In a battle of political dynasties, Congressman William Lacy Clay emerged victorious over fellow incumbent Russ Carnahan Tuesday.
Clay won the Democratic primary to represent the party in the new 1st Congressional District. In a campaign that was often bitter, Clay repeatedly accused Carnahan of going negative with a string of attack ads, but says the strategy didn't work.
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Illinois prison workers union: workers subject to coordinated shakedowns
A spokesman for the union representing Illinois prison workers now says staff at nearly all state facilities have been subject to coordinated shakedowns. A July 19 email obtained by the Associated Press seems to confirm those comments, saying a Department of Corrections administrator ordered wardens to at 10 prisons to conduct 'mass shakedowns' of staff as they left work last week.
Gov. Jay Nixon’s re-election war chest continues to grow, according to new figures released today.
Nixon raised $2.1 million between April and June, and had over $7.6 million in his account as of July first. His campaign calls it his strongest fundraising quarter this election cycle and says his bank account is twice the size it was around this time in July 2008.
The Democrat from DeSoto will face the winner of the August 7th Republican primary.
Republican businessman Dave Spence has been touting his record creating jobs while campaigning to become Missouri governor. Yet records obtained by The Associated Press show Spence's business had to repay $75,000 of incentives to New York after not meeting a job target.
The failed business venture occurred in the mid-2000s. Spence's campaign says New York was a poor place to do business and that Missouri is in similarly poor shape under Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
The presumptive Republican candidate for Missouri Governor, Dave Spence, says Democrat Jay Nixon is not doing a thing to help grow the state economy.
Spence is a wealthy St. Louis businessman who made his fortune as a manufacturer of plastic containers. He is a virtual outsider in state politics, having never run for political office before. Spence addressed members of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) on Friday.
Mr. Spence accused Nixon of stifling growth, by imposing layers of unnecessary regulations on the private sector.
Fraternity removes GOP campaign banner after hearing from Nixon staffer
A fraternity at the University of Missouri Columbia has removed a campaign banner of Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence from its house after Gov. Jay Nixon’s communications director raised concerns.
Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence touts on his website that he "earned a degree in Economics" from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
What his website doesn't say is that the degree was in home economics.
Spence told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a story published online Tuesday that his grades weren't good enough for the business school, so he chose a different academic path that allowed him to graduate on time. He acknowledged that the description of his degree on the campaign's website may be misleading.
St. Louis businessman Dave Spence says he is entering the Republican race for Missouri governor.
Spence declared his candidacy Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. He becomes the first prominent Republican to officially launch a challenge to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in the 2012 elections.
Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder also is expected to announce his candidacy for governor soon. That would set up a Republican primary next August.