Chris Koster http://news.stlpublicradio.org en We Asked Five Questions About Campaign Finance Reports. Here Are The Answers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/we-asked-five-questions-about-campaign-finance-reports-here-are-answers <p>The seven or eight people who love watching political ads will be in for an exciting three weeks. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everybody else in Missouri may want to become familiar with the “fast forward” button on their </span>DVRs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:12:04 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 38103 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org We Asked Five Questions About Campaign Finance Reports. Here Are The Answers Koster, Transportation Tax Backers Lead Campaign Money-Raising http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/koster-transportation-tax-backers-lead-campaign-money-raising <p>The group backing the proposed transportation sales tax is the biggest money-raising operation in the state – but it has yet to air a single TV ad.</p><p>Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, the campaign committee for the sales tax known as Amendment 7, appears to be entering the final weeks of the campaign with more than $2.5 million to spend.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:45:17 +0000 Jo Mannies 38090 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster, Transportation Tax Backers Lead Campaign Money-Raising Koster's Support For 'Right To Farm' Prompts Praise And Criticism http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kosters-support-right-farm-prompts-praise-and-criticism <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s decision to endorse the proposed “Right To Farm’’ constitutional amendment is resurrecting a split within Democratic ranks over the issue – and him.</p><p>Koster, a Republican-turned-Democrat, now is seen as the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor in 2016.&nbsp; He also has become the de facto leader of the state Democratic Party, in part <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/koster-takes-charge-he-gives-100000-missouri-democratic-party">because he’s currently the party’s largest single donor.</a></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:58:23 +0000 Jo Mannies 37964 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster's Support For 'Right To Farm' Prompts Praise And Criticism Missouri's Rekindled Same-Sex Marriage Fight Highlights Political Shifts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouris-rekindled-same-sex-marriage-fight-highlights-political-shifts <p><em><strong>(Updated 11:40 a.m. Friday, June 27)</strong></em></p><p>Just a few weeks ago, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster&nbsp; was publicly exhorting Missouri Republicans to change their party’s platform, which endorses the state’s 10-year-old constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:36:51 +0000 Jo Mannies 37574 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri's Rekindled Same-Sex Marriage Fight Highlights Political Shifts Bridgeton Landfill Owner Agrees To New Measures To Monitor Underground Fire And Control Odors http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bridgeton-landfill-owner-agrees-new-measures-monitor-underground-fire-and-control-odors <p><strong><em>&nbsp;UPDATED 6/20/14 to correct description of radioactivity testing along waste haul routes.</em></strong></p><p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has reached a new agreement with Bridgeton Landfill owner Republic Services.</p><p>It includes additional measures that Republic must take to monitor the movement of an underground fire at the landfill and to control the foul odors ― and potentially toxic gases ― emanating from it.</p><p>Those measures include:</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:49:41 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 37364 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bridgeton Landfill Owner Agrees To New Measures To Monitor Underground Fire And Control Odors Koster Takes Charge As He Gives $100,000 to Missouri Democratic Party http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/koster-takes-charge-he-gives-100000-missouri-democratic-party <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>(Updated 10:50 p.m., Sat., June 7)</strong></em></p><p>Seven years after leaving the Republican Party, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has in effect taken the reins of the Missouri Democratic Party.&nbsp;</p><p>That point was underscored Saturday night when -- shortly before the Democrats' annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner --&nbsp; Koster presented the state party chairman a check for $100,000.</p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Jo Mannies 36815 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster Takes Charge As He Gives $100,000 to Missouri Democratic Party Koster Reaches Accord With Walgreens Over Mismarked Prices http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/koster-reaches-accord-walgreens-over-mismarked-prices <p>Attorney General Chris Koster reached an agreement with Walgreens regarding overcharging consumers.&nbsp;</p><p>Koster sued the pharmacy giant last year, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-attorney-general-accuses-walgreens-deceptive-pricing-schemes-files-lawsuit">contending that stores around the state were charging more than the prices displayed on shelves.</a> His office’s lawsuit stated that the company was violating the state’s consumer-protection laws by “engaging in false, misleading and deceptive advertising and pricing schemes.”</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:05:12 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36736 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster Reaches Accord With Walgreens Over Mismarked Prices Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-hears-arguments-over-missouri-execution-secrecy <p>In a court hearing Wednesday, the Missouri attorney general's office defended the secrecy that just last week Attorney General Chris Koster expressed concerns over.</p><p>Inmate John Winfield is scheduled to be executed on June 18 for murdering two people in St. Louis County in 1996. His lawyer, Joe Luby, argued in the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court that the Missouri Department of Corrections is violating the sunshine law by keeping secret the identity of the supplier of the execution drug.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:02:33 +0000 Chris McDaniel 36717 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy Koster's Stance On Death Penalty May Boost Democrats' Election Chances http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kosters-stance-death-penalty-may-boost-democrats-election-chances <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says that his speech last Thursday to fellow lawyers, where he laid out the challenges facing Missouri and other states with the death penalty, had everything to do with policy, not politics.</p><p>“The purpose of the speech was to continue a serious public policy discussion regarding one aspect of perhaps the most profound act conducted by state government,”&nbsp; Koster wrote in a statement Friday to St. Louis Public Radio.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 04:12:43 +0000 Jo Mannies 36609 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster's Stance On Death Penalty May Boost Democrats' Election Chances Expressing Concern Over Execution Secrecy, Koster Calls On State To Make Lethal Injection Drugs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/expressing-concern-over-execution-secrecy-koster-calls-state-make-lethal-injection-drugs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a speech Thursday, Missouri Attorney General Chris </span>Koster<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> expressed concern over the execution secrecy that his office has previously fought hard to defend.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Democrat is calling on the state to create a state-run laboratory to produce the lethal injection drugs itself.</span></p><p>Koster says the expanding secrecy surrounding Missouri’s lethal injection methods should "concern all of us deeply.”</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:26 +0000 Chris McDaniel 36567 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Expressing Concern Over Execution Secrecy, Koster Calls On State To Make Lethal Injection Drugs