Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has vetoed a bill that would block the collection of union bargaining fees from state employees who are not union members.
The Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders have been sparring over unions' role in state government. The spat began in June of 2001 when Holden signed an executive order granting collective bargaining rights to thousands of state workers.
Earlier this month, the Legislature passed the resolution vetoed by Holden Wednesday.
St. Louis, MO – The latest victim of car theft in St. Louis City is the top Democrat in the Missouri Senate.
Ken Jacob told the Post-Dispatch he had just walked into the WS Hotel on Washington last Thursday to register when his car was stolen. He says it happened in just minutes, noting he he still had his keys in his hands.
The Columbia Democrat was at the hotel for a fund raiser for his campaign for Lieutenant Governor. He says the 2002 Lincoln was the first really nice car he's ever owned.
St. Louis – It appears there will be a crowded field of candidates for St. Louis County Executive this fall.
Tuesday was the first day that candidates could file for the primary ballot in August. Three Republicans -- county councilman Kurt Odenwald, Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock and civic activist Ed Golterman -- filed their candidacy papers.
Several others, including former County Executive Gene McNary, are expected to seek the Republican nomination, as well.