election 2012

Business Beat
5:37 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Campaigns focus on small business but not farm bill

Small business owner Daniel Finke of Moberly says fair trade is the most important issue to him this election when it comes to his company.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Countdown to Election Day is upon us.

And while business development continues to surge as a hot topic this campaign season, the expired farm bill seems to have disappeared off candidates' radars completely. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer has this report on just how much candidates are talking farm policy...in farm country.

By most accounts, Missouri is a pink state.

Not red. Not blue. Pink.

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Politics
8:09 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Voter turnout forecast at 72 percent in Missouri

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri election officials are predicting that 72 percent of the state's registered voters will cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election.

If it's borne out, the turnout predicted Tuesday by the secretary of state's office would be the highest in Missouri in quite some time.

More than 69 percent of Missouri voters cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election. The 2000 and 2004 elections both saw smaller turnouts than that.

A 72 percent turnout would equate to more than 3 million of Missouri's nearly 4.2 million registered voters casting ballots.

Talking Politics
5:59 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Next time it's Tuesday, you'll be voting

KBIA

Hello and welcome to Talking Politics, I’m Ryan Famuliner.

Less than a week, folks. That’s all the time you have to make sure you’re prepared for election day. KBIA’s been conducting in-depth interviews with political candidates for regional and statewide office in our studios, and we’re airing portions of those in these few days left leading up the election. We’re also posting the full length-interviews here on KBIA.org: we’re calling them “candidate conversations.”

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Politics
4:40 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Preparing for the election, even though they can't vote

Oakland Junior High student Johnson Hunter in front of his poster board on Vice President Joe Biden on October 25.
Jessica Reese KBIA

What if there was one political convention where all political parties were represented? Well, a group of people not even of voting age did just that in Columbia. Oakland Junior High 9th graders spent the last two months preparing for a mock political convention representing local, state, and national candidates.

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Commentary
4:39 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Commentary: The Polls

so Sara says Flickr

Here’s a political quiz:

Which of the following is more annoying?

  1. Non-stop attack ads on your TV
  2. Public opinion pollsters calling your phone
  3. Both of the above are equally annoying

C is the correct answer, unless a pollster calls during dinner, in which case the correct answer is b.  Or if it is a female calling, it would be a pollstress, I suppose.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

SOS issues Missouri voter turnout predictions

Credit File Photo / KBIA

The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office announced in a press release today that it predicts 72 percent of Missouri’s registered voters will vote in the November 6 general election.

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Intersection
6:46 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Missouri election roundtable

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Politics
6:35 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Schoeller wants to create "fair ballot commission"

KBIA’s Kristofor Husted interviews Missouri state Rep. Shane Schoeller, who is challenging Democrat Jason Kander for the secretary of state office in the November 6 election.

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Politics
11:08 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Wright says education crucial for job growth [video]

KBIA

KBIA’s Jessica Reese recently interviewed Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 47th District, John Wright. He is challenging fellow newcomer to state politics, Republican nominee Mitch Richards, in the Nov. 6th election.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Holts Summit voters to decide on renewing 20-year-old sales tax

stopnlook FLICKR

Holts Summit voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to renew a 20-year-old sales tax. The .05 percent sales tax is earmarked for capital improvements and if renewed, would continue until 2033.

Holts Summit City Administrator Brian Crane said the city primarily used the original sales tax revenue to build a new sewage system. He said the renewal would expand upon necessary improvements to city infrastructure.

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Politics
8:12 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Boonville citizens to vote on sales tax

KBIA file photo

Boonville citizens will vote Nov. 6 on a tax initiative to raise the sales tax. The main portion of money from the tax would go to improving the water treatment plant in Boonville.

The tax initiative on the Boonville ballot  would raise the sales tax by half of one percent. This would raise the sales tax to 8.2 percent similar to that of surrounding cities.  The money would go toward improving the water treatment plant and storm water drainage issues. City Administrator Irl Tessendorf said times may be tough but the improvements are needed.

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Talking Politics
3:09 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Montee: A Democrat, but "Conservative in a fiscal way"

Susan Montee in the KBIA studio.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

This week on Talking Politics, Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith makes his predictions for November 6th. Plus, our “candidate conversation,” Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Susan Montee.

We hear again from Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith, who is a regular contributor to the show. In this commentary, he has his predictions for November 6th.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Commentary - 2012 election predictions

Marjie Kennedy Flickr

I need to clarify a point I made in my last commentary.  When I said contributions to campaigns can be limited I was referring to federal campaigns --  President and Congress.  There are four states in which there are no limits on contributions to state campaigns – governor, state representative, etc. – and Missouri is one of the four.  Rex Sinquefield has given millions of dollars to candidates in both parties – because he can.

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Politics
11:44 am
Tue October 23, 2012

KBIA's Ryan Famuliner interviews Ken Jacob, Democratic nominee for the 44th [video]

Jacob talks about the importance of higher education, and how he believes it can be a way to promote job growth in the state. He also stresses revitalization of Interstate 70, but doesn’t go as far as to promote turning it into a toll road. He says bonding will be the way to pay for that work, which he says will also create jobs. Jacob also questions the legitimacy of the his opponent, Republican Caleb Rowden, who he says is not qualified for the office. Jacob has served in the state house and senate.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Mo. passed over in 2012 presidential campaign

Malwack Wikimedia Commons

The 2012 presidential campaign has been unlike anything Missouri voters have seen in quite some time. Or perhaps "not seen" is a better description.

Neither Democratic President Barack Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney has held any public campaign events in Missouri since winning his party's nomination. And neither has run TV ads specifically targeting Missouri.

That's a sharp contrast with the 2008 elections and the intense presidential campaigns that Missourians have come to expect over the past several decades.

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