It was a busy 2011 for politics in St. Louis. My first reporting here began with introducing you to MOPPS, a conservative form of community organization. MOPPS creators hope to be an influence in the 2012 elections.
Americans for Prosperity came to town to help various Tea Party groups protest high gasoline prices.
This was also a big year for various political organizations to have national conferences meet, here, in St. Louis. Pachyderms, Smart Girls and Move On Up.Org all came to St. Louis with politically star studded speaker line ups.
Congressional races had some twists and turns. The Martin/Wagner race, in the second congressional district, provided debates and non debates for the primary that will ask voters to choose between the establishment republican and a grass roots conservative. Martin Baker also announced he will challenge a longstanding democrat, Lacy Clay, in the first congressional district.
Charley Dooley played fast and loose with the budget and was called out by Ed Martin.
Cynthia Davis left the Republican Party for more principled and constitutional roots and then decided to run for Lt. Governor. Bill Slantz also announced his third party plans for the St. Charles fifteenth district representative race.
Judicial reform will, no doubt, be a topic of discussion in the coming election year as family court issues came to the forefront this year and candidates pledge to bring reform in this area as part of their campaign platform.
The Tea Party upset the apple cart with some serious pressure directed at Missouri legislators who critisized patriot pushback and tried to slip though tax credit, Aerotropolis/MOSIRA, legislation in the regular and special session, this year.
Mainstream media dissed candidates, in various races, by neglecting to fully cover them. Bill Slantz and Bill Randles received multiple slaps in the face by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Eagle Forum and Tea party organizations worked to hold informational gatherings to inform citizens on things like nullification and illeagal imigration. Constituents also intend to put elected on notice and watch developments of the upcoming legislative session very closely.
The Tea Party experienced growing pains as a rift caused division within its founding ranks, but it didn’t take long for them to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and form a direction for the future.
The coming year will certainly be full of great excitement as the election draws closer. Look here for the latest in breaking developments in St. Louis Political Buzz, and better yet, engage and make news of your own. Be a part of the process and affect the outcome in a way that tells “politics as usual” their day has come and gone. It’s a new day for Political Buzz in St. Louis and across the nation. See you in 2012.
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