Politics & Issues

August 5 Primary
2:19 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Transportation Tax Proposal And Schmitt Benefit From Deluge Of Donations

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The first week of July has been a boon for the main group campaigning for the proposed transportation sales tax on the Aug. 5 ballot and for just-announced Republican state treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt.

In the last 24 hours alone, Missourians for Safe Transportation & New Jobs Inc. has collected at least $410,000 – much of it from road construction firms and related unions.

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Politically Speaking
11:41 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Politically Speaking: Hot August Primary And Hot (Or Not) Prospects For Nixon, McCaskill in 2016

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week the trio discusses the two hottest issues on the Aug. 5 ballot – the contest for St. Louis County executive and the proposed sales tax hike for transportation.

We also talk about an article in the nonpartisan National Journal that considers two major Missouri Democrats as potential presidential alternatives to Hillary Clinton.

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Aug. 5 Primary
12:35 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Missourians Living Overseas, Or In The Miltary, Can Now Register and Vote Online

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Missourians living overseas – including those in the military – can now register to vote and get their absentee ballots online through a new secure website set up by the secretary of state’s office.

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Priest sex abuse
12:10 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

St. Louis Archdiocese, Plaintiff Reach Settlement In Case Of Doe Vs. Ross

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Updated with comments from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, additional information about pending civil cases.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis settled a civil case Monday in which a young woman accused a former priest of raping her – and the archdiocese of putting her and other children at risk by moving the priest from parish to parish. 

Jury selection was scheduled to get underway Monday morning in the case of Jane Doe 92 vs. Ross. The terms of the settlement are confidential. 

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On The Trail
5:24 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is supporting a non-binding ballot initiative to raise the Land of Lincoln's minimum wage. He said the initiative may help move the issue forward in the Illinois General Assembly.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin knows firsthand the difficulty in getting a minimum wage increase passed through a legislative body. 

The Illinois Democrat was unsuccessful in getting the U.S. Senate to increase the federal minimum wage this year. Even if Senate Republicans hadn’t filibustered that effort, it would likely have gone nowhere in the GOP-controlled House.

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Commentary
9:10 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Editor's Weekly: St. Louis Websites Show The Strengths Of Citizen Journalism

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We celebrate America’s birth on July 4. But 238 years after the Declaration of Independence, our democracy, like any living thing, still needs care and feeding. Part of that responsibility falls to journalists, and this Editor's Weekly often focuses on our role. But there’s more to the news ecosystem than professional journalists.

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Missouri General Assembly
4:11 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Nixon Signs Bill To Expand Access Of Heroin Antidote To First Responders

Heroin in powder and pill forms
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Missouri state Rep. Dave Hinson has seen first-hand what a lifesaver a heroin antidote can be.

Hinson, R-St. Clair, is a paramedic based in north St. Louis County. Just recently, he said, he used the antidote to save the life of a homeless man at a Metrolink stop who had apparently overdosed on heroin.

“It’s pretty simple to identify a heroin overdose, with the pinpoint pupils,” said Hinson. If the antidote is given soon enough – before the user has stopped breathing for several minutes – the effects of the heroin can be swiftly reversed.

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Missouri Budget
4:07 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Missouri Ends Fiscal Year With Less Income Than Expected, Threatens Spending Plans

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After months of roller-coaster finances, the state of Missouri is ending up its fiscal year with an overall decline compared to a year ago.

And Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration fears that the slowdown may continue – especially if the General Assembly overturns his vetoes of various tax cuts.

Monday’s final day of the state’s 2014 fiscal year found the state’s final general-revenue tally to be three percent below what had been projected – about $240 million short. That shortfall had prompted Nixon’s last-minute round of budget cuts about a week ago.

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2016 Elections
2:59 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Area State Senator Announces GOP Bid For Missouri Treasurer In 2016

Eric Schmitt
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Missouri state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, has changed his expected political plans by announcing Wednesday that he’s running for Missouri state treasurer in 2016.

Schmitt had been a key player in the last two GOP legislative battles for tax cuts -- one successful, and one not.

Schmitt, a lawyer, is the first from either major party to officially announce for state treasurer, which will be up for grabs in 2016.  Democratic incumbent Clint Zweifel can’t run for a third term because the office, along with governor, is limited to two terms.

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Abortion
1:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Nixon Vetoes Bill Mandating 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

Jay Nixon
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(Updated 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have tripled the state’s waiting period for an abortion to 72 hours, saying it reflected  “a callous disregard for women who find themselves in horrific circumstances.”

The governor noted in Wednesday’s veto message that the bill, HB 1307, had no exceptions for rape or incest.

“This extreme and disrespectful measure would unnecessarily prolong the suffering of rape and incest victims and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of women,” Nixon said Wednesday.

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