Beyond November

St. Louis on the Air
1:57 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

A Conversation With Illinois 12th Congressional Candidate Bill Enyart

Candidate Bill Enyart
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)
  • Interview with Bill Enyart

Longtime U.S. Democratic Representative Jerry Costello is not seeking another term and that leaves three candidates vying for the 12th Congressional District in Illinois. 

The candidates are lumber businessman, Republican Jason Plummer, emergency room nurse and Green Party candidate, Paula Bradshaw, and former Illinois National Guard Adjutant General Bill Enyart.

Host Don Marsh talks with Bill Enyart about his candidacy and some of the major issues this election.

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4:42 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

McCaskill Cancels Campaigning To Be With Ill Mother

Chris McDaniel Beyond November

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has canceled campaign events for the remainder of the week to spend time with her critically ill mother.

McCaskill campaign spokesman Caitlin Legacki said Tuesday that the Democratic senator is with her 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, at an intensive care unit of a St. Louis hospital.

McCaskill canceled campaign stops Tuesday in Mount Vernon, Butler and Clinton. Legacki said she also canceled the rest of her get-out-the-vote tour in rural Missouri and all other campaign events through the end of the week.

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Election 2012
6:16 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Verdict Of Voters To Determine Missouri Judicial Selection Process

(via Flickr/Joe Gratz)

In the upcoming election, Missouri voters will decide whether to change how judges are chosen in the Show Me State.

More than 70 years ago Missourians voted for a nominating system that strove to take political influence out of the judiciary.

But as St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman reports, Constitutional Amendment 3 made it to November's ballot after increased criticism of that plan in recent years.

How it all works - now

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Spence rally in Mo. capital city
8:11 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Spence Rallies Jeff City Supporters Without Walker

Mo. gubernatorial nominee Dave Spence (R) greets voters at a rally in Jefferson City on 10-22-2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 10/23/2012, 11:12 a.m., to include response from the Mo. Democratic Party.

The Republican challenger trying to unseat Democratic Governor Jay Nixon took his campaign to Missouri’s capital city Monday.

Dave Spence went forward with his campaign stop despite losing his big-name keynote speaker:  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) was supposed to introduce Spence in Jefferson City and headline fundraisers in St. Louis and Kansas City, but canceled following a deadly shooting in the Milwaukee area.  Spence agreed with Walker’s decision and carried on without him.

“He absolutely did the right thing," Spence told the crowd of around 150.  "He put people before politics.”

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St. Louis on the Air
3:17 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Akin On ‘Dog’ Comment: Everybody Knew What I Meant

Congressman Todd Akin
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
  • Interview with Congressman Todd Akin, candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri.

The U.S. Senate race in Missouri has drawn national attention with Republican Congressman Todd Akin vying to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. Most recently, Akin garnered national ire for saying McCaskill is like a dog that fetches taxes and regulations from D.C. and brings them back to Missouri.

Akin defended that analogy on Monday.

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8:14 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Early Voting Underway Today in Illinois

Those headed to the polls in St. Louis in 2012 will be voting in an election run by a different St. Louis Board of Elections. Three new members were named today by Gov. Jay Nixon. (via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)
File photo

Voters casting ballots before Election Day say convenience and short lines are among their top reasons.

Early voting statewide began in Illinois Monday. It runs through Nov. 3. Some election officials say ballots cast before Election Day could top records from 2008. However, the overall number of registered voters is down.

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4:28 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Spence Puts $500K More Into Mo. Governor's Bid

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has put an additional $500,000 into his campaign to unseat Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

The Missouri Ethics Commission website shows that Spence made the loan earlier this week. He has now given and loaned his campaign a total of $4.5 million.

The latest loan comes after finance reports released Monday showed Spence's campaign with less cash than Nixon's. The incumbent governor reported more than $4.9 million in his campaign account as of the start of October, compared with $1.5 million for Spence.

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1:46 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Excluded From Senate Debate, How Would The Libertarian Have Answered?

(Courtesy: Jonathan Dine)

On Thursday night, the two Missouri senate candidates from the two major parties shook hands in front of a crowd of hundreds of potential voters. Meanwhile, the Libertarian candidate listened to the debate on the radio as he drove back to Kansas City for work in the morning.

Jonathan Dine was not invited to the debate, but drove to St. Louis anyway to meet with members of the media. On St. Louis on the Air on Wednesday, Dine expressed his frustration over being excluded from the debate.

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Senate Debate
11:54 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

McCaskill And Akin Square Off In Final Debate

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

Incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin squared off in their final debate of the campaign last night. Those hoping for a slugfest were probably disappointed.

In fact, Akin’s previous “legitimate rape” comment largely went ignored, and the two candidates didn’t cover much new ground.

They mostly stuck to the talking points they’ve used on the campaign trail – McCaskill portrayed herself as a moderate.

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2:45 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Ill. Voters File Lawsuit Challenging Retirement Benefits Ballot Question

A ballot question in Illinois regarding retirement benefits for public employees has been challenged with a lawsuit.
(via Flickr/aperte)

A group of voters is challenging the validity of a measure on this fall's ballot that would make it more difficult to improve retirement benefits for public employees.

In a statement Thursday, Republican state Senate candidate John Bambenek, of Champaign, said he and 10 other Illinois residents filed a lawsuit arguing the question is unconstitutional.

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