Politics & Issues

Campaign Finance
2:56 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Nixon Gets Big Donation On Same Day He Calls For Campaign Contribution Reform

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

State records show that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon received a $10,000 donation from a firm with a state contract on the same day that he publicly decried big political contributions.

Records reviewed by The Associated Press show that Nixon's campaign committee received the check from World Wide Technology on Monday - the same day he delivered his State of the State address.

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MSHP airplane
5:31 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Replogle Answers Questions About Mo. Hwy. Patrol's $5.6M Airplane

Mo. State Hwy. Patrol Col. Ron Replogle answers questions before the House Budget Committee regarding the Patrol's $5.6 million purchase of a new airplane.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is defending the agency’s purchase of a new airplane.

Colonel Ron Replogle told House budget writers that it was his idea to buy the $5.6 million aircraft.  More than one committee member asked him about the quick timetable on the plane’s purchase, as the bid went out around December 6th and was awarded on the 17th.  Replogle says Beechcraft was offering a discount on that particular King Air 250 because it was a year-old model.

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Mayoral Race
9:18 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mayoral Debate Contentious In Downtown Forum

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

At a mayoral debate showcasing the three Democrats vying for the position in the March 5 primary, challenger and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed wasted no time before going after his opponent.

Crime was by far the most contentious issue in the forum that filled two overflow rooms and was standing room only. Several times at the debate, Reed interrupted incumbent Mayor Francis Slay when he was talking about the city's lowering crime rate.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Analysis Of Gov. Nixon’s State Of The State, Upcoming Legislative Session

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Governor Jay Nixon, on Monday night, delivered the first State of the State Address of his second term.

He discussed a broad range of topics which included education, Medicaid, mental health and domestic violence.  An in-depth breakdown of his speech as well as reaction from House Speaker Tim Jones is available here.

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Photo ID for voters
4:49 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

House GOP Trying Again To Require Photo ID's For Voting In Mo.

(via Flickr/voxefxtm)

Republicans in the Missouri House are making another attempt to pass legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

No one testified in favor of the proposal at a House hearing today -- everyone who testified either opposed requiring photo ID’s for voting or were neutral and speaking for informational purposes only.  In addition to mandating photo identification, House Bill 48 would allow anyone who does not have a photo ID to vote with a provisional ballot, which would not be counted until the voter’s identity is verified.  John Scott with the Secretary of State’s office told the House Committee on Elections that Missouri voters would still be disenfranchised.

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Campaign Finance
12:25 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Infographic: How Are The Mayoral Candidates Spending Their Money?

(via City of St. Louis websites)

Last week, St. Louis Public Radio took a look at how much money the mayoral candidates have amassed, and where that money is coming from. Today we're looking at how that money is being spent.

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Politics
10:11 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Former Ill. Congressman LaHood To Leave White House Post

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (L) looks on as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood explains plans for changes to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial where the Gateway Arch sits, during a press conference in East St. Louis in Dec. 2010.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still left in President Barack Obama's first-term Cabinet, says he plans to leave the Obama administration.

The former congressman from Illinois says in an interview with The Associated Press that he intends to remain at the department until his successor is confirmed.

LaHood's departure from the post was expected. Back in October, a spokeswoman said that LaHood would leave the post at the end of Obama's first term.

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State of the State Address
11:39 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Gov. Nixon Delivers 2013 'State Of The State' Address

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon smiles as he prepares to deliver the State of the State address in the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on Jan. 28, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

 

Updated at 5:45 a.m. to include feature story on the Governor's State of the State Address by Marshall Griffin.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) pitched a $25.7 billion budget to the state of Missouri during Monday’s State of the State Address.  It includes spending increases for K-12 schools, Higher Education, and the proposed Medicaid expansion he’s been calling for since late November.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the Governor’s speech and his proposed spending plan for next year:

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State of the State Address
1:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Gov. Jay Nixon To Deliver Mo. State Of The State Address Tonight

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at the 2011 State of the State address. He will deliver this year's address tonight.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) will lay out his proposed budget tonight (Monday) when he delivers his annual State of the State Address.

The Governor’s address will include his call for expanding Medicaid coverage, which GOP leaders in both chambers have already said won’t happen.  He will also call for more education funding from Kindergarten through college – that would mark an about-face for Higher Education, which has undergone budget cuts for the past three years, including a $9 million cut last year.  Nixon is also expected to ask lawmakers to lengthen the state's school year and to spend money on mental health training as a means of improving school safety.

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Rev. Stan Archie
6:16 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Stan Archie Resigns From Mo. State Board Of Education Following 2nd Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit

Rev. Stan Archie of Kansas City announced his resignation today from the Mo. State Board of Education, following the filing of a second sexual misconduct lawsuit against him.
(via dese.mo.gov press release)

The man who recently took over as President of the Missouri State Board of Education resigned today from the board.


Rev. Stan Archie submitted his resignation to Governor Jay Nixon (D) two days after Archie was hit by a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual misconduct.  It’s the second such lawsuit filed against the long-time Kansas City pastor and State Education board member.  It accuses him of having sexually inappropriate conversations with a female minor whom he was counseling, giving her money and gifts, and later harassing her after she ended their relationship.

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