Politics & Issues

Young illegal immigrants
5:18 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Mo. officials react to Pres. Obama's executive order on immigration

A group of young people attended a pro-immigration rally at the Mo. Capitol on March 6th, 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri officials are both praising and condemning President Obama’s executive order today that halts deportation of teenage and young adult illegal immigrants.

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State Govt. contracting
5:09 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

New Mo. House committee to examine state govt. contracts

Missouri House of Representatives.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A new temporary committee has been created in the Missouri House to examine how the Governor’s Office of Administration (OA) awards government contracts.

The Interim Committee on Government Bidding and Contracting may also be used to recommend new legislation for next year’s regular session.  State Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) will chair the committee.  She says last year’s controversy surrounding former Medicaid contractor SynCare LLC played a part in the committee’s creation.

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MO Statehouse
4:18 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Missouri no-call list extends to cellphones

Gov. Jay Nixon signed the expansion of the state's no-call list into law at the South County Senior Resource Center in St. Louis Thursday.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri cellphone users can now register their numbers on the state’s no-call list under a bill signed by Governor Jay Nixon Thursday.

The law prohibits telemarketers from calling or texting those who sign up and gives the attorney general’s office the power to punish violators.  

Attorney General Chris Koster says the law expands Missouri’s no-call list enacted 12 years ago for land lines.   

“12 years ago the no-call list saved the dinner hour in this state," Koster said. "Today’s action extends that protection to a new technological era.”

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Election 2012
2:27 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Judge: Taylor, like Nasheed, doesn't qualify for ballot due to residency requirement

The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via flickr/ensign_beedrill)

The Missouri Supreme Court is being asked to decide who qualifies to run for the state Legislature when boundaries are changed during redistricting.

Democratic House members Rochelle Walton Gray and Sylvester Taylor each filed to run in the 75th House District in St. Louis County. That district was redrawn last year and includes pieces of both lawmakers' current House districts. Gray lives in the new 75th District, and Taylor does not.

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Developing: Illinois Medicaid
8:52 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Quinn signs Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation making $1.6 billion in cuts to Medicaid and increasing the state's tobacco tax by a dollar.

This story will be updated.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed nearly $1.6 billion worth of cuts to Medicaid into law.

His signature means that nearly 25,000 working parents will lose state-funded health care on July 1. Regular dental care is being eliminated for adults. Those who need eyeglasses will be able to get a new pair once every two years. And patients who take more than four prescription drugs will have to get prior approval from the state.

Quinn this morning also signed a dollar-a-pack increase in the state’s cigarette tax.

"Smishing" scam
5:21 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Mo. AG Koster warns of 'smishing' scam targeting smart phones

(via Flickr/denharsh)

The Missouri Attorney General’s office is warning the public of a new scam that’s targeting smartphone and cellphone users.

The scam is known as "smishing," and it involves text messages telling recipients that they’ve won prizes or gift cards from big-name retailers such as Wal-Mart or Costco and instructs them to claim them by clicking on a link.  Attorney General Chris Koster (D) says clicking the link will infect phones with malware that gives identity thieves access to personal information.

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Election 2012
5:08 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Judge: Nasheed 'ineligible' to run in 5th District, case goes to Mo. Supreme Court

Missouri state Rep. Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis).
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House of Representatives)

Whether Mo. House member Jamilah Nasheed will qualify to be on the Democratic primary ballot against incumbent Sen. Robin Wright-Jones in the 5th Senate District is now up to the Missouri Supreme Court.

The Missouri Court of Appeal's Eastern District said in a ruling Wednesday that Nasheed does not appear to meet the residency requirement for running in the 5th District. But the court transferred the case to the state Supreme Court because of the importance and general interest of the issue.

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McCaskill/Micro-Unions
3:24 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

McCaskill asked to reveal position on micro-unions

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

A group billing itself as non-partisan is calling on U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D, Missouri) to reveal where she stands on micro-unions.

Micro-unions are smaller groups of workers within an officially-sanctioned labor union.  The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) issued a ruling last year that allowed the creation of micro-unions.  Jason Klindt with the Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs says micro-unions are a threat to small businesses.

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Prayer
2:40 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Appeals court upholds Mo. prayer ballot measure

A state appeals court has upheld the ballot summary for a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution on public prayer.

The proposed amendment asserts the right in Missouri to:

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Election 2012
3:47 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Enyart makes it official; will vie for House seat

William Enyart, in an Ill. National Guard photo.
(Illinois National Guard Website)

The man who last week stepped down after five years heading the Illinois National Guard says he's running for a southern Illinois congressional seat as a Democrat.

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