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Beer heiress Trudy Busch Valentine captures Missouri Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate

BY: and - August 2, 2022

Anheuser-Busch heiress Trudy Busch Valentine won the Democratic nomination for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, defeating her closest rival, former Marine Lucas Kunce. With nearly all precincts reporting, Busch had won 43% of the vote, compared to 38% for Kunce. Throughout her campaign, Valentine has said working as a nurse and experiencing immense grief […]

Candidates’ ties to Missouri reform schools facing abuse allegations draw fresh scrutiny

BY: and - July 21, 2022

At first, Robert Bucklin was optimistic. A former student of Agape Boarding School in Stockton, Bucklin is among numerous students who have accused the Christian boarding school and its staff of physical and sexual abuse. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt launched an investigation into the school and ultimately recommended 65 criminal counts against 22 staff. […]

Missouri Democrat Senate hopefuls discuss abolishing the filibuster, Medicare for all

BY: - July 19, 2022

Trudy Busch Valentine was the only one against Medicare For All.  Spencer Toder wants to investigate the U.S. Supreme Court justices who said they would uphold abortion rights and then overtuned Roe v. Wade.  Lucas Kunce suggested far more incremental policies than most candidates to curb gun violence.  And nearly all of the nine candidates […]

‘Doing well by doing good:’ Spencer Toder aims for impact in Missouri U.S. Senate race

BY: - July 13, 2022

His name tag said he was a candidate for U.S. Senate, but you wouldn’t have guessed Spencer Toder was running for anything. As he made his way through the Black Wall Street 314 Festival in Wellston Loop in St. Louis last month, Toder spent nearly all his time asking questions instead of asking for votes. […]

Missouri Democratic Senate debate called off after Valentine ignored requests to participate

BY: - July 7, 2022

A scheduled television debate between two of the leading candidates for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination has been postponed due to lack of response to invitations by Anheuser-Busch heiress Trudy Busch Valentine. Scott Diener, news director for KMOV in St. Louis, issued a statement on Twitter expressing disappointment that Valentine “has not even responded to […]

Trudy Busch Valentine reports up to $215M in wealth, $30M in income on federal filing

BY: - July 5, 2022

Trudy Busch Valentine, heir to a share of the Busch family beer fortune, confirmed in a federal disclosure filing Sunday that she is not personally a billionaire. But she is, by far, the wealthiest candidate for Missouri’s open Senate seat. Valentine reported assets between $67.5 million and $214.7 million in the 38-page personal financial disclosure […]

Lesser-known candidates struggle for spotlight in Missouri Senate primaries

BY: - June 13, 2022

You know Eric and Eric and David and Billy, Mark and Lucas and Trudy and Vicky. But do you recall the rest of the field at all? If not, it might be surprising to find out that Missouri’s Senate race this year drew 34 entrants. Only four will make it to the general election, including […]

Democrat Senate hopeful in Missouri faces backlash over NRA fundraiser at family estate

BY: - June 1, 2022

Democratic Senate hopeful Trudy Busch Valentine says she convinced the board she serves on that oversees her family’s St. Louis estate to cancel a fundraiser for the National Rifle Association scheduled for September. News of the fundraiser was first revealed Tuesday by The Intercept and drew intense backlash from Democrats, coming so soon after a […]

Opioid death of son inspires first agenda item for Democratic Senate candidate

BY: - May 23, 2022

Matt Valentine was 499 days sober in a court-supervised diversion program when painkillers taken for a broken nose triggered a long-term addiction. He died of an overdose in August 2020. When beer heiress Trudy Busch Valentine announced her campaign for U.S. Senate, she pointed to her son’s 2020 overdose death as a key motivation for […]

In Senate race full of millionaires, Missouri must wait to see finances of newest entrant

BY: - April 15, 2022

There are several millionaires seeking Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat, financial disclosure reports show. But voters won’t see the finances of the only likely billionaire in the race until July. Trudy Busch Valentine, a Democrat and Anheuser Busch beer heiress who jumped into the race during the final days of filing, on Monday filed for […]

Jack Danforth wants to find an independent candidate to run for U.S. Senate in Missouri

BY: - February 18, 2022

Former Sen. Jack Danforth is looking for a centrist Republican to run an independent race for the U.S. Senate this year in Missouri  — and said Friday there would be “a lot of resources” to help the campaign. Danforth, who left the Senate in 1994 after three terms, enlisted a polling firm, Miami-based Bendixen & […]

Missouri Democrats back Biden agenda, tout path to victory in U.S. Senate debate

BY: - November 4, 2021

Six Missouri Democrats running to be their party’s U.S. Senate nominee shared a debate stage for the first time Wednesday night, with each voicing support for the president’s stalled domestic agenda and laying out what they see as a path to victory in a state dominated by the GOP. The candidates  — Air Force veteran […]