Politics & Issues

St. Louis on the Air
6:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Preview: Is The Middle Class Eroding? A Discussion On Lenthening Class Divide And Bridging The Gap

Credit Flickr/Rob Lee

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon Monday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

  The rich are getting richer. The top 5 percent of earners in the U.S. accounted for nearly 40 percent of personal consumption expenditures in 2012, according to the Institute for New Economic Thinking. That is up from 28 percent in 1995.

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Death Penalty
1:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Behaving With Secrecy, Another State Botches Execution

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For the fourth time this year, an inmate's lethal injection did not go as planned. Last night, it was Arizona, but the state has company.

An Ohio inmate took 25 minutes to die in January. In Oklahoma, there were two apparent botches: In one,  an inmate said, "I feel my whole body burning," and in another, the prisoner took more than 40 minutes to die.

But Arizona's execution took even longer. Joseph Wood's execution began at 1:52 p.m., and he died nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m.

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Primary Election 2014
12:34 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Trio Goes All Out To Capture St. Charles-Based State Senate Seat

Former Rep. Vicki Schneider's "truck wrap"
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Running for a seat in the Missouri Senate is tough. It takes months of door-to-door campaigning, an endless dash for cash, and a thick skin to win a competitive race. 

But Chuck Gatschenberger and Vicki Schneider may have a secret weapon: Both candidates in the race for the western St. Charles-based 2nd senatorial district had their campaign logos and faces imprinted on their trucks.

Schneider said she wrapped her truck because she “wanted people to know that they’re voting for someone that is just like them.”

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Politically Speaking
11:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Politically Speaking: Missouri Chamber Chief Mehan Upbeat On Transportation Tax Prospects

St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed Dan Mehan, president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to the Politically Speaking podcast.

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August Primary 2014
10:14 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Labor's Love For Stenger Could Spell Trouble For Dooley

Steve Stenger, left, and Charlie Dooley
Credit (Campaign Photos)

Less than two weeks to go before the Aug. 5 primary election, a key question in the St. Louis County executive contest centers on how much muscle area unions will exert in their effort to oust incumbent Democrat Charlie Dooley.

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St. Louis On The Air
3:45 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Dooley And Stenger Defend Attack Ads On 'St. Louis On The Air'

Steve Stenger and Charlie Dooley
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St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and his chief Democratic rival, Councilman Steve Stenger, agree on two things: Each says his attack ads are accurate and the other guy’s are not.

The two defended their accusations during separate, back-to-back appearances today with host Don Marsh on St. Louis Public Radio’s "St. Louis On the Air."  The sparring over ads reflected another common consensus: Their Aug. 5 primary contest will get even nastier.

The two ads in question attempt to link Stenger to sex trafficking and Dooley to FBI investigations.

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Primary Election 2014
10:50 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Video: St. Louis County Executive Candidates Talk About Themselves — And The Issues

The race for St. Louis County executive just may be the marquee in the August primary. We've extensively covered the candidates and the issues, but to listen to the candidates in their own words, click on the questions below.

What’s your strongest achievement while in office?

How would you improve the St. Louis County parks system?

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St. Louis on the Air
4:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, right, talks to "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh, left, and producer Alex Heuer before Tuesday's show.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

This story was updated following St. Louis on the Air.

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is back, and he’s not sorry.

Two years after losing a contest for U.S. Senate and igniting a “war on women” debate with a comment about rape, Akin has written a book that offers behind-the-scenes details about how he, his campaign and his family coped.

In an August 2012 interview with Charles Jaco on KTVI (Channel 2), Akin was asked about abortion and rape. Akin, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said that a pregnancy from rape “is really rare.”

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Primary Election 2014
10:20 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

St. Louis License Collector Race Flies Under The Radar

The Democratic primary for St. Louis license collector pits incumbent Mavis Thompson against challenge Jeffrey Boyd.
Credit (via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

In August, two Democrats will meet in a relatively low-key primary to head an office that oversees between $50 million and $60 million each year. St. Louis' license collector is charged with collecting several taxes and issuing business licenses.

Two Democrats are vying for the office. The winner in the Aug. 5 primary will take on the Green Party candidate in November.

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Primary Election 2014
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

In Ad On Controversial Oakville Project, Dooley Hopes To Appeal To Senior Voters

This rendering shows what the National Church Residences facility in Oakville will look like after construction is complete.
Credit National Church Residences

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s latest attack ad focuses on a divisive south St. Louis County housing complex for the elderly. The ad is an attempt to attack Dooley's Democratic rival, Councilman Steve Stenger, and also appeal to elderly voters.

If history repeats itself, the elderly will be among the largest voting blocs in the Aug. 5 primary.

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