election 2012

Politics
12:07 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

KBIA sits down Missouri Democratic State Treasurer Clint Zweifel [video]

Clint Zweifel in the KBIA studios
KBIA

KBIA’s Ryan Famuliner interviews Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel, a Democrat running for reelection this year.  He is being challenged by Republican Cole McNary in the November 6 election.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

KBIA sits down with 2012 Missouri Democratic Secretary of State nominee Jason Kander [video]

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

In the interview, Kander talks about how he would help build up small business in Missouri by making registration information and services more easily available and accessible. He also discusses his big difference from Schoeller when it comes to combating election fraud, namely campaign finance reform and ethics reform. Kander says his time in the Missouri House and in the Army conducting anti-corruption investigations gives him a strong foundation to fight election fraud. And – with what’s been a hot issue for the current secretary of state, Robin Carnahan – Kander addresses his ideas on the importance of clear ballot language. 

Check back every day as we continue to film interviews with Missouri candidates ahead of the 2012 election.

Politics
4:07 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

KBIA sits down with 2012 Missouri Democratic Lt. Governor nominee Susan Montee [video]

Susan Montee came to the the KBIA studios in Columbia
KBIA

KBIA's Ryan Famuliner interviews former Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee, who is challenging incumbent Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder in the November 6th election.

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Politics
12:27 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

UM leaders put wallets behind tobacco tax hike

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

A November ballot measure to significantly raise Missouri's tobacco tax to increase public education spending is drawing financial support from leaders of the state's flagship university.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the campaign donors in favor of the Proposition B ballot measure include university curator Warren Erdman, who contributed $5,000. His company, Kansas City Southern Railway Co., gave $25,000.

Other contributors include university system President Tim Wolfe, with a $1,000 donation; and chancellors from three of the system's four campuses.

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Politics
8:41 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Debates draw MU students to nonpartisan campus watch parties

The group Tigers Against Partisan Politics and MU student groups hosted a Presidential debate watch party, in a nonpartisan environment at MU's Black Culture Center, Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Kelsey Kerwin KBIA

More than a hundred MU students gathered on campus for last night’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Presidential candidate and former Governor Mitt Romney.

Several MU student groups, including Tigers Against Partisan Politics, the Missouri Students Association and Associated Students at the University of Missouri, hosted the event to encourage more students to learn about politics. The groups are sponsoring the nonpartisan watch parties at each Presidential debate.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Boone County Libertarians prepare for Nov. 6

Libertarian Jonathan Dine takes part in a Senate debate on September 21, 2012
Andrew Yost KBIA file photo

There are almost 30 Libertarian candidates running for various offices in Missouri this year, more than all but four other states in the country.

KBIA’s Erin Dismeier spoke to some Libertarians and their candidates in Missouri to hear their thoughts on this year’s election.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Join the NPR chat during tonight's town hall style presidential debate

Frank James is NPR's political blogger. He and Mark Memmot run the political blog "The Two Way"
NPR

Tonight is the second of the scheduled presidential debates and KBIA's watching along with you. Listen to the debate on KBIA channel 2 with your HD radio, stream it on HD-2 online, or follow along with the live chat below while you view it on TV.

NPR's veteran political blogger Frank James hosts a live chat with listeners and watchers starting at 7:30PM central time.

Politics
3:50 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

McCaskill serves up burgers and fries to potential voters

Senator Claire McCaskill waits tables at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing as part of a campaign stop
Paige Travis, Elisa Lopez KBIA

Election Day is less than a month away and both national and local candidates are pushing their campaigns before the final date to vote. KBIA’s caught up with Senator Clare McCaskill at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing in Columbia today as she shed some insight on her political views of the middle-class. 

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Politics
11:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Different format could change the tone of second presidential debate

Kyle Stokes KBIA

In another face-off between the presidential candidates, the format for tomorrow’s debate might create a different tone in the discussion.

An expert at MU said the second Presidential Debate could be a challenge for both candidates. President Barack Obama was criticized by some for not being aggressive in the last debate and said he would perform better in the next debate.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Nixon reports $4.9M, Spence $1.5M in Mo. gov. race

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New reports show Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon entered the final month before the November elections with three times as much campaign cash as his Republican challenger.

Finance figures released Monday show the Democratic governor had $4.9 million in his campaign account at the start of October, compared with $1.5 million for St. Louis businessman Dave Spence.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Spence sues Nixon for defamation over bank ad

Republican challenger Dave Spence does not like Gov. Jay Nixon's attack ad against him.
Andrew Yost KBIA

Republican challenger Dave Spence has filed a defamation lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over a campaign ad.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Cole County claims Nixon maliciously or recklessly broadcast false statements about Spence's role with a bank. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Nixon's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nixon has been running ads that describe Spence as a banker and claim Spence used part of a $40 million federal bank bailout to buy a vacation home.

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Politics
8:58 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Akin, McCaskill campaign spar over tax returns

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican challenger Todd Akin wants Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill to release her husband's income tax returns, even though Akin hasn't released his own.

Akin said Wednesday that the Democratic incumbent should release the tax returns of her husband, Joseph Shepard, to prove the family didn't personally profit from nearly $40 million of federal housing subsidies paid to businesses affiliated with Shepard. Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler said Akin won't release his own tax documents unless Shepard does first.

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Politics
12:26 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Farmers put aside differences for farm bill, to no avail

Farmer Brad Moeckly climbs into his combine on his fields near Boone, Iowa. Moeckly attended farm bill lobbying efforts in Washington D.C. in mid-September.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

The farm bill expired at the end of September and lawmakers didn’t pass a new one, thanks largely to election-year politics. Despite the partisan bickering in Washington, though, many in farm country are working together to keep their concerns on the front burner.

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Politics
10:24 am
Wed October 10, 2012

MU scholar: Vice Presidential debate will test Ryan on national stage

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The vice presidential nominees will take the stage for the first and only Vice Presidential debate this election year on Thursday.

Mitchell McKinney, an MU Communication professor who has been internationally recognized as a scholar of presidential debates, says this week's debate will serve as a test to Paul Ryan's ability to keep the momentum started by Romney last week.

McKinney says the debate will be the largest audience that Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has faced in his political career, and the debate will be a test for Ryan on the national stage.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Democrat launches TV ad for Mo. lt. gov. campaign

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Democrat Susan Montee is starting her first TV ad in the Missouri lieutenant governor campaign.

The ad focuses on advocating for military veterans and their families. Montee says veterans should be confident they will have a home, quality health care and a job. The ad also references Montee's father who is missing in action after his refueling jet disappeared near Vietnam in 1966.

Montee's campaign publicized its TV ad on Monday.

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