Jo Mannies

Political Reporter

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter.  She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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Defense
9:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Durbin, McCaskill Call For Tougher Actions Against Russia In Wake of Airliner Crash

Dick Durbin
Credit File photo

For U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, more sanctions against Russia aren’t enough to demonstrate the United States’ fury over Thursday’s crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.

The plane is believed to have been hit by a Russian-made missile fired by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

Durbin and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., both believe that the bulk of the blame lies with “Putin’s effort to destabilize the Ukraine,’’ as Durbin put it.

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Congress
1:15 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Akin Stands By View Of Rape, Wishes GOP Would Stand By Him

Todd Akin
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Todd Akin’s new book is entitled “Firing Back.’’ But based on the former St. Louis area congressman’s  interviews over the past week, an equally descriptive title could be “No Apology.”

Two years after losing a nationally watched contest for the U.S. Senate, Akin is arguably more passionate than ever as he defends the message that landed him in hot water in 2012.

The immortal phrase in question: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

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Primary Election 2014
12:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Dooley And Stenger Battle Over TV Ads, Women's Vote

County Executive Charlie Dooley launched a negative TV ad against County Councilman Steve Stenger, assuming him of defending a prostitution kingpin.
Credit Wikipedia

(Updated 12 p.m. Thursday, July 17)

The nasty contest for St. Louis County executive got even nastier today when incumbent Democrat Charlie Dooley launched a new TV ad that attacks rival Steve Stenger for a client he represented 14 years ago as a court-ordered attorney in a prostitution case.

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St. Louis County Executive Race
11:52 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

St. Louis County Executive Dooley Tangles With Rivals At Only Major Forum

Democratic candidates for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Steve Stenger.
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

After enduring almost two hours of attacks from his rivals, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley had had enough.

“There is nobody on this platform that has more experience, and knowledge about St. Louis County,” Dooley told the audience at the close of Wednesday night’s candidate forum hosted by the area’s League of Women Voters.

Of his opponents, he added tersely, “They don’t even know what they don’t know. They haven’t got a clue.”

Dooley literally got the last word at the two-hour event, held at Florissant Valley Community College. About 200 people attended.

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Politically Speaking
4:58 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Politically Speaking: Jeff Aboussie Talks About Labor's Influence Throughout Missouri

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed St. Louis Building and Construction Trades secretary-treasurer Jeff Aboussie to the Politically Speaking podcast. 

 

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes now.

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Campaign Finance
8:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Stenger Outraises, Outspends Dooley In St. Louis County Executive Race

Steve Stenger (left) and Charley Dooley
Credit (Campaign Photos)

Blame all that spending on TV ads.   St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger has heavily outspent County Executive Charlie Dooley in the last months in their battle for Dooley's job in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary.

The latest campaign finance reports filed Tuesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission show that Stenger spent $656,473 in the past three months. In comparison, Dooley spent only $351,582.

Overall, their spending is a bit closer: Stenger has spent $981,841 overall, compared to $661,971 for Dooley.

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Campaign Finance
7:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Koster, Transportation Tax Backers Lead Campaign Money-Raising

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The group backing the proposed transportation sales tax is the biggest money-raising operation in the state – but it has yet to air a single TV ad.

Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, the campaign committee for the sales tax known as Amendment 7, appears to be entering the final weeks of the campaign with more than $2.5 million to spend.

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Congress
5:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

For Republicans, Silence Is Golden When It Comes To Akin's Book

Todd Akin
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

(Updated 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15)

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, is continuing this week to make the rounds of the national news outlets as he promotes his new book, “Firing Back.”

But most Republicans, nationally and in Missouri, are continuing to ignore his book – and him.

In the book, Akin generally defends his controversial 2012 contention that in cases of “legitimate rape,’’ women rarely get pregnant because “their bodies have ways of shutting the whole thing down.”

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St. Louis Politics
10:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Slay Names Alderman Florida As New Recorder Of Deeds

Jennifer Florida
Credit City of St. Louis

(Updated 1:45 p.m. Monday, July 14)

Last Thursday, the day before then-Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter was forced to step down, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay approached Alderman Jennifer Florida about becoming her replacement. On Monday, Florida was sworn in.

Florida said in an interview that the mayor had reaffirmed the importance of the job and his desire to quickly deal with "this sudden impending vacancy.."

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Primary Election 2014
5:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

St. Louis Recorder Of Deeds Steps Down -- But Is Running For Re-Election

Sharon Carpenter
Credit City of St. Louis

St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter, the city’s longest-serving current citywide official, is stepping down from office amid a probe into whether she violated the state’s nepotism law.

But Carpenter is expected to seek election to a new term in a few weeks – and she still has the endorsement of Mayor Francis Slay.

The nepotism ban only applies to her current term, which ends in December. It does not bar her from seeking the office again.

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