Politics & Issues

Health Care
1:27 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

(Update:  Judge Daniel Green ruled in favor of Lt. Gov. Kinder and changed the ballot language initially approved by Sec. of State Carnahan...an updated version of this story can be found here.)


A Cole County judge heard arguments today in a lawsuit that claims Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) deliberately used misleading language in a ballot initiative regarding the creation of a health insurance exchange.


The language in question asks in part if the law should “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care.”  Attorney Jay Kanzler represents Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) and a group of Republican legislative leaders who filed suit.

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12:11 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Some Minnesota Dems using Akin abortion remarks in congressional races

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Missouri Congressman Todd Akin's remarks on abortion and 'legitimate rape' are being used by politicians not only on the national stage, but also in congressional races outside the Show-Me state. Catharine Richert of Minnesota Public Radio explains via the link.
After saying last week that women "rarely" get pregnant if they are victims of "legitimate rape," GOP Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin provided Democrats a chance to reignite their campaign theme and to make it local, including in several of Minnesota's congressional races.
Cellphone Tracking
11:49 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Mo. law on cellphone tracking gets busy signal with lawsuit

(via Flickr/denharsh)

Remember that law which would make it easier for police to track people's cellphone signals during emergencies? Well, it went into effect today, and there is already a lawsuit filed challenging it.

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It's All Politics
11:26 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Ann Romney, Gov. Christie & The Roll Call: Today's Convention Highlights

The stage is set at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:09 am

Good morning from Tampa where the Isaac-delayed Republican National Convention is set to get going for real this afternoon.

It's going to be a busy day for the GOP once the delegates are called to order at 2 p.m. ET. Here are some highlights from the schedule:

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Illinois Gambling
9:47 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Quinn vetoes gambling bill, says it included 'loopholes for mobsters'

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Will be updated. Reporting from WUIS' Rachel Otwell used in this story.

Updated 12:37 p.m. with reaction from Fairmount Park Race Track official

Updated 11:01 a.m. with additional comments from Illinois lawmakers and stakeholders.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed a gambling bill on the grounds that it fell "well short of the standards of the people of Illinois."

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Missouri Laws
1:58 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Which new Mo. laws take effect tomorrow?

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

Several new laws will take effect in Missouri tomorrow, including one that’s being challenged in federal court.

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12:57 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Missouri GOP delegates gather in storm-lashed Tampa, await delayed convention's start

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The St. Louis Beacon's Robert Koenig reports on how the Show-Me state's delegation to the Republican National Convention has spent their time there so far.
Through it all, Missouri’s 101 GOP delegates and alternates – minus a few stuck in transit from St. Louis – were upbeat Sunday about the rain-delayed convention, prospects for the Romney-Ryan ticket, and the possibility of having some fun despite the storms around them.
Republican National Convention
12:49 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ill. RNC delegates waiting out Isaac storm with state politicking

Mimosas at the hotel where Illinois delegates for the Republican National Convention are staying this week.
(Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio)

Tropical Storm Isaac has dismantled Illinois Republican’s convention plans. With national convention events canceled, they're no longer spending Monday nominating Mitt Romney as their candidate for president. That leaves an opportunity for them to focus on state politics.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Election 2012
4:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

In Akin's wake, Ryan defends anti-abortion record

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan speaks at a campaign event in Fayetteville, N.C., on Thursday.
Sara D. Davis AP

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:27 pm

Since Republican Rep. Todd Akin first said the words "legitimate rape" Sunday, just about everyone in the Republican Party has condemned those comments.

The Missouri Senate candidate later apologized, but his remarks continue to drive the political debate. They've also raised questions about the anti-abortion record of the Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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Developing: Beyond November
4:40 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Akin: 'We're going to be here to win' US Senate race

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Will be updated.

In his first local press conference since his now well-known remarks about 'legitimate' rape, US Senate candidate Todd Akin has reiterated that he's staying in the race.

"We're going to be here through the November election, and we're going to be here to win," Akin said.

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