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?