Politics & Issues

St. Louis on the Air
4:21 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

TODAY: Join Us For A Live Town Hall Forum

Kelsey Proud / St. Louis Public Radio

This event has now concluded. Thank you for joining us.

Join host Don Marsh for a live broadcast of “St. Louis on the Air” TODAY at 11:00 a.m.  This live broadcast will take place in the Community Room of our new building, UMSL at Grand Center. 

We’ll discuss the major ballot issues you’ll have a chance to vote on next Tuesday.  The first hour of the forum will be broadcast live and the second hour will be recorded and air tomorrow. 

*The event is free; no tickets required.*

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Proposition R
6:04 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Proposition R Asks St. Louisans: 'Do You Want To Cut The Number Of Aldermen?'

On Nov. 6, voters in St. Louis will decide whether to reduce the number of aldermen in the city from 28 to 14.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio
  • St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann explores Proposition R - the "reduction" amendment.

On Tuesday, St. Louisans will once again be asked if they want to make a major change to the structure of government in the city.  

Proposition R would cut the size of the Board of Aldermen in half following the next census. The board itself put the measure on the ballot in July, just before taking a break for the summer, and the campaign in the midst of an already crowded election season began in earnest in September.

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Homecare workers
6:05 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Mo. Home Care Workers Wanting To Unionize Clear Last Hurdle

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

A four-year legal struggle over whether Missouri’s home care workers can unionize is finally over.

The Missouri Supreme Court has chosen to let stand the most recent ruling surrounding the results of a 2010 election, in which a majority of home care workers voted to form a labor union.  A circuit court judge had blocked the state from certifying the election results, but the Court of Appeals for the Western District reversed that decision.  The High Court’s decision to take no further action means that home care workers can begin negotiations on a union contract with the state.

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Voter Turnout
2:29 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

72 Percent Voter Turnout Predicted By Mo. Sec. Of State's Office

(via Flickr/voxefxtm)

The Missouri Secretary of State's Office released their prediction today for the voter turnout percentage Nov. 6: 72 percent.

If you're wondering (we were) in the last general election in 2008, the actual Missouri voter turnout was just above 69 percent, the Secretary of State's Office says.

The forecasted number released today is a compilation of 116 local election authority turnout predictions submitted to the Secretary of State's office from around Missouri.

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8:30 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Activists Rally Against Prop A

Activists rally at St. Louis City Hall against Proposition A.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Activists say it’s a tricky maneuver.

Groups including the ACLU and NAACP have long supported local control of police.  But Chair of the Organization for Black Struggle, Montague Simmons, says Proposition A would undercut transparency and citizen oversight.

“The banner head that they’re using for local control, we built credibility for,” Simmons says.  “People understand it and they identify directly with citizen review.  They identify it with accountability and transparency.  Absent that, people will be buying in to something they can’t live with.”

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6:00 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

New McCaskill Ad Calls Akin 'Scary'

(ClaireMcCaskill2012 Youtube Channel)

At a small gathering at a coffeehouse on Sunday, Women for Claire convened to unveil a new ad in support of Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill. McCaskill was not in attendance, instead spending time with her ill mother.

A few women spoke in her stead, criticizing Republican Congressman Todd Akin.

"What is he (Akin) going to do for a woman like you?" Darlene Green, St. Louis Comptroller asked the crowd. "What is he going to say about a woman like me? We already know what he said about a woman like Claire."

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5:58 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Akin: EPA Should Be Redesigned

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) joins Congressman Todd Akin to talk about energy.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

You can add Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma to the growing number of prominent Republicans voicing their support for Congressman Todd Akin’s bid for Senator Claire McCaskill’s seat.

Inhofe is the ranking minority member for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and he joined Akin in criticizing McCaskill’s stance on fossil fuels.

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Claire McCaskill
5:44 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Betty Anne McCaskill, Mother Of Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Dies At 84

Betty Anne McCaskill (seated), mother of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) (standing) has died at the age of 84. This photo was taken following Sen. McCaskill's swearing-in ceremony in 2007.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Will be updated.

Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, mother of Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), has died at the age of 84.

Senator McCaskill's campaign released a statement Monday afternoon announcing the death. The statement says Betty Anne was surrounded by her family and died of natural causes at her home in St. Louis.

Senator McCaskill says her mother's death "creates a hole in [her] life that will never be filled." The full text of her statement: 

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St. Louis on the Air
12:19 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

A Conversation With Mo. Gubernatorial Candidate Dave Spence

Dave Spence
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Missourians have an opportunity to elect a new governor next Tuesday. 

Host Don Marsh talks with Dave Spence, the Republican candidate for Governor.  Spence is a businessman from St. Louis.  He faces Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Nixon and Libertarian candidate Jim Higgins.

Programming Notes:

At this time, Jay Nixon’s campaign has not made the Governor available for an interview.

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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.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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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