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Akin ads
7:44 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Huckabee Stars In New Ad For Akin

Todd Akin at his announcement for US Senate. He's up with two new ads as the 2012 campaign enters its final days.
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Republican Todd Akin is up with two new television ads, as his US Senate race enters its final eight days.

One spot features former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who also campaigned for Akin in the primaries. In that ad, "Strong as Steel," Huckabee calls Akin a good Christian man and a courageous conservative who can’t be bought.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Election Could Affect Electricity Costs In Metro East

A 2009 Illinois law allows counties and communities to negotiate the cost of electric power supply.
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Several Metro East communities want to negotiate electricity supply costs for their residents and businesses.

A 2009 law allows Illinois cities and counties to contract with suppliers in order to negotiate prices with electric utilities.

It’s called "municipal aggregation" and referendums are on the ballot in Belleville, Collinsville, and Edwardsville. Click here for a complete list.

Nearly 250 Illinois municipalities already have done so, including Alton and Glen Carbon.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Wagner, Koenen Vie To Take Akin's Old Seat

(Koenen: Courtesy of Glenn Koenen/Wagner: via Wikimedia Commons)

Missouri’s newly-formed 2nd Congressional district has two first time candidates vying for Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s seat, which he will be vacating. The two main candidates have very different ideas of the role of government, and very different backgrounds.


Although this is Ann Wagner’s first time with her name on the yard signs, she is by no means a political rookie.

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voter ID
5:04 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Photo ID Not Required To Vote In Mo., Carnahan Reminds Citizens

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There has been a lot of talk this year about changing I.D. requirements for voters, but Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) wants residents to know that the law hasn’t changed in Missouri.

Carnahan says voters can bring a driver’s license or other photo I.D. to the polls if they so choose, but that photo identification is not mandatory.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Rape Comments Complicate But Don't End GOP Senate Takeover Chances

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock holds a news conference Wednesday in Indianapolis to address his comments about rape and abortion.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 4:00 pm

The enthusiasm with which Democrats seized upon Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's philosophizing about God's plan for unborn children of women impregnated by rape may have suggested the Indiana Republican's election chances had just ended.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:24 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

McGovern Death Resurfaces Presidential Run With Missouri’s Eagleton

McGovern-Eagleton Campaign Button
(Provided By: Joshua Glasser/book cover)

The recent death of Senator George McGovern revived memories of his unsuccessful 1972 Presidential bid.  There are several reasons he lost and one of them was the fallout of the brief vice presidential candidacy of U.S. Senator Tom Eagleton of Missouri. 

Eagleton was dropped from the ticket after eighteen days because of controversy concerning his medical history.

Host Don Marsh talks with author Joshua Glasser whose new book, The Eighteen-Day Running Mate: McGovern, Eagleton, and a Campaign in Crisis, documents the controversy and its causes during that time.

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Politics
1:12 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

 

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 Halloween-themed podcast: We start off by giving our impressions of last week's debate Senate debate, and discuss Akin and his campaign's "dog" comments. We then turn to another debate: the gubernatorial debate that isn't really a debate. And finally, we close out with Jason discussing the state legislative races.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Mo. GOP Candidates Rally Around Voter I.D.

Republican Secretary of State candidate Shane Schoeller holds up his I.D.
Tina Eaton

Voter I.D. laws have been a contentious issue nationwide, with conservatives in many states pushing through legislation to require a form of photo identification to vote.

You can currently vote in Missouri by showing a utility bill or bank statement, but Republican secretary of state candidate Shane Schoeller wants to change that.

At a rally of about 50 conservatives in Fenton, Schoeller held up his photo I.D.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:06 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

A Conversation With Mo. Attorney General Candidate Ed Martin

Candidate Ed Martin
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  • Interview with Ed Martin

The next Attorney General of Missouri will be one of three men: Democratic incumbent Chris Koster, Libertarian Dave Browning, or Republican Ed Martin.  Host Don Marsh talks with Ed Martin.  He is an attorney and former Chief of Staff to Governor Matt Blunt.

Prior to running for Attorney General, Martin was vying for the U.S. Senate and the Second Congressional District.

Libertarian candidate Dave Browning was also a guest on this program.

St. Louis on the Air
1:57 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

A Conversation With Illinois 12th Congressional Candidate Bill Enyart

Candidate Bill Enyart
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  • Interview with Bill Enyart

Longtime U.S. Democratic Representative Jerry Costello is not seeking another term and that leaves three candidates vying for the 12th Congressional District in Illinois. 

The candidates are lumber businessman, Republican Jason Plummer, emergency room nurse and Green Party candidate, Paula Bradshaw, and former Illinois National Guard Adjutant General Bill Enyart.

Host Don Marsh talks with Bill Enyart about his candidacy and some of the major issues this election.

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