Three Ohio cities, Las Vegas & several others considering 2016 Republican convention
February 10th, 2014
06:25 PM ET
5 months ago

Three Ohio cities, Las Vegas & several others considering 2016 Republican convention

Washington (CNN) – Representatives from eight cities met with GOP officials Monday in the nation’s capital to talk specifics about what it would take to host the Republican National Convention in 2016.

While the meeting was not a required step in the RNC’s selection process, it provides a look at which cities are seriously considering bidding on the convention where Republicans will choose the party’s next presidential nominee.

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Demographics loom large for cities vying for Republican 2016 convention
January 23rd, 2014
05:12 PM ET
6 months ago

Demographics loom large for cities vying for Republican 2016 convention

Washington (CNN) - Behind the glitzy photos spreads, the slick highlight reels and the overstuffed swag bags, a few cities vying to hold the Republican National Convention in 2016 are making demographics a subtle but important part of their pitch to Republican Party leaders.

For Western cities like Las Vegas, Denver and Phoenix – all of which are vying to hold the party's presidential nomination convention – their pitches could be boiled down to this: We have both the infrastructure and political symbolism you need.
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Filed under: 2016 • Arizona • Colorado • Missouri • Nevada • Ohio • RNC
Flak follows Perry's Missouri ad blitz
August 28th, 2013
10:42 AM ET
11 months ago

Flak follows Perry's Missouri ad blitz

(CNN) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has a bone to pick with Texas and its governor, Rick Perry.

The former Republican presidential candidate and Lone Star governor is scheduled to speak Thursday at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. In advance of his remarks, he's launched a several hunderd thousand dollar ad campaign on Missouri airwaves encouraging Show Me state companies and employees to relocate to Texas to reap the benefits of the state's strong business climate and lack of state income tax.
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Filed under: Missouri • Rick Perry
Missouri rodeo clown says act featured Bush, Reagan masks in the past
August 26th, 2013
02:55 PM ET
11 months ago

Missouri rodeo clown says act featured Bush, Reagan masks in the past

Updated at 8:15 a.m. ET on 8/27

(CNN) - The rodeo clown whose controversial routine mocking President Barack Obama got him banned for life from the Missouri State Fair said in his first televised interview Monday he'd mocked other presidents in the past during his act.

"I didn't think anything more of it than what we've done 15 years ago, ten years ago, five years ago, when we've done it with Bush, Clinton and Ronald Reagan," Tuffy Gessling told CNN Kansas City affiliate KCTV.
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Filed under: Missouri
August 14th, 2013
05:40 PM ET
11 months ago

GOP provocateur wants Obama-mocking rodeo clown for Texas

(CNN) – A U.S. Representative from Texas known for his provocative statements wants the Missouri rodeo clown fired for mocking President Barack Obama to know he is welcome in the Lone Star state.

Rep. Steve Stockman, the Republican who invited conservative firebrand musician Ted Nugent to the 2013 State of the Union address, has put out a release inviting the rodeo clown to come and perform in his home district in Texas.
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Filed under: Missouri • President Obama • Texas
August 12th, 2013
07:09 AM ET
11 months ago

Rodeo clown mocks Obama at Missouri State Fair

(CNN) - A rodeo stunt at the Missouri State Fair has come under criticism after a clown donned a Barack Obama mask and stuck a broom up his backside.

The stunt took place during the bull riding competition on Saturday night.

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Filed under: Missouri • President Obama
New law allows schools to teach gun safety to first-graders
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure that encourages schools to teach gun safety to first-graders.
July 16th, 2013
07:14 AM ET
1 year ago

New law allows schools to teach gun safety to first-graders

(CNN) - Along with math, science and social studies, gun safety could soon be part of the first-grade curriculum in some Missouri public schools.

A new measure that advocates for such classes for first-graders was signed into law last week. But the idea has prompted worry from some parents and experts about the role and effectiveness of gun safety programs in a classroom setting.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Missouri
Missouri governor vetoes bill that would have nullified federal gun laws
July 5th, 2013
04:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Missouri governor vetoes bill that would have nullified federal gun laws

(CNN) - Missouri's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday that sought to make federal gun laws unenforceable in the state.

In a carefully worded statement that prominently addressed his pro-gun bona fides in a state Mitt Romney carried 54% to President Obama's 44% in 2012, Gov. Jay Nixon argued that the legislation violated a provision in the U.S. Constitution called the Supremacy Clause. The Supremacy Clause gives preference to federal laws over state laws.
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Filed under: Gun control • Missouri
Election ends 32-year family hold of House seat
GOP Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri stepped down earlier this year.
June 4th, 2013
10:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Election ends 32-year family hold of House seat

Updated 10:50 p.m. ET on Tuesday 6/4

(CNN) – Republican state Rep. Jason Smith won a special election Tuesday in southeast Missouri, beating out Democrat Steve Hodges in a district dominated by Republicans.

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Filed under: House • Missouri
Akin expresses remorse over rape comment
April 26th, 2013
10:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Akin expresses remorse over rape comment

(CNN) – Nearly six months after losing a Senate race and becoming a political punch line, former Rep. Todd Akin weighed in again on his controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy, saying in a recent interview he has "relived" the episode "too many times."

In an interview with CNN affiliate KSDK in St. Louis, the former Missouri congressman also hit back at Karl Rove, founder of the independent group American Crossroads, for his new group designed to recruit GOP candidates that won't make the same mistake as Akin.
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Karl Rove • Missouri • Senate • Todd Akin
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