Order in the court
The Missouri Supreme Court has had a busy day. It cleared the way for three ballot initiatives — on the state’s minimum wage, its tobacco taxes and the payday loan industry — to appear on the November ballot. Read about it here in the Beacon. It also tossed out the state’s 7-year-old cap on malpractice claims. Read about it here in the Beacon.
Down ballot debate
The two main candidates in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor — incumbent Peter Kinder (left) and state Sen. Brad Lager of Savannah — sparred on the radio over outside business interests, failure to break tie votes in the Missouri Senate and the appropriate traveling expenses. Read about it in the Beacon.
The two Democrats battling for the U.S. House seat in St. Louis say they’ll put their differences behind them for the good of the party following the primary election next week. That’s how U.S. Reps. Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay concluded their one and only debate appearance Monday on Newsradio 1120 KMOX. Read about it at St. Louis Public Radio.
And then there were none?
In 1961, Theodore McNeal, a union official, went to Jefferson City as the senator from the 7th District. Since then, St. Louis has always had at least one black state senator. But redistricting and term limits may put that 52-year-streak in jeopardy as two black candidates and one white candidate vie in the 5th state Senate district race. Read about it at St. Louis Public Radio.
GOP Senate candidates come down to the wire
With the Aug. 7 primary looming, and with little separation between their respective platforms, all three candidates for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate are racing to establish themselves as the most honest-to-goodness, sure bet conservative. The candidates are U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood; businessman John Brunner; and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman. Read about it at St. Louis Public Radio.
Show Me the money
The two major Republican candidates for lieutenant governor — incumbent Peter Kinder and challenger Brad Lager — are outspending all other candidates for statewide offices as the crowd heads into the final week before the Aug. 7 primary. Read about it in the Beacon.
Staying safe from cyber attacks
Despite sharp warnings from the White House and intelligence agencies that the nation’s critical infrastructure is not well prepared for a cyber attack, the Senate is bickering over an already-weakened cyber security bill. Read about it in the Beacon.
Playing the race card
State Sen. Robin Wright-Jones is shaking up St. Louis’ three-way 5th District contest by contending that fellow Democrats are using “triangulation’’ to oust her from office and possibly eliminate its status as a seat held by an African American. One of her rivals is white. Read about it in the Beacon.
Live from Kansas City
It may be below the radar, but the two main participants in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor sparred over the radio airwaves in Kansas City over outside business interests, failure to break tie votes in the Missouri Senate and the appropriate use of traveling expenses. Read about it in the Beacon.