NOT SO FUNNY: ROVE CAUSES A STIR WITH JOKE ABOUT TODD AKIN
Karl Rove and Todd Akin
Political consultant and fundraiser Karl Rove is quoted in Businessweek as saying, “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!” Given that Akin has been the target of death threats, some didn’t find that very funny. Akin’s campaign spokesman said that he is certain Rove “misspoke.”
Read Jo Mannies’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.
Read the story at businessweek.com.
ROMNEY BOTH TENDER AND TOUGH AS HE ACCEPTS GOP NOMINATION
Mitt Romney reintroduced himself to the nation as a tender family man and a tough-minded leader who will create 12 million jobs and restore the “promise of America.” Meanwhile his campaign has shifted into high gear as delegates from Missouri and across the country are pledging to work hard for the Romney-Ryan ticket. Though Missouri trends red, Missouri Republicans say they won’t leave anything to chance. Read Rob Koenig’s report from Tampa in the St. Louis Beacon.
LOCAL REPUBLICANS CELEBRATE AT WATCH PARTY
Ann Wagner, the 2nd District congressional nominee hosted a watch party for the local party faithful and was rewarded with a packed room that spilled into the hallway at the Corner Grill and Pub in Ballwin. The turnout reflected the optimistic mood of area Republicans as they galvanize for the Nov. 6 election. Jo Mannies … working late … made the party. Read her report for the Beacon.
KINDER PREVAILS IN BALLOT BATTLE AS DEMOCRATS TURN ON EACH OTHER
Robin Carnahan, Chris Koster and Peter Kinder
Robin Carnahan, Missouri’s Democratic Secretary of State, throws in the towel in her battle to retain the ballot wording she crafted for a healthcare measure on the November ballot. She blames Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster who refused to appeal a judge’s order to amend the ballot. The winner: Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder whose wording will appear on the ballot.
Read Jo Mannies’s report in the Beacon.
Read Marshall Griffin’s report for St. Louis Public Radio.
ST. LOUIS ON THE AIR: Assessing the GOP Convention
St. Louis Public Radio host Don Marsh interviews Beacon reporter Rob Koenig and Illinois Public Radio correspondent Amanda Vinicky, who are providing coverage from Tampa. Listen to the podcast.
THE BEACON POLITICAL PODCAST: The Races Heat Up Here & Nationwide
Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies discuss Romney-Obama, Akin-McCaskill and Newman-Carlson in a scorching and fast-paced 20 minutes. Listen to the podcast.
AKIN-McCASKILL RESUME CAMPAIGNS WITH SOME POLLS SHOWING A TIGHT CONTEST
U.S. Senate opponents Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill both went up this week with new ads. Hers is a positive spot that focuses on her family and background, while Akin has two spots – one on TV and one on the internet – that accuse McCaskill of being out of step with Missourians. Akin’s camp is touting a new poll from the Family Research Council that shows him with a slight edge despite the furor he caused with his remarks about rape and abortion. Another just released from Public Policy Polling shows the race neck and neck.
Read Jo Mannies’s report in the Beacon.
Read about the Public Policy poll.
Read about the Family Research Council poll.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch-News 4 poll shows Akin losing ground to McCaskill.
BOND CRITICIZES OBAMA ON BIN LADEN RAID
KMBC reporter Michael Mahoney reports that former U.S. Sen. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond told Missouri delegates that Navy Seals should have taken prisoners in the raid that killed terrorist Osam bin Laden. Mahoney added that Bond accused Obama afterward of crippling the agency that oversaw the effort with budget cuts. Read Mahoney’s blog entry.
AKIN PICKS UP PARTY SUPPORT IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI, BUT FARM BUREAU RECONSIDERING ENDORSEMENT
SPEAKER BOEHNER GIVES ILLINOIS GOP DELEGATES A PEP TALK
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner tells delegates from blue-state Illinois that the state is a key to the GOP maintaining its House majority. Read the report at St. Louis Public Radio.