Politics & Issues

2016 Campaign
4:19 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Kinder To Seek A Fourth Term As Lieutenant Governor

Peter Kinder
Credit (file photo: UPI)

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder appears ready to bolster his standing as the longest-serving person in that office, as his campaign confirms he plans to seek a fourth term in 2016.

“As of right now, he plans to run for re-election in 2016,’’ a spokesman said Tuesday.

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Death Penalty
2:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Missouri Sets Execution Record With 10 In One Year

Early Wednesday morning, Missouri set a record for its number of executions in a year.

Paul Goodwin was the 10th man executed, more than any other year since the death penalty was reinstated in the state.

Goodwin was put to death for sexually assaulting Joan Crotts, a 63-year-old widow, and then killing her with a hammer in 1998 in St. Louis County.

In denying clemency, Gov. Jay Nixon referred to the crime as "brutal" and "senseless."

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2:47 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Nixon Promotes Tolls Along Interstate 70 To Pay For Improvements

A section of Interstate 70 in mid-Missouri
Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for state highway officials to examine the possibility of imposing tolls on parts of Interstate 70 – and to report back to him before the end of this month.

In a letter sent Tuesday, the governor told the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission that he wanted them to report by Dec. 31 on “analyzing and providing options for utilizing tolls to improve and expand I-70 and to free up resources for road and bridge projects throughout the state.”

Nixon noted that the newest parts of I-70 in Missouri “are 50 years old.”

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Priorities, Problems
12:18 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Ferguson Commission: Meet The Members

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, swears in the members of the commission.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

(Updated with new interviews)

Three hundred people answered Gov. Jay Nixon's call to apply for the Ferguson Commission. Of those applicants and others, the governor selected 16 and announced their names on Tuesday. The group includes teachers, attorneys, community organizers, law enforcement officials and protesters from across the region. It has nine blacks and seven whites; six women and 10 men.

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Police-Citizen Relationships
12:48 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Dotson Faces Antagonism During Ferguson Commission Meeting In Shaw

Two members of the audience yell at St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, who faced some ire from the crowd during the second meeting of the Ferguson Commission.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

At the second meeting of the Ferguson Commission, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson was supposed to make a multi-faceted presentation on policing – and what changes were being contemplated for his department.

But Dotson’s plans changed in a hurry. He faced intense public antagonism at Monday’s meeting, which focused on the relationship between citizens and police.

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Proving Civil Rights Violations
10:50 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Police Use Of Force: How Did We Get Here And Where Can We Go?

The laws governing how much force police are allowed to use has had a long, circuitous history.
Credit Flickr | Quinn Dombrowski

Second of two parts.

Even though a St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the case against Wilson is not entirely closed. The U.S. Department of Justice is also conducting an investigation into the Aug. 9 incident.

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St. Louis On The Air
1:28 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Former DEA Agent Details Undercover Career

'The Dark Art: My Undercover Life in Global Narco-Terrorism' by Edward Follis

As Mark Twain said, truth is stranger than fiction. Ed Follis, a former Drug Enforcement Administration undercover agent has shared some true but larger-than-life stories in his book, “The Dark Art: Inside the World’s Most Dangerous Narco-Terrorist Organization.”

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Campaign 2016
12:52 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Sinquefield Sets Record With $1 Million Donation To Potential 2016 Candidate

Rex Sinquefield
Credit Courtesy of Rex Sinquefield's web site

(Updated 2:50 p.m. Tues., Dec . 9)

Wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield appears to have made his choice for Missouri’s next lieutenant governor:  Bev Randles, chairman of the Missouri Club for Growth.

Sinquefield is backing up his support with a $1 million check into Randles’ newly created exploratory committee, set up Monday. Randles says she will spend months talking to fellow Republicans to decide whether she has adequate support for a 2016 campaign.

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Police Supporters
8:34 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Group Burns Rams Gear, Boycotts Team Over Players' Hands Up Gesture

Paul Eaton of Piedmont burns a Rams sweatshirt during an event calling for a boycott of the team on Sunday in Imperial.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

With the televisions at Gators South Beer and Wine Garden in Imperial set to anything but the Rams game on Sunday, Cathy Brown of St. Charles was tossing two Rams hats into a fire pit out on the bar's back patio.

"They are on their way to burning," she said, lobbing a Santa hat bearing a Rams logo on the pile. "Good-bye."

Brown was one of at least two dozen people who came to the bar to burn their Rams gear, as part of an event organized by a group of supporters of former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson and law enforcement.

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Police Use of Force
9:13 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Why It's So Hard To Hold Police Accountable For Excessive Force

The grand jury decisions not to indict police involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York sparked nights of protests. Here, protesters gathered on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
Credit Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

First of two parts.

Two grand juries in two very different cases have refused to indict white police officers for the deaths of two black men. As a result, many people are wondering if it's possible to hold police officers accountable for use of deadly force.

State and federal laws could be reformed to make it easier to punish police officers who misuse deadly force, but legal experts say those changes would face political hurdles and an unfriendly U.S. Supreme Court. 

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