Politics & Issues

Politically Speaking
4:23 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Politically Speaking: U.S. Rep. Shimkus On Ukraine's Future and GOP Primary For Illinois Governor

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. 

We’ve broken another barrier on the show: U.S. Rep. John Shimkus is the first political figure from Illinois to be a guest on the podcast. The Collinsville Republican has represented large areas of southern Illinois since 1997 and plays a major role on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Election
10:38 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Sample Ballots And Polling Places For Illinois Primary

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

The news focus on Tuesday's Illinois primary has largely been on statewide or congressional races. However, issues and local races are also important. For those in the area who are looking for a clean list of what they will find on their ballots, different counties have different options.

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Politics & Issues
10:07 am
Mon March 17, 2014

In Illinois, A Governor's Luck Gets Tested Again

Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State Address to a joint session of the General Assembly at the Illinois State Capitol on Jan. 29.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 9:06 am

The numbers look bad for Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois has remained in lousy shape throughout Quinn's five years in office.

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
5:12 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

With Spring Break Looming, Aldermen Tie Up Some Loose Ends

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen are off for a month-long spring break starting today. Like many a legislative body (or college students) before them, they left a lot of business until the last minute. Here's a look at some of the business they took care of today.

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Red Light Cameras
4:28 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

While Court Fight Continues, Missouri House Passes Bill On Red Light, Speed Cameras

via Flickr/functoruser

The battleground over the use of red light and speed cameras in Missouri shifted this week from the courtroom to the state Capitol.

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Politics & Issues
12:57 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Rundown: From Birthday Cakes To Wedding Cakes

STL250 birthday cakes are popping up across the city.
(UPI, Bill Greenblatt)

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 of the week.

Our town

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that St. Louis is marking its 250th birthday this year. Throughout the year, we'll be looking at our history and the various ways St. Louis is celebrating this milestone.

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Medicaid Expansion
12:40 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Nixon Predicts Exodus Of Young Workers Unless Medicaid Is Expanded

Gov. Jay Nixon makes pitch for Medicaid expansion at church in Dellwood.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is trying a new pitch in his quest to persuade state legislators to expand the state's Medicaid program and accept the $2 billion a year in extra federal money that would go along with it.

Nixon told supporters Thursday night in St. Louis County that the state’s current Medicaid program is so stingy that it discourages people from working — and could drive entry-level workers to other states that are expanding Medicaid.

Missouri now bars Medicaid coverage for anyone who earns more than $2,217 a year — which boils down to $42.63 a week.

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Missouri Legislature
8:26 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Tout Accomplishments, Talk On What's Next, As Spring Break Begins

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The first half of Missouri's 2014 legislative session is over, and lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.

House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, touted the passage of several of his priorities, including photo voter ID legislation, conscientious objections to certain medical procedures, and ending the economic border war between Missouri and Kansas.  Jones told reporters Thursday he wants to push several issues when they return in a week and a half, including right-to-work legislation.

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Same-Sex Marriage
7:56 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

STL Same-Sex Couples Consider Legal Implications As They Prepare To Marry

Melodie Heberer (left) and Kelsi Davis
Credit Provided by the couple

While same-sex couples in Missouri ponder the uncertain impact of marrying in Illinois, one St. Louis pair plans to say "I do" across the river as another heads in the opposite direction.

As 29-year-old Kelsi Davis of south St. Louis plans to wed her partner Saturday in Illinois, her favorite romantic movie since the age of 4 is etched in her mind — and on her body: she has a “Princess Bride” tattoo on her hip which includes the film's signature line, "As You Wish."

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Illinois Politics
7:54 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Why Are Republicans Avoiding Social Issues?

The four candidates for governor seem to be downplaying social issues in this year's Republican primary.

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 3:39 pm

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