Politics & Issues

Politically Speaking
5:02 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

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.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Update On Mo. And Ill. Delegations During Lame-Duck Congress

U.S. Capitol, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

The lame duck Congress is now in session and while historically known as a time of inaction, the large task of avoiding the “fiscal cliff” is ever-present.

The fiscal cliff is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts which would take effect on January 1, 2013, primarily due to the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.

Host Don Marsh talked with Rob Koenig, the St. Louis Beacon’s Washington D.C. correspondent.

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Grand Old Party
6:15 am
Tue November 20, 2012

In An Increasingly Red State, How Did Republicans Lose In Missouri?

Results from the Missouri Senate race by county, as compiled by KBIA-FM.
KBIA-FM

A week after the conservative losses at the polls, about 20 tea partiers gathered at a restaurant in North St. Louis County to listen to a few lecturers talk about a few ideas for the future: the flat tax and the fair tax. And yes, to commiserate about the recent past.

“If we can’t even elect a Republican president with Barack Obama as his opponent, how in God's name do we propose to eliminate the tax code?” Bill Hennessy, who helped found the St. Louis Tea Party, asked. He was visibly frustrated.

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National Debt
2:13 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

National Debt Group Opens Missouri Chapter

Officials gather at the Missouri Capitol for an event announcing the formation of "Fix the Debt Missouri."
Ryan Famuliner/KBIA


Updated 4:30 p.m. with copy from KBIA's Ryan Famuliner.


A bipartisan group of Missouri leaders is trying to put pressure on Congress to address the national debt – and says tens of thousands of Missouri jobs are at stake.

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Kacie Starr Triplett
4:27 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Triplett Exits Board Of Aldermen To Praise From Colleagues

Ald. Kacie Starr Triplett (in blue) listens as her colleagues praise her service to the Board of Aldermen. Triplett is stepping down to take a job with Behavioral Health Network.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Just three weeks after welcoming a new member to its ranks, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen gathered to say goodbye to another one.

Kacie Starr Triplett, the 6th Ward alderwoman, is stepping down to  take a position with the Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis, where she'll coordinate a new initiative looking at gaps for services for the homeless and mentally ill in the region.

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Health insurance exchange
5:32 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Kinder Calls On Mo. Lawmakers To Not Create Health Insurance Exchange

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is urging state lawmakers to not create a health insurance exchange or expand Medicaid when they convene for their regular session next year.

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Historic Preservation Tax Credits
3:57 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Preservation Tax Credit Cap Could Be Cut In Half

via Flickr/alancleaver_2000

Members of a panel created to review Missouri’s tax credits are leaning towards recommending that the cap on Historic Preservation tax credits be cut nearly in half.

The incentives program is popular with developers, but Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and a group of Republican State Senators say it’s draining off revenues from the state budget.

Tom Reeves co-chairs the subcommittee looking into Historic Preservation tax credits. He says he favors much of the recommendation from two years ago to reduce the annual cap from $140 million a year to $75 million a year.

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Politically Speaking
3:25 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum of the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a few political issues.

On this week's podcast: After the GOP's lackluster performance in Missouri's statewide races, what can the party do going forward? It's early, but ballot initiatives are already in discussion for 2014. And leadership positions have now been divvied out in the Missouri legislature. How will the Republican leaders work with Democratic Governor Jay Nixon?

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Missouri Attorney General
2:42 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Missouri, Illinois To Get Millions From Diabetes Drug Settlement

An image of two Avandia pills. A settlement with pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline over marketing of the drug was announced today.
(via Wikimedia Commons/National Institutes of Health)

Missouri and Illinois will each get a piece of a $90 million settlement reached with pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline LLC.

Missouri's portion of the settlement is just over $2 million, while Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her state's portion is approximately $5 million.

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State employees
5:55 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Work On Health Benefits For MoDOT Workers & State Troopers Continues

A recent meeting of the special committee reviewing health insurance benefits for MoDOT workers and State Troopers.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A special committee of transportation officials is still reviewing the amount of money MoDOT workers and State Troopers pay for health insurance.

Most of the committee members are leaning towards a proposal from the Highway Patrol, which would have the state pay 60 percent of the cost and the individual employee or retiree 40 percent.  Rudy Farber is chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.  He says under the current system, the amount of coverage a worker pays varies based on numerous factors.

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