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10:53 am
Tue February 12, 2013

4 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address last year. On Tuesday night, he will be back at the Capitol for another address to a joint session of Congress.
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Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:32 am

President Obama's second inaugural address was widely perceived as a throwing down of the gauntlet in how it framed his progressive faith in government and challenged his Republican political opponents in any number of ways.

Given that, expect to see more glove-throwing Tuesday as the president delivers the first State of the Union speech of his second term.

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Workplace discrimination bill
6:54 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Workplace Discrimination Bill Heard By Mo. House Committee

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Testimony was heard today on legislation that would redefine what constitutes workplace discrimination in Missouri.

If passed, workplace discrimination would have to be a motivating factor, not just a contributing one, in any wrongful action taken against a worker by an employer, which is the current federal standard.  Attorney Rich AuBuchon spoke in favor of the bill on behalf of his former employer, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.  He told the House Committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety that the state’s current definition of discrimination is hurting Missouri’s economy.

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St. Louis Mayoral Race
5:49 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Matthews, Reed, Slay Square Off In St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum

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

At Monday's forum, the three Democratic candidates made their case for why they should be St. Louis' next mayor. Incumbent mayor Francis Slay is seeking an unprecedented fourth four-year term, while the other two candidates argued it was time for someone else to take the reins.

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St. Louis Mayoral Race
9:24 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Live Special Event: St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum

An audience member asks a question of the candidates during today's St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 12:45 p.m. following forum - more to come.

Today, "St. Louis on the Air" hosted its St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.

(For a full report of the event, see our Chris McDaniel's story here)

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Politics
6:42 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Today: St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum

Credit (via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft)

The three candidates for the Democratic nomination for St. Louis mayor will take part in a one-hour town hall forum today. 

St. Louis Public Radio will air the forum, which is the second gathering of the candidates ahead of the March 5th primary election.

In liberal territory like St. Louis, the winner of the Democratic primary in March immediately becomes the presumptive favorite to win the general election on April 2nd.

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Board of Aldermen
4:55 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Ins And Outs Of A Hectic Day At City Hall

The Board of Aldermen chambers.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen met today for the last time ahead of the mayoral and aldermanic elections in March and April. Here's what came out (and didn't) of a hectic day at City Hall:

Foreclosure mediation

Aldermen sent Mayor Francis Slay a measure that would require lenders to offer homeowners foreclosure mediation. The homeowners do not have to accept, and there's no requirement to reach an agreement.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:02 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Washington, D.C. Update

U. S. Capitol
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

The 113th U.S. Congress has been in session for 5 weeks.  Host Don Marsh checked in with the St. Louis Beacon’s Washington correspondent Rob Koenig to get an update on the activities of the Missouri and Illinois delegations.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:32 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Discussion: Upcoming Illinois Legislative Session, Gov. Quinn State Of The State

Illinois Capitol
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

It's the start of Illinois' new legislative session, and Governor Pat Quinn laid out, yesterday, what he wants lawmakers to accomplish.  

In his fifth state of the state address since becoming governor, Quinn laid out a wide-ranging agenda which includes letting same-sex couples get married, raising the minimum wage, and prohibiting the sale of assault weapons.

Host Don Marsh talked with Illinois Public Radio/WUIS statehouse bureau chief Amanda Vinicky about the speech and politics in Illinois.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:26 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Update: Missouri Legislative Session - Right-To-Work, Voter I.D., Etc.

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Legislative action here on Thursday by Sen. Jason Crowell would refer the "right-to-work" issue to voters next year. (St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

This year’s Missouri legislative session is well underway.

Among the topics up for consideration in Jefferson City are right-to-work legislation and voter-ID requirements.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Public Radio statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin about those topics and others.

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Politically Speaking
4:41 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

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 this week's show: We cover it all in the St. Louis mayoral race (even the diet and exercise of the candidates), we also touch on so-called "Right-to-Work" legislation that's being discussed in the Missouri House, and close it out with an update on Missouri's 8th Congressional district.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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