Ann Wagner http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/human-trafficking-summit-sheds-light-harsh-reality-some-see-no-further-role-feds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government puts St. Louis in the top 20 jurisdictions for human trafficking.</span></p><p>That ranking, as well as a host of other sobering facts about human trafficking came to light during a summit Monday morning in Edwardsville hosted by Republican Congressmen John&nbsp;Shimkus&nbsp;and Rodney Davis of Illinois.</p><p>Attendees also learned:</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:54:40 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38048 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds Politically Speaking: Jeff Roe Recounts Best Ways To Sell Campaign, Predicts GOP Success This Fall http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-jeff-roe-recounts-best-ways-sell-campaign-predicts-gop-success-fall <p>This week, the Politically Speaking podcast&nbsp; brings prominent GOP consultant Jeff Roe to the show. He joins St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jo Mannies, Chris McDaniel and Jason Rosenbaum.</p><p>Based in Kansas City, Roe is among the top Republican consultants in the Midwest – and is headed toward a national reputation.&nbsp; Only in his early 40s, he operates the fourth-largest GOP direct-mail firm in the country. He's expected to land at least one Republican presidential candidate in 2016.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:36:12 +0000 Jo Mannies, Chris McDaniel & Jason Rosenbaum 37264 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Jeff Roe Recounts Best Ways To Sell Campaign, Predicts GOP Success This Fall Wagner, Luetkemeyer Call For Shinseki To Step Down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wagner-luetkemeyer-call-shinseki-step-down <p>The two Republican members of Congress who represent the St. Louis area – Ann Wagner and Blaine Luetkemeyer – are calling for the resignation of&nbsp; U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.</p><p>Their declarations come as several of the nation’s VA facilities, including Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis, have been accused of improper or delayed care to military veterans.</p><p>Wagner, R-Ballwin, said that Shinseki – in office since 2009 -- had “failed to provide timely services and care for our veterans.&nbsp; Secretary Shinseki has failed to fulfill his mission at the VA.”</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:26:55 +0000 Jo Mannies 36373 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wagner, Luetkemeyer Call For Shinseki To Step Down U.S. House Speaker Boehner To Be In St. Louis For Fundraising Event http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-house-speaker-boehner-be-st-louis-fundraising-event <p>U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will be the special guest – and the chief beneficiary – at a fundraising event in St. Louis this evening at the Ladue home of wealthy businessman Dave Spence and his wife, Suzie Spence.</p><p>The gathering – billed as a “roundtable and reception” -- is co-hosted by all six of Missouri’s Republican members of Congress, including Ann Wagner of Ballwin. Most are expected to attend.</p><p>Tickets range from $1,000 a person to $25,000 for host-committee couples for the event, slated for early this evening.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:36:51 +0000 Jo Mannies 35802 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. House Speaker Boehner To Be In St. Louis For Fundraising Event Wagner Takes Aim At Publications Faciliating Sex Trafficking http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wagner-takes-aim-publications-faciliating-sex-trafficking <p>There was a time when Katie Rhoades was sold for sex out of nightclubs, strip clubs, magazines and online websites. She was part of an estimated $45 million industry of what she called “selling human beings online.”&nbsp;</p><p>“It’s a lot of money, said Rhoades, the founder of the Healing Action Network. “It’s a lot of economic incentive to keep this industry going.”</p><p>Rhoades said it’s crucial that third-party facilitators of prostitution are held accountable. That’s why she’s supportive of Rep. Ann Wagner’s legislation taking aim at publications advertising human trafficking.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:47:28 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34407 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wagner Takes Aim At Publications Faciliating Sex Trafficking St. Louis Is A Hot Spot For Sex Trafficking: A Discussion About Efforts To End The Trade http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-hot-spot-sex-trafficking-discussion-about-efforts-end-trade <p>Sex trafficking is not just an international problem, or even a national one. It is also a problem here in St. Louis. <a href="https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/228631.pdf" target="_blank">According to the U.S. Department of Justice</a>, St. Louis is a hot spot of sex trafficking activity, one of the top 20 in the country.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:56:44 +0000 Camille Phillips & Alex Heuer 34065 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Is A Hot Spot For Sex Trafficking: A Discussion About Efforts To End The Trade U.S. Rep. Wagner On GOP Leadership Role, Sex Trafficking And 2016 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-rep-wagner-gop-leadership-role-sex-trafficking-and-2016 <p>Every week, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Chris McDaniel, Jo&nbsp;Mannies&nbsp;and Jason&nbsp;Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Note: You can&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/politically-speaking/id775890522" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">subscribe to us on iTunes</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;now.</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:31:00 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum, Chris McDaniel & Jo Mannies 33944 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. Rep. Wagner On GOP Leadership Role, Sex Trafficking And 2016 Stenger Outraises Dooley As Koster Continues To Rake It In http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stenger-outraises-dooley-koster-continues-rake-it <p><em><strong>Updated 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15</strong></em></p><p>The latest campaign-donation numbers are adding more intrigue to St. Louis area’s marquee contest this year between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and County Councilman Steve Stenger.</p><p>Stenger outraised fellow Democrat Dooley during the last quarter of 2013 -- $245,032 to $115,414. Their latest campaign reports, filed Wednesday, also show Stenger with more in the bank: $638,158 to $458,154.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:51:32 +0000 Jo Mannies 33030 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stenger Outraises Dooley As Koster Continues To Rake It In Missouri's Federal Delegation Makes Full Court Press To Lure 777X http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouris-federal-delegation-makes-full-court-press-lure-777x <p>When U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer met with Boeing CEO James McNerney in his Washington office earlier this month, his message wasn’t subtle.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Luetkemeyer was there to make</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the case that Missouri was the right place to steer production of Boeing's </span>777X<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> civilian aircraft. He said he told </span>McNerney<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> he was “excited about the opportunity for the state of Missouri to bid on it.”</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:25:20 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32235 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri's Federal Delegation Makes Full Court Press To Lure 777X U.S. House Passes Budget Deal Amid Calls From Blunt And Others To Ignore Opposition http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-house-passes-budget-deal-amid-calls-blunt-and-others-ignore-opposition <p><em>Updated 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12</em></p><p>By a vote of 332-94, the U.S. House overwhelmingly backed a compromise two-year budget deal Thursday night -- in effect, rejecting pressure from conservative groups staunchly opposed to the measure.</p><p>The Senate is expected to swiftly follow suit.</p><p>Those in the House backing the bill included U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, who appeared on CNBC's "Kudlow Report" after the vote to laud the budget deal's provisions as "gifts that will keep on giving."</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:41:40 +0000 Jo Mannies 32191 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. House Passes Budget Deal Amid Calls From Blunt And Others To Ignore Opposition