The November 6: Six Top Stories And Interviews About The House Race In Illinois 12
Jerry Costello has served the 12th Congressional District of Southern Illinois for 24 years, a seat that has been traditionally Democratic for decades. But Costello is not seeking re-election, putting the seat in play. Democrat Bill Enyart, former adjutant of the Illinois National Guard; Republican Jason Plummer, a lumber businessman; and Green Party hopeful Paula Bradshaw, an emergency room nurse are vying to replace Costello.
Here are six inks to reporting at Beyond November to help you assess the candidacies of Bradshaw, Enyart and Plummer leading up to the Nov. 6 election.
1. “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh interviews Enyart. Listen to the interview at St. Louis Public Radio
2. Plummer joins Marsh for an interview. Listen to the interview at St. Louis Public Radio.
3. Marsh interviews third-party hopeful Bradshaw. Listen to the interview at St. Louis Public Radio.
4. In their third and final broadcast debate, Enyart and Plummer spar heatedly over policy differences, personal wealth and truthfulness. Read Jason Rosenbaum’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.
5. Plenty of dominoes would have to fall for Democrats to retake the U.S. House, but Democrats can ill afford to lose traditionally solid seats like Illinois’ 12th District. Read Jason Rosenbaum’s overview in the St. Louis Beacon.
6. Plummer and Enyart courted older adults in different cities in late September, with Enyart emphasizing his affinity for President Barack Obama and Democrats’ defense of Medicare. Plummer criticized the Affordable Care Act and said it would hurt seniors. Read Chris McDaniel’s report for St. Louis Public Radio.
McCaskill Resumes Public Appearances After Mother’s Death
Sen. Claire McCaskill talks to reporters outside of Bayless Elementary. (Photo by Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, criticizing her GOP foe Todd Akin for opposing the federal school lunch program, made her first campaign appearance Tuesday since the death of her mother, saying “part of me feels a little lost” without her.
Read Chris McDaniel’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.
McCaskill Returns To Stump, Assails Akin As An Extremist
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill talks to reporters outside a grade school in the Bayless School District. (Photo by Jo Mannies)
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., returned to the campaign trail Wednesday for the first time since her mother’s death and immediately resumed where she left off – blasting Republican rival Todd Akin as an extremist who even opposes the federal school lunch program.
Read Jo Mannies’ report at the St. Louis Beacon.
Spence: ‘Government Needs To Get Out Of The Way’
Dave Spence, a Republican running for Missouri governor, writes that during the recession, “I found the formula to break that trend and help provide a good living for hundreds of Missourians. With my jobs plan, we can repair the damage that has been done.”
Read Spence’s commentary at the St. Louis Beacon.
Nixon: ‘Get Things Done, Support Those In Need’
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, writes that his state’s credit rating is intact and unemployment is down. “We need to continue … on a fiscally sustainable path, invest in our students and workers, and create a climate where businesses of all sizes can grow.”
Read Nixon’s commentary at the St. Louis Beacon.
The November 6: Six Must-Read Stories And Media Clips About The Akin-McCaskill Race For U.S. Senate
With Missouri no longer a swing state, the marquee race here has been between U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. Once considered one of the most vulnerable members of the Senate, McCaskill rode to the lead in polls after Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments. Here are six links to reporting at Beyond November to help you assess their candidacies leading up to the Nov. 6 election:
1. McCaskill grew up watching the evening news and discussing politics at the dinner table. Read Jo Mannies’ profile at the St. Louis Beacon of a woman who proudly says, “I am not afraid of compromise.” (Reading time: 2 minutes).
2. Akin has framed his quest – much as he has fashioned his life – as a modern-day Minuteman challenging the status quo. Read Jo Mannies’ profile at the St. Louis Beacon. (Reading time: 2 minutes)
3. McCaskill has emphasized her record of advocacy for military veterans and their families. Here is one of her TV ads on veterans issues. (Viewing time: 30 seconds)
4. Akin has been hammering at McCaskill, accusing her and her husband of getting rich off stimulus money. Here is an Akin TV ad titled “Selling Us Out.” (Viewing time: 30 seconds)
5. The Nine Network’s Jim Kirchherr has created a menu of sound bites from a Senate debate in early October. Dine a la carte on the discussion as Akin, McCaskill and Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine deliver opening statements and answers to a wide range of questions. (Viewing time: about 45 minutes)
6. On Oct. 17, Akin and McCaskill met for the second and final time, but this time without Dine. Listen to the debate and read Chris McDaniel’s report at St. Louis Public Radio. (Listening time: 53 minutes)
The November 6: Six Must Read Stories, Videos About The Nixon-Spence Race For Governor
Businessman Dave Spence is carrying the pro-business Republican banner against incumbent Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat who downplays his party affiliation.
Nixon prefers to remain above the fray, working to bring people together. He’s spent millions on TV ads and has courted unions, while Spence has so far spent $6 million of his own money on the campaign.
Here are six links to reporting at Beyond November to help you assess Nixon’s and Spence’s candidacies leading up to the Nov. 6 election:
1. Spence rejects ‘banker’ label put on him by Nixon campaign. Read Jo Mannies’ profile at the St. Louis Beacon. (Reading time: 3 minutes)
2. Nixon may be a Democrat, but he’d prefer that voters not dwell on it. Read Jo Mannies’ profile at the St. Louis Beacon.
3. The Nine Network’s Jim Kirchherr created a menu of sound bites from a debate in early October among Nixon, Spence and Libertarian candidate Jim Higgins. Watch the videos here. (Total viewing time: about 45 minutes)
4. Spence, Nixon wrestle over the state of Missouri’s automobile industry. Read Jo Mannies’ report at the St. Louis Beacon. (Reading time: 2 minutes)
5. In late September, Nixon and Spence met face-to-face for the first time at a Missouri Press forum. Read reports at the St. Louis Beacon and at St. Louis Public Radio. (Reading time: 4 minutes)
6. Nixon says he concentrating on his job, not politics. Read the report here. (Reading time: 1 minute)
Jefferson County Vote Could Determine Key Races
As Jefferson County goes, so goes Missouri. That’s been the case in the past two major elections. Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Todd Akin will be closely watching Jefferson County returns Tuesday, because they could well determine who goes to the Senate.
Read Jo Mannies’ report at the St. Louis Beacon.
Will Young People Rock The Vote Again?
In 2008, young people ages 18 to 29 made up 18 percent of the vote, and the majority voted for President Barack Obama. But with several national polls showing lower voter registration and less enthusiasm, researchers are predicting that youth turnout is likely to decline this year.
Read Kristen Hare’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.