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.


9:54 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Boeing's Announcement Of 700 New Jobs Offers Promise Of More

Gov. Jay Nixon, at podium
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

Less than a year after losing a bid for Boeing’s 777X commercial plane, state and local officials couldn’t be happier about the aircraft manufacturer’s latest announcement that some of the 777X’s parts will be built here – creating 700 new jobs.

The 700 comes on top of 500 defense-related jobs that Boeing is moving from Washington state, and up to 900 coming to St. Louis as part of a “global realignment,’’ as Boeing executive vice president Chris Chadwick explained at Monday’s news conference.

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2014 General Election
9:21 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Missouri's 'Safe' Congressional Districts Result In Little Competition

U.S. Capitol
Credit Wikipedia

Missouri voters will make decisions this fall on who will fill all eight of the state’s congressional districts.

But as it stands, there’s little debate over who likely will win.

All eight of the state’s incumbents in the U.S. House are in seats that – thanks to the 2011 redistricting – heavily favor one party or the other. As a result, none of them faces well-funded challengers this fall.

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Missouri Attorney General
3:02 am
Sat October 4, 2014

California Judge Tosses Out Missouri Suit Against New Egg-Laying Regulations

Credit Wikipedia

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has lost the first round of a legal fight to protect Missouri egg producers from stricter California regulations.

A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by Missouri and five other states on behalf of their egg producers. Those states oppose a California law, set to go in effect in January,  that would bar the sale of eggs from states that allow hens to be housed in enclosures deemed too cramped.

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Missouri Budget
4:32 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Missouri Government's Income Lags Slightly Behind What's Needed For Budget

Budget director Linda Luebbering
Credit Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri state government is seeing an increase in general-revenue income but not enough to cover its budget for the current fiscal year.

That’s the assessment of state Budget Director Linda Luebbering of the state’s latest income numbers, released Thursday.

Since the fiscal year began July 1, general revenue collections are up 3.8 percent compared to the same period a year ago. If that percentage remained throughout the fiscal year, the state would be about $100 million short of meeting its budget, requiring last-minute cuts by Gov. Jay Nixon.

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10:43 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Coalition of Black Democratic Officials Endorses Republican Stream For County Executive

African-American elected officials announce that they endorse Rick Stream, a Republican, for St. Louis County Executive.
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

For some in both camps, the decision of a group of African-American Democratic officials to endorse Republican Rick Stream for county executive boils down to one word:


Berkeley Mayor Ted Hoskins said as much when he explained at Wednesday’s news conference — which featured about two dozen north St. Louis County officials — that Stream’s conservative views and legislative votes aren’t the issue.

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2014 General Election
9:42 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Stream and Stenger Head Into Final Stretch In Battle For County Executive

Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio intern

With the nationally watched unrest in Ferguson as a backdrop, St. Louis County’s contest for county executive may well live up to its hype as the region’s marquee contest on the Nov. 4 ballot.

And although Election Day is a month away, Republican Rick Stream and Democrat Steve Stenger, both St. Louis natives, already are running attack ads – a sign that their battle may be tighter than the county’s Democratic-leaning demographics might indicate.

Their pitches fit in with their parties’ traditional jabs:

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Missouri Lottery
1:09 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Diehl Calls For Doing Away With Missouri's 30-Year-Old Lottery

Lottery balls
Credit via Flickr/Jeremy Brooks

Missouri state Rep. John Diehl, who is expected to be the next speaker of the state House, says he plans to push to get rid of Missouri’s state lottery.

Diehl, a Republican from Town and Country, expects to sponsor a bill to get such a proposal on the 2016 statewide ballot.

Diehl calls the Missouri Lottery, in place since 1984, “a dishonest way to fund public education."

Still, he acknowledges that it's unclear whether Missouri voters will agree with him.

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Missouri Politics
1:03 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Some Conservatives Declare Opposition To Diehl, Likely Next Speaker Of Missouri House

John Diehl
Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Roughly a dozen conservative activists are calling on Missouri legislators to select someone other than state Rep. John Diehl as the next House speaker, contending that he hasn’t been conservative enough.

Diehl, R-Town and Country, currently the House majority leader, was chosen by the House Republican caucus more than a year ago to be the next speaker. (That, of course, assumes he wins re-election in November, and Republicans remain in power.)

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Missouri Government
7:53 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Missouri Governor Makes Fourth Trip To Afghanistan

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and three other governors meet with top members of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan.
Credit Governor's Office

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to return to Jefferson City on Monday after an undercover, whirlwind trip to Afghanistan over the weekend.

It was Nixon’s fourth trip to the war zone, where U.S. troops have been present for more than a decade.

According to the governor’s office, he “arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a delegation of four U.S. governors that included Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Tennessee Gov. William Haslam.”

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Politically Speaking
7:25 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Politically Speaking: Roorda On His Record, His Senate Race And Darren Wilson

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking crew continues its look at the so-called “Battle for JeffCo,” the expensive campaign for the 22nd District state Senate seat that's among the region's most competitive contests this fall.

After hosting Republican state Rep. Paul Wieland last week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum now welcome his opponent – state Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart – to the podcast.

The November winner of the 22nd District contest will represent a big chunk of Jefferson County for the next four years.

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