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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2014 General Election
5:23 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Stenger In-Depth Interview: 'We Need To Move Forward Together ... Now'

Steve Stenger celebrates his victory in his race for St. Louis County executive..
Chris McDaniel | St. Louis Public Radio

A day after his narrow victory, St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger says he’s “certainly willing to extend an olive branch’’ to those fellow Democrats who had opposed his election.

But that said, Stenger made clear Wednesday that he expects those critics — many of whom were African-American officials in north St. Louis County — to do their part as well.

“We saw political motivations of all sorts, and we need to set them aside,’’ Stenger said during a wide-ranging interview on St. Louis Public Radio's Politically Speaking podcast.

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Politically Speaking
3:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Politically Speaking: County Executive-Elect Stenger On His Close Win

Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

A day after his election, St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger joins the Politically Speaking podcast to discuss the results.

Stenger, currently a county councilman, will take the post in January.

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes now.

During the podcast, Stenger said:

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2014 General Election
12:45 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Stenger Edges Out Stream In Expensive Nail-Biter For County Executive

Steve Stenger celebrates a victory.
Credit Chris McDaniel | St. Louis Public Radio

Democrat Steve Stenger eked out a narrow victory Tuesday for St. Louis County executive, becoming one of the few major Democratic wins – regionally or nationally.

After trailing for much of the vote-counting, Stenger ended up with an edge of 1,768 votes over Republican Rick Stream. That amounted to less than 1 percent of the roughly 294,000 votes cast.

"I want to say 'thank you' to the voters of St. Louis County who have placed their confidence in me to turn their county around, and to move our county forward and upward,'' Stenger said in a brief victory speech.

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2014 General Election
7:43 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

St. Louis County Election Officials To 'Reassess' After Paper Ballot Shortage Causes Delays

Stock photo of paper ballot
Credit sxc.hu

(Updated 1:45 a.m., Wed, Nov. 5)

St. Louis County election officials are considering changes in how many paper ballots to print and how to train polling place staff for the next election cycle, said Democratic director of elections Rita Days.

The reassessment comes after an unexpected demand for paper ballots caused a shortage at about 95 polling places throughout the county Tuesday. That's more than 20 percent of the county's 444 balloting sites.

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2014 General Election
5:23 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Cheat Sheet: A Quick Guide To Candidates And Issues On Tuesday's Ballot

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is estimating that slightly fewer than 40 percent of the state’s voters will show up at the polls next Tuesday, a lower turnout than in 2010 — when there was more at stake on the ballot.

Area election officials also are projecting lower turnouts, ranging from roughly 20 percent in the city of St. Louis to 25 percent in St. Charles County, 46 percent in St. Louis County and 47 percent in Jefferson County.

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Politically Speaking
1:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Politically Speaking: Handicapping The 2014 Election -- And Looking Ahead To 2016

We're getting close to Election Day, and that means St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum are returning to the show's "classic" format to preview the main races in St. Louis and throughout the Show Me State.

By Missouri standards, Tuesday's election is relatively quiet, especially because the only statewide race for state auditor is essentially uncontested. And Republicans aren't expected to lose their firm hold on the Missouri House or Senate.

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2014 General Election
10:15 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Jefferson County Becomes New Battleground For Missouri House Contests

Inside the chambers of the Missouri House.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

When it comes to the Missouri House and next Tuesday’s election, leaders in both major parties agree that the stakes are low.

There’s little doubt that Republicans will maintain historically huge majorities in the General Assembly’s lower chamber. They may even pick up another seat or two. Democrats, meanwhile, see their best hope in making a few gains of their own.

Still, House Republican Campaign Committee executive director Scott Dieckhaus admits a bit of uncertainty.

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Ferguson
2:55 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ferguson Officials Deny Any Plans To Change Police Operations

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Thursday turned into a day of denials, as Ferguson officials denied national reports that the police chief is out, and St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch denied that the grand jury had leaked details about its probe into the Ferguson police shooting.

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2014 General Election
12:24 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Clay Endorses Florida In St. Louis Recorder Of Deeds Contest

William Lacy Clay
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay has endorsed Jennifer Florida for St. Louis recorder of deeds, putting the congressman in the middle of a complicated contest.

Florida, a former alderman, was appointed by Mayor Francis Slay this summer to hold the office  after longtime incumbent Sharon Carpenter was forced to step down over nepotism charges.

Carpenter remained in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary and won. Florida was named too late to be in the primary, and filed instead as an independent candidate on next Tuesday’s ballot

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2016 Governor's Race
4:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

NY Times Investigation Leads To Questions About Koster, Money In Missouri Politics

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

In 1991, then-Missouri Attorney General Bill Webster’s ascension to become the next governor seemed inevitable. He had the looks, charisma, campaign cash and the connections.

But then a controversy erupted over whether his office was giving preferential treatment to donors when it came to state contracts. A federal investigation ensued. Webster’s reputation took a huge hit.

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