Politics & Issues

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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Senate Armed Services
4:28 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

McCaskill, Blunt Question Departing Defense Secretary On Benghazi Attack

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

From the start, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) has been critical of the Obama administration’s response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last September that resulted in the death of an ambassador and three other Americans. And on Thursday, Blunt had the opportunity to question departing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about the attack.

Panetta testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in what will likely be his final appearance before Congress.

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Benevolent tax credits
4:21 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Mo. House Passes Benevolent Tax Credit Bill

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credits that died last year has been passed by the Missouri House.

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Marijuana/Law
3:39 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Marijuana Penalties Could Be Reduced Under Bill Filed Today

A marijuana plant.
(via Flickr/Roomic Cube)

A measure outlined in the Missouri House on Tuesday could give first-time offenders for marijuana possession the opportunity of community service, instead of jail time.

After completing the sentence, the bill would also allow for the convictions to be removed from the offender’s record.

Representative Rory Ellinger, a criminal defense lawyer from St. Louis, hopes that the bill will help youth offenders to get jobs by not having to disclose the conviction to employers.

Politics
4:49 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

McCaskill Unhappy With USPS Cutting Saturday Deliveries

(via Senator McCaskill's Flickr)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is none too pleased with the United States Postal Service announcement that Saturday mail delivery is coming to an end.

And she blames House Republicans for it.

"“We won a hard-fought battle in the Senate last year with strongly bipartisan postal reform that would have put the Postal Service on the path to sound financial footing...and provided strict criteria for the Postal Service to meet before eliminating six-day delivery," McCaskill said in a harshly worded statement.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Blunt: Path To Citizenship Hardest For People To Accept

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Just months after the GOP’s poor performance among Latino voters, a group of eight senators -- four Republicans and four Democrats -- has renewed calls for immigration reform.

The plan would address four issues: border security, expanding opportunities for legal immigrants, an employee identification system and an arduous path to citizenship.

But Republican Senator Roy Blunt told reporters that it's the last one that will be the most problematic.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Blunt: Drone Document Shows Presidential Hypocrisy

Sen. Roy Blunt.
(via Flickr/ Senator Blunt)

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) says he’s troubled by a new document released this week that outlines the president’s authority to kill overseas American citizens thought to be terrorists.

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