Roy Blunt | St. Louis Public Radio

Roy Blunt

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 30, 2009 - U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford, won one and lost one Thursday night in his amendment battle to alter a House plan that he calls "government-takeover of health care."

Blunt, chairman of the House GOP's Health Care Solutions Group, succeeded in winning committee approval of his amendment that blocks federal funding for abortions in the Democratic-driven proposal to change the nation's health care system.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 29, 2009 - U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate next year, has been caught once again making a disparaging remark about Medicare, the health care program for the elderly that was begun by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

But what's arguably as noteworthy as what he said, is how his comments were recorded.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 23, 2009 - After weeks of accusing Secretary of State Robin Carnahan of hiding from the public, the Missouri Republican Party is now asserting that she's gone too public.

At issue are some new Carnahan public-service radio ads -- some airing during baseball games -- that lay out investment protection tips and warnings to the public.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 22, 2009 - A couple weeks ago, Libertarian Mike Ferguson's radio show touched off a furor over some musings by a guest -- U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford -- about whether it had been wise for the federal government to get involved in providing health care 40-odd years ago with Medicare and Medicaid.

But as of today, Ferguson is no longer a Libertarian and he's no longer on the political fence in next year's U.S. Senate contest. He's now a Republican and he's endorsing Blunt for the post to be vacated by retiring Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 13, 2009 - When it comes to the national debate over health care, everyone in Washington is a player: Whether they're a member of Congress, a lobbyist or a leader of a special-interest group.

But some are bigger players than others. And some wield their influence at different stages of what's already shaping up to be a lengthy process.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 1, 2009 - Two of Missouri's favorite political targets -- Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, a Republican -- have attracted new jabs unveiled Wednesday by their critics.

Both attacks sidestep some key -- but inconvenient -- truths.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 25, 2009 - While U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., was trumpeting his success in winning Senate passage of a bill aimed at saving Boeing's C-17 plane produced in St. Louis, two of Missouri's Republicans in the U.S. House joined their GOP colleagues in voting against it.

In particular, the opposition of U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford, has attracted national press attention since Blunt is competing in 2010 to succeed Bond in the Senate -- and Bond has endorsed him.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 22, 2009 - Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who previously was a Missouri governor and a U.S. senator, has generally stayed out of the political limelight since leaving office in early 2005 and undertaking a lucrative private career as a lawyer and strategic consultant.

But Ashcroft is apparently making an exception today for an old friend, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 20, 2009 - U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt may be from southwest Missouri, but he understands the political -- and ballot-number -- importance of the St. Louis area.

As he continues his Republican quest for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Blunt said Saturday, "St. Louis County, St. Louis city and the St. Louis region are going to be a critical part of that."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 19, 2009 - Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent are the latest Missouri Republicans to endorse the Senate bid of U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford.

Blunt's campaign have confirmed he is holding a campaign event Saturday with the duo at 11 a.m. at the Frontenac Hilton -- a favorite GOP venue.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 9, 2009 - As he continues his quest for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt is taking a higher-profile national role as a key Republican leader of the GOP's counter-effort on health care.

Blunt, R-Strafford, is chairman of the House GOP's Health Care Solutions Group, which appeared on Tuesday to be the major Republican vehicle for challenging the approaches that President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders are considering as they try to revamp the nation's health care system.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 8, 2009 - June is always a major month for political fundraising, because it comes after the legislative session and before summer's backed schedule of holidays and vacations.

But this June is particularly noteworthy for a couple events on tap.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 4, 2009 - Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt may have been embattled at home, but he's won praise from British Tory Party leader David Cameron for creating the Missouri Accountability Portal that allows the public to track state spending online.

Such overseas notice won Blunt cheers at the Millennium Hotel downtown, during Wednesday night's opening event for the two-day Conservative Heartland Leadership Conference.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 28, 2009 - Missouri's two announced candidates for the U.S. Senate in 2010 -- Rep. Roy Blunt and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan -- each had some money-related news Thursday afternoon.

Carnahan, a Democrat, announced that the family farm in Rolla, Mo., has a newborn -- a female foal. Carnahan's campaign is now circulating a photo of the candidate with the new arrival, in an electronic request for "suggestions for names for the baby horse."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 27, 2009 - U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford and a candidate for the U.S. Senate, is complaining about a new TV attack ad produced by several national groups upset over his energy-related votes.

The ad began running Tuesday in Blunt's southwest Missouri congressional district. The groups who produced and paid for the campaigns are VoteVets.org, the League of Conservation Voters and America’s Building Trades Unions.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 15, 2009 - The only announced Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, is now targeting the "fresh face'' from Clayton High School -- visiting Washington University law professor Thomas Schweich -- who is being promoted as a Senate alternative by one of the state GOP's elder statesmen, retired U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 11, 2009 - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan appears to agree with her possible Republican rival for the U.S. Senate -- Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford -- with her observation that "the most important thing we do is keep Americans safe.''

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 11, 2009 - Washington University visiting law school professor and "ambassador-in-residence'' Thomas Schweich confirmed this morning that he has gotten some encouragement to consider running for the U.S. Senate in Missouri -- a path that would make him a rival of U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 7, 2009 - U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford, is joining the fight of Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., to preserve the U.S. military's detention facility in Guantanamo Bay.

And Bond, in turn, is joining Blunt on the campaign trail as the congressman from southwest Missouri seeks to re-energize his quest to replace Missouri's senior senator when he retires after the 2010 election.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 30, 2009 -  Two of Missouri's members of Congress -- Reps. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, and Roy Blunt, R-Strafford -- offer prime examples of the passionate opposing views regarding the hate-crime bill approved this week by the U.S. House.

Clay cosponsored the measure, which passed 249 – 175. He says it simply extends existing hate-crime protections to victims of crimes "motivated by gender, sexual orientation and disability."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 20, 2009 - The national League of Conservation voters launched Monday in Missouri the first attack ad of the 2010 U.S. Senate contest, by taking on the announced Republican candidate, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford.

But a League spokesman said the ad buy -- which so far is close to $100,000 (hefty for Missouri) -- is aimed at Blunt's current job, not his hoped-for-future one.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 15, 2009 - Wednesday was "Tea Party Day'' in St. Louis, Cape Girardeau and elsewhere, where members of the Constitution Party and other conservative groups organized events to protest the tax-filing deadline.

In St. Louis, thousands showed up at the Kiener Plaza "Tea Party,'' with people continuing to pour onto the grounds after the speeches began. The crowd roared in unison as various speakers blasted the Obama administration and its spending programs, in particular, along with taxes in general. "TEA" stands for Taxed Enough Already

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 9, 2009 - U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford and a candidate for the U.S. Senate, said this afternoon that his six-day trip to Mexico, Colombia and Panama was part of his duties as a member of Congress.

Blunt noted that he and other members of the congressional delegation spoke to top government leaders in all three countries as part of their probe into the drug-trafficking problems those nations pose for the United States.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 8, 2009 - U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford and a candidate for the U.S. Senate, is returning tonight from a six-day congressional trip to Mexico and Colombia.

On Thursday, Blunt will participate in a conference call about the trip, said communications director Nick Simpson.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 6, 2009 - U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, a candidate for the Senate, blames the Washington, D.C., government for incorrectly giving a property tax break on his Georgetown home.

Missouri Democrats are jabbing Blunt over the issue, while Republicans note that the tax break previously had caused a headache for the mother of his Democratic rival, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 16, 2009 - Missouri's only declared Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate -- U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt -- is following through with his February 19th kickoff promise to spend a lot of time in the St. Louis region.

Blunt's appearance at St. Louis County's Lincoln Day dinner last Saturday marked his second major address in recent weeks to area Republicans. The southwest Missouri native  headlined St. Charles County's Lincoln Day event on Feb. 27.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 6, 2009 - With Secretary of State Robin Carnahan -- an announced Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010 -- set to be a key attraction at this weekend's Democrat Days in Hannibal, the state Republican Party and anti-abortion groups are marking the occasion by launching a few political attacks.

The effort is similar to the Democratic blasts fired off a few weeks ago against the only announced Republican candidate for the Senate, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, right before the GOP's statewide Lincoln Days.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 2, 2009 - The latest congressional liberal-conservative ranking by the nonpartisan National Journal, which often finds its vote-based survey used in political ads, shows few are more conservative than U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Town and Country.

Akin ranks as the 5th most conservative in the 435-member House, based on his 2008 voting record. Fellow GOP Rep. Roy Blunt, who's running for the Senate, came in at No. 20.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 21, 2009 - In his quest for the U.S. Senate in 2010, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt appears to have shifted his target from potential Republican rival Sarah Steelman to the only declared Democrat, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

In his Saturday address to members of the Republican State Committee, Blunt announced that he plans to call Carnahan on Monday and ask her to agree to "three televised opportunities" this year to highlight their differing views on the issues.

Pages