Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse
7:06 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. Senate holding "Rebooting Government" meetings

For the second year in a row, the Missouri Senate is seeking direct public input for ways to, in its words, "reboot government."


Senate members are holding seminars this week to discuss the ideas sent in via email.


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MO Statehouse
2:28 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. House OKs measure criticizing health care law

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 House has passed a resolution urging state officials to join a multistate lawsuit challenging the federal health care overhaul and calling on Congress to repeal the law.

The House approved the resolution Tuesday on a vote of 115-46.

The resolution also urges Missouri's attorney general to defend a voter-approved law that bars the government from requiring people to have health insurance or penalizing them for not having it. The federal law requires that most people have health insurance or face penalties starting in 2014.

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Recount Bill
11:31 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. bill lowers threshold for election recounts

Did your favorite Missouri candidate lose a close election?

Well, a southern Missouri lawmaker wants to make it harder for close-election losers to get an automatic recount.

Currently, candidates for public office in Missouri can request a recount if they lose by less than 1 percent point of the total vote.

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MO Statehouse
3:47 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Tom Schweich sworn in as Mo. State Auditor

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich is sworn into office by Judge Gary Gaertner Jr. of the Eastern District State Appeals Court. Holding the Bible during the ceremony are Schweich’s daughter Emilie and son Tom Jr. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri has a new State Auditor.

Tom Schweich was sworn in today during a ceremony inside the State Capitol Rotunda. 

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MO Statehouse
4:19 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

St. Louis lawmaker seeks to block pay raises for judges

Legislation that would block pay raises for judges in Missouri has been introduced in the State Senate.


The raises were recommended by a special commission to bring salaries for state judges closer to their federal counterparts.


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Judicial Pay Raises
1:29 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Mo. lawmaker Lembke trying to block judicial pay raise

Republican Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, on April 13, 2010. (via Flickr/ FiredUpMissouri)

The Missouri state budget is already due for more cuts this year, and that's the reason Republican Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, cites for filing a resolution to block a recommended pay raise for judges.

The Associated Press reports that "Judges have argued for several years that higher salaries are needed to persuade qualified people to serve as judges instead of working as private-sector attorneys where they might earn more money."

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MO Statehouse
6:53 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Tea Party rally at Mo. State Capitol

Lawmakers weren't the only ones filing into the Missouri Capitol today.


Around 200 people attended a Tea Party rally inside the Capitol Rotunda.  Most of the speakers sounded off on national issues, primarily taxes and the Democratic agenda.


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MO Statehouse
5:38 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Mo. General Assembly begins 2011 session

Lawmakers in the Missouri House of Representatives greet each other as the 2011 session opens. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri General Assembly has begun its annual legislative session in Jefferson City.

New Republican leaders in both chambers emphasized job growth as their top priorities.

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MO Statehouse
6:48 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Missouri business interests release 2011 legislative agenda

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Business interests in Missouri have outlined what they want from lawmakers during the 2011 legislative session, which begins tomorrow.


Their requests include increased protection from lawsuits, changing worker compensation laws, and freezing corporate franchise taxes.


 


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MO Statehouse
4:29 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Supporters of Richard Clay ask Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon to halt his execution

Kiefer Clay, son of Mo. death row inmate Richard Clay, reads a statement asking Gov. Nixon to spare his father's life. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

The family of Missouri death row inmate Richard Clay and an anti-death penalty group are asking Governor Jay Nixon to halt Clay's scheduled execution next week.

Clay was sentenced to die for the 1994 shooting death of Randy Martindale in New Madrid.  But his supporters say authorities arrested, tried and convicted the wrong person.

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