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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 30, 2008 - Like Lucinda, I could not be happier with John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for vice president. When McCain won the nomination, I reviewed all the potential Republican vice presidential nominees. Of all the possibilities, my favorite was Sarah Palin. And as I re-examined the field in the following months, Gov. Palin always was No. 1 on my list.

Palin has a wonderful story to tell the American people, one that I believe will connect with families, conservatives and women.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 30, 2008 - On Aug. 27, Denver police arrested Asa Eslocker of ABC news as he and his camera crew stood on a public sidewalk outside the Brown Palace hotel, trying to interview senators and vips leaving a fundraiser. He was working on a story about the influence of lobbyists on elected officials. Eslocker was charged with trespassing, failing to respond to a lawful order and interfering with a police officer.

Video of the incident shows a cigar-smoking police sergeant, backed up by other officers, grabbing Eslocker by the neck and twisting his arm behind his back.

Meet our bloggers at thhe GOP Convention

Aug 29, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 29, 2009- This is part of the Beacon's coverage of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul. 

A woman on the ticket

Aug 29, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 29, 2008- Twenty-four years ago, the barrier-breaking selection of Geraldine Ferraro as the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate was nothing less than electrifying for many women and men – especially those who had worked for a lifetime for women’s rights. This was a moment they thought they might never see.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 29, 2008 - Twice, in 1988 and again in 2000, former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth, D-Mo, was considered as a running mate on the national Republican ticket, one time for each President Bush. Twice he was not chosen.

"I must say my enthusiasm was never there," he said Friday. "When 41 (the first President George H.W. Bush) called an hour before he announced he'd chosen (Sen. Dan) Quayle in 1988, I said, 'Thank you.'"

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 29, 2008 - I'm nothing short of thrilled at Sen. John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential choice. By choosing her, McCain has reinforced his maverick credentials and given a huge nod to women, youth and beyond-the-Beltway politics. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 28, 2008 - DENVER - The afterglow of last night's historic moment still was evident this morning when jubilant Missouri delegates gathered for one final business breakfast meeting and talked about Barack Obama's unexpected appearance at the Democrati convention on Wednesday night. He showed up following vice presidential hopeful Joe Biden's acceptance speech and, as usual, electrified the crowd -- a charismatic candidate who happens to be African American, the first member of his race to win the party's presidential nomination.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 28, 2008 - Missouri nestles against eight states, so border wars of all sorts are common. Some are fun, such as this week's Missouri-Illinois football game. But others we can't afford to lose. That includes economic competition between Missouri, which has an income tax, and Tennessee, which does not.

Analysis: Mondale paved the way for Obama -- and Palin

Aug 28, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 28, 2008 - This year's presidential campaign already ranks as historic. The success of Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton transformed American politics by demonstrating that high office is no longer the preserve of white males.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 28, 2008 - 2 p.m.

Yesterday, I attended a National Women's Leadership lunch at the home of a woman who lives here in Denver. Sen. Claire McCaskill was there as well as other female office holders. Gov. Howard Dean, head of the DNC, spoke at the lunch. At one point, he talked about how his wife doesn't enjoy many political events. He said Sen. Evan Bayh's wife, Susan Bayh, acted as a surrogate for events. He introduced her to the room and she said, "I'm still your last chance for tall children!" Gov. Dean turned bright rad and the whole room really enjoyed her joke. Before he left, I got my picture taken with Gov. Dean, which was very exciting.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 28, 2008- Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination to become the first African American nominee of a major political party.

Barack Obama's accepted his party's nomination in an unusual place – Denver's Invesco Field, which hardly resembled the sports arena it is. Obama's team had billed this unusual site as a way to allow at least 75,000 ordinary people to participate. And come they did, beginning to file into the stadium as early as noon on Thursday to ensure they got a seat.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 27, 2008 - Switching horses during a political campaign can be a difficult decision, and it is especially trying for many women who had bet on Hillary Rodham Clinton winning the Democratic nomination for president and perhaps the presidency itself. While a few of Clinton's suporters in the Missouri delegation cast ballots for her, most backed Barack Obama.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 27, 2008 - DENVER -- As soon as he accepted the Democratic Party nomination for vice president last night, Sen. Joe Biden showed that he would help the Obama ticket on issues beyond foreign policy. He let voters know about his life beyond being chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a life that keeps him in touch with his own family and with the hopes, dreams and problems of ordinary Americans.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 27, 2008 - "In wine (there is) truth." That venerable Latin adage, usually attributed to Pliny the Elder, references the tendency of alcohol to loosen tongues. Of course, as any seasoned drinker can tell you, the truth revealed with clarity while under the influence is often not the same truth experienced by its hung-over oracle the morning after. That's why it's a good idea not to drink too much at the office Christmas party.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 27, 2008 - When Barack Obama takes to the floor Thursday night, he will surely sketch out his vision of the country and what he hopes to accomplish as president. The Beacon polled a number of delegates and guests to the Democratic National Convention and asked what Obama's top priority should be, if he's elected president.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 26, 2008 - Today, a look at the two Denver papers and how they're covering the convention through blogging and multimedia.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 26, 2008 - The Obama campaign has maintained in letters to the Justice Department that the American Issues Project - headed by Ed Martin, the former Blunt chief of staff and funded by a big swift boat contributor - is violating federal election law. Rick Hasen, who writes a respected election law blog, says that Obama may be right.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Tues., Aug. 26, 2008 - DENVER 8:30 a.m. I attended the Youth Caucus meeting today in the Wells Fargo room of the convention center. People came from a number of voter outreach groups as well as college Democrats groups. A panel of people from the College Democrats of America, Rock the Vote and a few other youth organizations posted statistics about the percentage of young people who have voted Democratic, Republican and independent in the past.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 26, 2008 - DENVER - Voters may never know a President Hillary R. Clinton, but they now know the kind of inspiring and uplifting message she might have delivered had she won her party’s nomination for president. On her night to shine at the Democratic Convention, Clinton delivered a speech that brought delegates to their feet and perhaps gave them hope for leaving the convention with a unified mission of winning back the White House in November. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 26, 2008 - I'm often asked why I supported Hillary Clinton instead of Sen. Barack Obama. If you haven't noticed, I'm a black man, 6 feet tall with a muscular build, and this is why so many people pose the question. It's often the first question before they find out just why I supported Hillary Clinton.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 26, 2008 - DENVER - National pollster Peter Hart had lots of good news for party members during a morning breakfast with the Missouri delegation at the Democratic National Convention. The Republicans in general are vulnerable because of public dislike for President George W. Bush, Hart said. That's no surprise, but Hart also warned Democrats that this disenchantment doesn't mean November will be a cakewalk for the presumed Democratic nominee Barack Obama in his race against GOP Sen. John McCain.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 26, 2008 - DENVER -- Monday's events gave the Missouri delegation an overnight uplift, with delegates still talking this morning about the inspiring and stirring messages by Michelle Obama and two senators -- Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 26, 2008 - Hello! My name is Amanda Montee. I am a Missouri at-large delegate, and I am pledged to Sen. Barack Obama. I am from St. Joseph, but I attend the University of Kansas where I plan to graduate this May with a Bachelor's degree in political science. Next fall I hope to attend law school.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 25, 2008 - As Democrats opened their presidential nominating convention in Denver, the message seemed to be one of introduction, of making sure that all who watched knew that Barack Obama was brought up by a single mother who worked hard.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 25, 2008 - In the years that I covered the Judiciary Committee for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, I saw Biden preside over controversial hearings about the nation's civil rights policy and the fitness of Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter and Clarence Thomas to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 25, 2008 - Welcome to the Democratic National Convention in Denver!

Ok, so you probably aren't there -- neither am I. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 25, 2008 - DENVER - It's possible that somewhere in this mile-high city, the well-choreographed Barack Obama campaign has assigned a team to chant against rain on Thursday night. That's when Obama visits INVESCO Field to accept the Democratic nomination for president. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 25, 2008 - Hello. My name is Akeam Ashford, and I will be joining thousands of Americans in Denver as an elected delegate for Hillary Clinton from Springfield, Mo.

I am a junior at Missouri State University where I major in broadcast journalism with a minor in public administration. I grew up in University City but went to McCluer North High School.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 25, 2008 - Ameren UE's pursuit of a second nuclear power plant should be viewed by environmentalist opponents as a challenge and an opportunity. To see why, let's start with a menu of pro and con arguments.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 23, 2008 - SPRINGFIELD – A crowd of 35,000 on Saturday got the nation's first glimpse at the man U.S. Sen. Barack Obama tapped as his running mate.

News broke early Saturday morning that U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., would join Obama on the Democratic ticket.

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