Politics & Issues

Missouri congressional redistricting
7:53 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Mo. Senate begins redistricting debate

The redistricting map passed by the Mo. House is currently before the Mo. Senate.
Mo. House of Representatives

The congressional redistricting map passed by the Missouri House last week is now in the hands of the State Senate.

And the consensus so far is that both Democrats and Republicans don’t like it.

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Potential presidential candidate visits Missouri
4:20 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Potential GOP presidential candidate Cain speaks at Mo. Capitol

Business executive-turned-radio talk show host Herman Cain addresses a "Tax Day" rally at the Mo. Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A potential Republican candidate for president made a stop today at the Missouri Capitol.

Business executive-turned-radio talk show host Herman Cain met with state lawmakers and addressed a Tea Party rally on the South Lawn of the Capitol.

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Child-Care Subsidies
3:12 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Child-care subsidies reduced in Mo. Senate plan

(via Flickr/xavi talleda)

Thousands of low-income parents would see their state child-care subsidies reduced under a budget plan passed by a Missouri Senate committee.

The plan approved Tuesday would reduce monthly child-care subsidies for about 6,600 children while extending benefits to an estimated 570 children whose parents currently earn too much to qualify.

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Aerotropolis bill
10:37 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. House passes Aerotropolis bill

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
(via Flickr/dbking)

The Missouri House has passed the Aerotropolis bill, which is designed to turn Lambert Airport in St. Louis into a global air freight hub.

The bill would provide around $480 million in tax incentives, which companies could use to build cargo facilities near Lambert Airport.

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Missouri congressional redistricting
10:01 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. Senate committee passes House redistricting map

The GOP-crafted congressional redistricting map has passed the Senate Redistricting Committee 4-3.
Mo. House of Representatives

The congressional redistricting map passed by the Missouri House last week has narrowly passed a State Senate committee.

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Federal Health Care Law
10:18 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Koster: federal insurance mandate unconstitutional

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
(Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

Updated 4:35 p.m. April 11, 2011 with comment from Jones and Tilley.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says Congress overstepped its constitutional powers under the commerce clause when it mandated that most Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty.

Koster says he filed a document (see below) Monday with a federal appeals court supporting a Florida lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new federal health care law.

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missouri congressional redistricting
1:05 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Mo. GOP redistricting maps may face filibuster

The GOP redistricting map passed this week by the Mo. House
Mo. House of Representatives

Another filibuster in the Missouri Senate may be brewing, this time over redistricting.   

Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles) says he expects fellow GOP Senator Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) to try and block the redistricting map passed this week by the House, and possibly the Senate version as well.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
2:57 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Filibuster on unemployment benefits in Mo. Senate ends with deal

State Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) talks to reporters after agreeing to end a filibuster that blocked $105 million in extended federal jobless benefits.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Four Missouri State Senators have ended their filibuster of legislation to draw down $105 million in extended federal unemployment benefits.

On Wednesday, the four senators, led by Jim Lembke (R, Lemay), had offered to end their filibuster if Governor Jay Nixon (D) would reject $300 million in federal stimulus funds.

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Late-term Abortion legislation
11:38 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Mo. Senate passes late-term abortion bill

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. on Dec. 3, 2010.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation imposing more restrictions on late-term abortions.

The legislation would remove a general exception for a woman's health from a current state law banning abortions of viable fetuses. Instead, the legislation would allow such abortions only when the woman's life is endangered or when pregnancy risks permanent damage to a major bodily function.

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Missouri House of Representatives
10:58 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Committee defeats proposal to shrink Mo. House

The Missouri House of Representatives chambers during Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State Address on Jan. 19, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri House committee has rejected a proposal to downsize its own chamber.

The proposed constitutional amendment would have reduced the state House from 163 members to 103 members starting in 2015. A House committee voted Thursday to reject the plan.

Critics have expressed concerns that the smaller number of lawmakers would mean the public would not be as effectively represented.

Supporters say that reducing the number of lawmakers would help state government save money.

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