Politics & Issues

Downsizing State Govt.
7:35 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Downsizing State Government Tour Ends At Mo. Capitol

The Mo. House Interim Committee on Downsizing State Government holds its final hearing at the Mo. Capitol on July 18, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee looking at ways to downsize state government wrapped up its three-day tour across the state with three meetings Thursday, in St. Joseph, Columbia, and at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Expect to see a lot of ads leading up to September, paid for largely by one man. Libertarian Rex Sinquefield has given nearly $2.4 million to groups backing a possible cut to Missouri's income tax.

In response, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has gone on the offensive, attacking the income tax bill and defending his veto.

Speaking in St. Louis to the Regional Chamber, Nixon said it is a "fiscally irresponsible experiment that didn't work in Kansas and won't work here."

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Reporter Shield Bill
8:44 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Blunt Among Senators Proposing New Reporter Shield Law

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) is among the Senators proposing a new reporter shield law in Congress.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A bipartisan group of senators is pressing forward with a reporter shield bill that includes new Justice Department guidelines for investigations that involve the media.

The guidelines announced Friday would make it harder for prosecutors to obtain journalists’ phone records without advance notice. Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says the new bill will make it much more difficult for political appointees to stop reporters from doing their job.

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Veto session
6:58 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Vetoes By Nixon Set Table For Hectic Mo. Veto Session In September

(l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka), Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) & Gov. Jay Nixon (D) at the 2013 State of the State Address.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's record number of vetoes this year is expected to set up a very busy and hard-fought veto session this September.

According to the Associated Press, the Democratic Governor struck down 29 of the 145 non-budgetary bills sent to him by the Republican-dominated House and Senate.  Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Touring Committee Seeks Ways To Downsize Missouri State Government

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

An interim committee kicked off its statewide tour in St. Louis County on Tuesday, gathering small business owners and other citizens to voice their ideas for ways to shrink Missouri's government.

The "Missouri House Committee on Downsizing State Government" is chaired by Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Franklin County).

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Chronic Wasting Disease
7:34 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Are Mo. Deer & Elk Threatened By Chronic Wasting Disease? Mo. House Committee Begins Hearings

A deer runs for cover with white tail in the air.

A Missouri House interim committee heard testimony Monday on whether Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, poses a grave threat to the state's white tail deer and elk populations.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Ill. AG Madigan Says She Won't Run For Governor, Will Seek Re-Election

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
(via Flickr/SenRockefeller)

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for Illinois governor next year.

In a Monday statement the Chicago Democrat says she's been considering the decision for months but that she enjoys her current job.  She says she considered the gubernatorial run because of the "need for effective management" and frustration from others about a lack of movement on major issues.

Madigan hadn't given any hints about her decision, telling reporters earlier Monday that she was still thinking it over.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Governor Quinn Visits Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

Ill. Governor Pat Quinn visits the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in East St. Louis July 15, 2013. The bridge is scheduled to open March 2014.
(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Monday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn paid a visit to the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in East St. Louis.

Quinn said the bridge will reduce congestion and pollution and praised the jobs the project has created. He also hopes the project nurtures a positive relationship between Missouri and Illinois.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Enyart Seeking Re-Election To House's 12th District

Rep. Bill Enyart.
(via Enyart's campaign)

A freshman Democratic congressman for southwestern Illinois' 12th Congressional District says he'll be running for a second term.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Rep. Bill Enyart's office made the announcement Monday, just six months into his first term.

Enyart is a Belleville attorney who last November won the seat long held by Democrat Jerry Costello, who retired after more than two decades in office.

The 12th Distict stretches from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.

Politics
12:13 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

GOP's Dillard Officially Enters Ill. Governor's Race

Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard.
(via Illinois Senate website)

Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard has launched his 2014 campaign for governor outside his childhood home in Chicago.

Dillard lost the 2010 GOP primary to state Sen. Bill Brady. Dillard says he's learned lessons since then.

He's billing himself as a good candidate because he's a suburban Chicago politician with downstate votes.

Dillard trails other Republican candidates in fundraising, including venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.

But Dillard says he'll be able to raise what he needs and is announcing his bid this time with more money than 2010.

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