Jay Nixon

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon
2:41 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Nixon job approval rating at 61 percent, according to GOP pollster

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address, had a 61 percent job approval rating to start the year, according to a GOP pollster. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has an approval rating of 61 percent, POLITICO's Dave Catanese reports, but that number has a bit of nuance behind it.

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MO Statehouse
3:15 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

GOP lawmakers want Nixon to release more school bus funding

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Republican leaders in the Missouri House are calling on Governor Jay Nixon (D) to release more funding for school buses.

The challenge follows Thursday’s news that state revenue collections are up by more than six percent since July of last year. 

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Winter Storm Disaster Declaration
1:13 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

McCaskill, Blunt ask for federal disaster declaration after winter storms

Highway 70 was closed due to heavy snow from Wentzville to Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 1. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri's U.S. Senators have sent a joint letter to President Obama urging the president to grant Governor Jay Nixon's request to declare 64 Missouri counties federal disaster areas after this winter's heavy snowfall.

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Jay Nixon
5:56 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

No plans to scale back air travel for Nixon

Despite a campaign ad attacking the practice, Governor Jay Nixon says he has no plans to scale back his air travel.

Earlier this week the Missouri Republican State Committee began airing radio spots criticizing the Democratic governor’s air travel, dubbing him “Air Jay.”

Governor Nixon also has come under fire from the legislature and the state’s auditor, for billing state agencies for his trips on state planes, about $400,000 over two years.

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Mo. Exports Increase
3:36 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Missouri's exports jump by 35 percent

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon looks at some of the traditional dry-cured Italian meats, hanging in Volpi Foods, during a tour in St. Louis on March 3, 2011.Nixon used the setting to announced that Missouri exports grew 35 percent in 2010.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri’s exports grew by 35 percent last year, and the state’s governor is visiting several businesses today to spread the news.

Governor Jay Nixon stopped at Volpi Foods this morning, a family-owned business on The Hill in St. Louis, which exports dry-cured Italian meats to several countries.

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Peabody Energy
2:08 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Peabody Energy to stay downtown, expand

Peabody Energy CEO Gregory Boyce announces that the energy giant will remain in downtown St. Louis for at least another 15 years, during a press conference in St. Louis on March 2, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis-based Peabody Energy announced today that it will keep its headquarters in downtown St. Louis for at least another 15 years.

Peabody is a Fortune 500 company employing more than 600 people in St. Louis.

The company had been offered a package of $10 million in Federal New Market tax credits to fund upgrades to their downtown high-rise.

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Missouri Republican Party
9:51 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Missouri Republicans call Mo. Gov. "Air Jay" in radio spot

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon during his 2011 State of the State address.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri's Republican State Committee is taking aim at Governor Jay Nixon already.

There's no Republican candidate yet in the 2012 race for Missouri governor.

But the GOP committee is already running a radio spot that lambasts the Democratic governor's air travel expenses, referring to him as "Air Jay".

Nixon has come under fire for billing state agencies $400,000 over two years for his air travel around the state.

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WWI Veteran
4:05 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Flags lowered in Mo. for WWI veteran

Frank Woodruff Buckles, age 16, U.S. Regular Army, First Ft. Riley Casual Detachment of 102 men. Flags will be lowered in select locations of Mo. until March 8, 2011 to honor Buckles, who died Sunday. (via Wikimedia Commons/ U.S. Library of Congress)

Flags are being lowered in Missouri for the last surviving American to serve in World War I.

Missouri native Frank Buckles died Sunday at the age of 110 at his farm in West Virginia. He was born in the Harrison County town of Bethany and also lived as a child in Vernon County.

Buckles lied about his age to enlist in the Army and served during the war in England and France.

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MO Statehouse
6:32 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Mo. Auditor Schweich backs language aimed at Gov. Nixon's travel policy

Mo. State Auditor's Office

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) says he supports legislation that would require details about the governor's flights around the state to be posted to a state website.

The bill in question has been approved by the Missouri House and is now before the Senate.

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Monarch Fire protection district audit
1:43 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Gov. Nixon orders audit of Monarch Fire Protection District

The Monarch Fire Protection District, in West St. Louis County, should expect to be audited later this year after Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the State Auditor’s Office to perform an audit of the fire district. The governor gave the order after reviewing allegations against the fire district sent by the State Auditor’s Office.

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