Friday, January 4, 2013
The Republican from St. Louis County represents Missouri's new Second Congressional District, which includes Chesterfield.
Ballwin native Ann Wagner took the oath of office in the United States House of Representatives Thursday, as the 113th session of Congress was seated. Wagner, the new representative for Missouri's Second District, succeeds Representative Todd Akin, and along with William "Lacy" Clay in the First District, absorbs the former Third District represented until Thursday by Russ Carnahan. Wagner, the former co-chair of the Republican National Committee and an Ambassador to Luxembourg, defeated Democrat Glenn Koenen in November. Read Also: Wagner will serve on the House Committee on Financial Services, and was also elected to serve as a member of the GOP Leadership by her fellow Republican freshmen. Soon after being sworn in, Wagner voted to …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The U.S. House went along with a Senate plan Tuesday to address expiring Bush-era tax cuts while delaying spending cuts.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted late Tuesday night 257-167 to endorse a Senate vote early Tuesday morning on a bill to avert the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", as tax cuts passed when George W. Bush was President expired January 1, in addition to automatic spending cuts which were delayed. A complete list of the yeas and nays can be found on the website for the House of Representatives. Of those who represent the greater St. Louis region, Democrats William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan, along with Republicans Blaine Luetkemeyer and Jo Ann Emerson voted yes, while Todd Akin voted no. Kansas City area Congressman Sam Graves was one of six House members who did not vote. The Senate legislation passed early Tuesday 89-8. U.S. Senator Roy …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Representative-Elect Ann Wagner answered more Patch user questions and talked about the work being done to prepare as she's sworn into office next month
Visitors to 14551 Manchester Rd., Ballwin, MO 63011 will notice the level of activity there is not up to the level it was just a few weeks ago. In fact, the walls in the campaign office of now Congresswoman-Elect Ann Wagner are now barren, save for the maps she carried around during campaign appearances to explain the boundaries of Missouri's new Second Congressional district. But while the campaign apparatus will wind down as soon as this week, Team Wagner is still plenty busy. As soon as the Ballwin Republican's victory over Democrat Glenn Koenen was assured November 6, another campaign began, this time for a leadership position. She was voted by her freshman colleagues to be their voice with GOP house leaders. Next up was getting a …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The next U.S. Representative for Missouri's 2nd District, Ann Wagner answered Patch users' questions in a Thursday afternoon interview
The tweet came down Thursday from House Majority Leader U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va): "The House will not adjourn the 112th Congress until a credible solution to the fiscal cliff has been announced." As negotiations to avert deep automatic spending cuts and tax increases beginning January 1, House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama met at the White House Thursday. Representative-Elect Ann Wagner, meanwhile, is one of 70 incoming freshman in the 113th session, sitting interested, waiting in the wings. The Ballwin Republican sat down with Patch Thursday afternoon in her former campaign headquarters to answer questions about the fiscal cliff, and to answer questions posed by Patch users. Fiscal Cliff Wagner said she's …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Oakville resident faces an uphill challenge in his bid to succeed Rep. Todd Akin in Washington.
In less than 10 days, voters in Missouri's new 2nd Congressional district, which spans parts of St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. While the frontrunner, Republican Ann Wagner is already in the "closing argument" phase of her campaign, Democrat Glenn Koenen is still trying to make first impressions. Koenen, the longtime Executive Director of the Circle of Concern Food Pantry, admits he doesn't have the name recognition and financial backing that Wagner, a former Ambassador and RNC Co-Chair, does. He also hasn't been helped by the Democratic Party's decision to stay on the sidelines, or the recount following his narrow win in the August primary against Harold Whitfied which not only cost him time on the campaign trail, but also money spent…
Monday, October 1, 2012
The Oakville resident is trying to succeed current U.S. Representative Todd Akin
Name : Mr. Glenn Micheal Koenen Age : 55 Place of residence : Oakville Missouri Attended college : Yes College : St Louis University Degree : BA Communications & Poli Sci Year of graduation : May-78 University : UMSL Degree : MA - English Year of graduation : Jan-86 Job titles held : Executive Director Employers : Circle Of Concern Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: Federal office Running for position: U S House of Representatives Chamber/district: 2nd District MO Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : None Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : None Address P O Box 403 Valley Park MO 63088 Name : Dave Pequignot Title : Treasurer Website : www.koenenforcongress.com I am a life long St. Louisan.
Monday, August 6, 2012
The high-stakes battle between incumbent members of Congress will come to an end Tuesday. Our 'Blue Arch' Panelists also weigh in on implications for other Democrats.
When a panel of influential Democrats were asked who would win Tuesday's primary election pitting U.S. Rep. William 'Lacy' Clay and U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, a majority picked Clay to represent the party in the redrawn First Congressional District come November. More than 50 influential Democrats were asked using an automated survey tool what they thought about a variety of questions tied to the Clay-Carnahan race among other topics. Twenty-nine responses were collected with fifty-eight point six (58.6) percent favoring Clay, 34.5 percent backing Carnahan, and 6.9% percent having no opinion. No respondents chose Candice Britton, who is also running in the primary. The survey also asked if the result of the Clay-Carnahan primary will have …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Republican Primary frontrunner for Congress in Chesterfield Ann Wagner says she's focused on voters, not debating her opponent. Republican opponent Randy Jotte claims avoiding debate is at issue.
With two weeks before the August 7 Primary Election, candidates are scrambling to reach every potential vote, attending event after event, forum after forum. But time is running out for candidates to schedule joint appearances. In Chesterfield's 2nd Congressional District Republican primary, the last such opportunity may have taken place Tuesday, when Ann Wagner and Dr. Randy Jotte spoke at a St. Louis County Republican Women’s forum. The most heated portion of the forum came as the candidates argued over tactics in these closing days of the campaigns. Jotte, an emergency room doctor at Barnes Jewish, claims he’s been seeking a debate with Wagner since March, through press releases, and campaign staff. Recently, he took to YouTube, and …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A bill has been introduced in the United States Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $9.88 an hour. Good or bad idea?
A U.S. Senator from Iowa had introduced legislation in Congress that would raise the national minimum wage by more than $2. Now, the national minimum wage stands at $7.25 an hour. U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, a Democrat, wants that minimum wage workers making $9.88 an hour. NPR reports that, according to the Economic Policy Institute, if Harkin has his way and the minimum wage was actually raised to $9.88 an hour, it would increase wages for 30 million Americans — 10 percent of the country. Harkin, in the NPR report, argues that most people making the minimum wage spend just about all their money because they don't have much left. Giving them a raise, he says, woudl mean more for the nation's gross domestic product. From the report: Harkin …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Physician in Chesterfield's Congressional District faces uphill race for Republican nomination.
The clock is ticking. With a month before voters go to the polls August 7 to decide the fate of primary candidates, time is running out to march in parades, shake hands and kiss babies. Ann Wagner, a Ballwin Republican who has been campaigning for the nomination in Missouri's 2nd Congressional district—which includes Chesterfield—for more than a year, has recently put her second campaign advertisement on television. And now the other Republican candidate for the nomination, Dr. Randy Jotte, has his ads on the air. The pair are aiming to replace U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood) who is aiming to run for U.S. Senate, against U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. Jotte, an ER physician and former Webster Groves councilman lauched his campaign in January…