Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!).  He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.

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Politically Speaking
3:16 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Politically Speaking: Sen. LeVota Talks Medicaid And Democrats' Climb Out Of Legislative Hole

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

This week’s split show features insight from the Politically Speaking crew and a visit from a political figure from the western side of the state – state Sen. Paul LeVota.

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The first part of the show breaks down the latest developments in the state budgetary process and the advancement of a sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. Capitol reporter Marshall Griffin fills in for the vacationing Jo Mannies.

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Transportation
5:06 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri House Perfects 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax Proposal

I-70 in Columbia, Mo.
Credit via Flickr/KOMUnews

A proposed constitutional amendment to let voters decide if they want to create a temporary 1-cent transportation sales tax has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

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Missouri Budget
7:49 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have begun their review of the state's spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Podcast
11:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Politically Speaking: Midterms, Medicaid And Nullification

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. Jo is on vacation this week, so Capitol reporter Marshall Griffin joins us from Jefferson City for the show.

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On the show, we discuss whether or not the 2014 elections are a bust, get into Medicaid expansion in Missouri, and explain what's going on with this year's nullification bill.

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Breastfeeding
9:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Nixon Signs Breastfeeding Protections Bill Into Law; Ellinger Attends Ceremony

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, waves to the audience at a bill signing ceremony for HB 1320.
Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that would allow breastfeeding moms to be exempted from jury duty in Missouri.

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Gun Control Nullification
8:17 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri House Gives Gun Control Nullification Bill First-Round Approval

Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to its version of the gun control nullification bill, but not before softening the language a bit.

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Tax Cuts
7:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes $620 Million Tax Cut Bill

Credit Flickr/David_Shane

The Missouri Senate passed a tax cut bill, after two different versions were blocked by Republicans who opposed a compromise between the GOP sponsor and Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

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Rory Ellinger
8:30 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City
Credit Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

  Legislation to expand legal protections in Missouri for breast-feeding moms is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Mo. State Budget
8:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Missouri House Passes FY2015 State Budget

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has passed all 13 budget bills with an estimated $26.6 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1.

During Thursday's round of budget votes, House Democrats began sharply criticizing this year's budget writing process. Along with Gov. Jay Nixon, they disagree with House Republicans about how much revenue they think the state will take in.  State Rep. Margo McNeil, D-Hazelwood, accused GOP leaders of crafting an unnecessarily low budget.

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Labor Unions
7:08 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Union Workers Rally At Missouri Capitol Against 'Right To Work' Legislation

An estimate 1,000 union workers turned out on March 26, 2014, to oppose "right to work" efforts by Republican lawmakers.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Roughly a thousand labor union members crowded onto the south lawn of the state Capitol Wednesday to rally against legislation to turn Missouri into a "right-to-work" state.

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