Sarah Steelman | St. Louis Public Radio

Sarah Steelman

Sarah Steelman
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies are pleased to welcome former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman to the program. Steelman provided a candid assessment of Missouri statewide politics — and the legislative process in Jefferson City.

(via John Brunner for Senate; file photo; Wikimedia Commons/U.S. House of Representatives).

Most of the people gathered outside of Washington University’s Edison Theater before a recent GOP Senate Primary debate already knew who they were voting for.  

But Shelby Hewerdine wasn’t sure yet.

So, she drove in from St. Charles to get a better feel for the character of each candidate.

“I don’t know how else people are going to look at it because they are very similar on the issues, so, we’ll see,” Hewerdine said.  

And during the debate, the three main candidates laid out basically the same policy platform. 

Morning headlines- Thursday, July 26, 2012

Jul 26, 2012
(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Ill. parents reminded about back-to-school vaccines

Illinois health and education officials are reminding parents to update their children's immunizations before they head back to school.

New Illinois Department of Public Health rules require students entering sixth and ninth grades this year to show proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine. That's a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Jul 18, 2012
(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Missouri payrolls decline

Missouri officials say state payrolls declined by 4,000 jobs in June while unemployment simultaneously decreased 7.1 percent. Department of Economic Development officials say much of the decline in Missouri non-farm payrolls came in the local government sector, which shed 3,100 jobs in June.

The state unemployment rate has declined or held steady each month since June 2011. The jobless rate last month is the lowest in Missouri since December 2008.

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The three Republicans vying for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November didn't stray far from the party's script at a debate in St. Charles last night.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: February 19, 2012 - KANSAS CITY -- The civil tone that marked Saturday's first forum featuring all three Republican candidates for the Missouri's U.S. Senate contest disappeared as soon as they left the stage.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 1, 2012 - U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, is starting 2012 with far more in the bank than his two Republican rivals for the U.S. Senate: St. Louis businessman John Brunner -- who has put in $1 million of his own money -- and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman.

Senate hopefuls Akin, Steelman debate

Jan 10, 2012
(Steelman photo: file photo, Akin photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 1 p.m. with comments from the debate.

Two Missouri Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate spent more time criticizing the Democratic incumbent than each other during a debate on Tuesday.

Congressman Todd Akin and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman kept their fire mostly trained on Sen. Claire McCaskill and President Obama during the hour-long forum, which was sponsored by KTRS Radio and the St. Louis Beacon. A third candidate, businessman John Brunner, did not attend.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 9, 2011 - The campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner today announced that he is calling for "a series of debates with his primary opponents," who are competing to challenge U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Steelman criticizes Akin over federal budget bill

May 18, 2011
(File Photo/Originally from Steelman's website)

Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary is only one day old, and Sarah Steelman already is criticizing Todd Akin over federal spending decisions.

Steelman on Wednesday criticized Akin for voting for a "weak-kneed budget compromise" last month among House Republicans and President Barack Obama that cut $38 billion in spending.

Steelman says Akin should have held out for the full $100 billion in cuts originally sought by House Republicans. She called Akin and congressional Republicans "toothless dragons."

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

With Missouri Congressman Todd Akin (R) tossing his hat in the ring for next year’s U.S. Senate race, one of his potential successors is keeping mum about whether she’ll join the growing field vying to replace him.

Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) currently represents part of St. Louis County in the Missouri Senate, and has made no secret of her interest in running for Congress.

GOP Rep. Akin to challenge Sen. McCaskill in Mo.

May 17, 2011
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Updated at 2:52 p.m.:

Republican Ann Wagner, who previously announced an exploratory committee for congress, made it official today.

Wagner will run in the Second Congressional District, making her announcement following Akin's official word earlier today.

Steelman raises $200K for U.S. Senate bid

Feb 4, 2011

U.S. Senate hopeful Sarah Steelman has raised $200,000 for her campaign, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

According to the paper, Steelman raised the sum in about a month.

So where does that put Steelman among her fellow U.S. Senate candidates? The Post-Dispatch lists the candidates' fundraising progress as follows:

Emerson considering U.S. Senate run in 2012

Feb 3, 2011
(Office of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson)

Reporting from KRCU's Jacob McCleland was used for this report.

Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson says that she is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

Emerson has been a member of Congress since 1996. Her rural district encompasses all of Southeast Missouri and includes the towns of Cape Girardeau, West Plains, Farmington, and Rolla.

Emerson says that she is not going to rush into a decision.

UPDATE 3:25 p.m. Jan. 27, 2011:

As expected, Talent has announced that he will not run for Senate in 2012. He shared the news with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today.

UPDATE 10:53 a.m. Jan. 26, 2011:

Steelman challenging McCaskill in 2012

Dec 1, 2010

As reported by Jake Wagman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and POLITICO's David Catanese, Republican Sarah Steelman has officially announced her bid to challenge incumbent Claire McCaskill in 2012.

Map by Brent Jones, data from Missouri Secretary of State

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, August 8, 2008 - A less than scintillating ballot -- not the heat -- is most to blame for an election day turnout that saw fewer than one in five registered voters casting primary ballots in Missouri on Tuesday, says a St. Louis authority on the American electorate.

Commentary: Looking toward November

Aug 6, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 6, 2008 - Sarah Steelman fought the Republican establishment -- and the establishment's candidate, U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, won.

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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 24, 2008 - In last night's final debate for the GOP nomination for governor of Missouri, candidates U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof and state Treasurer Sarah Steelman agreed on one thing: Each would make a better chief executive than Attorney General Jay Nixon, the presumptive Democratic nominee. Otherwise, the two GOP candidates dug in their heels and stuck to their usual campaign themes of low taxes and less government waste in an effort to sway voters before the August 5 primary.