Politics & Issues

Mayoral Race
5:27 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ready, Set, Mayor: Reed, Slay File For 2013 St. Louis Primary

Board of Alderman Lewis Reed (at left) and current St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
(via City of St. Louis websites)

St. Louis's Democratic battle between incumbent Mayor Francis Slay and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed is now official -- both candidates filed for the March primary this morning.

Slay has never lost a race, and he's taking this challenge seriously. In fact, Slay says he's had paid employees and volunteers standing in line to hold his spot for filing since Sept. 24.

Slay says he wants another term in order to continue improving education and public safety in the city, and points to the recent passage of local control of the police department.

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Union contract
8:29 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Quinn Voids Union Contract

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has terminated a contract with 40,000 of the state's employees.
St. Louis Public Radio

Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield, Ill.


In what's being called an "unprecedented" step, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has terminated the state's contract with its largest employee union.


The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees helped Quinn win the governor's office in 2010, but the relationship soured almost immediately. The governor, a Democrat, has tried to close state facilities, lay off workers, rescind guaranteed salary hikes and reduce the pensions of state employees, all in an effort to cut costs.

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Politics
6:15 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Ann Wagner Toes Party Line On Taxes, Despite "Fiscal Cliff"

Republican Ann Wagner speaking to the RCGA
Credit Christine Page / St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Assoc.

Missouri Congresswoman-elect Ann Wagner says she would not support any plan to increase tax rates to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Failure to reach a deal before January First would result in immediate tax increases and across the board spending cuts.

Wagner spoke at a luncheon of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association on Tuesday.  On the issue of the so-called “fiscal cliff” said she supports a compromise to generate revenue by reforming the nation’s tax code, while also preserving the Bush-era tax cuts on the wealthiest 2-percent of Americans.

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Politically Speaking
5:02 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

It's the Thanksgiving Politically Speaking podcast, and we're thankful for all of our listeners.

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon's Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about a few political issues.

On the table for this week: GOP dissent on health exchanges, the recent ruling on public employee's right to collective bargain and the new bipartisan debt group in Missouri. And, of course, some talk about Governor Jay Nixon's deer "harvesting" and Gobbles the Turkey.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Update On Mo. And Ill. Delegations During Lame-Duck Congress

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

The lame duck Congress is now in session and while historically known as a time of inaction, the large task of avoiding the “fiscal cliff” is ever-present.

The fiscal cliff is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts which would take effect on January 1, 2013, primarily due to the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.

Host Don Marsh talked with Rob Koenig, the St. Louis Beacon’s Washington D.C. correspondent.

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Grand Old Party
6:15 am
Tue November 20, 2012

In An Increasingly Red State, How Did Republicans Lose In Missouri?

Results from the Missouri Senate race by county, as compiled by KBIA-FM.
KBIA-FM

A week after the conservative losses at the polls, about 20 tea partiers gathered at a restaurant in North St. Louis County to listen to a few lecturers talk about a few ideas for the future: the flat tax and the fair tax. And yes, to commiserate about the recent past.

“If we can’t even elect a Republican president with Barack Obama as his opponent, how in God's name do we propose to eliminate the tax code?” Bill Hennessy, who helped found the St. Louis Tea Party, asked. He was visibly frustrated.

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National Debt
2:13 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

National Debt Group Opens Missouri Chapter

Officials gather at the Missouri Capitol for an event announcing the formation of "Fix the Debt Missouri."
Ryan Famuliner/KBIA


Updated 4:30 p.m. with copy from KBIA's Ryan Famuliner.


A bipartisan group of Missouri leaders is trying to put pressure on Congress to address the national debt – and says tens of thousands of Missouri jobs are at stake.

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Kacie Starr Triplett
4:27 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Triplett Exits Board Of Aldermen To Praise From Colleagues

Ald. Kacie Starr Triplett (in blue) listens as her colleagues praise her service to the Board of Aldermen. Triplett is stepping down to take a job with Behavioral Health Network.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Just three weeks after welcoming a new member to its ranks, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen gathered to say goodbye to another one.

Kacie Starr Triplett, the 6th Ward alderwoman, is stepping down to  take a position with the Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis, where she'll coordinate a new initiative looking at gaps for services for the homeless and mentally ill in the region.

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Health insurance exchange
5:32 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Kinder Calls On Mo. Lawmakers To Not Create Health Insurance Exchange

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is urging state lawmakers to not create a health insurance exchange or expand Medicaid when they convene for their regular session next year.

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Historic Preservation Tax Credits
3:57 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Preservation Tax Credit Cap Could Be Cut In Half

via Flickr/alancleaver_2000

Members of a panel created to review Missouri’s tax credits are leaning towards recommending that the cap on Historic Preservation tax credits be cut nearly in half.

The incentives program is popular with developers, but Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and a group of Republican State Senators say it’s draining off revenues from the state budget.

Tom Reeves co-chairs the subcommittee looking into Historic Preservation tax credits. He says he favors much of the recommendation from two years ago to reduce the annual cap from $140 million a year to $75 million a year.

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