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Explore this collection of elections-related episodes of St. Louis on the Air for in-depth discussion from some your 2010 Elections candidates and those right in the mix of the races.

Proposition L – October 26, 2010

“There’s no fundamental right for a city to control its police department.”  – Senator Jim Lembke

(Wikimedia Commons User Scott Davidson)

Though it’s only “advisory” in nature, Proposition L on the November ballot, asks Saint Louis Voters to voice their preferences about who should control the city’s police department.  Currently, the Missouri Legislature controls the department, as it has since the Civil War.  State Senator Joseph Keaveny introduced legislation last session that would have returned control of the department to the City of Saint Louis.  He withdrew the measure after it was filibustered, but says he’ll reintroduce it next session, especially if Proposition L passes.  State Senator Jim Lembke opposed Keaveny’s bill and hopes voters will oppose the ballot measure.  The two lawmakers joined Don Marsh to discuss Proposition L.

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Russ Carnahan / Humanism – October 25, 2010

“We didn’t get in this hole overnight and we’ve made progress digging out of this hole… We’re on the right track, but the growth has been very slow.” – Russ Carnahan

Russ Carnahan

Incumbent 3rd District Congressman Russ Carnahan is running for re-election against Republican Ed Martin, Libertarian Stephen Hedrick, and Constitution Party Candidate Nick Ivanovich.  He stopped by St. Louis on the Air to talk with Host Don Marsh about the issues he’s focusing on as Election Day draws near.  The Congressman says that though his district historically leans “Democrat,” he doesn’t take anything for granted this campaign season, calling this a “volatile year.”

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Proposition B / Political Update – October 21, 2010

“The only poll that matters is Election Day.”  – Jo Mannies, St Louis Beacon

(Photo by: Hamed Saber, Flickr Creative Commons)

With only twelve days left before voters go to the polls, candidates in Missouri are in the home stretch of their election bids. We checked in with veteran political reporter Jo Mannies of the Saint Louis Beacon for some analysis heading into the final days of the campaign.

And in the second half of the show….

We heard from Barbara Schmitz, Campaign Manager for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs and Dr. Jim Foster of Red Barn Veterinary Services about the ins and outs of Proposition B, also called the Missouri Dog Breeding Regulation Initiative.  The ballot measure asks Missouri voters to decide whether to impose tougher rules governing the state’s dog breeders.  Supporters of the initiative say that the measure is designed to curb “puppy mill cruelty,” a problem they say is rampant in Missouri.  Opponents of the measure say it would do little to actually improve animal welfare, and would serve instead as a stumbling block for responsible breeding operations.

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Charlie Dooley / Proposition A – October 19, 2010

“If you’re not willing to invest in yourselves, why would you expect someone else to invest in you?” – Charlie Dooley

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley while a guest on St. Louis on the Air Oct. 19, 2010. (Libby Franklin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Saint Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is seeking re-election in a contest that’s turned out to be the most expensive County Executive race in Saint Louis history.  He’ll face Republican Bill Corrigan and Libertarian Ted Brown on November 2nd.  He argues that it would be in the County’s best interest to support the re-entry of the City of St. Louis into the County, an idea Bill Corrigan has rejected.

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On November 2nd,  voters statewide will be asked to decide on Proposition A, which if passed would require new elections in Saint Louis and Kansas City to decide whether or not to keep municipal earning taxes in those cities.  Outside of Saint Louis and Kansas City, the passage of Prop A would prohibit Missouri municipalities from ever enacting earnings taxes.

Let the Voters Decide Campaign Spokesperson Brook Foster says the initiative gives voters the ability to protect themselves from cumbersome local taxes. However, City Alderman Stephen Conway says the passage of Proposition A will mean the end the city earnings tax, which he says would be a debilitating blow to Missouri’s largest cities.

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William Lacy Clay – October 11, 2010

“At this point they seem to want to shout the loudest but don’t have any real genuine ideas.” – Clay on the Tea Party.

William Lacy Clay

William Lacy Clay

Democrat William Lacy Clay is running against Republican Robyn Hamlin and Libertarian Julie Stone in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District as he seeks his fifth term. Clay favors home forclosure freezes and thinks that the Tea Party will actually help the Democrats in the upcoming election due to what he calls a lack of “any real genuine ideas.”

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Bill Corrigan – October 7, 2010

“Merging the County and the City is not the solution.” -Bill Corrigan

Bill Corrigan

Bill Corrigan is a Republican running for County Executive running against incumbent Charlie Dooley, who is seeking a third term. Recent polls indicate that the race is a tight one and with a month to go, political newcomer Corrigan says he has the right leadership and vision to move the region forward.

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Third Party Candidates – October 6, 2010

“Both parties have turned away from the people.”  Nick Ivanovich, Constitution Party 3rd District

Nick Ivanovich

Third party candidates often face a challenge when it comes to getting their name on the ballot and getting their message out to voters.   This year, third party challengers in Missouri’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd congressional districts hope that voter discontent with the major parties will work to their advantage.

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Illinois Politics October 5, 2010

“In Illinois, it’s hard to convince voters that one party is more corrupt than the other.” -Professor Kent Redfield,  University of Illinois Springfield

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (Erik Abderhalden, courtesy Flickr Creative Commons)

Politics in Illinois is often a rough and tumble affair and this year is no exception.  The impeachment of former Governor Rod Blagojevich is having repercussions in several races, including at the top of the ballot:  Blagojevich’s successor, Governor Pat Quinn is in a very tight race and Barack Obama’s old Senate seat is up for grabs.  Add to the mix, Mayor Daly’s decision not to seek re-election in Chicago and one of the nation’s worst state budget crises, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting election season in Illinois.

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Todd Akin- October 4, 2010

“Bill after bill after bill had no Republican votes at all and everything was done strictly on a party line basis…It’s like an engine running without a governor.”

Todd Akin

Incumbent Second District Congressman Todd Akin is seeking a sixth term in Congress at a time when he says Washington “is more polarized than usual.”  Unhappy with what he calls the “extreme” policies of the last eighteen months, Todd Akin wants to slow down the pace of change and the spending of money on Capitol Hill.              > Listen to this show







Media Literacy and Politics – September, 29 2010

“We swim in this ocean of media, but we spend precious little time teaching kids how to be media literate. It’s a tragedy.” -Frank Baker

Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons user ShironekoEuro

According to a recent Gallup poll, three in every four Americans are distrustful of television news and newspapers.  During  an election season, we’re increasingly inundated with political messages from news outlets and advertising campaigns, making media literacy more important than ever. How do we separate fact from fiction?

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Political Update – September 15, 2010

For a political junkie, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

The primary season’s over, setting the stage for the final countdown to the midterm elections.  Now come the name-calling, the accusations, and the innuendo that have come to characterize politics in America in and out of election seasons.  Polls show disenchanted democrats, a fractious G.O.P. and an insurgent Tea Party Movement that’s flexing its muscles.

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Arthur Lieber – September 14, 2010

The solutions to our problems require thinking outside the box, and I’m not seeing a whole lot of that in our political process now.

Arthur Lieber

Arthur Lieber is an educator and self-proclaimed progressive, and now he’s challenging Incumbent Congressman Todd Akin in Missouri’s 2nd District.  While Lieber says he does indeed want to win in November, he also says that some of the other things he’s trying to do with his candidacy are more important—among them: reduce the role of money in politics, and elevate the political conversation.

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