Monday, November 5, 2012
Find out how all the candidates did and how University City voted.
Welcome to your home for local November 2012 election news for University City. Patch visited area polling places, talked to voters and checked to see if there's anything amiss at the polls. To see how Election Day 2012 went in University City, follow our Storify at: University City Voters Hit the Polls. Here's how the races which matter to University City shook out: Missouri House of Representatives University City's incumbents ran unopposed. What Did You Think? You still have plenty of opportunities to comment on Patch election stories. You can load your election day photo in our Pics & Clips Gallery. Tweet us a photo or thoughts @UniCityPatch or comment on our Facebook page.
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 …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The U.S. Senate candidate's campaign also addresses reports about the Congressman's arrests in the 1980s at abortion protests.
On Saturday night, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin held what an aide said would likely be the campaign's last campaign rally in St. Louis prior to Tuesday's general election. At what his campaign described as a "Family Values Rally" at Westminster Christian Academy in Town and Country, Akin, currently the 2nd District U.S. Congressman from Wildwood, touched on familiar themes in his campaign against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). Citing McCaskill's record supporting President Obama'a healthcare reform and the federal stimulus bill, among other areas, the Wildwood Republican called McCaskill Obama's "strong right arm" in front of an audience geared toward religious conservatives. Akin was introduced by former St. Charles County …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
McCaskill stopped by the Arnold VFW Hall Wednesday to try to drum up support in Jefferson County, which may be the state's bellweather county in the U.S. Senate race.
With less than a week to go before the election, Sen. Claire McCaskill made her rounds Wednesday in Arnold and South County. This was McCaskill's first day back campaigning following the death of her mother on Monday. Her last campaign stop of the day included a visit to the VFW Post 2593 in Arnold where she personally thanked the veterans for their service. She told Patch Jefferson County is an important county in the race for U.S. Senate. "We have a very complicated campaign strategy here: keep Todd Akin talking," she joked at the Arnold campaign stop. She told veterans that Akin voted to cut veteran's benefits, and that she would continue her work to ensure veterans have access to the same benefits her father did, who was a World War II…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Nov. 6 general election is quickly approaching. Here's a list of candidates, reporters and pundits who are important to (and/or simply covering) races in St. Louis, Missouri.
The full Twitter list is available here. See anyone missing? Send me a tweet at@ryanmartin87.
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.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
On the senate race, political spending by a powerful Missouri contributor and climate change—our roundup of some of the 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. President Emeritus of Missouri Botanical Garden take out billboard to warn about climate change (St. Louis Beacon) Dan Burkhardt said to Peter Raven, emeritus head of MoBOT, spent $2,500 for a billboard along Interstate 70 between Warrenton and Wright City, saying "Climate change is real. Vote for candidates who will work to find solutions." Both men regularly champion environmental causes. Burkhardt created a land trust with his own farmland a few years ago and recently helped launch the nonprofit Magnificent Missouri, celebrating Missouri conservation efforts. No mention of '…
Friday, October 19, 2012
Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Todd Akin stuck to their talking points during the debate at Clayton High School.
In the final debate between Missouri Senate candidates Claire McCaskill and Todd Akin, sharply worded barbs flew as the candidates pushed their talking points. Sen. McCaskill painted the race as one between a moderate vs. extremist. Rep. Akin pushed McCaskill as someone who votes with President Barack Obama "98 percent of the time." The debate, moderated by Mike Bush of KSDK and held at Clayton High School, featured one question each from a panel of local media, the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and a Clayton High School journalism student. Questions from the audience were then read. Akin's "legitimate rape" comment from August, which dominated the political scene and brought national attention to the race, was not directly mentioned by …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The final debate in Clayton between Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Rep. Todd Akin drew heavy conversation on Twitter Thursday night.
Incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill faced off tonight against challenger Rep. Todd Akin at Clayton High School. The event began at 7 p.m. and was aired live on KSDK NewsChannel 5. The race has been hotly contested with its fair share of national coverage since Akin's remarks in August regarding legitimate rape. Dueling poll numbers released this week claim a lead for both candidates. What did you think of tonight's debate? Tell us in the comments.
The debate is sold out, but will air live on KSDK Channel 5 at 7 p.m.
The town hall debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney isn't the only big debate this week. Incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill faces off against challenger Rep. Todd Akin tonight at Clayton High School. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be aired live on KSDK NewsChannel 5. The debate is sponsored by KSDK, the School District of Clayton, the St. Louis Business Journal and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. According to KSDK, all of the tickets for the debate have been handed out but there will be a waiting list for anyone who still wants a seat. To put yourself on the list, call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at 314-726-3033. The race has been hotly contested with its fair share of national coverage …