Politics & Issues

worker's compensation/2nd injury fund
2:28 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Mo. Senate Gives 1st-Round Approval To Workers' Comp, 2nd Injury Fund Fix

Mo. Capitol at night
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate on Tuesday night gave first-round approval to a workers’ compensation bill that includes a proposed fix for the state’s ailing Second Injury Fund.

Senate Bill 1 would replenish the fund by temporarily doubling the fees business may be charged, while restricting the types of injuries that would be covered.  The sponsor, State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville), calls it an ideal compromise.

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Prevailing wage requirement
7:46 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Mo. Sen. Committee Considers Bill That Would Eliminate Prevailing Wage Rule

Mo. Sen. Committee on Small Business, Insurance and Industry hears testimony on legislation to eliminate the prevailing wage requirement.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would eliminate the prevailing wage requirement in Missouri was heard Tuesday by a State Senate committee.


The state calculates various wages that are to be paid in each county and in St. Louis for construction trades on building projects.  The sponsor, State Senator Dan Brown (R, Rolla), says eliminating prevailing wage requirements would give smaller businesses outside of St. Louis and Kansas City a fair shot at landing construction contracts.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:24 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Activist Sandra Fluke Discusses Women’s Rights, Year-Long Journey

Sandra Fluke
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Sandra Fluke is an attorney and women’s rights activist.

One year ago this month, Fluke was a law school student at Georgetown University and found herself immersed in a contentious national debate over the role of contraceptive coverage and whether coverage should be mandatory.  Opponents of mandatory coverage cited religious objections.

Sandra Fluke testified about the issue before Democrats in Congress.  After that, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” and made other derogatory comments.

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State of the Union
5:03 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address tonight.
(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

Updated 10:04 p.m. following address and response.

President Obama's delivery of the annual State of the Union address has concluded. For a full breakdown of his remarks, and those of the Republican response, given by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, check out this post from NPR.

Our earlier story:

President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address tonight and we'd love for you to join us. 

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It's All Politics
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.
Getty Images

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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