Politics & Issues

St. Louis County Council
10:24 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Westfall's Approval Brings End To Squabbles Over Police Board Nominations

The St. Louis County Council approved Laurie Westfall's nomination to the county's Board of Police Commissioners.
Credit File photo

The long-running saga to fill the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners ended Tuesday when the St. Louis County Council approved Laurie Westfall’s nomination to the board that oversees the St. Louis County Police Department. She is the widow of former St. Louis County Executive Buzz Westfall. 

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Politics & Issues
12:32 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Political Rundown: From Washington To Kabul, With A Stop In Jefferson City

We're used to seeing photos of American soldiers and leaders in Afghanistan, but images of individual Taliban fighters are rarer.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Defense

Politics can be a 24/7 occupation, as anyone with a cell phone, computer or cable subscription knows. It's not hard to find political news, commentary or just plain rants. They are everywhere. Sometimes it takes a little more digging to find the context, perspective or background on major issues of the day.

Once a week, our political team would like to share stories that gave them insight into the news of the day or perhaps just some reading pleasure.

Parallel universes

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Gun Control Nullification
8:17 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri House Gives Gun Control Nullification Bill First-Round Approval

Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to its version of the gun control nullification bill, but not before softening the language a bit.

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Tax Cuts
7:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes $620 Million Tax Cut Bill

Credit Flickr/David_Shane

The Missouri Senate passed a tax cut bill, after two different versions were blocked by Republicans who opposed a compromise between the GOP sponsor and Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

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Military
3:14 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Zweifel Issues Report To Shore Up Missouri's Military Infrastructure

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel issued a report on how to improve Missouri's military infrastructure.
Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel issued a report aiming to shore up the state’s military installations and contractors.

The report comes several months after Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Zweifel to head the Missouri Military Partnership, an initiative to bolster defense installations throughout the state. Missouri is home to several major military bases, including Whiteman Air Force Base in western Missouri and Fort Leonard Wood in mid-Missouri.

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Scams Update
10:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Fraudsters Target Netflix Users And People Who Don’t Owe Jury Duty Fines

Credit sxc.hu | creationc

Reporting on scams is like pulling weeds. Report on one, and two new ones pop up in its place. Here are some new scam alerts for area residents:

The Jury Duty Scam

A person pretending to be a St. Louis police officer has been calling St. Louis residents and claiming they missed jury duty, according to the St. Louis Circuit Court of Missouri.

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Bureaucracy
10:28 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Commentary On Lessons From The ZMD: Efficiency And Accountability Don’t Work Well Together

Woodrow Wilson
Credit Harris & Ewing White House portrait

American governmental structure began to take on its present form during the Progressive Reform Era, 1900-1915. Progressives decried the waste and corruption in government at all levels and desired professional administration based on fixed principles.

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Politics & Issues
10:26 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Quinn’s Tax Refund Plan Locks Out Most Illinois Renters

(Flickr/Charleston's TheDigitel)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to give Illinois homeowners’ a guaranteed $500 property tax refund could leave most renters out in the cold, according to tax experts and renters’ rights groups.

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Rory Ellinger
8:30 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City
Credit Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

  Legislation to expand legal protections in Missouri for breast-feeding moms is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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On The Trail
11:00 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Republicans Vie To Keep Control Of Democratic-Leaning District

Republican Jay Ashcroft fills out the necessary paperwork to run for the 24th District Senate seat. The son of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's first electoral bid won't be easy.
Courtesy of Jay Ashcroft

While Jay Ashcroft, the son of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, was always interested in politics, he also said he didn’t consider it “the highest calling.”

“My highest calling in life is to be a good husband to my wife and to be a good father for my kids," said the attorney and engineer from unincorporated St. Louis County. “In the last couple of years when I’ve seen how government has been working at the state level and unfortunately not always working, I kept coming around to the conclusion that I need to be part of the solution.”

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