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Politics
4:05 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Mo. Republicans And Democrats Hold Get Out The Vote Rallies

Republican Candidate for Attorney General, Ed Martin, speaks to GOP supporters on Sat. Nov. 3.
Credit Chris McDaniel / St. Louis Public Radio

Republican and Democratic candidates running for statewide office in Missouri are making one last push toward election day. 

Many of the down-ballot Republican candidates gathered this morning to thank and encourage volunteers who’ve been calling and knocking on doors.

Republican Candidate for Attorney General, Ed Martin, said Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s substantial lead in Missouri is a good sign for state-wide GOP candidates.

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Black Friday 2012
5:01 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Mo. State Workers To Get Black Friday Off This Year

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has decided to let state employees take the day after Thanksgiving off work this year.


The state’s latest general revenue report show that Missouri collected 7.5 percent more money last month than it did in October of last year, and State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says that’s part of the reason why state workers will get to stay home on November 23rd.

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Politics
12:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

'Souls To The Polls' Finds A Place In St. Louis

Geoff Story

There’s a new effort in St. Louis to help people get to the polls next Tuesday.

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Election 2012
6:03 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Missouri Voters To Decide St. Louis Local Control Issue

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis is one of the few cities in the U.S. that does not control its own police department.

On Tuesday, Missouri voters will decide whether the city should regain oversight of its police force for the first time in 151 years.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports there’s disagreement over Proposition A within the city.

Anything but simple

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is right across the street from City Hall.

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Election 2012
5:40 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Fighting For 'Number Two:' Mo. Lt. Gov. Race Finally Heats Up

From left to right: Cynthia Davis, Peter Kinder and Susan Montee -- all vying to be Missouri's Lieutenant Governor following this year's election.
(Photos provided/Wikimedia Commons)

While the Governor and US Senate races in Missouri have attracted more attention, the campaign for the Lt. Governor’s office has heated up after a quiet lull that followed the August primaries. Democratic challenger and former State Auditor Susan Montee is hoping to unseat Republican Peter Kinder, who’s seeking a third term in office.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at race for Missouri’s "number-two" statewide office.

No debate, but plenty of banter

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Politics
12:58 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

It's the last Politically Speaking before the election. As always, 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 wrap up the Missouri Senate race with Congressman Todd Akin and Senator Claire McCaskill. We then talk about our impressions of turnout in general in the St. Louis area -- which is currently down according to absentee voting numbers. And finally, Jo gives us some trivia knowledge for some historic presidential races.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Amendment 3 - Selection Of Mo. Judges

(L to R) Senator Jim Lembke, Judge William Ray Price and host Don Marsh discuss Amendment 3
Robert Peterson / St. Louis Public Radio

In the last of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Amendment 3, concerning proposed changes to the way some judges are selected in Missouri.

Host Don Marsh talks with Republican state Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis County and former Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court William Ray Price, Jr.  Lembke says Amendment 3 is a step in the right direction while Price opposes it.

Official Ballot Title: (source: Missouri Secretary of State website)

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St. Louis on the Air
11:33 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Proposition B - Tobacco Tax Increase

Dudley McCarter (L) and Ron Leone (R) make their case for and against Proposition B
Robert Peterson / St. Louis Public Radio

In the third of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition B, concerning a tobacco tax increase.

Host Don Marsh talks with Dudley McCarter, an attorney and board member of Missourians for Health and Education, and Ron Leone, the Executive Director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association. 

McCarter supports Proposition B and Leone opposes it.

Official Ballot Title: (source: Missouri Secretary of State website)

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Politics
5:25 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

McCaskill Returns To The Campaign Trail

Senator Claire McCaskill talks to reporters outside of Bayless Elementary.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is back on the campaign trail, attacking her opponent, Republican Congressman  Todd Akin for his stance on the school lunch program. It was McCaskill’s first public appearance since the passing of her mother, Betty Anne.

In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.

McCaskill said her passing has been “tumultuous."

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St. Louis on the Air
4:56 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Proposition E - Health Insurance Exchange

Doctor's Office Room
Credit (via Flickr/Jennifer_Boriss)

In the second of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition E, concerning the implementation of health insurance exchanges.

Host Don Marsh talks with Republican state Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis County and Jennifer Bersdale, Board Member for Missouri Healthcare for All.  Lembke supports Proposition E while Bersdale opposes it.

Official Ballot Title: (source: Missouri Secretary of State website)

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