Political news

Big Night For McCaskill, Nixon & Enyart

Nov 6, 2012
Frank Morris / KCUR

Claire McCaskill is heading back the U.S. Senate. The Democratic incumbent won re-election over Republican challenger Todd Akin in Tuesday night's election that saw Democrats win statewide eletions, but President Barack Obama fall short behind Mitt Romney.

It was a stunning turn of events for McCaskill, who at one time was deemed the most vulnerable Democratic Senator up for re-election.

At the McCaskill watch party in St. Louis, McCaskill called back to those early days of the campaign before Akin made his now-infamous ‘legitimate rape’ comment.

Cape Girardeau Voters Go To The Polls

Nov 6, 2012
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Strong turnout is expected as voters cast their ballots in today’s election.

Cape Girardeau physician Bruce Jones voted at the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Perryville Road. He cast his ballot for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney instead of Barack Obama.

“I looked at the Democratic side. I looked at what Obama has done over the last four years and I really was pretty positive on him for about a year and a half,” Dr. Jones said. “I think the biggest thing that scares me right now is our debt and our overspending.”

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The Cape Girardeau City Council wants more time to work through an ordinance that would prohibit underage customers from bars after 10:00 p.m.

The original ordinance would ban patrons who are under 21 years of age from establishments that earn 35 percent of their annual gross sales from alcohol. 

Libertarian VP Candidate Campaigns In Missouri

Nov 5, 2012
Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

  In Missouri the Libertarian Party has a full slate of candidates for statewide office. 

And the party’s candidate for Vice President was in St. Louis yesterday and is spending the day before the election in the Show Me State.

Libertarian VP Candidate Jim Gray rolled up to Soulard’s bar and grill, Big Daddy’s, yesterday in a white Minivan with a few hundred signatures from supporters on its exterior.

Before talking with a dozen or so supporters, he said if you want to fix the system, how about just getting rid of most of it.

As Election day grows near, Missouri voters express concern about the lack of a federal Farm Bill. U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson still considers the bill a high priority.

In September, Congress allowed the 2008 Farm Bill to expire without proposing a new bill.

For farmers still recovering from the summer’s drought, this leaves a high level of uncertainty about next year’s crops.