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4:46 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Gingrich: Republican Support For Akin Will Return

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks at a press conference as Rep. Todd Akin looks on. Gingrich is visiting the area to help Akin with his U.S. Senate campaign fundraising where he is opposing incumbent Claire McCaskill.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich threw his support behind Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin. Akin was thrust into national prominence after his now infamous comments regarding "legitimate rape."

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Politics
5:22 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Akin and McCaskill square off in first debate

(Akin: UPI Bill Greenblatt/McCaskill: Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Republican Congressman Todd Akin and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill met on stage for their first debate on Friday morning in Columbia. Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine joined the forum held by the Missouri Press Association.

The candidates for U.S. Senate wasted no time before trading jabs.

Akin criticized McCaskill for the growing national debt, as well as her vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is considerably unpopular in Missouri.

"It's pretty hard to say you're in favor of Medicare when you cut 700 billion from it," Akin said.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

At debate, Spence makes serious allegations about Nixon's funding

Governor Jay Nixon (left), businessman Dave Spence (center) and Libertarian Jim Higgins (right) debate the issues at the Missouri Press Association's forum.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

In Missouri’s first gubernatorial debate this election season, Republican Dave Spence went on the attack against Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. They were also joined by Libertarian candidate Jim Higgins.

St. Louis businessman Dave Spence made serious allegations that the Governor is in the pocket of labor unions and attorneys.

“Labor unions: 2.3 million. Personal injury attorneys: 2.4," Spence said, rattling off campaign donations for Nixon. "You wanna know who's dictating policy and suffocating our state? There you have it."

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Democratic deja vu
6:25 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Voters in 87th District face Democratic deja vu

A posted notice lists the names of the two candidates in the special election in the 87th District in St. Louis County - an election held because of ballot irregularities.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:15 pm to reflect that the maps were drawn by a panel of judges, not the General Assembly.

In the first election after redistricting, it’s not uncommon for former colleagues from the same party to square off for a seat in the Missouri General Assembly.

So the August primary between Democrats Susan Carlson and Stacey Newman for the new 87th District in St. Louis County was nothing unusual - until the unofficial results showed a one-vote margin of victory for Newman. The plot thickened when ballot irregularities made it impossible to conduct a recount.

By now, the two women planned to be helping out other candidates with general election opponents. But instead, they’re back out on the campaign trail for themselves.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

New Nixon ad hits Spence over bank bailout in Mo.

(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has launched his first critical ad against challenger Dave Spence, citing the businessman's role in a financially troubled bank.

The TV ad that began airing statewide Thursday from the Democratic governor notes that his Republican challenger was on the board of directors of Reliance Bancshares when it decided in early 2011 to forgo repaying a $40 million bailout from the federal government.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Akin calls for suspension of aid to Egypt

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis) talks with reporters after announcing he will challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill for her seat in 2012, in Creve Coeur, Mo. on May 17.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin says the U.S. should suspend aid to Egypt because of the attack on the U.S. embassy and the repeated burning of American flags by Egyptians.

Akin said in a statement Thursday that the fact that the embassy attack occurred on Sept. 11 suggests it was planned and not spontaneous. He said if Egypt were a good ally, it should have better protected the U.S. embassy.

Akin said U.S. aid to Egypt should be suspended "until the Egyptian government takes corrective action to restore its relationship with the United States."

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Politics
2:31 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

This week's Politically Speaking podcast

Jason Rosenbaum (left) and Jo Mannies (right) join Chris McDaniel (center) to discuss Missouri politics.
Dick Weiss

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a variety of issues. On today's podcast: an update on Akin's campaign initiative (and poetry reading) aimed at women.  Also, a preview of Monday's special election between Newman and Carlson. And finally, a look at the prominent national Republicans visiting Missouri.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter: @jmannies

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Debt reduction talk attracts protesters

David Walker (right) speaks to Dave Kingsley (left) who organized the protest.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

David Walker has given his lecture on reducing the national debt in 13 cities, but he says his appearance in St. Louis  was the first that attracted protesters. Walker was the Comptroller General of the United States from 1998 to 2008, serving in the Government Accountability Office.

Since then, Walker has written a book and toured around America to lecture on the increasing national debt. His lecture tour, titled "$10 Million a Minute", involves him speaking about a variety of areas in which he believes residents can combat the growing U.S. financial burden.

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Politics
11:48 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Akin seeks to improve image with female voters

Congressman Akin engages the crowd following his "Missouri Women Standing with Todd Akin" rally.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Congressman Todd Akin is trying to improve his image with female voters.  On Tuesday night, Akin held an event featuring numerous women voicing their support for him. It was his first appearance in St. Louis since his now infamous comments concerning "legitimate rape."

Since then, Akin's campaign for U.S. Senate has largely stuck to campaigning in the rural areas of Missouri, avoiding his congressional district in St. Louis County -- at least until now.

The event had well over a hundred women, mostly middle aged and predominantly conservative Christian.

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1:19 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The 47 percent, in one graphic

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The Planet Money team breaks down the numbers behind the statistic making the news today. Learn more via the link.
Our colleague Mark Memmot explains the context around Mitt Romney's comment that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. Here's a closer look at the numbers. As of the latest accounting, it's actually just over 46 percent of Americans that pay no federal income taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center (PDF).

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