Jason Kander

#FergusonRebuild
5:15 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

New Ferguson Business Fund To Be Announced

Volunteers help board up a business along South Florissant Road on Nov. 25, the day after the grand jury announcement.
Credit Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

A private relief fund for businesses affected by the looting and violence in Ferguson will be announced Thursday.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander will be in Ferguson Thursday morning for the announcement of #FergusonRebuild. The initiative is in partnership with the Regional Business Council and North County Incorporated.

The non-governmental grants will help businesses in Ferguson, Dellwood and Jennings.

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Missouri
5:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Group Files Petition To Put Marijuana Legalization On 2016 Ballot

Show-Me Cannabis hopes to collect enough signatures to put a measure to legalize marijuana on the 2016 Missouri statewide ballot.
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Missouri advocates for legalizing marijuana are hoping to capitalize on momentum after several Election Day wins across the country.

The organization Show-Me Cannabis filed a petition Wednesday to amend the state's constitution to allow the recreational use, possession and regulation of marijuana for adults over 21. The group would have to get about 165,000 signatures in order for an amendment initiative to be put on the 2016 statewide ballot, according to executive director John Payne.

Payne said he is confident Show-Me Cannabis can get the needed signatures.

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Primary Election 2014
4:47 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

St. Louis County Election Board Packed With Absentee Voters

Voters turn out to cast absentee ballots on Friday at St. Louis County Election Board's headquarters in Maplewood
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

Business was brisk Friday afternoon at the St. Louis County Election Board, where lines of people – most of them elderly --  were waiting to cast an absentee ballot for Tuesday’s primaries.

The line of people waiting to sign in stretched across the lobby of the board’s headquarters in Maplewood, and the parking lot directly outside was full much of the time. Some motorists had to wait for an open space.

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Right to Farm
4:15 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Kander Joins Koster In Backing 'Right To Farm' Amendment

Secretary of State Jason Kander issued a statement from his official office on Friday afternoon that he is voting for the so-called "right to farm" amendment.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Secretary of State Jason Kander is throwing his supporting behind the so-called “right to farm” amendment. 

Friday afternoon Kander’s office sent out a statement indicating that he will vote for Amendment 1. Supporters say that it enshrines the right to farm within the state constitution, but opponents say it would make it harder to stop industrial farms from polluting. (Read more about the debate over the amendment here.)

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Campaign Finance
7:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Koster, Transportation Tax Backers Lead Campaign Money-Raising

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The group backing the proposed transportation sales tax is the biggest money-raising operation in the state – but it has yet to air a single TV ad.

Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, the campaign committee for the sales tax known as Amendment 7, appears to be entering the final weeks of the campaign with more than $2.5 million to spend.

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Books And Votes
8:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kander Promotes Early Literacy Campaign, Hopes For High Voter Turn-Out In August

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander reads to toddlers at Kirkwood Public Library on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Story hour at Kirkwood Public Library had a guest reader on Thursday. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander stopped by as part of a tour spotlighting the early literacy initiative "Racing to Read."

Earlier this year, public libraries throughout Missouri were invited to apply for a portion of the $300,000 in federal funds set aside by the Secretary of State’s office to help children enter Kindergarten ready to learn to read.

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Aug. 5 Primary
12:35 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Missourians Living Overseas, Or In The Miltary, Can Now Register and Vote Online

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Missourians living overseas – including those in the military – can now register to vote and get their absentee ballots online through a new secure website set up by the secretary of state’s office.

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Ikea
4:24 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

At Ikea Groundbreaking, Regional Leaders Hail Swedish Retailer's Economic Promise

Business and political luminaries broke ground Tuesday on an IKEA store in St. Louis' central corridor. The Swedish retail outlet is expected to open next year.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

In many ways, breaking ground on St. Louis's first Ikea store is a lot easier than putting together the Swedish furniture maker's latest bookshelf. For Mayor Francis Slay, he just needed a shovel and speech. 

“Fortunately for a groundbreaking, you don’t need an Allen wrench or instructions,” Slay quipped. 

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Politically Speaking
2:56 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Politically Speaking: Cardetti Climbs From 'Lowest Low Man On Totem Pole' To Top Consultant

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Politically Speaking continues its interviews with Missouri’s most prominent behind-the-scenes players. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies speak this week with “the pride of St. James,” aka political consultant Jack Cardetti. 

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Lobbying
11:53 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Missouri House Considers Ethics Changes. Here's What The Proposal Would (And Wouldn't) Do

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The Missouri House could debate a bill this week that would enact some changes to how lobbying is conducted and disclosed in Jefferson City.

Currently, there are no limits on how much a lawmaker can receive in gifts from lobbyists. The gifts from lobbyists can include anything from food and drinks to expensive travel to sports tickets. Altogether, lobbyists spend about $1 million each year on the gifts.

A bill by state Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, would make some changes to lobbying practices, but it wouldn't be the sweeping ethics reform that many have called for.

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