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Aug 5, 2008
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - On a sweltering election day in Missouri, voters arrived at St. Louis area polling places today with chilled bottles of water, cardboard fans and agendas as varied as their backgrounds.

A man from Lake St. Louis said he votes against anyone who supports the war, in honor of a brother who was killed in Vietnam.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - Tuesday night ended a hot day and a hot race in the primaries for Missouri's 9th congressional district, where nine candidates had vied for their parties' nominations.

Hulshof will face Nixon for governor in the fall

Aug 5, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 -  U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof defeated state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial primary and immediately stressed party unity for a tough fall campaign against state Attorney General Jay Nixon, who won the Democratic nomination for governor.

Statewide candidates set strategies for November

Aug 5, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - After months of campaigning, the battle for the Democratic nomination for attorney general came down to 786 votes -- a difference of only .2 percent that had state Sen. Chris Koster a former Republican from Harrisonville claiming victory over Democratic state Rep. Margaret Donnelly of Richmond Heights and the right to take on Republican Michael Gibbons in November.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 4, 2008 - U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof and state Treasurer Sarah Steelman wrapped up their contentious primary campaigns for governor on Monday with each arguing for the chance to take on Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in the fall general election.

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 4, 2008 -  I may be wrecking the suspense for you, but in all honesty, I have to let you, the American people, know that Barack Hussein Obama is our next president. I am basing this on science.

Through very rigorous web-based research, by which I mainly mean using Wikipedia and Google, I've discovered that he is the one with the winning middle name.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 3, 2008 - Sen. Barack Obama was busy in Missouri last week, stopping in places like Springfield, Rolla and Union, hardly hotbeds of liberal Democratic voters. The presumptive Democratic nominee was clearly hoping to connect with generally conservative voters in this must-win state. It's a strategy he's likely to follow throughout the general election campaign.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 1, 2008 - (This was updated with results.) Around 10:25 p.m., Tuesday, state Rep. Bob Onder conceded the Republican spot in Missouri's 9th district to Blaine Luetkemeyer.

"As you all know by now, the race did not turn out the way we all wanted, and I want to congragulate the winner, Blaine Luetkemeyer," Onder told about 30 supportersat the Holiday Inn in Lake Saint Louis.

Commentary: Want to end debate? Play the race card

Aug 1, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 1, 2008- I was struck by recent commentary asserting that Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, made a huge mistake in accusing Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, of using his "risky traits" to instill fear.

Meet the statewide candidates

Aug 1, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 1, 2008 - The Democratic Candidates: Attorney General

Name: Margaret Donnelly

Home: Richmond Heights

David Lipman, passionate editor, dead at 77

Jul 31, 2008

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 31, 2008 - David Lipman, the energetic and demanding editor who ran the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newsroom for 14 years, died Thursday after a long illness.

Mr. Lipman, 77, lived in Chesterfield but also spent a great deal of time in his retirement in Arizona. The Post-Dispatch reported on its website late Thursday that he died at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of complications from myelodysplasia, a bone marrow-related disease.

Commentary: War's second casualty

Jul 30, 2008

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 30, 2008 - To the extent that the first casualty of war is truth, it follows that its next victim is language. Words matter because they shape our perceptions of reality. Absurd speech both reflects and encourages absurd thought, which tends to produce equally absurd results.

I'm old enough to remember the doublespeak of Vietnam -- a conflict in which "pacification" entailed liberal doses of napalm and most of the heavy fighting took place in the "De-Militarized Zone."

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 30, 2008 - One ballot measure that may have St. Louis city and county voters scratching their heads is Proposition Y. The bond issue is on the Aug. 5 ballot because the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District needs to comply with the federal Clean Water Act. But the question before voters is financial not environmental: How to fund the work? 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 30, 2008 - U.S. Sen. Christopher S. Kit Bond has long opposed the shield bill on national security grounds, arguing that it would protect reporters who disclose classified information.  In 2007 he put it this way:  "Congress should be acting to make it easier to catch those who knowingly leak classified information, not make it more difficult."

Missouri may not be following vote law

Jul 29, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 29, 2008- The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday told U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey to take another look at her 2007 ruling in which she dismissed a federal suit against the state of Missouri.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 28, 2008 -  The race for the Democratic nomination for treasurer has been a gentleman's (and lady's) agreement. The three men and one woman seeking the nomination have refrained from finding fault with each other, but that hasn't stopped one of them from stinging attacks on the policies of Gov. Matt Blunt and other Republicans.

Senate could pass "shield law" this week

Jul 28, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 28, 2008 - The Free Flow of Information Act seeks to enact on the federal level the same kind of protection for confidential information that 49 states have recognized either by statute or court decision.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 28, 2008 - For whom are you voting?

The Missouri state primaries are Tues., Aug. 5. In case you've been too busy to keep track of all the candidates, here's a guide to election resources. The Beacon has compiled a group of websites that may help you make an informed decision in the voting booth. Check back, since this list is always growing.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 25, 2008 - It was a crowd fit for a president. 

More than 200,000 people gathered in Berlin, in front of the Victory Column, to witness U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's speech on Thursday. Not only did this number exceed expectations, but the audience was largely teenagers and young adults. According to German media reports, Obama also managed to attract a roughly equal number of men and women. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 25, 2008 - 'A different kind of Republican': Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder cultivates black voters

Formerly a one-building campus, Harris Stowe State University now has a dormitory, a business school and a performing arts center. Add to these the early childhood and parenting education center that will soon rise on the west end of the campus. President Henry Givens credits his school's growth to influential state lawmakers, one of whom is Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

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