Politics & Issues

Campaign Finance
3:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Nixon, Zweifel Report Raising Little Campaign Money — Unlike Kander, Jones

Jay Nixon
Credit File photo

In the midst of his second term, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has continued to travel the state to promote his agenda for the state. He has heightened his profile even more in recent days, as he has blasted a tax-cut proposal that the General Assembly has landed on his desk.

But Nixon has effectively dropped one activity that used to take up a lot of his time: campaign fundraising.

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Politics & Issues
2:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Illinois House Weighs Ban On Ticket Quotas

Illinois State Rep. Jay Hoffman is sponsoring Senate Bill 3411 that would shield officers from discipline for not issuing enough citations in a given time period.
Credit Office of Rep. Jay Hoffman.

The Illinois House is considering whether to ban law enforcement agencies in the state from requiring officers to meet traffic ticket quotas.

The measure which passed the Senate last week would prevent departments from using ticket quotas in officer performance evaluations.

Democratic Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea is sponsoring the legislation.

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The Rundown
1:57 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The Rundown: Poetry, Butterflies And Hard Realities

The Missouri legislature has plenty of issues to resolve in its closing weeks.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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Coming down to the wire

The Missouri legislature has just about a month to go before it adjourns. The next four weeks should speed by as the legislature takes up some of the most contentious issues.

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Commentary
5:10 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Stories Of Evil And Courage Close To Home

Frazier Glenn Cross once headed a North Carolina Klan organization.
Credit Wikipedia | archival photo

The national news brought poignant remembrances of the Boston Marathon this week. Close to home, the news brought fresh, stark examples of the best and worst in human nature.

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Tax Cuts
5:08 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Nixon Blasts Tax Cut Bill Sent To Him By Missouri Lawmakers

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, D, answers questions from reporters on his opposition to this year's tax cut bill, SB509.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A controversial tax cut proposal has been sent to Gov. Jay Nixon, after the Missouri House passed it late Wednesday afternoon.

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Property Tax Increase
10:59 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lewis Reed Asks St. Louis Residents For Comment On $200 Million Bond Issue

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis officials are considering a $200 million bond issue, paid for by a property tax increase. The bond would go toward various building and road repairs, as well as vehicle and equipment upgrades for the fire and police departments.

The proposal would have to be approved by the voters, and the Board of Aldermen has decided to hold town hall meetings for taxpayers to voice their opinion on where the money should be spent.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

What Would St. Louis Look Like With A Population Of 500,000?

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Local architect Dan Jay is conducting a thought experiment: What would the city of St. Louis look like if it regained a population of 500,000? (That would mean an increase of 185,000 residents).

After decades of population decline in the city, Jay wants to think big about what a population increase would look like—and what it would take to get there.

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Politics & Issues
10:03 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Blunt Promotes Plan To Rebuild Nation's Bridges, Roads And Other Infrastructure

Roy Blunt
Credit (via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is touring the St. Louis region today to promote a bill to set up special bond sales for a fund that state and local governments could use to rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects.

Blunt, R-Mo., is among the chief sponsors of the bill,  the “Partnership To Build America Act." It would encourage companies to bid on the bonds by allowing them to exclude some of their overseas profits from federal taxes.

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Early Voting
8:54 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Early Voting Gets First-Round Approval In Missouri House

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to two measures to establish early voting, also known as "advance voting."

The first, House Joint Resolution 90, would allow for early voting if voters pass a proposed constitutional amendment. The second is the implementing bill, HB 2271.  

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Politically Speaking
5:14 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Politically Speaking: Sen. Silvey Discusses His Vision For Medicaid

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

After cruising on the Rhine in Germany for the past couple of weeks, Jo Mannies rejoins Jason Rosenbaum and Chris McDaniel for the podcast.

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