Politics & Issues

Tax credit review
5:57 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Mo. Tax Credit Review Commission Releases Updated Recommendations

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) Tax Credit Review Commission has released its revised list of recommendations.


Some of the original recommendations have been scaled back.  The new list calls for shrinking the cap on Historic Preservation tax credits to $90 million, instead of $75 million as proposed two years ago, and reducing the cap on Low Income Housing to $135 million instead of $80 million.  The caps for Historic Preservation and Low Income Housing are currently $140 million and $195 million, respectively.  The new report also drops the recommendation to put expiration dates on all tax credits.

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Politically Speaking
2:38 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon's Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week's politics.

On today's episode: It's a blast from the past as we start off the show by talking about Congressman Todd Akin's race (specifically his NRSC funding), then we move on to Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones' so-called Speaker Tour (or the Lt. Gov.'s Tour?), and we close it out with a discussion on the Arch Tax.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Politics
10:05 am
Fri December 14, 2012

How Much Will Emerson's Special Election Cost?

Emerson at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center.
Rep. Emerson's flickr page.

Electing a replacement for retiring Missouri U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson won't come cheap.

Weeks after winning re-election to a 10th term, the Cape Girardeau Republican announced earlier this month she is retiring from Congress in February to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

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Immigration
6:15 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Immigrant Advocates Ask Mo. Lawmakers To Resist Negative Rhetoric And Immigrant-Unfriendly Bills

Members of the Mo. Senate's Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration hear testimony from Sister Peggy Bonnot of El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A State Senate panel assigned to study immigration issues in Missouri held its final meeting today in Jefferson City.

Some of the discussion focused on so-called “anti-immigrant” comments made on the House and Senate floors in recent years.  Vanessa Crawford Aragon is Executive Director of Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates.  She told committee chair Senator John Lamping (R, Ladue) that inflammatory speeches by some lawmakers have made life harder for immigrants in Missouri and they need to tone it down.

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History Musuem
5:38 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Aldermen To Wade Into History Museum Dispute

Credit (via Flickr/Reading Tom)

It appears as though a couple of members of one of the oversight boards for the Missouri History Museum are getting their wish. The Board of Aldermen appears poised to jump into the fray over the way the museum is being run.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Blunt Decries 'Nuclear Option' For Filibuster

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is joining his fellow Republicans in criticizing a push by Majority Leader Harry Reid that would limit the power of the filibuster -- a legislative technique to give power to the minority party.

Blunt and the GOP call Reid's proposed rule changes the "nuclear option." Reid prefers the term the "constitutional option."

Whatever you call it, it would limit the use of the filibuster by making a few changes – most notably being that the one doing the filibustering actually has to be present for the speech, and can’t just threaten it.

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Todd Akin
3:13 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Akin Owes Nearly $270K From Failed Mo. Senate Bid

Todd Akin.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Republican Missouri congressman Todd Akin owes almost $270,000 after his unsuccessful challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

A federal finance report available online Thursday shows Akin's committee spent about $6 million on his Senate campaign - less than a third of the $19.3 million spent by McCaskill.

Akin reported $268,830 of debt as of Nov. 26. McCaskill previously reported that she had $238,010 of debt as of that date. But it's often easer for winners than losers to raise money to pay off their campaign debts.

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Politics
5:33 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Tom Schlafly Commentary: Emerson's House Resignation 'Disappointing'

Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.
(Office of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson)

Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson’s decision to resign from the House of Representatives is disappointing for two reasons.

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Medicaid expansion
4:35 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Mo. House Speaker Jones Maintains Stance Against Medicaid Expansion

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) speaks to reporters in Jefferson City on 12-12-12.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has been touring the state this week, promoting the so-called three “E’s” that House Republicans say they’ll focus on next year – the economy, energy, and education – but their agenda still likely won't include a fourth “E," expansion of Medicaid.


Jones told a group of reporters in Jefferson City today that House budget writers start off every year looking for $150-$200 million for the state’s Medicaid needs.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:32 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Update on Mo. And Ill. Congressional Delegations, Fiscal Cliff

U.S. Capitol, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

Going over the so-called fiscal cliff is the major talk in Washington D.C. though the Missouri and Illinois delegations are dealing with other issues as well.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Beacon Washington D.C. Correspondent Rob Koenig about the latest news from the nation’s capital, including the fiscal cliff.

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