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12:08 am
Tue November 4, 2008

Lines Long for Absentee Voters in Missouri

Kansas City, MO – The state of Missouri doesn't allow advance voting, like in Kansas. But election officials in Missouri this year are reporting a 40 percent increase in absentee voting. And hundreds lined up at absentee voting locations on Monday as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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KCUR News
11:21 pm
Mon November 3, 2008

Stories From Voters At Polls In Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – There were long lines at polling places throughout the Kansas City area Tuesday morning. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross stopped by a couple of precincts in midtown to hear what people were talking about as they waited.

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KCUR News
10:15 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Biden Hits Lee's Summit On Election Eve

Senator Joe Biden flanked by Senator Clair McCaskill and his wife Jill Biden
photo: Frank Morris, KCUR

Lee's Summit, Missouri – Senator Joe Biden says the Republicans are out of touch, and waging a nasty campaign against Senator Obama. The Democratic Vice Presidential nominee was in Lee's Summit, Missouri on Monday morning.

Senator Biden needled Senator John McCain for supporting President Bush on taxes, regulation and other fiscal policy. He called McCain a sidekick, not a maverick. Biden then accused the McCain/Palin campaign of taking on an overly negative tone, that he says has undercut prospects to reunite the country after tomorrow.

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Government
10:07 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Biden Stumps in Lee's Summit, Election Eve

Senator Joe Biden campaigns flanked by Senator Clair McCaskill, and his wife Jill Biden.
Frank Morris

Lee's Summitt – Senator Biden needled Senator John McCain for supporting President Bush on taxes, regulation and other fiscal policy. He called McCain a sidekick, not a maverick. Biden then accused the McCain/Palin campaign of taking on an overly negative tone, that he says has undercut prospects to reunite the country after tomorrow.

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KCUR News
1:36 am
Mon November 3, 2008

African American Political Club Prepares For Election

Kansas City, MO – Pundits are saying turnout in the African American community will play a decisive factor in the presidential election, and will certainly influence state and local races here in Kansas and Missouri. One of the oldest black political clubs in the nation is here in Kansas City. That's Freedom Incorporated. Just this week, KCUR's Susan Wilson caught up with Freedom's president Craig Bland, who's also a state rep in Missouri. She asked Representative Bland how Freedom is gearing up for Tuesday's election.

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KCUR News
12:25 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Overview Of Johnson County Ballot Issues

Johnson County, Kansas – Should voters in Johnson County elect their judges, or keep a system by which a commission of seven lawyers and seven non-lawyers nominate judges for the Governor to appoint?Should voters approve a one-eighth cent sales tax for an "education and research triangle?" The projected 15 million dollars in annual revenue would fund three Johnson County facilities: the KU Edwards Campus, K-State's National Food Safety and Health Institute in Olathe, and the Cancer Clinical Research Center in Fairway.

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Government
11:30 pm
Sun November 2, 2008

KC Currents Election Dreamin'

What would Truman say?
Photo by Dan Verbeck / KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – It's been an intense political season, enough to blow away some seasoned political reporters, like Up to Date's Steve Kraske, who last week declared, "I think this whole thing has been a dream." So the KC Currents team imagined what that dream might sound like . . .

FOLLOW THE 2008 MO/KAN ELECTION DREAM LINKS:

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Government
10:55 am
Fri October 31, 2008

Barack Obama Holds Rally in Columbia

Columbia, MO – As part of his final push, Barack Obama stopped in Columbia, Missouri on Thursday night. KBIA's Maureen McCollum has more.

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Government
6:04 am
Fri October 31, 2008

McCain Econ Navigator Charts KC Home Waters

Governor Tim Pawlenty(Repub, Minn.), Left, tours KC homeshow. Builders give him bleak construction outlook.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

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KCUR News
3:58 am
Fri October 31, 2008

Graves And Barnes Battle For Missouri's Sixth

Debate at Missouri Western State U.
Photo by St Jos. News Press

Kansas City, MO – Family and corporate farming fill most of Missouri's Sixth Congressional district. Voters have traditionally been conservative, choosing whether to send a Democrat or Republican to Washington.

The makeup has a bit of urban and it's generally St. Joseph and North Kansas City. There's also a touch of suburbia.

But when you think of Missouri's Sixth, you think "northwest"...rolling fields of corn and soybeans.

KCUR's Dan Verbeck has this report.

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Government
10:59 am
Thu October 30, 2008

Joe Biden Rallies Crowd in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden was in Arnold, Missouri on Thursday in another busy political day for Missouri. K-W-M-U's Rachel Lippmann reports.

Biden's rally is one of three the presidential campaigns happening today. Sarah Palin spoke in Cape Girardeau about an hour and a half before Biden took the stage. And Barack Obama will be in Columbia tonight

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Government
10:56 am
Thu October 30, 2008

Sarah Palin Stumps in Missouri

Cape Girardeau, MO – As the Presidential campaign comes to a close, candidates have been paying close attention to Missouri. This morning, Sarah Palin swung by Cape Girardeau to rally support for John McCain. KRCU's Jacob McCleland has this report.

Republican Party faithful waited for hours in 30 degree temperatures this morning to hear from Sarah Palin. The Alaska Governor filled the Show-Me Center not only with spectators but also with a rock concert atmosphere.

{Mike Renick Band SND}

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Government
2:18 am
Thu October 30, 2008

Missouri Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: Kenny Hulshof

St. Louis, MO – Within weeks of Matt Blunt's decision to not seek a second term as Missouri governor, many Republican leaders began lining up behind Kenny Hulshof as the candidate most likely to beat Democrat Jay Nixon. But the Ninth District U.S. Congressman trails Nixon in the polls, with less than a week to go till Election Day. KWMU's Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the GOP nominee.

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Government
2:01 am
Thu October 30, 2008

Missouri Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: Jay Nixon

St. Louis, MO – Even as Missourians have vacillated between the major parties in recent state and national elections, one thing has stayed the same: voters here have elected a Democrat to the office of state attorney general four times in the last 16 years. And it has been the same Democrat: Jay Nixon.

Now Nixon hopes to ride that wave of popularity into the governor's mansion. KWMU's Matt Sepic has this profile.

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KCUR News
12:56 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Get Out The Vote Efforts In Missouri Focus On Ground Game

Kansas City, MO – The presidential race is as close, if not closer in Missouri than anywhere else in the country. The difference here will be in the ground game.

Missouri Democrats say they're about to launch the most massive get out the vote effort the state has ever witnessed. Republicans say, "Bring it on."

KCUR's Frank Morris reports.

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KCUR News
11:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2008

Proponents Say Light Rail Would Bring Jobs, New Shopping Center

Click on the image for a larger view of the proposed layout of the Citadel Square Shopping Center at 63rd and Prospect.
Rendering courtesy of JSA Architects.

Kansas City, MO – Mayor Mark Funkhouser and light rail proponents gathered at 63rd and Prospect yesterday to promote the plan's economic benefits.

Two of the four corners at the southern terminus of the proposed light rail route are vacant lots. There is a nice new drugstore on the third. The fourth holds an aging gas station with not much traffic. Mayor Mark Funkhouser said that would change - that light rail will bring a new 55-acre village-style retail development to one of those now vacant properties.

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KCUR News
5:47 am
Tue October 28, 2008

No Record, But Nearly: Take A Book To The Polls

Madilyn O'Mara,19, Florissant, Mo. The Rockhurst Univ. Frosh lauds fellow student poll volunteers.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – More than three-fourths of Missouri voters are expected to cast ballots in next week's general election.

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Government
2:23 am
Tue October 28, 2008

Ballot Measures in Kansas and Missouri

KCUR News
2:17 am
Tue October 28, 2008

AG Race In Missouri

St. Louis, MO – The political spotlight in Missouri has focused mostly on a close presidential race and a contentious battle for the governor's office.

The attorney general's race has been keeping a lower profile. But it's the first contest for that office in 16 years that doesn't include Democrat Jay Nixon, who's running for governor against Republican Kenny Hulshof. And the attorney general candidates are two former legislators who once sat on the same side of the aisle in Jefferson City.

KWMU's Rachel Lippmann reports.

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KCUR News
10:48 am
Mon October 27, 2008

English-Only Issue On The Ballot In Missouri

St. Louis, MO – It's a safe bet your local city leaders already speak and write in English when hammering out budgets, issuing liquor licenses and approving development plans.

But on Election Day, Missouri voters will be asked to change the state Constitution to make sure things stay that way.

For more information about 2008 ballot measures in Missouri, check here.

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KCUR News
10:39 am
Mon October 27, 2008

Kansas Citians Consider Light Rail - Again

Kansas City, MO – In Tuesday's election, Kansas City voters will be asked to approve a three-eighths cent sales tax to build a new light rail system. City planners are calling it a starter route: 14 miles from Vivion Road to East 63rd street. North Kansas City voters face a similar question - they'll be asked to pitch in a half-cent tax. KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross looks into some of the arguments for and against this light rail plan, and starts out in the Northland.

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Government
2:44 am
Mon October 27, 2008

Voters' Guide to the Polls

KansasCity, MO – From Up to Date with Steve Kraske, October 27, 2008

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KCUR News
10:49 am
Fri October 24, 2008

Missouri Ballot Issues: Proposition C

St. Louis, MO – More than 25 states require that a portion of electricity comes from renewable sources, like wind, solar, biomass, and water.

On election day, Missouri voters will decide whether their state should have such a requirement too.

If Proposition C passes, the state's largest utilities will have to get at least 15 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2021.

As KWMU's Maria Hickey reports, supporters based the measure on a similar referendum in Colorado.

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KCUR News
10:48 am
Fri October 24, 2008

Missouri Election Officials Address Concerns

St. Louis, MO – Fraud, long-lines and too few ballots are among the concerns Missouri elections officials face less than two weeks from the November 4 vote.

With new voter registration nearing an all-time-high, 2008 will mark the first test of Missouri's new statewide registration database and electronic voting machines in a presidential election.

From St. Louis, Adam Allington has more.

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KCUR News
9:50 am
Wed October 22, 2008

Budget Chair Sees Red Flags In City Finance Report

Finance and Audit committee members Deb Herman and Jan Marcason hear worrisome budget news.
Video frame courtesty KCCG, Channel 2.

Kansas City, MO – Finance and Audit chair Deb Herman worked with colleague Jan Marcason to produce a budget for next year that was more in keeping with projected revenues. But after hearing yesterday's report on fiscal year 2007, she doesn't think they went far enough.

"I still need to do some more studying of it," she said, "but so far there's red lights flashing all over it."

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Government
9:49 am
Mon October 20, 2008

Senator McCain Fires Up 6000 in Belton, Missouri

Frank Morris

Belton, MO – A crowd of about 6-thousand arrayed on a Baptist school football field cheered Senator McCain's pledge to end the Iraq war in victory. Then McCain echoed Obama's running mate, Senator Joe Biden, who recently predicted that Obama would face an international crisis early in his term, if he's elected president.

We don't want a president who invites texting from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars.

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Government
3:18 am
Fri October 17, 2008

Disagreeable : Scathing Rhetoric in Late Season Debate

Democrat Kay Barnes (L) argues points with Republican Sam Graves (R) at Missouri Western State University.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

St. Joseph, Mo. – Standing side by side in debate for first time of the campaign, candidates for Missouri's 6th congressional district sparred in St. Joseph, less than three weeks before election day. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there to report:

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Government
2:26 am
Fri October 17, 2008

Local Debaters Discuss Presidential Debates

Kansas City, MO – During this hour, hear about specific debate techniques employed by the candidates. Find out the ways in which political debates differ from academic debates, and listen to local pros weigh in on whether presidential debates should be considered debates at all.

Listen to the program

Visit The Walt Bodine Show page

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KCUR News
11:50 pm
Thu October 16, 2008

Credit Crisis Delays Sewer Expansion

Kansas City, MO – Like local governments around the country, Kansas City relies on municipal bonds to finance major projects, like improvements to its water and sewer system. And with the current credit freeze, the city's waiting for a better market to issue 200 million dollars worth of water bonds. And after that, it needs to borrow 80 million more for urgent sewer upgrades. As KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross reports, there are parts of the city which been waiting a long time for basic services.

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