Monday, November 5, 2012
With the election only one day away, it's time to fess up: Whether it's Akin, McCaskill, Spence, Nixon or someone else, which political ad will you be happy to see go?
You know the drill. The somber music plays in the background while a deep voice shares a fearful message about a candidate seeking election. Occasionally, a few seconds might be reserved afterward for an inspiring message from that candidate's challenger. These so-called attack ads have grown more prevalent as we've moved closer to the Nov. 6 election. In the U.S. Senate race, an ad from Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood) contains a voice that connects Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to President Barack Obama. The voice references McCaskill's support of the Affordable Care Act and her endorsement of the president in 2008. An ad from McCaskill takes a similar approach in connecting her opponent to the 2012 presidential campaign. The ad begins by …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Governor Jay Nixon and others battle perception that Mitt Romney could give Republicans a lift in Missouri on election day.
One day after most of the statewide Republican Party ticket made its way to St. Louis County with a rally in Valley Park, Democrats, led by Governor Jay Nixon, gathered outside a Town and Country-area labor hall to urge on volunteers in the closing days of the campaign. Nixon, Lieutenant Governor candidate Susan Montee, State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, Attorney General Chris Koster and Secretary of State candidate Jason Kander were at the The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Hall in unincorporated St. Louis County just north of Manchester Road after many of them had been at a Webster Groves rally featuring former U.S. Representative Dick Gephardt. Nixon, who played ringleader for the event, said that between Saturday …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The latest Blue Arch survey of Democratic activists asked about the party's slate of candidates for statewide office November 6.
Democrats are overwhelmingly confident that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will be re-elected to a second term in Jefferson City. They are pessimistic that a Democrat will occupy the office that is second in line. In the latest unscientific Patch Blue Arch survey conducted Thursday through Saturday morning, 21 activists, current and former officials, and voters responded to questions about the party's statewide ticket. When asked "Which statewide candidate are you most confident will win in November," 81 percent answered Jay Nixon, who is running against St. Louis area businessman Dave Spence, a political newcomer. Chris Koster received 14 point 3 percent and 4.8 percent answered Clint Zweifel. Why? Democrats said it is because Nixon is …
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 …
Monday, September 24, 2012
The latest "Blue Arch" survey of Missouri Democrats focuses on the party's statewide candidates.
With just more than 40 days left until the November election, Missouri Democrats are confident in Governor Jay Nixon's chances for re-election but by a wide margin are worried about former State Auditor Susan Montee as she tries to unseat Republican incumbent Peter Kinder from the Lieutenant Governor's office. Those were the main findings of the most recent survey of Democrats as part of the Patch Blue Arch project, which asks current and former lawmakers, activists, voters and other party "influencers" in the weeks and months leading up to November's election. The non-scientific survey was conducted September 17-21 and received 29 responses. When asked "Which statewide candidate are you most confident will win in November," 69 percent …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill that widened the reach of the state's No-Call Law to cover personal cell phones, and Ballwin and Ellisville residents may wish to register their numbers.
Attorney General Chris Koster said late last week that Missouri’s No Call Law has been expanded to cover personal cell phones in addition to residential land lines. Missourians may now register their cell phone numbers on his website at ago.mo.gov or by phone at 1-866-662-2551. More than 61,000 have registered their numbers so far. Koster is quoted in the press release: “Wherever I go in this state, I’m asked one question more than any other … ‘When can I put my cell phone on the no call list?’ The answer is, today,” Koster said, as Governor Nixon signed House Bill 1549 into law. Read the complete press release from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Rick Santorum surges; meanwhile, Ed Martin and Chris Koster make news in the state attorney general race.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Campaigns these days can no longer just rely on advertisements and direct mail to deliver a message. They also need to have a quick-fire presence on the Web. That aforementioned statement is not necessarily revolutionary. Campaigns have utilized the Web as both a messaging tool and an opposition research mechanism for more than a decade. But with more and more people getting information about politics and politicians through the Web, the demand is high for manpower to update Twitter pages, fill Facebook pages, manage e-mail lists and organize YouTube videos. For instance, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced – via, of course, Twitter – that Blue State Digital’s Alex Kellner would be joining her re-election campaign as a digital director…