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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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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Candidate Filings
1:49 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Several Missouri Members of Congress Attract Challengers On First Day Of Filings

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley filed for office Tuesday morning at the county Election Board in Maplewood.
Credit Provided by Dooley campaign

(Updated 5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 26)

At least three of Missouri's eight members of Congress will face primary challenges this summer, based on Tuesday's first official day of candidate filing for this year's August and November elections.

And so will at least one of the Missouri Senate's more controversial members: Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington.   State Rep. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, has filed to challenge Nieves in the primary.  So far, neither man is discussing the matter.

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Politically Speaking
4:31 am
Tue February 25, 2014

U.S. Rep. Wagner On GOP Leadership Role, Sex Trafficking And 2016

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. 

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Impeachment
10:43 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Some Missouri Legislators Talk Impeachment, But Prospects Are Slim

Gov. Jay Nixon has been tangling with the legislature over a number of issues, including his impeachment.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Just seven weeks into this legislative session, tensions are running high between legislative Republicans — especially in the Missouri House — and the top Democrat in the state Capitol, Gov. Jay Nixon.

Two House Republicans have filed articles of impeachment against the governor, while House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has set up a special committee to look into “continued regulatory overreach of both the state and federal governments.”

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