Ann Wagner

Politics & Issues
10:44 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Area Lawmakers Make Mark On Budget, Policy Bills -- Growler Funding, Sexual Assault Prosecution

U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt, a Republican, and Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.
Credit Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore; McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Were area members of Congress to sum up this session in a single word, that word would most likely be “Growler.”  The funding for 15 of Boeing’s high-tech E/A 18G Growlers, which are built in St. Louis, is included in the $1.1 trillion government funding package approved by the Senate over the weekend.

Support for the Growler is the one thing most frequently mentioned by Missouri lawmakers.  That bipartisan support helped secure nearly $1.5 billion to keep the Growler going through the end of 2017.

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Grand jury decision
12:53 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Local Leaders Respond To Grand Jury's Non-Indictment

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks Monday at a news conference before the grand jury announcement.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Within minutes after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that the grand jury did not recommend that Darren Wilson face indictment for the shooting death of Michael Brown, reactions from area politicians came quickly. 

Before and after the grand jury’s decision was made public, area officials made clear Monday night that they understood the stakes.

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Congress
11:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

McCaskill Votes 'No' On Reid; Blunt, Wagner, Durbin Re-Elected To Leadership

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
Credit Sen. McCaskill's Flickr page

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., joined a handful of other centrists-Democrats in voting against Nevada Sen. Harry Reid to be the caucus’ minority leader for the 114th Congress beginning in January. McCaskill said she made her decision in the wake of last week's election, which she said showed that Missouri voters want change.

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2014 General Election
2:01 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Stenger, Stream Court Women Voters As County Executive Race Enters Last Weeks

Democrat Steve Stenger is flanked by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (left) and former U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan (right) at a fundraiser.
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

Actions often speak louder than words.

The region’s two major candidates for St. Louis County executive – Democrat Steve Stenger and Republican Rick Stream – play down any talk that their campaigns target women voters.

Both say they’re seeking support from any and all voters, regardless of gender, age, race or other demographics.

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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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Immigration
2:19 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

House Republicans Pass Border, Immigration Package But Victory May Be Only Symbolic

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin
Credit Jim Howard | St. Louis Public Radio

Following a delay that tested the ability of a new team of House Republican whips, lawmakers approved on Friday night a $694 million border security plan and a separate bill aimed at curbing President Barack Obama’s ability to expand deferrals of young immigrants by executive action.

While Republicans worked into the night to pass the legislation before adjourning until September, neither bill is expected to be passed by the Senate, which had already adjourned Thursday night.

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VA Reform
8:57 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Changes To Veterans Affairs Department Passes First Hurdle

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., explain the compromise to their efforts to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit Jim Howard/St. Louis Public Radio

Imagine two schoolboys scrambling to their feet after tussling in the dirt, both trying to convince a teacher that their fight wasn’t all that bad, and each vouching for the other that they really do get along just fine. That image may give you an idea of how hard-fought negotiations over a compromise bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, turned into the kind of jovial news conference conducted Monday by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.

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Human Trafficking
4:54 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri addresses a panel on human trafficking. Listening are Dr. Denise DeGarmo of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Deidre Lhamon of The Covering House.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The federal government puts St. Louis in the top 20 jurisdictions for human trafficking.

That ranking, as well as a host of other sobering facts about human trafficking came to light during a summit Monday morning in Edwardsville hosted by Republican Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis of Illinois.

Attendees also learned:

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Politically Speaking
9:36 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Politically Speaking: Jeff Roe Recounts Best Ways To Sell Campaign, Predicts GOP Success This Fall

Jeff Roe
Credit Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking podcast  brings prominent GOP consultant Jeff Roe to the show. He joins St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jo Mannies, Chris McDaniel and Jason Rosenbaum.

Based in Kansas City, Roe is among the top Republican consultants in the Midwest – and is headed toward a national reputation.  Only in his early 40s, he operates the fourth-largest GOP direct-mail firm in the country. He's expected to land at least one Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

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Veterans Administration
4:26 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Wagner, Luetkemeyer Call For Shinseki To Step Down

Ann Wagner
Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/ United States Department of State)

The two Republican members of Congress who represent the St. Louis area – Ann Wagner and Blaine Luetkemeyer – are calling for the resignation of  U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Their declarations come as several of the nation’s VA facilities, including Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis, have been accused of improper or delayed care to military veterans.

Wagner, R-Ballwin, said that Shinseki – in office since 2009 -- had “failed to provide timely services and care for our veterans.  Secretary Shinseki has failed to fulfill his mission at the VA.”

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