Politics & Issues

Missouri State Fair
4:49 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Mo. State Fair opens, offers severe weather text message service

The Misssouri State Fair in Sedalia.
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The 2012 Missouri State Fair is underway in Sedalia.

Attendees this year will have access to a new warning system in the event of severe weather.  Fair officials and the State Highway Patrol are offering the service, which will provide text messages to fairgoers if there’s a severe weather warning or other emergency situation.  Marketing Director Tammie Nichols says it’s being provided, in part, because of last year’s severe storm that knocked out power and forced the fair to shut down for several hours.

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Developing
6:38 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Missouri Primaries - what you need to know

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MO Statehouse
6:03 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Local control, tobacco tax initiatives qualify for November ballot

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri State Capitol.
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Missouri voters will be asked in November to raise the state's tobacco tax and let St. Louis run its own police department.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Tuesday that supporters of those proposals had submitted enough signatures from voters to put the questions on the statewide ballot.

Two other initiatives failed to make the ballot. One would raise Missouri's minimum wage, while the other would place new restrictions on payday loans.

Proponents of those measures immediately said they would challenge their exclusions in court.

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Politics
1:44 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

'Slow' and 'steady' Mo. primary voter turnout

The typical badge of a vote cast, the "I Voted" sticker.

Updated 6:47 p.m. 

Rita Days is the St. Louis County Board of Elections' Democratic director. She says the day has gone as planned.

“I guess it’s what you’d call steady all morning and of course this afternoon has been about the same. So it has not really been a rush or lines or anything like that,” Days said.

The St. Louis Board of Elections is reporting a steady flow of activity, but it's not as heavy as anticipated.

Mary Wheeler-Jones is the Democratic Director of Elections in the city of St. Louis.

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Health insurance costs
4:43 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Health insurance cost changes being considered for State Troopers, MoDOT workers

Mo. Highways and Transportation Commission members meet in Jefferson City on 8/6/2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri transportation officials are considering a proposal to restructure how much MoDOT workers and State Troopers pay for their life and health insurance.

Currently, the cost percentage varies, based on several individual factors.  Rudolph Farber chairs the state Highways and Transportation Commission.  He says the proposal they’re considering would have all employees pay the same percentage.

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George Ryan
12:05 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Federal court denies ex-Illinois governor Ryan's appeal

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan.
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A federal court in Chicago has denied former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's appeal seeking his release from prison.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a complex 16-page ruling Monday denying the 78-year-old Republican's appeal for release from the Indiana prison where he's serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for corruption.

The appeal was widely seen as Ryan's last chance to get out of prison early. He is due to be freed in mid-2013.

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Mo. voter turnout
4:36 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

25 percent voter turnout expected for Mo. primaries

A voter leaving a voting booth in Georgia in 2010. Missouri will hold party primaries Aug. 7th.
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Voter turnout in Missouri is expected to be around 25 percent for next Tuesday’s party primaries, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

A turnout of 25 percent would be slightly higher than the 23 percent of Missouri voters who cast ballots in the 2010 primaries.  Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) says voter turnout is notoriously hard to predict.

“In fact, our office doesn’t even do it," Carnahan said.  "We ask the local election officials, the 116 of them around the state, to give us their predictions, based on what is on those local ballots.”

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Politics
6:36 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay square off in city primary

Russ Carnahan (at left) and William Lacy Clay have vowed to work together for the good of the Democratic Party in Missouri even after a bruising primary fight.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

One of the biggest match-ups in next Tuesday’s primary will pit Congressman Russ Carnahan against fellow Democrat William ‘Lacy’ Clay to represent the party in the 1st Congressional District.

The two incumbents are have waged heated, and at times spiteful campaigns. The upshot is one less Democrat in Washington for Missouri, and city voters will choose between two well-established political dynasties.

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Beyond November
6:42 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Mo. Lt. Gov. race to come, but first, a contentious GOP primary

The candidates for the Republican primary in the Missouri Lt. Governor's race, from top to bottom, left to right: Mike Carter, Peter Kinder, Charles Kullmann, Brad Lager.
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Among the races for Missouri’s statewide offices, the one with the most mudslinging so far is the Republican primary for Lt. Governor.  Peter Kinder is seeking re-election, but he’s facing a major challenge from State Senator Brad Lager.  Both are touting conservative ideals while attacking each other’s records in office. 

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at next week’s GOP Lt. Governor’s contest.

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Beyond November
5:40 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Eight's a crowd: which Dem will make the Mo. Lt. Gov. race?

All eight candidates in the Democratic primary for Mo. Lt. Governor, listed top to bottom, left to right: Judy Baker, Bill Haas, Fred Kratky, Sarah Lampe, Susan Montee, Becky Plattner, Jackie Townes McGee, Dennis Weisenburger.
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Missouri’s Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor is by far the most crowded race in the state this election cycle. The eight candidates running represent a range of experience from across the state.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Joseph Leahy reports, splitting the ballot eight ways means a winner could emerge with less than 20 percent of the vote.

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