Election 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Special Elections Bill Receives First-Round Approval In The Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/special-elections-bill-receives-first-round-approval-mo-house <P>The <A href="http://www.house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House</A> has given first-round approval to legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.</P> <P>If passed, <A href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB110&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">House Bill 110</A> would only allow the Governor to appoint a temporary placeholder who would not be eligible to run in the special election.&nbsp; <A href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=120">House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith</A> (R, Salem), the bill’s sponsor, says it’s not a deliberate swipe at Democratic <A href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</A>. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 03:43:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8602 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Special Elections Bill Receives First-Round Approval In The Mo. House Mo. House Committee Passes Special Elections Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-committee-passes-special-elections-bill <p>A <a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House</a> committee has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.</p><p><a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB110">House Bill 110</a>&nbsp;would require special elections if the office of Lt. Governor or any other statewide office is suddenly vacated.&nbsp; It would allow the Governor to only appoint a placeholder who would temporarily fill the office but not be eligible to run in the special election.&nbsp; It’s sponsored by <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=120">House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith</a> (R, Salem). Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:14:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8375 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Committee Passes Special Elections Bill Mo. Presidential Electors Vote For Romney/Ryan Ticket http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-presidential-electors-vote-romneyryan-ticket <P>Missouri’s presidential electors gathered at the State Capitol today and cast their ballots for Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, who lost last month to incumbent Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden.</P> <P>Despite the nationwide results, Missouri’s 10 electors were still committed to cast their ballots for the Romney/Ryan ticket.&nbsp;&nbsp;State Representative&nbsp;Stanley Cox (R, Sedalia) was one of those 10.&nbsp; He said it was a little interesting to cast an electoral ballot for someone he knows won’t be president.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>“I guess, you know, I made a moral commitment to a bunch of people back in June that I would do this, so it’s not hard to do," Cox said.&nbsp; "I certainly think he’d have made a great president, although I know he’s not going to be president.” Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:46:31 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7458 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Presidential Electors Vote For Romney/Ryan Ticket Akin Owes Nearly $270K From Failed Mo. Senate Bid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/akin-owes-nearly-270k-failed-mo-senate-bid <p>Republican Missouri congressman Todd Akin owes almost $270,000 after his unsuccessful challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.</p><p>A federal finance report available online Thursday shows Akin's committee spent about $6 million on his Senate campaign - less than a third of the $19.3 million spent by McCaskill.</p><p>Akin reported $268,830 of debt as of Nov. 26. McCaskill previously reported that she had $238,010 of debt as of that date. But it's often easer for winners than losers to raise money to pay off their campaign debts.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:13:28 +0000 The Associated Press 7341 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Akin Owes Nearly $270K From Failed Mo. Senate Bid Calvin Trillin Analyzes The 2012 Election In Verse; We Promise You Our Poetry Is Worse http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/calvin-trillin-analyzes-2012-election-verse-we-promise-you-our-poetry-worse <p>The guest on today’s program was Calvin Trillin. &nbsp;He’s a guest of top billin’.</p><p>He talked with host Don Marsh. &nbsp;It was an interview, which despite the political climate, was not harsh.</p><p>Trillin is a journalist, humorist, and author of “Dog Fight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.” &nbsp;It’s a volume of poetry, concise but not terse.</p><p>Trillin was born and raised in Kansas City. &nbsp;Discussion of politics is witty, and focuses less on Obama than it does on Mitty.</p><p></p><p><strong>Related Event</strong></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:31:21 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 6873 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Calvin Trillin Analyzes The 2012 Election In Verse; We Promise You Our Poetry Is Worse In An Increasingly Red State, How Did Republicans Lose In Missouri? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/increasingly-red-state-how-did-republicans-lose-missouri <p>A week after the conservative losses at the polls, about 20 tea partiers gathered at a restaurant in North St. Louis County to listen to a few lecturers talk about a few ideas for the future: the flat tax and the fair tax. And yes, to commiserate about the recent past.</p><p>“If we can’t even elect a Republican president with Barack Obama as his opponent, how in God's name do we propose to eliminate the tax code?” Bill Hennessy, who helped found the St. Louis Tea Party, asked. He was visibly frustrated.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:15:00 +0000 Chris McDaniel 6597 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In An Increasingly Red State, How Did Republicans Lose In Missouri? Next Steps For ACA After Mo. Voters Reject Health Insurance Exchanges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/next-steps-aca-after-mo-voters-reject-health-insurance-exchanges <p>On November 6, 2012, Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition E, which prohibited the Governor or any state agency from establishing or operating a state-based health insurance exchange without legislative or citizen approval.</p><p>The Affordable Care Act, however, moves on toward full implementation in 2014.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talked with Sidney Watson, Professor of Law at Saint Louis University’s Health Law Policy Center, and Ryan Barker, Director of Health Policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:26:18 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 6583 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Next Steps For ACA After Mo. Voters Reject Health Insurance Exchanges Effort To Raise Cigarette Tax Fails (Again) http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/effort-raise-cigarette-tax-fails-again <p>Missouri voters have <a href="http://enr.sos.mo.gov/ENR/Views/TabularData.aspx?TabView=StateRaces^Federal%20/%20Statewide%20Races^011656688155">narrowly defeated</a> an effort to raise the state’s tobacco tax.<br><br>If <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/default.asp#propB">Proposition B</a> had passed, the tax on a pack of cigarettes would have gone from <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/2011-state-cigarette-excise-taxes.aspx">the lowest in the nation</a>, at 17 cents, up to 90 cents.<br> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:43:08 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 6197 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Effort To Raise Cigarette Tax Fails (Again) Decision 2012 Post-Election Special http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/decision-2012-post-election-special <p>The election is over and despite some predictions that the results would take a considerable amount of time to trickle in and may even be unknown for a few days, that was not the case.</p><p>Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/race-strange-turns-mccaskills-road-victory">handedly won re-election</a>, defeating Republican Congressman Todd Akin.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:55:51 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 6196 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Decision 2012 Post-Election Special This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/weeks-politically-speaking-podcast-6 <p></p><div>It's the post-election Politically Speaking special. Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum of the St. Louis Beacon to wrap up last night's races.</div><div><p>We go through McCaskill's decisive win over Akin (was he trounced or shellacked?) as well as all the state-wide races. We also throw in a couple Congressional seats, Missouri legislature make-up, and the ballot initiative results.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:53:51 +0000 Chris McDaniel 6193 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast