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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 4, 2008 - Wednesday's major event outside of the convention was a tribute to Sen. Bob Dole from the Kansas and Missouri delegations. Sens. Sam Brownback, Jack Danforth, Fred Thompson, U.S. Rep. and Missouri gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof, and U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Wichita stood on stage to honor this great American.

Commentary on Obama and McCain: The power of words

Nov 6, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 6, 2008 - America can change. This much is true. It was evident in the reflections of both candidates. Sen. Barack Obama called for a renewed sense of unity, accountability and self-reliance. His speech in Chicago was a call to action for all Americans to join together. The tracing of the life of Ann Nixon Cooper, the 106-year-old voter, was poignant and displayed the shape and stride of our history.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 4, 2008 - At Kirkwood City Hall, where the wait to vote was two hours shortly after the polls opened at 6 a.m., voters were casting their ballots in about 40 minutes by late morning.

Election day: Slowdown at Wydown Middle

Nov 4, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 4, 2008 - Like many polling places across St. Louis, Wydown Middle School was slammed with voters just after dawn.

Joe Pollack, a St. Louis County Board of Elections assistant supervisor stationed at the school, said the wait time was about 90 minutes at 6:30 a.m. and roughly an hour for those who arrived at 7 a.m.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 4, 2008 - Outside many polling places are Obama supporters in lime-green T-shirts that read "Voter Assistance."

A few of them have been the lone problem so far in St. Charles County, said Rich Chrismer, director of elections for St. Charles County. Chrismer said the volunteers were implying they worked for the election authority, which they don't, and there was some intimidation as people were on their way in to vote.

He called the Justice Department and reported the incident.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 4, 2008 - Dorothy Ward said she could not sleep at all Monday night.

"It was the anticipation, the excitement of Election Day," said the St. Louis woman who described herself as "40ish" and an employee of the Sara Lee bakery office in Earth City.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 3, 2008 - The high-energy campaigns that the presidential and gubernatorial candidates have waged in Missouri have led to a voter-registration surge that promises to end with a bang on Election Day. A record 76 percent of voters, or roughly 3.2 million people, are expected to cast ballots.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 3, 2008 - For Demetrius Braxton, a 36-year-old employee of a St. Louis drug and alcohol treatment center, the decision on who will get his vote for president of the United States is coming down to a single question.

While jobs, high energy prices and health care all are serious issues, Braxton said, what he really needed to know on an unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon in November, was this:

"When I go to sleep at night, who will make me feel most safe?"

Commentary: Yard signs don't look good for Obama

Oct 26, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 26, 2008 - Driving down Hwy 21 for an Ozark weekend recently, a friend and I began counting yard signs. Anyone who knows anything about Missouri politics knows that Jefferson County, which is immediately south of St. Louis County, is purely Democratic. Jay Nixon has roots in the area, and the local pols are all of the donkey persuasion.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 24, 2008 - On the day earlier this month when President Bush signed into law the historic financial bailout bill, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill made a pit stop in St. Peters to promote Sen. Barack Obama's economic platform.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 20, 2008 - McCain told the crowd in St. Charles "I am an American, and I choose to fight." Sen. John McCain's "straight talk express'' pulled into New Town at St. Charles Monday morning, with the candidate telling about 3,000 enthusiastic supporters not to give up hope and to keep fighting with him, even though the national media have written off his campaign.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 20, 2008 - We have met, at long last, the Everyman of the supply-side school of economics. He’s the rugged American individualist that generations of right-wing theorists have sought to free from the burdens of union dues, medical coverage, workmen’s compensation insurance, pension benefits and OSHA health and safety regulations.

Editor's weekly: Confronting our fears

Oct 10, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 10, 2008 - We all know that even the most unexpected crises – from 9/11 to last spring’s flood – usually follow a somewhat predictable path. Disaster strikes. Experts analyze the causes and consequences. Leaders take predictable sides and argue over remedies. Through intervention or time, the crisis passes.

Not this time. What scares me most about the current economic crisis is that everything and everyone seem off script.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 30, 2008 - What impact did Friday's presidential debate have on the contest? It's best to wait a few days before making firm assessments. The immediate readings from same day and next day polls might be capturing fleeting impressions. That initial Friday night perception might change after weekend conversations with the neighbors and Monday lunch discussions at the workplace.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 29, 2008 - To win votes of faith-based groups across the spectrum of beliefs, the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns have hired special faith outreach staff. Candidates' supporters hold house parties and coffees for members of their faith groups to convey the idea is that "lots of people who share your values" support their candidate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 29, 2008 - One may ask: How can Barack Obama possibly lose the 2008 presidential election?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 23, 2008 - Maybe it IS the economy, stupid. But it's also the environment, the war, education, abortion, immigration, fuel prices, taxes, retirement and a seemingly endless list of other issues - both large and small - that could prove crucial in deciding how St. Louisans will vote in the upcoming presidential election.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. September 13, 2008 - The new GOP mantra of "drill, baby, drill!" doesn't thrill Elizabeth Kolbert.

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The longtime writer for The New Yorker is one of a series of speakers at this fall's special edition of the Washington University Assembly Series dedicated to issues in the Nov. 4 election. Her book "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change," was chosen for all of the university's incoming students to read and will be the subject of a series of group discussions this semester.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 9, 2008 - One morning after breakfast during the GOP convention in St. Paul, Phyllis Schlafly, head of the conservative Eagle Forum, searched her mind for the right metaphor to capture the impact of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the Republican presidential ticket. Dressed in red and flashing a ready smile, Schlafly finally settled on the image of Palin as the drum-beating bunny in the Energizer battery commercials. Turns out the description was right - not the bunny part but the term "energizer," which seemed to convey the spirit and vitality that Palin brought to the convention the minute she stepped onto the stage and accepted the vice presidential nomination.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 8, 2008 - Come down here. Step down the stainless steel stairs and out of the stands. Show your red delegate pass to the kind yet stern man standing guard at the bottom of the stairs. Step onto the thin red carpet.

Come walk with me on the floor of the Republican National Convention.

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