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Claire McCaskill And Todd Akin Square Off In Debate

Oct 19, 2012
Congressman Todd Akin and Senator Claire McCaskill debate at Clayton High School on October 18, 2012.
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Incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin squared off in their final debate of the campaign last night. Those hoping for a slugfest were probably disappointed. 

The two candidates stuck to their typical talking points and Akin's legitimate rape comments largely went ignored.

In front of hundreds of potential voters at Clayton High School, the two candidates didn't cover much new ground.

In fact, they mostly stuck to the talking points they've used on the campaign trail. McCaskill portrayed herself as a moderate.

Missouri Statewide Incumbents Winning The Money Race

Oct 18, 2012
Close up of a one hundred dollar bill.
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Missouri’s incumbent officeholders are sitting pretty in the money race, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Governor Jay Nixon has received a little under $14 million in contributions. That nearly doubles the amount contributed to Republican challenger Dave Spence.

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is out-fundraising his Democratic opponent Susan Montee 4 to 1.

And supporters contributed nearly $5 million dollars to Democrat Attorney General Chris Koster, as compared to a little more than $1 million to opponent Ed Martin.

Dave Spence (Provided by Alpha Packaging) / St. Louis Public Radio

Dave Spence, Republican candidate for Missouri Governor, spoke yesterday, at the Jackson Senior Center, about his plans for how to improve Missouri.

The former CEO of Alpha Packaging’s first priority is focusing on the economy and how to decrease the unemployment rate.

“Jobs and the economy by far outweigh any other issue in our state, because every other issue in our state tends to be lessened if we have more people getting a paycheck versus an unemployment check,” Spence said.

The Cape Girardeau City Council on October 1, 2012.
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

The Cape Girardeau City Council gave first round passage to an ordinance that regulates scooters at Monday night’s meeting. It requires scooter drivers to wear helmets and carry insurance. The ordinance also prohibits scooters under 50 cc’s from streets with a speed limit in excess of 35 miles per hour.

The helmet and street limitations are an attempt to improve safety following the death of a Southeast Missouri State University student who died in September after her scooter was hit by a truck.

Missouri Legislators Asking For $1 Billion Bond

Oct 15, 2012
Democratic Representative Chris Kelly and Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer say the current low borrowing and construction costs make a bond issue attractive.
Missouri Government / KRCU

Two Missouri lawmakers say low borrowing and construction costs make now the time for a bond issue.

Democratic Representative Chris Kelly and Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer want to put a nearly one billion dollar bond issue before voters.

Kelly says it will make needed capital improvements to the state's university campuses, mental health facilities, and even the state capitol building.