House Democrats say theyâ€™ll again try to get campaign contribution limits restored in Missouri when next yearâ€™s regular legislative session begins.
The Missouri Supreme Court reinstated caps on campaign contributions in 2007, but a 2008 law removed them again.Â Jake Hummel of St. Louis takes over next year as the top Democrat in the Missouri House.Â He says theyâ€™ll push for an ethics bill similar to one in 2010 that had support in both parties.
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.
A new report says Missouri's Medicaid costs could rise by 6.6 percent over 10 years if the state fully implements the federal health care law.
But the report also says almost half of that increase will occur even if Missouri does not expand Medicaid eligibility for adults.
The report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute says Missouri can expect to spend an additional $1.2 billion from 2013 to 2022 as more people join the Medicaid rolls because of the federal health care law.
Sheriffs from around Missouri want state lawmakers to tighten the requirements needed to become a countyâ€™s sheriff.
Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan (R)Â told a State House committee today that the only current requirements for potential candidates are that they are â€śbreathing,â€ť and can pay the $50 filing fee.Â He wants lawmakers to craft legislation that would require sheriffâ€™s candidates to have prior law enforcement experience.
Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield, Ill.
In what's being called an "unprecedented" step, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has terminated the state's contract with its largest employee union.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees helped Quinn win the governor's office in 2010, but the relationship soured almost immediately. The governor, a Democrat, has tried to close state facilities, lay off workers, rescind guaranteed salary hikes and reduce the pensions of state employees, all in an effort to cut costs.
Missouri Congresswoman-elect Ann Wagner says she would not support any plan to increase tax rates to avoid the so-called â€śfiscal cliff.â€ť
Failure to reach a deal before January First would result in immediate tax increases and across the board spending cuts.
Wagner spoke at a luncheon of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association on Tuesday. Â On the issue of the so-called â€śfiscal cliffâ€ť said she supports a compromise to generate revenue by reforming the nationâ€™s tax code, while also preserving the Bush-era tax cuts on the wealthiest 2-percent of Americans.
It's the Thanksgiving Politically Speaking podcast, and we're thankful for all of our listeners.
St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon's Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about a few political issues.
On the table for this week: GOP dissent on health exchanges, the recent ruling on public employee's right to collective bargain and the new bipartisan debt group in Missouri. And, of course, some talk about Governor Jay Nixon's deer "harvesting" and Gobbles the Turkey.