Election 2012

Election 2012
10:06 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Hoffman drops run for Congress, switches to Ill. House

Former Ill. state Rep. Jay Hoffman.
(Ill. General Assembly website)

Democrat Jay Hoffman has changed his mind about running for Congress and now plans to seek a seat in the
Illinois House.

Democratic Party officials on Thursday endorsed Huffman's run for the seat held until recently by Tom Holbrook. Holbrook announced plans to step down from the Illinois House after Gov. Pat Quinn picked him to head the Illinois Pollution Control Board.

A month ago, Hoffman had said he'd run for Congress in the newly drawn 13th District.

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Election 2012/Jerry Costello
1:15 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Costello will not run again

Jerry Costello (L) speaks with Downtown St. Louis Airport officials Robert McDaniel (center) and Mike Miller (R) after announcing he will not run for re-election on October 4, 2011.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments from Costello's press conference and reaction from political figures.

A long-time political figure in the Metro East has announced he will not run for re-election.

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Election 2012 / John Brunner
11:22 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Brunner enters race for U.S. Senate

John Brunner, who announced he's running for U.S. Senate. Brunner is the chairman of Vi-Jon, Inc. which manufactures Germ-X hand sanitizer and other personal care products.
(via John Brunner for Senate)

Updated 2:11 p.m. with details

The Republican race to challenge U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in 2012 is officially a three-way contest.

John Brunner, chairman of St. Louis-based Vi-Jon, Inc.,which makes Germ-X hand sanitizer and other personal care products,  has officially entered the race.

Brunner made the announcement via a 10:45 a.m. press conference Monday. Here are his prepared remarks for you to review.

Brunner, a former Marine, describes himself on his Twitter profile and Facebook page as "a true constitutional conservative running to cut spending, balance the budget, and restore the American Dream." He has a long track record of donating to Republican and conservative causes. But he's never run for public office - which he says makes him the most qualified person to serve.

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Morning News Round-up
9:36 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, October 3, 2011

St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols enters the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium on April 21, 2011. Last night, Pujols hit a go ahead single to edge the Phillies 5-4.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Cardinals top Phillies 5-4

Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead single in the seventh to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies last night. John Jay added two RBIs for the Cardinals, who evened the National League division series matchup at one game apiece. St. Louis will send Jamie Garcia to the mound tomorrow in game 3.

Brunner expected to announce U.S. Senate candidacy

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Election 2012 / Susan Montee for Lt. Gov.
5:31 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Mo. Dem. Chair Montee plans to run for lt. gov.

Susan Montee.
(via Flickr/MoNewsHorizon)

Missouri Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Montee says she plans to run for lieutenant governor next year.

Montee said Friday she has been trying to recruit strong Democratic candidates for offices and believes she has the best chance of winning the lieutenant governor's office being vacated by Republican Peter Kinder.

Kinder has said he will not seek re-election and is instead considering a run for governor.

Montee served as state auditor for four years before losing re-election last year to Republican Tom Schweich.

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Robin Carnahan
3:10 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Robin Carnahan will not seek third term as Mo. Secretary of State

Mo. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Updated 5:02 p.m. with statement from the Missouri Democratic Party.

Update: 3:22 p.m.: Mo. State Rep. Jason Kander, D-Kansas City has announced he will be a candidate for the position via an announcement on his website. Here's an excerpt:

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Mo. Presidential Primary
5:39 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Mo. GOP switches to party caucuses for choosing presidential candidates

(via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)

The Missouri Republican Party is abandoning the presidential primary and will use the caucus system to choose delegates for next year’s presidential race.  The decision comes as a bill that would move the party primaries from February to March remains stalled in the Missouri Senate.

The national GOP had given the state until midnight on October First to move the presidential primary to March, or else risk losing half its delegates.  State GOP Executive Director Lloyd Smith says if Missouri goes ahead with a presidential primary in February, it will not count.

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Election 2012
10:38 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Hoffman to formally announce run for 13th Congressional District

Former Ill. state Rep. Jay Hoffman

Jay Hoffman served in the Illinois House for 22 years, and now he says he's running for Congress.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Hoffman said Sunday he'll run for the Democratic nomination in the new 13th Congressional District. Hoffman narrowly lost a race for Congress in 1996.

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Peter Kinder / Election 2012
11:33 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Kinder to tour Mo. before deciding on gov's race

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(Official Photo via Office of the Lt. Governor)

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder plans to meet with residents across Missouri before deciding whether to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in next year's elections.

Although he has not officially declared his candidacy, Kinder has been preparing for months to run for governor.

But his potential campaign was dealt a setback earlier this month when Kinder acknowledged that he had repeatedly visited a strip club 17 years ago.

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Morning round-up
9:18 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, August 22, 2011

Critics are challenging a proposed Mo. ballot measure that seeks to limit interest rates for payday loans.
Flickr/PinkMoose

Critics challenge Mo. measure to limit payday loan interest

The proposed ballot measure would cap interest, fees and charges for payday and car title loans at 36 percent per year.

Critics of the proposal filed a lawsuit in the state Capitol's home of Cole County. The suit contends a ballot summary for the proposal is inadequate and unfair and that the cost estimate for the proposal does not address all the possible costs.

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