Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse
7:32 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Mo. House to debate drug testing bill this week

State Rep. Ellen Brandom (R, Sikeston)
Mo. House of Representatives

The Missouri House is expected to debate legislation this week that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients in Missouri.


The bill would target applicants and recipients of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) who are classified as work-eligible.

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MO Statehouse
5:43 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Mo. House members propose education reforms

(l-r) State Rep. Tishaura Jones (D, St. Louis), Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R), State Rep. Scott Dieckhaus (R, Washington, Mo.)
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Republican and Democratic House members gathered today to unveil several proposals they say will improve K-12 education in Missouri.

The idea getting the most attention is school choice - allowing students from failing school districts to transfer to better-performing schools statewide.

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Mo. Voter ID
5:07 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Attorney vows challenge if Mo. enacts voter ID law

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

An attorney who successfully challenged Missouri's photo ID law for voters in 2006 plans a new legal argument if the requirement is revived.

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MO Statehouse
4:59 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Nixon talks education with reporters

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address, spent some time today discussing education issues with reporters. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon spent a few minutes with reporters in Jefferson  City today, answering questions about education and other topics.

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MO Statehouse
4:09 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Labor union opposes Nixon's job cut proposal

At least one labor union that represents state workers in Missouri is lashing out at Governor Jay Nixon's plan to eliminate more than 860 state jobs.

Nixon made that announcement during Wednesday's State of the State Address.

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State of the State
10:31 am
Thu January 20, 2011

2011 Missouri State of the State Address

As seen through a door, Mo. Governor Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Represenatives chambers at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on January 19, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon is calling for cuts to higher education, fewer state jobs, and holding public school funding at its current level in his proposed state budget for next year. But he kept his State of the State Address upbeat while acknowledging that Missouri is still in a financial hole.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports.

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State of the State
11:35 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Missouri State of the State Highlights

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon smiles as he is introduced before delivering the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Represenatives chambers at the Statre Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on Jan. 19, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Tonight Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon gave his annual speech to the Missouri General Assembly - the State of the State address. 

We'll have a full report from our statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin tomorrow during Morning Edition, but here are the highlights of tonight's event and corresponding issues, along with key points from the Republican response given by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

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MO Statehouse
4:50 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Mo. House committee votes to allow local control of St. Louis Police Dept.

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police displayed on a patrol vehicle. (St. Louis Public Radio)

A Missouri House committee has voted in favor of legislation to give St. Louis control over its police department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.

Those arguing in favor of local control say it's past time for St. Louis to regain authority over its police force.

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Health Care Law
2:35 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Mo. lawmakers urge AG Koster to join health care suit

(Mo. Atty. General's Office)

Missouri lawmakers are urging Attorney General Chris Koster to challenge the federal health care law.

The Republican-led Senate passed a resolution Wednesday asking the Democratic attorney general to either file his own lawsuit, join a suit by other attorneys general or join a suit filed by Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

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MO Statehouse
7:41 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Mo. House leaders target Nixon's travel billing

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) at a press conference at the Mo. Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House leaders from both political parties are targeting Governor Jay Nixon's practice of having various state agencies pay for his travel expenses.

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