Thursday, November 8, 2012
The tax increase is the first one in 30 years for the St. Louis County Library system.
St. Louis County voters approved a 6-cent tax increase for the St. Louis County Public Library system at Tuesday night’s election, with approximately 57 percent of the votes favoring the measure. “We are proud that the voters of the library district had confidence in our vision for taking the St. Louis County Library into the future to benefit our children, families and seniors,” said Library Director Charles Pace, in a message thanking voters. “The County Library is already one of the finest and most used libraries in the nation and, with these new resources, we will strive to make it the best." The challenge now will be for the Library’s Board of Trustees to decide which improvements are more critical and need immediate attention. The …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The GOP candidate said District 2 needs some "tough love" and she's ready to deliver.
Republican candidate Ann Wagner of Ballwin became Missouri's Congressional District 2 post Tuesday evening, declaring victory just after 10 p.m. at the Hilton Frontenac. Wagner defeated opponents Glenn Koenen (D-Oakville), Bill Slantz (Libertarian-St. Charles) and Anatol Zorikova (Constitution Party-St. Charles) for the seat held by GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin. As of 11:40 p.m., unofficial results on the Missouri Secretary of State website report Wagner had a 60.1 percent lead over Koenen's 37.1 percent with 75 percent of precincts reporting. More than a hundred of Wagner's supporters, family and friends made their way to the Ambassadeur Ballroom at the Hilton-Frontenac, trickling in as polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday and staying strong…
Jim Higgins said he expects Democrat Jay Nixon to win.
Libertarian Party member Jim Higgins has seen his name on the ballot before in runs for Congress, but Tuesday night he did something for the first time. He voted for himself as a statewide candidate. "It's a thrill," Higgins, a Creve Coeur area resident said after casting his ballot at Craig School. He knows he has an uphill and unlikely climb in his bid for the Governor's office. In fact, he's predicting Jay Nixon will win a second term by a solid margin. "He's not an unpopular governor," Higgins said of Nixon. What did he think about his Republican opponent, businessman Dave Spence? "Outside of claiming that he'd produce jobs,, he didn't really go into detail how he was going to do that so I don't think he was that strong of a candidate…
The Republican candidate for governor of Missouri arrived early at Ladue’s branch of the St. Louis Public Library.
Supporters cheered and hugged Dave Spence as he arrived a little past 7 a.m. to Ladue’s public library with his wife and two daughters to cast his vote. A couple of supporters braved the cold weather outside the library handing out flyers in support of the republican candidate. “He (Spence) is such a breath of fresh air,” said Joan Schnoebelen, a volunteer for Spence. “He will improve our jobs, he will improve our economy.” Spence said it was surreal to see his name on the ballot. Spence made a final call for voters to elect him for Missouri’s highest office. “I think that a lot of people who know me know I am a true leader,” Spence said. “Hopefully I’ve gained the respect over the years for what we’ve done for this community. Let’s get …
Monday, November 5, 2012
With the election only one day away, it's time to fess up: Whether it's Akin, McCaskill, Spence, Nixon or someone else, which political ad will you be happy to see go?
You know the drill. The somber music plays in the background while a deep voice shares a fearful message about a candidate seeking election. Occasionally, a few seconds might be reserved afterward for an inspiring message from that candidate's challenger. These so-called attack ads have grown more prevalent as we've moved closer to the Nov. 6 election. In the U.S. Senate race, an ad from Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood) contains a voice that connects Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to President Barack Obama. The voice references McCaskill's support of the Affordable Care Act and her endorsement of the president in 2008. An ad from McCaskill takes a similar approach in connecting her opponent to the 2012 presidential campaign. The ad begins by …
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Oakville resident faces an uphill challenge in his bid to succeed Rep. Todd Akin in Washington.
In less than two weeks, voters in Missouri's new 2nd Congressional district, which spans parts of St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. While the frontrunner, Republican Ann Wagner is already in the "closing argument" phase of her campaign, Democrat Glenn Koenen is still trying to make first impressions. Koenen, the longtime Executive Director of the Circle of Concern Food Pantry, admits he doesn't have the name recognition and financial backing that Wagner, a former Ambassador and RNC Co-Chair, does. He also hasn't been helped by the Democratic Party's decision to stay on the sidelines, or the recount following his narrow win in the August primary against Harold Whitfied which not only cost him time on the campaign trail, but also money …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Campaign confirms the Missouri Senator has called off campaign events for the remainder of the week.
A campaign spokeswoman confirmed late Tuesday afternoon to Patch that Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is off the campaign trail for the rest of the week as her family rallies around her ailing mother, Betty Anne, 84. Earlier, the campaign told the Associated Press that "McCaskill and her siblings plan to be with their mother around-the-clock at the hospital and requested prayers and privacy," at a St. Louis hospital's Intensive Care Unit. Her Republican opponent, U.S. Representative Todd Akin, tweeted a link to the AP story along with words of support. "Our thoughts & prayers are with @clairecmc and her mother," the message said.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
WUSTL’s Peter Kastor says relationship between style and substance important, but precarious in the town hall format.
The first presidential debate was most striking for Gov. Mitt Romney’s aggressiveness and President Barack Obama’s rhetorical reserve, but the town hall format in the second debate provides an extra challenge for the candidates, says Peter Kastor, PhD, professor of history and American culture studies in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. The two debates also reveal one of the greatest challenges to candidates as they try to appear presidential: balancing emotional display with appropriate reserve. Kastor notes that there’s more to this than looking for smoke and mirrors. “The relationship between style and substance has often turned on a discussion of truthfulness (does a candidate use a particular style to cover the …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The latest "Red Arch" survey takes the pulse of Missouri Republicans regarding statewide races on the November ballot.
Missouri Republicans are bullish on the chances of Secretary of State candidate Shane Schoeller and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder's chances for re-election in November, but a majority are concerned that Dave Spence will not defeat Governor Jay Nixon next month. That's the biggest finding in the latest Patch "Red Arch" survey, a non-scientific project asking Republican activists questions tied to current issues in the 2012 election cycle. More than 70 people were invited to participate and 30 responded. When asked "Which statewide candidate are you most concerned about in November," a majority, 64.3 percent, named Spence. Next was Attorney General nominee Ed Martin and State Treasurer nominee Cole McNary at 14.3 percent, and Kinder at 7.1 …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
How can conversations about the outcome of those events be held to avoid family disputes?
This week's question involves presidential politics just weeks ahead of the November election. The presidential debates are coming up soon. So onto this week's question: Should your high school students spend time watching them? How will you discuss the outcome with them without it ending in a fight?