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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Lincoln Days
1:07 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Missouri Republicans Predict Victory As Long As Focus Is Solely On Democrats

House Majority Leader John Diehl, left, shares a Lincoln Days laugh with fellow Republicans, including Catherine Hanaway, right, a 2016 candidate for governor.
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –  From U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt on down, Missouri Republicans at the party’s annual Lincoln Days festivities are full of confidence about their chances at the polls this fall and in 2016.

And the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,’’ is getting much of the credit.

“If this disaster doesn’t help us take control of the Senate, it will surprise me,” said Blunt, who sparked several ovations at Friday night’s opening banquet of the weekend gathering, held this year at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, the senator's home turf.

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Vice presidential visit
12:57 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Biden: Federal Stimulus Has Brought Jobs, Infrastructure To 'Heart Of America'

U. S. Vice President Joe Biden makes his remarks after touring the America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Vice President Joe Biden declared here Wednesday that the best cure for the nation's economic ills was to step up the transportation and construction spending that made America great. 

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Politically Speaking
11:27 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Politically Speaking: Missouri's Democratic House Leader Says Party's Voices Still Matter

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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This week, Chris McDaniel and Jo Mannies hosted state House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, a Democrat from St. Louis. Hummel, a union electrician, acknowledges that the 52 House Democrats have a tough task because they are outnumbered by more than 100 Republicans.

On the show, Hummel observed that:

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Medicaid expansion
11:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Missouri Chamber Endorses Bill Expanding Medicaid To Low-Income Workers

Credit (Via Flickr/Rosemary)

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is lauding a new proposal to expand Medicaid. The business group says it would allow Missouri to take advantage of the $2 billion a year in federal subsidies that it currently has declined to accept.

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Federal stimulus
12:35 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Biden To Promote Transportation Spending During Granite City Visit

Vice President Joe Biden during an earlier visit to the St. Louis area.
Credit KWMU photo

(Updated at 5:25 p.m., February 18)

Vice President Joe Biden will be joined by past and present top federal transportation officials on Wednesday when he stops by Granite City to promote the five-year anniversary of the passage of the federal stimulus measure.

In Granite City, Biden is expected to highlight the spending on port improvements along the Mississippi River that were made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was aimed at stemming the economic downturn underway in early 2009.

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Politics & Issues
7:16 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Koster Visits Bridgeton Landfill, Calls For Improved Protocol To Handle Problems

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster talks with Pattonville Fire Department officials about landfill fire.
Credit Missouri Attorney General's Office

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said Monday that this weekend’s surface fire at the Bridgeton Landfill will play a role in the state’s ongoing lawsuit against its owner, Republic Services.

The fire “informs the court case,’’ Koster said. “The fact that a fire did flare up gives credence to the overall concerns that residents have had for some time.”

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Obituary
3:10 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Missouri Democrats Mourn Death Of Former State Legislator

Former state Rep. Ron Casey, D-Crystal City
Credit Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is among the Missouri Democrats mourning the death of former state Rep. Ron Casey, D-Crystal City, who died Sunday of injuries suffered in a fall at a relative’s home.

Mr. Casey, 61, had represented southern Jefferson County in the state House from 2005 through 2013, leaving because of term limits. Earlier, he had served 12 years as a county commissioner.

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Politics & Issues
11:18 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Missouri Voters Would Have To Approve Photo IDs Before Details Are Worked Out

Credit File photo

Before Missouri legislators can enact any sort of photo ID requirement for voters, they first must get voter approval to change the state constitution.

Until the General Assembly approves a separate resolution to place the amendment before voters, any debate over specifics doesn't matter much.

In fact, Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones predicts that the proposed constitutional amendment to allow photo-ID requirements for voters will likely be the only piece of photo ID legislation to pass this year.

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Politics & Issues
6:18 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Surface Fire Erupts At Bridgeton Landfill, Is Unrelated To Underground Fire

Bridgeton and West Lake landfills, with highlighted areas showing underground fire and radioactive material.
Credit Missouri Department of Natural Resources

A surface fire erupted and was quickly extinguished Sunday at the Bridgeton Landfill, which has been plagued by an underground fire for some time.

The two fires are unrelated, said the landfill’s parent owner, Republic Services, in a statement issued Sunday afternoon.

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Politics & Issues
5:35 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Report For EPA Says Underground Landfill Fire Poses Little Risk

A view of part of the controversial Bridgeton Landfill.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

A study conducted for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that the underground fire plaguing part of the Bridgeton Landfill site isn’t a hazardous threat, even if it reaches radioactive material stored at a neighboring landfill.

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