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.
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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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
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.
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.
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.