Candidate Conversations

Each election year, KBIA sits down with local candidates to hear what they have to say on their own terms.  Some of these candidates you might see on TV every day.  Others might be familiar by name only, if that.  But KBIA interviews them all so that you can be informed when you go to the polls in November. Watch the videos embedded below or you can go directly to our Vimeo page.

Politics
12:30 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Rowden seeks upset victory in newly formed 44th district

Caleb Rowden in the KBIA studios
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KBIA’s Jessica Reese recently interviewed the Republican candidate for State Representative in the newly formed 44th District, Caleb Rowden.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Sen. Claire McCaskill: 'I'm in the middle, Akin is on fringe'

Sen. Claire McCaskill says she is in the middle of the political spectrum (and of this photo).
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Listen to Sen. Claire McCaskill chat about her bid to keep her Senate seat.

KBIA’s Kristofor Husted interviews Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is challenging Rep. Todd Akin to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate in the November 6 election.

In the interview (which took place before McCaskill’s mother died), the senator talks about the difference between her and Akin when it comes to women’s issues including equal pay for women and access to emergency contraception. She talks about what she would say to women who have backed Akin after his controversial comment on pregnancy and rape. McCaskill also discusses her plan to make sure small business continues to grow in the state and her stance on keeping federal loans and grants available to students who depend on them.

Politics
1:35 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Rural Diner Project: what's on your political table? [video]

Broadway Diner in Columbia, Missouri
KBIA

For our “Rural Diners” project this election year, KBIA visited some greasy spoons throughout our listening area looking for the answer to one, basic question: “What’s on the table?”

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Politics
12:13 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Schaefer says Nixon, not Mo. Senate, is responsible for education cuts

KBIA’s Ryan Famuliner interviewed State Senator Kurt Schaefer, who is running for re-election in the 19th District of the state Senate. His challenger is Democratic State Representative Mary Still.

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Politics
11:20 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Spence touts background in the private sector in gubernatorial challenge

Dave Spence is challenging gubernatorial incumbent Jay Nixon
KBIA

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence, with his son Logan, met us at the KBIA studios this week for a conversation with KBIA’s Janet Saidi. 

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Politics
6:35 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Schoeller wants to create "fair ballot commission"

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

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Politics
1:43 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Cole McNary takes on Missouri's "big government"

Cole McNary
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

KBIA’s Kristofor Husted interviews Missouri state Rep. Cole McNary, who is challenging Democratic incumbent, Clint Zweifel, for the state treasurer office in the November 6 election.

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Politics
9:59 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Higgins lays out libertarian platform for Missouri [video]

Libertarian candidate for governor, Jim Higgins
KBIA

KBIA’s Jessica Reese sat down with Libertarian candidate for governor, Jim Higgins, to find out more about what his plans are for the state if elected. He is running against incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon, and Republican newcomer Dave Spence in the Nov. 6th election.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Attorney general candidate Ed Martin lays out his to-do list [video]

Republican attorney general candidate Ed Martin
KBIA

Missouri attorney general candidate Ed Martin recently joined us in studio for a conversation with KBIA’s Janet Saidi. Martin is the Republican nominee challenging current state Attorney General Chris Koster, the Democrat incumbent. The job description, as described by the Associated Press, includes: defending the state’s laws and policies in court, assisting county prosecutors, investigating consumer fraud cases and looking into violations of the state’s open meetings and records laws.

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Politics
11:08 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Wright says education crucial for job growth [video]

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KBIA’s Jessica Reese recently interviewed Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 47th District, John Wright. He is challenging fellow newcomer to state politics, Republican nominee Mitch Richards, in the Nov. 6th election.

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Politics
11:44 am
Tue October 23, 2012

KBIA's Ryan Famuliner interviews Ken Jacob, Democratic nominee for the 44th [video]

Jacob talks about the importance of higher education, and how he believes it can be a way to promote job growth in the state. He also stresses revitalization of Interstate 70, but doesn’t go as far as to promote turning it into a toll road. He says bonding will be the way to pay for that work, which he says will also create jobs. Jacob also questions the legitimacy of the his opponent, Republican Caleb Rowden, who he says is not qualified for the office. Jacob has served in the state house and senate.

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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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