Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Patch is speaking with the former U.S. Ambassador-turned-U.S. Representative-Elect Thursday afternoon.
In a few weeks, Ann Wagner will be sworn in as the next U.S. Representative for Missouri's 2nd district, following her November victory over Democrat Glenn Koenen. Before she goes to Washington, D.C., she's sitting down with Patch Thursday afternoon. We have a good idea of where to start with questions, but we'd like your input. What would you like to know about what she's been doing since election day, or what her plans are once she's seated? What does she think about the looming "Fiscal Cliff" and other matters. Give us your questions in the comment section and we'll try to get them answered.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The GOP candidate said District 2 needs some "tough love" and she's ready to deliver.
Republican candidate Ann Wagner of Ballwin became Missouri's Congressional District 2 post Tuesday evening, declaring victory just after 10 p.m. at the Hilton Frontenac. Wagner defeated opponents Glenn Koenen (D-Oakville), Bill Slantz (Libertarian-St. Charles) and Anatol Zorikova (Constitution Party-St. Charles) for the seat held by GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin. As of 11:40 p.m., unofficial results on the Missouri Secretary of State website report Wagner had a 60.1 percent lead over Koenen's 37.1 percent with 75 percent of precincts reporting. More than a hundred of Wagner's supporters, family and friends made their way to the Ambassadeur Ballroom at the Hilton-Frontenac, trickling in as polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday and staying strong…
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Mitt Romney renewed his call for Akin to drop out of the U.S. Senate race, while GOP strategist Mary Matalin said Ann Wagner would be the nominee.
One week after U.S. Representative Todd Akin's remarks about "legitimate rape" set off a firestorm of controversy and widespread calls in Republican circles for him to get out of the U.S. Senate race, his status as a candidate against Claire McCaskill was the talk of the Sunday network television talk show circuit. Akin, in several appearances on conservative talk radio programs and again Friday in a news conference in Chesterfield, said he would remain as the Republican Party's nominee. In an interview with Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday, Mitt Romney once again called for Akin to drop out, again distancing himself from the remarks about rape and pregnancy. On ABC's This Week, GOP strategist Marty Matalin said Ann Wagner, currently …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Speculation has popped up that Ballwin's Wagner, the GOP candidate for Akin's current U.S. House seat, could swap places with Akin on the ballot.
Ballwin's Ann Wagner, the GOP candidate running to replace Todd Akin in Missouri's second congressional district, is in the news as a possible replacement for Akin for U.S. Senate. The speculation comes in the wake of Akin's Sunday comments involving "legitimate rape" and the ability of a woman to shut down a pregnancy. News outlets and pundits are speculating that even though Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline has passed for Akin to drop out of the race, he and Wagner could potentially switch ballot positions in the November election. The National Review quotes a "Missouri GOP consultant" with word that such a plan is in the works. The National Journal post notes that Wagner, once co-chair of the Republican National Committee, "has long standing …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Randy Jotte says the nation must "get off the merry-go-round" to solve problems.
Randy Jotte, an emergency room doctor at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has officially announced plans to run for the Republican nomination in the race for the second congressional district. Jotte, who is also an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, made the announcement during a news conference this morning at the St. Louis Carousel at Faust Park, in Chesterfield. "The Washington, D.C. politicians are taking us around and around, going nowhere," Jotte said, and gesturing toward the historic carousel behind him. "Our country is suffering. We're ready to stop the merry-go-round," he said. The Webster Groves native is joining former RNC Co-Chair Ann Wagner and Attorney Ed Martin in the race for the …
Saturday, January 14, 2012
In the race for Missouri's 2nd Congressional District, conservative Ann Wagner and Tea Party favorite Ed Martin, may soon be joined by the more socially moderate Dr. Randy Jotte.
Two conservative Republicans are in the race for Missouri’s 2nd District Congressional seat, the seat that Todd Akin is giving up. A third Republican may soon be vying for the nomination. Ann Wagner and Ed Martin, both in the race for months, may soon be joined by Dr. Randy Jotte, Webster Groves resident, who has launched a website announcing that he’s considering the leap. All three were at a forum sponsored by Republican Club of Tesson Ferry at the Cliff Cave Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. Despite the frigid night, about a hundred came to far South County to hear the Republicans running for various offices. Wagner and Martin had been invited to speak, and Jotte came to listen, chat, and get the lay of the land. (Wagner had been …
Saturday, November 26, 2011
CNN special looks into the redrawing of congressional lines.
Every ten years, the truly dedicated political adherents become obsessed with maps. That fixation isn’t necessarily because they agree with this writer that cartography is awesome. Rather every ten years, states have to reconfigure their congressional maps to conform to population changes showcased in the U.S. Census. And often times, the process isn’t exactly neat and tidy. The redistricting process was the subject of a CNN special earlier this week entitled “Gerry-rigged: Ignoring the American Voter.” The report took a close look at “gerrymandering,” which involves drawing districts that can effectively protect a certain party or an incumbent lawmaker. CNN looked at a number of different states’ view to the redistricting process, …
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Ed Martin and Ann Wagner traded light jabs on endorsements and disagreement over immigration policy in the first debate between candidates for Missouri's new second district U.S. House seat.
Ten months before next August's primary, voters had their first chance over the weekend to see the two candidates vying for the Republican nomination to represent Missouri's newly redrawn second congressional district in Congress stand side by side and debate the issues. Ed Martin and Ann Wagner, who were both in the audience on the May day in Creve Coeur when Todd Akin announced he would run for the Senate instead of another term in the House, were back together for the debate at the Drury Plaza in Chesterfield Saturday afternoon. Click here to read our live blog from the debate While there were opportunities to see some differences both candidates directed most of their fire at President Obama and Congress. The hour-long session gave …