Politics & Issues

St. Louis on the Air
4:56 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Proposition E - Health Insurance Exchange

Doctor's Office Room
Credit (via Flickr/Jennifer_Boriss)

In the second of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition E, concerning the implementation of health insurance exchanges.

Host Don Marsh talks with Republican state Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis County and Jennifer Bersdale, Board Member for Missouri Healthcare for All.  Lembke supports Proposition E while Bersdale opposes it.

Official Ballot Title: (source: Missouri Secretary of State website)

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St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Proposition A - Local Control Of The City Of St. Louis Police

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

In the first of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition A, concerning local control of the City of St. Louis police department.

Host Don Marsh talks with Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay’s Chief of Staff for the City of St. Louis, and John Chasnoff, Program Director for the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.  Rainford supports Proposition A while Chasnoff opposes it.

Official Ballot Title: (source: Missouri Secretary of State website)

Shall Missouri law be amended to:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:21 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

TODAY: Join Us For A Live Town Hall Forum

Kelsey Proud / St. Louis Public Radio

This event has now concluded. Thank you for joining us.

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Join host Don Marsh for a live broadcast of “St. Louis on the Air” TODAY at 11:00 a.m.  This live broadcast will take place in the Community Room of our new building, UMSL at Grand Center. 

We’ll discuss the major ballot issues you’ll have a chance to vote on next Tuesday.  The first hour of the forum will be broadcast live and the second hour will be recorded and air tomorrow. 

*The event is free; no tickets required.*

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Proposition R
6:04 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Proposition R Asks St. Louisans: 'Do You Want To Cut The Number Of Aldermen?'

On Nov. 6, voters in St. Louis will decide whether to reduce the number of aldermen in the city from 28 to 14.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio
  • St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann explores Proposition R - the "reduction" amendment.

On Tuesday, St. Louisans will once again be asked if they want to make a major change to the structure of government in the city.  

Proposition R would cut the size of the Board of Aldermen in half following the next census. The board itself put the measure on the ballot in July, just before taking a break for the summer, and the campaign in the midst of an already crowded election season began in earnest in September.

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Homecare workers
6:05 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Mo. Home Care Workers Wanting To Unionize Clear Last Hurdle

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

A four-year legal struggle over whether Missouri’s home care workers can unionize is finally over.

The Missouri Supreme Court has chosen to let stand the most recent ruling surrounding the results of a 2010 election, in which a majority of home care workers voted to form a labor union.  A circuit court judge had blocked the state from certifying the election results, but the Court of Appeals for the Western District reversed that decision.  The High Court’s decision to take no further action means that home care workers can begin negotiations on a union contract with the state.

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Voter Turnout
2:29 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

72 Percent Voter Turnout Predicted By Mo. Sec. Of State's Office

(via Flickr/voxefxtm)

The Missouri Secretary of State's Office released their prediction today for the voter turnout percentage Nov. 6: 72 percent.

If you're wondering (we were) in the last general election in 2008, the actual Missouri voter turnout was just above 69 percent, the Secretary of State's Office says.

The forecasted number released today is a compilation of 116 local election authority turnout predictions submitted to the Secretary of State's office from around Missouri.

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Politics
8:30 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Activists Rally Against Prop A

Activists rally at St. Louis City Hall against Proposition A.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Activists say it’s a tricky maneuver.

Groups including the ACLU and NAACP have long supported local control of police.  But Chair of the Organization for Black Struggle, Montague Simmons, says Proposition A would undercut transparency and citizen oversight.

“The banner head that they’re using for local control, we built credibility for,” Simmons says.  “People understand it and they identify directly with citizen review.  They identify it with accountability and transparency.  Absent that, people will be buying in to something they can’t live with.”

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Politics
6:00 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

New McCaskill Ad Calls Akin 'Scary'

(ClaireMcCaskill2012 Youtube Channel)

At a small gathering at a coffeehouse on Sunday, Women for Claire convened to unveil a new ad in support of Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill. McCaskill was not in attendance, instead spending time with her ill mother.

A few women spoke in her stead, criticizing Republican Congressman Todd Akin.

"What is he (Akin) going to do for a woman like you?" Darlene Green, St. Louis Comptroller asked the crowd. "What is he going to say about a woman like me? We already know what he said about a woman like Claire."

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Politics
5:58 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Akin: EPA Should Be Redesigned

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) joins Congressman Todd Akin to talk about energy.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

You can add Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma to the growing number of prominent Republicans voicing their support for Congressman Todd Akin’s bid for Senator Claire McCaskill’s seat.

Inhofe is the ranking minority member for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and he joined Akin in criticizing McCaskill’s stance on fossil fuels.

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Claire McCaskill
5:44 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Betty Anne McCaskill, Mother Of Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Dies At 84

Betty Anne McCaskill (seated), mother of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) (standing) has died at the age of 84. This photo was taken following Sen. McCaskill's swearing-in ceremony in 2007.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Will be updated.

Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, mother of Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), has died at the age of 84.

Senator McCaskill's campaign released a statement Monday afternoon announcing the death. The statement says Betty Anne was surrounded by her family and died of natural causes at her home in St. Louis.

Senator McCaskill says her mother's death "creates a hole in [her] life that will never be filled." The full text of her statement: 

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