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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Politics & Issues
4:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Koster's Egg Suit Against California Gets Cracking, Now Has Five Allied States

Credit Wikipedia

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s effort to protect Missouri's egg producers from stiffer California mandates is getting support from five states that have joined Missouri’s suit.

The five states are Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Iowa. Combined with Missouri, the six states “produce more than 20 billion eggs per year, 10 percent of which are sold to California consumers,” Koster’s staff said.

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Congress
3:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Chain Of Command To Be Kept Involved In Military Sexual Assault Cases

Sen. Claire McCaskill
Credit via Senate livestream.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill,D-Mo., arguably won her most significant victory since her 2012 re-election with Thursday’s Senate vote in favor of her approach to fighting sexual assaults in the military.

Most significantly, her approach would keep sexual assault cases within the military chain of command, although she would restrict commanders’ powers to overturn jury verdicts in sexual assault cases and bar commanders from substituting lesser charges.

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Politically Speaking
9:11 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Politically Speaking: Treasurer Zweifel On Tax Credits, Military Matters And Political Futures

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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Missouri Budget
5:38 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Missouri General Revenue Shoots Up In February, Prompting Governor's Release Of Withheld Money

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to release $132 million withheld from the current budget was influenced, in part, by the rosier state revenue collections in February, his budget chief says.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering announced Tuesday that net general revenue collections for February shot up 17.3 percent ($69 million), compared to February 2013.   That strong showing follows several months of less-than-stellar revenue numbers, particularly in January.

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St. Louis County Council
5:59 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Ellisville Mayor Files For St. Louis County Council As Area Republicans Regroup

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul, who was at the center of a high-profile effort last year to oust him from office, is now seeking to be elected to a new job on the St. Louis County Council.

Paul filed Monday afternoon for the 7th District seat that’s now open, since longtime incumbent Greg Quinn announced that he wasn’t seeking re-election this fall.

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Missouri House
11:54 am
Mon March 3, 2014

State Rep. Ellinger, One of House's Most Outspoken Progressives, Stepping Down

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, has announced he's not seeking re-election.
Credit Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio.

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, announced Monday that he’s withdrawing as a candidate for re-election. Ellinger is in his second term.

Ellinger, 72, cited health reasons. A consultant, Jim Ross, said that Ellinger has been undergoing medical tests for several weeks.

Ellinger has been one of the state Capitol’s most outspoken progressives. He has been at the forefront of several recent legislative battles over Medicaid expansion, tax credits and crime bills.

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Primary elections
4:55 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Republicans In Tizzy Over Nieves Possibly Leaving State Senate

State Sen. Brian Nieves has filed for re-election, but some wonder if he is planning on changing his mind.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

Until this week, most of the attention directed at state Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, has focused on his outspoken conservatism and his efforts to block some federal gun laws.

But now the chief question is whether Nieves is preparing to quit the state Capitol.

Nieves said in two text messages this week, the latest on Friday, that he’s not yet ready to discuss the situation -- but many others are.

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Politics & Issues
4:43 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Former St. Louis Alderman Triplett Admits Illegally Using Campaign Money For Personal Expenses

Ald. Kacie Starr Triplett (in blue) at an event noting her decision to step down and take a job with Behavioral Health Network in November 2012.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Former St. Louis Alderman Kacie Starr Triplett is facing a $100,000 fine imposed by the Missouri Ethics Commission after she admitted that she illegally spent thousands of campaign dollars on personal expenses – including clothes, a wig,  a college loan and her mortgage.

She also admits to filing erroneous campaign reports that failed to list thousands of dollars in donations, and some improper spending, in a possible attempt to cover up her illegal activity. The reports in question span from 2010-2012. 

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Politics & Issues
3:34 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Blunt, McCaskill Step Up Concerns About Proposed National Guard Cuts

Credit Mo. National Guard, via Flickr/M. Queiser

Missouri’s two U.S. senators – Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill – are joining forces as they raise concerns about the Defense Department’s proposed cuts in spending for the National Guard.

The trims would have a $34 million economic impact on Missouri through 2016, Blunt told reporters Thursday. The reduced spending would primarily affect Guard operations in Springfield, Warrensburg and St. Joseph, he said.

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Presidential Conventions
10:05 am
Thu February 27, 2014

St. Louis Drops Plans To Bid For 2016 Democratic Convention; KC A Finalist For GOP Convention

Republican logo
Credit File photo

(Updated 2 p.m. Thurs, Feb. 27)

St. Louis has decided against bidding to host the 2016 Democratic presidential convention, citing the current civic focus on improving the downtown access to the Gateway Arch.

Instead, city officials will consider seeking the 2020 convention "when the Arch (project) is done and paid for," a spokesman for Mayor Francis Slay said Thursday.

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