St. Louis, MO – Missouri's much-anticipated contest for the United States Senate is almost over. As St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington reports, Democrat Robin Carnahan is still touring the state to rally support for her campaign.
Carnahan cast her vote early this morning at her polling place near Forest Park, in St. Louis. She then took off for rallies in Kansas City and Columbia.
Johnson County, Kansas – The race for Kansas Secretary of State has been referred to many times this election season as one of the most important races on the Kansas ticket.
That's because Kris Kobach, nationally recognized for his role in a controversial anti-immigration law in Arizona, says if he wins, he will have the Secretary's office more aggressively take on law enforcement responsibilities to respond to widespread voter fraud.
Kansas City, MO – Councilwoman Sharon Sanders-Brooks introduced the accounting of stimulus fund spending by saying,..."it was important to inform our constituents of how the city of Kansas City has used the stimulus funding. If you listen to commercials that are running currently, you would think that nothing has occurred with the stimulus program... and we here in the city have another story to tell."
That story is one of $183 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants for the city and its partners.
Kansas City, MO – With federal stimulus dollars becoming an endangered species, Kansas City gets a big performance-based addition to its housing weatherization program.
The council housing committee was told yesterday that a lot more money is coming. The council just has to accept the grant and designate the money for homes that need weatherizing. The city is being rewarded for quick completion of 95 percent of the work involved in the first stimulus grant.
Pat McNamara of the Housing department explained the largest of two packages.
Salina, KS – The Affordable Care Act the new law that overhauls the way health insurance is provided in the U.S. has surfaced as an issue in the Kansas gubernatorial race.
Republican nominee Sam Brownback has assailed the plan as outrageously expensive, and burdensome to average Kansans. But a prominent health care economist says the reasoning and documentation Brownback uses to attack the Act doesn't come close to adding up.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri election officials are predicting 51 percent of Missouri voters will cast ballots in the general election next Tuesday. Laura Egerdal with the Secretary of State's office says that number is about average for a non-presidential election year. But she also warns that long lines are possible late in the day.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made a rare campaign appearance Monday for fellow Democrat Robin Carnahan (Secretary of State, running for US Senate) at an event near Kansas City (Excelsior Springs). The governor has been mostly avoiding the campaign trail this year, which he suggests can also be a winning strategy. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin explains.
Nixon says he can best help Democrats running for office by doing his job as governor.
Kansas City, MO – As the airwaves fill up with ads for candidates from the Statehouse to the U.S. Senate, at least a few minutes of airtime are to the two controversial ballot initiatives on the Missouri ballot.
KCUR's Brian Ellison joined us to examine some of the claims these ads made.
Kansas City, KS – Right now, the Kansas legislature has the authority to prohibit someone with a mental illness from voting. Next Tuesday, voters will decide whether or not to change that. Constitutional Amendment Question No. 2, as it's called, has not met much formal opposition, but proponents say a victory would still be extremely significant.
Kansas City, MO – Anyone who watches local TV has seen the ads that say, ""Vote yes on A. Let voters decide."
The TV ads are financed by St. Louis millionaire Rex Sinquefield, who has reportedly invested about five million dollars in the campaign. They emphasize giving voters a say and prohibiting "politicians" from imposing taxes on earnings in other Missouri cities.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City city council has reversed direction on its rejection of a reappointment to the TIF commission.
Council members gave no reason last week when they voted against the mayor's proposal to reappoint Claudia Onate-Greim, chair of the city's TIF advisory commission. But when the mayor exercised his power to call for a second vote yesterday, they talked.
Some "no" voters complained of poor communication from the mayor's office and a "closed-to-business" attitude on the part of the commission.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City faces an additional 2012 budget expense of more than twenty million dollars. Pension experts recommend yesterday that the city pay in the extra money to bring the fund up to best practices.
Councilman Ed Ford says that's one of many expenses that will make 2012 a tough budget year. He says there's already an expected $12 million shortfall.
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan took the offensive in yesterday's debate against Congressman Roy Blunt, organized by KCPT. The exchange was the only televised debate in one of the country's more competitive senate races.
Kansas City, MO – On the surface it seemed a simple request from the mayor -- the reappointment of two members of the commission that makes recommendations on proposed tax-increment-financing proposals.
Jeffrson City, MO – Attorneys general in all 50 states are jointly investigating whether mortgage companies mishandled documents that resulted in hundreds of thousands of home foreclosures across the country.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says it appears that some foreclosure affidavits were signed without confirming whether the information contained in them was accurate, a process known as "robo-signing."
Kansas City, MO – Saving endangered neighborhoods and mortgage-embattled dwellers advanced on multiple fronts in Kansas City.
With one in every 650 Missouri homeowners facing foreclosure, Mayor Mark Funkhouser joined the organization Communities Creating Opportunities to ask the Missouri Attorney General to call a temporary moratorium on foreclosures.
Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser says it will allow time to negotiate between banks and borrowers.
Topeka, KS – The Kansas treasurer runs various savings and loan plans for the state, handles bonds for local governments, and sits on the public employee retirement board, known as KPERS. That fund is facing a projected multi-billion dollar shortfall.
Ron Estes is the Republican nominee for state treasurer. He worked for Koch Industries and Learjet before being elected Sedgwick County treasurer in 2004.
Topeka, KS – The Kansas treasurer runs various savings and loan plans for the state, handles bonds for local governments, and sits on the public employee retirement board, known as KPERS. That fund is facing a projected multibillion dollar shortfall.