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Politics
6:16 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Ill. Lawmakers To Wait On Gun Control

Credit (via Flickr/dennis.tang)

Illinois lawmakers will not be addressing gun control legislation before the end of session. Some members of the state House of Representatives were scheduled to debate the proposal Sunday.

State Representative Eddie Acevedo favors the bill. He says he withdrew it since a similar attempt didn’t pass the Senate last week.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Durbin: Tax Reform Should Be Part Of Debt-Ceiling Talks

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
(Official Portrait/via Wikimedia Commons)

With a deal to avoid drastic spending cuts behind them, members of Congress are gearing up for what could be another grueling round of negotiations over the federal debt-ceiling.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says members need to get to the bargaining table early this time.

The number two Democrat in the Senate told CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday that he really doesn’t want to see a sequel to the so called “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

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MO Statehouse
1:00 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers To Pursue Medical Liability Limits

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

Missouri lawmakers have their eyes on reinstating liability caps for medical malpractice cases after the state Supreme Court struck down the limits last summer.

The high court concluded a 2005 law was unconstitutional. It had capped noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases at $350,000.

Supporters of limiting damages say the cap is important for reducing health care costs and helping to keep doctors in Missouri. Opponents argue the right to a jury trial is the lynchpin for all basic liberties and must be protected.

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State of St. Louis
2:42 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Stricter Gun Laws? Income Tax Cuts? Leaders Discuss At 'State Of St. Louis'

Speaker Tim Jones shakes hands with attendees after the forum.
Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

At the St. Louis Business Journal's "State of St. Louis," one of the panelists remarked that, in the Missouri legislature, the divide is less between Republicans and Democrats and more between rural and urban representation.

But the upcoming legislative session is somewhat remarkable because both leaders in the legislative bodies are from the St. Louis area. House Speaker Tim Jones is from Eureka, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey from St. Charles will soon be the President Pro Tem.

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Nixon
2:31 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Nixon Pushes To Keep Security Plans Of Some Public Facilities Private

Gov. Jay Nixon, along with Missouri public safety director Jerry Lee and other law enforcement officials, pushes for the reinstatement of some exemptions to the state's Sunshine Law.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Jay Nixon is using his bully pulpit to push for the reinstatement of some exemptions to Missouri’s Sunshine Law.

The Democrat joined officers and commanders from several local police departments as well as school officials to ask lawmakers to make that a priority when they return to Jefferson City on Wednesday.

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Politics
7:23 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Ill. Pension Negotiations Continue

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Negotiations for a complete overhaul of Illinois' underfunded pension systems continue. But the president of the state Senate is again pushing a measure his chamber approved months ago.

Governor Pat Quinn has been adamant that something pass before the General Assembly's current session ends for good on Wednesday.

In May, the Senate passed legislation that reduces state workers' and legislators' own retirement benefits. But the House never took it up.  Senate President John Cullerton says representatives should do so when they return to Springfield on Sunday.

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Campaign Finance
4:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Political Spending 'Arms Race' Makes It A Good Year For TV Stations

A series of attack ads paid for by Governor Jay Nixon labeled his opponent, Dave Spence as a "banker." Spence would later sue Nixon for defamation because of this series of ads.
(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

It’s estimated that TV stations’ political ad revenues were around $2.6 billion last year – a 68 percent increase from just 4 years ago.

This was the first big election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 that declared corporations to be people and money to be speech. The ruling made 2012 a good year for TV stations that get paid to air political ads.

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Child Sex Abuse
5:29 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Task Force Releases 22 Recommendations For Fighting Sex Abuse Of Children

A task force set up to combat sexual abuse of children releases its recommendations the week before the start of Missouri's 2013 legislative session.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A task force has released its recommendations on combatting sexual abuse of children in Missouri.

There are 22 recommendations in all.  They include requiring people who are legally obligated to report sex abuse incidents to directly contact the state’s Children’s Division, instead of just reporting incidents to superiors within their own organizations.  That particular recommendation will be sponsored by State Representative Marsha Haefner (R, Oakville).

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Circuit Judge Barbara Peebles
4:52 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

St. Louis Judge Peebles' Disciplinary Case Heard By Mo. Supreme Court

Judge Barbara Peebles
22nd Judicial Circuit Courts

A St. Louis city judge fighting to keep her job had her day before the Missouri Supreme Court today.

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Politically Speaking
4:14 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

We're back! It's the first Politically Speaking podcast of the new year.

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon's Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss what's ahead in the rapidly approaching legislative session, who will be the Missouri GOP's next chairman and some personnel changes in the St. Louis mayoral race.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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