Politics & Issues

Investment fraud
4:56 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Mo. Sec. of State warns of investment scams

(via Flickr/iChaz)

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) is warning citizens to beware of several threats to those seeking to invest their savings.

Carnahan says one such threat is called affinity fraud, which is used to target church congregations, senior centers and social networking websites.

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Historic Preservation tax credits
5:34 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Historic Preservation tax credits to be cut nearly in half as part of Mo. special session

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The economic development deal struck by lawmakers will cut one of Missouri’s most popular tax credits nearly in half.

The deal between House and Senate leaders would cut the amount of Historic Preservation tax credits issued each year from $140 million down to $80 million.

Ruth Keenoy with the non-profit Landmark Associates of St. Louis, Inc., says the smaller cap would be detrimental to Missouri’s economy.  She wants the incentives to be left as-is.

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Local Control / Special Session
5:25 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Chappelle-Nadal: special session not the place for local control discussion

Mo. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City
(Missouri Senate Website)

St. Louis city leaders say that returning control of the city's police department should be a priority during any upcoming special session of the General Assembly.

Speaking Wednesday, leaders of the Republican controlled state House and Senate said they didn't see any problem with passing the measure.

But not everyone is on board with that plan.  

St. Louis County Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal has been a vocal critic of local control in the past and says it should not be part of any special session.

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Special Session / Tax Credits / Aerotropolis
2:17 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Nixon outlines plans for 2011 special session

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 3:46 p.m.

St. Louis business leaders are praising a move by state lawmakers and the governor to take up a broad-ranging package of economic incentives.

Governor Nixon announced Thursday that he will call a special session in September to talk address jobs and economic development

Chief among the package is $360 million in tax incentives for Lamber-St. Louis International Airport.

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MO Statehouse
2:46 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

21 states backing health care suit by Mo. Lt. Gov. Kinder

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

Officials from 21 states have filed a court document supporting a lawsuit by Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder challenging the new federal health care law.

A federal judge previously dismissed Kinder's lawsuit, and that decision is on appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.  Kinder says eight of those 21 states are within the 8th Circuit.

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MO Statehouse/ Supreme Court applicants
12:48 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Three women, 10 men vying for seat on Mo. Supreme Court

Thirteen people have applied to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Thirteen people have submitted applications to fill a soon-to-be-open seat on the Missouri Supreme Court.

The three women and 10 men are vying for the seat of Judge Michael Wolff, who will retire August 11th. They are:

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Mo. Auditor / Tom Schweich
1:50 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Mo. auditor acknowledges campaign finance error

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has acknowledged that his campaign failed to follow a state law requiring quick reporting of certain campaign contributions.

The law requires statewide officeholders to report contributions greater than $500 to the state Ethics Commission within 48 hours of receiving them, if those donations occur while the Legislature is in session or the governor is considering whether to sign or veto bills. The governor had until Thursday to act on bills.

MO Statehouse / health care
4:37 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Mo. enacts states' health care compact

(via Flickr/rosmary)

Missouri now has a law on its books allowing it to join with other states in ignoring requirements of the new federal health care law. But the Missouri statute may never have much of an effect, because it requires Congress to first sign off the creation of the multistate health care compact.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday allowed the Missouri legislation to become law without his signature.

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Tilley for Lt. Gov. / Election 2012
4:05 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Tilley formally announces run for Mo. Lt. Gov. in 2012

A screen capture of a video from newly-announced Lt. Gov. candidate Steven Tilley.
(Screen capture via TeamTilley.us)

As we told you about briefly this morning, Republican Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley has officially announced his candidacy for Lt. Governor.

Tilley, an optometrist from Perryville, has been a State Representative since 2005, and spent four years as Majority Floor Leader before becoming Speaker.  He says his experience as a lawmaker is a big asset, as the Lt. Governor serves as the official head of the Missouri Senate.

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MO Statehouse/Late-term abortions
1:14 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Nixon will let late-term abortion restrictions take effect without signature

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

Updated 2:05 p.m. with comment from Nixon.

Updated 4:19 p.m. with comment from Planned Parenthood and Rep. Tim Jones.

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says he will let a controversial measure that puts further restrictions on abortions performed after 20 weeks become law without his signature.

The state already bans late-term abortions unless the life or health of the mother is in danger. That includes mental health.

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