Election 2012

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

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It's All Politics
8:15 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Romney and GOP Strike Deal With Ron Paul Loyalists Before Convention

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, after speaking in Berkeley, Calif., in April.
Ben Margot AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 11:55 am

GOP officials and the Mitt Romney campaign have cut a deal with Texas Rep. Ron Paul's campaign to allow some — though not all — of Paul's delegates from Louisiana and Massachusetts to be seated at the Republican National Convention. The status of Maine's delegates remains unsettled.

The compromise would appear to avert a potential public clash with Paul supporters during the convention's opening day Monday.

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The Two-Way
6:11 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Romney's Pick Of Ryan Hasn't Changed Race, Polls Signal

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, shakes hands with his choice for running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Monday in in Manchester, N.H.
John Moore Getty Images

Two new polls come to much the same conclusion about the 2012 presidential campaign:

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The Two-Way
6:23 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Update: Akin Vows Again To Stay In Missouri Senate Race

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talking with reporters at the Missouri State Fair last week.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:47 am

  • NPR's Brian Naylor on 'Morning Edition'
  • Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio, on 'Morning Edition'

Saying that the positions he and others have taken against abortion will "strengthen our country and it's going to strengthen the Republican Party," Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said just before 1:30 p.m. ET that he will not withdraw from his state's Senate race by a 6 p.m. ET deadline this evening.

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NPR Story
3:12 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Akin Apologizes For Rape Comments; Will Stay In Race

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 5:02 pm

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is apologizing for comments he made yesterday about rape that touched off bi-partisan criticism and outrage. Akin, who is running for the Senate seat in Missouri held by Democrat Claire McCaskill, told a television interviewer this weekend that women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancy caused by what he termed legitimate rape. Akin now says he made a mistake, but that he wont drop out of the race. Still, republicans from Mitt Romney on down are distancing themselves from him.

It's All Politics
2:35 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Todd Akin Fallout Spreads From Missouri To White House Race

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., and his wife Lulli, talk with reporters last Thursday at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo. On Monday, Akin was resisting GOP calls to resign from his Senate race.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 8:28 pm

After Republican Rep. Todd Akin's inflammatory comments over the weekend in which he blithely minimized rape-induced pregnancies, there are at least two inescapable questions:

1) What impact will his remark have on his U.S. Senate race in Missouri against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill?

2) And how much will the shockwaves buffet the presidential contest or other races elsewhere?

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Obama: Congressman's Rape Remarks 'Don't Make Sense,' Were 'Way Out There'

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 8:20 pm

Saying that the comments "don't make sense to the American people" and were "way out there," President Obama just weighed in on the controversial remarks made over the weekend by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who said in a television interview that "if it's a legitimate rape," it's rare for a woman to get pregnant and therefore want an abortion.

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Politics
8:18 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Akin’s Rape Comments Stir Up Controversy

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin made the news after making comments about rape that were deemed ignorant and insensitive.

Missouri’s GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing a wave of criticism for comments he made during an interview about pregnancies caused by rape.

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It's All Politics
11:04 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Missouri's Claire McCaskill Gets Clarity On Her Opponent, If Not Her Future

The Missouri Republican primary win by Rep. Todd Akin gives Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democrat, the choice she seemed to prefer.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:05 pm

The only sure thing for Sen. Claire McCaskill, the embattled Missouri Democrat trying to remain in the Senate, is that she now knows who her challenger will be this fall: U.S. Rep. Todd Akin.

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Primaries
10:05 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election Results Roundup

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Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder beat out challenger Brad Lager. Conservative U.S. Rep. Todd Akin will face Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in the November race for Missouri's Senate seat.

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Elections
12:21 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Voters Approve Kansas City Sales Tax And Sewer Bonds

City, Parks and Recreation leaders celebrated the election results at Union Station yesterday.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Parks, streets and sewers projects in Kansas City just got a major funding boost, as voters approved both city ballot measures yesterday.

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Up to Date
5:21 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Political Pundits: Primary Results, November Predictions

The Kansas State Capitol Building (left) and the Missouri State Capitol Building

For the first time, a Kansas Governor is actively campaigning against members of his own party. Governor Sam Brownback is hoping to replace moderate Republicans with more conservative members of his party.

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Tue August 7, 2012

One Clue To Romney's Veep Pick: Whose Wiki Page Is Getting The Most Edits?

Wikipedia's entry for Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Is today's activity there a clue to Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick?
Wikipedia

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 6:46 am

Tech President reminds us that one way to possibly figure out who will be a vice presidential pick is to watch the various contenders' Wikipedia pages in the days before such an announcement is likely.

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KC Currents
3:02 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Ballot Measures Would Fund Sewers, Parks, Streets

A measure on Tuesday's ballot proposes a sales tax that would go towards funding Kansas City's parks.
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On Tuesday, Kansas City, Mo. voters will get the chance to decide on two measures which would give the city more money for maintenance and upgrades.

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Government
8:11 am
Mon August 6, 2012

A Quarter Of Missouri Voters Expected To Cast Ballots

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Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says voter turnout should be around 25 percent for Tuesday’s party primaries. That’s slightly higher than the 23 percent turnout two years ago.

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Government
8:07 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Republican Race For Missouri Secretary Of State Heats Up

Republican contenders for Mo. Sec. of State, L-R: Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville), Shane Schoeller (R, Willard), and Bill Stouffer (R, Napton).

Robin Carnahan’s decision to not seek a third term as Missouri Secretary of State has opened the door for seven hopefuls from four different political parties. 

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Up to Date
9:48 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Missouri Amendment 2: 'Right To Pray' Or Redundant Rights?

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On Tuesday, Missouri citizens will vote on Amendment 2, the so-called “right to pray” ballot measure

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Government
3:33 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Kobach Predicts 18 Percent Voter Turnout In Primary Elections

KCUR

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting 18 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot in the state's primary elections next week.

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Government
5:30 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Campaign Contribution Limits: Big Donors Find A Way

A national study of risk of corruption by the Center for Public Integrity docks Missouri for being one of only four states without any limits on campaign contributions.

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House & Senate Races
5:27 am
Thu August 2, 2012

GOP Has Big Hopes For Missouri Senate Race

Former Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman has earned the endorsement of Sarah Palin in her bid for a Republican Senate nomination.
Brian Naylor NPR

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 9:07 am

Republicans hope to win control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats in November, and one seat they have high hopes for is in Missouri.

Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill is facing a tough re-election fight. Outside conservative groups have already been running ads against her. On Tuesday, Republicans will select their candidate for the fall.

Meet The Candidates

In Neosho, Mo., on the edge of the Ozarks, summertime in an election year can only mean one thing: the Newton County Republican Party's watermelon fest.

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Up to Date
11:08 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Kansas 11th District Senate Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka, KS.
city-data

Word came Tuesday that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce's political action committee spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on statehouse races this year supporting conservative Republicans running for state office.

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Up to Date
10:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Republicans Line Up To Challenge US Sen. Claire McCaskill

U.S. Senate candidates Congressman Todd Akin and former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman

Next Tuesday Missouri Republicans will vote for one of three candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. 

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Government
3:44 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Ballot Initiatives' Authority Upheld

Missouri Supreme Court building.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the State Auditor’s authority to prepare fiscal notes and summaries for citizen-initiated ballot questions. 

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It's All Politics
12:29 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Poll: Jobs Should Be Next President's Priority; Tax Fairness? Not So Much

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 4:31 pm

Nearly every major poll indicates that the top issues for voters are jobs and the economy. Making the wealthy pay more in income taxes? Not so much, at least according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll.

An excerpt from Gallup:

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Law
10:31 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Will Penn. I.D. Law Actually Keep Voters Away?

Voter I.D. laws have been hotly debated this election season. Now, a Pennsylvania case is challenging that state's new Voter I.D. law. The Justice Department also announced that it will investigate whether the law is discriminatory. Host Michel Martin speaks with Columbia Law Professor Nathan Persily for more on the case.

Up to Date
10:06 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Kansas Senate 8th District: Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas Capitol building in Topeka
city-data

Kansas voters will also head to the ballot box next Tuesday, August 7, to pick nominees for a number of races, including Kansas Senate and House of Representatives.

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Missouri Primary Challenge: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder v. Sen. Brad Lager

It's a primary race that doesn't receive as much attention as its candidates would like: Missouri Lieutenant Governor.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Eye On The Jewish Vote, Romney Commits To Israel

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney places a prayer note as he visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 12:58 pm

Speaking from Israel on Sunday, presumptive GOP nominee for president Mitt Romney said that he would respect the nation's "right to defend itself" against Iran. He said the United States also has "a solemn duty and a moral imperative" to prevent Iran from creating nuclear weapons.

Romney's trip and his speech are typical of presidential candidates, who every four years work to outdo one another when it comes to credentials on Israel and U.S. relations with the Jewish state.

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From Our Listeners
3:24 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Week In Politics: Mitt Romney In Europe

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 5:02 pm

Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney's trip to Europe.

The Veepstakes
5:42 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

As A VP Option, Christie's Star May Burn Too Hot

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 2011.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 5:52 pm

What people in New Jersey like about Gov. Chris Christie is his candor — the sense that he's speaking from his heart, instead of a script.

Last summer, as Hurricane Irene barreled toward the Jersey shore, the Republican governor offered a particularly memorable moment during a press conference: "Get the hell off the beach in Asbury Park and get out," he said. "You're done. It's 4:30. You've maximized your tan. Get off the beach."

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It's All Politics
4:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Romney In London: Not A Smashing Success So Far

Mitt Romney leaves London's 10 Downing Street after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 5:27 pm

The first stop — Britain — in Mitt Romney's foreign tour certainly is starting out rockier than nearly anyone expected.

First there was the kerfuffle over remarks, attributed by a British newspaper to an anonymous campaign adviser, that Romney understood the shared "Anglo-Saxon heritage" between the U.S. and Britain in a way President Obama didn't. Those comments were viewed as racist by some and were disowned by the Romney campaign.

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