Politics & Issues

Politically Speaking
4:31 am
Tue February 25, 2014

U.S. Rep. Wagner On GOP Leadership Role, Sex Trafficking And 2016

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. 

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Fulton State Hospital
11:21 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Missouri House Republicans Unveil Plan For New Fulton State Hospital

(foreground, l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, and State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, prepare to talk about the House GOP's proposal for Fulton State Hospital.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republicans in the Missouri House have unveiled their proposal for funding construction of a new state mental hospital in Fulton.

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St. Louis County Council
10:44 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Quinn Won't Run For Another County Council Term

Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin
Credit Greg Quinn's Web Site

The longest-tenured member of the St. Louis County Council won't run for re-election. 

Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, said on Monday that he will not run for another term on the seven-person council. His term expires at the end of this year; filing for his seat begins Tuesday.

Quinn said after over two decades on the council, it’s time to move on to pursuits outside of politics. “While I’ve enjoyed my 24 years of public service, I just think it’s time for me to devote myself to other things,” Quinn said.

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Politics & Issues
10:02 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Commentary: Privatization Can Benefit Missouri Taxpayers

Commentator David Stokes
Show Me Institute

When I was growing up, I regularly played golf at the Forest Park municipal golf course. Later, in high school and college, I noticed that the quality of the course was improving, a lot. This happened at the same time (late 1980s) that St. Louis outsourced the management of the golf course to a private company. As that outsourcing, or privatization, of the golf course has continued, the quality of the course has continued to improve.

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On the Trail
3:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Despite National Focus, Missouri Minimum Wage Vote Faces Murky Future

Democrats are hoping that focusing on increasing the minimum wage will pay dividends come election time. But chances of a Missouri ballot initiative are up in the air, at best.
Credit Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio

President Barack Obama sent a message during his State of the Union address to every mayor, governor and state legislator who want to increase the minimum wage: Don't wait on Congress, Americans will support more local government initiatives.

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Death penalty
10:55 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Despite New Pharmacy, Federal Judges Deny Stay Of Execution For Missouri Inmate

Credit (via Flickr/steakpinball)

Federal judges have ruled that Wednesday's execution may proceed.

District Judge Beth Phillips denied Missouri inmate Michael Taylor's requests for stays of execution early Monday morning. Her ruling was appealed to a panel of 8th Circuit judges, who affirmed her decision.

Taylor asked for his execution to be delayed for three reasons.

1. Missouri changed its drug supplier at the last minute.

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10:43 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Some Missouri Legislators Talk Impeachment, But Prospects Are Slim

Gov. Jay Nixon has been tangling with the legislature over a number of issues, including his impeachment.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Just seven weeks into this legislative session, tensions are running high between legislative Republicans — especially in the Missouri House — and the top Democrat in the state Capitol, Gov. Jay Nixon.

Two House Republicans have filed articles of impeachment against the governor, while House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has set up a special committee to look into “continued regulatory overreach of both the state and federal governments.”

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Lincoln Days
10:33 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Rand Paul Says GOP Future Hinges On Attracting Folks With Tattoos, And Without

Rand Paul
Credit File Photo

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Potential 2016 presidential hopeful Rand Paul scanned the packed ballroom of fellow Republicans, most of them older and white, and declared Saturday that their party’s makeup needs to change if the GOP is to have any hope of recapturing the White House.

“We need a bigger party. We need a party that looks like America,’’ said Paul, currently a U.S. senator from Kentucky, during the closing banquet for the Missouri Republican Party’s Lincoln Days festivities, held this year in Springfield.

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Lincoln Days
1:32 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Missouri Republicans See 'Right To Farm' Ballot Proposal As Aid To GOP Turnout

Backers of the Right to Farm amendment were circulating fliers at Lincoln Days blasting some animal rights groups.
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri Republican Party has endorsed the proposed “Right To Farm” constitutional amendment set for the November ballot.

The official support is aimed, in part, at promoting GOP ties to the proposal, which some Republicans believe will boost turnout by rural conservative voters this fall – and that could help all GOP candidates.

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Lincoln Days
1:07 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Missouri Republicans Predict Victory As Long As Focus Is Solely On Democrats

House Majority Leader John Diehl, left, shares a Lincoln Days laugh with fellow Republicans, including Catherine Hanaway, right, a 2016 candidate for governor.
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –  From U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt on down, Missouri Republicans at the party’s annual Lincoln Days festivities are full of confidence about their chances at the polls this fall and in 2016.

And the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,’’ is getting much of the credit.

“If this disaster doesn’t help us take control of the Senate, it will surprise me,” said Blunt, who sparked several ovations at Friday night’s opening banquet of the weekend gathering, held this year at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, the senator's home turf.

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