Politics & Issues

Mayoral Race
1:08 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Slay Poised To Make History

Mayor Slay talks to supporters.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Francis Slay is now poised to win a fourth term as mayor of St. Louis.

Slay walked away with the Democratic primary on Tuesday, beating Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed and former Alderman Jimmie Matthews.   Slay received 54 percent of the vote, Reed 44 percent and Matthews a little over one percent.

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Animal shelter fees
7:38 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Animal Shelter Fees Lawsuit Heard By Mo. Supreme Court

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An attorney for nonprofit animal shelters is trying to persuade the Missouri Supreme Court to strike down a law that he says was originally enacted through "legislative shenanigans."


Attorney David Cosgrove argued Tuesday to the Supreme Court that lawmakers violated the state constitution by including the animal shelter fee in a 2010 bill that originally dealt with dynamite.

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School transfer law
6:08 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Hears School Transfer Lawsuit

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The Missouri Supreme Court today heard arguments over a 20-year-old law that requires unaccredited school districts to pay tuition for students who transfer to nearby accredited schools.

Last year, St. Louis County Judge David Vincent the Third ruled that the law in question was both unconstitutional and unenforceable, and that it would create an unfunded mandate for unaccredited schools.  Attorney Elkin Kistner represents Gina Breitenfeld, a St. Louis woman who enrolled her children in the Clayton School district.

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Politics
5:32 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Live Coverage: St. Louis Picks Presumptive Next Mayor

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Note: This live event has ended. Read the results of the race here.

St. Louis is a solidly Democratic city. So, when voters go to the polls today to vote in its Democratic Mayoral Primary - they are really picking the city's presumptive next mayor.

Will it be incumbent mayor Francis Slay? It would be for an unprecedented fourth term. Or Lewis Reed - the president of the Board of Aldermen? Or Jimmie Matthews - a candidate some have said is a "stalking horse?"

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Voting
2:48 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Registered Sex Offenders Voting At Schools? Not Under New Mo. House Bill

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The Missouri House of Representatives is considering a bill which would mandate registered sex offenders to vote at their local country clerk’s office, instead of at schools.

The House Elections Committee held a hearing on the proposed legislation today. Rep. Tim Remole (R), is sponsoring the legislation and says that it will protect the voting rights of registered offenders, while also protecting children in schools that are designated as polling places.

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Illinois
9:36 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Durbin, Kirk Introduce Anti-Gun Trafficking Legislation

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Illinois' two U.S. senators - Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk - say they and other senators will introduce a bill to crack down on gun trafficking and straw purchasing.
 

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Municipal Primary
9:29 am
Tue March 5, 2013

St. Louis Voters To Choose Between Matthews, Reed Or Slay In Today's Mayoral Primary

(From left to right) Mayor Francis Slay, Former St. Louis Alderman Jimmie Matthews and Aldermanic Board President Lewis Reed during St. Louis on the Air's Mayoral Primary Forum.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis voters go to the polls today to decide whether incumbent Mayor Francis Slay deserves a fourth term.

Today's municipal primary was expected to decide who will be mayor. No Republicans were running, and the Democratic nominee will be heavily favored over Green Party candidate James Eldon McNeely.

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Medicaid expansion
6:59 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Dempsey Denies Mo. Senate Republicans Are Reversing Opposition To Medicaid Expansion

Mo. Senate President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles)
Mo. Senate

The leader of the Missouri Senate is denying reports from some conservative bloggers that top Republicans are planning an about-face on Medicaid expansion.

In particular, Red State published a report Monday that President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles) and Senator Mike Parson (R, Bolivar) were backing a so-called “shell bill” that would be used to add Medicaid expansion to next year’s state budget.  Dempsey denies that report.

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Conceal Carry
12:24 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Over Digital Copying Of Conceal Carry Application

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) speaks in support of a lawsuit filed against the state, in which a man seeking a conceal carry permit says he was told his application and documents had to be digitally scanned and stored by the state.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A lawsuit has been filed in the Missouri Bootheel accusing the state of wrongfully requiring digital copies of vital records.


The plaintiff, Eric Griffin of Stoddard County, was seeking a conceal carry endorsement.  He says officials at his local license fee office told him that in order to receive it, his application, birth certificate and residency documents would have to be digitally scanned and stored by the Missouri Department of RevenueLt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) says any license fee office that makes that demand is breaking the law.

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EBT cards
6:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Locations Accepting EBT Cards Would Be Strictly Limited Under Mo. Senate Bill

State Senators Will Kraus (R, Lee's Summit) and Maria Chapelle-Nadal (D, University City) discuss SB 251, which would restrict where EBT cards can be used.
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Legislation is moving through the Missouri Senate that would strictly limit where Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT cards, can be used in the state.

State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) is sponsoring Senate Bill 251.  He says a new federal law that just took effect will ban EBT card use in casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment venues.

“We’re taking that federal law (and) putting (it) into state statute," Kraus said.  "But we’re also adding a few places that we think these cards shouldn’t be used at:  amusement parks, entertainment events, athletic events, (or) to purchase alcohol, tobacco (or) lottery tickets.”

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