Politics & Issues

Developing: Lewis Reed Announcement
6:14 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Reed Announces Entry To 2013 Mayoral Race

St. Louis Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed announces his run for mayor in the 2013 race on October 3, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:50 with comments from Mayor Slay.

The long-rumored Democratic rumble for mayor of St. Louis is on. 

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed officially threw his hat into the ring today in a press conference at Sqwires in Lafayette Square, part of his ward before he ran for board president.

This campaign is a "mission of change," Reed told his supporters, calling Slay an ineffective leader more interested in photo ops and managing the media than with bringing people together to solve the city's problems.

Lafayette Square, he said, was improved through cooperation. Ineffective leadership has stifled similar efforts citywide.

"We can accept those things that divide us, or we can work toward a common purpose to improve our communities," Reed said. "We can continue to develop reactionary policies, or we can bring the brightest minds together to develop long-term strategies to turn St. Louis into a world-class destination."

Here are some highlights from Reed's announcement:

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Amendment 3
12:12 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Supporters Of Changes To Judicial Selection Process Won't Campaign For Ballot Measure

(via Flickr/bloomsberries)

Updated at 5:33 p.m. to include quotes from one of the Republican sponsors of Amendment Three and from the Sec. of State's Communications Director.

Citing what they call "deliberately deceptive and hopelessly biased ballot language," supporters of a measure that would change the way some appellate judges are selected in Missouri say they will not campaign for their ballot measure.

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lobbyists' gifts
5:42 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Mo. Sen. Candidate Wants Ban On All Lobbyist Gifts To State Lawmakers

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Democratic candidate for the Missouri Senate is calling for a ban on all gifts from lobbyists to state lawmakers, and accusing his opponent of accepting more gifts and free meals over the past decade than any other Missouri legislator.

Scott Sifton (D, Affton) is a member of the Missouri House and is trying to unseat incumbent State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) in the 1st Senate District that covers most of South County.  Sifton accuses Lembke of accepting 560 gifts over the past 10 years.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Medicare: Hot Topic Between Enyart, Plummer

Bill Enyart speaks to senior citizens in East St. Louis.
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)

Medicare has been a recurring topic of contention in the race for Illinois’ 12th Congressional district. Democratic candidate Bill Enyart introduced himself to senior citizens in East St. Louis to discuss his stance on the issue.

As this was the first time many of the senior citizens had ever seen Enyart, he took the time to link his name to a candidate that’s popular in the area.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Akin Defends 'Unladylike' Characterization, Regains Support From Top GOP

Republican Congressman Todd Akin.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin is dismissing the controversy over his use of the word “ladylike” to describe his opponent, Claire McCaskill.

Referring to the first debate between the two candidates Akin said that McCaskill wasn’t behaving as “ladylike” as she did in her first campaign for Senate in 2006.

McCaskill rebuked Akin’s choice of words during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, saying that she is once again "at a loss" to describe Todd Akin.

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Politics
6:27 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Political Collection At Mercantile Library 'Makes History Real'

This gold bug pin comes from the 1896 presidential campaign by Republican presidential candidate William McKinley, who supported the gold standard. At one time the wings would actually flap.
(Courtesy St. Louis Mercantile Library)

This Sunday an exhibition called “Presidents and Politics” opens at the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri St. Louis.

The campaign buttons, posters and cartoons on display seem quaint compared to this year’s high-tech presidential race, but they also show American politics has always been spirited.

The memorabilia is part of the Dr. Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Political Collection, a gift to the Mercantile Library.

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License fee offices
6:51 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Mo. House Committee Wants More Info On License Fee Office Bids

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A St. Louis County lawmaker wants more cooperation from the Nixon Administration as her committee looks into the way contracts for license fee offices are awarded.

State Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) chairs the House Interim Committee on Government Bidding and Contracting.  She says the legislative liaison sent by the Department of Revenue (DOR) to her committee hearing this week was unable to answer her questions.

“We started asking questions, and he could not answer," Allen said.  "He came with a prepared statement…he couldn’t, or didn’t, go any further than that.”

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2:13 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Mapped: Voter ID Requirements In All 50 States

Lead in text: 
The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures has put together an interesting interactive map of Voter ID requirements in all 50 states. Check it out via the link. How do you feel about requiring an ID to vote?
Summary of state requirements for voter ID at the polls.
Politics
1:55 pm
Thu September 27, 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.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a couple of political issues. On today’s podcast: We give an Akin/McCaskill roundup and discuss alleged ethics violations. We also check in across the river on the Plummer and Enyart race for Illinois’ 12th District.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Politics
1:36 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Conservatives Fund Endorses Akin In Mo. Senate Bid

Congressman Todd Akin after a press conference in Kirkwood, Mo. on Sept. 24, 2012.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A conservative fundraising group has endorsed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and says its members have pledged $290,000 to the Republican's campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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