Politics & Issues

Peter Kinder
10:32 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Kinder to reimburse state for hotel costs

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is firing back at accusations by Democrats that he’s using taxpayer money to fund an “extravagant lifestyle.”

The Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the Republican Lt. Governor had charged taxpayers $35,050 for hotel stays in the St. Louis area over the past five years, while attending political and sporting events, parties, and a wedding.

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
3:17 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Mo. Senate panel OKs new congressional districts

A close-up of the congressional district map approved by a Missouri Senate committee today. Missouri's congressional districts are being redrawn to reflect population counts from the 2010 U.S. Census. See the full map via the link in the story below.
Mo. Senate

A Missouri Senate committee today released and voted to approve its proposal to redraw the state’s congressional districts.   

The Senate map is similar to the House map, as both split up the district represented by Democrat Russ Carnahan among four other districts, three of which are currently represented by Republicans.

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Missouri Tax Revenue
2:30 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Mo. tax revenues up 6.5 percent through March

(via Flickr/MoneyBlogNewz)

Missouri's tax revenues are up 6.5 percent with only one-quarter of the budget year to go.

Figures released Monday by the state Office of Administration show the growth fueled by stronger individual and corporate income tax collections than during the 2010 fiscal year. A decline in tax refunds also has contributed to the growth in state revenues.

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Redistricting maps released
7:02 pm
Sun April 3, 2011

Mo. House committee releases alternate redistricting map

The redistricting map proposed by Mo. House Democrats.
Mo. House of Representatives

A Missouri House committee tasked with redrawing the state's congressional districts has released an alternate map submitted by Democrats on the committee.

The first map, favored by the committee's Republican majority, was made public last Wednesday.

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Missouri unemployment benefits
5:29 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Nixon criticizes Mo. Senate for blocking federal dollars

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) criticizes the GOP-led Mo. Senate for not passing unemployment benefits and federal school funds.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon took the Republican-led Missouri Senate to task today for blocking federal aid for public schools and thousands of unemployed workers.   

Jobless benefits end Saturday for 10,000 of out-of-work Missouri residents because a group of Senators, led by Jim Lembke (R, Lemay), has been blocking the enabling bill.  Lembke says they’re sending a message that Washington needs to rein in spending.

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Missouri Campaign Contributions
4:30 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Mo. measure proposed to limit campaign donations

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

An effort to cap campaign contributions to candidates in Missouri has moved one step forward.

The secretary of state's office on Friday approved a summary for a proposed ballot measure. That clears the way for supporters to begin collecting the more than 91,000 signatures needed to put the question to voters in 2012.

The proposal would bar candidates from accepting more than $5,000 per donor for each election.

Missouri's campaign finance laws have undergone numerous makeovers in recent years.

REDISTRICTING MAPS RELEASED
6:22 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Negative feedback for Mo. House committee's redistricting map

A statewide map showing a Mo. House committee's proposed redistricting plan.
Mo. House Communications

A State House committee’s plan to redraw Missouri’s congressional districts is drawing fire from both urban and rural residents and from both political parties.

The state is losing a seat in Congress based on the latest U.S. Census figures.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
5:49 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Extended unemployment benefits ending this weekend for Missourians

Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, on April 13, 2010.
(via Flickr/ FiredUpMissouri)

Extended unemployment benefits will end this Saturday for thousands of Missourians after the state Senate failed to reauthorize participation in a federal program.

St. Louis County senator Jim Lembke led the effort to block the 20-week extension of federal unemployment benefits, filibustering the legislation along with three other Republican senators.

Lembke said he did so in order to send a message to Washington that the federal government needs to rein in its spending.

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Redistricting Maps Released
6:57 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

First Mo. congressional redistricting maps released

This view shows the St. Louis-area districts in more detail (Digital copies of the maps were not available at press time).
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A GOP-chaired House committee on redistricting has released the first map showing how Missouri’s congressional districts may soon look.

Missouri is losing a seat in Congress, dropping from nine to eight, based on figures from the 2010 census.

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State of Missouri Budget
2:02 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Mo. House passes $23B budget for next fiscal year

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri’s state budget for next year has been passed by the State House

The $23 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2012 holds current K-12 funding levels in place while cutting funds for higher education by seven percent.

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