filibuster http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Blunt Decries 'Nuclear Option' For Filibuster http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-decries-nuclear-option-filibuster <p><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 15.75pt;">Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is joining his fellow Republicans in criticizing a push by Majority Leader Harry Reid that would limit the power of the&nbsp;filibuster</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 15.75pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 15.75pt;">-- a legislative technique to give power to the minority party.</span></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:10:31 +0000 Chris McDaniel 7345 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Decries 'Nuclear Option' For Filibuster Mo. budget being blocked by group of fiscally conservative Senators http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-budget-being-blocked-group-fiscally-conservative-senators <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate&nbsp;</a>convened&nbsp;Monday afternoon&nbsp;preparing to debate&nbsp;next&nbsp;year&#39;s state budget,&nbsp;and almost immediately<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem27.htm"> Senator Jason Crowell </a>launched a filibuster.</p><p>The Republican from Cape Girardeau had promised weeks ago that he would block the budget over its use of one-time funds to fill holes in next year&rsquo;s spending plan.&nbsp; Gradually throughout&nbsp;the evening, other&nbsp;fiscally conservative Senators joined in,&nbsp;including<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem01.htm"> Jim&nbsp;Lembke </a>(R, Lemay), <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem34.htm">Rob Schaaf </a>(R, St. Joseph),&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem17.htm">Luann Ridgeway</a>&nbsp;(R, Smithville).</p><p>Early on,&nbsp;Crowell&nbsp;spent part of the filibuster lampooning&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/">Missouri&nbsp;House </a>for cutting pensions for the blind. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:52:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. budget being blocked by group of fiscally conservative Senators Crowell threatens to derail state budget approval over one-time monies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crowell-threatens-derail-state-budget-approval-over-one-time-monies <p>One day after the Missouri House gave first-round approval to the state budget, a state Senator is threatening to derail the entire budget process.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem27.htm">Jason Crowell </a>(R,&nbsp;Cape Girardeau)&nbsp;is objecting&nbsp;to the use of one-time sources of money to plug holes in the FY2013&nbsp;budget.&nbsp; He singled out both Democratic <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>and House GOP leaders for plans to divert $40 million from a federal mortgage settlement to the state&rsquo;s Higher Education budget. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:59:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3323 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Crowell threatens to derail state budget approval over one-time monies Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-passes-workplace-discrimination-bill <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>has passed<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9271"> legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace</a>.</p><p>The vote was a mere formality following last week&rsquo;s battle to kill the measure.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem14.htm"> Maria Chappelle-Nadal </a>of University City&nbsp;and several other Senate Democrats had conducted a filibuster, but gave in after language guaranteeing jury trials in discrimination lawsuits was added to the&nbsp;bill.&nbsp; But she still spoke out against it, in particular, the Missouri Chamber&rsquo;s claim that the bill would help curb frivolous lawsuits. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 21:49:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3039 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination bill Filibuster over, Mo. Senate endorses workplace discrimination bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/filibuster-over-mo-senate-endorses-workplace-discrimination-bill <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>has given first-round approval to<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9271"> legislation </a>that would redefine workplace discrimination, after an agreement was reached between the bill&rsquo;s sponsor and a group of Democrats that had been blocking it.</p><p>The agreement took the form of an amendment to the bill, which would guarantee the right to a jury trial in any workplace discrimination case.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem12.htm"> State Senator Brad Lager </a>(R, Savannah), the bill&rsquo;s sponsor, agreed to support the amendment. Thu, 02 Feb 2012 10:57:26 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2991 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Filibuster over, Mo. Senate endorses workplace discrimination bill Mo. Senate Democrats delay workplace discrimination vote http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-democrats-delay-workplace-discrimination-vote <p><em>(2-2-2012,&nbsp;1:47 a.m.:&nbsp;&nbsp;Filibuster is over...Chappelle-Nadal&nbsp;agreed to&nbsp;stop blocking&nbsp;SB 592 in exchange for allowing&nbsp;her to&nbsp;add an amendment guaranteeing&nbsp;right of trial&nbsp;by jury in discrimination cases...she still voted&nbsp;&quot;no&quot;&nbsp;when bill received&nbsp;first-round approval...new story with full details will be posted.)</em></p><p><em>(10:56 p.m.:&nbsp;&nbsp;Filibuster approaching&nbsp;12 hours...Senators Chappelle-Nadal, Wright-Jones and&nbsp;Curls&nbsp;have been meeting behind&nbsp;closed doors,&nbsp;possibly considering&nbsp;an alternate version of&nbsp;the bill while&nbsp;other Democrats and one Republican, Kevin&nbsp;Engler,&nbsp;fill in...follow&nbsp;@MarshallGReport on&nbsp;Twitter for&nbsp;immediate updates.)</em></p><p>A filibuster launched last week by Senate Democrats to block a vote on<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9271"> a workplace discrimination bill </a>has resumed today. &nbsp;It would require that discrimination be a motivating factor, not a contributing factor, in any action taken by an employer against an employee.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem14.htm">State Senator&nbsp;Maria Chappelle-Nadal</a>&nbsp;(D,&nbsp;University City) restarted the filibuster and has so far talked about numerous topics, including taking salt from the floor of the Dead Sea during a trip to the Middle East. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:40:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2987 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate Democrats delay workplace discrimination vote Workplace discrimination bill being blocked in Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/workplace-discrimination-bill-being-blocked-mo-senate <p>A group of Democratic State Senators is blocking<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9271"> a bill that would redefine Missouri&rsquo;s workplace discrimination standards</a>.</p><p>Among those&nbsp;taking part&nbsp;in the&nbsp;filibuster&nbsp;are<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem05.htm"> Robin Wright-Jones </a>(D,&nbsp;St. Louis)&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem14.htm">Maria Chappelle-Nadal&nbsp;</a>(D,&nbsp;University City).&nbsp; They talked about several other topics besides the discrimination bill on the Senate floor Wednesday, including America&rsquo;s immigration policies. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:17:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2944 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Workplace discrimination bill being blocked in Mo. Senate All-night filibuster in Mo. Senate against federal stimulus funds ends http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/all-night-filibuster-mo-senate-against-federal-stimulus-funds-ends <p><strong>Updated 1:32 p.m. May 4:</strong></p><p>Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says the all-night filibuster in the Missouri Senate of a capital improvements bill containing federal stimulus funds was &quot;political theatrics.&quot;</p><p>McCaskill, a Democrat, says she understands that the four Republican Senators are trying to send a message to Washington, and that message has been received loud and clear.</p><p>&quot;The people that they&#39;re really filibustering against are the people of Missouri, because those projects that are funded are creating jobs,&quot; McCaskill said. &quot;Our economy is recovering and most importantly it&#39;s funding public education in Missouri.&quot;</p><p><strong>Updated:&nbsp;&nbsp;7:00 a.m. May 4:</strong></p><p>A group of four Republican senators have ended their all-night filibuster of a capital improvements bill that contains more than $465 million in federal stimulus funds.</p><p>They began blocking the bill Tuesday afternoon after their attempt to shrink the bill by $41 million was rebuffed by the Senate. Wed, 04 May 2011 03:17:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Julie Bierach 1170 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org All-night filibuster in Mo. Senate against federal stimulus funds ends Gov. Nixon signs bill extending unemployment benefits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-signs-bill-extending-unemployment-benefits <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation restoring federally funded jobless benefits to thousands of Missourians, but cutting aid to people laid off in the future.</p><p>Nixon&#39;s signature Wednesday means retroactive payments will go out later this week or early next week to about 10,000 people whose eligibility for unemployment benefits ended April 2. It also means that people who lose their jobs on Sunday or later will be eligible for just 20 weeks of state-funded benefits instead of 26.</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:21:24 +0000 The Associated Press 944 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gov. Nixon signs bill extending unemployment benefits Morning headlines: Friday, April 8, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-april-8-2011 <p><strong>Missouri Republican Senators End Filibuster</strong></p><p>Missouri&#39;s Senate has embraced a plan to extend federally funded jobless benefits while cutting eligibility for state-funded benefits. &nbsp;Several Republican senators upset about federal spending ended a filibuster Thursday against legislation renewing the federal long-term benefits. That came after the Senate voted to cut state jobless benefits by six weeks, to a maximum of 20 weeks.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:33:13 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 915 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, April 8, 2011