Paul Wieland

St. Louis on the Air
5:57 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Public Radio Reporters Review Tuesday's Election

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger talks to St. Louis Public Radio reporters Wednesday during a recording of the 'Politically Speaking' podcast.
Credit Chris McDaniel / St. Louis Public Radio

Wednesday on “St. Louis on the Air,” we gathered our political reporters to recap Tuesday’s election. The consensus: Republicans ruled the night.

“It was a Republican bloodbath, nationally and regionally,” said Jo Mannies, St. Louis Public Radio political reporter. “But it also shows that St. Louis County is definitely Democratic turf because the only two Democratic candidates — big names — who remained standing were Steve Stenger and Jill Schupp.”

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On The Trail
2:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

We Asked Six Questions About Mid-Term Elections; Here Are The Answers

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger holds his daughter Madeline on Wednesday, November 5. Stenger narrowly defeated Republican Rick Stream in a race for county executive.
Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

The 2014 mid-term election is over, but its impact on local and state politics could be long lasting.

That’s because Republicans  -- who were already in firm control of the Missouri General Assembly – expanded their numbers in the House and Senate in part because they were able to crack the Democrats'  once-sturdy strongholds in Jefferson County, southeast Missouri and northeast Missouri. In St. Louis County, Republicans also came close to electing a county executive for the first time since 1990 when Democrat Buzz Westfall ended 28 years of GOP control over the office.

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2014 General Election
12:36 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP Consolidates Hold Over Missouri Legislature; Schupp Is A Democratic Bright Spot

Jill Schupp at her victory party Tuesday night.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Democrats took a beating on Tuesday in contests for the Missouri General Assembly, losing even more ground in the Missouri House and Senate — including a hotly-contested race for a vacant Jefferson County Senate seat.

A bright spot for Democrats was in St. Louis County, where State Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, narrowly won a hard-fought contest for the 24th District Senate seat.

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On The Trail
11:15 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Six Things At Stake In Tuesday's Mid-Term Election

The St. Louis County executive's race between Steve Stenger and Rick Stream is arguably the most consequential election for the St. Louis region.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

It’s somewhat instinctual for Missouri political reporters to describe every election as decisive, critical or groundbreaking. And to be fair, it’s not an unnatural impulse – since every Show Me State election year for the past couple of decades has featured a competitive statewide, U.S. Senate or presidential contest.

This year, though, state Auditor Tom Schweich likely won’t lose to his Libertarian or Constitution Party opponents, and the Missouri House and Senate will remain firmly in Republican hands. And there's no U.S. Senate contest.

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2014 General Election
2:35 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Video Voters Guide To Jefferson County State Senate Race

It's one of the few hotly contested races on the ballot the year: the 22nd District state Senate race in Jefferson County.

Both Republican Paul Wieland and Democrat Jeff Roorda joined us on the podcast a couple months ago, so we took the time afterward to ask them a few questions on video. You can see their answers by clicking on the questions below.

What's the biggest issue facing Jefferson County? What would you do to fix it?

What is the difference between you and your opponent?

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2014 General Election
4:37 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Battles For Two Area State Senate Seats Attract Cash, Controversy

Missouri Capitol
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis area is home to Missouri’s arguably most competitive – and expensive – state Senate contests on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Both state parties, and their allies, have been pouring money into the battles for the 22nd District and 24th District seats. The 22nd District is in Jefferson County, while the 24th stretches across a large area of central and west St. Louis County.

The 24th District pits state Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, versus Republican attorney Jay Ashcroft.

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Politically Speaking
7:25 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Politically Speaking: Roorda On His Record, His Senate Race And Darren Wilson

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking crew continues its look at the so-called “Battle for JeffCo,” the expensive campaign for the 22nd District state Senate seat that's among the region's most competitive contests this fall.

After hosting Republican state Rep. Paul Wieland last week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum now welcome his opponent – state Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart – to the podcast.

The November winner of the 22nd District contest will represent a big chunk of Jefferson County for the next four years.

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Politically Speaking
9:45 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Politically Speaking: Wieland On His Race Against Roorda — And His Contraception Lawsuit

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s mid-term election season is in full swing. And that means it’s time to interview the candidates in some of the state’s most competitive electoral contests. 

State Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies to discuss his bid for the 22nd District state Senate seat. Wieland is running against state Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, for the open Jefferson County-based seat.

(Roorda is slated to appear on next week’s episode of Politically Speaking.)

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Jefferson County
10:59 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Roorda Says Any Talk of McCulloch Gives Him A Boost In Jefferson County

Jeff Roorda
Credit Mo. House Communications

Amid the continued controversy within Democratic ranks over St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch,  one official remains solidly in his corner and not afraid to say so:

State Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart.

“Bob McCulloch is the definition of integrity and he was elected overwhelmingly,’’ said Roorda, who’s now locked in arguably the region’s most competitive state Senate contest this fall.

Roorda is competing against fellow Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, for the Senate post in Jefferson County vacated by Democrat Ryan McKenna because of term limits.

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Affordable Care Act
12:43 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Legislator Tells Federal Appeals Court Why He Objects To Birth-Control Coverage

Paul Wieland
Credit Provided

The lawyer for state Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, predicts that his suit against mandated contraceptive coverage will help launch an avalanche of court challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s provision requiring insurance companies to offer such benefits.

But first Wieland needs to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate his case. A lower court had tossed it out.

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