South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint announced Thursday that he’s stepping down after the end of the year to take a job with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank. DeMint has long been a voice for the tea party movement, and a senator fond of the filibuster. But Missouri Senator Roy Blunt isn’t worried about a conservative void being left after his peer’s retirement.
The federal wind Production Tax Credit supports nearly 2,000 Missouri jobs, but is set to expire at the end of the year. If Congress doesn’t act to renew the subsidy that could change, which has some Missouri policy-makers worried.
State Senator-elect Scott Sifton of St. Louis joined representatives from Environment Missouri, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization, on Wednesday to call for Congress to approve the incentive.
Gov. Pat Quinn's budget cuts that will force the closure of some prisons and other state facilities will stand.
The Illinois House didn't consider an override vote Wednesday before adjourning on the last day of veto session. A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says the speaker didn't think it was necessary action to take.
Last week, the Senate voted to reject cuts of $56 million to funds for the Tamms high-security prison and other sites.
Today is the first full day that Missouri lawmakers in both chambers can prefile bills for next year’s regular session.
One bill in particular comes in the wake of the annual holiday shopping surge that surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday weekend: HB 37 would make it illegal for retail stores to open for business on Thanksgiving Day. The proposal is sponsored by State Representative-Elect Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart). He says it’s in response to the ongoing push by retailers to open for business on nationally-recognized holidays.
When the Kennedy family approached author David Nasaw asking him to write a biography of Joseph P. Kennedy, father of the nine Kennedy children, he tried to say no.
“I said over and over and over again: you don’t want me to write this book. I’m a crazy-obsessive researcher - I’m going to find something the family doesn’t like,” Nasaw told “St. Louis on the Air” guest host Jim Kirchherr. “[But] they said, ‘Anything that you write is going to be better than the garbage that’s out there.’"