Jo Ann Emerson

Special elections/Lt. Gov. succession
9:43 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Special Elections Bill Receives First-Round Approval In The Mo. House

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.


If passed, House Bill 110 would only allow the Governor to appoint a temporary placeholder who would not be eligible to run in the special election.  House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem), the bill’s sponsor, says it’s not a deliberate swipe at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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8th Congressional District
12:27 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Emerson Resigns, Special Election Date Announced

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.
(Office of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson)

Reporting by Jacob McClelland and Chris McDaniel.

Updated at 2:28 with announcement of the date of the special election.

As expected, U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson submitted her letter of resignation to Governor Jay Nixon and House speaker John Boehner on Tuesday. Emerson is leaving to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Now, Nixon must call for a special election to fill out the remainder of Emerson’s term.

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8th Congressional District
9:27 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Republicans Seeking To Succeed Emerson Make Their Case

Republican candidates for the soon-to-be-open 8th district seat meet the public in Cape Girardeau on Thursday night.
Jacob McCleland, KRCU.

Reporting from Jacob McCleland of KRCU.

The Republicans who hope to replace Jo Ann Emerson in the U.S. House of Representatives stressed their conservative credentials while trying to differentiate themselves in a crowded field at a voter forum in Cape Girardeau Thursday night.

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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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Lt. Gov. succession
4:14 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Mo. House Committee Passes Special Elections Bill

Mo. House Committee on Elections discusses House Bill 110, which would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.

House Bill 110 would require special elections if the office of Lt. Governor or any other statewide office is suddenly vacated.  It would allow the Governor to only appoint a placeholder who would temporarily fill the office but not be eligible to run in the special election.  It’s sponsored by House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem).

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Lt. Gov. succession
3:54 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Nixon Says He Has Authority To Appoint Mo. Lt. Governor If Office Becomes Vacant

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Aside from Medicaid expansion, the most talked-about issue so far during the just-begun Missouri legislative session is whether Governor Jay Nixon (D) has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Governor if Peter Kinder succeeds fellow Republican Jo Ann Emerson in Congress.

Following his annual Prayer Breakfast earlier today, Governor Nixon told reporters he believes he has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Governor if the office suddenly becomes vacant.

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Politically Speaking
1:55 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

On today's episode: Ed Martin becomes the Missouri GOP's new chairman. How did it happen? Also, an update on the jockeying for Missouri's 8th Congressional seat. And then we close it out with a look toward the Missouri legislature.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Politically Speaking
3:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon's Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week's politics.

 

On today's episode: After the tragedy in Connecticut, many are looking to our elected officials to take action. The Politically Speaking Podcast takes a look at what is being proposed at the national and state level. Then we discuss the possibility of the special election for Missouri's 8th Congressional district being moved up, and we close it out with a discussion about Missouri's positive budget projection.

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Politics
10:05 am
Fri December 14, 2012

How Much Will Emerson's Special Election Cost?

Emerson at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center.
Rep. Emerson's flickr page.

Electing a replacement for retiring Missouri U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson won't come cheap.

Weeks after winning re-election to a 10th term, the Cape Girardeau Republican announced earlier this month she is retiring from Congress in February to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

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Politics
5:33 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Tom Schlafly Commentary: Emerson's House Resignation 'Disappointing'

Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.
(Office of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson)

Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson’s decision to resign from the House of Representatives is disappointing for two reasons.

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