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.
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.
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 an update on Congressman Todd Akin's recent gaffs (financial and otherwise). We also chat about some curious developments with a ballot initiative that would give the governor more power over judicial appointees. And then we finish it all off with a discussion about Mayor Slay's new challenger.
Missouri congressman Todd Akin has amended a decade's worth of federal financial reports to add nearly $130,000 in state pension income that he received over that time.
Akin's office provided The Associated Press with a copy of the updated personal financial disclosure reports Thursday after being asked why he had not listed his retirement benefits. Akin's office released a letter dated Tuesday to the House Ethics Committee in which the Republican congressman described the lack of information about his pension payments as an "unintentional oversight."