politics http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/discussion-akin-pushes-book-defends-legitimate-rape-comment <p><em>This story was updated following St. Louis on the Air.</em></p><p>Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is back, and he’s not sorry.</p><p>Two years after losing a contest for U.S. Senate and igniting a “war on women” debate with a comment about rape, Akin has written a book that offers behind-the-scenes details about how he, his campaign and his family coped.</p><p>In an August 2012 interview with Charles Jaco on KTVI (Channel 2), Akin was asked about abortion and rape. Akin, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said that a pregnancy from rape “is really rare.”</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:17:30 +0000 Erica Smith 38243 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment 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 Sheila F. Lumpe: Former Missouri State Representative And Public Service Commission Chair http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sheila-f-lumpe-former-missouri-state-representative-and-public-service-commission-chair <p>Former Missouri State Rep. Sheila Lumpe, who reluctantly entered statewide politics and became the first woman to lead the powerful House Budget Committee and came within a whisper of being the first speaker of the House, died on Wednesday.</p><p>When her husband began cajoling her to run for the office, she balked, siding with detractors who thought her “too soft” and subject to being “eaten alive” by big-time politics.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:58:15 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 36784 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sheila F. Lumpe: Former Missouri State Representative And Public Service Commission Chair Two Veto Overrides Possible In The Final Weeks Of The Missouri Legislative Session http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/two-veto-overrides-possible-final-weeks-missouri-legislative-session <p>With a little more than two weeks left in the current Missouri legislative session, the focus of the state legislature will be on two possible veto overrides, said St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jo Mannies.</p><p>She and education reporter Dale Singer appeared on <em>St. Louis on the Air </em>today to give an update on key bills moving through the state legislature right now.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:16:25 +0000 Camille Phillips 35732 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Two Veto Overrides Possible In The Final Weeks Of The Missouri Legislative Session Commentary: The Palin Prophesies And Russians In Ukraine http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-palin-prophesies-and-russians-ukraine <p>Sarah Palin has profoundly influenced my view of politics. She persuaded me, for instance, to vote for Barack Obama in 2008.</p><p>Before her introduction as the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate, I’d thought the resume of the first-term, junior senator from Illinois was a bit thin for the Oval Office and his vision for the nation’s future seemed disturbingly vague. The prospect of Sarah sitting a heartbeat away from the nuclear launch codes, however, convinced me that it was indeed time for change…</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 03:54:01 +0000 M.W. Guzy 34190 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: The Palin Prophesies And Russians In Ukraine Missouri Same-Sex Couples Should Think Twice Before Marrying In Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-same-sex-couples-should-think-twice-marrying-illinois <p>Same-sex couples in Missouri may not want to rush across the river to tie the knot.</p><p>Even though some counties in Illinois are beginning to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, says marriage licenses granted to two men or two women from Missouri may not prove valid.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 02:47:52 +0000 Nancy Fowler 34201 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Same-Sex Couples Should Think Twice Before Marrying In Illinois A Conversation With The Consul General Of Israel To The Midwest http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/conversation-consul-general-israel-midwest <p>As the Consul General to the Midwest, Roey Gilad travels between 11 Midwest states representing Israeli interests. This week he visited St. Louis for the second time since becoming the consul general last February.&nbsp;</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-0c820107-e8db-a94e-df80-cfa872282341">“I’m there to build bridges,” said Gilad. “The bridge is already there, I’m there to make it stronger and wider between the Midwest and the state of Israel, between Missouri and the state of Israel and between St. Louis and the state of Israel." </span></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:01:11 +0000 Camille Phillips 32198 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Conversation With The Consul General Of Israel To The Midwest Special Session Begins Monday With Hopes Of Winning Boeing’s 777X http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/special-session-begins-monday-hopes-winning-boeing-s-777x <p>A special session of the Missouri legislature will get underway this evening with the hopes of bringing thousands of new jobs to the state.</p><p>Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon will ask the GOP-controlled House and Senate to approve up to $150 million in annual tax breaks and economic incentives to lure Boeing into building its new 777X passenger plane in Missouri.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:01:43 +0000 Tim Lloyd 31863 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Special Session Begins Monday With Hopes Of Winning Boeing’s 777X Advocacy, Transparency, Objectivity: A Debate On What Constitutes Ethical Political Reporting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/advocacy-transparency-objectivity-debate-what-constitutes-ethical-political-reporting <p>Should a journalist strive most to be fair and objective? Or should his or her primary goal be transparency? Can a content-producer be both an advocate and a journalist? What is the role of the press in the future of democracy and what should its journalistic ethics be?</p><p>These are questions news outlets and individual journalists alike must answer as they navigate the future of journalism in the United States, and the topic of discussion during the Second Annual Public Ethics Conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday, November 14.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:20:52 +0000 Camille Phillips 31411 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Advocacy, Transparency, Objectivity: A Debate On What Constitutes Ethical Political Reporting What Does A Grassroots Organization Need To Affect Change? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-does-grassroots-organization-need-affect-change <p>To people who feel powerless in the face of today&#39;s political structure, Princeton University religion professor Jeffrey Stout has this advice: organize.&nbsp; He delivers a lecture, &quot;Struggle for a Just Society - Grassroots Democracy in America,&quot; as part of the <a href="http://www.leeinstitute.net/">Lee Institute&#39;s Speaker Series </a>on Monday, October 28, 2013.</p><p>He points to the great social movements of the past two centuries as examples of grassroots organization that affected real change in America -&nbsp; abolitionists, civil rights and women&#39;s suffrage.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:32:50 +0000 Camille Phillips 30652 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What Does A Grassroots Organization Need To Affect Change?