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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St. Louis County Executive Race
11:30 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Stream Files For St. Louis County Executive

Rick Stream
Credit House website

(Updated 1 p.m. Monday, March 24)

As expected, state Rep. Rick Stream filed Monday morning for St. Louis County executive – tossing a new element into what already had become a volatile contest.

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Politics & Issues
4:16 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Bachmann Calls For GOP To Repeal Obamacare, Block Immigration Changes

Michele Bachmann
Credit Wikipedia

Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann — a favorite of the national tea party movement — was in the St. Louis area Saturday to exhort fellow social conservatives to continue their fight against President Barack Obama, whom she characterized as weak overseas and a dictator at home.

Speaking at a packed Eagle Forum luncheon in Ladue, Bachmann predicted that American voters will respond this fall by putting Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate so that the president’s policies — especially the Affordable Care Act — can be blocked and repealed.

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Politics & Issues
5:46 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Proposed Loop/Forest Park Trolley Project Snags $25 Million Federal Grant

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

The federal government has awarded a $25 million “urban circulator grant’’ for the planned trolley system that would run from University City’s Loop district through Forest Park.

The grant was among only five awarded nationally, and would cover more than half the cost of the estimated $43 million project.

“This really is an exciting honor for the entire St. Louis region, more than Forest Park and The Loop,” said Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill and the Moonrise Hotel, in a statement. Edwards had first proposed the project 17 years ago.

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Missouri Senate
3:50 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

House Speaker Jones Drops Bid For Senate; Will Cunningham Jump In?

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (at mike) at a press conference earlier this year.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has announced that he’s not running for the Missouri state Senate – setting the table for a possible candidacy by former state Sen. Jane Cunningham.

Jones and Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, have been touted as likely candidates after state Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, made the surprise announcement that he’s not seeking re-election to his 26th District seat.

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St. Louis County Executive
2:36 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Stream Touted As Possible County Executive Candidate As Stenger Levels Attacks

Rick Stream
Credit House website

(Update 4:50 p.m. Friday, March 21)

The race for St. Louis County executive heated up on Friday, as Republicans began a final push for a high-profile candidate and Democrat Steve Stenger, a member of the County Council, has escalated his attacks against incumbent Charlie Dooley.

One particular Republican is attracting a lot of last-minute talk: state Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, who also chairs the state House Budget Committee.

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Reproductive Rights
9:44 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Missouri's Latest Abortion Debate Once Again Attracts National Attention

Missouri House approved last week a 72-hour waiting period for abortion. It now goes to the Senate.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

For at least 35 years, Missouri has been one of the major battlefields in the ongoing fight over reproductive rights, contraception and abortion.

Based on the last few weeks in Jefferson City, not much has changed.

“Missouri is one of the really hot states, when it comes to abortion restrictions this year,’’ said Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager with the Guttmacher Institute, a research group advocating sexual and reproductive health rights.

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St. Louis County Executive
8:20 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Dooley Releases Decade's Worth Of Tax Returns, Calls On Rivals To Do The Same

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley holds up his taxes after recording the Politically Speaking podcast.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 8:20 p.m. Wed., March 19)

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has released nine years of his tax returns – from 2003 to 2012 – and he is calling on his Democratic and Republican rivals to do the same. 

“Nine years, open book, transparency,’’ Dooley said, as he handed over copies of his returns to St. Louis Public Radio during his appearance on the Politically Speaking podcast.

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St. Louis County Executive
8:18 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Cunningham Not Running For County Executive, Says GOP Backing Someone Else

Jane Cunningham
Credit Provided by Mrs. Cunningham

Former state Sen. Jane Cunningham, a Republican from Chesterfield, announced Wednesday that she’s not going to run for St. Louis County Executive – ending several weeks of speculation.

Cunningham said she was doing so because the county GOP is “unifying around our best candidate” who she declined to identify.

“I don’t want him to feel like he has to run against me in order to be the Republican candidate,” Cunningham added.

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Politically Speaking
3:13 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Politically Speaking: County Executive Dooley Makes His Case For Re-Election

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  

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We know you can’t get enough of Politically Speaking, which is why we have two episodes this week. The Politically Speaking crew's latest interview features St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat who has held the powerful local office since late 2003.

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