Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Black conservatives, ‘born again’ Christians express biggest declines, survey shows.
Hailed by some as the “end of race as we know it” and the beginning of a “post-racial” America, the 2008 election of Barack Obama sparked a measurable bump in feelings of political empowerment among black Americans. But those sentiments have faded considerably over the last year or so, according to a new analysis of political survey data, with the sharpest declines in perceived political power coming from blacks who identify themselves as conservatives or “born again” Christians. “The election of a black American to the U.S. presidency did seem to empower African Americans, causing an increase in levels of perceived freedom,” writes James L. Gibson, PhD, the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government and professor of African and African-…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The GOP candidate said District 2 needs some "tough love" and she's ready to deliver.
Republican candidate Ann Wagner of Ballwin became Missouri's Congressional District 2 post Tuesday evening, declaring victory just after 10 p.m. at the Hilton Frontenac. Wagner defeated opponents Glenn Koenen (D-Oakville), Bill Slantz (Libertarian-St. Charles) and Anatol Zorikova (Constitution Party-St. Charles) for the seat held by GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin. As of 11:40 p.m., unofficial results on the Missouri Secretary of State website report Wagner had a 60.1 percent lead over Koenen's 37.1 percent with 75 percent of precincts reporting. More than a hundred of Wagner's supporters, family and friends made their way to the Ambassadeur Ballroom at the Hilton-Frontenac, trickling in as polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday and staying strong…
Jim Higgins said he expects Democrat Jay Nixon to win.
Libertarian Party member Jim Higgins has seen his name on the ballot before in runs for Congress, but Tuesday night he did something for the first time. He voted for himself as a statewide candidate. "It's a thrill," Higgins, a Creve Coeur area resident said after casting his ballot at Craig School. He knows he has an uphill and unlikely climb in his bid for the Governor's office. In fact, he's predicting Jay Nixon will win a second term by a solid margin. "He's not an unpopular governor," Higgins said of Nixon. What did he think about his Republican opponent, businessman Dave Spence? "Outside of claiming that he'd produce jobs,, he didn't really go into detail how he was going to do that so I don't think he was that strong of a candidate…
Patch wants to know why you voted today. And once you're done telling us why you voted, be sure to upload a photo of your "I Voted" sticker.
People vote for all sorts of different reasons, not least of which is it's among the most patriotic things you can do. And today, millions of people will be heading to their nearest voting booth to cast their ballot. We want to know why. Share with us the reason you voted today by leaving a comment below. Once your done with that, be sure to upload a photo of your "I Voted" picture. All you have to do is click on the "Upload Photos and Videos" link and your photo will be added to our gallery. Happy voting!
Monday, November 5, 2012
With the election only one day away, it's time to fess up: Whether it's Akin, McCaskill, Spence, Nixon or someone else, which political ad will you be happy to see go?
You know the drill. The somber music plays in the background while a deep voice shares a fearful message about a candidate seeking election. Occasionally, a few seconds might be reserved afterward for an inspiring message from that candidate's challenger. These so-called attack ads have grown more prevalent as we've moved closer to the Nov. 6 election. In the U.S. Senate race, an ad from Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood) contains a voice that connects Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to President Barack Obama. The voice references McCaskill's support of the Affordable Care Act and her endorsement of the president in 2008. An ad from McCaskill takes a similar approach in connecting her opponent to the 2012 presidential campaign. The ad begins by …
Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter will play a massive role in reelecting President Barack Obama or voting in a new President of the United States, in Mitt Romney. How is it affecting your voting habits?
Voters are less than a week away from hitting the polls, in hopes of voting in a new president or giving the current one another four-year term Chances are, they've already influenced the outcome whether the meant to or not. According to a Pew Research Centerstudy, 66 percent of social media users—or 39 percent of all American adults—have done at least one of eight civic or political activities with social media. Those activities include things such as posting one's thoughts about issues, posting links to political material, encouraging others to take political action, following elected officials on social media and liking or promoting political material others have posted. If you've logged onto your own Facebook page, you already know …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The lawyers who work with the judges, evaluate them, and this one judge didn't cut it.
In St. Louis and St. Louis County 24 judges will be on voters' ballots on Nov. 6 whether to retain their services or not. Attorneys with the Missouri Bar Association, who go before the judges, evaluate them, and all but one judge received a passing score. "Associate Judge Dale Hood with the St. Louis County Circuit Court scored below average in all eighteen categories that lawyers with the Missouri Bar Association use to evaluate judges," The Riverfront Times reported. Read the full article in the Riverfront Times.
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will affect Maplewood and Brentwood in the Nov. 6 election.
As we close in on November’s elections, Maplewood-Brentwood Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. U.S. Senate Claire McCaskill's bid for re-election will be closely watched by the entire nation in part because of her close ties to President Obama's 2008 campaign. The fiercely-fought GOP primary saw U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), emerge victorious, only to be under fire a few weeks later because of comments he mde in a television interview regarding pregnancy and rape. A September 25 deadline for candidates to petition their removal from the November ballot has come and gone, meaning Rep Akin will be the party's nominee despite calls from state and national leaders in the Repubican Party …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Campaign confirms the Missouri Senator has called off campaign events for the remainder of the week.
A campaign spokeswoman confirmed late Tuesday afternoon to Patch that Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is off the campaign trail for the rest of the week as her family rallies around her ailing mother, Betty Anne, 84. Earlier, the campaign told the Associated Press that "McCaskill and her siblings plan to be with their mother around-the-clock at the hospital and requested prayers and privacy," at a St. Louis hospital's Intensive Care Unit. Her Republican opponent, U.S. Representative Todd Akin, tweeted a link to the AP story along with words of support. "Our thoughts & prayers are with @clairecmc and her mother," the message said.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
WUSTL’s Peter Kastor says relationship between style and substance important, but precarious in the town hall format.
The first presidential debate was most striking for Gov. Mitt Romney’s aggressiveness and President Barack Obama’s rhetorical reserve, but the town hall format in the second debate provides an extra challenge for the candidates, says Peter Kastor, PhD, professor of history and American culture studies in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. The two debates also reveal one of the greatest challenges to candidates as they try to appear presidential: balancing emotional display with appropriate reserve. Kastor notes that there’s more to this than looking for smoke and mirrors. “The relationship between style and substance has often turned on a discussion of truthfulness (does a candidate use a particular style to cover the …