Politics & Issues

Politically Speaking
12:54 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

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 start off with (what else?) an update on the Akin and McCaskill senate race. We then give some attention to the gubernatorial race between Nixon and Spence, discussing their new ads, which are basically ads against the other's ads. And finally we wallow in the mud of the Illinois 12th Congressional district race. 

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

In Wake Of New Ads, Akin Calls On McCaskill To Release Husband's Tax Returns

(via Claire McCaskill website/YouTube)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill released a trio of new campaign ads Wednesday that feature rape survivors discussing their opposition to her Republican opponent, Todd Akin.

The ads are grim and without music. They feature three sexual assault survivors, some of whom say they are Republican and pro-life, condemning Akin's stance on emergency contraception.

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Religious freedom caucuses
4:46 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Lawmakers In Mo., Other States, Forming 'Religious Freedom' Caucuses

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri is one of nine states where lawmakers are forming caucuses they say will focus on preserving religious freedom.

Departing State Representative Mike McGhee (R, Odessa) is organizing Missouri’s caucus.  He says one of their functions will be to consult with lawmakers in other states on making sure that the language used in bills doesn’t result in the erosion of religious rights.

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Politics
1:37 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Feds Paid $40M To Firms Tied To McCaskill's Spouse

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. in July 2011.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million of federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office.

McCaskill's Republican challenger, Todd Akin, claims the payments represent a "conflict of interest and a breach of trust" with voters. The Democratic senator's campaign says that is "flat-out wrong."

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Politics
4:10 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Spence To Stations: Cease And Desist Airing Nixon Ad

(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

Updated with Tuesday's developments

Republican Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence issued a cease and desist letter to stations broadcasting one of Governor Jay Nixon's campaign ads. The Spence campaign called the ad false and defamatory, saying further broadcasting could lead to lawsuits.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Voting Officials Highlight Key Dates For Election Season

(via Flickr/voxefxtm)

The St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners held a press conference today to remind voters of important dates and changes in the voting process.

The board is preparing for a special election next week to replace Alderman Gregory Carter, who was killed in a traffic accident Aug. 1. Carter served the 27th ward for 19 years.

The election to find an alderman will take place Oct. 16. Officials couldn’t wait until the Nov. 6 general election because of a rule in the city charter that requires a vote be taken if a seat is vacated over 180 days before the next election.

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11:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Illinois Republicans Hope To Win Majority In State Legislature

Lead in text: 
WBEZ's Tony Arnold explains the situation in the state legislature of the Land of Lincoln this election cycle.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady is betting on six rising stars of the state's GOP to help the party gain a majority in the legislature.
MO Statehouse
2:11 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Term Limits Center Of Public Conference

Missouri voters passed term limits in 1992.
(via flickr/ensign_beedrill)

Term limits have been in effect in Missouri’s General Assembly for 20 years.

Tomorrow a public conference held in St. Louis will explore how the limits have changed Missouri politics for both good and bad.

Representative Chris Kelly, a Democrat from Columbia, served in the state house for 12 years before voters passed the term limits and two terms since then.

Kelly says the General Assembly still attracts smart, hard-working people, but he says they don’t have as much time to learn the ropes.

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Politics
5:10 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Race For Illinois' 12th Gets Heated

Courtesy Enyart/Plummer campaigns

Updated with Friday's developments

After 24 years in office, Democrat Jerry Costello is retiring from Illinois’ 12th Congressional district. Now Illinois voters will have to decide between 3 new candidates as to who will represent them in Washington. The stakes are high in this race, as it could have implications for who controls the House.

Both Enyart and Plummer have pledged to work across the aisle if elected. And so it’s surprising that this race is one that has become very partisan, and, occasionally, nasty.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:01 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Missouri Term Limits: Pros and Cons

(via Flickr/Erik Fitzpatrick)

Term limits are a controversial topic in Missouri and there are persuasive cases both for and against them.  Currently, the Missouri constitution limits state senators to two four-year terms and state representatives to four two-year terms.

Host Don Marsh’s guests are:

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