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.


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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August 5 Primary
1:58 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Koster's Support For 'Right To Farm' Prompts Praise And Criticism

Chris Koster
Credit (Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s decision to endorse the proposed “Right To Farm’’ constitutional amendment is resurrecting a split within Democratic ranks over the issue – and him.

Koster, a Republican-turned-Democrat, now is seen as the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor in 2016.  He also has become the de facto leader of the state Democratic Party, in part because he’s currently the party’s largest single donor.

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Missouri General Assembly
3:45 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Nixon Vetoes Payday-Loan Bill, Sets New Veto Record

Jay Nixon
Credit Gov. Jay Nixon (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

(Updated 12:15 a.m. Friday, July 11)

With more vetoes still likely, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon already has set a record for vetoes during his tenure – with 31 amassed so far for this year’s legislative session.

Nixon’s tally already is larger than his previous record of 29, set last year. He has until Monday to sign or veto bills -- or allow them to become law without his signature.

The General Assembly will have a chance in September to attempt to override his vetoes. Last year's override tally of 10 was the most in 180 years.

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Primary Election 2014
5:01 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

St. Louis Public Radio's Plans For Dooley-Stenger Debate Appear Dead

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

St. Louis Public Radio’s efforts to host a debate between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and his chief Democratic rival, Councilman Steve Stenger, appear to have failed.

While Dooley’s campaign had agreed in principle to a debate hosted by the station, Dooley has not agreed to any of the dates St. Louis Public Radio offered. Instead, the Dooley campaign insists that any debate be held at the station on Thursday, July 31 or Friday, Aug. 1. That’s just days before the Aug. 5 primary.

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Campus Sexual Assault
10:14 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Survey Of College Campuses Shows Many Do Not Investigate Sexual Assault

Claire McCaskill
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says a staff survey of 440 colleges and universities regarding campus sexual assaults has found that 41 percent of those responding “have not conducted a single investigation in five years” despite allegations by possible victims.

That finding is disturbing, McCaskill told reporters Wednesday because it means those colleges "are saying there are zero instances of sexual assault, which is hard to believe."

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August 5 Primary
2:19 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Transportation Tax Proposal And Schmitt Benefit From Deluge Of Donations


The first week of July has been a boon for the main group campaigning for the proposed transportation sales tax on the Aug. 5 ballot and for just-announced Republican state treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt.

In the last 24 hours alone, Missourians for Safe Transportation & New Jobs Inc. has collected at least $410,000 – much of it from road construction firms and related unions.

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Politically Speaking
11:41 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Politically Speaking: Hot August Primary And Hot (Or Not) Prospects For Nixon, McCaskill in 2016

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week the trio discusses the two hottest issues on the Aug. 5 ballot – the contest for St. Louis County executive and the proposed sales tax hike for transportation.

We also talk about an article in the nonpartisan National Journal that considers two major Missouri Democrats as potential presidential alternatives to Hillary Clinton.

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Aug. 5 Primary
12:35 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Missourians Living Overseas, Or In The Miltary, Can Now Register and Vote Online

Credit (via Flickr/voxefxtm)

Missourians living overseas – including those in the military – can now register to vote and get their absentee ballots online through a new secure website set up by the secretary of state’s office.

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Missouri General Assembly
4:11 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Nixon Signs Bill To Expand Access Of Heroin Antidote To First Responders

Heroin in powder and pill forms
Credit via Wikimedia

Missouri state Rep. Dave Hinson has seen first-hand what a lifesaver a heroin antidote can be.

Hinson, R-St. Clair, is a paramedic based in north St. Louis County. Just recently, he said, he used the antidote to save the life of a homeless man at a Metrolink stop who had apparently overdosed on heroin.

“It’s pretty simple to identify a heroin overdose, with the pinpoint pupils,” said Hinson. If the antidote is given soon enough – before the user has stopped breathing for several minutes – the effects of the heroin can be swiftly reversed.

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August Primary
10:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Race Looms As Potential Factor In St. Louis County Executive Contest

Steve Stenger (left) and Charlie Dooley
Credit candidate photos

In a county where the population is about 70 percent white, but the top official is African American, there’s always the chance that race can emerge as a factor in the contest for St. Louis county executive.

That’s particularly true, say some demographic experts, because St. Louis County’s housing patterns continue to be somewhat segregated — with most African Americans living in north county while south county is overwhelmingly white.

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