Politics & Issues

Building Community
9:09 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Events In Ferguson Spur Political Action, Search For New Voters

Shiron Hagens, trying to register voters at a shopping center near Ferguson.
Credit Emanuele Berry

Under the cover of a large umbrella, Shiron Hagens trudges through a Jennings shopping center parking lot that borders Ferguson. She stops just outside a store. Hagens is not here to shop, but to register voters.

Following the death of Michael Brown many people joined marches and protest. Hagens started registering.

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Missouri Politics
4:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

McCaskill Says She's Focused On Sinquefield, Not Possible Bid For Governor

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill dismissed on Monday rumors that she may be interested in a 2016 run for governor – 12 years after she lost her first bid for that job.

When asked if she was considering another run for governor, McCaskill replied, “I actually am not. I am very busy in my job” as U.S. senator.

“I am very happy in the job I have, and I am very lucky to have it,’’ she said in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio.

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3:53 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

National Labor Leader Says Unions, Like The Nation, Must Confront Racism

Richard Trumka
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National AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says that the unrest in Ferguson illustrates the need for a more vigorous national discussion on race and racism.

And labor unions, which have had their racial problems, must be part of the conversation, he acknowledged.

“We have to be willing to look at ourselves critically,’’ Trumka told reporters Monday. “If we have things that need to change, we need to change them. We’re not perfect. We’re trying to get better every single day. But we’re not perfect.”

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St. Louis on the Air
1:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Legal Roundtable Discusses Lingering Ferguson Issues, New Missouri Laws

Credit (via Flickr/James Cridland)

Legal questions surrounding Michael Brown’s death and events in Ferguson again dominated the conversation among our legal roundtable.

Justice Department Investigations

The Justice Department has three roles in Ferguson, said William Freivogel, director of the school of journalism at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. First: A criminal investigation, independent of the state’s investigation.

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Constitutional Amendment 1
12:36 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Recount Upholds Vote Approving 'Right To Farm' Amendment

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The results of a recount of the votes for the so-called 'right-to-farm' constitutional amendment show that it did pass, though by a slightly slimmer margin than originally announced.

The recount results, announced Monday by the secretary of state's office shows that Constitutional Amendment 1 passed by 2,375 votes out of almost a million votes cast.  The difference between "yes" and "no" votes before the recount was 2,490.

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On The Trail
10:14 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

It's Time To Answer The Five Burning Questions From Veto Session

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

From looking at the raw numbers, Republican legislators might consider the Missouri General Assembly’s recent veto session a smashing success.

After all, the Republican-controlled body overrode 10 of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes – and even more of his line-item vetoes. Nixon even faced a blistering condemnation from a Democratic senator over his response to Ferguson.

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Changes In '60s
9:57 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Commentary: Negative Ads Help Candidates But May Hurt Democracy

This 1964 anti-Goldwater ad is seen as the beginning of the modern era of attack ads.
Credit Screen shot from YouTube

Representative democracies are rarely models of gentility. Their elected officials, motivated by self-interest and a certain belief system, often see their views as right and proper and those of their opponents as wrong-headed and dangerous. The U.S. system, based on separation of powers and checks and balances at all levels, has necessitated a certain need for compromise and the importance of being able to govern. The result has usually been country above party -- although that did not eliminate some hyperbolic rhetoric or using the system for personal gain.

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Politically Speaking
5:17 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Politically Speaking: Sen. Dempsey Takes Stock Of Another Eventful Veto Session

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

In what’s becoming something of a post-veto session tradition, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss the impact of the General Assembly's annual event.

  The St. Charles Republican leads the 23-member Republican caucus in the Missouri Senate. And this past week, his chamber participated in votes to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of 10 standalone bills and 47 line-item vetoes of spending items in the current budget.

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2:42 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Fred Epstein: He Built Up His Company And The ACLU And Led Both With Aplomb

Fred Epstein, in his office at Indeeco
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Fred Epstein took the reins of the industrial heater factory his father founded in 1929 (just days after the stock market crashed) and adroitly steered it into the 21strst century, all the while giving chunks of time to transform the local ACLU into a formidable organization. He died Wednesday at the age of 79.

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2014 General Election
1:43 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Sinquefield Donates $2.5 Million For Outside Group's Fall Campaign Efforts

Rex Sinquefield
Credit Courtesy of Rex Sinquefield's web site

(Updated 2:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15)

Wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield, Missouri’s top political donor, is giving $2.5 million to Grow Missouri – a prominent conservative political action committee – to help bankroll its campaign efforts this fall.

Those efforts will include helping the next speaker of the Missouri House, state Rep. John Diehl of Town and Country, as well as other Republicans running for several key legislative contests in the St. Louis area.

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