Elections

Missouri voters pick Donald Trump over Joe Biden

BY: - November 3, 2020

President Donald Trump once again easily picked up Missouri’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, cruising to victory over former Vice President Joe Biden in the Show-Me State. The Associated Press called the race for the president shortly after 9:30 p.m. with roughly half the precincts reporting and Trump leading by 20 percentage points — roughly […]

U.S. Justice Department monitoring polling places in 18 states

BY: - November 3, 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Justice will have staffers on the ground in 44 counties and cities across 18 states on Election Day, monitoring for violations of federal voting-rights laws—fewer states than in 2016. The localities this year are in battlegrounds like Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The deployment of personnel […]

Can Missourians turn in unsent mail-in ballots at the polls? Depends on where you live

BY: - November 3, 2020

Lauri Ealom was still hard at work at the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners office on Friday at 7 p.m. ― as was most of the staff.  And, they were exhausted. “This is a nightmare,” said Ealom, the board’s Democratic director, in a phone call with The Independent Friday night. “This particular election has […]

Election Day: Missouri governor, redistricting among high stakes choices on the ballot

BY: - November 3, 2020

There’s a lot at stake as Missourians head to the polls today. Who will be the state’s governor for the next four years? Will the historically GOP-friendly suburbs turn blue? How should districts be drawn for the next decade of state legislative races?  With unprecedented early voting, experts are predicting huge turnout.  So what’s on […]

Six Missouri Democrats on Biden list of top fundraisers

BY: - November 2, 2020

St. Louis politicos with decades of experience and a Kansas City businesswoman who deals in luxury home furnishings are among the top Missouri fundraisers for former Vice President Joe Biden’s general election campaign. Biden posted the list of hundreds of people who helped raise $100,000 or more for his campaign and “affiliated fundraising joint committees” […]

Missouri Election Day FAQ: What you need to know to make sure your vote counts

BY: - November 2, 2020

Across Missouri, local election officials have received 628,395 mail-in and absentee ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s Oct. 27 report. Already, that’s more than twice the total absentee ballots counted in the November 2016 election. While many Missourians have already voted by mail or in-person absentee, many more will head out to the polls […]

Struggle for control of the U.S. Senate enters its final tense hours

BY: and - November 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats have a shot at winning the White House,  capturing the Senate majority and keeping their hold on the House—an election result that could dramatically shift the policy agenda away from the gridlock that’s gripped the nation’s capital for years. In the Senate, the clearest route to that outcome is through flipping GOP-held […]

COMMENTARY

Why Americans are so enamored with election polls

BY: - November 2, 2020

The Republican pollster Frank Luntz warned on Twitter and elsewhere the other day that if preelection polls in this year’s presidential race are embarrassingly wrong again, “then the polling industry is done.” It was quite the forecast. While it is possible the polls will misfire, it’s exceedingly unlikely that such failure would cause the opinion […]

Missouri hospitals urge Gov. Parson to take action to stave off deepening COVID crisis

BY: - October 31, 2020

Rural hospitals are facing a “transfer crisis,” with urban health centers refusing COVID-19 patients who need more care than can be provided locally, administrators told Gov. Mike Parson and other state leaders Thursday in a conference call. Administrators called on Parson to issue a statewide mask mandate to signal that the COVID-19 pandemic in smaller […]

Gov. Mike Parson and State Auditor Nicole Galloway

Missouri governor campaign spending down from 2016 — so far

BY: - October 30, 2020

The first campaign for governor under the contribution limits imposed by voters in 2016 is less expensive than it was four years ago, but following the money requires additional steps to determine the original source of the dollars. Through Wednesday, the official campaign committees of incumbent Republican Gov. Mike Parson and his Democratic challenger, State […]

Crime vs. COVID: Parson, Galloway make closing arguments in Missouri governor’s race

BY: - October 30, 2020

In their final push to election day, Republican Gov. Mike Parson and his Democratic challenger, State Auditor Nicole Galloway, aim to turn out base voters and win over undecided Missourians by linking their opponent to unpopular policies of others. For Parson, that means an emphasis on supporting law enforcement over protesters demanding police reforms and […]

COMMENTARY

Handful of Missouri legislative races will determine fate of GOP super majorities

BY: - October 29, 2020

First things first, there’s one thing that’s absolutely certain: Missouri Republicans are in no danger of losing their legislative majorities. When the 101st Missouri General Assembly convenes in January, the GOP will still dominate both the House and Senate. But the outcome of Tuesday’s legislative elections around the state could still have long-lasting consequences. If […]