Politics & Issues

Breaking
6:27 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's Birth Control Exemption Law

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Judge Audry Fleissig issued a temporary restraining order Friday against the Missouri law. It was enacted in September when the Republican-led Legislature overrode a veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Gov. Jay Nixon
6:11 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Threat Against Gov. Nixon "Not Credible," Says Mo. Hwy. Patrol

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

A rumored threat made against Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has turned out to be false, according to the State Highway Patrol.


It centered on alleged comments in which someone was quoted as saying they wanted to hire someone to kill the governor.  MSHP Captain Tim Hull says they wrapped up their investigation this afternoon.

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Fiscal Cliff
3:58 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

President Obama On Fiscal Cliff

President Barack Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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After failing to get his party in line, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner abandoned his plan for avoiding the fiscal cliff.

Instead, a decision will have to come from the Senate. President Barack Obama met with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Friday afternoon and is set to address the public shortly.

You can watch it live here:

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National Politics
12:05 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Obama Taps Sen. Kerry For Secretary Of State

President Obama and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., at the White House this afternoon.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 3:02 pm

  • President Obama nominates Sen. Kerry

President Obama announced this afternoon that he will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be his next secretary of state.

Kerry's long experience in the Senate (he was first elected in 1984) and especially in foreign affairs (he chairs the Foreign Relations Committee) mean the senator's "not going to need a lot of on-the-job training," Obama said.

We followed the short appearance at the White House by the president and Kerry and posted some highlights.

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Gun Control
10:02 am
Fri December 21, 2012

NRA Calls For Armed Police At All Schools In Post-Newtown Press Conference

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The massacre last week at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. has sparked a national debate on guns and gun control.

This morning, the National Rifle Association (NRA) made its first public statement after the shootings in Newtown.

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Armed teachers
4:16 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Kelley Defends His Proposal To Allow Mo. Teachers To Carry Guns In School

State. Rep. Mike Kelley (R, Lamar).
Mo. House Communications

The sponsor of a bill that would allow Missouri teachers to be armed in classrooms says if passed, it won't lead to "people running around with guns drawn, acting like Rambo."


The proposal by State Representative Mike Kelley (R, Lamar) is just one of several aimed at protecting school kids in the wake of last week’s mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  Kelley says there’s a lot of misconception out there about his bill.

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Politically Speaking
3:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

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 today's episode: After the tragedy in Connecticut, many are looking to our elected officials to take action. The Politically Speaking Podcast takes a look at what is being proposed at the national and state level. Then we discuss the possibility of the special election for Missouri's 8th Congressional district being moved up, and we close it out with a discussion about Missouri's positive budget projection.

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Veolia contract
5:29 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Concerns Over Veolia Corporate Behavior Delays City Water Contract

A consulting contract between the city of St. Louis and Veolia Inc. to find savings in the water division is on hold over concerns about the company.
(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

The city's top elected officials will wait to sign a contract that could help St. Louis save some money in its water division.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Many Look To Lawmakers To Curb Gun Violence

Missouri Senators Roy Blunt (at left) and Claire McCaskill.
Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

After the tragedy in Connecticut, many are now looking to elected officials to enact legislation that will curb gun violence. But Missouri’s Senators and state representatives don’t agree on what that response should be.

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Energy
4:22 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Thousands Of Missouri Jobs At Stake With Wind Production Tax Credit

(Jerry W. Lewis' Flickr page)

Updated 1/2/2013 with the credit's legislative developments.

While “fiscal cliff” negotiations are happening in the nation’s capital, a lesser known issue is also on the table. And depending on the outcome, thousands of jobs in Missouri could be at stake.

Gerald Nickelson is a worker at CG Power Systems in Washington, Missouri. As he walks around the factory, he points out a line of workers in front of a machine, wrapping coil. Later, the coil will be housed inside a green metal tank and shipped off as a complete transformer.

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