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Politics
6:27 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Political Collection At Mercantile Library 'Makes History Real'

This gold bug pin comes from the 1896 presidential campaign by Republican presidential candidate William McKinley, who supported the gold standard. At one time the wings would actually flap.
(Courtesy St. Louis Mercantile Library)

This Sunday an exhibition called “Presidents and Politics” opens at the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri St. Louis.

The campaign buttons, posters and cartoons on display seem quaint compared to this year’s high-tech presidential race, but they also show American politics has always been spirited.

The memorabilia is part of the Dr. Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Political Collection, a gift to the Mercantile Library.

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License fee offices
6:51 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Mo. House Committee Wants More Info On License Fee Office Bids

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A St. Louis County lawmaker wants more cooperation from the Nixon Administration as her committee looks into the way contracts for license fee offices are awarded.

State Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) chairs the House Interim Committee on Government Bidding and Contracting.  She says the legislative liaison sent by the Department of Revenue (DOR) to her committee hearing this week was unable to answer her questions.

“We started asking questions, and he could not answer," Allen said.  "He came with a prepared statement…he couldn’t, or didn’t, go any further than that.”

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2:13 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Mapped: Voter ID Requirements In All 50 States

Lead in text: 
The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures has put together an interesting interactive map of Voter ID requirements in all 50 states. Check it out via the link. How do you feel about requiring an ID to vote?
Summary of state requirements for voter ID at the polls.
Politics
1:55 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Jo Mannies (left), Jason Rosenbaum (center) and Chris McDaniel (right) come together every Thursday to talk about Missouri politics.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a couple of political issues. On today’s podcast: We give an Akin/McCaskill roundup and discuss alleged ethics violations. We also check in across the river on the Plummer and Enyart race for Illinois’ 12th District.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Politics
1:36 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Conservatives Fund Endorses Akin In Mo. Senate Bid

Congressman Todd Akin after a press conference in Kirkwood, Mo. on Sept. 24, 2012.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A conservative fundraising group has endorsed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and says its members have pledged $290,000 to the Republican's campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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Underage gamblers
5:40 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mo. Casino Industry 'Doing A Good Job' At Keeping Minors Out

(via Flickr/sampsyo)

The Missouri Gaming Association told regulators Wednesday that it is trying hard to keep underage patrons from getting into the state’s casinos.

Mike Winter, the association's Executive Director, told state gaming commission members that the use of fake ID's is the most common way minors try to get in – but there have also been cases where they tried to climb over walls, blend in with crowds, and in a few cases, sneak in with the help of their parents.  Barrett Hatches is chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mo. Democratic Party Files Ethics Complaints Against Akin

Todd Akin (left) and Newt Gingrich (right) speak to press on Monday. Akin addressed claims of changing his stance for campaign cash.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Update 9/27/12 9:30 AM with response from Akin campaign.

The Missouri Democratic Party has filed ethics complaints against Todd Akin, alleging wrongdoing for coordinating with a Super PAC in exchange for campaign cash.

Two complaints were filed against Akin by the party:

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Politics
5:35 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

McNary Criticizes Zweifel's Handling Of Pensions

Missouri state Rep. Cole McNary, R-Chesterfield. He's running against Democrat Clint Zweifel for the State Treasurer position.
via Flickr/KOMU News

State Representative Cole McNary criticized the State Treasurer's handling of Missouri's pensions Tuesday. McNary is the Republican candidate for the office that is currently held by Democrat Clint Zweifel.

McNary outlined problems he sees with the Missouri State Employees Retirement System: He says there are underfunded pensions, naively optimistic forecasts for returns and a debt that will be a burden on taxpayers.

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Mamtek
11:30 am
Tue September 25, 2012

New Audit Faults Screening Used For Mamtek Incentives

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich (R).
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A state audit released today says that the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) could have done a better job of screening applicants for tax credits for the failed Mamtek project in Moberly.


Two years ago the small northeast Missouri town issued $39 million in bonds to get the company to build an artificial sweetener plant.  Mamtek later missed a bond payment and construction halted, and Moberly’s bond rating was downgraded as a result.  State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) said the due diligence procedures used by the DED were woefully inadequate.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Gingrich: Republican Support For Akin Will Return

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks at a press conference as Rep. Todd Akin looks on. Gingrich is visiting the area to help Akin with his U.S. Senate campaign fundraising where he is opposing incumbent Claire McCaskill.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich threw his support behind Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin. Akin was thrust into national prominence after his now infamous comments regarding "legitimate rape."

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