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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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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Politics & Issues
5:06 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges

Sen. Claire McCaskill discussed various issues at a news conference Monday with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (far right).
Credit Nora Ibrahim/St. Louis Public Radio

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are talking about what’s best for the Bridgeton landfill and the World War II-era radioactive material stored at the neighboring West Lake landfill.

So says U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who was among four Missouri members of Congress – two Republicans and two Democrats – who cosigned a recent letter asking the EPA to work with the Corps, which previously dealt with similar radioactive sites elsewhere in the St. Louis area.

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Politically Speaking
4:23 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Politically Speaking: U.S. Rep. Shimkus On Ukraine's Future and GOP Primary For Illinois Governor

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

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

We’ve broken another barrier on the show: U.S. Rep. John Shimkus is the first political figure from Illinois to be a guest on the podcast. The Collinsville Republican has represented large areas of southern Illinois since 1997 and plays a major role on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Medicaid Expansion
12:40 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Nixon Predicts Exodus Of Young Workers Unless Medicaid Is Expanded

Gov. Jay Nixon makes pitch for Medicaid expansion at church in Dellwood.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is trying a new pitch in his quest to persuade state legislators to expand the state's Medicaid program and accept the $2 billion a year in extra federal money that would go along with it.

Nixon told supporters Thursday night in St. Louis County that the state’s current Medicaid program is so stingy that it discourages people from working — and could drive entry-level workers to other states that are expanding Medicaid.

Missouri now bars Medicaid coverage for anyone who earns more than $2,217 a year — which boils down to $42.63 a week.

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Election
2:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Nieves Drops Re-Election Bid, Sets Off GOP Jockeying For Job

Brian Nieves
Credit Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

(Updated 1:50 p.m. Friday, March 14)

State Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, has dropped his bid for re-election – ending two weeks of political suspense about his intentions.

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Politically Speaking
7:49 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Politically Speaking: Republican Hanaway Discusses Why She Wants To Be Governor

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week their guest is Republican Catherine Hanaway, the former speaker of the Missouri House and former U.S. attorney for Missouri's eastern district. She's now running for governor in 2016.

On the show, Hanaway talks about her political past and her hoped-for future. Among other things she said:

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