Politics & Issues

Filing period lawsuit
12:57 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Suit seeks to delay filing period for Mo. Senate

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Update at 5:46 p.m.:

According to Mo. Sec. of State Robin Carnahan's office, Judge Daniel Green of the Cole County Circuit Court has denied the temporary restraining order. The decision means candidate filing for Missouri state Senate districts will begin Tuesday morning, as scheduled.

Updated at 4 p.m. with comments from plaintiff

There's another twist in the ongoing legal battle over the new districts for the Missouri State Senate.

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State House maps
6:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court to hear arguments on state House maps

The state's highest court will hear arguments this afternoon in a lawsuit challenging new districts for Missouri House of Representatives.
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Missouri's Supreme Court judges will hear arguments this afternoon in a legal challenge to the new districts for the state House of Representatives.

The suit argues that the new map, which was drawn by a judicial commission, creates districts that are not as compact and equal in population as they should be.

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Mo. Senate redistricting
6:59 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Filing period bill fails after passing Mo. House

(l-r) Mo. Senators Mike Parson (R, Bolivar) and Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) talk on the Senate floor during a recess from debate.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Legislation that would have moved back Missouri’s filing period for the August 7th primaries has been withdrawn from consideration by the State Senate.

Instead of debating the bill itself, some St. Louis-area Senators began criticizing the citizens’ commission that drew up the latest State Senate district map Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) and Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) both had harsh words for the proposed map, which would move Cunningham’s 7th District to the Kansas City area.

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ENGLISH-ONLY DRIVER's Tests
1:53 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Mo. House passes English driver's license mandate

The Missouri House has passed legislation requiring driver’s license exams to be given in English only.

The final debate boiled down to safety versus respect for immigrants.  State Representative Tishaura Jones (D, St. Louis) says she represents constituents from several different nationalities, and added that every member of the House descended from immigrants.

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Election 2012
11:51 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Rural prosecutor Warren enters Mo. attorney general race

Adam Warren.
(courtesy Adam Warren)

The Republican race for Missouri's attorney general's office has gained a second candidate.

Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren announced Thursday that he will seek to challenge Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in this year's elections. Warren joins St. Louis attorney Ed Martin in the GOP field.

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Mo. Senate redistricting
3:50 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Commission to redraw Mo. Senate map reaches tentative agreement

A copy of the State Senate map rejected last month by the Missouri Supreme Court. A citizens' commission appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon has reached a tentative agreement on a new map, a link to which is provided in the article below.
(Mo. Office of Administration)

A tentative agreement has been reached on a new redistricting map for the Missouri Senate.

A bipartisan commission appointed by Governor Jay Nixon (D) to draw a new map negotiated for more than 13 hours Wednesday, and reached a consensus after 12:00 this morning.  The "Tentative Plan" map can be viewed here.  Marc Ellinger is the top Republican on the 10-person commission.

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MOSIRA
11:57 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Mo. AG Koster to appeal MOSIRA ruling

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
(Missouri Attorney General's office)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies.

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MOSIRA
7:38 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Mo. lawmakers react to MOSIRA law being struck down

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

Many Missouri lawmakers are expressing disappointment over Tuesday's ruling that struck down the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, more commonly known as "MOSIRA."

The measure would have used revenues generated by a group of science and high-tech companies to create a pool to lure more such companies to Missouri and to keep the ones already here from leaving.  State Senator Luann Ridgeway (R, Smithville) is not happy with the ruling.

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Farm Taxes
12:43 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Mo. House rejects plan to increase some farm taxes

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Missouri House members have voted to reject a tax plan that would increase property taxes for the best farms.

Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight groups based on land quality, with the best in Grade 1 and the worst in Grade 8. The Missouri Tax Commission has recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.

The property tax changes for 2013 and 2014 take effect unless the Legislature approves a resolution to reject them. House members voted 117-39 on Tuesday to reject the tax proposal.

English-only driver's tests
8:56 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Mo. House endorses English-only driver's exams

Mo. House chambers
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given only in English.

Currently, the state of Missouri provides the written driver’s exam in English and eleven other languages.  House Member Mark Parkinson (R, St. Charles) says his bill follows the spirit of the state constitution’s mandate that public proceedings be conducted in English.

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