Politics & Issues

St. Louis on the Air
3:52 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

First Amendment Champion John Seigenthaler In St. Louis

John Seigenthaler
(Courtesy Photo)

John Seigenthaler is a journalist and champion of the First Amendment.  He was previously an editor and publisher of The Tennessean in Nashville and was the founding editorial director of USA Today.  Prior, he served as a special assistant to Robert F. Kennedy during the 1960s, when Kennedy served as U.S. Attorney General. 

During his time as a special assistant, Seigenthaler was involved and injured while trying to protect some of the freedom riders in Alabama.

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Immigration
2:10 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ill. Senate Panel OKs Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

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Supporters of licensing illegal immigrants to drive say it would make Illinois roads safer with trained motorists required to carry insurance.

The Senate Executive Committee voted 12-2 Thursday to advance the plan for some of the 250,000 people living in Illinois illegally.

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran told the committee unlicensed and uninsured illegal immigrants cause $64 million in damage claims each year - a cost covered by insured motorists' premiums.

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Medicaid
10:49 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Nixon: Medicaid Expansion 'The Right Thing To Do'

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in St. Louis on Nov. 29, 2012. Nixon announced that he supports an expansion of Medicaid.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 11:37 a.m. with reaction from Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill and at 12:01 p.m. with statements from community organizations and Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones. Updated 5:59 p.m. with additional reporting from St. Louis.


Gov. Jay Nixon says expanding Medicaid eligibility in Missouri is both "the smart thing" and "the right thing to do."


Nixon announced his support for the expansion Thursday, saying it could provide health care coverage to an additional 300,000 Missourians.

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Politics
6:29 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

ZMD Will Not Take Further Action Against Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum.
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Several months of scrutiny into the management of the Missouri History Museum has resulted in little change.  The commissioners of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District have voted not to accept an audit committee report calling for tougher governance of the museum.

A vote to accept an audit committee report resulted in a 4-4 tie, meaning the motion failed.

The museum has been at the center of a months-long controversy involving a cozy relationship between embattled Museum President Bob Archibald and his board of trustees.

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NorthSide Redevelopment
5:44 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Lawsuit Over NorthSide Project, TIF Law, Heard By Mo. Supreme Court

Developer Paul McKee outside the main hearing room at the Missouri Supreme Court on Nov. 28th, 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis developer Paul McKee’s NorthSide redevelopment plan took center stage today at the Missouri Supreme Court.

He’s been seeking nearly $400 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from the city – but the project has been on hold since Circuit Judge Robert Dierker ruled two years ago that its details are too vague to justify awarding TIF dollars and for declaring two square miles of north St. Louis as blighted.  Cheryl Nelson is one of the plaintiffs.  She says McKee’s project has wrecked the property value of her home.

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Campaign finance
5:14 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

'Dark Money' Ban Clears St. Louis Aldermanic Committee

A bill that's cleared a committee would limit 'dark money' in some city races.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Non-profits who want to influence political races in the city of St. Louis may soon have to disclose their donors.

A bill that would force those organizations who put more than $500 into a contest for mayor, comptroller, Board of Aldermen president or a ballot issue sailed out of committee today with a 6-0 vote. Five of the 11 committee members were absent, and a quorum wasn't reached until just before the vote.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:31 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Calvin Trillin Analyzes The 2012 Election In Verse; We Promise You Our Poetry Is Worse

Author and Kansas City native Calvin Trillin
(Photo By: Richard Stamelman / Provided By: Random House)

The guest on today’s program was Calvin Trillin.  He’s a guest of top billin’.

He talked with host Don Marsh.  It was an interview, which despite the political climate, was not harsh.

Trillin is a journalist, humorist, and author of “Dog Fight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.”  It’s a volume of poetry, concise but not terse.

Trillin was born and raised in Kansas City.  Discussion of politics is witty, and focuses less on Obama than it does on Mitty.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Three 'Vital' Bills McCaskill Says Are Being Ignored

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she's frustrated with the House of Representatives for not taking up three pieces of legislation that she calls "bipartisan" and "vitally important."

The Democratic Senator says she doesn't understand why members of the House won't take up legislation on:

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ethics legislation
5:12 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Mo. House Democrats To Revive Ethics Legislation

House Democratic Floor Leader-Elect Jake Hummel (D, St. Louis) speaks to reporters at the Mo. Capitol today about their proposed ethics bill. In the foreground at left is the proposed bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Kevin McManus (D, Kansas City).
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

House Democrats say they’ll again try to get campaign contribution limits restored in Missouri when next year’s regular legislative session begins.

The Missouri Supreme Court reinstated caps on campaign contributions in 2007, but a 2008 law removed them again.  Jake Hummel of St. Louis takes over next year as the top Democrat in the Missouri House.  He says they’ll push for an ethics bill similar to one in 2010 that had support in both parties.

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Tom Bauer
1:19 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Former Alderman Bauer Loses Defamation Appeal

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Nearly seven years later, the battle over the recall of former St. Louis alderman Tom Bauer is a step closer to final.

The Missouri Court of Appeals today threw out a $150,000 defamation verdict for fliers published against Bauer during his recall election in 2005.

Bauer was thrown out of office in September of that year, in part because of his support for a QuikTrip that would have required the use of eminent domain. The 24th Ward is south of Forest Park and includes Dogtown.

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