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2010 Missouri elections

Blunt launches U.S. Senate bid at Harris-Stowe

Jun 23, 2019

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 19, 2009 - U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt launched his bid for the U.S. Senate on Thursday by asserting that the 41 Republican votes in the 100-member U.S. Senate are all that prevents the new Democratic president and his party's congressional leaders from imposing "absolute one-party rule."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 7, 2010 - Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan chose Democrat Days in Hannibal this weekend to reinforce her campaign image as a rancher-turned-U.S. Senate hopeful, and to roll out her sharpest direct attacks yet against the best-known Republican for the post, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt.

Commentary: Lessons from the 2010 election

Dec 13, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 13, 2010 - Now that a sufficient amount of time has passed since the midterm elections, the data on who voted, for whom they voted and why have been analyzed and interpreted. Among the questions, two, in particular, stand out: Was the election a referendum on President Barack Obama, and do the 2010 results mark a turning point or a continuation of historical trends?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 8, 2010 - Three hours after Republican Ed Martin conceded that he did lose in last Tuesday's election, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., has finally issued a reply:

"As I said on election night, I wish my opponent the best. This has been a long and spirited campaign, and my focus is now where it has always been: serving the people of this district."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 8, 2010 - The St. Louis County Election Board's staff is examining 198 provisional ballots in the 24th District state Senate contest, which amount to more than the 176 votes between Republican winner John Lamping and losing Democrat Barbara Fraser.

Democratic elections director Joe Donahue said the 198 are among 1,500 provisional ballots cast countywide. He expects it should take this week to go through all of them and determine which ones count and which ones don't. Donahue added that the Election Board is focusing first on the 24th District because of the narrow victory and Fraser's plans to request a recount.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 6, 2010 - Ed Martin, the Republican nominee for the 3rd District congressional seat, has a new spokeswoman as he continues to mull his options regarding his apparent loss Tuesday to Democratic incumbent Russ Carnahan. Martin has yet to concede.

New spokeswoman Brenda Madden said that Martin is out of town for the weekend. "He's still working on processing the problems with (Secretary of State) Robin Carnahan's database being down on Election Day and he's continuing to work with the local boards," Madden said in an email Friday afternoon.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 5, 2010 - Democrat Barbara Fraser said Thursday she seek a recount in her hard-fought, razor-thin loss to Republican John Lamping in the 24th District Missouri Senate race.

In complete but unofficial returns, Fraser, who is chair of the St. Louis County Council, lost to Lamping by 176 votes out of more than 60,000 cast. The final totals give Lamping 50.1 percent, compared with 49.9 percent for Fraser.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 4, 2010 - Tuesday evening, the Beacon and KETC-TV's Nine Network got together and put on a show the likes of which you never see on local channels anymore, and the same situation obtains on national commercial networks and most cable channels as well. For four hours, we worked together to bring viewers and readers in the region an indepth look at what was going on in their political world.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 4, 2010 - Voters have spoken on Proposition B, but both sides involved in the dogged efforts for stronger regulation of puppy mills in Missouri vow to keep on going.

"We're on the watch for anything that would alter Proposition B," said Barbara Schmitz of the Humane Society of Missouri. "The proposition has been available for public view since last November. It's been debated and reviewed by all sorts of individuals across the state, and now the voters have had their say. We are moving forward and making sure that the implementation of new regulations is smooth."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - Tom Schweich, a political novice who never sought public office before, capitalized on an anti-incumbency mood to capture the Missouri state auditor's office Tuesday from Democrat Susan Montee.

Schweich's well-financed campaign rolled up large margins in Missouri's non-metropolitan areas and the numbers were large enough to hold off Montee's strong showings in St. Louis and Kansas City.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - Fueled by a huge rural Republican surge, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt on Tuesday handily won his bid for the U.S. Senate, defeating Democrat Robin Carnahan by one of Missouri's largest margins in decades.

Blunt, a Republican congressman from southwest Missouri, declared in his victory speech that the result sends a message that Missouri voters "want common sense government" in Washington.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - Around 9:15 a.m., Tim Hogan was close to the 300th person to vote at his Des Peres polling place. Despite the vitriol of the election ads, the robocalls and division over the issues, the actual voting experience was a pleasant one this morning.

Hogan ran into neighbors and talked about how the kids spent their Halloween.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-4th District and the dean of Missouri's congressional delegation, conceded defeat to Tea Party-backed Vicky Hartzler. The powerful chair of the House Armed Services Committee was first elected to Congress in 1976, so his defeat is a signal accomplishment for Tea Party Republicans.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - With Proposition A cruising to an overwhelming victory statewide, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the focus now moves to April and the pitch he needs to make to voters in the city:

"Losing the earnings tax without an acceptable plan to replace would be irresponsible."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - With 94 percent of the precincts reporting in St. Louis County, incumbent County Executive Charlie Dooley pulled ahead of Republican challenger Bill Corrigan after trailing for most of the night. Corrigan conceded the election, saying he wished Dooley well.

The vote count was 171,953 or 49.13 percent for Dooley compared with 170,159, or 48.61 percent for Corrigan, with 597 of 631 precincts reporting.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - Donna Jones and Bill Haas have won the two seats up for grabs on the elected board of the St. Louis Public Schools.

With 100 percent of Tuesday's vote counted, Jones led the field of six candidates with 35 percent; Haas had 23 percent.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - Tom Schweich, Missouri's newly elected state auditor, expressed relief and excitement after taking the concession call just after midnight from his Democratic opponent, incumbent Susan Montee.

"I met a lot of great people in the campaign -- I have a lot of great support," he said, as a handful of those stalwart supporters stayed to the end at his small election watch party at J. Buck's Restaurant in Clayton. "The campaigning is not really my business. I've never run for anything before. What I really want is the job, and the idea that now I get to go do the job is very exciting for me."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - WASHINGTON - From energy to health care to defense, the congressional shakeup resulting from this week's midterm elections will have considerable impact on the clout of Missouri and Illinois representatives on local and national issues in the Capitol.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 29, 2010 - For all the focus on new media, and online social network sites like Twitter and Facebook, the last days of any campaign center on the success or failure of an old-school activity: Getting voters to go vote.

That can be a challenging task for a mid-term election like the one on Tuesday, even with all the hype about the predicted Republican wave fueled by public discontent.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 28, 2010 - My name is Robyn Hamlin and I am the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri's 1st District. Would you agree with me that we have been sending the wrong people to Washington, supposed representatives who do not represent our best interests, those who do not offer solutions to problems they sometimes created?

Priority One: Create Jobs

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 26, 2010 - With just days left in their contest, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and lawyer Bill Corrigan continue to wage the hottest battle for the county's top job in 20 years.

The latest campaign reports, filed late Monday, show that the two have raised and spent around $4 million combined -- a record. At least a quarter of their spending was just in the last month.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 19, 2010 - As Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates sprint into their final two weeks of campaigning, both are doing what they can to change any discouraging story lines. In other words, they're trying to change the conversation.

Republican Roy Blunt launched a new TV ad Monday in which he portrays himself as a defender of the federal Medicare program for the elderly and accuses Democratic rival Robin Carnahan of supporting "$500 billion in Medicare cuts."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 14, 2010 - U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, sounded cautiously optimistic Wednesday night that his party will retain control of Congress after Nov. 2 -- but he urged fellow Democrats to quit running away from President Barack Obama and the "nothing short of remarkable" achievements of the last two years.

Commentary: Yes on Proposition A

Oct 12, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 12, 2010 - For decades, the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City have imposed a 1 percent earnings tax on the wages of people who live and work in those cities. In addition, businesses in those cities pay a 1 percent tax on the profits of the goods and services they sell.

Commentary: No on Proposition A

Oct 12, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 12, 2010 - This November, voters in Missouri will vote on Proposition A, which if successful, would prevent local governments from levying earnings taxes and require residents of St. Louis and Kansas City to vote every five years whether to continue the 1 percent earnings tax in their cities. If St. Louis and Kansas City voters turn down the earnings tax in the future, it will be phased out over 10 years.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 12, 2010 - The first debate between U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, and Democrat Tommy Sowers saw both portray themselves as potential "checks" on the Democrats now running Congress and occupying the White House.

Emerson said that Republican control of the U.S. House would help bring "a balance" to the federal government, and pledged to support House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, as the next speaker.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 11, 2010 - The odds may be against them, but if enthusiasm and conviction could be converted directly into votes, four local candidates challenging sitting members of Congress in next month's election might turn what many observers consider foregone conclusions into squeakers.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 8, 2010 - A recent article in the New York Times reported that "Democratic candidates across the country are opening a fierce offensive of negative advertisements against Republicans, using lawsuits...and even divorce proceedings to try to discredit their opponents and save their congressional majority." The article added that the purpose of the personal attacks is to "avoid having races become a national referendum on the performance of President Obama and his party."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 8, 2010 - According to the voter database that Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Robin Carnahan was using last weekend as she went door-to-door in St. Peters, Heidi Oberle should be a potential supporter.

But, so far, Oberle is not in Carnahan's corner. But Republican rival Roy Blunt shouldn't count on Oberle, either.

"It's all these negative ads,'' said Oberle, with more than a tinge of irritation, as she prepared to back out of her suburban driveway. "They are totally turning me off!"

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 8, 2010 - Vice President Joe Biden borrowed from Missouri favorite son Mark Twain as he told allies gathered Thursday night in Springfield, Mo. that "the reports of the death of the Democratic Party are greatly exaggerated."

Biden joined Gov. Jay Nixon in headlining a fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Robin Carnahan, who is seeking the soon-to-be-vacant seate now held by retiring Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo.

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