Politics & Issues

Electronics on Airplanes
1:21 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

McCaskill Crafting Legislation To Allow Electronics On Flights

(Senator McCaskill's Flickr Account)

After receiving a tepid response from the FAA on the prospect of changing rules to allow electronic devices like iPads and Kindles to be used throughout a flight, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced that she is beginning to craft legislation instead.

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Mo. Senate
10:23 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Re-Entry Rule For Foster Kids Could Change Under Mo. Senate Bill

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Children leaving the foster care system after their 18th birthday would be able to return to state custody under a bill passed by the Missouri Senate.
 
Current law allows children to remain in the foster care system until they are 21, but prevents re-entry if they leave after turning 18.
 
The measure sponsored by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus of Kansas City would allow those who leave the system to re-enter until they turn 21.
 
 Justus says it allows children to come back home if they have a hard time in the "real world."
 

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Mo. House
9:55 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Mo. House Seeks To Increase Transparency Of Initiative Petitions

Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has approved legislation aimed at increasing the transparency of initiative petitions that bypass the Legislature to put proposed laws or constitutional amendments on statewide ballots.
 
Sponsors of the petitions must gather signatures from registered voters for their proposal to qualify for the ballot.
 

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Conceal Carry
6:41 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Mo. House Republicans To 'Fast-Track' Anti-Copying Legislation

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republican leaders in the Missouri House are promising to fast track legislation that would forbid the state from scanning and storing documents of residents who apply for conceal-carry endorsements.


Some GOP lawmakers have accused the state agency of forwarding copies of conceal-carry applications and other documents to the federal Homeland Security department.  House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) says he’s disturbed by the allegations.

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Prescription Drug Monitoring
5:03 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Dueling Mo. Senate Bills Would Each Create A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

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Two bills that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri received a hearing Thursday before a State Senate committee.

One of the bills, though, is structured in a way that’s designed to block the proposal from ever becoming reality.  Physician and State Senator Rob Schaaf (R, St. Joseph) is an outspoken critic of prescription drug monitoring.  He says it would violate citizens’ privacy rights.

“But I have agreed to carry (Senate Bill 146), given that it goes to a vote of the people, and that nothing will be construed to require a pharmacist or prescriber to obtain information about a patient from the database,” Schaaf told the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Health.

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Politically Speaking
4:02 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Politically Speaking: Mayoral Results, Democrat Days and Kinder's Lawsuit

Slay's victory speech plays at Reed's watch party.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Every week, 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 this week's episode: The results from the mayoral primary are in. Why did Reed lose? Did Slay win by as much as he had hoped? Then Jo shares some stories from Democrat Days and we close it out with Lt. Governor Peter Kinder's lawsuit.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

NPR’s Ari Shapiro On Politics, Pink Martini And Dinner Parties With Nina Totenberg

Ari Shapiro
Stephen Voss for NPR

Ari Shapiro is a White House correspondent for NPR.

His stories about ongoing political negotiations in Washington, D.C. are familiar to public radio listeners as is his recent guest hosting of Talk of the Nation.

Shapiro, a graduate of Yale University, began his journalism career in 2001 in the office of NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg.  He would go on to cover the Justice Department and serve reporting stints in Atlanta, Miami and Boston.  The award-winning journalist was the first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age thirty.

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Missouri's Right To Pray
10:18 am
Thu March 7, 2013

ACLU Vows To Keep Fighting Missouri Prayer Amendment

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The American Civil Liberties Union says it will keep fighting against Missouri's new constitutional amendment on prayer after a federal judge dismissed its initial lawsuit.
 

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St. Louis on the Air
7:07 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

‘Women Can Be Heroes’ – The Role of Women In Politics And Public Life

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her career and possible future involvement in politics was talked about during the show.
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Earlier this year, the 113th Congress was sworn in and as part of that, there are now a record-breaking 20 female senators.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California told ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, "I think that until we get to 50, we still have to fight because it's still a problem.”

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tax cuts
5:55 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. Senate Endorses Tax Cut Legislation

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a phased-in tax overhaul designed to help the Show-Me State compete with neighboring Kansas, which recently slashed its tax rates.


Senate Bill 26 would lower state income taxes for individuals and corporations by three-quarters of a percentage point while raising the state sales tax by half a point.  Both would be phased in over a five-year period.  State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) says it would result in a revenue loss of around $450 million a year.

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