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    December 14, 2012

    Akin $270K in Debt from Failed Senate Bid

    The Federal Election Commission released its post-general election report yesterday. All the giddy spending of election season has settled into the cold, harsh reality of paying for it all. Especially if you lost. It's as though post-Christmas gloom has come three weeks early! The news is especial ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    15 Presidential Debate Dinner Ideas Inspired By Obama and Romney Campaign Spending

    Last week Politico broke down information from a recent review of Federal Election Commission reports detailing Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's campaign spending. It contains everything from office supplies and gas expenses to which hotels and restaurants the respective campaigns patronize most often ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    John Brunner Officially Enters U.S. Senate Race

    Albert SamahaJohn Brunner's anti-establishment credentials make him a formidable candidate in the GOP Senate primary.​ Updated 11:30 a.m. to show that FEC guidelines do not make a distinction between money spent from contributions and money spent out of pocket when it comes to campaign disclosure ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    How Much Does American Crossroads Hate Claire McCaskill?

    Watch your back, Claire. They're already out to get you.​You may have heard that Claire McCaskill, Missouri's senior senator, is running for re-election in 2012. She doesn't know who her Republican opponent is yet. (Congressman Todd Akin and former state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate S ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Missouri Democratic Party Files Complaint vs. Joe the Plumber, But Why?

    ​So, I'm a little late to the game here. The reason? I just can't get my head around the latest political skirmish pitting the Missouri Democratic Party against Joe the Plumber and G.O.P. Senate hopeful Chuck Purgason. Purgason, something of Tea Party extremist (though grudgingly appreciated here ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Dana Loesch's Husband Calls $2,500 Check From Ed Martin a "Non-Story"; Tutors Daily RFT on Journalism

    Photo: Jennifer SilverbergChris and Dana Loesch: Got each others back.​I just got off the phone with Chris Loesch, the husband of Tea Party personality Dana Loesch. Chris is upset with a post I published yesterday drawing attention to a $2,500 check that Republican candidate Ed Martin's campaign p ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Steve Brown's Decision to Wear the Wire "Came Without Hesitation"

    Steve Brown was sentenced to two years' probation and a $40,000 fine. Jeff Smith got a year in prison and must pay a $50,000 fine. ​In a letter to U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson, former state rep. Steve Brown's wife, Rebecca Brown, stated she is "deeply disappointed" by her husband's illegal ac ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    The Dead Guy in Smith Case Speaks. Sort Of.

    At yesterday's federal sentencing of Jeff Smith, U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson noted her receipt of numerous letters asking for leniency for the former state senator. Jackson said she never counted the missives, but estimated that they well could have totaled 100. Jackson also referenced a lone ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Former Senator Jeff Smith Will Likely Go to the Marion, Illinois, Clinker

    Jeff Smith remains free on bond -- until he gets the letter from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons telling him where and when to report. ​Susan Uchitelle wanted Jeff Smith to do more community service at Confluence Academy. Vince Estrada wanted the former poli-sci instructor for Washington University to ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Jeff Smith Campaign Documentary Makes for An Interesting Post-Mortem, Particularly in the Case of the Dead Campaign Worker Caught Up in Smith's Crime

    ​Somebody told Daily RFT there was a striking moment in Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? when an independent campaign consultant talked about what a nice, smart, capable guy Jeff Smith is -- but that to win in politics the then-29-year-old needed to get more cutthroat. We couldn't find sai ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Jeff Smith's Resignation Letter

    Note: Below is the unedited letter Jeff Smith sent out to supporters following his guilty pleas Tuesday to two charges of obstructing a federal investigation. ​Dear Friend, Today, with great sadness and regret, I am resigning from the Missouri Senate. ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Former State Senator Jeff Smith Facing 20 Years in Prison, Maybe More

    ​A little over a month ago, Jeff Smith was still considered a rising star in Missouri Democratic politics. Now his political career is more than likely over. Smith admitted in federal court today that he tried to cover up his involvement in a federal elections violation not once -- but twice. Smit ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    What the Post-Dispatch Missed About Milton "Skip" Ohlsen

    Ohlsen's mug shot as it appears in an arrest report from March 2008 when police in Ladue found him in possession of a stolen .40 caliber Glock handgun. ​If you didn't see it yesterday, the Post-Dispatch ran a front-page article on Milton "Skip" Ohlsen, the man behind a federal probe into state Sen ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Ohlsen's Former Wife Testified that He Was Behind "Voters for Truth", Used Multiple Aliases

    Jeff Smith​The former wife of Milton "Skip" Ohlsen testified last year that her ex-husband operated Voters for Truth, the political committee at the center of a federal probe into state Senator Jeff Smith (D - St. Louis) and state Rep. Steve Brown (D - Clayton).  Smith and Brown are reportedl ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Milton "Skip" Ohlsen -- The Man Behind State Sen. Jeff Smith's Possible Downfall

    Ohlsen arrested last summer for an outstanding warrant. ​Last time I reported on Milton "Skip" Ohlsen was back in February when he'd just been indicted on gun charges and mortgage fraud. Back then, a source of mine hinted that Ohlsen might make news again on an unrelated matter but couldn't go int ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Thursday, April 9: Morning's Newz

    A few parents in the Ritenour School District are enraged about an incident last week when the bus carrying their children's baseball team was pulled over by the enraged coach of the opposing team. Apparently the coach thought that some players on the other team stole money from the locker room.&nbs ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    Some Missouri Campaign Contribution Numbers to Crunch on Super Tuesday

    If you hew to the axioms that voters tend to punch their ballots where they place their money and that Missouri is the bellwether of the nation, then the next president of the United States will be…Mitt Romney. As of December 30, by the calculations of the Federal Election Commission, Romney had c ... More >>

  • News

    December 14, 2005

    Rapid Fire

    Where's the line between political blogging and political journalism?

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    October 27, 2004

    Farr Out Campaign

    A loose-lipped former train conductor is looking to get his long-shot congressional bid on track

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    July 28, 2004

    The Absurd Third

    Last-minute campaign shenanigans mark the final days in the race to replace Dick

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    January 21, 2004

    Cowboy Him

    A hometown boy's skills on the open range could win him $25K, Mariano Favazza offers a money-back guarantee, and Unreal gets to the seat of the issue at the new ballpark; plus, won't someone from the STL break the marathon-bowling record?

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    May 21, 2003

    Purple Power

    In less than four years, Grant Williams has turned a weak union local into one of Missouri's most potent political forces. So why's he placing all his bets on One-Term Bob?

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    February 20, 2002

    Herky Jerk

    Doe Run's owner has done this before -- and that has regulators braced for trouble

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    October 3, 2001

    The Ethics Omission

    Enforcers of Missouri's campaign-finance laws would rather hide than seek.

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    November 1, 2000

    Joker's Wild

    Casino lawyer Michael Lazaroff cheated for years -- and the insiders knew. Now that he's cut the deal of his life, why does anybody believe him?

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    September 13, 2000

    Filthy Riches

    The Ashcroft and Carnahan campaigns profit from money laundered through a new and deliberately confusing fundraising scheme

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    August 30, 2000

    Party Crashers

    Ralph Nader tries to derail the corporate-sponsored presidential debates with a lawsuit. Protesters have their own plans to disrupt the Bush-Gore affair at Wash. U.

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    August 23, 2000

    Unhealthy Relationship

    John Ashcroft gets a shot in the arm from the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, as well as other lobbying groups opposed to a true Patients' Bill of Rights

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    April 19, 2000

    Waiting for Dubya

    The presidential candidate is a late arrival to the nation's health-care crisis

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    March 1, 2000

    Primary Color

    Following the greenbacks as Missouri gears up for Super Tuesday

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    August 18, 1999


    Presidential candidate George W. Bush's campaign is raking in big bucks from St. Louis' wealthiest suburbs -- but those same donors are also ingratiating themselves with Democratic contenders

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    May 26, 1999

    Guns and Poses

    Frenzied politicians do the Littleton shuffle

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    December 30, 1998