Sunday, March 17, 2013
The head of the Missouri Republican Party, Ed Martin, said the "old guard of the GOP missed the significance" of Rand Paul's fillibuster over the use of drones. John Danforth responded in kind.
A sharply worded note to GOP supporters from the party's Missouri chairman—and a response in-kind from an elder statesman of Missouri's Republican Party—has observers wondering if a rift in the party has widened even further, according to a front page article in Friday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Ed Martin, chairman of the state GOP, wrote an email last week to thousands (which we presume is the same as this message on Martin's blog) in which he hailed Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, for his 13-hour fillibuster over the Obama administration's policy on the use of drone aircraft. He further chastised members of "the old guard of the GOP" — naming Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina in particular — for what Martin …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Just more than 7 percent of participants said they had confidence the St. Louis area businessman would win in November.
With election day just over a week away, a survey of GOP officials, activists and voters reveals worries about chances for the party's candidate for the Governor's mansion. When asked, 'Which statewide candidate are you most confident will win in November,' and given choices in the races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State and Attoney General, 55 point 6 percent selected Peter Kinder, running against Susan Montee for another term as Lt. Governor. Shane Schoeller, a State Representative running for Secretary of State against another State Representative, Jason Kander, was next at 22 point percent. The remaining candidates, Dave Spence, Ed Martin and Cole McNary, each received 7.4 percent. When survey …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The latest "Red Arch" survey takes the pulse of Missouri Republicans regarding statewide races on the November ballot.
Missouri Republicans are bullish on the chances of Secretary of State candidate Shane Schoeller and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder's chances for re-election in November, but a majority are concerned that Dave Spence will not defeat Governor Jay Nixon next month. That's the biggest finding in the latest Patch "Red Arch" survey, a non-scientific project asking Republican activists questions tied to current issues in the 2012 election cycle. More than 70 people were invited to participate and 30 responded. When asked "Which statewide candidate are you most concerned about in November," a majority, 64.3 percent, named Spence. Next was Attorney General nominee Ed Martin and State Treasurer nominee Cole McNary at 14.3 percent, and Kinder at 7.1 …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Congressional candidate Ann Wagner hopes to turn Missouri "firecracker red." Wildwood resident Todd Akin spoke at campaign headquarters, as did Ed Martin and other hopeful candidates.
The top of the Missouri Republican ticket came to town Wednesday, holding a rally at its St. Louis Victory headquarters in Valley Park. Ann Wagner, a candidate for the 2nd Congress acted as hostess for the rally, introducing the speakers and vowing to turn Missouri into a "firecracker red" state following November's elections. In the parlance of politics, Democratic-leaning states are blue, Republican states are red. Wagner's rousing introductions had the crowd cheering for each candidate who took to the microphone to rally the vote. Each candidate used predictable buzzwords designed to elicit cheers or boos. Any mention of "true conservative," for example, had the room rocking. As did "Romney/ Ryan" and even "photo ID" Mentions of Barack…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
In an East (Ed Martin) versus West (Adam Warren) Missouri Republican candidacy bid for attorney general, Martin pulled ahead early Tuesday evening and stayed the frontrunner.
Ed Martin, a South St. Louis attorney, would like to be the next lawyer to represent Missouri's legal interests. He won the Republican bid Tuesday night by a resounding 72-28 percent victory over his Republican opponent, Adam Warren. KSDK-TV declared Martin the winner with 96 percent of the precincts reported. Just last month, Martin unveiled a "smaller government plan" and embarked on a statewide tour. One of Martin's supporters, Cary Spiegel from Oakville, was at Martin's Valley Park campaign headquarters toward the 10 p.m. hour to watch the results keep coming in. "I support Ed due to his integrity and honesty. He's the real deal," said Spiegel. Martin made a quick appearance at his campaign party Tuesday evening, but had to get his …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The winner of the Republican primary will face Chris Koster in the general election.
Name: Mr. Ed Martin Age: 42 Place of residence: St. Louis Attended college: Yes College: College of the Holy Cross Degree: B.A. University: St. Louis University Degree: Master's in Health Care Ethics Job titles held: NA Employers: NA Running for: office Running for position: Attorney General Chamber/district: Incumbent: Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA Address
Monday, April 30, 2012
Local Tea Party members will be in town as part of a nationwide tour. How large will the Wednesday crowd be in Valley Park, which is the only scheduled St. Louis-area stop?
Tea Party Express is making three stops this week in Missouri; two on Wednesday in Kansas City, one in nearby Valley Park Wednesday and one in Springfield, MO, on Thursday. Tea Party Express-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman will help kick off the Missouri leg of a national tour in Valley Park and in Springfield, MO. In Valley Park, the rally will be at 6 p.m. at Victory Field House, 932A Meramec Station Rd. It will feature U.S. House candidates Ann Wagner and Martin Baker, Ed Martin, who is running for attorney general, and local Tea Party organizer Scott Boston. Finally, the tour will rally in Springfield with local activists, including Super Dave Day of the Springfield Tea Party. Tea Party Express has hosted more than 300 …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
The Attorney is using an old ambulance to collect petition signatures.
Chalk this up as one of the more unusual transportation vehicles utilized during the 2012 election season: St. Louis City attorney Ed Martin’s campaign for attorney general is using a retrofitted ambulance aimed at showcasing the Republican’s opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care plan. Martin’s campaign announced last week that the “Ed Martin for Attorney General Campaign ‘Stop Obamacare’ Ambulance” would be traveling around the state to collect signatures against the health care law passed in 2010. “We are inviting citizens from across the state to come out to the ‘Stop Obamacare’ Ambulance Tour and sign the petition to stop the implementation of Obamacare here in Missouri,” Martin said in a statement. “The petition is meant…
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Two St. Louis-area candidates for statewide office celebrated the opening of a new headquarters in Valley Park.
Rep. Cole McNary (R-Chesterfield) and attorney Ed Martin now share a space at 932 Meramec Station Road in Valley Park. Martin is running for attorney general, while McNary is running for state treasurer. Martin dubbed the structure the "Victory Fieldhouse," which seems to be a turn on his "Freedom Bunker" during his 2010 congressional campaign. "Other state and local candidates were in attendance, giving their thoughts about the direction of the state and the nation," Martin said in an email update. "We were all in agreement that President Obama has to go, and the power of his party has to be cut." Martin addressed Wildwood audiences earlier in this campaign cycle when he sought a different political office. McNary is expected to face off …
Friday, March 9, 2012
There are still unresolved legal issues in the effort to draw new political lines. Will "Jim the Wonder Dog" become official historical state dog of Missouri?
After more twists and turns than a Six Flags roller-coaster, redistricting has been nothing short of a harrowing experience. But is it possible that state Senate redistricting could be reaching some sort of conclusion? Maybe. And that's because Friday is the deadline for feedback for a tentative Senate map that was approved by a bipartisan commission a couple of weeks ago. The lines have to be redrawn every 10 years to conform to population shifts throughout the state. The response, of course, hasn’t been universally favorable. While some lawmakers, such as Sen. Brian Nieves (R-Washington), have been content with their reconfigured districts, others, such as Sens. Jim Lembke (R-Lemay) and Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield), have not been as…