on earmarks in place.</p><p>Speaking to reporters during a conference call this morning, McCaskill says projects need to compete on merit.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:57:42 +0000 Julie Bierach 2578 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill introduces legislation for permanent ban on earmarks Brunner enters race for U.S. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/brunner-enters-race-us-senate <p><em>Updated 2:11 p.m. with details</em></p><p>The Republican race to challenge U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in 2012 is officially a three-way contest.</p><p>John Brunner, chairman of St. Louis-based Vi-Jon, Inc.,which makes Germ-X hand sanitizer and other personal care products,&nbsp; has officially entered the race.</p><p>Brunner made the announcement via a 10:45 a.m. press conference Monday. <a href="http://johnbrunner.com/2011/10/john-brunner-announcement-speech/">Here are his prepared remarks</a> for you to review.</p><p>Brunner, a former Marine, describes himself on <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/brunnerformo">his Twitter profile</a> and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/BrunnerForMO">Facebook page</a> as &quot;a true constitutional conservative running to cut spending, balance the budget, and restore the American Dream.&quot; He has a long track record of donating to Republican and conservative causes. But he&#39;s never run for public office - which he says makes him the most qualified person to serve.</p><p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:22:45 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Kelsey Proud 2173 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Brunner enters race for U.S. Senate Morning headlines: Monday, October 3, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-october-3-2011 <p>Good morning! Here are some of today&#39;s starting headlines:</p><p><strong>Cardinals top Phillies 5-4</strong></p><p>Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead single in the seventh to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies last night. John Jay added two RBIs for the Cardinals, who evened the National League division series matchup at one game apiece. St. Louis will send Jamie Garcia to the mound tomorrow in game 3.</p><p><strong>Brunner expected to announce U.S. Senate candidacy</strong></p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:36:23 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2169 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, October 3, 2011