Politics & Issues

Boeing / Mo. Statehouse
2:18 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Mo. House bails out from fighter jet controversy

A Boeing FA-18 fighter jet.
(via Boeing)

Missouri House members are trying to eject from their earlier support for a jet built in Texas.

House members this month approved a resolution urging Congress to fund the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, which is built by Lockheed Martin Corp. in Texas. Some now fear the jet could compete for funding with the F/A-18, which is built by Boeing Corp. in St. Louis.

Boeing is among Missouri's biggest employers with about 15,000 workers in the state and 5,000 connected to the F/A-18.

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Primary vs. caucus
7:05 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Mo. House to push for caucus bill

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

Missouri House leaders will now attempt to get rid of the state’s presidential primary and replace it with party caucuses.  A similar move fell short in the Missouri Senate.

Some Senate Republicans tried and failed Monday night to swap out the bill to move the primary from February to March with one that would have replaced it with caucuses.  Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) has filed a new bill in the House that would do the same thing.

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Missouri Supreme Court
1:49 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Draper named as new Mo. Supreme Court judge

George W. Draper III
(Mo. Supreme Court)

After three finalists were announced in September, Missouri now has a new Supreme Court judge. George W. Draper III, currently a judge in the Eastern District Court of Appeals, has been selected by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) for the job, in an announcement released today.

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Mo. State Auditor
7:14 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Mo. Auditor Schweich wants legislation assuring his access to bank records

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich (R) addresses reporters in his State Capitol office regarding proposed legislation that would give his office complete access to bank exam records.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (R) will push for legislation next year he says will enable his office to oversee the state’s Division of Finance without interference from state agencies or private entities.

The proposed bill is, in part, the result of an ongoing legal battle with the Missouri Banker’s Association.  Schweich says the MBA is seeking to block his office from examining how the Finance Division examined the records of a number of failed banks in Missouri.

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Jerry Lee / Public Safety Director
4:03 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Former St. Louis County police chief Lee named Mo. public safety director

Jerry Lee.
(via St. Louis City Board of Police Commissioners website)

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that the former police chief of St. Louis County, Jerry Lee, has been named as the new state public safety director.

Lee will replace former director John Britt, who left the position last Thursday.

The appointment of Lee now leaves a vacancy on the St. Louis City Board of Police Commissioners to be filled by gubernatorial appointment "in due time," Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said.

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Mo. Special session
1:16 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Mo. special session may be effectively over

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri’s special legislative session may, in effect, be over, following Monday's actions in the Missouri Senate.

First, the Senate rejected the House version of a wide-ranging tax credit bill, voting to send it back to the House and urging passage of the Senate version.  Then Senate leaders chose not to vote on a presidential primary bill, following a failed attempt to swap it out with an alternate version that would have replaced the primary with county-level caucuses.

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Mo. presidential primary
12:57 am
Tue October 18, 2011

No changes to Mo. presidential primary

(via Flickr/Daniel Morrison)

An attempt to replace Missouri’s presidential primary with statewide caucuses has failed in the State Senate, meaning the February 7th Democratic and Republican primaries will go on as scheduled.

Before the vote, some amendments were offered, including one that would have moved the primary forward to January.  None of them passed, but they reflected efforts by several Republicans to preserve the state's primary.  State Senator Eric Schmitt (R, Glendale) said that caucuses result in fewer people having a say in who they want for president.

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Mo. Gen. Assembly redistricting
7:41 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Six-judge panel hears redistricting proposals for Mo. House and Senate seats

A six-judge panel considers proposals to redraw Missouri's State House and Senate districts at a meeting in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Numerous proposals to redraw Missouri’s State House and Senate district maps were delivered today to a six-judge panel in Jefferson City.

The interested parties include several current and former lawmakers from both political parties.  A coalition of St. Louis-area senators pitched a map that's designed to prevent the region from losing a State Senate seat.  Republican Eric Schmitt of Glendale says the metro area has not lost enough population to justify losing a Senate district.

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Mo. Presidential Primary
2:02 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Carnahan: Mo. should hold presidential primary

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) is criticizing legislation in the Missouri Senate that would scrap the state’s presidential primary in favor of party caucuses.

The Missouri Republican Party announced last month that it would use county-wide caucuses to select its delegates for next year’s national convention, and that the primary would be nothing more than a “beauty contest.”

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Redistricting
6:24 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Hearing tomorrow on Missouri's State House and Senate redistricting maps

The Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 10:43 a.m. Oct. 13 with corrected location of hearings

A judicial panel charged with redrawing Missouri’s State House and Senate districts will begin taking comments from the public tomorrow.

The six-judge panel will draw new maps because two panels made up of Democrats and Republicans failed to reach agreements on them before the August deadline.

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