Tuesday, August 7, 2012
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin wins the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. Businessman Dave Spence wins the GOP nomination for governor.
A state constitutional amendment touted as a "right to pray" provision has won by better than a four-to-one margin. Proponents say Amendment 2 protects the right of Missourians to pray in public. Opponents of the measure say those protections are already guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and the amendment would be a boon for lawyers, who will battle in court over unintended consequences spawned by the provision. Meanwhile in the race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, has won. The Springfield News-Leader declared Akin the winner with about 80 percent of votes tallied. Akin faced down challengers Sarah Steelman, the former state treasurer, and businessman John Brunner has 29 percent. In the race for the …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Patch 'Blue Arch' participants favored the Frontenac businessman over U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman.
The re-election campaign of Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has made headlines for a television ad strategy that goes after each of the three main Republican contenders in the GOP primary. Political observers have wondered aloud if the ad approach shines more favorably on U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in hopes that the Wildwood Republican emerges in Tuesday's election. But a Patch Blue Arch survey out Monday indicates Democrats may be most concerned if businessman John Brunner defeats Akin and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman. More than 50 influential Democrats were asked using an automated survey tool what they thought about a variety of questions tied to the Senate primary, among other topics. Twenty-nine responses were collected, and…
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Use of Marine Corps logo may be in violation of military trademark guidelines.
John Brunner's United States Senate campaign is taking a United States Marine Corps logo off a campaign bus after Creve Coeur Patch questioned if the logo may have been used in violation of Marine Corps trademark guidelines. Brunner served in the Marines as an Infantry Officer, rose to the rank of Captain, and leans on his military experience on the campaign stump and in advertising. Check out the Patch Election Guide ahead of Tuesday's Primary But according to the Marine Corps Trademark and Licensing Program, using the branch's logo as the Brunner campaign has with a small logo on the rear of a campaign bus, could be considered a problem. I'm running for a political office and am a former Marine. Can I use Marine Corps trademarks on my …
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Candidates are pushing their 'Get Out The Vote' message hard in the last days of the Primary campaign.
John Brunner has spent a considerable amount of time and his own personal fortune, criss-crossing the state of Missouri and advertising his candidacy in the U.S. Senate primary. Now, with Tuesday's election fast-approaching, it's down to motivating volunteers to scratch for every vote, trying to make sure "Get Out The Vote" efforts are cranked up to get people to the polls. That was the order of the night Friday at the campaign's headquarters in Creve Coeur as the candidate rallied his team. The event was a far-cry from the much-hyped appearance Friday in Kansas City by former GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who came to Missouri to support former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman's campaign. "It's not about celebrities coming in," …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Brunner was the headliner in a handful of local and state candidates that spoke at the library.
Two dozen GOP faithful showed up for a meeting Wednesday at the Maplewood Public Library sponsored by the Hadley Township Republicans. John Brunner, candidate for U.S. Senate was the main attraction, but a handful of candidates or their representative were there as well. John Judd was representing Senator Jim Lembke, running for reelection in the 1st District. Jaci Winship was there for Dave Spence, candidate for governor. Isaac Roberts represented Sarah Steelman, running against Brunner for U.S. Senate. Becky Davidson represented Bill Randles, for governor. Robyn Hamlin, running for Congress in the 1st Congressional District, was there in person. Carol Riess, a candidate for Republican Committeewoman for Hadley Township and Elizabeth …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman faces businessman John Brunner and U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in next month's primary.
Sarah Steelman has made efforts throughout her bid for the GOP nomination to be the next U.S. Senator from Missouri to draw "Maverick" comparisons between herself and Sarah Palin, the party's 2008 Vice Presidential candidate. Tuesday afternoon, the Steelman campaign announced it had won her endorsement and released a statement from the former Alaska Governor: As we seek to fundamentally restore our great nation to strength and prosperity, we must send more commonsense conservatives to the U.S. Senate. We need sincere public servants who will fight for us, not the special interests and the permanent political class in Washington. Sarah Steelman will fight for all of Missouri and all of us, and that is why we must send her to D.C. this fall…
Monday, July 16, 2012
The inaugural Red Arch survey asked more than 50 influential Republicans questions tied to the GOP primary.
If the election were held today, political insiders in Missouri say U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-Wildwood) would narrowly edge businessman John Brunner for their support for the Republican nomination to face U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. That's the main finding of the inaugural Red Arch survey conducted by Missouri Patch sites. More than 50 influential Republicans, primarily from the St. Louis area, were asked using an automated survey tool what they thought about a variety of questions relating to the U.S. Senate primary race. Thirty-three responses were collected. A majority (51.5 percent) of respondents said they would back Rep. Akin over Brunner (45.5 percent) if the election were held today. Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The publication reported Tuesday that the U.S. Senate candidate's company was late paying taxes on an aircraft.
Until now, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) had been the source of controversy this election cycle over well-documented problems with paying taxes on an aircraft. But Tuesday, citing information provided by a "Democratic operative" the website Politico reported that John Brunner (R-Frontenac) was late paying his property taxes for a plane owned by his company, Vi-Jon Services. Check out Politico reporter David Catanese's reporting on the issue, including response from the Brunner campaign. Does this disclosure change your opinion of the race at all? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Brunner is one of eight candidates seeking the GOP nomination to face Claire McCaskill.
Name : Mr. John G. Brunner Date of birth : 08 December 1951 Place of residence : Frontenac Attended college : Yes College : Harding College Degree : Bachelor's Year of graduation : 1973 University : Washington University in St. Louis Degree : MBA Year of graduation : Has served in the military: Yes Rank : Marine Infantry Officer Date when discharged from duty : 01 January 1970 Job titles held : President and CEO Employers : Vi-Jon Laboratories Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: Federal office Running for position: United States Senate Chamber/district: Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA Address 12637 Olive Blvd St. Louis MO 63141 Name : Jon Seaton Title : Campaign Manager …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Republican candidates talked about the economy, health care and Mitt Romney Friday night at Washington University in St. Louis.
With just over a month until voters determine which Republican will face U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in November, the trio of top GOP contenders sparred Friday night in a debate seen across the state of Missouri. The debate, featuring U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), Frontenac businessman John Brunner and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, was held at Washington University's Edison Theater and carried by KMOV-TV in St. Louis and KCTV-TV in Kansas City. Steelman, speaking second in the debate's opening statements after Brunner, was the first to mention McCaskill and President Barack Obama by name, making not-so-subtle jabs at the Senator's foibles in recent years with private aircraft and tax issues. Questions came from social media …