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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Politically Speaking
6:06 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Politically Speaking: House Majority Leader Diehl On Tax Cut Fight And Session's End

Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking crew this week returns to a “split show” format. On the first part of the show, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies discuss the expectations for the General Assembly’s home stretch.

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Stenger, Dooley Dispute
12:50 am
Wed April 30, 2014

St. Louis County Exec Race Goes To The Dogs

Steve Stenger
Credit Provided

(Updated 3:25 p.m. Wed., April 30)

To hear St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger tell it, County Executive Charlie Dooley is responsible for the deaths of thousands of dogs and cats each year at the county’s animal shelter.

“The killing has got to stop,’’ Stenger said at a news conference Tuesday where he distributed county figures showing that nearly 60 percent of the animals that end up at the shelter each year were being euthanized. In 2013, that amounted to 4,364 dogs and cats.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:06 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard

Credit Nanette Hegamin

In the final weeks of the legislative session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a last-ditch effort to resurrect a push to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program and accept roughly $2 billion a year in federal money.

The governor, a Democrat, unveiled his “Missouri Health Works’’ program before business leaders Monday in Cape Girardeau. By coincidence or design, state House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka and an opponent of Medicaid expansion, was also in Cape on Monday with conservative low-tax icon Grover Norquist to highlight a different issue.

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Politics & Issues
5:37 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

House Republicans Still Seeking Needed Votes For 'Right-To-Work' Ballot Proposal

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 1:50 p.m. Mon., April 28)

After two weeks of vigorous lobbying, Republican leaders in the Missouri House acknowledge that they have yet to obtain the extra four votes needed to send to the state Senate a measure to put a "right-to-work" proposal on the August ballot.

“I’m not in the habit of bringing up votes unless the votes are secured,’’ said House Majority Leader John Diehl, R-Town and Country, in an interview late last week.  

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Politics & Issues
2:55 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Politically Speaking: Rep. Kelly Talks About Tax Cuts, Crime And Bonds

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking podcast team – Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies – host state Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, currently the longest-serving member of the state House.

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Politics & Issues
5:59 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Nixon's Latest Tax-Cut Battle With General Assembly Resembles Earlier Fight

Missouri Capitol
Credit (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

With a new tax-cut package on his desk, Missouri Gov. Nixon has zeroed in on a new “fatal flaw’’ that his administration says could wipe out 65 percent of the state’s general-revenue income used to fund most state services and aid to public schools.

The details may be different, but the basic argument mirrors last year’s fight, when Nixon successfully killed a tax-cut bill by highlighting flaws that he said would cost the state's treasury – and the public – far more than the bill’s backers had intended.

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2014 Election
5:11 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri's Republican and Democratic Parties Retool For Fall Elections

Credit File photo

Missouri’s Democratic and Republican parties have revamped their campaign operations, and installed new executive directors, just seven months before this fall’s elections.

The Missouri Democratic Party – which is fielding no candidate for state auditor -- also has taken the unusual step of dissolving the party’s state Senate and House campaign committees, folding control of those operations, and their money, into the state party’s coffers.

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Campaign Finance
3:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Nixon, Zweifel Report Raising Little Campaign Money — Unlike Kander, Jones

Jay Nixon
Credit / File photo

In the midst of his second term, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has continued to travel the state to promote his agenda for the state. He has heightened his profile even more in recent days, as he has blasted a tax-cut proposal that the General Assembly has landed on his desk.

But Nixon has effectively dropped one activity that used to take up a lot of his time: campaign fundraising.

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Bridgeton Landfill
4:03 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill Owner To Pay Almost $7 Million To Neighboring Homeowners

Republic Services, the owner of the Bridgeton landfill, has agreed to pay almost $6.9 million to about 400 homeowners who had said that the landfill’s odors had damaged their property values.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

The owner of the Bridgeton Landfill has agreed to pay almost $6.9 million to about 400 nearby homeowners who had joined a suit contending that the landfill’s odors had damaged their property values.

A federal judge in St. Louis County gave initial approval Thursday to the settlement, which could be divided up among the homeowners as soon as this fall, their lawyers said.

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Politics & Issues
10:03 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Blunt Promotes Plan To Rebuild Nation's Bridges, Roads And Other Infrastructure

Roy Blunt
Credit (via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is touring the St. Louis region today to promote a bill to set up special bond sales for a fund that state and local governments could use to rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects.

Blunt, R-Mo., is among the chief sponsors of the bill,  the “Partnership To Build America Act." It would encourage companies to bid on the bonds by allowing them to exclude some of their overseas profits from federal taxes.

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