Politics & Issues

Higher Education
2:35 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Mo. lawmakers may buck Nixon's higher ed cuts

The campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, says he does not intend to follow Gov. Nixon's recommendation of a 12.5 percent cut to higher education institutions in the state.
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Missouri's legislative budget leaders may not go along with Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed cuts to public colleges and universities.

Nixon has proposed a 12.5 percent reduction to higher education institutions for the next academic year.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer said Wednesday he does not intend to follow Nixon's recommendation. The Columbia Republican says the cut would be a huge blow to higher education.

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Missouri Supreme Court
12:59 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court chief calls for sentencing fixes in State of Judiciary address

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
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One day after Governor Jay Nixon (D) made his State of the State Address, the annual State of the Judiciary Address was delivered to Missouri lawmakers today.

Chief Justice Rick Teitelman kept his speech short, but did call for the General Assembly to pass changes to the state’s probation and parole system in order to ease Missouri’s prison population.

“I support your effort to help make sentencing practices more cost effective, helping Missouri to become, as Judge (former Chief Justice William) Price stressed so often and so eloquently, both tough and smart.”

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State of the State Address
5:41 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Missouri State of the State Address: 2012

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at the 2011 State of the State address. Tonight, Nixon delivered this year's edition of his annual remarks.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Tonight Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon gave his annual speech to the Missouri General Assembly - the State of the State address. Thank you for joining us!

We'll have a full report from our statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin tomorrow during Morning Edition, but in the meantime, here's the full transcript of the address for you in case you missed it.

Also - here are a few takeaway points from tonight's address from the Associated Press:

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Missouri Redistricting
2:23 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Mo. court upholds challenges to redistricting maps; process to start over

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
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Updated 5:21 p.m. with Gov. Nixon asking for nominees for new citizens commission

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down new state Senate districts and ordered a further legal review of new U.S. House districts.

The rulings Tuesday add fresh uncertainty for the 2012 election year, just weeks before candidates are to begin filing for office.

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Missouri redistricting
5:59 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Redistricting lawsuits heard before Mo. Supreme Court

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

The legal battle over Missouri’s new congressional map resumed today. 

The State Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the so-called “Grand Compromise Map” fails to meet the State Constitution’s compactness requirement.  Attorney Gerry Greiman argued for the plaintiffs in one of two lawsuits against the map.  He says like-minded people should be joined together in the same district.

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Election 2012
3:38 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Mo. gov. candidate Spence drops economics degree from bio

Dave Spence.
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Updated 3:42 p.m. to reflect not only the removal of all degree information from Spence's website, but then the inclusion of Spence's degree title on the site.

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has changed a claim on his campaign website that he earned a college degree in economics.

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MO Statehouse
12:55 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Mo. Senate panel OKs workplace discrimination bill

An interior view at the dome in the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.
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Missouri lawmakers are again trying to change the rules for workplace discrimination cases after similar legislation was vetoed last year.

A Senate committee endorsed legislation Thursday that supporters say would align Missouri laws with federal protections. The measure would require discrimination to be a "motivating factor" - instead of the current lesser standard of a contributing factor - in wrongful termination cases. That bill now goes to the full Senate.

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Capping state spending
3:22 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Mo. House panel endorses spending limit proposal

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

A proposed constitutional amendment that would cap the size of the state’s budget has passed a Missouri House committee.

The measure would prevent lawmakers from increasing state spending more than the rate of inflation. They would also have to take population growth into account when writing the state budget.  It’s sponsored by State Representative Eric Burlison (R, Springfield).

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Immigration / Education
11:55 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Mo. bill would make schools immigration monitors

(via Flickr/Lauren Manning)

An interest group is angry over a bill that would require all public schools to verify the immigration status of incoming students.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that the bill also would require law enforcement officers to check immigration status during all traffic stops when they have reasonable cause. And it would create a misdemeanor for not carrying proper citizenship documentation. It is sponsored by state Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee's Summit Republican.

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Highway Funding
11:26 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Highway funding bill on fast track in Mo. Senate to avoid losing federal dollars

Interstate 70 in Columbia, Mo., between St. Louis and Kansas City. Legislation is on a fast track in the Missouri Senate to bring the state into compliance with federal standards for commercial truckers and drunken driving penalties.
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Legislation is on a fast track in the Missouri Senate to bring the state into compliance with federal standards for commercial truckers and drunken driving penalties.

Missouri risks losing tens of millions of federal road construction dollars if it does not change its laws to match the federal mandates.

On Wednesday, the Senate Transportation Committee took the unusual step of hearing testimony and approving the bill on the same day. Chairman Bill Stouffer says he hopes the legislation can be brought up for debate by the full Senate next week.

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