Brian Nieves

Politics & Issues
3:54 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Nieves Files For Franklin County Recorder of Deeds

Brian Nieves
Credit (Missouri House of Representatives website)

State Sen. Brian Nieves may be quitting Jefferson City, but he’s not quitting politics.

Nieves, R-Washington, filed Monday for Franklin County recorder of deeds. He’s among four Republicans and one Democrat seeking to succeed incumbent Sharon Birkman, who is not seeking re-election.  The Republicans will compete in the August primary.

The post pays $67,215 a year.

En route to Jefferson City, Nieves confirmed via text that he had filed for the job. He said he would have additional comments later.

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Missouri Senate
3:50 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

House Speaker Jones Drops Bid For Senate; Will Cunningham Jump In?

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (at mike) at a press conference earlier this year.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has announced that he’s not running for the Missouri state Senate – setting the table for a possible candidacy by former state Sen. Jane Cunningham.

Jones and Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, have been touted as likely candidates after state Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, made the surprise announcement that he’s not seeking re-election to his 26th District seat.

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2:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Nieves Drops Re-Election Bid, Sets Off GOP Jockeying For Job

Brian Nieves
Credit Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

(Updated 1:50 p.m. Friday, March 14)

State Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, has dropped his bid for re-election – ending two weeks of political suspense about his intentions.

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Primary elections
4:55 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Republicans In Tizzy Over Nieves Possibly Leaving State Senate

State Sen. Brian Nieves has filed for re-election, but some wonder if he is planning on changing his mind.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

Until this week, most of the attention directed at state Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, has focused on his outspoken conservatism and his efforts to block some federal gun laws.

But now the chief question is whether Nieves is preparing to quit the state Capitol.

Nieves said in two text messages this week, the latest on Friday, that he’s not yet ready to discuss the situation -- but many others are.

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Gun Control Nullification
9:15 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Nieves, Nasheed Say NRA Misrepresents Language In Nullification Bill

(l-r) Mo. Senators Jamilah Nasheed, D-STL, and Brian Nieves, R-Washington, Mo., discuss NRA opposition to SB 613.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The National Rifle Association is taking some heat from two Missouri state senators over legislation to nullify federal gun control laws within the state.

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Gun Control Nullification
2:43 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri Senate Endorses Gun Control Nullification Bill

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation to nullify federal gun-control laws.

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Politics & Issues
6:47 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Nieves Defends Ban That Ignited Press Freedom Controversy

State Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington
Credit Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

(Updated 12:40 p.m. Mon., Feb. 3)

Missouri state Sen. Brian Nieves says he didn't intend to ignite a controversy over freedom of the press with his mandate that cameras and recorders are welcome — but no tripods — during public meetings of the Senate committee that he chairs.

“You can videotape until your heart’s content,” said Nieves, R-Washington, in an interview. “I just don’t want the process of videotaping to block the view of anybody else.’’

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Politically Speaking
4:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Politically Speaking: Nieves On His Role In The Senate, And The Future Of His Gun Legislation

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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5:07 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Nieves' So-Called 'Sharia-law Bill'

Republican Mo. Senator Brian Nieves.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that was aimed at curtailing foreign laws in Missouri. Although the bill didn’t explicitly say the word in its pages, detractors commonly referred to it as the “anti-Sharia law bill.”

Speaking in St. Louis at the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, the Democratic governor referred to it as pointless “demagoguery.”

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Gun ownership
5:32 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Mo. Sen. Bill Would Require Parents To Notify Their Kids' Schools If They're Gun Owners

iPad photo of (l-r) State Senators Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) and Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City). Chappelle-Nadal is sponsoring SB 124. Nasheed and other lawmakers attended the news conference announcing the bill.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation filed in the Missouri Senate would require parents to notify their kids’ schools if they are gun owners.

If passed, parents would have to provide written notification that they own a firearm within 30 days of enrolling their child in school or within 30 days of becoming a gun owner if the child is already enrolled.  Failure to do so would be an infraction and result in a $100 fine.  It would also make it a Class A misdemeanor if the parent or guardian knows that their child is illegally in possession of a firearm and does nothing to stop it or does not report it to police -- and the parent or guardian would be guilty of a Class D felony if their minor child kills or wounds someone with an illegally-possessed gun.  The bill’s sponsor, State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City), told reporters today that their goal is to prevent minors from illegally possessing firearms and to also keep them out of the hands of gang members.

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