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 have to start off with an Akin/McCaskill update. We give a glimpse into that race, as well as Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine's exclusion from the Senate debate. We then give some attention some often overlooked races, like the Lietenant Governor and Attorney General race.
One of the campaign ads we discuss is this new video from Democratic candidate Susan Montee:
Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Jason Kander is rolling out his plan to make the office more helpful for Missouri entrepreneurs.
Kander is a State Representative from Jackson County. If elected he says he would reform the Business Services Division to connect aspiring business owners with local non-profits and state programs designed to help entrepreneurs.
Some of America’s newest voters in November will be people who were not born in this country but are newly naturalized citizens. Host Don Marsh talks with guests from the International Institute of St. Louis about the path to citizenship and with former students about the process.
Anita Barker, Vice-President and Director of Education at the International Institute of St. Louis
Elina Fernandez, naturalized citizen and former student at the International Institute
Host Don Marsh talks with the Libertarian candidate for Missouri Attorney General Dave Browning.
Dave Browning said incumbent Chris Koster has done a decent job “but is an unrepentant liberal.” He said Republican challenger Ed Martin doesn’t know what he’s doing. “I think the voters of Missouri need to have a chance to vote for someone who is conservative but not insane,” said Browning.
The path to victory is rarely easy for political candidates and it’s even more difficult for third party candidates. Host Don Marsh talks with Libertarian Jonathan Dine, candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.
“I think it’s possible to win this race if a few more Democrats and Republicans would come my way,” said Jonathan Dine.
In the race for Missouri Attorney General, the two front runners, Democratic incumbent Chris Koster and Republican Ed Martin, agree on few issues. In fact, the two have very different visions of what the Attorney General’s office actually does.
In campaign ads, Koster holds a shotgun to show he’s tough on crime. And in interviews, Koster often refers to the office as “Missouri’s top law enforcement job.”
All the Missouri Democratic players were in St. Louis Tuesday, speaking to hundreds of rallying union members. Senator Claire McCaskill joined Governor Jay Nixon and numerous other Democratic candidates onstage.
The incumbent Senator used her stage-time to take a couple of shots at her opponent, Republican Congressman Todd Akin. Akin made national headlines for his comments concerning “legitimate rape,” a statement McCaskill is trying to make sure Missouri voters don’t forget.
Updated to note that Slay filed multiple reports, and thus raised and spent more than quarterly report reflected.
The latest quarterly reports are in for the 2013 mayoral primary in the city of St. Louis, and incumbent Mayor Francis Slay continues to hold a huge fundraising advantage over challenger Lewis Reed, the Board of Aldermen president.