On the Trail http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 'Skin In The Game' Or Excessive Tipping Point? Self-Funding For Legislative Seats Raises Eyebrows http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/skin-game-or-excessive-tipping-point-self-funding-legislative-seats-raises-eyebrows <p></p><p><strong>(Updated at 8 p.m. on Monday with news about Schneider repaying her loan.)</strong></p><p>Vicki Schneider got on the phone earlier this year with Bob Onder&nbsp;after he loaned himself $200,000 for his state Senate bid.&nbsp;</p><p>She said she asked a fairly simple question of one of her opponents for the St. Charles County-based 2<sup>nd</sup> District seat: "Do you want me to help you spend that?"</p><p>“And he just laughed,” she said.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:06:09 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 38360 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Skin In The Game' Or Excessive Tipping Point? Self-Funding For Legislative Seats Raises Eyebrows Legislators May Have Numbers To Counter Nixon's Vetoes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legislators-may-have-numbers-counter-nixons-vetoes <p><strong>(Updated at 1 p.m. Monday with additional comments from House Speaker Tim Jones.)</strong></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon proved that he <em>can</em> outdo himself, at least when it comes to vetoing legislation.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:37:37 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 38164 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legislators May Have Numbers To Counter Nixon's Vetoes 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 Money, Money, Money: Five Things To Look For In Tuesday's Campaign Finance Reports http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/money-money-money-five-things-look-tuesdays-campaign-finance-reports <p>A fundraising quarter before an election is when Missouri politics starts getting real.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And by “getting real,” I mean getting "</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">real</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">expensive</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.”</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:28:22 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37957 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Money, Money, Money: Five Things To Look For In Tuesday's Campaign Finance Reports St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-newly-wed-gay-couples-reflect-why-attitudes-gay-marriage-have-shifted <p class="p1">Tod Martin wasn’t going to let 20 words keep him from marrying David Gray.</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While it took more than 20 years, St. Louis officials last week issued Martin and Gray a marriage license. They’re among eight people who are testing the state’s nearly 10-year-old, <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/const/A01033.HTM" target="_blank">20-word ban on gay marriage.</a></span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:12:36 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37571 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted Dooley Vs. St. Louis County Council: Will Schism Last Beyond August Primary? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dooley-vs-st-louis-county-council-will-schism-last-beyond-august-primary <p>The few long-time regulars at &nbsp;St. Louis County Council meetings may be longing for the legislative body's customary 10-minute meetings after the past few weeks.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s because in recent weeks, the meetings have turned into lengthy – and often bitterly hostile – clashes between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and most of the council. But it's more than just legislative melodrama; a coalition of five council members (out of seven) have </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">managed to block quite a bit of Dooley’s agenda.</span></p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:01:57 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37348 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dooley Vs. St. Louis County Council: Will Schism Last Beyond August Primary? Ronnie White's Nomination Recalls Past Battles — And Hard Feelings http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ronnie-whites-nomination-recalls-past-battles-and-hard-feelings <p><b>Updated 12:22 p.m., Thurs., June 19: </b>On June 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/executive-business-meeting-2014-06-19">advanced Ronnie White's nomination to the U.S. Senate floor.&nbsp;</a>The <a href="http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Results%20of%20Executive%20Business%20Meeting%20-%2006-19-14.pdf" target="_blank">committee's 10-7 affirmative vote</a> makes it highly likely that White's nomination to the federal bench will be approved.</p><p><b>Here's the original story about White's nomination from April:</b></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:24:00 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 35012 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ronnie White's Nomination Recalls Past Battles — And Hard Feelings Dooley Once Again Embroiled In Debate Over County Parks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dooley-once-again-embroiled-debate-over-county-parks <p>St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has claimed in recent weeks that he never proposed shutting down county parks in 2011. But now, as the issue begins to heat up again, Dooley is, in his own words, "walking back" from his comments.</p><p>Dooley told St. Louis Public Radio that he “never proposed shutting down anything,” adding that “people will be saying things every election cycle about Charlie Dooley. Just because they say it doesn’t make it so.”</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 01:03:45 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36916 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dooley Once Again Embroiled In Debate Over County Parks Analysis: Roads Far Outweigh Bikes In Transportation Tax List http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/analysis-roads-far-outweigh-bikes-transportation-tax-list <p>St. Louis area leaders squelched any doubts last week about how they want to spend money from a transportation sales tax.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sure, some of the regional projects funded with the .75 percent sales tax increase would bolster mass transit service or bike trails. But that's the exception rather than the rule: Most of the roughly $1.5 billion worth of requested projects would go toward roads, highways and bridges.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 03:39:38 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36768 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Analysis: Roads Far Outweigh Bikes In Transportation Tax List Agencies Scramble To Decide Projects For Early Transportation Tax Vote http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/agencies-scramble-decide-projects-early-transportation-tax-vote <p>If you had $1.49 billion for transportation projects, how would you spend it? Would you repair highways? Bolster mass transit service? Enhance bike lanes?</p><p>This isn’t some academic exercise. The St. Louis region’s political leaders are considering how to divide the potential proceeds from a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation. These decisions could have a transformative impact on how St. Louis area residents get around.</p><p>But here’s the twist: You have to make this decision very, very quickly.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 04:17:35 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36598 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Agencies Scramble To Decide Projects For Early Transportation Tax Vote