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KC Currents' Election Special

Nov 5, 2012

Missouri considers cigarette sales tax increase.
Credit Elana Gordon

Kansas Voter ID Law Faces Biggest Test

Requiring voters to show a photo ID has been a controversial issue in recent years with many states considering the requirement. A photo ID law got vetoed last year in Missouri, but Kansas lawmakers passed a measure last year requiring a photo ID when voting.  That law got its first test in August.

Farmers Put Aside Differences, Push For Farm Bill

When Congress left Washington for the election season without passing a new farm bill, many observers thought farmers would demand explanations as campaign trails blazed through small towns. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports on just how much candidates are talking farm policy in farm country.

Is South-Central Missouri Becoming More Republican? One Longtime Politician Is Certain Of It

Although the southwest corner of Missouri has long been considered a Republican and conservative stronghold, that hasn’t always been the case a little to the east.  As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, one longtime politician in south-central Missouri says he’s witnessed a dramatic shift in his area over several decades — a shift that has moved in favor of the Republican Party.

Clearing The Smoke On Proposition B

Missouri currently has the lowest cigarette tax in the country. Now, a measure on this November’s ballot proposes changing that, raising it for the first time in two decades. Does such an increase really stand a chance in the Show-Me state? Based on past experience, the answer is no, but supporters say they’ve learned their lessons. Not to mention, big tobacco appears to be staying out of this fight.

Mo's Proposition E Challenges Federal Health Care Law

Proposition E would prohibit Missouri from setting up a health exchange without the approval of the legislature or voters. A health care exchange for each state is required by the Patient Protection and Federal Health Care Act. Elana Gordon, KCUR's health reporter, discusses the proposition.

MO and KS Endure Political Campaign Rollercoaster

The 2012 Missouri race for US Senate between Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill has created headlines across the country. But it's just one of many important political contests in Kansas and Missouri. KC Star columnist and Up To Date host Steve Kraske offers his view on the campaigns and their impact.

In Mo. Attorney General Race, Candidates Even Disagree On The Role Of The Office

In the race for Missouri Attorney General, the two frontrunners -- Democratic incumbent Chris Koster and Republican Ed Martin -- agree on few issues. In fact, as St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel reports, the two have very different visions of what the Attorney General’s office actually does.

Verdict Of Voters To Determine Missouri Judicial Selection Process

On November 6th, Missouri voters will decide whether to change how judges are chosen in the state. More than 70 years ago, Missourians voted for a nominating system that strove to take political influence out of the judiciary.  But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, a wave of recent criticism led to Constitutional Amendment Three.

Missouri Voters To Decide St. Louis Local Control Issue

St. Louis is one of the few cities in the U.S. that does not control its own police department. On Tuesday, Missouri voters will decide whether the city should regain oversight of its police force for the first time in 151 years. But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports there’s disagreement over Proposition A within the city.