Jay Nixon

Missouri Budget
11:12 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Club For Growth Kicks Off Ad Campaign To Limit Governor's Budget Powers

Credit dleafy | sxc.hu

The Missouri Club for Growth, a conservative campaign committee, has launched a barrage of TV ads around the state in favor of Amendment 10, a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the power of the governor to balance the state’s budget.

The ads are to run through Election Day, said Todd Abrajano, a consultant for the group.

Abrajano declined to say who has donated the money to pay for the ads – and says Gov. Jay Nixon is to blame for the anonymity.

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9:54 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Boeing's Announcement Of 700 New Jobs Offers Promise Of More

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

Less than a year after losing a bid for Boeing’s 777X commercial plane, state and local officials couldn’t be happier about the aircraft manufacturer’s latest announcement that some of the 777X’s parts will be built here – creating 700 new jobs.

The 700 comes on top of 500 defense-related jobs that Boeing is moving from Washington state, and up to 900 coming to St. Louis as part of a “global realignment,’’ as Boeing executive vice president Chris Chadwick explained at Monday’s news conference.

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Beyond Ferguson
4:38 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

$500,000 Awarded To Expand Tutoring For Students In Need

Gov. Jay Nixon announces the grant at UMSL with (from left) Antonio French, Maida Coleman and Jamilah Nasheed
Credit Rebecca Smith/St. Louis Public Radio

A tutoring program that now serves 150 students in north St. Louis could expand to help 350 more students in the city and north St. Louis County with the help of $500,000 in federal funds awarded by the state of Missouri.

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Missouri Government
7:53 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Missouri Governor Makes Fourth Trip To Afghanistan

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and three other governors meet with top members of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan.
Credit Governor's Office

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to return to Jefferson City on Monday after an undercover, whirlwind trip to Afghanistan over the weekend.

It was Nixon’s fourth trip to the war zone, where U.S. troops have been present for more than a decade.

According to the governor’s office, he “arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a delegation of four U.S. governors that included Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Tennessee Gov. William Haslam.”

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Beyond Ferguson
12:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Nixon Picks Maida Coleman To Lead New Agency Reaching Out To Minorities

Maida Coleman

After facing intense heat from some of his party’s African-American leaders, Gov. Jay Nixon is tapping a former St. Louis-area senator to serve as a liaison to the state’s poor and minority communities. 

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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
Credit Provided by the auditor's office

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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