Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Lembke had defended his seat several times previously.
Democrat Scott Sifton, in a close race, succesfully challenged incumbent Missouri State Sen. Jim Lembke. Sifton said Lembke had defeated Democrats Joan Barry, Mike Allen, Jeff Wagner and Bob Burns, who ran against Lembke in previous races and won "by a handfull of votes." See more photos from the Democratic election night watch party on Maplewood-Brentwood Patch Facebook. Sifton was at the Genesis Banquet Center in South County Tuesday night to watch the returns with about a hundred supporters. He attributed his win to the makeup of the district changing as lines were redrawn last year. Missouri's 1st Senate district was redrawn to include some mid-county parts of St. Louis County, including Maplewood, Webster Groves and Rock Hill, as well…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sen. Claire McCaskill is the projected winner of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, defeating Republican challenger Rep. Todd Akin.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has defeated Republican challenger Todd Akin in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri. With 55 percent of the precincts counted on the Missouri Secretary of State's website, unofficial results show McCaskill currently winning by more than 138,000 votes as of 10:10 p.m. Ballots are still being counted in Missouri. McCaskill delivered her victory speech to a cheering crowd of supporters at the Chase Park Plaza at 10 p.m. "With a stubborn determination, tenacity and refusal to give up, we showed the country what Missouri is made of," McCaskill said. McCaskill thanked her supporters during her speech, and went on to mention her mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, who died in the final days of the campaign on Oct. 29. "There…
Sifton's campaign let Patch know when and where he'd be voting, so we got a pic and a few words.
Missouri Senate 1st District candidate Scott Sifton voted at Lutheran South High School, in Affton this morning, and gave Patch a heads up. He said he was going to a nursing home after voting, getting a bite to eat, then spending the rest of the day outside polls before the watch party at Genesis Banquet Center. After that (if he wins, Patch asked), he’ll show up for work at his law office. “I’ll be at my desk as long as I can, and probably taking a lot of calls and reaching out,” Sifton said. “Obviously we’ve got a lot of legislation we want to get pulled together. He said there’s work to do on bills, as 96th Distric Rep., that were in progress at the end of the session. “Even though I’ve done quite a bit in the house, the senate is that …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Campaign confirms the Missouri Senator has called off campaign events for the remainder of the week.
A campaign spokeswoman confirmed late Tuesday afternoon to Patch that Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is off the campaign trail for the rest of the week as her family rallies around her ailing mother, Betty Anne, 84. Earlier, the campaign told the Associated Press that "McCaskill and her siblings plan to be with their mother around-the-clock at the hospital and requested prayers and privacy," at a St. Louis hospital's Intensive Care Unit. Her Republican opponent, U.S. Representative Todd Akin, tweeted a link to the AP story along with words of support. "Our thoughts & prayers are with @clairecmc and her mother," the message said.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The final debate in Clayton between Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Rep. Todd Akin drew heavy conversation on Twitter Thursday night.
Incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill faced off tonight against challenger Rep. Todd Akin at Clayton High School. The event began at 7 p.m. and was aired live on KSDK NewsChannel 5. The race has been hotly contested with its fair share of national coverage since Akin's remarks in August regarding legitimate rape. Dueling poll numbers released this week claim a lead for both candidates. What did you think of tonight's debate? Tell us in the comments.
The debate is sold out, but will air live on KSDK Channel 5 at 7 p.m.
The town hall debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney isn't the only big debate this week. Incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill faces off against challenger Rep. Todd Akin tonight at Clayton High School. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be aired live on KSDK NewsChannel 5. The debate is sponsored by KSDK, the School District of Clayton, the St. Louis Business Journal and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. According to KSDK, all of the tickets for the debate have been handed out but there will be a waiting list for anyone who still wants a seat. To put yourself on the list, call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at 314-726-3033. The race has been hotly contested with its fair share of national coverage …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The two candidates will vie for the newly-drawn State Senate district, which includes South County, Webster Groves, Maplewood and Brentwood.
Democratic voters chose the more liberal candidate when Scott Sifton (D-Affton) defeated Sue Schoemehl in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Sifton will face Republican incumbent Sen. Jim Lembke in November. The newly-drawn State Senate District 1 added Webster Groves, Maplewood and parts of Brentwood to South County. More than 40 percent of the district is new, and has historically voted Democratic. Sifton won by 1,208 votes and tallied 54.94 percent of the Democratic ballots. “It’s been a long time since Affton has had a state senator and I hope we can have one from Affton in November,” Sifton said after thanking his volunteers Tuesday night at Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves. Sifton said his pro-choice stance along with his refusal to take …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Here's what you need to know about what's on the ballot in Affton and Shrewsbury.
The August primary is today and voters will select candidates to represent their parties at the state and local levels in November. They'll also select their township committeepersons. Affton-Shrewsbury Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. We'll have live coverage of the election as the results come in. Polling places are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and here's where you can vote. Missouri House of Representatives 94th District (Mehlville, Green Park and parts of Concord): Republican incumbent Cloria Brown faces Tim Hotop in the August primary. The winner will face Democrat Vicki Lorenz-Englund in November. 93rd District (Lemay and parts of Affton): Democrats Bob Burns and Joe Montecillo…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Missouri Senate gave an initial thumbs-up to legislation that would allow employers to deny coverage for contraceptive services. Do you agree?
In the wake of a massive Jefferson City rally over the issue, the Missouri state Senate this week gave initial approval to legislation that would allow employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptive services if they have religious or moral objections. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered the issue this week with a story that quoted several St. Louis-area residents who attended the rally in the Missouri Capitol. Area residents such as John Jost from Chesterfield and Terri Booher from Florissant framed the issue as one of religious freedom: "Congress shall pass no law prohibiting the free exercise of my religion,” the Post quoted Jost as saying. “End of story. Stay out of my religion.” Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, the legislation's …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
There are still unresolved legal issues in the effort to draw new political lines.
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-Affton) and Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield), have not been …