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Politics
2:31 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

This week's Politically Speaking podcast

Jason Rosenbaum (left) and Jo Mannies (right) join Chris McDaniel (center) to discuss Missouri politics.
Dick Weiss

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a variety of issues. On today's podcast: an update on Akin's campaign initiative (and poetry reading) aimed at women.  Also, a preview of Monday's special election between Newman and Carlson. And finally, a look at the prominent national Republicans visiting Missouri.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter: @jmannies

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Jane Cunningham
6:35 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Exit interview: Jane Cunningham on where she's been, and what's next

State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield).
Jane Cunningham official website


A long-time St. Louis County lawmaker is leaving office this year because her Senate district was moved to the Kansas City area.  Republican Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield has spent eight years in the Missouri House and four in the Senate, making a name for herself as an outspoken social conservative. 


During her last visit to the Capitol as an elected official last week, she sat down with St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin to talk about her record in office and where she goes from here.

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MOSIRA
4:44 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

MOSIRA law argued before Missouri Supreme Court

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A life sciences jobs bill signed into law last year but blocked this year was heard today by the Missouri Supreme Court.


The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, would use a funding mechanism to draw more high-tech jobs to Missouri.  Known then as Senate Bill 7, it included language tying its passage to that of a tax credit bill (Senate Bill 8), which did not pass during the 2011 special legislative sessionGovernor Jay Nixon (D) signed the MOSIRA bill, anyway, but Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green (R) ruled it unconstitutional in February because of the language tying it to the dead bill.  Solicitor General Jim Layton argued for the state before the High Court, saying that the MOSIRA bill can be legally severed from the other bill.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Debt reduction talk attracts protesters

David Walker (right) speaks to Dave Kingsley (left) who organized the protest.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

David Walker has given his lecture on reducing the national debt in 13 cities, but he says his appearance in St. Louis  was the first that attracted protesters. Walker was the Comptroller General of the United States from 1998 to 2008, serving in the Government Accountability Office.

Since then, Walker has written a book and toured around America to lecture on the increasing national debt. His lecture tour, titled "$10 Million a Minute", involves him speaking about a variety of areas in which he believes residents can combat the growing U.S. financial burden.

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Politics
11:48 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Akin seeks to improve image with female voters

Congressman Akin engages the crowd following his "Missouri Women Standing with Todd Akin" rally.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Congressman Todd Akin is trying to improve his image with female voters.  On Tuesday night, Akin held an event featuring numerous women voicing their support for him. It was his first appearance in St. Louis since his now infamous comments concerning "legitimate rape."

Since then, Akin's campaign for U.S. Senate has largely stuck to campaigning in the rural areas of Missouri, avoiding his congressional district in St. Louis County -- at least until now.

The event had well over a hundred women, mostly middle aged and predominantly conservative Christian.

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1:19 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The 47 percent, in one graphic

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The Planet Money team breaks down the numbers behind the statistic making the news today. Learn more via the link.
Our colleague Mark Memmot explains the context around Mitt Romney's comment that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. Here's a closer look at the numbers. As of the latest accounting, it's actually just over 46 percent of Americans that pay no federal income taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center (PDF).
Education
11:31 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Normandy School District loses accreditation

The gates of Normandy High School, one of the institutions in the Normandy School District.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The Missouri Board of Education has voted unanimously to strip the accreditation from another St. Louis-area school district.


Normandy schools had been under provisional accreditation for the past year, but had been “on thin ice,” in the words of State Board Member Peter Herschend (R, Branson).  He says the district has again failed to meet the minimum nine out of 14 performance standards required for accreditation.


“If you look at the academic results in all of the core content areas, save one, they are at the bottom end of attainment," Herschend said.  "Do I think that’s significant?  You’re damn right I think that’s significant!”

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Farm Values Tour
6:17 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Schoeller conducting 'Farm Values Tour' across rural Mo.

GOP Sec. of State nominee Shane Schoeller.
(via Friends of Shane Schoeller)

Agricultural interests are being highlighted in the Missouri Secretary of State’s race this week.

Republican nominee Shane Schoeller is conducting a “Farm Values Tour” across the state, in which he’s reviving memories of the recent battle over dog breeding regulations.  He says his Democratic opponent, Jason Kander, would follow in Robin Carnahan’s footsteps in writing ballot summaries that could greatly harm farmers who also breed dogs.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Montee stumps at Democratic rally

Former Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee announces she will run for the office of Missouri Lieutenant Governor on February 7, 2012.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The race for Missouri Lieutenant Governor has remained below the radar so far this political season. Republican incumbent Peter Kinder and Democratic challenger Susan Montee are well-known political names in the state, but their campaigning has been fairly low-key to this point.

Montee appeared as part of a Democratic rally Sunday in mid-Missouri, in front of a full crowd of 300 Democrats.

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It's All Politics
1:47 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Football And (Conservative) Politics Do Mix For Some NFL Fans

Rowdy Smith, who brought his sons to the St. Louis Rams game on Sunday, said that President Obama's "not a leader" and is hurting the energy industry. He's shown here walking in front of the Americans for Prosperity campaign bus.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 2:18 pm

There's nothing like a ready-made crowd to help a group get its message out. That's why a conservative political organization set up shop Sunday outside the St. Louis Rams-Washington Redskins NFL football game.

Why mix politics and football?

"People are here," explained Patrick Werner, Missouri state director for Americans for Prosperity.

Football fans are used to encountering promotional tents for sports-talk radio stations and brands of beer and mixed nuts on their way to the game. Not so many of them expect to discuss politics as part of the pregame festivities.

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