Election 2012

Politics
5:22 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Akin and McCaskill square off in first debate

(Akin: UPI Bill Greenblatt/McCaskill: Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Republican Congressman Todd Akin and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill met on stage for their first debate on Friday morning in Columbia. Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine joined the forum held by the Missouri Press Association.

The candidates for U.S. Senate wasted no time before trading jabs.

Akin criticized McCaskill for the growing national debt, as well as her vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is considerably unpopular in Missouri.

"It's pretty hard to say you're in favor of Medicare when you cut 700 billion from it," Akin said.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

At debate, Spence makes serious allegations about Nixon's funding

Governor Jay Nixon (left), businessman Dave Spence (center) and Libertarian Jim Higgins (right) debate the issues at the Missouri Press Association's forum.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

In Missouri’s first gubernatorial debate this election season, Republican Dave Spence went on the attack against Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. They were also joined by Libertarian candidate Jim Higgins.

St. Louis businessman Dave Spence made serious allegations that the Governor is in the pocket of labor unions and attorneys.

“Labor unions: 2.3 million. Personal injury attorneys: 2.4," Spence said, rattling off campaign donations for Nixon. "You wanna know who's dictating policy and suffocating our state? There you have it."

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Democratic deja vu
6:25 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Voters in 87th District face Democratic deja vu

A posted notice lists the names of the two candidates in the special election in the 87th District in St. Louis County - an election held because of ballot irregularities.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:15 pm to reflect that the maps were drawn by a panel of judges, not the General Assembly.

In the first election after redistricting, it’s not uncommon for former colleagues from the same party to square off for a seat in the Missouri General Assembly.

So the August primary between Democrats Susan Carlson and Stacey Newman for the new 87th District in St. Louis County was nothing unusual - until the unofficial results showed a one-vote margin of victory for Newman. The plot thickened when ballot irregularities made it impossible to conduct a recount.

By now, the two women planned to be helping out other candidates with general election opponents. But instead, they’re back out on the campaign trail for themselves.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

New Nixon ad hits Spence over bank bailout in Mo.

(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has launched his first critical ad against challenger Dave Spence, citing the businessman's role in a financially troubled bank.

The TV ad that began airing statewide Thursday from the Democratic governor notes that his Republican challenger was on the board of directors of Reliance Bancshares when it decided in early 2011 to forgo repaying a $40 million bailout from the federal government.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Akin calls for suspension of aid to Egypt

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis) talks with reporters after announcing he will challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill for her seat in 2012, in Creve Coeur, Mo. on May 17.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin says the U.S. should suspend aid to Egypt because of the attack on the U.S. embassy and the repeated burning of American flags by Egyptians.

Akin said in a statement Thursday that the fact that the embassy attack occurred on Sept. 11 suggests it was planned and not spontaneous. He said if Egypt were a good ally, it should have better protected the U.S. embassy.

Akin said U.S. aid to Egypt should be suspended "until the Egyptian government takes corrective action to restore its relationship with the United States."

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Politics
2:31 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

This week's Politically Speaking podcast

Jason Rosenbaum (left) and Jo Mannies (right) join Chris McDaniel (center) to discuss Missouri politics.
Dick Weiss

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a variety of issues. On today's podcast: an update on Akin's campaign initiative (and poetry reading) aimed at women.  Also, a preview of Monday's special election between Newman and Carlson. And finally, a look at the prominent national Republicans visiting Missouri.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter: @jmannies

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Politics
11:48 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Akin seeks to improve image with female voters

Congressman Akin engages the crowd following his "Missouri Women Standing with Todd Akin" rally.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Congressman Todd Akin is trying to improve his image with female voters.  On Tuesday night, Akin held an event featuring numerous women voicing their support for him. It was his first appearance in St. Louis since his now infamous comments concerning "legitimate rape."

Since then, Akin's campaign for U.S. Senate has largely stuck to campaigning in the rural areas of Missouri, avoiding his congressional district in St. Louis County -- at least until now.

The event had well over a hundred women, mostly middle aged and predominantly conservative Christian.

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1:19 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The 47 percent, in one graphic

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The Planet Money team breaks down the numbers behind the statistic making the news today. Learn more via the link.
Our colleague Mark Memmot explains the context around Mitt Romney's comment that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. Here's a closer look at the numbers. As of the latest accounting, it's actually just over 46 percent of Americans that pay no federal income taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center (PDF).
Politics
4:13 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Montee stumps at Democratic rally

Former Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee announces she will run for the office of Missouri Lieutenant Governor on February 7, 2012.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The race for Missouri Lieutenant Governor has remained below the radar so far this political season. Republican incumbent Peter Kinder and Democratic challenger Susan Montee are well-known political names in the state, but their campaigning has been fairly low-key to this point.

Montee appeared as part of a Democratic rally Sunday in mid-Missouri, in front of a full crowd of 300 Democrats.

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It's All Politics
1:47 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Football And (Conservative) Politics Do Mix For Some NFL Fans

Rowdy Smith, who brought his sons to the St. Louis Rams game on Sunday, said that President Obama's "not a leader" and is hurting the energy industry. He's shown here walking in front of the Americans for Prosperity campaign bus.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 2:18 pm

There's nothing like a ready-made crowd to help a group get its message out. That's why a conservative political organization set up shop Sunday outside the St. Louis Rams-Washington Redskins NFL football game.

Why mix politics and football?

"People are here," explained Patrick Werner, Missouri state director for Americans for Prosperity.

Football fans are used to encountering promotional tents for sports-talk radio stations and brands of beer and mixed nuts on their way to the game. Not so many of them expect to discuss politics as part of the pregame festivities.

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