Let us not say “Au Revoir,” Russ Carnahan.
Let us instead say,”Good-bye.” The local CBS affiliate called Missouri’s First District Democratic primary race for William Lacy Clay, and I don’t think anybody can really dispute it. Which is a tragedy, for it means that I can no longer use this photo: As God is my witness, this is not a Photoshop. Open thread for election results. Moe Lane
How much longer can Claire McCaskill last in Missouri?
If you’re a Democrat, then the latest poll from Mason-Dixon should not be combined with alcohol and/or used in conjunction with heavy machinery: she’s not just losing. John Brunner beats her 52/41; Sarah Steelman, 49/42; and Todd Akin 49/44. And that’s registered voters. These are the kinds of numbers that you’d expect to see from a challenger; an incumbent that far underwater needs an exit | Read More »
RS Interview: Martin Baker (R CAND, MO-01 PRI).
While the showdown between rival Democratic incumbents Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay – in what promises to be one of the most vicious internecine battles of the 2012 primary season – may be the most public news coming out of Missouri’s First District, it remains true that the seat will be contested in November by the Republicans. We spoke a couple of days ago with | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Sarah Steelman (R CAND, MO-SEN PRI).
Sarah Steelman is one of the candidates running for the Republican nomination for Senate in Missouri – which is, of course, a prime nomination to have, considering that sitting Senate Claire McCaskill is widely expected to be a prominent member of the next wave of Democratic politicians slated to die the political True Death for the greater glory of Obamacare. We spoke for a bit | Read More »
MO Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) cuts and runs.
It’s official: the last remaining ostensibly politically viable member of the once-powerful Carnahan dynasty has decided to not seek a third term. I say ‘ostensibly’ because it was actually unclear that Robin Carnahan was ever going to recover from her humiliating shellacking at the hands of Roy Blunt in last year’s MO-SEN race (13 points is pretty bad). And I say ‘last remaining’ because her | Read More »
Missouri GOP, African-Americans kill Russ Carnahan’s seat.
This could very well be the prettiest redistricting map that you’re going to see this cycle: You see, Missouri is in an interesting place where the state is: losing a Congressional seat; just coming off an election cycle where they flipped a seat to the GOP (making the current ratio 6 GOP / 3 DEM); and in possession of an almost veto-proof Republican legislature. So, | Read More »
Missouri AG Chris Koster’s (D) cynical fight against Obamacare.
He’s not fully joining the fight against Obamacare – Koster has issued an amicus curiae brief in modified support of the Florida Obamacare lawsuit, instead of joining it – but he’s easily the most prominent Democrat on the state level to break with his party on Obamacare. This is partially probably due to Missouri’s emphatic rejection of Obamacare last year (via Proposition C), and partially | Read More »
Missouri redistricting hurts Russ Carnahan.
The below is being floated as a potential redistricting map for Missouri: I’ll summarize the changes as follows: Missouri loses a district, thanks to the 2010 Census. On the Republican side, Vicki Hartzler is liking this map least: she had some R areas taken away from her and given to Emanuel Cleaver, and has been given some D areas from Luetkemeyer. On the other hand, | Read More »
Sen. McCaskill: “We have paid every dime of our taxes.”
That is, McCaskill said that she did, back in 2006 (via Hot Air Headlines): For those who don’t remember the initial controversy mentioned in the ad, McCaskill’s husband was linked to some extraordinarily poorly-operated Missouri nursing homes at the same time that McCaskill herself had oversight over Missouri nursing homes as Missouri State Auditor. As you can see, back in 2006 McCaskill vehemently denied any | Read More »
Did Sen. McCaskill (MO) backstab Gov. Perdue (NC)?
(H/T: Say Anything) having St. Louis for the 2012 Democratic convention, on the rationale that having the convention in Missouri would be the equivalent of painting a big electoral target on her back for all those awful, awful Tea Partiers. Which is… interesting. First off, I’m pretty sure that Missouri Republicans – which had a decent-to-good run last year (cemented control of the state legislature, | Read More »
It’s been an interesting week for Missouri, so I thought that I’d look at the races that matter on the federal level (all of the Republican-held House seats in Missouri are pretty much safe at this point). In order: MO-SEN: It would seem that Robin Carnahan’s desire to distance herself from the President is hurting her with a critical segment of Democratic voters: African-Americans, who | Read More »
Connecting the dots on the Missouri wind farm payoff.
The video is largely self-explanatory, but here is the time-line, with links. Tom Carnahan owns a company called Wind Capital Group, which (unsurprisingly) produces wind energy. Wind power is a type of alternate energy beloved of environmental fundamentalists except when it’s in sight of private Nantucket compounds, or controlled by Native Americans. Although this might change, as the motivating/indulging force in each case died last | Read More »
Meet Vicky Hartzler (R CAND, MO-04).
This would have been up yesterday, except that YouTube rather spectacularly melted down when it comes to updates. Vicky is running against Ike Skelton, who has been less and less successful in pretending to be a conservative over the years; Vicky is doing her best to resolve this dilemma for the incumbent. Vicky’s site is here. The race is considered competitive, which is pretty impressive | Read More »
Meet Ed Martin (R CAND, MO-03).
Ed is running against Russ “Yes, he really does look like that” Carnahan, who is mostly known (publicly) for his last name and (privately) for his growing disinterest in keeping the job. I’m not being cute, here: I’ve heard from several different Missouri political types that Russ Carnahan doesn’t even really want to be a Congressman anymore… which is kind of fortuitous, because Ed Martin | Read More »
Somebody tried to set Russ Carnahan’s office on fire.
If you are surprised to hear this, yes, well, it was a surprise for me too. It happened last weekend, in fact. Somebody threw an incendiary device in Carnahan’s office causing (thankfully) only minor damage: there was an arrest, but the guy was apparently let go. And… that’s pretty much everything that’s known about the situation. If that sounds odd to you, you’re not the | Read More »
Robin Carnahan campaign apologizes for attack.
It seems that one of their campaign’s guys (Kansas City Councilman Bill Skaggs) got a little grabby and profane with a Republican video tracker. By that I mean that Skaggs apparently laid hands on the video tracker, threatened him, swore at him (not bleeped out on the video below, so keep that in mind), and called him ‘boy’*. Funny how these people hate being on | Read More »
Why the White House needs to worry about Proposition C.
Read up on reports of the results of Tuesday’s vote on Missouri’s Proposition C* and you’re going to notice what James Taranto did: there’s an urge to declare the vote ‘largely symbolic‘ (amusingly, this includes Taranto’s own Wall Street Journal, or at least the portions of it that aren’t part of the opinion section). This is generally political-speak for ‘the voting public just kicked our | Read More »
BAM! POW! BLUNT! MO-SEN!
Sorry, just getting into the spirit of things: Personally, I would have said that the Adam West Batman was far too cool and sophisticated to be associated with Robin Carnahan; she’s much more identifiable with the infamous Batman & Robin version. Still, doing it this way let us watch men in suits fight with farm implements, so I supposed that it’s for the best. Moe | Read More »
Rep. Ike Skelton (D, MO) has forgotten all he learned once of national security.
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Remember: Ike Skelton is supposed to be one of their smart ones; one of the few remaining people that the Democrats can trot out whenever they need to try to persuade the populace that Democrats have a clue about national security. So, when he says something like this: Added Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (Mo.): “They caught him. They caught | Read More »
Ah, Robin Carnahan? Nothing ever goes away.
(All links via 24thState, which is pretty much your go-to site for Missouri politics these days.) On the Internet, that is. So, when the Blunt campaign (accurately) notes that you were ““a banking executive” in Washington at the government’s Export-Import Bank,” and you argue instead that your “position in the 1990s was assistant to the chairman” – thus suggesting that you were in fact not | Read More »