Best of the Beacon for week of July 16
We at the Beacon hope that you take a look at us every day, but we also know that that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we'll be highlighting some of the top stories of the week. Here are Beacon must-reads from this week, with a continuing focus on the August primary.
Countdown to August primary
Endorsements by Democratic activist Barbara Eagleton and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are among the hottest commodities in the Aug. 7 primaries, as each party's candidates hope that big-name supporters will woo base voters to the polls.
The race for lieutenant governor is proving to be a spirited affair even though the office contains few formal powers and hasn’t been a guaranteed springboard to electoral advancement. Today: the Republicans.
As the two major Republican candidates for lieutenant governor duke it out over the airwaves, eight Democrats are campaigning under the media radar for a chance to compete in November.
It’s rare when a contested primary battle for governor is overshadowed by other races. But that's the case in the state’s GOP contest for governor with businessman Dave Spence, lawyer and minister Bill Randles and anti-abortion activist Fred Sauer.
While other primaries this cycle featured biting attacks and plenty of big spending, the Republican primary for secretary of state has generally been a placid affair.
While Republican Ed Martin has set his sights on dislodging Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster from office, the St. Louis attorney will still need to prevail in the GOP primary before moving onto November.
Congress has increasingly focused on "messaging" issues and "show votes" as the nation nears what many view as a crucial election. The heavy lifting on major economic and jobs issues is likely to be posponed to the lame duck session.
It's designed to move beyond students' scores on standardized tests to measure the performance of teachers, principals and superintendents in a more comprehensive way, plus providing a consistent way to judge educators around Missouri.
Recent federal legislation is set to make major changes to the field of crowd funding. Once an area dominated by friends, relatives and donations, the field may expand to include pools of small investors. But some are concerned that new rules could also present risks for those putting up cash.
Hot, hot, hot
As heat continues to soar and drought conditions worsen across much of Missouri and the Midwest, the summer of 2012 is shaping up to be the hardest growing season in decades.
A new Business Health Coalition report says new IRS rules require more data on what hospitals do about charity care. But the health law itself didn't stipulate how much of this care nonprofit hospitals must provide for their tax break.
Seven days in July
Jennifer Holliday’s red-hot rendition of her star-making “Dreamgirls” signature song had Muny-goers whooping and whistling and wishing for more Monday night. Tuesday afternoon, Holliday talked about feeling the love in her opening night performance.
Tony and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday’s been on top. She’s hit bottom. And she’s come back. Who can’t identify with that? Next Monday, Holliday brings her signature "And I Am Telling You" to the Muny stage in "Dreamgirls."