Chris Koster

Municipal Courts
5:21 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Koster Sues 13 Cities To Cut Reliance On Ticket Revenue

Attorney General Chris Koster announced the lawsuit in St. Louis.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is suing 13 St. Louis County municipalities for violating a state law that caps the percentage of ticket revenue that can be in a city’s budget. 

The statute in question – known as the “Mack’s Creek” law – stipulates that traffic fines and court costs can only comprise less than 30 percent of a city’s budget. Anything in excess has to go to schools.

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Politically Speaking
10:14 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Politically Speaking: Sen. Sifton On His Attorney General Run — And Fallout From Veto Session Clash

Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking trio welcomes back state Sen. Scott Sifton. The Affton Democrat won election to the Missouri Senate in 2012 in a hard-fought race against then-Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay. 

Most recently, Sifton, an attorney with Husch Blackwell, made waves in the Missouri Senate with his filibuster during the fall veto session of legislation mandating a 72-hour waiting period for abortions. He’s also been part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling for curbs on meals, travel and entertainment paid by lobbyists.

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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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2016 Governor's Race
3:35 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Schweich Ups Ante In GOP Jockeying For Big Donors For 2016

Tom Schweich
Credit (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

State Auditor Tom Schweich has yet to decide whether to run for governor in 2016, but he’s making clear that lots of high-profile fellow Republicans want him to do so.

On Thursday, Schweich’s allies released “an open letter’’ signed by more than 120 donors and party activists who want him to run for governor.

The aim of Schweich’s supporters is to portray him as a better choice, backed by more party big shots, than former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, who already has declared her candidacy – and has promoted her own high-profile support.

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Campaign Finance
2:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Stung By N.Y. Times, Koster Announces Personal Campaign-Finance Limits

Chris Koster
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

To repair his reputation, Missouri Attorney Chris Koster has announced self-imposed guidelines on what campaign donations he will accept as he runs his office while also running for governor in 2016.

In a statement, Koster said he was advancing “sweeping new transparency measures’’ that he acknowledged were intended to address some conflict-of-interest accusations that have been leveled against him.

But he also suggested that the General Assembly consider imposing similar campaign limits on other public officials.

His key restrictions include:

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Missouri General Assembly
1:54 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Missouri Speaker Names Panel To Probe Koster's Actions And Donations

Outgoing Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones announced Wednesday that he has formed the House Oversight Committee on Public Officials and Government Accountability “to conduct a thorough investigation of the numerous alleged improprieties and political shakedowns as outlined in a recent extensive investigatory piece in The New York Times.”

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St. Louis on the Air
2:08 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

What’s Changed, What’s Next For Missouri’s Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Lilly Leyh and Sadie Pierce wait to get their marriage license Wednesday at the St. Louis recorder of deeds office.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

Last week, a federal judge in Kansas City followed a St. Louis judge and struck down Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“As it stands right now, marriage between same-sex couples is legal in Missouri,” A.J. Bockelman, executive director of Promo, told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Monday. Promo is a statewide organization that advocates for equality. “We have licenses being issued in St. Louis, St. Louis County and Kansas City.”

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2016 Election
7:37 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Sifton Jumps Into 2016 Contest For Missouri Attorney General

State Sen. Scott Sifton is expected to announce his attorney general bid on Monday. Sifton, D-Affton, is one of several Democrats who could run for the office, which will likely be up for grabs when Attorney General Chris Koster runs for governor.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

State Sen. Scott Sifton became the first Democrat to jump into the 2016 race for attorney general. 

In an e-mail this weekend to supporters, the Affton Democrat cited his experience working in the attorney general’s office and his tenure in the legislature as rationale for his statewide run. 

His campaign sent out an e-mail on Monday morning officially announcing his candidacy. He said in a statement that "as attorney general, I will work to make Missouri safer for every family, consumer, community and business.”

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:18 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Federal Judge Declares Missouri's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

Lilly Leyh and Sadie Pierce were the first couple in St. Louis to get their marriage license after a state court judge struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage on Nov. 5. A federal court did the same on Nov. 7
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 4:50 p.m. with comments from plaintiff Kyle Lawson.

Two days after a state judge in St. Louis came to the same conclusion, a federal judge in Kansas City has struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage.  

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Missouri Government
2:38 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Koster Lays Out Proposals For State Economy, Education And Ferguson

Chris Koster addressing St. Louis Regional Chamber
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is proposing that the state’s voters be asked once again to increase the state’s tobacco tax, now among the nation’s lowest.

But instead of previous failed proposals that would have directed the bulk of the money raised for health care programs, Koster would use the estimated $400 million a year primarily to pay for state incentives to improve the business climate and attract more jobs.

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