Politics & Issues

Politics
5:48 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Mo. GOP Candidates Rally Around Voter I.D.

Republican Secretary of State candidate Shane Schoeller holds up his I.D.
Tina Eaton

Voter I.D. laws have been a contentious issue nationwide, with conservatives in many states pushing through legislation to require a form of photo identification to vote.

You can currently vote in Missouri by showing a utility bill or bank statement, but Republican secretary of state candidate Shane Schoeller wants to change that.

At a rally of about 50 conservatives in Fenton, Schoeller held up his photo I.D.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:06 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

A Conversation With Mo. Attorney General Candidate Ed Martin

Candidate Ed Martin
(EdMartinForCongress.com screen capture/St. Louis Public Radio)
  • Interview with Ed Martin

The next Attorney General of Missouri will be one of three men: Democratic incumbent Chris Koster, Libertarian Dave Browning, or Republican Ed Martin.  Host Don Marsh talks with Ed Martin.  He is an attorney and former Chief of Staff to Governor Matt Blunt.

Prior to running for Attorney General, Martin was vying for the U.S. Senate and the Second Congressional District.

Libertarian candidate Dave Browning was also a guest on this program.

St. Louis on the Air
1:57 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

A Conversation With Illinois 12th Congressional Candidate Bill Enyart

Candidate Bill Enyart
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)
  • Interview with Bill Enyart

Longtime U.S. Democratic Representative Jerry Costello is not seeking another term and that leaves three candidates vying for the 12th Congressional District in Illinois. 

The candidates are lumber businessman, Republican Jason Plummer, emergency room nurse and Green Party candidate, Paula Bradshaw, and former Illinois National Guard Adjutant General Bill Enyart.

Host Don Marsh talks with Bill Enyart about his candidacy and some of the major issues this election.

Programming Note:

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Politics
4:42 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

McCaskill Cancels Campaigning To Be With Ill Mother

Chris McDaniel Beyond November

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has canceled campaign events for the remainder of the week to spend time with her critically ill mother.

McCaskill campaign spokesman Caitlin Legacki said Tuesday that the Democratic senator is with her 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, at an intensive care unit of a St. Louis hospital.

McCaskill canceled campaign stops Tuesday in Mount Vernon, Butler and Clinton. Legacki said she also canceled the rest of her get-out-the-vote tour in rural Missouri and all other campaign events through the end of the week.

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Spence rally in Mo. capital city
8:11 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Spence Rallies Jeff City Supporters Without Walker

Mo. gubernatorial nominee Dave Spence (R) greets voters at a rally in Jefferson City on 10-22-2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 10/23/2012, 11:12 a.m., to include response from the Mo. Democratic Party.


The Republican challenger trying to unseat Democratic Governor Jay Nixon took his campaign to Missouri’s capital city Monday.


Dave Spence went forward with his campaign stop despite losing his big-name keynote speaker:  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) was supposed to introduce Spence in Jefferson City and headline fundraisers in St. Louis and Kansas City, but canceled following a deadly shooting in the Milwaukee area.  Spence agreed with Walker’s decision and carried on without him.


“He absolutely did the right thing," Spence told the crowd of around 150.  "He put people before politics.”

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St. Louis on the Air
3:17 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Akin On ‘Dog’ Comment: Everybody Knew What I Meant

Congressman Todd Akin
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
  • Interview with Congressman Todd Akin, candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri.

The U.S. Senate race in Missouri has drawn national attention with Republican Congressman Todd Akin vying to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. Most recently, Akin garnered national ire for saying McCaskill is like a dog that fetches taxes and regulations from D.C. and brings them back to Missouri.

Akin defended that analogy on Monday.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:30 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

A Conversation With Illinois 12th Congressional Candidate Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer
Courtesy: Jason Plummer congressional campaign
  • Interview with Jason Plummer

Host Don Marsh talks with Jason Plummer, a lumber businessman from O'Fallon. Plummer is the Republican candidate for Illinois’ 12th Congressional.  The race pits Jason Plummer against Democrat Bill Enyart and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw. One of the candidates will replace U.S. Representative Jerry Costello, who is retiring after 24 years in office.

The final debate between the three candidates was last Friday at 7:00 p.m. at O’Fallon Township High School.

Election
8:14 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Early Voting Underway Today in Illinois

Those headed to the polls in St. Louis in 2012 will be voting in an election run by a different St. Louis Board of Elections. Three new members were named today by Gov. Jay Nixon. (via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)
File photo

Voters casting ballots before Election Day say convenience and short lines are among their top reasons.

Early voting statewide began in Illinois Monday. It runs through Nov. 3. Some election officials say ballots cast before Election Day could top records from 2008. However, the overall number of registered voters is down.

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MSHP lawsuit
5:28 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

MSHP Instructor Sues State Over Highway Patrol Salaries

Mo. Dept. of Public Safety

An instructor with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s training academy has filed a lawsuit accusing the law enforcement agency of violating its pay plan.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Spence Puts $500K More Into Mo. Governor's Bid

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has put an additional $500,000 into his campaign to unseat Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

The Missouri Ethics Commission website shows that Spence made the loan earlier this week. He has now given and loaned his campaign a total of $4.5 million.

The latest loan comes after finance reports released Monday showed Spence's campaign with less cash than Nixon's. The incumbent governor reported more than $4.9 million in his campaign account as of the start of October, compared with $1.5 million for Spence.

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