Wednesday, November 28, 2012
City Council seats representing Wards 1, 3, 5, and 7 in the City of Hazelwood are expiring.
Residents interested in filing as candidates for election to Hazelwood City Council may obtain nominating petitions from City Clerk Colleen Wolf at Hazelwood City Hall, 415 Elm Grove Lane. Council positions are to be filled for a full three-year terms at the election on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Positions up for grabs include wards 1, 3, 5 and 7. In order to run for a council seat: Filing for the election opens on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 8 a.m. and closes on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 5 p.m. Nominating petitions for a Ward Council member shall be signed by no less than 25 and no more than 50 registered voters eligible to vote for the candidate. These petitions must be then be filed with the City Clerk by January 15, 2013. 314-513-…
Friday, November 16, 2012
The paper's political columnists, known as "The Fix," stated the Wildwood Congressman had "the most colossally bad major campaign of the 2012 general election."
Washington Post political writers are wrapping a bow on the just completed 2012 election cycle by taking a look at the best and worst from the campaign's advertising, and they are pulling no punches in their assessment of what was the worst. Direct from the Mouth According to Aaron Blake, Chris Cillizza and Sean Sullivan, who together compile the paper's column known as "The Fix", the first ad put out by Todd Akin's U.S. Senate campaign after the firestorm over his comments about "legitimate rape" in an August FOX2 interview claimed the top spot. "The ad seems to try and dismiss Akin’s words as a slip of the tongue rather than a fringe theory about women, and the moment, in our minds, deserved significantly more contrition. We’re not sure …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Is this just post-election silliness or serious? White House forum draws attention from disappointed voters looking for a way out.
Considering Mitt Romney easily won Missouri on Nov. 6, it's not surprising that there are some disappointed Republicans in the Show-Me State. Some of them are so disappointed that they're petitioning to leave the union and create a new government. That's according to reports around the state and the country, where at least 30 other states have seen similar petition drives crop up. The petitions are filed on a section of the White House website. According to the Kansas City Star, if a petition gets 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House staff will review it and issue an "official response." Missouri’s petition had nearly 13,000 signatures by midday Tuesday. It asks that the White House "peacefully grant the State of Missouri to …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Colorado and Washington voters said yes to measures to legalize marijuana. Could it ever happen here? Petitions have been circulated in University City and elsewhere in the Show-Me State. Would you support it?
On the heels of ballot initiatives in Colorado and Washington that successfully legalized recreational use of pot by its residents, could it happen here in the Show-Me State? A petition drive to put it on the Nov. 6 ballot obviously failed, in spite of efforts around the state to get enough signatures. Activitists brought the drive to The U City Loop in February and the Eureka branch of the St. Louis Public Library in March. Informal polls on Eureka-Wildwood Patch and University City Patch showed overwhelming support for legalization. But, of course, they're self-selecting polls, not scientific. Most of us probably missed the Nov. 3 conference on the subject of legalizing pot in Missouri, hosted by the Show-Me Cannabis organizers. A study…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Our weekly roundup of Missouri political stories that hit the media this week.
Editor's Note: The following articles were aggregated from several news organizations in Missouri. You can read more about each story by clicking on the headline. Sen. Claire McCaskill won with more than just Todd Akin's comments (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) On the cusp of a body-blow election loss eight years ago, Claire McCaskill knew exactly what had happened. The Rolla, Mo., native believed she had forgotten her rural roots, focusing her campaign too heavily on St. Louis and Kansas City. Missouri responded that year by electing Republican Matt Blunt as governor instead of her. McCaskill’s landslide re-election to the U.S. Senate Tuesday came in part from a “rural strategy,” employed from within a roving campaign RV dubbed “Big Blue,” …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
It's a bit early, but Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's name is being bandied about as part of a Democratic ticket in 2016.
- Joe Scott
Thursday, November 8, 2012
As Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill led a blue resurgence in a red state in 2012, some started mixing mentions of the Missouri governor with the year 2016. St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan may have been among the first to suggest a Democratic Nixon taking run at White House. But national media have since picked up on the fact that Nixon, a Democrat, has turned up the ability to appeal to Republicans as part of this year's re-election effort, as chronicled by the Huffington Post. “I think if Gov. Nixon were to run for president in 2016, he would use the Bill Clinton model from 1992 and run as a centrist or moderate,” said David Kimball, professor of political science at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Others …
How is it possible that Missourians voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Republican presidential nominee, but also voted in a Democratic senator and four Democratic statewide officers?
Explain this, kind Missouri voters. You overwhelmingly voted to give Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the 10 electoral votes that our state had up for grabs. By more than 450,000 votes, in fact, the state went red—as all the pundits had expected. The presidential race headed the ballot, of course. Close behind, however, were the race for U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, attorney general and secretary of state. With the exception of Peter Kinder's huge win for a third term as the state's No. 2, every other race went blue: What does it mean? How can you explain the seemingly split personality of Missouri voters as manifested by Tuesday's election results? Please give us your analysis in the comments below.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Plus, the Missouri tobacco tax and judicial ballot question fail, while St. Louis County Library System's Prop L and the Special School District of St. Louis County's Prop S both pass.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Democratic incumbent easily won over his Republican challenger.
In a win that surprised no one, Rep. William Lacy Clay defeated his Republican challenger Robyn Hamlin in Missouri's First Congressional District. This is the second time Clay has defeated Hamlin. With 214 of 497 precincts counted on the Missouri Secretary of State's website, the unofficial results show Clay won with 75.6 percent of the vote. Hamlin collected 20.9 percent. Libertarian candidate Robb Cunningham received 5,898 votes, or 3.5 percent. In the 214 precincts, Clay had 128,610 votes to Hamlin's 35,629. The First District trends Democratic and the big election of 2012 was the August primary when Clay faced off against fellow House member Russ Carnahan. Carnahan's residence moved from the 3rd District to the 1st when Missouri's …
Phone call concession from Democrat Susan Montee came just before 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
Peter Kinder, the Republican Lieutenant Governor of the State of Missouri, celebrated his election to a third term with supporters in Creve Coeur Tuesday night. Kinder was doing a radio interview by phone with talk show host Dana Loesch just before 11 p.m. Tuesday when he received a call from his opponent, former State Auditor Susan Montee. He returned the call to Montee and praised her concession, acknowledging that it was not an easy one to make. With 2577 of 3380 precincts reporting, Kinder maintained a 52.9-41.8 lead over Montee late Tuesday night. Around 10:30 p.m. Kinder spoke to reporters and while not outright declaring victory, spoke like a candidate who knew he would carry the night. He criticized Governor Jay Nixon for having …