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Politics
6:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Condoleeza Rice On The Next Four Years, Affirmative Action, And Women In The Republican Party

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice gestures while speaking on
Credit AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice has been nothing if not busy since leaving Washington. The avid golfer and pianist now serves as a professor at Stanford University in California, and will be in town this evening as part of the St. Louis Speakers Series, presented by Maryville University.

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Politics
10:28 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon Faces GOP Legislative Supermajority

Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon spent his first term compromising with and sometimes challenging the Republican-led Legislature. But now Nixon faces supermajorities in both the House and Senate with enough Republicans to override his vetoes.

 Republicans will control 24 of the 34 Senate seats for the 2013 legislative session. House Republicans will have 110 of 163 districts. House Speaker Tim Jones says he hopes the new dynamic will prompt earlier discussion and negotiation between legislative leaders and Nixon.

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Beyond November
5:59 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Battles Over Mo.'s Non-Partisan Court Plan Not Over

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

Supporters of Missouri’s non-partisan court plan say Tuesday’s rejection of Amendment Three sends a strong message that voters embrace the current system for selecting nominees for the State Supreme Court, Appeals courts and a few of the state's circuit courts.


Had it passed, it would have given the governor more say into selecting panel members – currently the governor is limited to selecting the non-lawyer panel members, but language approved by the Secretary of State’s office said the amendment would have allowed the governor to “appoint all lawyers” to the panels.  Missouri Bar President Pat Starke says he doesn’t think the language was misleading, as has been contended by Amendment Three’s supporters.

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Health Care
3:14 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Nixon: Mo. Won't Run Health Insurance Exchange By 2014

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

Missouri will not set up an online marketplace for health insurance by the year 2014.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday his administration will inform the federal government that it won't be running a state-based health insurance exchange when they're due to begin under the federal health care law. That means that the federal government will step in to create an insurance exchange in Missouri.

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Missouri Senate
2:48 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Faces Of Mo. Senate Leadership Announced

The chambers of the Missouri Senate in the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate will be led by new people when it convenes for the 2013 session.

Majority party Republicans on Thursday nominated Sen. Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, to serve as president pro tem - the top position in the chamber. Dempsey still must be elected by the full Senate when it convenes in January, but that is expected to be a mere formality.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:17 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Women Play Big Role In 2012 Election Cycle

(via Flickr/League of Women Voters of California)

Women are not a homogenous voting bloc in elections though their influence as a group plays a big role.

President Barack Obama carried 55 percent of the demographic on his way to re-election.

Host Don Marsh talks with two political experts about the role women played in the 2012 election cycle, both as voters and as candidates.

Marsh is joined by Dayna Stock, Manager of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and Gwyneth Williams, professor of political science at Webster University.

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Illinois Politics
1:14 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Dillard Announces Run For Illinois Governor In 2014

Illinois state Sen. Kirk Dillard has announced that he's preparing to run for Illinois governor in 2014.
(via Illinois State Senate)

Illinois state Sen. Kirk Dillard says he's preparing to make another run for Illinois governor.

The Hinsdale Republican's name has often been mentioned as a top candidate for the 2014 race. He narrowly lost the 2010 gubernatorial primary to Republican Sen. Bill Brady.

Dillard tells WIND-AM in Chicago that he's more committed to the race now and that he has a proven track record and statewide recognition from his work with previous Republican governors. He worked as chief of staff to former Gov. Jim Edgar and as legislative director for former Gov. Jim Thompson.

Cigarette Tax
3:43 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Effort To Raise Cigarette Tax Fails (Again)

An extensive anti-tax ad campaign by the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association led to Prop B's defeat.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri voters have narrowly defeated an effort to raise the state’s tobacco tax.

If Proposition B had passed, the tax on a pack of cigarettes would have gone from the lowest in the nation, at 17 cents, up to 90 cents.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:55 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Decision 2012 Post-Election Special

"St. Louis on the Air" Post-Election Special
Robert Peterson / St. Louis Public Radio

The election is over and despite some predictions that the results would take a considerable amount of time to trickle in and may even be unknown for a few days, that was not the case.

Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill handedly won re-election, defeating Republican Congressman Todd Akin.

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Politically Speaking
1:53 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

It's the post-election Politically Speaking special. Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum of the St. Louis Beacon to wrap up last night's races.

We go through McCaskill's decisive win over Akin (was he trounced or shellacked?) as well as all the state-wide races. We also throw in a couple Congressional seats, Missouri legislature make-up, and the ballot initiative results.

 

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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