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Politics
5:10 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Race For Illinois' 12th Gets Heated

Courtesy Enyart/Plummer campaigns

Updated with Friday's developments

After 24 years in office, Democrat Jerry Costello is retiring from Illinois’ 12th Congressional district. Now Illinois voters will have to decide between 3 new candidates as to who will represent them in Washington. The stakes are high in this race, as it could have implications for who controls the House.

Both Enyart and Plummer have pledged to work across the aisle if elected. And so it’s surprising that this race is one that has become very partisan, and, occasionally, nasty.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:01 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Missouri Term Limits: Pros and Cons

(via Flickr/Erik Fitzpatrick)

Term limits are a controversial topic in Missouri and there are persuasive cases both for and against them.  Currently, the Missouri constitution limits state senators to two four-year terms and state representatives to four two-year terms.

Host Don Marsh’s guests are:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:47 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

In Depth: St. Louis Mayoral Race - Lewis Reed vs. Francis Slay

(L) Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, (R) Mayor Francis Slay
(via City of St. Louis websites)

Not many people who watch city politics were surprised when Board of Alderman president Lewis Reed announced that he will challenge Mayor Francis Slay in next year’s Democratic primary in April.

Reed officially threw his hat into the ring on Wednesday at Sqwires in Lafayette Square, part of his ward before he ran for board president.

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Politically Speaking
2:12 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Jo Mannies (left), Jason Rosenbaum (center) and Chris McDaniel (right) come together every Thursday to talk about Missouri politics.
Alex Heuer

St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a few political issues.

On today’s podcast: We start off with an update on Congressman Todd Akin's recent gaffs (financial and otherwise). We also chat about some curious developments with a ballot initiative that would give the governor more power over judicial appointees. And then we finish it all off with a discussion about Mayor Slay's new challenger.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Politics
10:37 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Akin Failed To Report State Pension

Congressman Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri congressman Todd Akin has amended a decade's worth of federal financial reports to add nearly $130,000 in state pension income that he received over that time.

Akin's office provided The Associated Press with a copy of the updated personal financial disclosure reports Thursday after being asked why he had not listed his retirement benefits. Akin's office released a letter dated Tuesday to the House Ethics Committee in which the Republican congressman described the lack of information about his pension payments as an "unintentional oversight."

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It's All Politics
7:24 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Live Blog: Obama & Romney's First Debate

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the first presidential debate at Magness Arena at the University of Denver on Wednesdasy, moderated by Jim Lehrer of the PBS NewsHour.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:38 am

  • Listen To The Debate
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President Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, engaged Thursday night in a sometimes spirited, but always cordial, debate that got very technical at times.

It was the "corporate executive" (Romney) vs. the "government professor" (Obama) and the GOP nominee appeared to be "full of confidence and full of sales pitch," NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving says, while Obama put pressure on the Republican to explain what he would do as president.

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Race for the Senate
5:26 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

McCaskill's Campaign Fund Breaks Record; Akin Doubles Down On Abortion Claim

(Akin: UPI Bill Greenblatt/McCaskill: Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill says she raised about $5.8 million for her re-election campaign over the past three months.

McCaskill, who's being challenged by Republican congressman Todd Akin, said today her total is the most money ever raised by a Missouri Senate candidate for this quarter.

Candidates are not required to file their quarterly campaign finance reports until Oct. 15. Akin has not yet released his.

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It's All Politics
4:40 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Here's Where To Get Your 'Fact Checks' During And After Tonight's Debate

The stage is set: Tonight's debate is at the University of Denver.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 4:52 pm

Looking to see and hear what the fact checkers are saying during and after tonight's presidential debate about the claims made by President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney?

-- PolitiFact.com says it will be updating on its website and on Twitter. It's also pitching an Argument Ender app.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:18 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin

NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin
Doby Photography/NPR

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney square off in Denver tonight in the first of their three scheduled televised debates.  Host Don Marsh is joined by NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin to talk about the importance of debates to the election process and what viewers should be looking for.  We’ll also talk with Ken about some political races and issues closer to home.

Show Highlights

Presidential Debate

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

How Politicians Get Away With Dodging The Question

In a 2004 debate in St. Louis, President Bush answers a question as his opponent, Sen. John Kerry, listens. Both candidates used a number of "pivots" in their debates.
Ron Edmonds AP

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 9:14 am

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