Election 2012

Politics
5:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Gubernatorial Candidates Running On Same Issue: Jobs

(Nixon: via Missouri Governor’s website, Spence: courtesy Alpha Packaging)

Four years ago, Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon was elected by 19 points: a landslide. But this time around, it may not be so easy for him. Some polls show St. Louis businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence within striking distance of the Governor. The race has been personal at times, but it’s primarily been about one overarching issue: jobs.

Dave Spence owns a couple of plastics businesses. One of those businesses is Alpha Packaging.

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Politics
12:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

'Souls To The Polls' Finds A Place In St. Louis

Geoff Story

There’s a new effort in St. Louis to help people get to the polls next Tuesday.

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Politics
12:58 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

It's the last Politically Speaking before the election. As always, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a few political issues.

On today’s podcast: We wrap up the Missouri Senate race with Congressman Todd Akin and Senator Claire McCaskill. We then talk about our impressions of turnout in general in the St. Louis area -- which is currently down according to absentee voting numbers. And finally, Jo gives us some trivia knowledge for some historic presidential races.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Amendment 3 - Selection Of Mo. Judges

(L to R) Senator Jim Lembke, Judge William Ray Price and host Don Marsh discuss Amendment 3
Robert Peterson / St. Louis Public Radio

In the last of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Amendment 3, concerning proposed changes to the way some judges are selected in Missouri.

Host Don Marsh talks with Republican state Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis County and former Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court William Ray Price, Jr.  Lembke says Amendment 3 is a step in the right direction while Price opposes it.

Official Ballot Title: (source: Missouri Secretary of State website)

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St. Louis on the Air
11:33 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Proposition B - Tobacco Tax Increase

Dudley McCarter (L) and Ron Leone (R) make their case for and against Proposition B
Robert Peterson / St. Louis Public Radio

In the third of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition B, concerning a tobacco tax increase.

Host Don Marsh talks with Dudley McCarter, an attorney and board member of Missourians for Health and Education, and Ron Leone, the Executive Director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association. 

McCarter supports Proposition B and Leone opposes it.

Official Ballot Title: (source: Missouri Secretary of State website)

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Politics
5:25 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

McCaskill Returns To The Campaign Trail

Senator Claire McCaskill talks to reporters outside of Bayless Elementary.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is back on the campaign trail, attacking her opponent, Republican Congressman  Todd Akin for his stance on the school lunch program. It was McCaskill’s first public appearance since the passing of her mother, Betty Anne.

In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.

McCaskill said her passing has been “tumultuous."

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St. Louis on the Air
4:56 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Proposition E - Health Insurance Exchange

Doctor's Office Room
Credit (via Flickr/Jennifer_Boriss)

In the second of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition E, concerning the implementation of health insurance exchanges.

Host Don Marsh talks with Republican state Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis County and Jennifer Bersdale, Board Member for Missouri Healthcare for All.  Lembke supports Proposition E while Bersdale opposes it.

Official Ballot Title: (source: Missouri Secretary of State website)

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St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Proposition A - Local Control Of The City Of St. Louis Police

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

In the first of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition A, concerning local control of the City of St. Louis police department.

Host Don Marsh talks with Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay’s Chief of Staff for the City of St. Louis, and John Chasnoff, Program Director for the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.  Rainford supports Proposition A while Chasnoff opposes it.

Official Ballot Title: (source: Missouri Secretary of State website)

Shall Missouri law be amended to:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:21 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

TODAY: Join Us For A Live Town Hall Forum

Kelsey Proud / St. Louis Public Radio

This event has now concluded. Thank you for joining us.

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Join host Don Marsh for a live broadcast of “St. Louis on the Air” TODAY at 11:00 a.m.  This live broadcast will take place in the Community Room of our new building, UMSL at Grand Center. 

We’ll discuss the major ballot issues you’ll have a chance to vote on next Tuesday.  The first hour of the forum will be broadcast live and the second hour will be recorded and air tomorrow. 

*The event is free; no tickets required.*

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Politics
8:30 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Activists Rally Against Prop A

Activists rally at St. Louis City Hall against Proposition A.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Activists say it’s a tricky maneuver.

Groups including the ACLU and NAACP have long supported local control of police.  But Chair of the Organization for Black Struggle, Montague Simmons, says Proposition A would undercut transparency and citizen oversight.

“The banner head that they’re using for local control, we built credibility for,” Simmons says.  “People understand it and they identify directly with citizen review.  They identify it with accountability and transparency.  Absent that, people will be buying in to something they can’t live with.”

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