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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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Politics
8:55 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Steelman third in Republican race for US Senate, puts support behind Akin

Republican Sarah Steelman talks with Mikaela Insall, the girlfriend of one of her sons, shortly after arriving at the Steelman watch party. Supporters gathered at a corner pizzeria in Rolla.
Kellie Kotraba KBIA

About two dozen Sarah Steelman supporters gathered last night at Alex's Pizza Palace, a favorite local hangout in Rolla. They hoped she would win the Republican US Senate nomination. But just after 10, Steelman conceded and threw her support behind US Representative Todd Akin. She said one plus to losing would be catching up on life at home.

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Politics
1:38 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rep. Hartzler wins easily, Robbins loses by 59 votes

Boone County Commission candidate Lance Robbins watches his slight lead slip away on Tuesday's Republican primary.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

In Columbia at the Stony Creek Inn, Republican spirits began sky high, then turned uneasy and ended up tumbling down. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler began the night by easily coasting to a win in the Republican primary for U.S. district four.

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Politics
1:34 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Wright secures Democratic nomination in 47th House district

John Wright celebrates his primary victory in Rocheport
Matt Evans KBIA

A two-guitar band featuring John Wright’s uncle played into the night at the Rocheport General Store as Wright beat out Nancy Copenhaver to win the Democratic nomination for state House district 47.

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Politics
12:46 am
Wed August 8, 2012

The August primary in social media

Storify is a way of telling stories through the social media that grows up around events. KBIA reporters spent time with the candidates in the August primary as the results rolled in and here's some of their coverage through twitter and photos.

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Politics
12:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rowden gets nod from Republicans in 44th District

A 29-year-old newcomer to politics is the Republican nominee for the newly-drawn 44th State House District. Caleb Rowden got 41 percent of the vote in the 4-way race for the seat, which will represent Columbia’s third ward and most of Northeast Boone County. Rowden says economic development would be one of his main concerns as a legislator.

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Politics
11:49 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

The August primary in photos

Republican Vicky Hartzler was cool as a cucumber before the results came in. She went on to win her party's nomination for the District 4 US House seat.

KBIA doesn't have much in the way of photojournalists, but we've got some smart reporters with some pretty smart smartphones!  Our news team spent most of the night in the field with the candidates as they waited for election results to come in and they had their twitter accounts fired up the whole time.  Check out our online coverage @kbia or at on the #midmovotes hashtag.  We've compiled a few of our twitpics here.

Politics
6:20 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Tobacco tax on November ballot, minimum wage and payday loan restrictions fall short

Missouri voters will be asked in November to raise the state's tobacco tax and let St. Louis run its own police department.

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Politics
4:32 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Sen. McCaskill: 'Underdog' in U.S. Senate race

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., visited Columbia, Mo., Aug. 7, 2012, to call voters and ask for support for the general election in the fall.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

After U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill voted Tuesday morning in St. Louis, she traveled to Columbia’s Democratic headquarters to call on voters for support in November’s general election. She plans to fight hard to keep her spot in office from whichever opponent comes out on top in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Missouri primary elections live blog

KBIA file photo

UPDATE: 10:13PM:

The AP calls the democratic nomination for Susan Montee (Lt. Governor) and the republican nomination for Akin (US Senate).  Though we're still waiting on over 1,000 precincts statewide, so stay tuned.

Every single Boone County precinct is in.  Recapping, again, the important races:

Northern District Commissioner: Bormann just barely inched ahead with 59 votes.  This one was a hair raiser!

District 44 State Representative: 29-year old republican Caleb Rowden takes his party's nomination.  He'll face democrat Ken Jacob.

District 47 State Representative: John Wright easily takes the democratic party's nomination.  He'll face 29 year-old Mitch Richards (what's with all the 29 year-olds?).

Governor: Republican David Spence will face incumbent Jay Nixon in the fall.  

Attorney general: Republican Ed Martin will face democrat Chris Koster in November.

Lt. Governor: Democrat Susan Montee.  No clear winner yet between republicans Brad Lager and Peter Kinder.

District 4 US Representative: Republican Vicky Hartzler will face democrat Teresa Hensly in the fall.

Secretary of State: Jason Kander.  Republican challengers are still in a three-way race.  Shane Schoeller has pulled ahead slightly but we're still waiting on a few precincts.

Amendment 2:  The AP has called "Yes."  Looks like a landslide to us, with 414,626 ayes to just 64, 018 nays.  That's with over half the precincts in.

UPDATE 10:00 PM: 

Nearly all the precincts are in Boone County.  State House district looks pretty good in favor of John Wright for the democrats.  He'll be facing 29 year-old Mitch Richards in the fall.  

The Northern District Commissioner race is the tightest we've seen this August.  With only 1 precincts left, Robbins is up over Bormann with just over 13 votes.  

UPDATE 9:30PM:

Things are moving along!  Nearly half of the votes are in statewide and a bunch of races have been called by the AP . Let's recap.

Governor: The AP has called the republican nomination for David Spence.  He'll face incumbent Jay Nixon in the fall.  

Attorney general: The AP is calling the republican nomination for Ed Martin.  He'll face democrat Chris Koster in November.

Lt. Governor: The AP is calling the democratic nomination for Susan Montee.  Brad Lager and Peter Kinder are still neck and neck in a tight race.

District 4 US Representative: Vicky Hartzler has called the republican nomination for herself.  She'll face democrat Teresa Hensly in the fall

Secretary of State: Jason Kander has accepted the democratic nomination.  Meanwhile, his republican challengers are in a three-way race that's too close to call.

Amendment 2:  The AP has called "Yes."  Looks like a landslide to us, with 414,626 ayes to just 64, 018 nays.  That's with over half the precincts in.

UPDATE 9:15PM:

Almost half of Boone County's precincts are reporting in.  Robbins and Bormann are neck and neck for the Northern District Commissioner nomination.  On the Democratic side, things are less even: Thompson leads Fugit in the double digits.  We expect these races will be decided soon.

UPDATE 9:08PM:

Vicky Hartzler calls her win for the Republican nomination in the District 4 US Rep. race.  Amendment 2 is poling at 52% but votes are still early.  The AP is calling the GOP nomination for Ed Martin (Attorney General) and Dave Spence (Governor).  More soon.

UPDATE 8:45PM:

We're at 11% precincts reporting statewide and we've got our first non-absentee ballots from Boone County.  Don Borman falls 7 points behind Lance Robbins in the Republican primary for the Northern Commissioner's seat.  On the Democratic side, public defender Janet Thompson surges ahead with 60% of the vote.  

In state rep. races, 29 year old Caleb Rowden is doing well in the republican race for the 44th.  

In other news, it's slow going over here!  Just about everyone and their mother is trying to get up-to-the second voting tallies from the Secretary of State's website.  It's been crashing periodically throughout the evening . In a tweet, the Secretary said that new software and heavy traffic were slowing down the servers . They say they're looking for a solution.

UPDATE 8:16PM:

We're up to 2% precincts reporting, and results are pretty evenly spread in the Senate race between Steelman, Akin and Brunner.  In the primary for the Governor race, Spence takes a hearty lead with 64% of these early votes.  In the Lt. Governor's race, Lager and Kinder are neck and neck for the Republican primary, hovering around 25% of the votes.  The the democratic primary, Susan Montee takes a solid lead.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Columbia council approves consultant for zoning issues

KBIA file photo

Columbia City Council voted Monday night to hire an outside consulting service to help with the revision of the city’s zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. Council members hope hiring an outside consultant to focus on city-specific zoning issues will help spur urban growth. Community Development Director Tim Teddy says the project would be a multiyear effort.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Health insurance cost changes being considered for State Troopers, MoDOT workers

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:43 pm

Missouri transportation officials are considering a proposal to restructure how much MoDOT workers and State Troopers pay for their life and health insurance.

Currently, the cost percentage varies, based on several individual factors.  Rudolph Farber chairs the state Highways and Transportation Commission.  He says the proposal they’re considering would have all employees pay the same percentage.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Republican Primary will decide Sen. McCaskill's opponent

Three Missouri Republicans are vying for the chance to take on Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill this November.  All three have a strong chance of winning the GOP an extra Senate seat.

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Politics
8:29 am
Mon August 6, 2012

GOP race for Mo. Secretary of State finally heats up after quiet start

Provided photos/Flickr

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 6:32 am

Robin Carnahan’s decision to not seek a third term as Missouri Secretary of State has opened the door for seven hopefuls from four different political parties.  The contest had been relatively quiet until about two weeks ago, when the three Republican contenders began airing TV ads and stepping up their campaign appearances.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a look at the three GOP candidates who want to become Missouri’s next Secretary of State:

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Politics
8:25 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Six candidates vie for Boone County Northern District Commissioner nomination

Boone County Northern District Commission
showmeboone.com

A total of six candidates are vying for a spot to be the next Boone County Northern District Commissioner on the primary ballot.  The candidates are now on the final stretch of their campaigns before the primary election on Tuesday.  Lance Robbins and Don Bormann are the two candidates going head-to-head in the Republican primary campaign. Brian Dollar, Darin Fugit, O.J. Stone, and Janet Thompson are all gunning for the Democratic nomination.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Springfield OKs marijuana ballot

Dey Flickr

Springfield officials have certified the signatures on a petition that seeks to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the city.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

25 percent voter turnout expected for Mo. primaries

(via Flickr/Congress of local and regional authorities)

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 4:51 pm

Voter turnout in Missouri is expected to be around 25 percent for next Tuesday’s party primaries, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

A turnout of 25 percent would be slightly higher than the 23 percent of Missouri voters who cast ballots in the 2010 primaries.  Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) says voter turnout is notoriously hard to predict.

“In fact, our office doesn’t even do it," Carnahan said.  "We ask the local election officials, the 116 of them around the state, to give us their predictions, based on what is on those local ballots.”

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri August 3, 2012

GOP candidates for US Senate race to the right

The three main candidates in the GOP Senate Primary. From left: John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, Todd Akin (via John Brunner for Senate; file photo; Wikimedia Commons/U.S. House of Representatives).

Most of the people gathered outside of Washington University’s Edison Theater before a recent GOP Senate Primary debate already knew who they were voting for.  

But Shelby Hewerdine wasn’t sure yet.

So, she drove in from St. Charles to get a better feel for the character of each candidate.

“I don’t know how else people are going to look at it because they are very similar on the issues, so, we’ll see,” Hewerdine said.  

And during the debate, the three main candidates laid out basically the same policy platform. 

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Global Journalist
7:27 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Curtailing drug violence in Mexico

A captured assault rifle, and bundles of U.S. dollars and Mexican pesos are displayed during a media presentation in Mexico City.
Alexandre Meneghini AP Images

A new president is about to take power in Mexico amid a raging drug war. The biggest question facing Enrique Pena Nieto is this: what will the federal government do to curtail the gangland violence?

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Politics
6:33 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Rep. Akin discusses U.S. Senate campaign ahead of primary

Rep. Akin spoke to supporters at a local HyVee on Thursday.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican congressman Todd Akin stopped off in Columbia Thursday in one of his last campaign rallies ahead of Tuesday's primary election that pits Akin against two other high-profile GOP candidates vying to challenge U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in November.

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8:19 am
Thu August 2, 2012

McCaskill opposes E.U. tax

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
Natalie Cheng KBIA

A bill making it illegal for U.S. airlines to pay a European tax passed unanimously through the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is a key sponsor of the measure.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Nixon appoints ex-lawmaker to Mo. veterans panel

Former Republican Missouri House Member Chuck Wooten
house.mo.gov

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a former Republican state lawmaker to the Missouri Veterans' Commission.

Chuck Wooten is a World War II veteran from Nixa who served five terms in the Missouri House.

The commission provides information to veterans and their families about their rights and helps them obtain state and federal benefits. It also oversees skilled nursing facilities for veterans and veteran cemeteries.

Nixon announced Wooten's appointment Wednesday. If confirmed by the state Senate, he would serve until November 2015.

Politics
5:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court throws out caps on medical malpractice

(via Flickr/Jennifer_Boriss)

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:23 am

Updated 4:33 p.m. with reporting by KCUR's Elana Gordon.

Missouri’s Supreme Court has effectively overturned state caps on non-economic damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice cases.  The court ruled today in favor of Deborah Watts, who filed suit against Cox Medical Centers in Springfield for injuries her son suffered at birth in 2006.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

State Supreme Court upholds fiscal notes for ballot initiatives

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 6:07 pm

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the authority of the state auditor to write financial summaries for ballot initiatives.

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