politics

St. Louis on the Air
4:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, right, talks to "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh, left, and producer Alex Heuer before Tuesday's show.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

This story was updated following St. Louis on the Air.

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is back, and he’s not sorry.

Two years after losing a contest for U.S. Senate and igniting a “war on women” debate with a comment about rape, Akin has written a book that offers behind-the-scenes details about how he, his campaign and his family coped.

In an August 2012 interview with Charles Jaco on KTVI (Channel 2), Akin was asked about abortion and rape. Akin, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said that a pregnancy from rape “is really rare.”

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Missouri Democratic Party
7:00 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Koster Takes Charge As He Gives $100,000 to Missouri Democratic Party

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster makes remarks at the Jefferson Jackson dinner in St. Louis.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

(Updated 10:50 p.m., Sat., June 7)

Seven years after leaving the Republican Party, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has in effect taken the reins of the Missouri Democratic Party. 

That point was underscored Saturday night when -- shortly before the Democrats' annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner --  Koster presented the state party chairman a check for $100,000.

That's the second such six-figure donation that Koster has given the state Democratic operation in the past year -- making him the largest single donor to the state party.

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Obituary
1:58 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Sheila F. Lumpe: Former Missouri State Representative And Public Service Commission Chair

Sheila Lumpe
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Former Missouri State Rep. Sheila Lumpe, who reluctantly entered statewide politics and became the first woman to lead the powerful House Budget Committee and came within a whisper of being the first speaker of the House, died on Wednesday.

When her husband began cajoling her to run for the office, she balked, siding with detractors who thought her “too soft” and subject to being “eaten alive” by big-time politics.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Two Veto Overrides Possible In The Final Weeks Of The Missouri Legislative Session

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With a little more than two weeks left in the current Missouri legislative session, the focus of the state legislature will be on two possible veto overrides, said St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jo Mannies.

She and education reporter Dale Singer appeared on St. Louis on the Air today to give an update on key bills moving through the state legislature right now.

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Foreign Policy
9:54 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Commentary: The Palin Prophesies And Russians In Ukraine

From left: Sarah Palin, Cindy and John McCain
Credit Rachael Dickson | Wikipedia

Sarah Palin has profoundly influenced my view of politics. She persuaded me, for instance, to vote for Barack Obama in 2008.

Before her introduction as the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate, I’d thought the resume of the first-term, junior senator from Illinois was a bit thin for the Oval Office and his vision for the nation’s future seemed disturbingly vague. The prospect of Sarah sitting a heartbeat away from the nuclear launch codes, however, convinced me that it was indeed time for change…

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:47 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri Same-Sex Couples Should Think Twice Before Marrying In Illinois

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Same-sex couples in Missouri may not want to rush across the river to tie the knot.

Even though some counties in Illinois are beginning to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, says marriage licenses granted to two men or two women from Missouri may not prove valid.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:01 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

A Conversation With The Consul General Of Israel To The Midwest

(Courtesy Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest)

As the Consul General to the Midwest, Roey Gilad travels between 11 Midwest states representing Israeli interests. This week he visited St. Louis for the second time since becoming the consul general last February. 

“I’m there to build bridges,” said Gilad. “The bridge is already there, I’m there to make it stronger and wider between the Midwest and the state of Israel, between Missouri and the state of Israel and between St. Louis and the state of Israel."

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Special Session Begins Monday With Hopes Of Winning Boeing’s 777X

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A special session of the Missouri legislature will get underway this evening with the hopes of bringing thousands of new jobs to the state.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon will ask the GOP-controlled House and Senate to approve up to $150 million in annual tax breaks and economic incentives to lure Boeing into building its new 777X passenger plane in Missouri.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:20 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Advocacy, Transparency, Objectivity: A Debate On What Constitutes Ethical Political Reporting

Journalist Jeremy Scahill speaks to Blackwater protestors in 2008.
(Via Flickr/Richard O. Barry)

Should a journalist strive most to be fair and objective? Or should his or her primary goal be transparency? Can a content-producer be both an advocate and a journalist? What is the role of the press in the future of democracy and what should its journalistic ethics be?

These are questions news outlets and individual journalists alike must answer as they navigate the future of journalism in the United States, and the topic of discussion during the Second Annual Public Ethics Conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday, November 14.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

What Does A Grassroots Organization Need To Affect Change?

St. Louis fast food workers rally at the McDonald's on South Broadway as they demand better wages. July 29, 2013
Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio

To people who feel powerless in the face of today's political structure, Princeton University religion professor Jeffrey Stout has this advice: organize.  He delivers a lecture, "Struggle for a Just Society - Grassroots Democracy in America," as part of the Lee Institute's Speaker Series on Monday, October 28, 2013.

He points to the great social movements of the past two centuries as examples of grassroots organization that affected real change in America -  abolitionists, civil rights and women's suffrage.

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