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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.