Tuesday, August 7, 2012
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin wins the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. Businessman Dave Spence wins the GOP nomination for governor.
A state constitutional amendment touted as a "right to pray" provision has won by better than a four-to-one margin. Proponents say Amendment 2 protects the right of Missourians to pray in public. Opponents of the measure say those protections are already guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and the amendment would be a boon for lawyers, who will battle in court over unintended consequences spawned by the provision. Meanwhile in the race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, has won. The Springfield News-Leader declared Akin the winner with about 80 percent of votes tallied. Akin faced down challengers Sarah Steelman, the former state treasurer, and businessman John Brunner has 29 percent. In the race for the …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Patch 'Blue Arch' participants favored the Frontenac businessman over U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman.
The re-election campaign of Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has made headlines for a television ad strategy that goes after each of the three main Republican contenders in the GOP primary. Political observers have wondered aloud if the ad approach shines more favorably on U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in hopes that the Wildwood Republican emerges in Tuesday's election. But a Patch Blue Arch survey out Monday indicates Democrats may be most concerned if businessman John Brunner defeats Akin and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman. More than 50 influential Democrats were asked using an automated survey tool what they thought about a variety of questions tied to the Senate primary, among other topics. Twenty-nine responses were collected, and…
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Candidates are pushing their 'Get Out The Vote' message hard in the last days of the Primary campaign.
John Brunner has spent a considerable amount of time and his own personal fortune, criss-crossing the state of Missouri and advertising his candidacy in the U.S. Senate primary. Now, with Tuesday's election fast-approaching, it's down to motivating volunteers to scratch for every vote, trying to make sure "Get Out The Vote" efforts are cranked up to get people to the polls. That was the order of the night Friday at the campaign's headquarters in Creve Coeur as the candidate rallied his team. The event was a far-cry from the much-hyped appearance Friday in Kansas City by former GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who came to Missouri to support former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman's campaign. "It's not about celebrities coming in," …
Friday, August 3, 2012
U.S. Senate candidate and Wildwood resident Todd Akin held a rally at the Westport Plaza Sheraton on Aug. 3, ending his week-long bus tour of Missouri.
Friday, August 3, 2012
U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, bookended his Missouri bus tour with a rally at the Sheraton hotel in Westport Plaza. A campaign spokesperson said the week-long bus tour started in Springfield and went on to Joplin, Columbia and Kirksville. While in Liberty, MO, Akin served meals at Chick-Fil-A during the restaurant’s appreciation day. Akin hopes Republicans will select him as the U.S. Senate candidate to oppose Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Other top GOP contenders are former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner. Chris Howard, a state Republican Party committeeman, emceed the Akin rally. He used quotes from the Bible, John Wayne and Ronald Regan to raise the crowd's enthusiasm for Akin. Akin…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman faces businessman John Brunner and U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in next month's primary.
8:00 p.m. Updated with reaction from the Brunner For Senate campaign. Sarah Steelman has made efforts throughout her bid for the GOP nomination to be the next U.S. Senator from Missouri to draw "Maverick" comparisons between herself and Sarah Palin, the party's 2008 Vice Presidential candidate. Tuesday afternoon, the Steelman campaign announced it had won her endorsement and released a statement from the former Alaska Governor: As we seek to fundamentally restore our great nation to strength and prosperity, we must send more commonsense conservatives to the U.S. Senate. We need sincere public servants who will fight for us, not the special interests and the permanent political class in Washington. Sarah Steelman will fight for all of …
Monday, July 16, 2012
The inaugural Red Arch survey asked more than 50 influential Republicans questions tied to the GOP primary.
If the election were held today, political insiders in Missouri say U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-Wildwood) would narrowly edge businessman John Brunner for their support for the Republican nomination to face U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. That's the main finding of the inaugural Red Arch survey conducted by Missouri Patch sites. More than 50 influential Republicans, primarily from the St. Louis area, were asked using an automated survey tool what they thought about a variety of questions relating to the U.S. Senate primary race. Thirty-three responses were collected. A majority (51.5 percent) of respondents said they would back Rep. Akin over Brunner (45.5 percent) if the election were held today. Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Brunner is one of eight candidates seeking the GOP nomination to face Claire McCaskill.
Name : Mr. John G. Brunner Date of birth : 08 December 1951 Place of residence : Frontenac Attended college : Yes College : Harding College Degree : Bachelor's Year of graduation : 1973 University : Washington University in St. Louis Degree : MBA Year of graduation : Has served in the military: Yes Rank : Marine Infantry Officer Date when discharged from duty : 01 January 1970 Job titles held : President and CEO Employers : Vi-Jon Laboratories Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: Federal office Running for position: United States Senate Chamber/district: Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA Address 12637 Olive Blvd St. Louis MO 63141 Name : Jon Seaton Title : Campaign Manager …
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Republican candidates talked about the economy, health care and Mitt Romney Friday night at Washington University in St. Louis.
With just more than a month until voters determine which Republican will take on U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in November, the trio of top GOP contenders sparred Friday night in a debate seen across Missouri. The debate, featuring U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), Frontenac Businessman John Brunner and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, was held at Washington University's Edison Theater and carried by KMOV-TV in St. Louis and KCTV-TV in Kansas City. Steelman, speaking second in the debate's opening statements after Brunner, was the first to mention McCaskill and President Barack Obama by name, making not-so-subtle jabs at the Senator's foibles in recent years with private aircraft and tax issues. Questions came from social …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Debate at Lindenwood University touched on healthcare, Syria, budget cuts.
Missouri's three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate squared off Monday night in what was expected to be a contentious debate at J. Scheidegger Center on the campus of Lindenwood University. The debate came days after St. Louis businessman John Brunner took aim at former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman and U.S. Congressman Todd Akin of Wildwood in an attack ad, which criticized Steelman's votes in the state senate in support of bonds and Akin's votes on earmarks. However, the candidates refrained from attacking one another for much of the debate, which was moderated by 97.1's Jamie Allman. The three agreed on many issues ranging from the need to gradually increase the age of eligibility for social security to the need to completely …
A fairly large crowd turned out for the Lindenwood University hosted Republican Senate Debate, including a few from Wildwood in addition to Wildwood resident Todd Akin as a candidate.
Voters both decided and undecided in the race for the Republican Senate nomination swarmed Lindenwood University Monday night to hear Todd Akin, Sarah Steelman and John Brunner debate the issues. Akin now resides in Wildwood, and a few Wildwood residents attended the debate. The three candidates are vying for the GOP senate nomination in an effort to oust Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. The debate, hosted by FM NewsTalk 97.1, brought out Republicans from across the St. Louis area. Lindenwood organizers said 1,100 people came out to hear the candidates speak. Patch caught up with some locals who attended the debate, from campaigners to undecided voters.