Politics & Issues

Missouri Budget
10:22 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Mo. budget talks on hold over veterans' home money

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Negotiators working on a final version of Missouri's budget are taking a wait-and-see approach dependent on a new funding plan for veterans' nursing homes.

A conference committee of House and Senate members convened briefly Thursday, but only to say they are not going to meet further until the Senate takes action on the veterans' legislation.

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would provide a dedicated funding stream for Missouri's financially strapped veterans' homes.

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Zachary Wyatt / Sexual Orientation
4:00 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Rep. Zachary Wyatt: on coming out, and speaking against 'don't say gay'

Republican Missouri State Representative Zachary Wyatt, from Kirksville.
(via Office of Rep. Wyatt)

A Republican member of the Missouri House announced today that he is gay during a press conference on a bill that would limit public schools from discussing sexual orientation in the classroom.  Zachary Wyatt of Kirksville told reporters he has deep regrets for not taking stands earlier against school bullying, and called for lawmakers to shelve the so-called “don’t say gay” bill.

With his disclosure today, Wyatt becomes the only current openly gay Republican state legislator in the nation.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin talked with Wyatt about the bill and his decision to come out.

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Zachary Wyatt / Sexual Orientation
11:28 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. lawmaker Wyatt says he is gay, denounces school bill

Republican Mo. state Representative Zach Wyatt speaking this morning.
(screen capture via Progress Missouri video)

Will be updated.

Updated at 11:59 a.m. with information that Wyatt is the only current openly gay Republican state legislator in the nation.

A Republican Missouri House member has announced publicly that he is gay and called upon GOP leaders to end legislation that would limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

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Mo. State budget
7:26 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

No "binding" for the Missouri Senate on budget negotiations

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate took the next step Tuesday toward beginning final negotiations with the House on next year’s state budget.  But Senate members struggled with whether to bind themselves to various positions they support.

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President Obama / Afghanistan
5:41 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

President Obama speaks to the nation from Afghanistan

(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

Thank you for joining us this evening for this previously scheduled event.

See NPR's The Two-Way for a live blog of the address.

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Election 2012
3:01 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon to endorse Clay in congressional primary

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis) and William "Lacy" Clay (D-St. Louis) (R).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Per Clay spokesman Steven Engelhardt, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is endorsing Rep. William "Lacy" Clay (D-St. Louis) in the 1st District congressional primary in St. Louis.

Clay faces Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis).

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Mo. State budget
7:04 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Mo. House rejects Senate budget

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri House has rejected 12 of the 13 budget bills passed last week by the State Senate.

The move was part of the normal procedure for preparing for final budget negotiations.  However, some House members took the opportunity to criticize the Senate for cutting more than $3 million from the state’s tourism budget.  State Rep. Don Ruzicka (R, Mount Vernon) urged House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) to try to get the cut restored.

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Mo. Gov. Nixon/state budget
2:02 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Nixon urging lawmakers to fund blind pensions, veterans' homes before session ends

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

With three weeks left in the legislative session, Governor Jay Nixon (D) is urging lawmakers to fund veterans’ homes, pensions for the blind and other specific needs in the still-unfinished state budget.

Nixon told reporters today that nursing homes for military veterans are woefully underfunded in next year’s $24 billion spending plan, and that a separate bill needs to be passed to insure a dedicated funding source for the homes.

“Missouri’s veterans’ home(s) provide critical services for thousands of men and women who have served our country with honor and bravery," Nixon said.  "Let me be clear, that bill must get to my desk without delay.”

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Politics
5:40 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Missouri GOP files complaint against McCaskill

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

The Missouri Republican Party filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

The complaint, which was submitted to the US Senate Select Committee on Ethics, alleges McCaskill solicited for campaign donations while on federal property.

The allegation stems from an appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball this week, when McCaskill responded to a question about Super PACS targeting her campaign. Here's the video of that appearance:

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Judicial selection
3:52 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Mo. Senate endorses changes to judge selection

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

Updated 4: 14 p.m.

Missouri senators have endorsed changes in the procedure for nominating candidates for the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

A seven-member commission screens applicants for vacancies on the state's high court and the three districts of the Court of Appeals. The panel recommends three finalists, from which the governor makes the appointment.

The commission is currently made up of a judge, three lawyers and three people selected by the governor.

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