Politics & Issues

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

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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_)
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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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Medicaid
9:50 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Nixon Administration: Mo. Could Gain From Medicaid

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon reached out to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley Wednesday in hopes of helping to keep open some county parks slated for closure.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration is bolstering his plan to expand Missouri's Medicaid program with an analysis estimating that it could save the state money in the near future.

Figures released this past week by Nixon's budget office show Missouri could see a nearly $47 million increase in general revenues during the first year of the Medicaid expansion in 2014. That boost in state revenues would grow to nearly $140 million in 2016 before beginning to decline.

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Animal Adoption Tax
7:04 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Animal Advocates Await Response From Mo. Supreme Court

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The Humane Society of the United States and two Missouri-based non-profit animal groups are waiting to hear if the State Supreme Court will take up their appeal on what they describe as a crippling regulation.


The plaintiffs say the animal adoption tax levied on non-profit shelters and rescue groups can cost them up to $2,500 a year, making it hard to feed and find homes for the animals in their care.  Amanda Good is the HSUS State Director for Missouri.


“For the smaller shelters, that’s actually a significant chunk of their budget, money that should be spent on helping the animals and caring for the animals," Good said.

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Breaking
6:27 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's Birth Control Exemption Law

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A federal judge has blocked a new Missouri law requiring insurers to offer policies excluding birth control coverage because it conflicts with a federal law mandating such coverage.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />


Judge Audry Fleissig issued a temporary restraining order Friday against the Missouri law. It was enacted in September when the Republican-led Legislature overrode a veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Gov. Jay Nixon
6:11 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Threat Against Gov. Nixon "Not Credible," Says Mo. Hwy. Patrol

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A rumored threat made against Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has turned out to be false, according to the State Highway Patrol.


It centered on alleged comments in which someone was quoted as saying they wanted to hire someone to kill the governor.  MSHP Captain Tim Hull says they wrapped up their investigation this afternoon.

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Fiscal Cliff
3:58 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

President Obama On Fiscal Cliff

President Barack Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This live event has concluded. Thanks for joining us.

After failing to get his party in line, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner abandoned his plan for avoiding the fiscal cliff.

Instead, a decision will have to come from the Senate. President Barack Obama met with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Friday afternoon and is set to address the public shortly.

You can watch it live here:

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