John Diehl

Politically Speaking
12:06 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Politically Speaking: As New Speaker, Diehl Is Big On Business, Not Keen On Tolls

Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking podcast team welcomes the man who may be the most powerful legislator in the Missouri Capitol for the next two years: House Speaker-elect John Diehl, R-Town and Country. 

On this, his third appearance on the show, Diehl once again was pithy and candid.

Diehl, 49, is a lawyer and graduate of DeSmet Jesuit High School. He has been in the state House since 2009.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:57 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Public Radio Reporters Review Tuesday's Election

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger talks to St. Louis Public Radio reporters Wednesday during a recording of the 'Politically Speaking' podcast.
Credit Chris McDaniel / St. Louis Public Radio

Wednesday on “St. Louis on the Air,” we gathered our political reporters to recap Tuesday’s election. The consensus: Republicans ruled the night.

“It was a Republican bloodbath, nationally and regionally,” said Jo Mannies, St. Louis Public Radio political reporter. “But it also shows that St. Louis County is definitely Democratic turf because the only two Democratic candidates — big names — who remained standing were Steve Stenger and Jill Schupp.”

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Missouri Lottery
1:09 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Diehl Calls For Doing Away With Missouri's 30-Year-Old Lottery

Lottery balls
Credit via Flickr/Jeremy Brooks

Missouri state Rep. John Diehl, who is expected to be the next speaker of the state House, says he plans to push to get rid of Missouri’s state lottery.

Diehl, a Republican from Town and Country, expects to sponsor a bill to get such a proposal on the 2016 statewide ballot.

Diehl calls the Missouri Lottery, in place since 1984, “a dishonest way to fund public education."

Still, he acknowledges that it's unclear whether Missouri voters will agree with him.

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Missouri Politics
1:03 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Some Conservatives Declare Opposition To Diehl, Likely Next Speaker Of Missouri House

John Diehl
Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Roughly a dozen conservative activists are calling on Missouri legislators to select someone other than state Rep. John Diehl as the next House speaker, contending that he hasn’t been conservative enough.

Diehl, R-Town and Country, currently the House majority leader, was chosen by the House Republican caucus more than a year ago to be the next speaker. (That, of course, assumes he wins re-election in November, and Republicans remain in power.)

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Missouri General Assembly
11:54 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Diehl Leads $800,000 Blitz For Missouri House GOP

John Diehl
Credit Mo. House of Representatives

Soon-to-be Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, has donated $200,000 over the weekend to the state House Republican Campaign Committee -- in what appears to be a move to bolster his standing in party decision-making.

But Diehl’s dollars made up less than a quarter of the amount that the campaign committee collected on Saturday from  dozens of donors.  The tally, reported Monday to the Missouri Ethics Commission, amounted to at least $832,000 in large donations of more than $5,000 apiece.

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On the Trail
1:04 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

McCaskill And Nixon May Sing Different Tunes On Transportation Tax

Gov. Jay Nixon isn't exactly chomping at the bit to support a sales tax increase for transportation projects.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

When it comes to a proposal to raise the state’s sales tax to pay for transportation projects, two of Missouri’s top Democratic officials appear to be on opposing sides of the fence.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill favors the proposal, which – if approved by voters in August – would enact a 10-year, 0.75 percent sales tax for transportation projects. And even though he’s sent signals that he opposes the proposal, Gov. Jay Nixon is withholding statements about the tax increase for now.

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Politically Speaking
6:06 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Politically Speaking: House Majority Leader Diehl On Tax Cut Fight And Session's End

Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking crew this week returns to a “split show” format. On the first part of the show, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies discuss the expectations for the General Assembly’s home stretch.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:06 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard

Credit Nanette Hegamin

In the final weeks of the legislative session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a last-ditch effort to resurrect a push to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program and accept roughly $2 billion a year in federal money.

The governor, a Democrat, unveiled his “Missouri Health Works’’ program before business leaders Monday in Cape Girardeau. By coincidence or design, state House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka and an opponent of Medicaid expansion, was also in Cape on Monday with conservative low-tax icon Grover Norquist to highlight a different issue.

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Politics & Issues
5:37 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

House Republicans Still Seeking Needed Votes For 'Right-To-Work' Ballot Proposal

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 1:50 p.m. Mon., April 28)

After two weeks of vigorous lobbying, Republican leaders in the Missouri House acknowledge that they have yet to obtain the extra four votes needed to send to the state Senate a measure to put a "right-to-work" proposal on the August ballot.

“I’m not in the habit of bringing up votes unless the votes are secured,’’ said House Majority Leader John Diehl, R-Town and Country, in an interview late last week.  

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Breastfeeding
9:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Nixon Signs Breastfeeding Protections Bill Into Law; Ellinger Attends Ceremony

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, waves to the audience at a bill signing ceremony for HB 1320.
Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that would allow breastfeeding moms to be exempted from jury duty in Missouri.

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