election 2012 http://kbia.org en Bailey joins group hoping to replace Emerson in U.S. House http://kbia.org/post/bailey-joins-group-hoping-replace-emerson-us-house <p>Former Republican congressman Wendell Bailey has joined a crowded field of candidates hoping to fill a vacancy in southeast Missouri's 8th Congressional District. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 22:05:10 +0000 Associated Press 26291 at http://kbia.org Bailey joins group hoping to replace Emerson in U.S. House Emerson considers retiring from U.S. House sooner than planned http://kbia.org/post/emerson-considers-retiring-us-house-sooner-planned <p>Missouri congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson may end up resigning her U.S. House seat earlier than originally planned. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:25:22 +0000 Associated Press 26034 at http://kbia.org Emerson considers retiring from U.S. House sooner than planned Nixon had $414,000 left over from campaign http://kbia.org/post/nixon-had-414000-left-over-campaign <p>Governor Jay Nixon spent $15.5 million on his re-election campaign and still has hundreds of thousands of dollars left over. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:54:43 +0000 Associated Press 25580 at http://kbia.org Nixon had $414,000 left over from campaign In An Increasingly Red State, How Did Republicans Lose In Missouri? http://kbia.org/post/increasingly-red-state-how-did-republicans-lose-missouri 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.<p>“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. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:20:04 +0000 Chris McDaniel 24814 at http://kbia.org In An Increasingly Red State, How Did Republicans Lose In Missouri? How many Missourians really voted? http://kbia.org/post/how-many-missourians-really-voted <p>The day after the Presidential Election, Missouri’s Secretary of State’s office published a list indicating how many voters came out to the polls. The list gives numbers all the way down to a county level, and statewide, it estimates voter turnout at 65.7%. That statewide figure is calculated based on the number of registered voters and votes cast. John Petrocik is a professor at MU. &nbsp;He says that method of counting voters doesn’t accurately record the percentage of the total population that votes. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:13:36 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 24816 at http://kbia.org How many Missourians really voted? What we learned about Mo. voters from the Akin/McCaskill race http://kbia.org/post/what-we-learned-about-mo-voters-akinmccaskill-race <p></p><p>With the election in the rearview mirror, the national parties have spent the last week poring through the results and voter demographic data. Turns out women, young people and Latino voters matter a lot in a presidential race.</p><p>Here in Missouri, the results for the U.S. Senate race displayed some similarities.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:28:09 +0000 Kristofor Husted 24554 at http://kbia.org What we learned about Mo. voters from the Akin/McCaskill race Commentary: Owning up to election predictions http://kbia.org/post/commentary-owning-election-predictions <p>Time to check my election predictions.&nbsp; Even though they were a group project – three good and knowledgeable friends helped – I take full responsibility. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:37:46 +0000 Terry Smith 24551 at http://kbia.org Commentary: Owning up to election predictions Jefferson City voters reject move to expand city limits http://kbia.org/post/jefferson-city-voters-reject-move-expand-city-limits <p>Cole County and Jefferson City residents voted against extending Jefferson City’s boundaries last week. Proposition One would have extended city limits to include an area called Meadows by the Lake along with two hotels and a store within the area.</p><p>City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said there was a high voter turnout, and 65 percent of voters agreed with it. But, the support needed to pass the proposition was still a little short of 66.6 percent. Nickolaus said the reason for the proposition failure could be tied to voters not being informed about it.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:44:39 +0000 Asia Myles 24376 at http://kbia.org Jefferson City voters reject move to expand city limits Analysis: Missouri voters stick with status quo http://kbia.org/post/analysis-missouri-voters-stick-status-quo <p>The status quo has got to go? Not in Missouri.</p><p>Based on election results this past week, Missouri voters might be better described as gung ho for the status quo.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:34:51 +0000 Associated Press 24375 at http://kbia.org Analysis: Missouri voters stick with status quo Fewer Mo. voters turn out this year than last presidential election http://kbia.org/post/fewer-mo-voters-turn-out-year-last-presidential-election <p>Numbers released by the Missouri Secretary of State’s office show 65.7 percent of registered voters across the state, or approximately 2.7 million people, turned out for this year's presidential election.&nbsp; That’s a decrease from the record number of participants in the 2008 presidential election, where a record 2.9 million voters (69.4 percent of registered voters) turned out.</p><p>In the August primary, Boone County had the lowest voter turnout rate of any county in Missouri at 16.7 percent.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:14:43 +0000 Lukas Udstuen & Associated Press 24219 at http://kbia.org Fewer Mo. voters turn out this year than last presidential election Libertarian Mo. senate candidate garners 6 percent of the vote http://kbia.org/post/libertarian-mo-senate-candidate-garners-6-percent-vote <p>Jonathan Dine, the Libertarian candidate for Missouri senator, took 6 percent of the vote in his race against Democratic Sen.&nbsp; Claire McCaskill and Republican congressman Todd Akin.</p><p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:27:08 +0000 Katarina Sostaric 24216 at http://kbia.org Libertarian Mo. senate candidate garners 6 percent of the vote Rape remark defined Akin's campaign, McCaskill win http://kbia.org/post/rape-remark-defined-akins-campaign-mccaskill-win <p>Missouri congressman Todd Akin called it his "six-second mistake." But his brief remark about "legitimate rape" was more than enough to sink his U.S. Senate campaign.</p><p>Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated her Republican challenger with nearly 55 percent of the vote to Akin's 39 percent in Tuesday's election. It was the largest margin of victory in a Missouri Senate race since 1994.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:19:12 +0000 Associated Press 24215 at http://kbia.org Rape remark defined Akin's campaign, McCaskill win Voter turnout at 65.7 percent in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/voter-turnout-657-percent-missouri <p>Missouri voters went to the poll in big numbers, but not as big as in 2008.</p><p>Figures released by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office on Wednesday showed that 2.7 million people, or 65.7 percent of registered voters, turned out on Tuesday. Both the raw number and the percentage were down from 2008, when a record 2.9 million voters, or 69.4 percent, went to the polls.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 23:49:17 +0000 Associated Press 24195 at http://kbia.org Voter turnout at 65.7 percent in Missouri Mo. GOP claims veto-proof majority in Legislature http://kbia.org/post/mo-gop-claims-veto-proof-majority-legislature <p>Missouri Republicans have increased their control of the state Legislature, apparently claiming the two-thirds majority needed to override the governor's vetoes.</p><p>Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House. In the state Senate, Republicans maintained their veto-proof majority. But incumbent GOP Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, lost to Democratic challenger Scott Sifton.</p><p>Several sitting House members also lost their re-election bids.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 23:44:42 +0000 Associated Press 24194 at http://kbia.org Mo. GOP claims veto-proof majority in Legislature Will the defeat of Prop 37 lead to a national food labeling push? http://kbia.org/post/will-defeat-prop-37-lead-national-food-labeling-push <p>California voters defeated Proposition 37 [<a href="http://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2012/general/pdf/37-title-summ-analysis.pdf">PDF</a>] on Tuesday night, the ballot measure that would have required labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified foods. At the polls, <a href="http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/maps/ballot-measures/prop/37/">53 percent of Californians voted against the proposition</a>, while 47 percent voted for it.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:25:40 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 24163 at http://kbia.org Will the defeat of Prop 37 lead to a national food labeling push? Mid-Missourians gather to watch as election results revealed http://kbia.org/post/mid-missourians-gather-watch-election-results-revealed <p>KBIA reporting teams were out in full force throughout mid-Missouri and filed reports throughout the evening. KBIA News caught up with the following people at watch parties around the community:</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:58:11 +0000 Daina Schnese & Andrew Yost & Lee Jian Chung & Kellie Stanfield & Katarina Sostaric & Wendy Mader & Ninh Pham & Courtney Doll & Mikkel Christiensen & Alexandra Olgin 24156 at http://kbia.org Mid-Missourians gather to watch as election results revealed Democrats Webber, Wright win state house seats http://kbia.org/post/democrats-webber-wright-win-state-house-seats <p></p><p>Two Democratic candidates celebrated their victory to the Missouri State House of Representatives at Shakespeare’s South in Columbia Tuesday night.&nbsp; Wed, 07 Nov 2012 08:04:32 +0000 Daina Schnese & Viktorija Mickute & Meredith Turk 24121 at http://kbia.org Democrats Webber, Wright win state house seats McCaskill Re-Elected, Beats Akin http://kbia.org/post/mccaskill-re-elected-beats-akin <img class="asset-image" align="right" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201208/ClaireMcCaskillAug92012RLcropped400.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 113, 179); ">Democratic Sen. Claire </span>McCaskill<span style="color: rgb(0, 113, 179); "> defeated GOP challenger Todd Akin Tuesday to hold on to a Missouri Senate seat that Republicans once considered vulnerable.</span><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 113, 179); ">McCaskill won with about 54-percent of the vote in&#160;the election. She told supporters in St. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:53:07 +0000 Adam Allington 24120 at http://kbia.org Schaefer wins another term in Missouri Senate 19 http://kbia.org/post/schaefer-wins-another-term-missouri-senate-19 <p></p><p>Incumbent State Senator Kurt Schaefer met rounds of applause from family and supporters for his victory over challenger Mary Still at his watch party in Columbia’s Holiday Inn Expo Center.</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:46:31 +0000 andrew yost 24119 at http://kbia.org Schaefer wins another term in Missouri Senate 19 Luetkemeyer wins re-election to US House in 3rd District http://kbia.org/post/luetkemeyer-wins-re-election-us-house-3rd-district <p>In Jefferson City, US Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer celebrated his re-election, as he received just under 70% of the popular vote in the 3<sup>rd</sup> Congressional District. He says the toughest part of this election was getting his name out in the new part of his district.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:45:19 +0000 Olga Khrustaleva & Alex Olgin & Katarina Sostaric 24118 at http://kbia.org Luetkemeyer wins re-election to US House in 3rd District Mid-Missouri Live Blog http://kbia.org/post/mid-missouri-live-blog <p>Hi all,</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:27:00 +0000 Scott Pham 24100 at http://kbia.org Mid-Missouri Live Blog Commentary: The Electoral College, and how a tie could give us a Romney/Biden Presidency http://kbia.org/post/commentary-electoral-college-and-how-tie-could-give-us-romneybiden-presidency <p>You may have heard of the Electoral College.&nbsp; If certain unlikely but theoretically possible election scenarios play out tonight, then in the near future you will hear more about the Electoral College than the law should allow.</p><p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:31:46 +0000 Terry Smith 24093 at http://kbia.org Commentary: The Electoral College, and how a tie could give us a Romney/Biden Presidency Columbia volunteers keep things moving http://kbia.org/post/columbia-volunteers-keep-things-moving-0 <p>As Columbia voters went to the polls today, many volunteers helped to keep the process moving along. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:14:21 +0000 Jessica Reese 24092 at http://kbia.org Columbia volunteers keep things moving Election Day turnout http://kbia.org/post/election-day-turnout <p>Voter turnout has been heavy in portions of Missouri this morning, according to the Secretary of State’s office.&nbsp; Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:58:40 +0000 Marshall Griffin 24087 at http://kbia.org Election Day turnout Smith, Thompson face off to be Adair County Commissioner http://kbia.org/post/smith-thompson-face-be-adair-county-commissioner <p>Adair County residents will vote for a Second District County Commissioner Tuesday.</p><p>Larry Lee Smith is challenging the incumbent Mark Thompson in the election for Adair County Second District Commissioner.</p><p>Smith, who’s a farmer, said he decided to run for the position because he is concerned with road and bridge maintenance in Adair County.</p><p>“I don’t like to hear cutbacks on our road and bridge employees and on an hourly basis and so I don’t know what happened to their budget, how they failed to get something in?" Smith said. "I just want to scan that budget.”</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 14:58:12 +0000 Chris Lilly 24054 at http://kbia.org The Rural Diner Project - what can a dollar get you now? http://kbia.org/post/rural-diner-project-what-can-dollar-get-you-now <p>Located on the main street of Paris, Missouri, Jonesy’s Café has been drawing locals for its coffee, breakfast and old-fashioned soda fountain since the 1930s. Owners Steven and Connie Hancock say it’s a place where everyone feels at home. We arrived at the crack of dawn to find Connie firing up the grill, waiting for the usual mix of farmers, workers, retirees &nbsp;and opinions to find their way into the café as they do each morning. What’s on the table at Jonesy’s? Not surprisingly, a good deal of disillusionment with politicians and a political process. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 22:38:19 +0000 24018 at http://kbia.org The Rural Diner Project - what can a dollar get you now? Missouri churches to participate in National Election Day Communion http://kbia.org/post/missouri-churches-participate-national-election-day-communion <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px; font-family: OpenSansRegular, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; ">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px; font-family: OpenSansRegular, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; ">During the day on Tuesday, Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia will function as a polling place. But after the polls close, Pastor Kevin Glenn hopes to bring voters from all different perspectives together.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:19:38 +0000 Kellie Moore 23895 at http://kbia.org Missouri churches to participate in National Election Day Communion Boone County's Prop 1 aims to improve youth services http://kbia.org/post/boone-countys-prop-1-aims-improve-youth-services <p>On Tuesday’s ballot, Boone county residents will decide on whether to introduce a Community Children’s Service Fund to improve mental health and shelter services for youth under 19 years of age.</p><p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:44:28 +0000 Lee Jian Chung 23872 at http://kbia.org Boone County's Prop 1 aims to improve youth services Sen. Claire McCaskill: 'I'm in the middle, Akin is on fringe' http://kbia.org/post/sen-claire-mccaskill-im-middle-akin-fringe <p></p><p>KBIA’s Kristofor Husted interviews Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is challenging Rep. Todd Akin to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate in the November 6 election.</p><p>In the interview (which took place before McCaskill’s mother died), the senator talks about the difference between her and Akin when it comes to women’s issues including equal pay for women and access to emergency contraception. She talks about what she would say to women who have backed Akin after his controversial comment on pregnancy and rape. McCaskill also discusses her plan to make sure small business continues to grow in the state and her stance on keeping federal loans and grants available to students who depend on them.</p><p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:08:12 +0000 Kristofor Husted 23817 at http://kbia.org Sen. Claire McCaskill: 'I'm in the middle, Akin is on fringe' McCaskill resumes campaign following mother's death http://kbia.org/post/mccaskill-resumes-campaign-following-mothers-death <p>McCaskill spoke outside a St. Louis County grade school Wednesday about the importance of the school lunch program, noting that Republican opponent Todd Akin was one of just five lawmakers to oppose funding. But she also used the time to talk about her mother, who passed away earlier this week.</p><p>It was Claire McCaskill’s first public appearance since the passing of her mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill.</p><p>In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.</p><p>Claire McCaskill said it’s been a “tumultuous time.”</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:24:44 +0000 Chris McDaniel 23786 at http://kbia.org McCaskill resumes campaign following mother's death