In the first of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition A, concerning local control of the City of St. Louis police department.
Host Don Marsh talks with Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay’s Chief of Staff for the City of St. Louis, and John Chasnoff, Program Director for the ACLU of Eastern Missouri. Rainford supports Proposition A while Chasnoff opposes it.
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St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann explores Proposition R - the "reduction" amendment.
On Tuesday, St. Louisans will once again be asked if they want to make a major change to the structure of government in the city.
Proposition R would cut the size of the Board of Aldermen in half following the next census. The board itself put the measure on the ballot in July, just before taking a break for the summer, and the campaign in the midst of an already crowded election season began in earnest in September.
A four-year legal struggle over whether Missouri’s home care workers can unionize is finally over.
The Missouri Supreme Court has chosen to let stand the most recent ruling surrounding the results of a 2010 election, in which a majority of home care workers voted to form a labor union. A circuit court judge had blocked the state from certifying the election results, but the Court of Appeals for the Western District reversed that decision. The High Court’s decision to take no further action means that home care workers can begin negotiations on a union contract with the state.
Groups including the ACLU and NAACP have long supported local control of police. But Chair of the Organization for Black Struggle, Montague Simmons, says Proposition A would undercut transparency and citizen oversight.
“The banner head that they’re using for local control, we built credibility for,” Simmons says. “People understand it and they identify directly with citizen review. They identify it with accountability and transparency. Absent that, people will be buying in to something they can’t live with.”
At a small gathering at a coffeehouse on Sunday, Women for Claire convened to unveil a new ad in support of Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill. McCaskill was not in attendance, instead spending time with her ill mother.
A few women spoke in her stead, criticizing Republican Congressman Todd Akin.
"What is he (Akin) going to do for a woman like you?" Darlene Green, St. Louis Comptroller asked the crowd. "What is he going to say about a woman like me? We already know what he said about a woman like Claire."
Missourians have an opportunity to elect a new governor next Tuesday.
Host Don Marsh talks with Dave Spence, the Republican candidate for Governor. Spence is a businessman from St. Louis. He faces Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Nixon and Libertarian candidate Jim Higgins.
At this time, Jay Nixon’s campaign has not made the Governor available for an interview.