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Politics
5:26 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

MO Senate passes bill to push back primary filing period

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The Missouri Senate has unanimously passed legislation to move the filing period for the state’s party primaries back by one month.  The bill is moving rapidly because the filing period is currently set to begin February 28th and end in late March.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

MO House passes voter ID bill

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. 

The Thursday vote split exactly along party lines.

Democrats hammered away at Republicans’ arguments that the bill would combat voter fraud, saying there hasn’t been a documented case of voter fraud in decades – and that the bill does nothing to deal with voter registration fraud.  GOP House Member Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff disagreed.

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Politics
9:05 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Santorum takes Missouri primary

Although Tuesday’s presidential primary amounts to only a public opinion poll, it was not front runner Mitt Romney who took the Missouri, but Rick Santorum.

Former St. Charles County executive Joe Ortwerth heads the Missouri branch of Focus on the Family, a conservative activist group.

He says Missouri is known as a state that likes to send strong messages.

“And today, the Show-Me State declared that the Midwest and the people of the Midwest, are looking for a candidate with genuine conservative credentials, and Rick Santorum is that man,” Ortwerth said.         

Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed February 8, 2012

'Obamacare' opposition helps Santorum in primary

Rick Santorum greets supporters in Columbia on Friday.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Rick Santorum trounced Mitt Romney yesterday in Missouri's "beauty contest" presidential primary. The state's delegates won't be chosen until caucuses on March 17, but the vote added to Santorum's momentum as he also swept Minnesota and Colorado. In this week's Health & Wealth update, how conservative opposition to Obama's Affordable Care Act may have helped Santorum in the Show-Me State.

Politics
9:46 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Missouri primary gives Santorum a boost

Rick Santorum, speaking in Florida earlier this year
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Missouri voters gave Rick Santorum a symbolic victory tonight. The former senator handily beat Mitt Romney, winning in every county, with 52 percent of the total vote, compared to Romney's 25 percent.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Not just a red state

A screenshot of WNYC's interactive voting map
WNYC

Missouri is by all accounts  a "red state"  but it's plain to see that one or two colors can't tell the whole story.  How can one color, one category, make sense of the diversity of communities we see around us every day?  The folks at Patchwork Nation and the public radio station WNYC think they have a better way: they look at voters in each county and then slice up the numbers 12 different ways.  Some counties are what might be called, the "Monied 'Burbs."  Others are "Tractor Countries" or "Mormon Outposts."   12 demographics, 12 sets of values, opinions and personalities.  

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Politics
4:54 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Low turnout for Missouri's "beauty pageant" of a primary

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Polling places are quiet today as voters trickle in for Missouri’s non-binding presidential primary. As KBIA’s Jacob Fenston reports, the election will cost taxpayers an estimated 7 million dollars, despite having no direct effect in choosing the Republican nominee.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

MO House endorses voter photo ID requirement

Missouri lawmakers are trying again to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

House members Tuesday gave first-round approval to the photo-ID requirement by a 104-54 vote. The measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

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Politics
10:41 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Missourians head to polls for primary that won't count

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Missouri’s presidential primary is today, but one of the leading GOP candidates is not on the ballot.

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Politics
11:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Low turnout expected for 'beauty contest' presidential primary

Marjie Kennedy Flickr

Only a few more days until the Missouri presidential primary, but this year many voters will likely stay home. 

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AM Newscasts
9:01 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Newscast for February 2, 2012

The floor of the Missouri Senate, where Democrats filibustered a workplace discrimination reform bill into the evening hours Wednesday.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA news room, including:

  • Democratic filibuster of workplace discrimination reform bill comes to an end
  • UM Curators meet in Kansas City to discuss possible tuition increases.
  • About a fourth of Missouri voters are expected to turn out for Missouri presidential primary next week
Politics
4:56 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Ed Martin running for AG, not Congress

St. Louis attorney Ed Martin is dropping his congressional campaign to instead seek the Republican nomination for attorney general.

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Politics
11:17 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Boone County looks at new voting technology

KBIA file photo

Boone County is collaborating with MU and the Secretary of State to develop new voting system technologies for military and overseas voters.

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