elections

Health
1:23 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Health Tax Renewal Goes Before Voters Tuesday

Northland Health Care Access is one of several health clinics that receives funding through the temporary health levy. The levy, up for a renewal vote on Tuesday, also funds ambulance services and care for the uninsured at Truman Medical Centers.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Kansas City has long supported health services for people without insurance or a means to pay. This is primarily done through a health levy, or property tax, that brings in about $50 million annually. A portion of that tax will soon expire. Renewing it is now up for a popular vote this Tuesday. It’s Question 1 on the ballot. Despite all the contention around health policies and spending right now, there doesn’t appear to be much opposition to the local measure.

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Weather
7:56 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Elections Still On: Hours Extended, Polling Places Changed

KCUR

Update Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. Due to the weather, polling places have been consolidated in both Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. Find polling places for Wyandotte County here and Johnson County here

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Snow Affects Elections, Area Recreation

Beth Lipoff

Whether you're lining up to vote or hitting the slopes, the snow will affect your day Tuesday.

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Government
10:53 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Wyandotte Mayor Candidates Debate Blight, Bureaucracy And Windfall Funds

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On Tuesday, voters in Wyandotte County will narrow the field of candidates for the Mayor/CEO of Unified Government.  The number running will be reduced from five to two, going into the April general election.  KCUR’s Dan Verbeck reports on candidates’ backgrounds and issue-positions that have appeared since the campaign began in earnest only a month ago.

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Up to Date
9:12 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Candidates Seek Kansas City, Kansas Top Post

In 1997, voters consolidated the governments of Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County into one jurisdiction

When Joe Reardon said he was stepping down as mayor of Kansas City, Kan. and CEO of Wyandotte County, it surprised many.

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Government
1:17 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

KCK Mayor Will Not Seek Reelection

Joe Reardon's Facebook photo.

The Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Joe Reardon, announced today he would not seek reelection for a third term this spring. In a letter from his office, Reardon said he made the decision based on personal reasons.

“I have a family at home that I love very much. It is important to me that I spend more time with them. My two sons are growing up much too quickly,” he said in his letter, which is posted in full on his Facebook page.

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Government
11:42 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Conservatives' Win In Kansas Shows Support For Brownback Agenda

Kansas statehouse races got big league attention and money this year as Governor Sam Brownback's agenda begins to unfold.

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Election 2012
10:23 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Missouri Weighs In On Ballot Issues

Missouri's Proposition B, which would have imposed a higher cigarette tax, did not pass.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Missouri voters considered four ballot measures this election.

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Election 2012
10:09 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Win Most Statewide Races In Missouri

Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster won reelection in Missouri.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Despite Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney getting a decisive win in Missouri, Democratic candidates fared well in statewide races.

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Election 2012
10:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Incumbents Dominate Missouri Congressional Races

Emanuel Cleaver II held onto his seat in Missouri's 5th District.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

The incumbent Congressmen in the local area easily held on to their seats: Vicky Hartzler, Emanuel Cleaver and Sam Graves.   We have the complete results for those races and the rest of Missouri.

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Election 2012
8:55 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Nixon Re-Elected, Defeats Spence

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, left, defeated Dave Spence, right, in the Mo. governor's race Tuesday.
Nixon: via Missouri Governor’s website, Spence: courtesy Alpha Packaging

In a state that went overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney, Democrat Jay Nixon was re-elected to a second term as governor of Missouri. 

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Election 2012
8:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Hartzler Seals Congressional Seat

Vicky Hartzler
Kristofor Husted KBIA

U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler held on to the U.S. 4th district seat in what turned out to be a decisive victory over Democrat Teresa Hensley.

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Election 2012
8:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Congressman Cleaver Stresses Urban-Rural Connection In Re-Election

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri’s 5th District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver got 60 percent of the vote and an easy win over Republican opponent Jacob Turk.

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Election 2012
8:16 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Missouri Voters Pass Proposition E

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Almost sixty-two percent of Missouri ballots were cast in favor of Proposition E Tuesday night.

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Election 2012
7:16 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McCaskill Beats Akin In Race That Was Not Even Close

Senator Claire McCaskill's victory speech last night in St. Louis.
Frank Morris KCUR

Senator Claire McCaskill did something few thought possible last night - she won a decisive re-election victory over Representative Todd Akin in one of the most closely watched Congressional races in the country.

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Election 2012
6:51 am
Wed November 7, 2012

VIDEO: An Awkward Moment, As Karl Rove Objects To Fox's Ohio Call

When Fox News called Ohio for President Obama, analyst Karl Rove insisted that the decision was premature. Click here to watch the conversation.
Fox News

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 9:39 am

If you were plugged into the polls, odds are nothing really surprised you about last night.

That's why one of the most dramatic moments of night had to be when GOP strategist and major fundraiser Karl Rove threw a bomb in the middle of the Fox News broadcast.

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Government
4:41 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Republican Response Likely To Be Tactical, Not Transformative

Mitt Romney concedes the presidency early Wednesday in Boston.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

With President Obama's defeat of Mitt Romney, the Republican Party finds itself in the same place it was four years ago — once again coming up short in its attempt to win the most powerful office in American democracy.

It faces the inevitable soul-searching the losing party undergoes, to greater or lesser degrees, after every contest for the one office whose occupant represents the entire nation.

And how the GOP reacts could help determine its fortunes in 2016.

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Election 2012
4:21 am
Wed November 7, 2012

For Obama, Vindication, But Not A Mandate

Obama has become only the third U.S. president to win re-election by a narrower margin than his first victory. Having won a second term, Obama will seek to set the nation's agenda on issues ranging from taxes to immigration, but he may continue to struggle in selling his ideas to Congress.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:37 pm

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Winning matters. Having earned a second term, President Obama will attempt to build on and expand the agenda from his first, launching new initiatives on tax policy, education and immigration.

But having won the popular vote by a bare majority — and still facing a divided Congress — Obama may find it difficult to gather momentum for his policies.

Despite the close result in the popular vote nationwide, Obama wasted no time claiming vindication for his ideas. In his victory speech early Wednesday in Chicago, he tied his re-election to two centuries of American progress.

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Election 2012
1:32 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Voters Reject Missouri's Proposition B

As of 1:28 a.m. on Wednesday, Missouri's Proposition B was unlikely to pass, meaning no one will have to pay a 90-cent cigarette tax to fund education.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Third time is not the charm for those trying to increase Missouri’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax.

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Election 2012
1:21 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Transcript: President Obama's Victory Speech

President Obama speaks at his election night party Wednesday in Chicago after defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:35 pm

Transcript of President Obama's victory speech in Chicago. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

(Cheers, applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (Chanting.) Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

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Up to Date
1:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The Political Pundits: 2012 Election Results

The votes are tallied; the results are in.

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Election 2012
1:15 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Watch: President Obama's Victory Speech

Here watch the video of President Obama's victory speech, delivered to roaring crowds very early Wednesday morning in Chicago.

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Election 2012
12:51 am
Wed November 7, 2012

On The Issues: How Obama Prevailed

A celebration with cardboard cutout of President Obama in front of the White House early Wednesday morning.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 1:17 am

President Obama won re-election despite an economy struggling to recover from recession and deep reservations about his signature first-term achievement, the nation's new health care law.

NPR's Liz Halloran explained how Obama's campaign organization helped him overcome these and other challenges. Here, NPR reporters have more about his challenges and successes in the areas of the economy, national security, energy and health care:

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Election 2012
12:25 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney concedes the presidential election at a campaign event in Boston.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:50 am

Transcript of Mitt Romney's concession speech in the presidential race in Boston. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

(Cheers, applause.)

MITT ROMNEY: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you.

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Central Standard
6:46 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

A Conservative, A Liberal, And A Moderate Walk Into A Bar...

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in 'The Campaign' released by Warner Brothers Pictures.
Credit experiencefilm.com

Sometimes politicians are funny on purpose, and other times what politicians say in all seriousness is the greatest joke of all.

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Election 2012
6:03 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Live Election Coverage From KCUR

KCUR's Brian Ellison (@Ptsbrian) prepares for tonight's live election coverage.
Bill Anderson KCUR

KCUR has live election coverage starting at 7 p.m. tonight. Tune in to 89.3 FM or follow along online.

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Election 2012
5:43 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Battle Comes To An End In US Senate Race

Suburban Missouri has been a battleground in the U.S. Senate race. KCUR’s Frank Morris was in Chesterfield, outside St. Louis, with the Akin campaign, before he conceded to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

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Election 2012
12:44 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Variable Wait Times, Some ID Confusion At Polls

8:30 a.m.: Voters at Rockhurst Community Center on Troost waited in line approximately 15 minutes.
Frank Morris KCUR

Voters from Paola to Belton experienced many short or quick-moving lines Tuesday morning at polling places.

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Election 2012
12:42 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

If You Haven't Voted Yet, Expect Lines

A "vote here" sign in Kansas City, Mo.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Voter turnout has been heavy in portions of Missouri Tuesday morning, according to the Secretary of State’s office. 

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Government
9:03 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Ohio And Florida: Checking In With Two Key States

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 11:18 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. People have been joking for weeks that the candidates are actually running for president of Ohio. That's how vital the state is, but here's a reminder about the electoral map. It is at least theoretically possible for either candidate to lose Ohio and still reach 270 electoral votes by winning some combination of other states. Many of those combinations include Florida.

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