Jay Nixon

Lt. Gov. succession
4:14 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Mo. House Committee Passes Special Elections Bill

Mo. House Committee on Elections discusses House Bill 110, which would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.

House Bill 110 would require special elections if the office of Lt. Governor or any other statewide office is suddenly vacated.  It would allow the Governor to only appoint a placeholder who would temporarily fill the office but not be eligible to run in the special election.  It’s sponsored by House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem).

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Missouri Inauguration Day
2:28 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Nixon Sworn In As Mo. Governor, Begins Second Term

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) takes the oath of office on Jan. 14th, 2013, prior to beginning his second term. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) is on the far right side of the photo.
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Jay Nixon (D) has been sworn in for his second and final four-year term as Missouri Governor.

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Missouri Inauguration Day
1:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Missouri's Inauguration Day Arrives For Gov. Nixon And Other Statewide Office Holders

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s inauguration day has arrived, as Governor Jay Nixon (D) and several other state office holders prepare to be sworn in.


It’ll be the second term for most of those taking the oath of office, including Democrats Nixon, Attorney General Chris Koster, and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel.  Fellow Democrat Jason Kander, the incoming Secretary of State, will be the only statewide office newcomer.  Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder will be taking the oath of office for the third time, and his third term may prove to be very short if his bid to replace southeast Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R) succeeds.

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Lt. Gov. succession
3:54 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Nixon Says He Has Authority To Appoint Mo. Lt. Governor If Office Becomes Vacant

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Aside from Medicaid expansion, the most talked-about issue so far during the just-begun Missouri legislative session is whether Governor Jay Nixon (D) has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Governor if Peter Kinder succeeds fellow Republican Jo Ann Emerson in Congress.

Following his annual Prayer Breakfast earlier today, Governor Nixon told reporters he believes he has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Governor if the office suddenly becomes vacant.

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State of the State Address
5:01 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Gov. Nixon To Deliver Missouri State Of The State Address Jan. 28

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) will deliver his 2013 State of the State Address three weeks from today.

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Mo. 2013 legislative session
6:35 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Nixon, Mo. Lawmakers, Ready For 2013 Legislative Session

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the start of the 2013 regular session.  So far it appears that this year’s dominating issue will be the expansion of Medicaid, which Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has called for and which Republican leaders in both chambers say won’t happen.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at that looming battle and other issues facing Missouri lawmakers this year.

Medicaid Expansion

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Nixon
2:31 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Nixon Pushes To Keep Security Plans Of Some Public Facilities Private

Gov. Jay Nixon, along with Missouri public safety director Jerry Lee and other law enforcement officials, pushes for the reinstatement of some exemptions to the state's Sunshine Law.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Jay Nixon is using his bully pulpit to push for the reinstatement of some exemptions to Missouri’s Sunshine Law.

The Democrat joined officers and commanders from several local police departments as well as school officials to ask lawmakers to make that a priority when they return to Jefferson City on Wednesday.

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Missouri economy
6:43 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Conservative Group Wants Any Budget Surplus Given Back To Mo. Taxpayers, Rainy Day Fund

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A conservative group is calling on Governor Jay Nixon (D) and Missouri lawmakers to return any budget surplus there may be next year to taxpayers.

Nixon and GOP legislative leaders are expecting a 3.1 percent growth in state revenues during the next fiscal year.  Patrick Werner heads the Missouri Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which advocates for fiscally conservative practices.  He says any left over money should either be returned to taxpayers or socked away in the state’s Rainy Day fund.

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Gov. Jay Nixon
5:41 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Nixon Unveils More Of His Legislative Agenda, Hopes Congress Will Avoid 'Dairy Cliff'

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at the 2011 State of the State address. Tonight, Nixon delivered this year's edition of his annual remarks.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has unveiled more of his agenda for the upcoming legislative session.


In addition to expanding Medicaid, Nixon says he wants to consolidate the regulatory commissions within the Department of Natural Resources.


“I think we have too many commissions (at DNR)," Nixon said.  "I think narrowing those, while continuing to protect air and water, will get more efficiency in that area so that resources can be focused appropriately.”

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Campaign Finance
6:37 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

GOP Donors In The Giving Mood

Costs of goods and services in St. Louis rose 2.5 percent between the last six months of 2009 and the last six months of 2010 - more than double the national rate. (via Flickr / _J_D_R_)
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Wealthy Republican donors started Christmas early.

Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25 thousand to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday.

Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about 1 and a half million dollars to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.

Nixon was the only major Democrat Humphreys supported.

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