Election 2012

Here you'll find KCUR's & NPR's local & national coverage of the 2012 campaign season and the November 6th election.


It's All Politics
5:35 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

A Primary Hat Trick: Romney Wins Wisconsin, Maryland And D.C.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters Tuesday in Milwaukee.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 11:07 am

With wins in Maryland, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., Mitt Romney inched his way forward toward becoming the inevitable GOP presidential candidate.

After Tuesday's hat trick, the road to victory is clear for Romney and increasingly rocky and unlikely for Rick Santorum, Romney's leading opponent.

Still, in a speech from Mars, Pa., Santorum vowed to continue his campaign.

"We have now reached the point where it's half time," Santorum said. "Who's ready to charge out of the locker room for a strong second half in Pennsylvania?"

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It's All Politics
7:59 am
Tue April 3, 2012

As Wisconsin Heads To Polls, Romney And Santorum Vie For Last-Minute Support

Campaigning in Wisconsin Monday, Rick Santorum hopes he'll come out ahead in the cheese state.
Jeffrey Phelps EPA /Landov
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Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have been fighting it out in Wisconsin for the past week. And Tuesday night they'll see the results of their labors. Republicans will also cast votes Tuesday in Maryland and Washington, D.C., primaries, though the candidates have not spent much time there.

In all three contests, polls show Romney with a wide lead. Yet Santorum continues to campaign as relentlessly as ever. On Tuesday's Morning Edition, NPR's Ari Shapiro and David Welna filed reports from the trail.

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It's All Politics
7:58 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Five Things To Watch For Tuesday In Wisconsin, Maryland, DC

Mitt Romney should have a very good day Tuesday in the Wisconsin, Maryland and District of Columbia GOP primaries.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 3:28 pm

Once the Republican presidential primaries entered April, leaving behind March with its run of several Southern contests, the electoral terrain was expected to start looking much better for Mitt Romney.

That seems the case Tuesday, as Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia hold the first primaries in April, with a total of 98 delegates at stake. The front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination is expected to have a very good day. Just how good remains to be seen.

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Kansas City Public Schools
2:52 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Write-Ins Compete For KC School Board Seats

As Kansas City School District voters go to polls today to elect new school board members, they'll be part of an historic effort to preserve local control of the system.

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Election 2012
2:31 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

April 3: Elections In Kansas & Missouri

Laura Spencer KCUR

On Tuesday, voters go to the polls in Kansas and Missouri. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Kansas, and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Missouri.

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Up to Date
7:00 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Robert Dallek: Why Some Presidents Succeed

Robert Dallek is speaking at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on March 13.

We’ve had 45 of them on the job, but only 16 were able to come back.  It’s something Thomas Jefferson once deemed a “splendid misery” …  the U.S. Presidency.

What are the factors that play into the reputation as a strong or weak leader?  How does a president hold onto the public’s imagination?

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Election 2012
12:05 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Kansas Voters Among First To Vote Under New I.D. Law

Today voters in Johnson County go to the polls for spring primaries.  Mission and Prairie Village will vote on Council seats; the city of Shawnee will vote on a new mayor.

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Election 2012
12:40 am
Sun February 19, 2012

'Fascist Slide' For US: Ron Paul In KC

Ron Paul's audience virtually filled the Old Waiting Room at Kansas City's Union Station.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul told a Kansas City audience of some 1500, the nation is sliding into what he called a “fascist system.”

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Election 2012
8:15 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Santorum Triumphs In Missouri

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, shown here speaking in Iowa in 2010, beat rival Mitt Romney by 30 points in last night's Missouri Republican primary.
IowaPolitics.com Flickr.com

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum racked up a sizeable victory in Missouri's Republican primary last night, winning all the state’s counties and beating his nearest rival, Mitt Romney, by 30 points.

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It's All Politics
2:06 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Why Missouri Voters Have The 'Beauty Contest' Blues

There's no waiting in line at O'Fallon City Hall. A half-dozen election volunteers have been eagerly hoping that more people will turn up for Tuesday's Republican primary.

After five hours, they've seen a grand total of 33 voters. Normally, the City Hall precinct gets about 250 people to turn out for a primary.

"We haven't had many," says Vince Scully, a retired printer and election official. As for a late rush in the evening, he says, "We won't have that today."

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10:25 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Multiple Tobacco Tax Petitions Approved For Circulation


Missouri's Secretary of State has now approved more than a dozen petitions related to the taxing of tobacco products.  But a lot fewer are likely to end up in circulation, and of those remaining, the aims may be very different. 

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Harvest Public Media
9:10 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Republicans On The Farm

Up to Date
7:17 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

The Media Critics: Happy News Year!

Michele Bachmann holds a press conference following an appearance at Jubilee Family Church in Oskaloosa
Jason Noble, Des Moines Register

It’s easy to lose interest in political campaigns, but it’s the news media’s responsibility to make it interesting – and get it right.

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10:41 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, December 19, 2011

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4:20 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

For Local Sudanese Upcoming Elections Chance To Change Their Fate

On weekend evenings, Southern Sudanese play dominoes, cards, and watch the news from Sudan at a downtown community center in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Laura Ziegler

Kansas City, Missouri – Several thousand Southern Sudanese immigrants in and around Kansas City are trying desperately to take part part in a referendum next month half way across the world. Sudanese will vote on whether Southern Sudan will break away and become its own nation.

The country's Muslim majority in the North has waged war on the indigenous and Christian minorities in the South for years.

Millions have been killed, or left the country as refugees.

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3:16 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Election Montage Captures Campaign Excitement

It was festive at the Republican party on election night, and voters, for the most part, were elated. Photo by Laura Ziegler

Kansas City, Missouri – As the election week comes to a close, experts and analysts are just beginning the process of sorting through the data from a season that changed the political landscape in the country.

In Missouri and Kansas, the statehouses added to their Republican majorities, mirroring a national trend. The National Conference of State Legislators reports that a dozen states saw their legislatures flip from Democratic to Republican. Hundreds of Republicans got elected.

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4:49 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Family Ties Possibly Contributed to Robin Carnahan's Loss

St. Louis, MO – One question that Democrats in Missouri are asking themselves today -- how did U-S Senate candidate Robin Carnahan lose so badly to Republican Roy Blunt Tuesday? St. Louis Public Radio's Bill Raack reports.

Blunt beat Carnahan by 14 points in the race to replace retiring Senator Kit Bond. University of Missouri-St. Louis professor David Robertson says Carnahan's loss may have been due largely to her family.

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9:47 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

No Ho-Hum Election

Missouri's chief election controller predicts more voters than usual will be at the polls next Tuesday.

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6:34 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

More Than 2 Dozen Kansas Candidates Just Make Filing Deadline

Shawnee Mission, Kansas – June 10th, noon, was the filing deadline for Kansans who wanted to run for office. Some 25 hopeful state legislators, U.S. representatives, even 2 U.S. Senate candidates got in just under the gun.

There are 7 candidates - 6 of them Republican - running for the 1st Congressional district in Western Kansas. 9 filed for the Senate seat vacated by Sam Brownback.

Brownback, who is running for Governor, filed just 10 days ago. His primary opponent, Joan Heffington, filed yesterday.

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1:39 am
Thu June 10, 2010

GOP Players Also Engaged In Race For Secretary Of State

Kansas City – It's unclear how news of financial mismanagement at the Kansas GOP will affect the race for Secretary of State.

The Topeka Capitol Journal reported earlier this week that an FEC audit revealed the Kansas GOP inappropriately or illegally handled hundreds of thousands of dollars during 2007 and 2008.

Kris Kobach, now a candidate for Secretary of State, was the party chair during that time.

Kobach said he knew the issue is a distraction, but said he wasn't concerned it would hurt him politically.

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12:45 am
Tue November 4, 2008

Emergency Operations Center on Standby for Election Problems in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – If anything goes seriously wrong with the election in Kansas City, the 'fixers' are mostly all together in one place. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has been there and has a report.

It looks almost like a movie set. The election board, police, fire, ambulance services have a cavernous room on the old Northeast side, converted into the city's emergency operations center; the word emergency' is removed for now. It's normally reserved for tornado, flood and mass injury.

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