election 2012

Politics
4:05 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bailey joins group hoping to replace Emerson in U.S. House

Wendall Bailey
Missouri State Treasurer's office

Former Republican congressman Wendell Bailey has joined a crowded field of candidates hoping to fill a vacancy in southeast Missouri's 8th Congressional District.

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Politics
8:25 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Emerson considers retiring from U.S. House sooner than planned

Jo Ann Emerson
United States Congress

Missouri congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson may end up resigning her U.S. House seat earlier than originally planned.

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Politics
8:54 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Nixon had $414,000 left over from campaign

File Photo KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon spent $15.5 million on his re-election campaign and still has hundreds of thousands of dollars left over.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

In An Increasingly Red State, How Did Republicans Lose In Missouri?

KBIA-FM

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 1:44 pm

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.

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Politics
2:13 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

How many Missourians really voted?

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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.  He says that method of counting voters doesn’t accurately record the percentage of the total population that votes.

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Politics
10:28 am
Thu November 15, 2012

What we learned about Mo. voters from the Akin/McCaskill race

Rep. Akin, left, lost a large chunk of votes to Sen. McCaskill in Missouri's U.S. Senate race thanks in large part to women and young people backing McCaskill.
Credit Kristofor Husted, Scott Pham / KBIA

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.

Here in Missouri, the results for the U.S. Senate race displayed some similarities.

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Politics
8:37 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Commentary: Owning up to election predictions

Vox Efx Flickr

Time to check my election predictions.  Even though they were a group project – three good and knowledgeable friends helped – I take full responsibility.

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Politics
7:44 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Jefferson City voters reject move to expand city limits

KBIA file photo

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.

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.

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Politics
7:34 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Analysis: Missouri voters stick with status quo

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The status quo has got to go? Not in Missouri.

Based on election results this past week, Missouri voters might be better described as gung ho for the status quo.

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Politics
8:14 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Fewer Mo. voters turn out this year than last presidential election

File Photo KBIA

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.  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.

In the August primary, Boone County had the lowest voter turnout rate of any county in Missouri at 16.7 percent.

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Politics
7:27 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Libertarian Mo. senate candidate garners 6 percent of the vote

Sean Hobson Flickr

Jonathan Dine, the Libertarian candidate for Missouri senator, took 6 percent of the vote in his race against Democratic Sen.  Claire McCaskill and Republican congressman Todd Akin.

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Politics
7:19 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Rape remark defined Akin's campaign, McCaskill win

File Photo KBIA

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.

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.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Voter turnout at 65.7 percent in Missouri

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Missouri voters went to the poll in big numbers, but not as big as in 2008.

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.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mo. GOP claims veto-proof majority in Legislature

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri Republicans have increased their control of the state Legislature, apparently claiming the two-thirds majority needed to override the governor's vetoes.

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.

Several sitting House members also lost their re-election bids.

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Agriculture
11:25 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Will the defeat of Prop 37 lead to a national food labeling push?

A poster in support of Prop 37.
Nuclear Winter/flickr

California voters defeated Proposition 37 [PDF] on Tuesday night, the ballot measure that would have required labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified foods. At the polls, 53 percent of Californians voted against the proposition, while 47 percent voted for it. 

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Politics
9:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Mid-Missourians gather to watch as election results revealed

Supporters for Jeanie Riddle gather at Post Office Bar and Grill for the watch party.
Ninh Pham KBIA

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:

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Politics
2:04 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Webber, Wright win state house seats

Elected Missouri State Representatives John Wright and Stephen Webber double-check the election results. Columbia, Missouri.
Meredith Turk KBIA

Two Democratic candidates celebrated their victory to the Missouri State House of Representatives at Shakespeare’s South in Columbia Tuesday night. 

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Politics
1:53 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McCaskill Re-Elected, Beats Akin

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 6:48 am

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated GOP challenger Todd Akin Tuesday to hold on to a Missouri Senate seat that Republicans once considered vulnerable.

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Politics
1:46 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Schaefer wins another term in Missouri Senate 19

KBIA

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.

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Politics
1:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Luetkemeyer wins re-election to US House in 3rd District

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer and his grandson
Olga Khrustaleva KBIA

In Jefferson City, US Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer celebrated his re-election, as he received just under 70% of the popular vote in the 3rd Congressional District. He says the toughest part of this election was getting his name out in the new part of his district. 

“You are never sure. You always come in with some anticipation. But if you do your work and you walk in tonight, you feel pretty comfortable because you know where you are gonna be. I have a good sense from the standpoint that I go around my district and I meet with people every day,” Luetkemeyer said.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Mid-Missouri Live Blog

Commentary
3:31 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Commentary: The Electoral College, and how a tie could give us a Romney/Biden Presidency

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You may have heard of the Electoral College.  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.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Columbia volunteers keep things moving

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As Columbia voters went to the polls today, many volunteers helped to keep the process moving along.

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Politics
2:58 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Day turnout

Credit File / KBIA

Voter turnout has been heavy in portions of Missouri this morning, according to the Secretary of State’s office. 

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Politics
8:58 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Smith, Thompson face off to be Adair County Commissioner

Adair County residents will vote for a Second District County Commissioner Tuesday.

Larry Lee Smith is challenging the incumbent Mark Thompson in the election for Adair County Second District Commissioner.

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.

“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.”

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Politics
4:38 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

The Rural Diner Project - what can a dollar get you now?

Bacon and eggs at Jonesy's Cafe in Paris, MO

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  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.

Faith/Religion
12:19 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Missouri churches to participate in National Election Day Communion

Hundreds of churches nationwide, including more than 20 in Missouri, are holding Election Day Communion services.
Credit Courtesy electiondaycommunion.org.

 

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.

  “People of faith have become known more for their political affiliation than for their proclamation of the way of Jesus and his ethic of unconditional love,“ he said.

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Politics
7:44 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Boone County's Prop 1 aims to improve youth services

Sean Hobson Flickr

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.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Sen. Claire McCaskill: 'I'm in the middle, Akin is on fringe'

Sen. Claire McCaskill says she is in the middle of the political spectrum (and of this photo).
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Listen to Sen. Claire McCaskill chat about her bid to keep her Senate seat.

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.

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.

Politics
8:24 am
Thu November 1, 2012

McCaskill resumes campaign following mother's death

Kristofor Husted KBIA

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.

It was Claire McCaskill’s first public appearance since the passing of her mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill.

In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.

Claire McCaskill said it’s been a “tumultuous time.”

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