Jeff Roorda

On the Trail
10:12 am
Wed March 26, 2014

For Election Junkies, 2014 Is A Great, Big Bust

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

For all intents and purposes, the 2014 election season looks to be a great, big bust.

Nobody should be surprised, as 2014 was always a way station to 2016. But hardly anybody expected that the only statewide race on the ballot would feature state Auditor Tom Schweich facing off against a Libertarian or Constitution Party candidate -- but not even a token Democrat. And some previously heated state Senate contests completely fizzled out.

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Politics & Issues
1:03 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Lamping's Low Bank Account May Signal His Retirement

Updated 3:23 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17

State Sen. John Lamping, R-Frontenac, has yet to say if he’s running for re-election this fall, in what could be the region’s top legislative contest.

But his campaign money could be speaking for him. He has very little.

Meanwhile, his Democratic challenger — state Rep. Jill Schupp of Creve — has raised a lot.

The latest campaign-finance reports for the two, filed this week, show that Schupp raised more than $108,000 during the past three months. She now has $261,202 in the bank.

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On the Trail
11:31 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

McKenna's Departure Leaves Nixon With Special Election Conundrum

Former Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Jefferson County

It make take longer than expected to fill Ryan McKenna's void in the Missouri Senate.

When the Jefferson County Democrat resigned in December to become director of the state labor department, he left open the possibility that his Senate seat may remain vacant throughout 2014. If that occurs, the Missouri Senate would not be at full membership for an entire calendar year.

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Thanksgiving Day Shopping
6:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

St. Louis-Area Lawmaker Plans To Try Again To Ban Mo. Retailers From Opening On Thanksgiving Day

State Rep. Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart)
Mo. House Communications

Today is Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year.  But many large retailers were open yesterday, on Thanksgiving.

One Missouri lawmaker wants to limit that.

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Missouri State Budget
2:43 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends $25 Billion State Budget To Gov. Nixon

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri lawmakers have sent a nearly $25 billion budget to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Missouri State Budget/Medicaid
4:45 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. House Rejects Senate Version Of State Budget, Defeats Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt

Mo. House of Representatives
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has formally rejected the Senate version of the state budget, setting the stage for final negotiations over the state’s spending plan for next year.

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K-12 schools
3:36 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill

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State and local-level school officials would be required to develop guidelines for teaching evolution under legislation making its way through the Missouri House.

If passed, school districts would have to, “encourage students to explore scientific questions” regarding the “strengths and weaknesses” of both biological and chemical evolution.  The sponsor, State Representative Andrew Koenig (R, Winchester), says House Bill 179 stresses academic freedom.

“It does not mandate curriculum to the teacher," Koenig said.  "It’s really up to the school district, and if evolution is gonna be taught, it just allows them to teach the scientific strengths and weaknesses.”

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Lt. Gov. succession
6:39 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Special Elections Bill Passes Another Mo. House Committee, Floor Debate Next

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Legislation to require special elections in Missouri to fill vacancies in statewide offices has cleared another hurdle.


The bill today easily passed the House Rules Committee and is expected to be debated on the floor of the House next week.  If passed, House Bill 110 would only allow the governor to appoint a temporary placeholder if a statewide office is vacated, and that person would be ineligible to run in the special election to fill the vacancy.  State Representative Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart) sits on the Rules Committee and cast one of the few “no” votes.

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2013 pre-filed bills
6:32 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

No Retail Shopping On Thanksgiving, Other Bills, Prefiled In Mo. For 2013 Session

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Today is the first full day that Missouri lawmakers in both chambers can prefile bills for next year’s regular session.


One bill in particular comes in the wake of the annual holiday shopping surge that surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday weekend:  HB 37 would make it illegal for retail stores to open for business on Thanksgiving Day.  The proposal is sponsored by State Representative-Elect Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart).  He says it’s in response to the ongoing push by retailers to open for business on nationally-recognized holidays.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Police Union Not Unified On Prop A

Prop A asks Missouri voters to local control of the St. Louis Police Department back to the city for the first time since 1861.
St. Louis Public Radio

Since last fall, the St. Louis Police Officers Association has supported a ballot initiative to bring local control of the department back to the city.

But this week the union’s president publicly urged members to vote “no” on Prop A.

Dave Bonenberger said in his "Message from the President" column that local control would lead to political influence in the department and loss of police pensions.

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