Lincoln Days http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis Drops Plans To Bid For 2016 Democratic Convention; KC A Finalist For GOP Convention http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-drops-plans-bid-2016-democratic-convention-kc-finalist-gop-convention <p><em><strong>(Updated 2 p.m. Thurs, Feb. 27)</strong></em></p><p>St. Louis has decided against bidding to host the 2016 Democratic presidential convention, citing the current civic focus on improving the downtown access to the Gateway Arch.</p><p><font size="2" style="font-size:10pt">Instead, city officials will consider seeking the 2020 convention "when the Arch (project) is done and paid for," a spokesman for Mayor Francis Slay said Thursday.</font></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:05:32 +0000 Jo Mannies 34014 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Drops Plans To Bid For 2016 Democratic Convention; KC A Finalist For GOP Convention Rand Paul Says GOP Future Hinges On Attracting Folks With Tattoos, And Without http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rand-paul-says-gop-future-hinges-attracting-folks-tattoos-and-without <p>SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Potential 2016 presidential hopeful Rand Paul scanned the packed ballroom of fellow Republicans, most of them older and white, and declared Saturday that their party’s makeup needs to change if the GOP is to have any hope of recapturing the White House.</p><p>“We need a bigger party. We need a party that looks like America,’’ said Paul, currently a U.S. senator from Kentucky, during the closing banquet for the Missouri Republican Party’s Lincoln Days festivities, held this year in Springfield.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 04:33:01 +0000 Jo Mannies 33931 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rand Paul Says GOP Future Hinges On Attracting Folks With Tattoos, And Without 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 Rand Paul To Headline Major Missouri Republican Gathering http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rand-paul-headline-major-missouri-republican-gathering <p>The biggest annual event for Missouri Republicans is more than two months away, but party leaders were eager to announce Monday that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will be the marquee speaker at the state GOP’s Lincoln Days festivities Feb. 21-23.</p><p>The weekend gathering, which attracts hundreds of party activists, will be held in Springfield, Mo.&nbsp; The event rotates among the state’s three largest cities; last year’s Lincoln Days was in St. Louis.&nbsp; The event usually attracts most of the state's major Republican officials, activists, potential candidates and donors.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:00:31 +0000 Jo Mannies 32300 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rand Paul To Headline Major Missouri Republican Gathering