Politics & Issues

St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

FLOTUS: New C-SPAN Series Spotlights Influence And Image Of Women In The White House

Julia Dent Grant (St. Louis) and Bess Truman (Independence) are Missouri's contribution to First Ladies who occupied the White House.
Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress

Presidents’ Day honors the men who have lead the United States, though it’s clear not as much is known about the women who served with them.

The first of a thirty-five part, two-season C-SPAN series, “First Ladies: Influence and Image,” premieres tonight.  The goal, according to Executive Producer Mark Farkas, is to “reveal their personal challenges, accomplishments, and failures…and to provide a window into our nation’s history and the trajectory of women in our society.”

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5:41 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Blunt Plans To Focus On Mental Health Issues Over Gun Control

Blunt addresses reporters at the Betty Jean Kerr People's Health Center on Delmar.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

At a St. Louis community health center Friday, Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri touted his plans to improve mental health services in the United States.

Blunt has introduced the “Excellence in Mental Health Act,” legislation that would, among other things, increase federal funding for community mental health centers.

Blunt says this is what he will focus on in  his response to recent mass shooting tragedies -- instead of restrictions on guns which he says are unlikely to pass.

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9:13 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Reed: Businesses Pay Slay For Play, Slay: It Doesn't Work That Way

Board of Alderman President and mayoral candidate Lewis Reed holds a thick packet of campaign finance reports and city contracts.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 10:03 with the Kwame Building Group's response.

In a late afternoon press conference Thursday, Board of Alderman President and mayoral candidate Lewis Reed accused incumbent Mayor Francis Slay of engaging in a "pay-to-play" system where businesses seeking construction contracts have to first make a donation to the mayor's campaign. The mayor's staff insisted that there are too many safeguards for this to even be possible.

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Politically Speaking
6:20 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

Happy Valentine's Day from the Politically Speaking podcasters!

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: we talk about the mayoral forum and (some) of the muck in the race, the official Republican nominee in the 8th Congressional district, and Missouri legislative action with voter I.D. and the 2nd Injury Fund.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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St. Louis on the Air
5:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Al Gore Considers The Future

Don Marsh and Al Gore
Dave Moore

Former Vice-President Al Gore appeared at the St. Louis County Library on Saturday, February 9 to open the Buzz Westfall Great Authors Series.  He spoke to a sell-out crowd of 800 about his new book, "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change." Host Don Marsh introduced Gore and engaged in a discussion with him following the talk.

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Sunshine Law exemptions
4:27 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Missouri House, Senate Approve Separate Open Records Bills

Flickr/Joe Buckingham

The Missouri House and Senate have each approved measures that would renew expired security exemptions to the open meetings and records law.

Both chambers voted Thursday to shield public buildings' security plans and law enforcement guidelines for terrorism incidents from public records requests. The two exemptions expired at the end of 2012.  State Representative Vicki Englund (D, Tesson) says the legislation will help protect children while at school.

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Missouri state budget
3:34 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

State Budget Bills Filed In Mo. House; Medicaid Expansion Left Out

(l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) and House Budget Chairman Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood).
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The 13 bills that make up the state budget have been filed in the Missouri House, and they don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposed Medicaid expansion.

That part of the Governor’s budget proposal would have drawn down $908 million in federal funds for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins July 1st.  House Budget Chair Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says as a result, the Governor’s projected $46 million in savings is also being removed from the budget.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:37 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Ill. Senate Votes To Lift State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

via Wikimedia Commons

Will be updated.

The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the 10th in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed.

In a 34-21 vote Thursday, lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats also hold a majority.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports in a tweet that the vote didn't quite come down on party lines:

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MO Statehouse
2:04 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Mo. Senate Advances Bill Fixing Insolvent Fund For Injured Workers

Missouri State Capitol.
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

Updated at 5:40 p.m. to include comments from the bill's sponsor, Sen. Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville).

Missouri senators have passed legislation replenishing an insolvent fund for injured workers and limiting lawsuits for job-related diseases.

The 32-2 vote on Thursday sent the measure to the House.

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Photo ID for voters
1:36 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mo. House Gives 1st-Round Approval To Photo Voter I.D. Legislation

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a pair of bills that would institute photo ID requirements for voters.

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