Politics & Issues

Fiscal Cliff
4:50 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Mo. GOP Divided Over Fiscal Cliff Deal

How did Missouri's representatives vote? Green denotes a vote in favor and blue is against. Representative Sam Graves did not vote.

Congress may have passed a deal to avert the self-inflicted “fiscal cliff” crisis Tuesday night, but you might want to hold off on celebrating. Another gridlock could be here in a couple of months.

Missouri lawmakers were divided on the deal. Missouri’s Democrats joined Republican Senator Roy Blunt and Representatives Blaine Luetkemeyer and Jo Ann Emerson in voting in favor of the bill.

Below you can see how Missouri's representatives voted. Both Senator Blunt and McCaskill voted in favor of the deal.

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Civilian review
3:45 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New Chief Dotson Will Pursue Civilian Review Boards For Police Department

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The new chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says he wants to implement a civilian review board in the city of St. Louis.

Sam Dotson officially took over as chief on Tuesday. The former operations director for Mayor Francis Slay replaces Dan Isom, who retired.

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Diplomacy
3:42 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Blunt, Senate Condemn New Russian Law That Prohibits U.S. Adoptions

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt.
(via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bi-partisan resolution condemning a newly passed Russian law that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children. The ban is retaliation for U.S. sanctions against Russian officials accused of human rights violations.

Missouri Republican Roy Blunt introduced the resolution condemning the ban – a ban Blunt calls “outrageous.”

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Illinois Legislature
11:31 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Gay Marriage. Assault Rifle Ban. Pension Reform. All On The Table For Ill. Senate

The interior of the dome at the Illinois State Capitol.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

The Illinois Senate returns to the Capitol on Wednesday to begin a weeklong legislative session that could take up pension reform, legalizing gay marriage and banning assault rifles.

The 97th General Assembly will finish its work Jan. 9 when a new Legislature is sworn in. That means there are many lame-duck lawmakers not returning who might feel less constrained to vote for contentious issues. The House comes in Sunday.

Gov. Pat Quinn has made it a priority for the assembly to find a solution to the state employee retirement programs that are underfunded by $96 billion.

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Missouri economy
6:43 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Conservative Group Wants Any Budget Surplus Given Back To Mo. Taxpayers, Rainy Day Fund

via Flickr/yomanimus

A conservative group is calling on Governor Jay Nixon (D) and Missouri lawmakers to return any budget surplus there may be next year to taxpayers.

Nixon and GOP legislative leaders are expecting a 3.1 percent growth in state revenues during the next fiscal year.  Patrick Werner heads the Missouri Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which advocates for fiscally conservative practices.  He says any left over money should either be returned to taxpayers or socked away in the state’s Rainy Day fund.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:15 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Update On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

On this last day of 2012, Congress and the President have yet to reach a deal about how to avert going over the fiscal cliff.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Beacon Washington D.C. Correspondent Rob Koenig for a brief conversation about the latest news on the negotiations.

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State GOP
11:16 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Republicans Have Ruled Mo. Legislature for 10 Years. What's Their Legacy?

Missouri Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The start of the 2013 legislative session will mark a decade of Republican leadership in the Missouri Legislature.

It was in January 2003 that Republicans took complete control of both chambers. Since then, they have cut both taxes and government services.

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Blunt on fiscal cliff
7:14 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Blunt: Democrats To Blame If Country Goes Over The Cliff

Roy Blunt says Democrats will be to blame if the country goes over the so-called
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt says if the country goes over the fiscal cliff, Democrats will be to blame.

Blunt and his Congressional colleagues will convene later today in a last-ditch attempt to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that would take effect Tuesday.

In this week's GOP radio address, Blunt says the Republican-led House, has already taken passed legislation that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts and make what he called more responsible reductions in spending

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Gov. Jay Nixon
5:41 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Nixon Unveils More Of His Legislative Agenda, Hopes Congress Will Avoid 'Dairy Cliff'

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at the 2011 State of the State address. Tonight, Nixon delivered this year's edition of his annual remarks.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has unveiled more of his agenda for the upcoming legislative session.


In addition to expanding Medicaid, Nixon says he wants to consolidate the regulatory commissions within the Department of Natural Resources.


“I think we have too many commissions (at DNR)," Nixon said.  "I think narrowing those, while continuing to protect air and water, will get more efficiency in that area so that resources can be focused appropriately.”

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Politics
4:38 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

President Obama Makes Statement On Fiscal Cliff Talks

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

This event has concluded. Thank you for joining us for this earlier event. 

President Obama made a statement this evening following his discussion today with congressional leaders about the so-called "fiscal cliff."

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