Politics & Issues

The Two-Way
3:16 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

VIDEO: 'Let my people go:' Illinois state Rep loses cool on house floor

Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost.
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Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:19 pm

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Casinos/Veterans Homes
2:12 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Casino fees to be redirected from early childhood programs to Mo. veterans homes

(via Flickr/Hakan Dahlstrom)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation redirecting casino fees to nursing homes for military veterans.

The legislation signed into law Wednesday provides a dedicated funding stream for the state's seven nursing homes that serve about 1,300 veterans.

Casinos already pay a per-person fee to the state. Most of that money has gone to early childhood programs. But the new law redirects the bulk of those fees to veterans homes.

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House of Worship Protection Act
7:11 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Bill sent to Gov. Nixon would criminalize disturbance of worship services in Mo.

A house of worship in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Among the 115 bills sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D) this year is one that would make it a crime to deliberately disturb worship services in Missouri.

The measure would make it a misdemeanor to use, “profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior,” or make loud disruptive noises within or just outside a public or private building where a worship service is being held.  It was sponsored by Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter).

“It’s important for citizens here in Missouri to have their First Amendment rights protected," Mayer said.  "There (have) been instances across the country where there have been actual disturbances in churches and synagogues.”

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Illinois pensions
12:17 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Ill. House committee approves pension changes

The Ill. State House has approved legislation that makes drastic changes to state employee pensions.
(via Flickr/JimBowen0306)

Brian Mackey contributed reporting from Springfield.

An Illinois state House committee has approved sweeping changes to public employee pensions.

It's one of Gov. Pat Quinn's priorities for the legislative session that ends on Thursday.

Current and retired state and university employees, and public school teachers would face a difficult choice; keep their health care in retirement and have future pay raises count toward their pensions, but a smaller cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), or keep the current 3 percent compounding COLA but lose health care.

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redistricting
1:45 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Ready your votes: Mo. Supreme Court says redistricted congressional map to stand

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Updated 4:04 p.m. with Diehl's comments.

The Missouri Supreme Court has released its judgment on a challenge to the recent redistricting of the state's new Congressional districts. 

The Court has upheld the new districts, finally providing certainty for candidates in the August primary elections.

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Patrick Fitzgerald
2:36 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Departing US Atty. Fitzgerald says he's not 'wired' for elective office

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
(Official Department of Justice Photo/via Wikimedia Commons)

Reporting from WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer used in this report.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says he will not run for elective office. That comes after the highly respected federal prosecutor announced yesterday that he'll step down at the end of June.

In a 35-minute press conference today the media-averse Fitzgerald talked to reporters about why he's stepping down.

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Rush Limbaugh/Hall of Famous Missourians
2:05 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Mo. House spent $1,100 on security camera for Limbaugh bust

The bust of Rush Limbaugh on display in the Hall of Famous Missourians at the Mo. Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri House has spent more than $1,100 on a security camera to keep watch over a new bronze bust of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.

House Clerk Adam Crumbliss said Thursday that he authorized the camera because of concerns that the Limbaugh bust might be vandalized.

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Kevin Engler
6:20 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Engler’s exit interview: 'probably true' that Mo. Senate is broken

Mo. state Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington with his late dog, Winston. The dog often accompanied Engler to political functions and parades. Engler said Winston was "part of [his] softer side."
(Courtesy Engler's Office)

Nine State Senators won’t be returning to Jefferson City next year due to term limits.  Among them, Republican Kevin Engler of Farmington, who made a failed bid two years ago to become President Pro-tem after serving as Majority Leader.  Since then, he has been outspoken on the way the Senate works, or in the views of some political observers, doesn’t work.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin talked with Engler on the final day of the regular session.

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Rush Limbaugh/Hall of Famous Missourians
1:10 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Limbaugh bust displayed at Missouri Capitol

The bust of Rush Limbaugh on display in the Hall of Famous Missourians at the Mo. Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The bust of radio host Rush Limbaugh is on display at the Missouri Capitol with fellow members of the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Limbaugh's bust was positioned Monday near the doors to the House chamber, across the corridor from the bust of a fellow southeastern Missourian, former Democratic Gov. Warren Hearnes.

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Claire McCaskill
10:25 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Sen. McCaskill paid condo property taxes late

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

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill paid several hundred dollars of interest and penalties for late property taxes on a Washington, D.C., condominium.

The Kansas City Star reported that the Missouri Democrat paid $197 in penalties and interest after missing the fall 2011 tax deadline by about three weeks. The newspaper reported that she paid $198 in penalties and interest after she was late on her spring 2010 property tax payment.

McCaskill said the District of Columbia bills people twice a year, and the bill "slipped through the cracks."

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