Politics & Issues

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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State of the State
1:41 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Nixon sets State of State for Jan. 19

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the date of his annual State of the State address today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to deliver his annual State of the State speech on Jan. 19.

The speech is given each year in the House chamber before a joint legislative session. Governors use the speech to outline their priorities, highlight past polices and present their proposed state budget.

Policymakers estimate that Missouri is facing a $500 million budget deficit.

Nixon's speech is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Read last year's state of the state address here for some perspective on where Missouri was on the issues a year ago.

MO Statehouse
11:40 am
Mon January 3, 2011

2011 Missouri Legislative Preview

Marshall Griffin shares what Missourians can expect for this year's legislative session. (Bill Greenblatt/UPI )

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the 2011 legislative session.  There’ll be many new faces, thanks to term limits, along with new leaders for both the State House and Senate.  And Republicans now hold a veto-proof majority in the Senate and fall only three votes short of one in the House.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the major issues they’ll be facing this year.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:07 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

News from 2010 that will shape the future of the region

St. Louis skyline, (via Flickr / Keith011764)

 

The Associated Press recently surveyed a group of Missouri print and broadcast news editors and named the top news story of 2010: The November defeat of longtime 4th District Congressman, Ike Skelton.  But since the end of December is nothing if not a time for thoughtful chin stroking and  list-making, we decided to gather a panel of experts and come up with a list of the year’s biggest news—St. Louis on the Air style.

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