Politics & Issues

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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8th Congressional District
9:27 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Republicans Seeking To Succeed Emerson Make Their Case

Republican candidates for the soon-to-be-open 8th district seat meet the public in Cape Girardeau on Thursday night.
Jacob McCleland, KRCU.

Reporting from Jacob McCleland of KRCU.

The Republicans who hope to replace Jo Ann Emerson in the U.S. House of Representatives stressed their conservative credentials while trying to differentiate themselves in a crowded field at a voter forum in Cape Girardeau Thursday night.

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Politically Speaking
6:11 pm
Thu January 17, 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 episode: we look at the substantive mayoral race that's gone largely unnoticed until now, the festivities and frigidness of Missouri's inauguration, and the bill that would change how special elections are conducted in Missouri. Don't worry, we also talk about the color scheme of the new Secretary of State's website.

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Campaign Finance
5:59 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Report: Campaign Finance Laws Worrisome

Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio.

 

All of the money given by small donors in the 2012 presidential race was matched by only 32 billionaires and corporations, according to a report released Thursday by MoPIRG, the Missouri Public Interest and Research Group.

It was the first major election since the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision that allowed an unlimited amount of money to be spent by so-called Super PACs, often without disclosing where the money is coming from.

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St. Louis schools
5:18 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Bill In Mo. Senate Would Restore Elected School Board For St. Louis

St. Louis Public Schools

Legislation has been filed in the Missouri Senate that would lay the groundwork for restoring an elected school board for the city of St. Louis.


The city's school district regained provisional accreditation last September, and if it can maintain it for a full year, the bill would then require that a locally elected school board replace the state-appointed board on July 1st, 2014.  It’s sponsored by State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis).

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Lt. Gov. succession
6:39 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Special Elections Bill Passes Another Mo. House Committee, Floor Debate Next

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Legislation to require special elections in Missouri to fill vacancies in statewide offices has cleared another hurdle.


The bill today easily passed the House Rules Committee and is expected to be debated on the floor of the House next week.  If passed, House Bill 110 would only allow the governor to appoint a temporary placeholder if a statewide office is vacated, and that person would be ineligible to run in the special election to fill the vacancy.  State Representative Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart) sits on the Rules Committee and cast one of the few “no” votes.

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