Election 2012

Election 2012
5:55 pm
Sat January 21, 2012

The South Carolina Primary

(NPR)

First there was Iowa, then New Hampshire. Now the nation's attention heads south for the next presidential primary in South Carolina.

Join us on-air at 90.7 FM or online for live special coverage of the action in South Carolina from NPR starting at 7 p.m. You can also follow the latest from NPR on Election 2012 below.

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Tobacco Tax Petitions
8:19 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Tobacco tax petitions seek approval for circualtion

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Reporting by KCUR's Elana Gordon was used in this story.

Two petitions that would affect taxes on tobacco products in Missouri are going through the approval process for circulation.

One would give cities and counties the ability to set and control tobacco taxes. The state has preempted local tobacco taxes since 1993.

Petitions supporters say local communities should have the right to determine how tobacco tax dollars are used. But Misty Snodgrass with the American Cancer Society says the proposal is problematic.

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Election 2012
10:17 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Democrat Baker enters race for Missouri lt. gov.

Judy Baker.
(via Judy Baker for Missouri)

Former Missouri House member Judy Baker has entered the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.

Baker, of Columbia, announced her candidacy Thursday while pledging to champion initiatives for seniors and veterans.

Baker served in the state House from 2005 to 2009 and lost a 2008 bid for Congress to Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer. She recently resigned from President Barack Obama's administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Costello makes endorsement
6:15 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

Former Ill. educator gets Costello endorsement in race for Congressman's successor

Former St. Clair County, Ill. educator Brad Harriman has picked up the endorsement of retiring Congressman Jerry Costello in the race to fill Costello's seat.
(via Facebook/Harriman for Congress)

A former regional superintendent for St. Clair County, Ill. has picked up the endorsement of retiring Congressman Jerry Costello in the race to replace the 10-term Congressman.

Costello announced his decision to endorse Brad Harriman on Saturday with the following statement:

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Election 2012
3:38 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Mo. gov. candidate Spence drops economics degree from bio

Dave Spence.
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Updated 3:42 p.m. to reflect not only the removal of all degree information from Spence's website, but then the inclusion of Spence's degree title on the site.

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has changed a claim on his campaign website that he earned a college degree in economics.

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Election 2012
7:30 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

The New Hampshire Primary

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New Hampshire voters voiced their judgment Tuesday on which Republican candidate should challenge President Obama for the nation's top job in 2012.

Join us after the polls close in New Hampshire for live special coverage on-air tonight from NPR beginning at 8 p.m. and follow the latest from NPR on the New Hampshire Primary and Election 2012 below.

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Election 2012
4:54 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Mo. gov. candidate Spence omits part of college degree

Dave Spence.
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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.

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Election 2012 / Iowa Caucuses
7:00 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

The Iowa Caucuses

Iowa Republicans caucus tonight to voice their judgment on which candidate should challenge President Obama for the nation's top job in 2012.

Join us for live special coverage on-air tonight from NPR beginning at 8 p.m. and follow the latest from NPR on Election 2012 below.

Want to know more about the Iowa caucuses? NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin wrote up a blog post to give a historical perspective on what winning the caucuses means to the election as a whole and the process of caucusing itself.

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4:05 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Nasheed to run for Mo. state Senate

Missouri state Rep. Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis).
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House of Representatives)

State Representative Jamilah Nasheed announced Tuesday she's running for the state Senate.

The St. Louis Democrat is running against fellow Democratic incumbent Senator Robin Wright-Jones.

Following redistricting Nasheed's district now includes two other current state representatives, but she says that's not why she's chosen to run for a Senate seat.

“I'm running simply because I truly believe the city of St. Louis truly needs leadership,” Nasheed said. “Right now in the Senate under Robin Wright-Jones, the city hasn't had an effective voice.”

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Treasurer's race
4:46 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Wahby, head of St. Louis Dems, enters race for treasurer

Brian Wahby, current chairman of the Democratic party in St. Louis, has announced he's running for treasurer.
(Provided by Wahby for St. Louis)

The race for St. Louis city treasurer is getting crowded.

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