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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: A group backed by wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield has apparently renewed its effort to get rid of teacher tenure in Missouri.

TeachGreat.org, a group wholly funded by Sinquefield, has submitted an initiative-petition proposal to the Missouri secretary of state’s office.

(Mo. Office of Administration)

A tentative agreement has been reached on a new redistricting map for the Missouri Senate.

A bipartisan commission appointed by Governor Jay Nixon (D) to draw a new map negotiated for more than 13 hours Wednesday, and reached a consensus after 12:00 this morning.  The "Tentative Plan" map can be viewed here.  Marc Ellinger is the top Republican on the 10-person commission.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 19, 2012 - The same day of the panel's first full meeting, Democrats on the new state Senate redistricting commission swiftly filed a proposed map that revamps the state's 34 state Senate seats.

Some commission Republicans, as well as the state Republican Party, are furious.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 20, 2012 - Chris Guinther and Marc Ellinger both agree that Missouri children deserve to have the best possible teachers standing in front of their classes every day.

Beyond that, though, they don't agree on much.

ACLU challenges local police control initiative

Jan 9, 2012
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri is challenging language on a ballot initiative that would transfer control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the city.

ACLU Regional Program Director John Chasnoff says the initiative's summary, as it would appear on the ballot, fails to explain how the new law would restrict public oversight and access to records.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 29, 2011 -  Let Voters Decide, the chief campaign group for the effort to replace Missouri's income tax with a sales tax, dropped its suit today challenging the state's cost estimates for two versions of the group's proposed initiative-petition wordings.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 29, 2011 -  Let Voters Decide, the chief campaign group for the effort to replace Missouri's income tax with a sales tax, dropped its suit today challenging the state's cost estimates for two versions of the group's proposed initiative-petition wordings.