Updated with response from Akin's spokesperson Rick Tyler. In 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, Todd Akin sent a local militia group what he later called "a courtesy letter." The now-defunct group, the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, had invited Akin to spea ... More >>
This week isn't the first time Todd Akin has had to answer questions about his relationship with Tim Dreste, one of the country's most infamous anti-abortion activists of the 1990s. But with election day just two weeks away, a national media that's always achin' for some Akin, and news that Akin was ... More >>
This is kind of cool -- not because of the debate but because of the technology behind it. Today at 9 a.m. Republican senatorial candidates Todd Akin and Sarah Steelman will face off in a debate at the Missouri Athletic Club West to be broadcast simultaneously over both the radio waves and Facebo ... More >>
A journalists' round-table gets a special guest.Update: OMG! Alert readers are now telling me that Dr. Erin Shannon-McGowan is the daughter of Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon, who happens to be a KMOX colleague with Brennan. No wonder Brennan didn't return my inquiries asking him to explain ho ... More >>
Had your fill of former state senator Jeff Smith? Good, 'cause he's everywhere! Since getting released from federal prison last November after fibbing to the FBI about his 2004 congressional campaign, "Mr. Smith" has hit the national stage: The New Republic did a bang-up feature on him (though we th ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergSteelman on the campaign trail in 2008.Remember Sarah Steelman? Of course you do! A few years ago, she was Missouri state treasurer and hailed far and wide as the most attractive candidate for Missouri governor. Not that being a potential GILF did her much good: Steelman lo ... More >>
So, now the real story we meant to highlight in this morning's St. Louis Beacon before we got distracted. The article comes from political reporter Jo Mannies who ventured down to Washington yesterday to attend the prayer vigil for Brian Nieves, the Republican state senate candidate accused in a ... More >>
Several dozen people, including Fox 2 News and Jo Mannies of The Beacon, have come to the Democratic Organizing for America office at 3407 California Ave. to gawk: Photo by Nicholas PhillipsNo sign of Tea Party protesters....yet.
AkinWe kid, of course. But Todd Akin, the U.S. Representative from Missouri's 2nd Congressional District (Town and Country), forgot the word "indivisible" from the Pledge of Allegiance today while reciting the oath along with anti-health care reform advocates in Washington.Perhaps Akin made such ... More >>
geeks4ever.me/post/108421980/ifatreefallsOr, a better question: do the results count?There are some important issues at stake in the off-year election coming up on November 3: Proposition N, the smoking ban initiative on which the fate of the city's recently passed ban hinges, and E-911, a sales ... More >>
If the Daily RFT were a bakery and wanted to show our displeasure with our local congressional representative, we'd ply him with gooey butter cake and stand over him and make sure he ate it all, until he was thoroughly sick. www.stlbeacon.org Revenge, thy name is McArthur.David McArthur, prop ... More >>
Joe Biden, champion of the working class. Joe Biden, who commuted from Delaware to D.C. with the regular folks on the Amtrak. Working-class Joe, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Some say it's a mythical legend, that of the blue-collar Joe Biden and his rags-to-riches journey to the top.The senator-tu ... More >>
Jo Mannies, perhaps the St. Louis metro area's most seasoned political reporter, has joined the staff of the upstart online-only newspaper, St. Louis Beacon, where she'll continue to pen pieces on state and local politics.Mannies covered politics for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for some 30 years bef ... More >>
The byline of longtime political reporter Jo Mannies will continue to appear in the local daily, contrary to a previous announcement by the paper.
More staff reductions this week at the local daily. Three veteran reporters, including the paper’s political writer, are taking an early retirement package. Two younger reporters are resigning to pursue other opportunities. Taking early retirement:
There's a secret squirrel out there taking potshots at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via a newish blog, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Watch.com. The squirrel seems to have a thing for the Post's political coverage, with political reporter Jo Mannies taking the heat in more than one entry (here's a post on a ... More >>
The Post goes pirate, our talking billboards return in a big, nerdy way, and a local blogger condemns snobby metrosexuals. Plus, Unreal asks the question on everyone's mind: "Is white trash deserving of nannies?"
We find the funk in Branson, ride along with a stunt pilot and check out the STL Zoo's new species; plus, a local Gephardt gaffe
Wait no more: Unreal's presidential-candidate endorsements are in; plus we lament the loss of "Poetry Beat," check in with the lads at Sanford-Brown and wonder if we can get a direct line to God
Labor troubles and amazing changing headlines at the P-D; plus the updates you've come to know and love -- and the opportunity to belt out some Gephardtian Christmas carols