Missouri Republican Party

Politics
10:28 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon Faces GOP Legislative Supermajority

Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon spent his first term compromising with and sometimes challenging the Republican-led Legislature. But now Nixon faces supermajorities in both the House and Senate with enough Republicans to override his vetoes.

 Republicans will control 24 of the 34 Senate seats for the 2013 legislative session. House Republicans will have 110 of 163 districts. House Speaker Tim Jones says he hopes the new dynamic will prompt earlier discussion and negotiation between legislative leaders and Nixon.

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GOP bus tour
5:54 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Missouri GOP hopefuls barnstorm across Show-Me State in a bus

The GOP campaign bus parked outside the party's Jefferson City campaign office.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Most of the Republican nominees for statewide offices in Missouri are touring the state together in a bus today and Wednesday.

The first stop was outside the GOP’s campaign office in Jefferson City.  Those onboard this morning included Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who's seeking a third term in office; Secretary of State hopeful Shane Schoeller; Attorney General nominee Ed Martin; Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, whose district will include Jefferson City next year; State Treasurer nominee Cole McNary; and the Republican hoping to oust Democrat Jay Nixon from the Governor’s office, Dave Spence.

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Mo. GOP Senate Primary
6:45 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Three main candidates race to the right in Mo. GOP Senate primary

The three main candidates in the GOP Senate Primary. From left: John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, Todd Akin
(via John Brunner for Senate; file photo; Wikimedia Commons/U.S. House of Representatives).

Most of the people gathered outside of Washington University’s Edison Theater before a recent GOP Senate Primary debate already knew who they were voting for.  

But Shelby Hewerdine wasn’t sure yet.

So, she drove in from St. Charles to get a better feel for the character of each candidate.

“I don’t know how else people are going to look at it because they are very similar on the issues, so, we’ll see,” Hewerdine said.  

And during the debate, the three main candidates laid out basically the same policy platform. 

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Politics
5:40 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Missouri GOP files complaint against McCaskill

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

The Missouri Republican Party filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

The complaint, which was submitted to the US Senate Select Committee on Ethics, alleges McCaskill solicited for campaign donations while on federal property.

The allegation stems from an appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball this week, when McCaskill responded to a question about Super PACS targeting her campaign. Here's the video of that appearance:

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St. Charles County Caucus
11:26 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Mo. GOP announces new St. Charles County caucus following controversy

(via Flickr/voxefxtm)

Updated at 3:20 with information from David Cole conference call, other interviews.

After the first attempt at a GOP caucus in St. Peters was shut down following a dispute, the Missouri Republican Party has announced a new caucus for St. Charles County.

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Election 2012: GOP Caucuses
6:25 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Show-Me A Caucus: Missouri prepares to pick its GOP presidential nominee

(via Wikimedia Commons)

In February, Missouri voters picked Rick Santorum as the winner of the state’s presidential primary. But the results didn’t count.

Infighting among Republicans in Jefferson City had left the state’s presidential primary date in violation of party rules. Missouri was at risk of losing delegates to the GOP national convention. So the primary went on as scheduled – but state GOP leaders declared that delegates would instead be awarded at caucuses. The first of those gatherings are Saturday.

But those votes may not count either.

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St. Louis Public Radio on Marketplace
10:34 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Missouri primary will cost millions, but not matter

A voter leaving a voting booth in Georgia in 2010. Missouri will hold its presidential primary tomorrow.
(via Flickr/Congress of local and regional authorities)

Missouri is holding its presidential primary tomorrow, and turnout is expected to be extremely low. That is in part because the votes won't count, even though the primary will close taxpayers millions of dollars.

Check out our own Maria Altman's story for Marketplace Morning Report, which aired this morning.

MO Presidential Primary Preview
4:44 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Missouri state representative explains role of Tuesday's presidential primary

Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood).
House website

Representative Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood) says Tuesday’s GOP presidential primary election may not be as pointless as some think.

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MMorning round-up
9:43 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Morning headlines: February 2, 2012

The St. Louis Rams vs. Chicago Bears at the Edwards Jones Dome.
Flickr/Betterthaneveryone

STL Mayor Chief of Staff: removing dome roof won't work

The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission gave the Rams a plan Wednesday calling for $124 million in upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome. The lease with the team requires the Dome to be in the top 25 percent of NFL stadiums or the Rams can leave in 2015.

The CVC's plan includes a new scoreboard, replacing 1800 seats with 1500 club seats and installing windows to allow more natural light.

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MO Statehouse
2:04 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Candidates file for Mo. presidential primary that "won't count"

The James C. Kirkpatrick Building in Jefferson City, which houses the Mo. Sec. of State's office.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Presidential candidates can now register to run in Missouri’s primary next year – and even though the Republican primary won’t count, representatives for GOP presidential hopefuls showed up in Jefferson City Tuesday to register.  Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt filed on behalf of Mitt Romney.

“The campaign decided properly and rightly so that Missouri is an important state, " Blunt said. "The primary is going to happen relatively early in the process, but several states will have voted before us…I think the primary will help set the stage for the caucus.”

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