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 …
Monday, September 24, 2012
The latest "Blue Arch" survey of Missouri Democrats focuses on the party's statewide candidates.
With just more than 40 days left until the November election, Missouri Democrats are confident in Governor Jay Nixon's chances for re-election but by a wide margin are worried about former State Auditor Susan Montee as she tries to unseat Republican incumbent Peter Kinder from the Lieutenant Governor's office. Those were the main findings of the most recent survey of Democrats as part of the Patch Blue Arch project, which asks current and former lawmakers, activists, voters and other party "influencers" in the weeks and months leading up to November's election. The non-scientific survey was conducted September 17-21 and received 29 responses. When asked "Which statewide candidate are you most confident will win in November," 69 percent …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Patch prides itself on local coverage, but Missouri politics can have just as much an effect as local government. Here's an easy guide to what happened this week on the state political scene.
Editor's Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Missouri Watchdog. McCaskill leads congressional candidates in out-of-state campaign donations Although Claire McCaskill is Missouri’s senator, they seem to love her in such places as New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. An examination of election donations shows that McCaskill, a Democrat, is the only Missouri congressional candidate who gets more individual campaign support from outside the Show Me State than from within its borders. Fifty-seven percent of the $6.3 million that McCaskill has raised for the 2012campaign from individual donations comes from other states. The next highest is District 5 incumbent Democrat Emanuel Cleaver, who has raised 41 …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Plus, find out what the new measures mean for childhood asthma sufferers in school and the next presidential primary date.
Missourians woke up to a bevy of new laws, which went into effect Tuesday. For a complete list of what bills were "Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed," including bills that were also vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, see the Missouri General Assembly's website. Missouri state lawmakers are scheduled to return to Jefferson City for the veto override session next in September.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Patch's polling of influential Republicans and Democrats in Missouri also reveals Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has a lot of work to do to rebuild bridges within his own party.
If the November election was held today, a majority of political insiders polled in Missouri, both Democrats and Republicans agreed that Gov. Jay Nixon would win a second term over St. Louis businessman Dave Spence. That was one of the main results of a non-scientific survey of Patch's Red Arch/Blue Arch panelists, taken between Aug. 8 and Aug. 11, after last week's primary elections. A total of 29 responses came in from members of each party using an automated survey tool. When asked about the governor's race, 96.6 percent of Democrats said Nixon would win if the election were held today, while 37.9 percent of Republicans went with Spence in the matchup. U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's win in a spirited GOP primary fight to face Claire McCaskill …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The Republican Party candidate dominated the primary election on Tuesday.
St. Louis businessman Dave Spence has declared victory in the Republican Party primary for Missouri governor. He is expected to face Democratic Party incumbent Jay Nixon this fall. "Tonight, Missourians have sent a clear message: It's time to fire Jay Nixon," Spence told supporters during a watch party Tuesday night at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. The announcement happened at about 9:20 p.m. Spence said Missourians are "ready to restore our state's prosperity" and touted his private-sector experience as former president of St. Louis-based Alpha Packaging. "Together, we will put our state back to work," Spence said. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch/KMOV Channel 4 poll published in late July indicated Spence had a commanding lead over opponents …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Governor Jay Nixon's decision to veto legislation backed by the Catholic Church has spurred talk of a potential override attempt in September.
Despite a Republican majority in both the Missouri General Assembly and the State Senate, influential Democrats say they believe Governor Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 749 would survive a potential override attempt in September. That's one of several findings of the inaugural Blue Arch survey conducted by Missouri Patch sites. More than 50 influential Democrats, primarily from the St. Louis area, but not exclusively, were asked using an automated survey tool what they thought about a variety of questions tied to the Governor's action on the bill, which would in part, allow health care providers, and health care sponsors, among others to decline or refuse "coverage for, abortion, contraception, or sterilization in a health plan if such …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have allowed employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptive services if they have religious or moral objections. What do you think of his actions?
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have allowed employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptive services if they have religious or moral objections. Nixon, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said Missouri law already provides "strong religious protections" that let employers and employees abstain from paying for contraceptive coverage based on their beliefs. From the report: Nixon said the bill would undermine the current protections because it would let an insurance company "impose its will, and deny inclusion of contraceptive coverage, even if that position is inconsistent with the rights and beliefs of the employee or employer." At a news conference in his Capitol office this morning, Nixon said he vetoed the…
Sunday, May 6, 2012
All 165 soldiers from the Missouri National Guard’s 1138th Transportation Company, based in Jefferson Barracks, were given a hero's welcome in Manchester Saturday.
Hundreds of family and friends—many holding signs and balloons—waited anxiously for the return of their solders from Afghanistan Saturday afternoon at the First Evangelical Free Church. The Missouri National Guard unit had arrived at Lambert Airport around 11 a.m. Saturday morning and was then bused to the church, where they waited out of sight in another room. The crowd burst into applause when the soldiers filed in and took their seats. The 1138th Transportation Company is based out of Jefferson Barracks. They’ve spent the last year working out of Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan, where they ran more than 90 convoy missions to deliver supplies to operating bases. Before returning home, more than a dozen soldiers were awarded the Bronze Star …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Did the Governor do it to spite U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan?
Back when he was merely a gubernatorial contender, Gov. Jay Nixon reacted to then-Rep. Jeff Harris’ entry into the race for attorney general in fairly simple terms. He said in 2007 that the Columbia Democrat would make a “super attorney general.” When Harris used that line in an ad in 2008, Nixon’s campaign put out a statement that he had not endorsed anybody in the competitive four-way Democratic primary. Harris ended up coming in third place, behind second-place finisher Margaret Donnelly and eventual victor Chris Koster. The episode showcased how reluctant Nixon can be when choosing to endorse people engaged in competitive primaries. That’s why his decision to emphatically endorse Rep. Lacy Clay (D-St. Louis) over Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-…