Politics & Issues

Veto override
3:26 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Mo. Legislature votes to override veto of birth control bill

(via Flickr/brains the head)

Updated 9/13/2012, 4:51 p.m.


A Kansas City-based labor group is seeking to block the new law allowing Missouri employers to deny health insurance coverage for birth control pills and other contraceptive procedures.


The new law took effect after the Missouri General Assembly overrode Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto during Wednesday’s veto session.  Attorney E.E. Keenan represents the Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Senator Blunt criticizes the President's response to Egypt, Libya attacks

Missouri's Senators, Republican Roy Blunt (L) and Democrat Claire McCaskill.
(St. Louis Public Radio/UPI)

Republican United States Senator Roy Blunt criticized President Obama's response to the attacks on embassies in Egypt and Libya. In the Libyan attacks, four embassy employees were killed, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Allegedly, the attacks were in response to a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

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Tax credit review
12:22 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Nixon: tax credit changes to be a priority in 2013

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

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has reconvened his tax credit review commission to again examine which incentives need to be eliminated or further capped.


In 2010 the same commission recommended sun-setting 28 tax credit programs and capping 33 others. At the time the commission said the move would save the state $220 million.  Former Republican State Senator Chuck Gross of St. Charles again chairs the commission.

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Kinder/SEMA
7:04 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kinder blasts Nixon Admin. for skipping disaster recovery hearing

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, pictured here in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) is criticizing Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administration for not taking part in a disaster recovery hearing Tuesday at the State Capitol.


A House interim committee appointed to examine the state’s response to last year’s flooding and tornadoes held what was supposed to be its final hearing – but it ended early when no one from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) or the Department of Public Safety showed up.  Kinder, who chairs the committee, says they will now send a letter to the Nixon Administration asking for written testimony.

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Veto session
4:46 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Mo. lawmakers return to Capitol for annual veto session

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Lawmakers are returning to Jefferson City for their annual veto session, which begins Wednesday at noon.


House and Senate leaders will attempt to override Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto of a bill that levies local sales taxes on out-of-state vehicle purchases.  The issue has heated up, as Nixon’s supporters are running radio ads urging Missouri citizens to call their lawmakers and tell them not to override the Governor’s veto.


Nixon calls the bill a retroactive tax hike on anyone who’s bought a vehicle outside of Missouri this year, while GOP leaders say it will provide much-needed revenue to local police and fire departments and encourage car and boat buyers to shop in Missouri.  Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) admits the chances of overriding the veto of the vehicle sales tax bill are slim.

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Politics
2:39 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Mo. Farm Bureau PAC reaffirms Akin endorsement

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Will be updated.

The Missouri Farm Bureau political action committee announced that it's sticking by its endorsement of Congressman Todd Akin as he faces incumbent Claire McCaskill in the race for US Senate.

In a release to the media, FARM-PAC, made up of trustees from the farm bureaus in every Missouri county, say that they again "overwhelmingly" voted to support Akin.

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Politics
12:22 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

McCaskill backs cigarette tax increase, even if it costs her supporters

Senator McCaskill fields questions from reporters before the RCGA meeting.
Chris McDaniel Beyond November

Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill is throwing her support behind the November ballot initiative that would raise the cigarette tax in Missouri. If approved, the initiative would increase the current cigarette tax from the lowest in the nation at 17 cents, to 90 cents.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

McCaskill attacks Akin for comments on student loans

Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill (right) and Congressman Todd Akin (left).
(Akin: UPI Bill Greenblatt/McCaskill: Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has been on the attack against her Republican opponent, criticizing Congressman Akin for controversial comments he’s made. But the comments she's attacking are not related to abortion.

So far, McCaskill has avoided attacking Congressman Akin for his comments on “legitimate rape,” which would force her to discuss her stance on the touchy issue of abortion.  Instead, she’s attacking him for his comments on student loans.

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Court plan ballot language
3:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure

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A Cole County judge has upheld a ballot summary prepared by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) for a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the governor’s role in appointing State Supreme Court judges.


The ballot language for Amendment 3 asks:

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MO Statehouse
12:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Nixon extends state of emergency for drought

Drought- affected corn in Boone County this summer.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews/Malory Ensor)

Will be updated.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has extended the state of emergency related to the drought that has gripped the state for most of the summer. 

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