Politics & Issues

Gov. Jay Nixon
5:41 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Nixon Unveils More Of His Legislative Agenda, Hopes Congress Will Avoid 'Dairy Cliff'

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at the 2011 State of the State address. Tonight, Nixon delivered this year's edition of his annual remarks.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has unveiled more of his agenda for the upcoming legislative session.


In addition to expanding Medicaid, Nixon says he wants to consolidate the regulatory commissions within the Department of Natural Resources.


“I think we have too many commissions (at DNR)," Nixon said.  "I think narrowing those, while continuing to protect air and water, will get more efficiency in that area so that resources can be focused appropriately.”

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Politics
4:38 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

President Obama Makes Statement On Fiscal Cliff Talks

President Barack Obama.
(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

This event has concluded. Thank you for joining us for this earlier event. 

President Obama made a statement this evening following his discussion today with congressional leaders about the so-called "fiscal cliff."

Politics
1:48 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Obama, Congressional Leaders To Discuss Deal To Avoid 'Fiscal Cliff'

"The hour for immediate action is here. It is now," President Barack Obama said of a potential budget deal, after meeting with congressional leaders Friday.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 5:50 pm

Days before a budget crisis deadline will hit the U.S. economy, President Obama says, "I'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time."

The details of that agreement, which could avert automatic spending cuts and tax increases that are set to take effect on Jan. 1, would likely come from discussions between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

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Farm Bill
1:27 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Understanding The 'Milk Cliff'

Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 2:35 pm

You've heard of the "fiscal cliff," but have you heard of the milk cliff"?

If Congress doesn't take action in the next four days, milk prices could shoot up dramatically.

Here's why:

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Fiscal Cliff
11:52 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Fallout Could Push Illinois Into Recession, Topinka Says

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
via Illinois Comptroller website

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka estimates a $1 billion impact on the state budget if automatic federal spending cuts and tax increases take effect.


Topinka sent out a release Friday detailing the impact on the Illinois budget if Congress and President Barack Obama don't prevent the federal government from going over the fiscal cliff. Topinka says the fallout from the fiscal cliff could push Illinois into recession. Topinka estimates Social Security and income tax increases would lower Illinois tax revenues by up to $500 million.

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Gun shows
4:37 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

St. Louis County Lawmaker To Propose Closing 'Gun Show Loophole' In Mo.

A gun show in Houston, Texas in 2007.
(via Flickr/ M Glasgow)

A St. Louis County lawmaker plans to file legislation that would require background checks on anyone who buys a firearm at a gun show.

State Representative Stacey Newman (D, Richmond Heights) says her proposal would close the so-called “gun show loophole” in Missouri.

“Right now, federal background checks are only done through licensed dealers," Newman said.  "That exempts gun shows where people can purchase unlimited amounts of weapons, including assault weapons.”

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MO Statehouse
6:21 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Mo. House Committee Proposes Reductions In Public Defenders

Credit Flickr/david-shane

The chair of Missouri's House Judiciary Committee is proposing reductions in the state's public defender system.

Republican State Representative Stanley Cox of Sedalia says public defenders would still handle the most serious cases for indigent defendants, but the more minor cases would be bid out to private attorneys.

Cox says this would address the caseload issues public defenders have long complained about.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:16 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

‘Akin’s Name Was All Over The World’ – 2012 Politics Reviewed

Representative Todd Akin
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

According to a survey of Associated Press newspaper editors and broadcast news directors in Missouri, the top news story in the state was Republican Representative Todd Akin’s controversial and unscientific remarks about “legitimate rape.”

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Campaign Finance
6:37 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

GOP Donors In The Giving Mood

Costs of goods and services in St. Louis rose 2.5 percent between the last six months of 2009 and the last six months of 2010 - more than double the national rate. (via Flickr / _J_D_R_)
_J_D_R_ Flickr

Wealthy Republican donors started Christmas early.

Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25 thousand to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday.

Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about 1 and a half million dollars to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.

Nixon was the only major Democrat Humphreys supported.

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Armed teachers
11:56 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Nixon Comes Out In Opposition To Guns In School Proposal

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is voicing opposition to House Republicans’ plans to allow teachers in Missouri to carry guns in classrooms.

In a letter to the state’s public school superintendents, Nixon says the proposal would put children at risk and take away the authority of local school districts to keep guns out of classrooms.  Scott Holste is the governor’s Press Secretary.

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