Ann Wagner http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Changes To Veterans Affairs Department Passes First Hurdle http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/changes-veterans-affairs-department-passes-first-hurdle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine two schoolboys scrambling to their feet after tussling in the dirt, both trying to convince a teacher that their fight wasn’t all that bad, and each vouching for the other that they really do get along just fine. That image may give you an idea of how hard-fought negotiations over a compromise bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs,&nbsp; turned into the kind of jovial news conference conducted Monday by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL). &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:57:39 +0000 Jim Howard 38423 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Changes To Veterans Affairs Department Passes First Hurdle 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