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8:19 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Arguments heard in health care exchange debate on ballot language

Arguments were heard Friday on whether a temporary restraining order should be issued against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over language she approved for a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges. Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and Republican lawmakers say the initiative is designed to block the governor from creating an exchange by executive order.

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8:12 am
Mon August 20, 2012

GOP Senate candidate, Congressmember Todd Akin facing criticism over abortion comments

Missouri’s GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing a wave of criticism for comments he made during an interview about pregnancies caused by rape.

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Global Journalist
11:02 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Censorship in South Korea

When you think about enemies of free speech in Asia, North Korea comes to mind as the biggest villain. 

South Korea, on the other hand, has a robust democracy and a thriving economy. It’s perhaps the most wired country in the world, with the highest number of broadband connections per capita and an internet penetration approaching 90 percent.

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Politics
7:59 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Akin's school-lunch funding comment draws controversy

The annual Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair brings out politicians and their messages.
Abbie Fentress Swanson KBIA/Harvest Public Media

Every year, politicians descend on the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia to attend the Governor’s Ham Breakfast and woo voters – and almost every year someone says something controversial. And this year was no exception.

Congressman Todd Akin, the GOP nominee for the U-S Senate, was talking with reporters about his opposition to spending hikes for food stamps and other programs in the federal Farm Bill when he was asked what he thought about school lunch programs:

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Politics
8:24 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Nixon says Missouri exports increase from 2011

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

State officials say exports by Missouri businesses rose by 6 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2011.

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Politics
8:15 am
Thu August 16, 2012

SW Mo. House member plans to seek recount

A state House member from southwest Missouri says he'll seek a recount after a narrow loss in his Republican primary election.

Election results certified in Greene County this week show incumbent Thomas Long losing to challenger Jeff Messenger by 28 votes in the Aug. 7 primary. Long told the Springfield News-Leader on Wednesday he'll ask to have the ballots in the 130th House District counted again.

Missouri law allows candidates to request recounts if they lose by less than 1 percent of the total vote.

Politics
5:27 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

McCaskill blames Tea Party, Todd Akin for holding up drought aid

Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 5:20 pm

In the high-profile race for U.S. Senate in Missouri, incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill is seizing on this year’s drought to win support among rural voters. 

Speaking at the historic Soulard Farmers Market, Senator McCaskill laid in to her opponent in the November election—Republican Congressman Todd Akin—for his opposition the Senate version of the federal farm bill, which includes disaster assistance for farmers reeling from this year’s record drought.

Were it not for Republicans like Todd Akin, McCaskill says that relief would be on its way to farmers and ranchers.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Another candidate's late tax payments found; this time AG Koster

KBIA file photo

Late personal property tax payments have emerged in another Missouri political campaign.

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Views of the News
4:15 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Zakaria's Plagiarism; J-School Change; Debate Moderators; Saving CNN

Professor Mike McKean

Media criticism from the Missouri School of Journalism's Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins and Charles Davis.

Politics
9:23 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Mo. unemployment rises slightly to 7.2 percent

A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged higher last month while the number of nonfarm jobs declined.

The Department of Economic Development says the jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in July to 7.2 percent. That compares with a national rate of 8.3 percent.

The Missouri agency also reported Tuesday that nonfarm payroll employment decreased in July by 7,700 jobs.

Officials said record heat and severe drought affected outdoor jobs in such areas as construction, landscaping, lawn care and recreation.

Politics
8:55 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Missouri GOP hopefuls barnstorm across Show-Me State in a bus

The GOP campaign bus parked outside the party's Jefferson City campaign office.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Most of the Republican nominees for statewide offices in Missouri are touring the state together in a bus Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Politics
8:46 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Hearings set in case over Mo. health care measure

jonathunder wikimedia commons

A Missouri judge has scheduled two hearings this month on a challenge to the ballot language of a health care measure that goes before voters in November.

The lawsuit by Republican Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers contends the ballot summary is unfair and misleading. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, wrote the summary.

Online court records show Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green will hear arguments Friday and again on August 28th.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
8:39 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Views of the News: Zakaria's Plagiarism; J-School Change; Debate Moderators; Saving CNN

Fareed Zakaria: Everybody Does It?

David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun: "Lame Fareed Zakaria defenses show confused, debased state of journalism"

Rem Rieder, American Journalism Review: "Everybody Does It"

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Politics
6:13 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Schoeller discusses Speaker succession

shaneschoeller.org

Steven Tilley’s resignation Monday from the Missouri House Speaker’s post has left Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller in charge of the chamber.  But he doesn’t anticipate holding onto the job for long.

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Politics
6:03 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court declines to set execution dates

jonathunder wikimedia commons

The Missouri Supreme Court has declined to set execution dates for six condemned killers, saying doing so is "premature" until the courts decide if Missouri's new execution method passes constitutional muster.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Missouri Republicans rally to start fall campaigns

Missouri GOP candidates for statewide office gathered in Jefferson City.
Jim Bowen Flickr

Missouri GOP candidates for statewide office are starting their fall campaigns with a call for teamwork among Republicans.

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Politics
8:12 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Jefferson City Council shows support for administrator

Jefferson City seal
jeffcitymo.org

The Jefferson City Council showed support for its City Administrator Friday whose job was in question following a controversial email he sent suggesting some funds for the fire department could be used for other departments.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Tilley steps down as Mo. House Speaker

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:07 pm

Updated 6:07 p.m. with comments from House Maj. Floor Leader Tim Jones.

Updated 2:32 p.m. with letter.

Updated 12:47 p.m. with details from Tilley press release.

Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) is resigning today as both a member of the Missouri House and as Speaker, effective this evening at 11:59 p.m.

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Politics
6:09 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Akin

U.S. House of Representatives

Missouri’s two main US Senate hopefuls made pitches Friday to members of the Missouri Farm Bureau in Jefferson City. 

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Politics
5:18 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

GOP candidate Dave Spence receives nod from Missouri Farm Bureau

spenceforgovernor.com

Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and his Republican challenger Dave Spence spent Friday persuading members of the Missouri Farm Bureau to give them their endorsement.  Nixon told them that he has sought relief for drought-plagued farmers, hawked Missouri farm products around the world, and stood up to his own party’s president over how much work kids can do on family farms.

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Politics
8:59 am
Fri August 10, 2012

McCaskill expects to get outspent in November

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 5:17 pm

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she's "relieved" to not have to face wealthy businessman John Brunner in her fight to keep her Senate seat. But she's still expecting to be outspent in the race against Todd Akin.

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Global Journalist
6:06 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Bloggers evade censorship in China

Chinese Netizens are seen at an Internet cafe in Beijing, China.
Bao fan AP Images

Blogs and microblogs are the primary sources of independent news in China. 

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Politics
5:45 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Five close primary races could prompt recounts

toner Flickr

Five candidates who ran in this week's Missouri party primaries appear eligible for recounts.

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Politics
8:32 am
Thu August 9, 2012

ACLU lawsuit challenges part of Amendment Two

(via Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain/"Praying Hands" (Betende Hände) by Albrecht Dürer)

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 8:37 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit late this afternoon that takes issue with part of Amendment Two, which deals with prayer and religious expression in Missouri.  

Amendment Two specifically protects public prayer and lets students avoid assignments that violate their religious beliefs.

Tony Rothert, legal director for the ACLU’s eastern Missouri division, said the lawsuit is focused on this specific phrase:

This section shall not be construed to expand the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those afforded by the laws of the United States.

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Politics
8:31 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Several Mo. lawmakers fall in party primaries

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Several Missouri legislators appear to have been defeated in their party primaries.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's elections show voters ousting a Democratic state senator from St. Louis and two House Democrats from the St. Louis area.

In southwestern Missouri, a Republican House member was trailing Wednesday in a race close enough that a recount could be requested.

In addition, newly redrawn House districts matched up Democratic incumbents in four St. Louis area races.

Politics
8:28 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Republican governors group puts $1.5M into Mo.

Dave Spence
spenceforgovernor.com

Victory has resulted in some immediate financial support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence.

The Republican Governors Association gave $1.5 million to its Missouri affiliate Wednesday — a day after Spence easily won a four-way Republican primary for the right to challenge Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. The Missouri political action committee can either pass the money on to Spence's campaign or spend it directly to support him or oppose Nixon. The national group also gave the Missouri affiliate $250,000 in late July.

Politics
5:49 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

It'll be Still vs. Schaefer in the 19th Senate District

Democratic State Representative Mary Still will try to unseat Republican Kurt Schaefer from his 19th district Senate seat in November.

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Politics
5:37 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Statewide voter turnout 23% for primary

KBIA

Fewer than one-fourth of Missouri's registered voters cast ballots in this year's primary elections.

The secretary of state's office said Wednesday that 23 percent of the state's nearly 4.1 million registered voters actually voted in Tuesday's primary.

The top draw was a constitutional amendment expanding the right to pray in public places, which attracted a total of nearly 943,000 votes while easily passing.

About twice as many people cast Republican ballots as Democratic ballots — led by the GOP race for U.S. Senate, won by Congressman Todd Akin.

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Politics
5:32 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Schoeller victory in GOP Secretary of State race now official

(via Friends of Shane Schoeller)

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 7:09 pm

It took about 18 hours to tally the results, but Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) appears to have won the Republican primary for Missouri Secretary of State.

It was a close race the whole night, with fellow GOP contenders Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) and Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) occasionally grabbing the lead – but in the end Schoeller came in first with 35.3 percent of the vote.  The Secretary of State's office confirmed the unofficial results shortly after 1:00 p.m. today.

“We sensed that we had the number of votes we needed, but we didn’t want to declare victory until the final results came in and we were confident that they would trend our way, and we’re just grateful that they did," Schoeller said.

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Politics
9:03 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rep. Akin To Challenge Sen. McCaskill In November

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 10:52 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Yesterday was a day for people in some states to vote in primary elections. Kansas Republicans unseated some of their own lawmakers who were seen as too willing to cooperate with Democrats, and we'll have more on that in a moment.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We'll also report on a primary vote that affects this fall's contest to control the Senate. Democrats hold an advantage in the Senate now. Republicans have many opportunities to gain seats or even win control.

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