Politics & Issues

Dave Spence / Election 2012
11:32 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Spence to run for Missouri governor

Dave Spence, president and CEO of St. Louis-based Alpha Packaging. Spence has said he will enter the race for Missouri governor.
(Provided by Alpha Packaging)

Will be updated.

St. Louis businessman Dave Spence says he is entering the Republican race for Missouri governor.

Spence declared his candidacy Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. He becomes the first prominent Republican to officially launch a challenge to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in the 2012 elections.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder also is expected to announce his candidacy for governor soon. That would set up a Republican primary next August.

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Wheelchairs in prison
6:56 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Motorized wheelchairs to be allowed in Mo. prisons

(via Flickr/Neil Conway)

Two lawsuits involving the use of motorized wheelchairs in Missouri prisons have been settled.

Jeffrey Rogers and Andrew Madden are inmates at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.  They had filed suit because state Department of Corrections policy only allowed use of manual wheelchairs, and other inmates were assigned to push them around.  Tony Rothert is with the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri.

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Brad Lager / Election 2012
6:02 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Lager enters GOP race for Mo. lieutenant governor

Missouri state Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah.
(via Mo. State Senate website)

Northwest Missouri state Senator Brad Lager has moved quickly to take advantage of an opening in the lieutenant governor's race.

The Savannah Republican announced his candidacy for the state's No. 2 executive on Monday, just days after Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley announced he was dropping out of the lieutenant governor's race.

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Election 2012
4:57 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

GOP chances of winning Mo. offices in trouble, Mizzou prof. says

(via flickr/D.H. Parks)

A political observer says Republicans in Missouri may have already blown their chances to win state-level statewide offices next year.

The Secretary of State’s race is the only one with any major GOP contenders (State Senators Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer, and House Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller), following Steven Tilley’s departure from the Lt. Governor’s race.  Current Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) still hasn’t announced whether he’s running for governor.

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Tilley for Lt. Gov. / Election 2012
10:12 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Republican Tilley drops out of Mo. lt. gov. race

Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley, who announced today that he is dropping out of the 2012 lieutenant governor's race.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

(Click on the link to hear Marshall Griffin's exclusive interview with Tilley)

The only major Republican contender in the Missouri Lt. Governor’s race has dropped out.

Steven Tilley of Perryville made the surprise announcement today (Thursday) to fellow House Republicans and to the media.  He says he made the decision after realizing that he wants to be a normal person again.

“It wasn’t in my heart to do it, I just didn’t have the fire in the belly," Tilley said.  "I started out because I wanted to do it, but I’ve sacrificed a lot to myself financially and to my family, and I’m comfortable…it’s a load off my shoulders and I’m excited to move into a new chapter.”

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911 communications
5:17 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

911 hearings conclude at Mo. Capitol

"Doc" Kritzer, a Callaway County commissioner, tells the 911 Access committee that upgrades are needed to emergency communications systems across Missouri.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A Missouri House committee has wrapped up a series of hearings on improving 911 communications systems used by emergency responders.  Supporters of proposed upgrades admit, though, that they have a hard case to sell to both politicians and the public.

Lawmakers and local-level officials at today's meeting stressed the need to use 911 systems that can integrate text messaging and even video communications.  “Doc” Kritzer is a county commissioner from Callaway County.

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Jeff Gettys / Jay Nixon
1:44 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Agency paid for Mo. gov's travel aide

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 1:47 p.m.

One of the newest members of Gov. Jay Nixon's staff is a former University of Missouri football player who has been accompanying Nixon on almost all of his travels.

State personnel records show Jeff Gettys officially began work in Nixon's office last month. A Nixon spokesman says Gettys performs logistical and operational duties for the governor's office.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show Gettys was regularly traveling with Nixon as early as July, when his salary was being paid through the Department of Economic Development.

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Mo. Governor's race
5:25 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Still no major GOP candidate for Mo. Governor

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

Election Day 2012 is just under a year away, and there’s still no major Republican challenger to Democrat Jay Nixon in next year’s Missouri Governor’s race.

GOP Lt. Governor Peter Kinder still has not announced his intentions, despite raising over a million dollars for a potential gubernatorial run.  Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  He says allegations about Kinder’s past visits to a strip club may have harmed his ability to financially keep pace with Nixon.

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Missouri's Minimum Wage
4:24 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Mo. ballot measures seek to increase minimum wage

(via Flickr/bigburpsx3)

Missouri voters could be asked next year to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25.

The secretary of state's office on Tuesday approved the summaries on two initiative petitions, meaning proponents can begin collecting signatures to get the measures on the 2012 ballot.

Missouri's minimum wage currently matches the federal requirement of $7.25 an hour.

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Mo. veterans honored
6:10 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Silver Star banners awarded to 4 Mo. veterans

(l-r) David Mauldin (Vietnam), Don Hentges (Vietnam), Gov. Jay Nixon, Wilburn Rowden (WWII), and Roger Stottlemyre (Vietnam). Nixon awarded the four veterans with Silver Star banners at a ceremony at the Mo. Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Four mid-Missouri veterans today were awarded Silver Star banners at the State Capitol, in honor of their past military service.

Among them was 88-year-old Wilburn Rowden of Jefferson City, a World War II vet who served as a radio operator onboard a B-17 bomber.  His plane was shot down over Germany, and he spent the rest of the war as a POW.

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