Jay Nixon

Says Guard 'Failed to Arrive'
8:18 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Dellwood Mayor 'Demanding Answers' From Nixon After 13 Businesses Burned In Riots

The Fashions R Boutique was one of 13 businesses in Dellwood that burned down during Monday's riots following the announcement of the Darren Wilson grand jury decision.
Credit Stephanie Lecci


Echoing the mayor of neighboring city Ferguson, the mayor of Dellwood is adding his voice to the criticism of Gov. Jay Nixon and demanding answers in the aftermath of Monday's riots.

Mayor Reggie Jones said Dellwood was promised its business district would be protected by National Guard troopers, but he said "they failed to arrive."

While Ferguson has "gotten more attention," Jones said, his city saw the most damage and he wants to make sure his city also gets the resources it needs to recover. 

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Holder comments
3:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Nixon Faces New Barrage Of Complaints After Monday Night Of Fire; Officials Pledge Stronger Response

Police cars burning in Ferguson Monday after the grand jury announcement.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 11:30 p.m. Nov. 25)

After a night of rioting and flaming businesses Monday, elected officials and business leaders were reassessing what happened and how to prevent more of it.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon found himself under fire, as critics blasted the low-profile use of National Guardsmen late Monday.

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6:38 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Despite Views Of Decision, Area Officials Call For Calm

Gov. Jay Nixon talks about hopes for calm before the Darren Wilson decision as St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Daniel Isom, the new director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, listen.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Before and after the grand jury’s decision became public, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other area governmental officials made clear Monday night that they understood the stakes.

“Now is the time to show the world,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, that protesters and their critics can react without violence to the grand jury’s decision regarding whether to indict a Ferguson police officer who shot an unarmed teenager on Aug. 9.

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On The Trail
12:50 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Ferguson Commission: Who Didn't Make It?

Ferguson Commission co-chairs Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure look on as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signs an executive order involving the commission. Well over 300 people applied to be on the commission aimed at tackling systemic problems highlighted after Michael Brown's shooting death.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

It’s an open question whether the Ferguson Commission will produce ground-breaking changes or a report that gathers dust on a shelf. 

But it’s indisputable that a lot of people wanted to be on the 16-person commission. According to a spreadsheet released by Gov. Jay Nixon’s office, more than 300 people from all corners of the state applied. 

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Politics & Issues
4:03 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Nixon Appoints 16-Member Ferguson Commission

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks with the new members of the Ferguson Commission. He swore in the 16-person panel today at the Missouri History Museum.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

With a fateful grand jury decision expected any day, Gov. Jay Nixon swore in 16 people to serve on the so-called Ferguson Commission. It's a group charged with studying the underlying social and economic conditions that sparked protests over the death of Michael Brown.  

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Michael Brown Shooting
2:19 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

With Grand Jury Decision Looming, Nixon Declares State Of Emergency

Gov. Jay Nixon announces his intention to use the National Guard to assist with protests in Ferguson on Nov. 11, 2014.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

(Updated at 9 p.m., Mon., Nov. 17)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard to protect “the two pillars: safety and speech’’ that he says could be tested in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision regarding the August police shooting that killed teenager Michael Brown. 

"Our goal is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard,'' Nixon said Monday night in a conference call with reporters.

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Brown Family Urges Peace
1:56 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Grand Jury Hears Testimony From Brown Family Pathologist

Attorney for the family of Michael Brown Anthony Gray said private forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden testified Thursday before the grand jury, but would not speak to what he said.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The forensic pathologist hired by Michael Brown's family to perform a private autopsy testified Thursday before the grand jury considering whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown's fatal shooting.

Attorneys for the family would not elaborate on what exactly Dr. Michael Baden said to the grand jury.

"He believes...that the substance of his testimony should be left to the purview of the grand jury, so in respecting the process, we won’t be able to comment on that this morning," said family attorney Benjamin Crump at a press conference Thursday.

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Michael Brown's Shooting
5:01 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Dooley And Slay Advise Public To 'Calm Down' In Runup To Grand Jury Decision

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay held a press conference on Wednesday to calm tensions in the run-up to a grand jury decision over Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

As St. Louis residents nervously await a decision regarding Michael Brown’s shooting death, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley had a simple piece of advice.

“Take a deep breath, stand back and calm down,” Dooley said.

Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told reporters on Wednesday that law enforcement agencies are prepared to protect lives and property – and the rights of protesters – if Wilson isn’t charged with Michael Brown’s shooting death.

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Michael Brown Shooting
6:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Nixon Pledges Safety For Protesters And Community In Wake Of Grand Jury Decision

Surrounded by state and local law enforcement Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced public safety plans for anticipated protests in the aftermath of the grand jury decision.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has pledged zero tolerance for violence in anticipation of protests when the grand jury investigating the August shooting death of Michael Brown releases its decision later this month. But he and law enforcement officials at a Tuesday press conference made it clear that they want to protect both protesters and others' safety and property. 

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2014 General Elections
8:42 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Constitutional Amendment Would Limit Missouri Governor's Budget Authority

Gov. Jay Nixon during his 2011 State of the State Address.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI


Who should have the power over the Missouri budget? The legislature, which writes the budget? Or the governor who is constitutionally required to balance it?

The latest salvo in the ongoing battle between Missouri's Democratic governor and the Republican-led legislature over the state budget is Amendment 10 on the November ballot. 

Constitutional Amendment 10 would limit the governor's budgetary authority. Specifically, it would limit his ability to withhold money temporarily from the budget each year.

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