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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

McCaskill blames Tea Party, Todd Akin for holding up drought aid

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill at the Soulard Farmers Market.
Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

In the high-profile race for U.S. Senate in Missouri, incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill is seizing on this year’s drought to win support among rural voters. 

Speaking at the historic Soulard Farmers Market, Senator McCaskill laid in to her opponent in the November election—Republican Congressman Todd Akin—for his opposition the Senate version of the federal farm bill, which includes disaster assistance for farmers reeling from this year’s record drought.

Were it not for Republicans like Todd Akin, McCaskill says that relief would be on its way to farmers and ranchers.

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Chris Koster
10:56 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Mo. AG Koster paid personal property taxes late

Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster.
(Mo. Atty. General's Office)

Late personal property tax payments have emerged in another Missouri political campaign.

County tax records show Attorney General Chris Koster paid late three times, most recently in 2009. Personal property taxes typically are due at the end of the calendar year. In each instance, Koster paid the tax bill for his vehicle in January.

The total for the late tax charges was less than $200. In addition, Koster was charged $70 for a late personal property assessment from 2008 while paying the tax timely that year.

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GOP bus tour
5:54 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Missouri GOP hopefuls barnstorm across Show-Me State in a bus

The GOP campaign bus parked outside the party's Jefferson City campaign office.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Most of the Republican nominees for statewide offices in Missouri are touring the state together in a bus today and Wednesday.

The first stop was outside the GOP’s campaign office in Jefferson City.  Those onboard this morning included Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who's seeking a third term in office; Secretary of State hopeful Shane Schoeller; Attorney General nominee Ed Martin; Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, whose district will include Jefferson City next year; State Treasurer nominee Cole McNary; and the Republican hoping to oust Democrat Jay Nixon from the Governor’s office, Dave Spence.

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Health Care
5:43 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Hearings set in case over Mo. health care measure

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

A Missouri judge has scheduled two hearings this month on a challenge to the ballot language of a health care measure that goes before voters in November.

The lawsuit by Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers contends the ballot summary is unfair and misleading. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, wrote the summary.

Online court records show Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green will hear arguments Friday and again on Aug. 28.

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Steven Tilley resigns
12:14 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Mo. House Speaker Tilley resigns from office

Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) addresses reporters at a press conference during the 2011 legislative session. Tilley announced his resignation as Speaker on 8/13/2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 6:07 p.m. with comments from House Maj. Floor Leader Tim Jones.

Updated 2:32 p.m. with letter.

Updated 12:47 p.m. with details from Tilley press release.

Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) is resigning today as both a member of the Missouri House and as Speaker, effective this evening at 11:59 p.m.

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Election 2012
10:05 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Romney Picks Wisconsin's Ryan To Be His Running Mate On GOP Ticket

The Republican ticket at this morning's announcement in Norfolk, Va.: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 2:11 pm

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Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's choice for running mate on the 2012 Republican presidential ticket.

The official word, which began leaking overnight, came early this morning from the Romney campaign via a smartphone app and a news release.

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Mo. Governor/US Senate races
7:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Mo. Farm Bureau endorses Spence for Governor, Akin for US Senate

Dave Spence (R), addresses Mo. Farm Bureau members Aug. 10, 2012. Spence was endorsed by the Farm Bureau's regional FARM-PAC's for Mo. Governor.
Missouri Farm Bureau

Dave Spence, the Republican nominee for Governor, has been endorsed by the Missouri Farm Bureau’s regional political action committees.

Both Spence and Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon spoke to Farm Bureau members from across the state at a forum in Jefferson City today.  Spence told them that his business background will translate well in handling agricultural issues.

“If you want an advocate to stand up to the (Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources) and the (Environmental Protection Agency) and all the crazy regulations that come out of DC by bureaucrats who have no idea what’s going on in the real world, I’ve got your back," Spence said.

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McCaskill on money
5:17 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

McCaskill expects to get outspent in November

Claire McCaskill at a campaign event on Aug. 10, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she's "relieved" to not have to face wealthy businessman John Brunner in her fight to keep her Senate seat. But she's still expecting to be outspent in the race against Todd Akin.

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Missouri State Fair
4:49 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Mo. State Fair opens, offers severe weather text message service

The Misssouri State Fair in Sedalia.
(Missouri State Fair)

The 2012 Missouri State Fair is underway in Sedalia.

Attendees this year will have access to a new warning system in the event of severe weather.  Fair officials and the State Highway Patrol are offering the service, which will provide text messages to fairgoers if there’s a severe weather warning or other emergency situation.  Marketing Director Tammie Nichols says it’s being provided, in part, because of last year’s severe storm that knocked out power and forced the fair to shut down for several hours.

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Developing
6:38 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Missouri Primaries - what you need to know

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