Politics & Issues

Obituary
11:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Joseph P. Teasdale: 'Walkin’ Joe' Teasdale, Missouri’s 48th Governor

Gov. Joseph Teasdale
Credit State Archives

When Joseph Teasdale ran for governor in the mid-70s, he walked a thousand miles en route to winning the tightest gubernatorial race in the nation, handing a popular incumbent governor a stunning defeat. His margin of victory over Missouri Republican Gov. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond, by whom he had been defeated in the previous election, was a mere 12,000 votes out of more than 1.9 million cast. Even members of the Teasdale campaign cabinet were stunned.

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$26.4 billion
9:48 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Legislature Sends FY2015 Budget To Gov. Nixon, Touts Education Spending

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

House and Senate members have sent the remainder of the bills that make up Missouri's state budget to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The roughly $26.4 billion spending plan increases higher education spending by 5 percent and adds $114.8 million for K-12 schools, which House Republicans called "historic."

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Conflicts
5:18 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Commentary: Can We Ever Get Beyond Us Vs. Them?

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Our world is never free of conflict. There are many “we” versus “they” imbroglios in which an exalted group lets pride lead to disdain, second-class status, or even violence against those outside the group. The lines of demarcation include race, ethnicity, religion or nationhood.

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Tackling Crime
5:22 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Wells-Goodfellow Next Site For St. Louis Police "Hot Spot" Policing

James Clark of Better Family Life speaks to Chief Sam Dotson (back to camera) and the officers assigned to the week-long hot spot in Wells-Goodfellow starting May 7, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood, on the city's northwest side, will get some extra attention from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for the next week. 

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Politics & Issues
1:59 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Blunt Claims Carbon Tax Would 'Devastate' Missouri Jobs, Drive Up Energy Costs

Roy Blunt
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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is stepping up his longstanding focus on energy — and his opposition to a federal carbon tax that he believes will increase energy and fuel costs for Missourians.

“The carbon tax would have a huge impact on our state,’’ Blunt said in a conference call Wednesday with reporters. “We’re very coal dependent. It would have a devastating impact on our utility bills.”

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Politics & Issues
1:32 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Sen. McCaskill Holds Decisive Role In Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

Clare McCaskill
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Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri could play a crucial role in approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline this week.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated a vote could be held in the next few days to authorize the pipeline that would carry Canadian crude oil through the U.S. to the Gulf Coast.

McCaskill is one of the few Senate Democrats in favor of the project. During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, she argued the oil will be flowing regardless of the pipeline’s approval.   

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Jefferson-Jackson Dinner
11:30 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Illinois' Durbin To Headline Missouri Democrats' Biggest Fundraising Event

Dick Durbin
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The Missouri Democratic Party has tapped U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to be the keynote speaker for the state party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, to be held June 7 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis.

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The Rundown
5:23 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Political Rundown: On Veto Overides, New BFFs And Governors' Clout

Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand
Credit / Claire McCaskill's congressional office

Politics can be a 24/7 occupation, as anyone with a cell phone, computer or cable subscription knows. It's not hard to find political news, commentary or just plain rants. They are everywhere. Sometimes it takes a little more digging to find the context, perspective or background on major issues of the day.

Once a week, our political team shares stories that gave them insight into the news of the day or perhaps just some reading pleasure.

Veto overrides

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Chesterfield
4:41 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Chesterfield Mayor's Secession Talk Raises Eyebrows — And Faces Long, Long Odds

Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation caused a stir when he suggested that his city may secede from St. Louis County if changes aren't made to the county's sales tax distribution system.
Credit / Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated on Wednesday at 4 p.m.)

The mayor of Chesterfield is sticking by his threat for his city to secede from St. Louis County, contending that his city is fed up with a lack of progress on changing the county’s sales tax distribution system. 

But St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has dismissed the threat, calling Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation’s comments “over the top.”

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Little disagreement
10:27 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget

Budget negotiators meet to hammer out final version of 12 remaining budget bills. At center of table, l-r, are Senate Appropriations Chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

House and Senate budget negotiators have finalized the 12 remaining bills that make up Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

Both sides signed off on increasing funding for K-12 schools by $114.8 million. If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue projections hold true, school spending would get a $278 million spending hike. Higher education would increase by $43 million, about 5 percent. State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, chairs the House Budget Committee. He said they also put money in next year's budget to help finance a new state mental hospital at Fulton.

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