Election 2012

McCaskill/Micro-Unions
3:24 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

McCaskill asked to reveal position on micro-unions

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

A group billing itself as non-partisan is calling on U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D, Missouri) to reveal where she stands on micro-unions.

Micro-unions are smaller groups of workers within an officially-sanctioned labor union.  The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) issued a ruling last year that allowed the creation of micro-unions.  Jason Klindt with the Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs says micro-unions are a threat to small businesses.

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Election 2012
3:47 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Enyart makes it official; will vie for House seat

William Enyart, in an Ill. National Guard photo.
(Illinois National Guard Website)

The man who last week stepped down after five years heading the Illinois National Guard says he's running for a southern Illinois congressional seat as a Democrat.

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Election 2012/GOP Primary
6:32 am
Tue June 12, 2012

GOP Senate debate sticks close to party themes

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin announces his Senate candidacy on May 17, 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The three Republicans vying for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November didn't stray far from the party's script at a debate in St. Charles last night.

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Election 2012
1:52 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Ill. Nat. Guard's Enyart resigns; possible entrant to 12th District race

Maj. Gen William Enyart has submitted his letter of resignation.
(Illinois National Guard Website)

Updated 3:22 p.m. with information from press conference.

The man who has headed the Illinois National Guard for the past five years is stepping down from that post to consider running as a Democrat for an open congressional seat.

Adjutant General William Enyart submitted his resignation Thursday and was replaced by Gov. Pat Quinn for the time being by Maj. Gen. Dennis Celletti. Celletti is the assistant adjutant general for the Army.

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Election 2012
12:42 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Mitt Romney accuses President Obama of 'moral failure' on economy

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands of supporters during a campaign stop at Production Products in St. Louis on June 7, 2012.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney didn’t mince words at a campaign stop in St. Louis on Thursday.

Romney addressed several hundred supporters at Production Products, a military equipment supplier in north St. Louis County.

The former governor railed against the Obama Administration for “undermining the free-enterprise system and over-regulating businesses."

He said the President wasn’t up to the task of solving the economic crisis, all the while recklessly expanding the reach of government.

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Brad Harriman
1:25 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Harriman drops from US House race in southern Ill., cites illness

Brad Harriman.
(via Brad Harriman for Congress website)

Updated 1:53 p.m. with statements from Costello, Plummer

The Democratic nominee for a southern Illinois congressional seat being vacated by Jerry Costello says he's dropping out of the race for medical reasons.

Democrat Brad Harriman says his withdrawal from the 12th Congressional District race comes after he talked with his doctor about what he calls a noticeably worsening neurological condition that now requires surgery.

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Clay and Carnahan face off
4:53 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Clay and Carnahan disagree on impact of primary race

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis) and William "Lacy" Clay (D-St. Louis) (R).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri congressmen Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan have some differences of opinion when it comes to the potential political impact of their Democratic primary battle. 

Both are running for the Democratic nomination in the 1st congressional district, which Clay has represented since 2001. Carnahan decided to challenge Clay after Carnahan’s south St. Louis city and county district was split up following the 2010 census. Clay calls the situation “unfortunate".

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Roy Blunt at Mo. Capitol
11:49 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Blunt tells Mo. lawmakers to guard against big govt., declines to endorse in U.S. Senate race

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
(via Flickr/Senator Roy Blunt)

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R) briefly addressed the Missouri House today.

Blunt spent most of his nine-minute speech criticizing government growth and overregulation.  He was especially critical of the federal government’s attempts to regulate family farms.

"We don’t need people in Washington DC deciding what farm kids can do on family farms," Blunt said to applause.  "We don’t need the EPA trying to spend all this time figuring out how you can farm without dust.”

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Election 2012
3:01 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon to endorse Clay in congressional primary

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis) and William "Lacy" Clay (D-St. Louis) (R).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Per Clay spokesman Steven Engelhardt, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is endorsing Rep. William "Lacy" Clay (D-St. Louis) in the 1st District congressional primary in St. Louis.

Clay faces Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis).

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Election 2012
1:23 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Reps. Carnahan, Clay both report more than $400K

U.S. Reps. Russ Carnahan (at left) and William Lacy Clay will face each other in the Democratic primary for the 1st Congressional District, where Clay is the incumbent.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Congressmen Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay are on similar financial footing heading into a Democratic primary in St. Louis.

Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Carnahan raised more money than Clay during the past quarter and has slightly more in his campaign account.

Carnahan raised nearly $145,000 from January through March, while Clay raised nearly $84,000. Both spent most of that money.

At the end of the period, Carnahan had $488,481 in his campaign account compared with $406,066 for Clay.

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