On Tuesday, St. Louis voters will go to the polls to select their nominee for mayor. But in the Democratic mayoral primary, former Alderman Jimmie Matthews sometimes seems the odd man out. Unlike his two opponents -- incumbent Mayor Francis Slay and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed -- he hasn't solicited any campaign donations, and he hasn't spent much money on the race either. That's led some to speculate that he isn't a serious candidate, that he's only in the race to take votes from Reed.
But from Matthews' perspective, there's no difference between Slay and Reed.
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: photo-baum's on mayoral flyers, Shane Schoeller as the new executive director of the Missouri GOP, and the back and forth between Senator Claire McCaskill and newly-elected Congresswoman Ann Wagner on the Violence Against Women Act.
The Missouri Senate today passed a wide-ranging tax credit bill that drastically lowers the caps on Historic Preservation and Low Income Housing programs.
Senate Bill 120 would cap Historic Preservation incentives at $50 million a year, instead of the current $140 million, and Low Income Housing incentives would be capped at $55 million a year, instead of the current $190 million. That bill is now in the hands of the Missouri House, where Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has indicated that he and other House leaders don’t like the drastic cuts.
Legislation that would redefine workplace discrimination in Missouri has been passed by the State House.
House Bill 320 would require that discrimination be a motivating factor in any wrongful action taken against an employee, instead of a contributing factor as it is now. State Representative Brandon Ellington (D, Kansas City) says Missouri’s standard for discrimination should not be lowered.
“We know the potential for discrimination, and to be able to prove that it was a motivational factor is almost impossible," Ellington said. "Discrimination can happen to anybody in this body – it may not be racial, but it definitely could be age discrimination; it may not be age, but it could definitely be sexual discrimination.”
An expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is one step closer in Illinois.
The state Senate passed the expansion 40-19 on Thursday. The bill now goes to the House.
Nearly 2.8 million Illinois residents are currently covered by Medicaid, the government health program for the poor and disabled.
Starting in 2014, an estimated 500,000 to 600,000 uninsured Illinois residents would be newly eligible for coverage. The expansion would mainly benefit low-income adults who don't have children at home.
Supporters of creating a so-called “Angel Investment” tax credit in Missouri testified in favor of legislation Wednesday before a State Senate committee.
Senate Bill 91 would provide incentives to wealthy investors, dubbed “Angels,” who are looking for start-up opportunities, preferably in high-tech and Internet-based businesses. Kansas City Mayor Sly James was one of several witnesses hoping to persuade committee members to approve the bill.