Politics & Issues

Mo. Governor's race
5:25 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Still no major GOP candidate for Mo. Governor

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R)
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Election Day 2012 is just under a year away, and there’s still no major Republican challenger to Democrat Jay Nixon in next year’s Missouri Governor’s race.

GOP Lt. Governor Peter Kinder still has not announced his intentions, despite raising over a million dollars for a potential gubernatorial run.  Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  He says allegations about Kinder’s past visits to a strip club may have harmed his ability to financially keep pace with Nixon.

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Missouri's Minimum Wage
4:24 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Mo. ballot measures seek to increase minimum wage

(via Flickr/bigburpsx3)

Missouri voters could be asked next year to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25.

The secretary of state's office on Tuesday approved the summaries on two initiative petitions, meaning proponents can begin collecting signatures to get the measures on the 2012 ballot.

Missouri's minimum wage currently matches the federal requirement of $7.25 an hour.

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Mo. veterans honored
6:10 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Silver Star banners awarded to 4 Mo. veterans

(l-r) David Mauldin (Vietnam), Don Hentges (Vietnam), Gov. Jay Nixon, Wilburn Rowden (WWII), and Roger Stottlemyre (Vietnam). Nixon awarded the four veterans with Silver Star banners at a ceremony at the Mo. Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Four mid-Missouri veterans today were awarded Silver Star banners at the State Capitol, in honor of their past military service.

Among them was 88-year-old Wilburn Rowden of Jefferson City, a World War II vet who served as a radio operator onboard a B-17 bomber.  His plane was shot down over Germany, and he spent the rest of the war as a POW.

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Mo. river Flooding
1:06 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Corps tweaks Missouri River plan after flooding

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it’s changing its short-term approach to managing water levels on the Missouri River, following devastating flooding this summer in Missouri, Iowa and North Dakota.

Jody Farhat is chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management office in Omaha.  She says the Corps of Engineers will be more flexible this fall and winter in evacuating as much water as possible along the Missouri ahead of next year’s runoff season.

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National emergency test
4:57 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for next week

(via Flickr/Filipão 28)

Federal officials will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) next week.

It’s scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, November 9th, and will be broadcast over every radio station, TV station and cable network across the country.  Mike O’Connell with the Missouri Department of Public Safety says state officials are helping spread the word, so that residents don’t mistake the test for a real emergency.

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Voter ID / Shane Schoeller
10:29 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Missouri Republican Schoeller proposes voter ID, other election related bills

Mo. State Rep. Shane Schoeller, R-Willard.
(via Friends of Shane Schoeller)

The Speaker Pro-tem of the Missouri House, Shane Schoeller (R, Willard), says he’s going to sponsor a package of election-related bills during next year’s legislative session.

It will include a bill requiring that voter-approved laws cannot be overturned by a simple majority vote by lawmakers.

Take, for example, the state minimum wage hike, which 76 percent of Missouri voters approved five years ago.  Schoeller says under his bill, that law could only be overturned if more than 76 percent of House and Senate members voted to do so.

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Mo. State Revenue
3:34 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Missouri revenues falling short of budget

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Missouri's revenues have fallen slightly short of what's needed to meet the budget through the first third of the state fiscal year.

Figures released Wednesday by the state Office of Administration show general revenues rose 1.2 percent through October compared with the same point in the previous fiscal year.

State budget director Linda Luebbering says revenues need to grow at around 2 percent to meet the mark set by the budget.

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China Hub Tax Credits / Deer Hunting
5:44 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Nixon mum on plans for China hub tax credits during hunting program event

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon encourages local deer hunters to donate venison through the Share the Harvest program during a visit to the St. Louis Area Food Bank on Nov. 1, 2011. Nixon also answered questions regarding trade relations with China at the event.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

While in the St. Louis region Tuesday for a press conference on the Share the Harvest program (which you can learn more about below) Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon called his trade trip to China productive - however, he had little to say about whether he wants to renew efforts to get tax credits for a China hub.

The Democrat said his week-long trip resulted in $4.6 billion in export agreements between Missouri and China.

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MO Statehouse/Withholds lawsuit
10:59 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Mo. judge weighing budget cuts by Gov. Nixon

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

A Missouri judge is considering whether Gov. Jay Nixon exceeded his constitutional powers when he cut spending for education to help cover costs from the deadly Joplin tornado and major flooding.

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem issued no immediate ruling Monday after listening to arguments from attorneys representing the Democratic governor and Republican Auditor Tom Schweich, who sued.

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LGBT web access
5:14 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Mid-Mo. school sued over access to LGBT-related websites

PFLAG v. Camdenton R-III School District was heard Oct. 27th, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A lawsuit over access to LGBT-related websites at a mid-Missouri public school was heard today in federal court in Jefferson City.

The case involves filtering software used by the Camdenton R-3 school district’s library.  The suit was filed by Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union.  Tony Rothert, Legal Director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, says the Camdenton Schools' library uses filtering software that blocks any mention of sex, not just pornography.

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