Politics & Issues

Education
12:31 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Mo. teachers rally at Capitol on tenure measure

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About 300 teachers are at the Missouri Capitol lobbying lawmakers over a measure that includes phasing out the state's teacher tenure system.

The teachers held a brief rally Tuesday the Capitol rotunda Tuesday. Among other things, the bill would not allow the state's tenure law to apply to teachers hired after June 2013.

Ralf Trusty, president of the Missouri State Teachers Association, says that teachers are an important part of a child's development. He says teachers need to know that their jobs are secure so that they can do those jobs well.

Buck O'Neil
9:17 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Buck O'Neil inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

(l-r) Mo. House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville), former KC Royals player Frank White, and Negro Leagues Museum President Bob Kendrick, unveil a bust of KC Monarchs legend Buck O'Neil.
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications)

Major League Baseball's first black coach has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

The late Buck O'Neil, who played first base for the Kansas City Monarchs and went on to become a leading ambassador for Negro Leagues Baseball, was praised by former Kansas City Royals player Frank White and others during a ceremony Monday.

A bronze bust of O'Neil will now be included in a display at the Capitol.

Mo. House redistricting
8:29 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court hears State House redistricting map lawsuit

Mo. Supreme Court
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit challenging the new State House redistricting map.

The map’s opponents raised similar objections as those who’ve challenged the congressional and State Senate district maps drawn up last year:  Like the Senate map, plaintiffs claimed, in written statements, that the six-judge panel that drew up the House map did so behind closed doors and thus violated the state’s Sunshine law.  Robert Hess, one of the attorneys defending the map, said the panel was not subject to the Sunshine law.

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Filing period lawsuit
12:57 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Suit seeks to delay filing period for Mo. Senate

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Update at 5:46 p.m.:

According to Mo. Sec. of State Robin Carnahan's office, Judge Daniel Green of the Cole County Circuit Court has denied the temporary restraining order. The decision means candidate filing for Missouri state Senate districts will begin Tuesday morning, as scheduled.

Updated at 4 p.m. with comments from plaintiff

There's another twist in the ongoing legal battle over the new districts for the Missouri State Senate.

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State House maps
6:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court to hear arguments on state House maps

The state's highest court will hear arguments this afternoon in a lawsuit challenging new districts for Missouri House of Representatives.
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Missouri's Supreme Court judges will hear arguments this afternoon in a legal challenge to the new districts for the state House of Representatives.

The suit argues that the new map, which was drawn by a judicial commission, creates districts that are not as compact and equal in population as they should be.

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Mo. Senate redistricting
6:59 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Filing period bill fails after passing Mo. House

(l-r) Mo. Senators Mike Parson (R, Bolivar) and Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) talk on the Senate floor during a recess from debate.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Legislation that would have moved back Missouri’s filing period for the August 7th primaries has been withdrawn from consideration by the State Senate.

Instead of debating the bill itself, some St. Louis-area Senators began criticizing the citizens’ commission that drew up the latest State Senate district map Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) and Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) both had harsh words for the proposed map, which would move Cunningham’s 7th District to the Kansas City area.

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ENGLISH-ONLY DRIVER's Tests
1:53 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Mo. House passes English driver's license mandate

The Missouri House has passed legislation requiring driver’s license exams to be given in English only.

The final debate boiled down to safety versus respect for immigrants.  State Representative Tishaura Jones (D, St. Louis) says she represents constituents from several different nationalities, and added that every member of the House descended from immigrants.

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Election 2012
11:51 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Rural prosecutor Warren enters Mo. attorney general race

Adam Warren.
(courtesy Adam Warren)

The Republican race for Missouri's attorney general's office has gained a second candidate.

Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren announced Thursday that he will seek to challenge Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in this year's elections. Warren joins St. Louis attorney Ed Martin in the GOP field.

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Mo. Senate redistricting
3:50 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Commission to redraw Mo. Senate map reaches tentative agreement

A copy of the State Senate map rejected last month by the Missouri Supreme Court. A citizens' commission appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon has reached a tentative agreement on a new map, a link to which is provided in the article below.
(Mo. Office of Administration)

A tentative agreement has been reached on a new redistricting map for the Missouri Senate.

A bipartisan commission appointed by Governor Jay Nixon (D) to draw a new map negotiated for more than 13 hours Wednesday, and reached a consensus after 12:00 this morning.  The "Tentative Plan" map can be viewed here.  Marc Ellinger is the top Republican on the 10-person commission.

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MOSIRA
11:57 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Mo. AG Koster to appeal MOSIRA ruling

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
(Missouri Attorney General's office)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies.

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