Politics & Issues

Politically Speaking
9:36 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Politically Speaking: Jeff Roe Recounts Best Ways To Sell Campaign, Predicts GOP Success This Fall

Jeff Roe
Credit Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking podcast  brings prominent GOP consultant Jeff Roe to the show. He joins St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jo Mannies, Chris McDaniel and Jason Rosenbaum.

Based in Kansas City, Roe is among the top Republican consultants in the Midwest – and is headed toward a national reputation.  Only in his early 40s, he operates the fourth-largest GOP direct-mail firm in the country. He's expected to land at least one Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

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Transportation Tax
8:06 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

MoDOT Kicks Off Public Meetings On Transportation Tax List

MoDOT held its first public hearing on the transportation tax project list at the Mid-County Branch of the St. Louis County Library in Clayton.
Credit / Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Department of Transportation kicked off a series of public meetings Monday on possible roadway, bridge and mass transit projects funded with a proposed transportation sales tax. 

MoDOT is holding a series of open houses across the state for the public to weigh in on potential projects funded with a .75 percent sales tax increase. Voters are to decide on the issue in the August 5 election. MoDOT held it's first open houses on  Monday in Clayton and Arnold, and it has three more scheduled in the St. Louis region throughout the week. 

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On The Trail
8:03 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Dooley Once Again Embroiled In Debate Over County Parks

The 2011 battle over proposed cuts to St. Louis County Parks is receiving attention again thanks to ads from Councilman Steve Stenger.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has claimed in recent weeks that he never proposed shutting down county parks in 2011. But now, as the issue begins to heat up again, Dooley is, in his own words, "walking back" from his comments.

Dooley told St. Louis Public Radio that he “never proposed shutting down anything,” adding that “people will be saying things every election cycle about Charlie Dooley. Just because they say it doesn’t make it so.”

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Politics & Issues
8:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Commentary: Part Of The VA Problem Was Setting An Unrealistic Standard

Eric Shinseki
Credit Veterans Affairs photo | Wikipedia

Too often governmental scandals become couched in blaming an administrator for the problem. Critics seldom look at a bureaucratic organization for its failings or how bureaus channel the behavior of their employees. One element that should be examined is how success is judged.

In the case of the Veterans Administration and Gen. Eric Shinseki, we see staff at VA hospitals responding to how they would be evaluated. Such evaluations affect compensation and promotion and hence behavior. Employees also tend to go along to get along.

Shinseki sowed the seeds of his own demise.

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Transportation Tax
5:32 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

MoDOT Releases List Of Hundreds Of Transportation Projects That A Proposed Sales Tax Hike Can Fund

Voters will decide August 5th whether they will fund $5 billion in transportation projects with a 0.75 percent sales tax increase.
Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews)

If voters approve a 0.75 percent sales tax increase this August, the St. Louis area will get bus rapid transit, a light rail stop, a better port and an expanded I-270, among other things. 

That's according to a list the Missouri Department of Transportation released Friday of $5-billion dollars worth of projects that would be funded by the tax increase. 

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Week In Review
11:01 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Weekly Rundown: Uncertainty, Disruption Mark Anniversary Of Decision In Student Transfer Case

Jane Turner
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories.

Up in the air

One Year Later, No End In Sight To School Transfer Turmoil

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Commentary
9:07 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Searching For Coherence In An Atomized World

Mehlville Superintendent Eric Knost
Credit Mehlville website

Some of St. Louis Public Radio’s best work this week wasn’t breaking news. It was making sense of news that broke days or even months earlier.

It’s been a year since the court ruling that opened the door to student transfers from Normandy and Riverview Gardens to Francis Howell, Mehlville, Kirkwood and other districts. Reporter Dale Singer circled back this week to ask key participants to reflect on their hopes, fears and actual experiences.

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Death Penalty
11:01 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Federal Judge Stays Missouri Execution Over Concerns That State Obstructed Clemency Process

A federal judge has stayed Missouri's upcoming execution over concerns that the Department of Corrections obstructed the clemency process.

Inmate John Winfield was scheduled to be put to death on June 18 for killing two people in St. Louis County. Before an execution can occur in Missouri, the governor must first make a decision on clemency -- whether or not the inmate's life should be spared.

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World Series Tickets
10:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Judge Orders Release Of Internal Police Documents

(St. Louis Public Radio)

A second St. Louis judge has ruled that police officers have no right to expect that statements they make during internal investigations won’t be released to the public.

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Missouri Budget
3:36 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Nixon Vetoes Bills That Would Have Cut State, Local Revenue By $776 Million A Year

Jay Nixon
Credit / File photo

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon followed through with his earlier threat by vetoing on Wednesday 10 bills passed during the last day of the legislative session. The bills set up special tax breaks for a variety of businesses, from restaurants to data centers.

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