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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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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Campaign Finance
9:47 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Appeals Court Resurrects Initiative Petition Drive For Campaign Donation Limits

Group seeks to put new campaign-donation limits in place in Missouri

The Western District Court of Appeals of Missouri has resurrected an initiative-petition effort to restore campaign donation limits in Missouri. But the proposal’s backers may not have enough time to collect the signatures needed to get their proposal before voters.

The lawyer for the appeals-court loser — wealthy donor Rex Sinquefield — noted that its side has 15 days to decide whether to appeal this week’s ruling to the Missouri Supreme Court.

“We have some time,’’ said Sinquefield lawyer Marc Ellinger.

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St. Louis County Government
6:10 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Change Rejected In Dispatching For Fire, Ambulance Districts In St. Louis County

Credit File photo

(Updated 9:55 p.m. Wed., March 12)

The commission currently overseeing fire dispatching for most of St. Louis County has rejected a move by some fire districts to shift operations to St. Louis County's new emergency center.

Three protection or ambulance districts on the commission for the Central County Emergency 911 had sought the change. But the districts' request appears to be dead, for now, because four votes were needed on the panel before any talks with the county could move forward. 

The commission deadlocked at 3-3 Wednesday night.

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Politics & Issues
12:25 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Missouri Democrats Solidly Against 'Right To Work,' Less So Regarding 'Right To Farm'

Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

HANNIBAL, Mo. --The banners, the stickers and the rhetoric at this weekend’s Democrat Days made one thing clear:

When it comes to “right to work,’’ Missouri Democratic activists and politicians are solidly against it. 

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Health Care
4:07 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

Koster Calls On Democrats To Fight For Medicaid Expansion, Blasts GOP's 'Angry Stubbornness'

Credit File Photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster –  now running for governor -- dove straight into the health-care debate Saturday when he attacked his former Republican colleagues for opposing Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act.

“The Affordable Care Act was a Republican idea, for goodness sakes,” Koster declared. “They’re just pissed that we stole it.”

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Elections
10:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Municipal, School Board Elections Among Matters At Stake In April 8 Election

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

(Updated 10:45 a.m., Mon., March 10 with filing of Jayson Thornton in Kirkwood.)

A longstanding contract dispute between the union representing University City firefighters and some city officials could influence that city’s April 8 election of new council members.

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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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