Politics & Issues

Mayoral Race
5:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Reed Accuses Slay Of Campaigning To City Employees, Slay Says He's Just Doing His Job

(via City of St. Louis websites)

St. Louis Mayoral candidate Lewis Reed is accusing Mayor Francis Slay of campaigning at the expense of taxpayers.

Reed, President of the Board of Aldermen, alleges Slay is holding meetings with city employees to campaign for votes while they are on the clock. Glenn Burleigh, Reed’s campaign manager, claims it’s a coordinated effort aimed at multiple departments.

“Telling folks on taxpayer dime: that’s what’s important here," Burleigh said. "These are trash collectors, that instead of picking up trash, were listening to the mayor.”

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Gun ownership
5:32 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Mo. Sen. Bill Would Require Parents To Notify Their Kids' Schools If They're Gun Owners

iPad photo of (l-r) State Senators Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) and Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City). Chappelle-Nadal is sponsoring SB 124. Nasheed and other lawmakers attended the news conference announcing the bill.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation filed in the Missouri Senate would require parents to notify their kids’ schools if they are gun owners.


If passed, parents would have to provide written notification that they own a firearm within 30 days of enrolling their child in school or within 30 days of becoming a gun owner if the child is already enrolled.  Failure to do so would be an infraction and result in a $100 fine.  It would also make it a Class A misdemeanor if the parent or guardian knows that their child is illegally in possession of a firearm and does nothing to stop it or does not report it to police -- and the parent or guardian would be guilty of a Class D felony if their minor child kills or wounds someone with an illegally-possessed gun.  The bill’s sponsor, State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City), told reporters today that their goal is to prevent minors from illegally possessing firearms and to also keep them out of the hands of gang members.

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MO Statehouse
1:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Concerns Raised Over Mo. Highway Patrol Purchase Of New $5.6M Plane

An example of a King Air 250 airplane - the same type of aircraft reported to have been purchased by the state in December.
(Courtesy Hawker Beechcraft)

Updated at 7:07 p.m. with comments from State Sen. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City).

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Mo. Senator Claire McCaskill
12:13 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

McCaskill To Meet With Kerry About Security Prior To Confirmation Hearings

Credit (via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

On the heels of outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Benghazi attack Wednesday morning, Missouri’s U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she will be speaking to Senator John Kerry about embassy security prior to his confirmation hearings.

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, McCaskill said that she feels very strongly that the U.S. should not have contracted security in places where we are in conflict. She said the military should guard those embassies.

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Stan Musial
10:16 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

State, Fed. Lawmakers And Gov. Nixon Push To Name New Bridge For Musial

Construction continues on the new Misssissippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis. Two bills filed today in the Mo. Senate would name the bridge the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge."
Mo. Dept. of Transportation

Updated at 4:27 p.m.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has sent a letter to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) asking him to join in the effort to name the under-construction Mississippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis after Stan Musial.  A section of the letter reads:

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Special elections/Lt. Gov. succession
9:43 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Special Elections Bill Receives First-Round Approval In The Mo. House

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.


If passed, House Bill 110 would only allow the Governor to appoint a temporary placeholder who would not be eligible to run in the special election.  House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem), the bill’s sponsor, says it’s not a deliberate swipe at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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Benevolent tax credits
5:11 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Bill To Revive Benevolent Tax Credits Heard By Mo. House Committee

iPad photo of Mo. House hearing on HB 87. (l-r), Scott Baker of the Mo. Food Bank Assoc., and bill sponsor, State Rep. Eric Burlison (R, Springfield).
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credits in Missouri is being considered by a State House committee.


Tax breaks for food pantries, pregnancy resource centers and the Children in Crisis program all expired last year when lawmakers failed to pass any type of tax credit reform package.  Scott Baker, State Director of the Missouri Food Bank Association, testified today in favor of renewing the incentives.  He says according to the USDA, Missouri has the nation’s 7th highest food insecurity rate.

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8th Congressional District
12:27 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Emerson Resigns, Special Election Date Announced

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.
(Office of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson)

Reporting by Jacob McClelland and Chris McDaniel.

Updated at 2:28 with announcement of the date of the special election.

As expected, U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson submitted her letter of resignation to Governor Jay Nixon and House speaker John Boehner on Tuesday. Emerson is leaving to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Now, Nixon must call for a special election to fill out the remainder of Emerson’s term.

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Politics
6:27 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Live Coverage: Presidential Inauguration 2013

President Barack Obama.
(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama is inaugurated for his second term today and we have a variety of ways for you to join in wherever you are.

Politics
3:42 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Missourians For Equality Hold Petition Kickoff To Change State Nondiscrimination Policy

Nonpartisan PAC Missourians For Equality is pushing to include gender identity and sexual discrimination into the state's nondiscrimination policy.
Credit via Flickr/BluEyedA73

The gay and lesbian community is pushing to be included in a state law to protect against discrimination. The nonpartisan political action committee Missourians for Equality is kicking off its statewide petition drive in several areas across

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