Politics & Issues

Medicaid expansion
8:14 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Alternate Medicaid Proposal Heard By Mo. House Committee

Mo. House Committee on Govt. Oversight and Accountability meeting on March 25th, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Supporters and opponents spent several hours Monday testifying on an alternate Medicaid proposal being floated by House Republicans.

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Politically Speaking
3:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Politically Speaking: Prop P, MOSIRA, and McCaskill's Book

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Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

On this week's episode: We discuss the conservatives on both sides of Prop. P, the court rulings while the Missouri legislature is on vacation, and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill's new book.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Audits
12:37 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Open Records Problems Cited In Audits Of Missouri General Assembly

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

A new audit of the Missouri state House and Senate knocks both chambers for their failure to comply with portions of the state Sunshine law.

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Kevin Keith
2:58 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

MoDOT Director Stepping Down

MoDOT director Kevin Keith (left) has resigned. He'll be replaced on an interim basis by Dave Nichols (right), the department's chief engineer.
(photos from the Missouri Department of Transportation)

The director of the Missouri Department of Transportation has abruptly stepped down.

Kevin Keith submitted his resignation to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today. He'll take a medical leave of absence and retire on July 1.

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Illinois Prisons
9:26 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Quinn Defends Prison Director's Reappointment

Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is defending his decision to reappoint the director of the state's prison system to a second two-year term.

Republicans have criticized Corrections Director S.A. "Tony" Godinez for prison overcrowding and understaffing. But Governor Quinn, a Democrat, says Godinez has done a good job leading the department.

"They understand the importance of public safety for everyone. For the prison guards, for the public, and for the inmates, and Tony understands that, and he's going forward," Quinn told reporters.

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Illinois Pensions
9:25 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Ill. Senate Passes Pension Overhaul For Some Teachers

Credit (Flickr/ Jason Dunnivant

The Illinois Senate has passed a pension overhaul, but it only affects suburban and downstate teachers. It doesn't touch state employees' and university workers' retirement benefits.

The measure was approved by the Illinois Senate and forces teachers to choose between taking a reduced pension, or retaining access to state-backed health care upon retirement.

It took two tries, passing only after Democratic Senator Dave Koehler of Peoria switched his vote.

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Sequester
3:07 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Sequester Won't Stop Tuition Help For Military Students At Webster, Lindenwood Universities

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Members of the military enrolled at two St. Louis-area universities will continue to get a break on their tuition, despite the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester.

Four of the five branches of the military suspended future grants earlier this month to meet the sequester requirements - but Lindenwood and Webster universities say they'll use their own resources to replace the federal tuition assistance program. 

Here are a few fast facts about what's involved:

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MO Statehouse
11:40 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Mo. Auditor Questions Welfare Expenses In Audit

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Updated 2:48 p.m.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is questioning millions of dollars of welfare payments made to low-income residents.

Schweich released an annual audit Tuesday examining Missouri's use of $12.7 billion of federal funds during the 2012 budget. He raised concerns about $68 million of expenses, mainly through programs run by the Department of Social Services.

(We have the full audit for you below)

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O'Fallon City Council
9:48 am
Mon March 18, 2013

O'Fallon City Council Measure Would Invalidate Federal Gun Control In Town

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The city council in a St. Louis area town is considering a bill that would declare any federal, state or local laws prohibiting guns to be in violation of the U.S. and Missouri constitutions, rendering them invalid in the town.
 
The measure has been proposed in O'Fallon. The Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis reports it could be the subject of a vote on March 28.
 

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McCaskill Pay Cut
5:02 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Sen. McCaskill Promises To Take Pay Cut

Credit (Senator McCaskill's Flickr Account)

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she will take a cut in pay as a show of solidarity with those federal workers who face furloughs due to the sequester.

McCaskill and Senator Bill Nelson of Florida have proposed a bill that would reduce congressional salaries once the furloughs begin. McCaskill says she wants to hold lawmakers accountable for not coming up with an alternative to the sequester as a means of cutting federal spending.

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