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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Ferguson
6:38 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Despite Views Of Decision, Area Officials Call For Calm

Gov. Jay Nixon talks about hopes for calm before the Darren Wilson decision as St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Daniel Isom, the new director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, listen.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Before and after the grand jury’s decision became public, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other area governmental officials made clear Monday night that they understood the stakes.

“Now is the time to show the world,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, that protesters and their critics can react without violence to the grand jury’s decision regarding whether to indict a Ferguson police officer who shot an unarmed teenager on Aug. 9.

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Reproductive Issues
1:30 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Region's Planned Parenthood Announces New Chief Executive

Mary Kogut
Credit Provided by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

The region’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, which operates Missouri’s only abortion clinic, has announced a new chief executive to replace long-time president Paula Gianino, who is retiring.

Mary Kogut, currently vice president of patient services, will take over on Jan. 8 as the new president and CEO for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

Kogut has been with the agency for 34 years. She was chosen after a year-long search, said Shanti Parikh, the agency’s board chairman.

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2016 Governor's Race
3:35 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Schweich Ups Ante In GOP Jockeying For Big Donors For 2016

Tom Schweich
Credit (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

State Auditor Tom Schweich has yet to decide whether to run for governor in 2016, but he’s making clear that lots of high-profile fellow Republicans want him to do so.

On Thursday, Schweich’s allies released “an open letter’’ signed by more than 120 donors and party activists who want him to run for governor.

The aim of Schweich’s supporters is to portray him as a better choice, backed by more party big shots, than former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, who already has declared her candidacy – and has promoted her own high-profile support.

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Politically Speaking
10:52 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Politically Speaking: Rep.-Elect Lavender Discusses Long, Long Road To The Missouri House

Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking podcast crew this week welcomes a woman who’s literally one of a kind:  state Rep-elect Deb Lavender, D-Kirkwood.

A physical therapist, Lavender appears to have set a modern-day record in the state by running four consecutive times for the same legislative post before winning.  She lost bids in 2008, 2010 and 2012 to then-incumbent Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.

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Campaign Finance
2:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Stung By N.Y. Times, Koster Announces Personal Campaign-Finance Limits

Chris Koster
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

To repair his reputation, Missouri Attorney Chris Koster has announced self-imposed guidelines on what campaign donations he will accept as he runs his office while also running for governor in 2016.

In a statement, Koster said he was advancing “sweeping new transparency measures’’ that he acknowledged were intended to address some conflict-of-interest accusations that have been leveled against him.

But he also suggested that the General Assembly consider imposing similar campaign limits on other public officials.

His key restrictions include:

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Map Of Results
1:25 am
Wed November 19, 2014

North St. Louis County Carried Stenger Across The Finish Line

Steve Stenger, Democrat, left, and Rick Stream, Republican, ran for St. Louis County executive.
Credit Photos courtesy of the candidates

If it weren’t for voters in north St. Louis County, Democrat Steve Stenger wouldn’t have won the tight Nov. 4 contest for county executive.

Stenger lost most of his home turf in south St. Louis County to Republican Rick Stream. 

Stenger carried north county strongly, but the percentage was far less than County Executive Charlie Dooley's performance in 201o. Even so, Stenger's north county showing -- despite opposition from north county Democrats -- proved crucial to victory.

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Ferguson
8:33 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Slay Lays Out Plans To Deploy 400 National Guard Troops

Credit moguard.com

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and city law enforcement plan to ask for 400 National Guard troops to augment the city’s police force following the announcement of the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision regarding the Ferguson police shooting.

Slay told the city’s Board of Aldermen in a letter released Tuesday night that the Guard troops would be split into two groups, each of which would work 12-hour shifts.

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Michael Brown Shooting
2:19 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

With Grand Jury Decision Looming, Nixon Declares State Of Emergency

Gov. Jay Nixon announces his intention to use the National Guard to assist with protests in Ferguson on Nov. 11, 2014.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

(Updated at 9 p.m., Mon., Nov. 17)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard to protect “the two pillars: safety and speech’’ that he says could be tested in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision regarding the August police shooting that killed teenager Michael Brown. 

"Our goal is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard,'' Nixon said Monday night in a conference call with reporters.

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Ferguson
1:07 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Missouri Black Legislators Want Arrest Charges Dropped For Non-Violent Protesters

Missouri Capitol
Credit (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri General Assembly’s 19-member Black Legislative Caucus is asking that Ferguson drop the charges for non-violent protesters who have been arrested since demonstrations began following the Aug. 9 shooting that killed Michael Brown.

In a release issued Monday, the caucus called for the city to set up “a restorative justice plan in lieu of municipal fines for the non-violent protesters that have been arrested.”

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2016 Race For Governor
12:58 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Bond Supporting Hanaway In Her 2016 Bid For Governor

Christopher Bond
Credit (UPI)

Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, the only announced Republican candidate for governor, has the support of one of the state’s political icons who used to be her boss: Former U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, R-Mo.

Bond and his wife, Linda Bond, are special guests at a reception/fundraiser Tuesday in Kansas City for Hanaway.

Before she ran for office herself,  Hanaway worked for Bond in the mid-1990s.  He has been a key mentor for her, and among those backing her presidential appointment in 2005 as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, based in St. Louis.

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