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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 4, 2008 - ST. PAUL - Former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth said Thursday that critics of Gov. Sarah Palin's nomination for vice president on the GOP ticket were using a double standard, and he predicted that a looming political fight over her selection could be as bitter as the battle over the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also said Palin, like Thomas, was strong enough to weather the storm.

Marie Griffith, director of the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University, and John Danforth, a former Republican U.S. Senator from Missouri.
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Late last month former U.S. Senator from Missouri John Danforth published an op-ed in the Washington Post in which he called President Donald Trump the “most divisive president in our history.” He called for fellow Republicans to disavow Trump’s divisive tactics and redefine the Republican party.

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Clearer skies might hang on the political horizon with the swearing in of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, but matters are not all clear just yet between Republicans and Democrats.

On Monday, Mo. Senator Claire McCaskill told St. Louis on the Air host, Don Marsh, that in order to achieve more heights, both parties must be willing to compromise. With a number of politicians from the Republican Party running for president, McCaskill says that matters of the here-and-now may become distracted. Those matters include a highway bill and the debt ceiling, among others.

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Prominent Republican donor David Humphreys has revised his sworn affidavit that initially accused Missouri GOP chairman John Hancock of making an anti-Semitic remark about state Auditor Tom Schweich, adding a new element to the internal GOP battle that has raged since Schweich's Feb. 26 suicide.

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Retired U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth says he’s not giving up in his quest to force the ouster of Missouri GOP chairman, John Hancock, whom Danforth blames for an alleged anti-Semitic “whispering campaign’’ that Danforth believes prompted state Auditor Tom Schweich to kill himself.

“I think (Hancock) should be repudiated by all Republicans,’’ Danforth said in a telephone interview late Thursday.  The retired senator added that he was not calling for Hancock’s resignation, and instead wanted Hancock to be forced out.

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Embattled Missouri Republican Party chairman John Hancock has launched a major public offensive to refute allegations that he had conducted an anti-Semitic “whispering campaign” against state Auditor Tom Schweich. Critics assert that "whispering campaign" contributed to the auditor’s suicide on Feb. 26.

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Retired U.S. Sen. John Danforth  is blaming Missouri’s nasty political climate – and an alleged anti-Semitic “whispering campaign” -- for  state Auditor Tom Schweich’s suicide, and he is calling on officials in both parties to “make Tom’s death a turning point in our state.”

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American politics is not working very well today, but religion can play a role in helping to move it away from partisanship and back to a spirit of compromise.

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Former Missouri Senator John Danforth appeared on NPR's Morning Edition this morning to discuss his experiences with past budget negotiations and what lessons can be used in discussions underway today.


A week after the conservative losses at the polls, about 20 tea partiers gathered at a restaurant in North St. Louis County to listen to a few lecturers talk about a few ideas for the future: the flat tax and the fair tax. And yes, to commiserate about the recent past.

“If we can’t even elect a Republican president with Barack Obama as his opponent, how in God's name do we propose to eliminate the tax code?” Bill Hennessy, who helped found the St. Louis Tea Party, asked. He was visibly frustrated.

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Sen. John Danforth has accepted his role as negotiator.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2012 - How does a former lawmaker define today's politics? Former Sen. John Danforth spent Friday morning talking with students at John Burroughs School, where he touched on big, sweeping problems like partisan gridlock and personal contemplation. And with a little prompting, the former lawmaker revealed some interesting details about his life in politics.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2011 - Former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth, R-Mo., may be critical of the Republican presidential-selection process, but he's picking a candidate anyway.  Danforth is endorsing former Massachusetts Gov.  Mitt Romney, who has been rolling out a series of prominent Missouri backers this week apparently in preparation for a fundraiser in the area tonight.

Also on the latest list: U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 21, 2011 - While the Constitution specifically prohibits government from administering religious tests as a condition for holding public office, the First Amendment guarantees our right to advocate for or against candidates on any basis we choose, including their religion. We can, if we like, support or oppose a candidate for no better reason than that he or she is, for example, a Catholic. Historically, some Americans have done just that, as was the case with the anti-Catholic Know Nothing Party of the 19th Century.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 9, 2011 - Former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth, R-Mo., says he's flattered by those who want him to consider running for governor in 2012, but he's already picked a candidate: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

"I am all for Peter Kinder. I've known him since he was a schoolboy,'' the senator said, adding that he will campaign for Kinder if he's asked.

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A former Republican Senator from Missouri is leading a new non-profit organization that will offer business loans to businesses who want to build or expand in Joplin.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 25, 2008 - Is Jack Danforth taking his marbles off the Arch grounds and going home mad?

That's a notion suggested by some who regard the contents of a letter sent by former Sen. John C. Danforth to Dirk Kempthorne, the secretary of the Interior, as a retreat from his and his family's foundation's commitment to a substantial investment in improvements to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, also known as the Gateway Arch. 

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.'"

Arch grounds: change or not?

Jun 26, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 26, 2008 - Former Missouri Sen. John C. Danforth believes the National Park Service has made up its mind against any changes or improvements to the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

He described a meeting last night in Forest Park, and another one next week at the Old Courthouse downtown, as  "window dressing."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Before Thursday morning, St. Louis civic leaders who have been actively promoting a revitalization of the St. Louis riverfront sat south of square one in the progress department, in a holding pattern, maintaining hope perhaps, but definitely sitting still. The sticking point was the reluctance of the National Park Service to consider any changes or alterations of the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the site of the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse to its east.