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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 4, 2008 - Wednesday's major event outside of the convention was a tribute to Sen. Bob Dole from the Kansas and Missouri delegations. Sens. Sam Brownback, Jack Danforth, Fred Thompson, U.S. Rep. and Missouri gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof, and U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Wichita stood on stage to honor this great American.

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.

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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 31, 2008 - Angela Griffin, 24, is a junior majoring in English at UMSL. Griffin's hometown is Richmond, Va. 

College student Angela Griffin was just 3 weeks old in 1984, when Democratic candidate Geraldine Ferraro made American history as the first woman nominated for vice president by a major political party.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 30, 2008 - Cape Girardeau - Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin brought her pro-life, pro-gun rights and pro-family campaign to southeast Missouri this morning, just five days before voters will be asked to decide on the country's next president.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 20, 2008 - In selecting Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, Sen. John McCain failed the first test of his fitness to be president. Gov. Palin’s campaign performance suggests that she probably is the most unqualified vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket in recent history. The prospect of her as vice president or president would be alarming in any times, especially so in these times. Sen. McCain was reckless to choose her and his poor judgment raises concern regarding the decisions he would make as president and how he would make them.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 9, 2008 - Gov. Sarah Palin's comments repeatedly confirm that she is largely uninformed about the vice presidency. Given three chances to address the subject, she has missed each time. And what she does say is quite troubling.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 6, 2008 - From the presidential primaries to the general election campaign, the issue of gender has been placed front and center. The campaigns of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat, and Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican, raised -- and continue to raise -- the question: Can a woman be elected president or vice president?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 5, 2008 - Republicans were partying at Chaifetz as Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin spoke.

America's love affair with Gov. Sarah Palin continues unabated. Of course, not all America, she has her detractors, but none was present at the Chaifetz Arena on debate night. The Republicans held a rally and debate-watching party at the beautiful new SLU arena, which culminated with a visit from the VP candidate herself.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 2, 2008 - As recently as Aug. 31, the vice-presidential debate scheduled for this evening at Washington University, offered little in the way of anticipation or excitement. However, since the Republican National Convention in Denver, and the surprising showing of the unheralded and largely unknown Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, self-described Hockey Mom and youthful new face of the GOP, the vice-presidential debate turned into the most anticipated theatrical event of the season.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 2, 2008 - Gov. Sarah Palin gave a strong performance in Thursday night's vice-presidential debate at Washington University -- but so did Sen. Joe Biden, said those attending the 90-minute face-off, as they exited the hall.

Palin powers up debate rally

Oct 2, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 2, 2008 - She came among them as they held their "Palin's Hot/Biden's Not" signs and as they chanted "USA!" Whether in the eyes of the nation she was the winner or not didn't matter to those gathered at Chaifetz Arena to see Gov. Sarah Palin less than an hour after her one and only debate of this year's presidential campaign.

The crowd screamed and the applause was deafening as Palin's tour bus, the "Straight Talk Express," pulled into the arena in a cloud of smoke.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 2, 2008 - Sarah Barracuda showed up for the vice presidential debate at Washington University Thursday night with Sen. Joseph Biden. Gov. Palin looked straight into the camera to appeal directly to "Joe Sixpack," promising to put the "government back on the side of the people and to stop the greed on Wall Street."

St. Louisans debate the vice presidential debate

Oct 2, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 2, 2008 - The leaders of Washington University's College Republicans and College Democrats spoke to the Beacon last night about their expectations heading into tonight's debate. Here's what each had to say following the event:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 2, 2008 - Sen. John McCain will not, of course, be on stage at the vice-presidential debate but in a very real sense the debate is as much about him as about anyone or anything else. The event constitutes a reckoning of sorts for him. Voters will be observing and judging the performance of Gov. Sarah Palin but the conclusions they reach will and should shape their assessment of Sen. McCain.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 1, 2008 - At the opening of the vice presidential debate in 1996 in St. Petersburg, Fla., Jack Kemp couldn't resist getting in a critical comment about the fact that he and Al Gore would have only 90 seconds each to answer complex questions on domestic and foreign policy issues. The ever loquacious Kemp, who was running on the GOP ticket with Sen. Bob Dole, blurted out to Jim Lehrer of PBS' "NewsHour":

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 30, 2008 - The vice-presidential debate at Washington University Thursday will put gender equality under a microscope, said former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican, in a non-partisan talk on Laclede's Landing last week.

Whitman, who was also head of the Environmental Protection Agency during President George W. Bush's first term, will be watching to see how the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, relates to the Republican vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 30, 2008 - Perhaps, it's because the race remains so tightly contested -- with polls in recent weeks showing narrow leads by first the Republicans and then the Democrats. Perhaps, it's because of a continuing curiosity over surprise Republican vice presidential choice Sarah Palin.

Or perhaps, it's because the political drama will be playing out in their own back yard.

Whatever the reason, most voters interviewed by the Beacon this week said they plan to pay unusually close attention to Thursday night's vice presidential debate between Palin and Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 29, 2008 - I've been struck by, well, a number of things in the past month. However, the most striking dynamic has been the consistent hypocrisy of Palin supporters crying sexism when McCain supporters have slammed Obama's camp time and time again for even mentioning race. Initially, I laughed ("Oh, now when it's convenient, it's OK to point out inequities.); then I was dumbfounded ("Seriously? You're going to play the gender card after blasting Obama and Clinton for mentioning their identities?"); and now I think I've got it.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 9, 2008 - One morning after breakfast during the GOP convention in St. Paul, Phyllis Schlafly, head of the conservative Eagle Forum, searched her mind for the right metaphor to capture the impact of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the Republican presidential ticket. Dressed in red and flashing a ready smile, Schlafly finally settled on the image of Palin as the drum-beating bunny in the Energizer battery commercials. Turns out the description was right - not the bunny part but the term "energizer," which seemed to convey the spirit and vitality that Palin brought to the convention the minute she stepped onto the stage and accepted the vice presidential nomination.

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