Jay Nixon

Politics
1:36 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Nixon Sharply Denounces Bill That Would Allow Some Sex Offenders Off The Registry

Gov. Jay Nixon speaking out against HB 301 in St. Louis.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Updated 8-21-13 4:01 p.m.

In St. Louis Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon sharply criticized a bill he vetoed that would allow juvenile sexual offenders to be removed from the sex offender registry. The Democratic Governor said overriding his veto would undermine public safety and weaken victims' rights.

He stood next to a gallery of mugshots and distributed information on several individuals who could be removed from the website if the bill passes.

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Missouri State Fair
2:59 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Politicians Descend On Sedalia For Mo. State Fair

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) addresses the crowd at the annual Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Mo. State Fair on Aug. 15, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.

Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.  Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.

"What has always united us is (that) no matter what part of the state you're from, or who you voted for, we treat people with respect," Nixon told the applauding crowd.

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Income Tax Bill
11:55 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Attempt At Override Of Income Tax Veto Unlikely, Speaker Says

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon (left) and Speaker of the House Tim Jones (right)
via Kristi Luther and Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications.

The income tax bill that would eventually reduce income tax rates by about a half of a percent is likely to not be brought up in veto session next month, according to Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

Appearing on St. Louis Public Radio's and the St. Louis Beacon's Politically Speaking podcast, Jones said he currently doesn't have the votes necessary for an override of the governor's veto.

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Income Tax Bill
4:35 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Credit Rating Agencies Express Concern Over Missouri Income Tax Bill

Krisi Luther, St. Louis Public Radio.

Credit rating agencies warn that allowing a Missouri income tax bill to become law could have a negative impact on the state's credit rating.

“We believe that if the Missouri legislature overrides the governor’s veto and enacts the legislation, and the federal government passes the Marketplace Fairness Act, it has the potential to result in a significant financial impact to the state, despite requirements for the maintenance of a balanced budget," Standard & Poor's wrote.

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Politics
10:33 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Nixon: Income Tax Cut Bill Would Drain Millions From Public Education

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon on Aug. 26th, 2009.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

If the income tax cut bill becomes law in September, millions will be cut from Missouri's public education system, according to Governor Jay Nixon.

It's a common refrain from the Democrat: "You can either be for public education or for House Bill 253, but you can't be both," he told a crowd of business leaders last week.

This week, Nixon released numbers to back up his claim.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Expect to see a lot of ads leading up to September, paid for largely by one man. Libertarian Rex Sinquefield has given nearly $2.4 million to groups backing a possible cut to Missouri's income tax.

In response, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has gone on the offensive, attacking the income tax bill and defending his veto.

Speaking in St. Louis to the Regional Chamber, Nixon said it is a "fiscally irresponsible experiment that didn't work in Kansas and won't work here."

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Veto session
6:58 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Vetoes By Nixon Set Table For Hectic Mo. Veto Session In September

(l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka), Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) & Gov. Jay Nixon (D) at the 2013 State of the State Address.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's record number of vetoes this year is expected to set up a very busy and hard-fought veto session this September.

According to the Associated Press, the Democratic Governor struck down 29 of the 145 non-budgetary bills sent to him by the Republican-dominated House and Senate.  Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

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Politics
2:13 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Nixon Makes Decision On Prevailing Wage, Abortion Bills And More

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs a bill into law in his State Capitol office.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

With just a couple days left before the deadline, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon announced his decision on the few bills he had left. We've compiled those decisions below.

Without his signature, Nixon has allowed legislation that will require doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medication abortions.

Nixon announced Friday he would not sign the bill that effectively prohibits the use of telemedicine to provide medication abortions in Missouri. Without the signature, the bill becomes law.

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MO Statehouse
12:34 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Slavery Behind Nixon Veto Of Effort To Rename Giant Rock

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that included designating part of Interstate 70 as "Graham's Picnic Rock Highway."

Nixon said in his veto message Thursday that the name refers to the Dr. Robert Graham, who owned the farm where the large rock is located.

The rock can be seen in the median of Interstate 70 roughly halfway between Columbia and the St. Louis region.

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Politics
1:29 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Nixon Signs Legislation Dealing With Children, Dismisses Call For Session On School Transfers

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In front of dozens of doctors and child advocates, the Democratic governor signed a bill that he said will close a loophole for child abuse reporting.

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