Jeanette Mott Oxford

MLK anniversary
5:25 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ceremony At Mo. Capitol Marks 50th Anniversary of MLK's 'I Have A Dream' Speech

A ceremony on the South Lawn of the Mo. Capitol on Aug. 28, 2013, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

An estimated 200 people braved the heat and humidity to gather outside the Missouri Capitol and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered during the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963.

Several speakers took turns reading portions of King's famous speech, including the Reverend James Howard Jr. of Jefferson City.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, 'we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,'" Howard said as he quoted King.

Read more
Election 2012 - 5th Senate
6:35 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Democratic primary in 5th state Senate race could cost St. Louis a 'black' seat

Jamilah Nasheed (L), Jeanette Mott Oxford (C) and Robin Wright-Jones (R). Photo composite by Madalyn Painter
(via state of Missouri website)

In 1961, Theodore McNeal, an official with the union representing Pullman porters, went to Jefferson City as the Senator from the 7th District.

Since then, the city of St. Louis has always had at least one black state senator. But redistricting and term limits may put that 52-year-streak in jeopardy.

Read more
Abortion alternative centers
7:07 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Bill forbidding interference with crisis pregnancy centers passes Mo. House

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar local governments from interfering with the day-to-day operations of alternatives to abortion agencies.

The bill would forbid municipalities from regulating advertising and advice given out by crisis pregnancy centers run by pro-life groups.  Supporters say they’re trying to protect the First Amendment free speech rights of volunteers and staff at the centers.  The sponsor, State Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger (R, Lake St. Louis), admits it’s a preemptive move.

Read more
Rush Limbaugh/Hall of Famous Missourians
5:23 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Rally at Mo. Capitol opposes Limbaugh induction into Hall of Famous Missourians

A protester holds a sign opposing Rush Limbaugh's planned induction into the Hall of Famous Missourians.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Around a hundred demonstrators rallied outside the State Capitol today to protest plans to induct conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Limbaugh has come under fire for calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute" on his nationally-syndicated radio program.  Fluke had testified in favor of President Obama’s birth control policies before Congressional Democrats.  Fellow Democrat and State House Member Jeanette Mott Oxford told the crowd in Jefferson City that it would be wrong for visitors to the State Capitol to see a bust of Limbaugh in the third floor Rotunda.

Read more
cigarette tax
5:47 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

5th bill filed in Mo. Gen. Assembly to raise cigarette tax

(via Flickr/Fried Dough)

Yet another bill has been filed in the General Assembly this year that would raise Missouri’s cigarette tax, currently the lowest in the nation.

This one would raise it to 75 percent of the current national average – in other words, from 17 cents per pack to $1.09-1/2 cents per pack.  Missouri’s tax per pack would also rise or fall as the national average changes, and it would require a referendum by Missouri voters to take effect.  The bill was filed by State Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford (D, St. Louis), who spoke in favor of raising the cigarette tax during budget debates on Thursday.

Read more
English-only driver's tests
8:56 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Mo. House endorses English-only driver's exams

Mo. House chambers
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given only in English.

Currently, the state of Missouri provides the written driver’s exam in English and eleven other languages.  House Member Mark Parkinson (R, St. Charles) says his bill follows the spirit of the state constitution’s mandate that public proceedings be conducted in English.

Read more
Capping state spending
11:50 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Mo. House approves constitutional spending limit

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

One day after giving it first-round approval, the Missouri House has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to place spending caps on the state budget.

During final debates, State Representative Jeanette Mott Oxford (D, St. Louis) argued that limiting spending to the yearly inflation rate and population growth could make it very hard for lawmakers to address critical needs in the future.

Read more
Aerotropolis
6:02 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Some Mo. lawmakers grumble about Aerotropolis proposal

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
(via Flickr/dbking)

While Missouri legislative leaders have reached an agreement on an economic development package, some lawmakers are speaking out against it.

The key component is the so-called Aerotropolis measure, which would provide $360 million in tax credits to transform Lambert Airport in St. Louis into an international air cargo hub.

Read more
Aerotropolis bill
10:37 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. House passes Aerotropolis bill

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
(via Flickr/dbking)

The Missouri House has passed the Aerotropolis bill, which is designed to turn Lambert Airport in St. Louis into a global air freight hub.

The bill would provide around $480 million in tax incentives, which companies could use to build cargo facilities near Lambert Airport.

Read more
Aerotropolis Bill
9:47 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Mo. House endorses "Aerotropolis" bill

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/dbking)

The so-called Aerotropolis bill has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.   If passed, it would provide up to $480 million in tax credits to encourage global air trade via St. Louis, including incentive for companies to build storage facilities near Lambert International Airport.  It’s sponsored by GOP House Member Caleb Jones of Moniteau County.

Read more

Pages