Election 2012

KBIA's coverage of all the elections going on in mid-Missouri and the nation for 2012.

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Talking Politics
3:09 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Montee: A Democrat, but "Conservative in a fiscal way"

Susan Montee in the KBIA studio.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

This week on Talking Politics, Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith makes his predictions for November 6th. Plus, our “candidate conversation,” Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Susan Montee.

We hear again from Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith, who is a regular contributor to the show. In this commentary, he has his predictions for November 6th.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Commentary - 2012 election predictions

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I need to clarify a point I made in my last commentary.  When I said contributions to campaigns can be limited I was referring to federal campaigns --  President and Congress.  There are four states in which there are no limits on contributions to state campaigns – governor, state representative, etc. – and Missouri is one of the four.  Rex Sinquefield has given millions of dollars to candidates in both parties – because he can.

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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
2:43 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Mo. passed over in 2012 presidential campaign

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The 2012 presidential campaign has been unlike anything Missouri voters have seen in quite some time. Or perhaps "not seen" is a better description.

Neither Democratic President Barack Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney has held any public campaign events in Missouri since winning his party's nomination. And neither has run TV ads specifically targeting Missouri.

That's a sharp contrast with the 2008 elections and the intense presidential campaigns that Missourians have come to expect over the past several decades.

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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
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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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Politics
12:27 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

UM leaders put wallets behind tobacco tax hike

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Politics
8:41 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Debates draw MU students to nonpartisan campus watch parties

The group Tigers Against Partisan Politics and MU student groups hosted a Presidential debate watch party, in a nonpartisan environment at MU's Black Culture Center, Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Kelsey Kerwin KBIA

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.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Boone County Libertarians prepare for Nov. 6

Libertarian Jonathan Dine takes part in a Senate debate on September 21, 2012
Andrew Yost KBIA file photo

There are almost 30 Libertarian candidates running for various offices in Missouri this year, more than all but four other states in the country.

KBIA’s Erin Dismeier spoke to some Libertarians and their candidates in Missouri to hear their thoughts on this year’s election.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Join the NPR chat during tonight's town hall style presidential debate

Frank James is NPR's political blogger. He and Mark Memmot run the political blog "The Two Way"
NPR

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.

Politics
3:50 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

McCaskill serves up burgers and fries to potential voters

Senator Claire McCaskill waits tables at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing as part of a campaign stop
Paige Travis, Elisa Lopez KBIA

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. 

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Politics
11:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Different format could change the tone of second presidential debate

Kyle Stokes KBIA

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.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Nixon reports $4.9M, Spence $1.5M in Mo. gov. race

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New reports show Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon entered the final month before the November elections with three times as much campaign cash as his Republican challenger.

Finance figures released Monday show the Democratic governor had $4.9 million in his campaign account at the start of October, compared with $1.5 million for St. Louis businessman Dave Spence.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Spence sues Nixon for defamation over bank ad

Republican challenger Dave Spence does not like Gov. Jay Nixon's attack ad against him.
Andrew Yost KBIA

Republican challenger Dave Spence has filed a defamation lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over a campaign ad.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Cole County claims Nixon maliciously or recklessly broadcast false statements about Spence's role with a bank. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Nixon's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nixon has been running ads that describe Spence as a banker and claim Spence used part of a $40 million federal bank bailout to buy a vacation home.

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