Jay Nixon

2014 General Election
1:15 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Nixon Lauds Schupp As He Prepares To Be More Visible On Campaign Trail

Jill Schupp at a recent campaign event with Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appears to be offering more political assistance to fellow Democrats competing for seats in the General Assembly, after years of embracing a lower campaign profile that even concerned some within his own party.

Tuesday night, Nixon stopped at a Democratic fundraiser in Frontenac to offer up a rousing endorsement of state Rep. Jill Schupp’s quest this fall for the state Senate in the 24th District, which takes in much of central St. Louis County.

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2014 General Election
5:34 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Schweich Will Check Whether Municipal Courts Are Collecting Too Much In Fines

Tom Schweich
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Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich plans to unveil in a few weeks a new initiative to target municipal courts that he believes may be violating state law.

Schweich told members of the St. Louis Chamber at a luncheon Tuesday that his office soon will  “start picking five of the most suspect courts in the state each year and checking to see if they are complying with this new law -- whether they are mistreating any person of a different race or religion and also whether they are refunding money to the state or illegally keeping money for themselves."

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Education Commissioner
4:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Nicastro Gets Mixed Grades For Education Tenure

Chris Nicastro
Credit DESE website

Now that she has announced her retirement at the end of the year, how should Chris Nicastro’s tenure as Missouri’s commissioner of education be graded?

Using the guarded tone of academia, Alex Cuenca, an assistant professor of education at Saint Louis University, gave this assessment Tuesday:

“I think she did the best she could with the circumstances she was given and the cards she was dealt.”

The response from state Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, who himself is about to leave public service after a long career in the General Assembly, was pithier.

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On The Trail
10:14 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

It's Time To Answer The Five Burning Questions From Veto Session

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

From looking at the raw numbers, Republican legislators might consider the Missouri General Assembly’s recent veto session a smashing success.

After all, the Republican-controlled body overrode 10 of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes – and even more of his line-item vetoes. Nixon even faced a blistering condemnation from a Democratic senator over his response to Ferguson.

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Veto Session
3:40 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

In Dispute Over Nixon's Spending Vetoes, All Sides Agree Overrides May Be Futile

Missouri Capitol
Credit (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Budget leaders in the Missouri House and Senate say they’ll try to override at least 50 of Gov. Jay Nixon’s line-item vetoes in the state budget in the veto sessions starting Wednesday.

But the governor and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster say legislators may be wasting their time. And the legislators acknowledged that such override attempts may indeed be symbolic.

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On The Trail
1:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Five Things To Watch For During Legislative Veto Session

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Tuesday with audio from the "St. Louis on the Air" veto session preview. 

The Missouri General Assembly’s veto session, which begins Wednesday, generally shuffles into the background during an election year. While legislators could have very busy day (or two), the unrest in Ferguson has sucked up most of the state’s political oxygen this year.

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Missouri Budget
8:19 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Schweich Releases Audit Critical Of Nixon's Withholding Of Money From Budget

Credit State Auditor's office

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says an audit released Monday shows that Gov. Jay Nixon violated Missouri's constitution when he withheld money from two recent state budgets.

Schweich says the governor had no legal right to withhold $172 million from several state programs to help cover costs from the Joplin tornado and other recent natural disasters during fiscal year 2012.

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Missouri General Assembly
3:25 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Fallout From Ferguson May Cloud Legislative Veto Session

Missouri Capitol
Credit (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri General Assembly’s veto-override session, which gets underway next Wednesday, once again is touching on familiar ground: abortion, guns, schools and state spending.

State House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, is particularly optimistic that legislators will override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill to extend the waiting period for an abortion to 72 hours, making Missouri only the third state in the country to do so.

But overshadowing all of that – and possibly upsetting predictions – is Ferguson.

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Ferguson
11:39 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Governor Drops State Of Emergency In Ferguson, Which Curbs His Powers

The Don't Shoot Coalition's Montague Simmons calls for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to step down in the investigation of Michael Brown's death during a press conference outside McCulloch's Clayton office.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has lifted the state of emergency that he imposed several weeks ago in Ferguson – thus ending his power to replace St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch as the head of the local investigation into the police shooting that set off the community’s unrest.

Nixon’s announcement came shortly before a group gathered outside McCulloch's office in Clayton. The 40-some community and social justice groups that comprise the newly formed Don’t Shoot Coalition were demanding the governor replace McCulloch with a special prosecutor.

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Missouri General Assembly
7:23 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Nixon Renews His Push For Expanding Medicaid

Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

As the state – and his reputation – seeks to move beyond Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is rekindling his longstanding pitch in favor of expanding Medicaid.

And Nixon may be seeking to subtly link the expansion with Ferguson’s headline-grabbing racial and economic unrest, by emphasizing what the state has been giving up in federal money – and what he said has resulted in less help to those who need it.

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