Politics & Issues

Politics & Issues
2:33 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

McCaskill Will Decline Federal Subsidy For Her Health Care Coverage

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she will buy her health insurance on the federal exchange but will not use the federal employer subsidy.
(via Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Updated at 1:43 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 12

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says she’ll go online within a week to sign up for health insurance on the federal exchange – but she won’t be taking the federal subsidy to help cover the cost.

“I’m not going to take the ‘employer contribution,’ “ McCaskill told Missouri reporters during a conference call Wednesday, referring to the federal government’s share of the health insurance premiums for all federal employees.  She added that her staff will take the subsidy, as most other federal employees will do.

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On the Trail
9:26 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Are State And Local Governments Ready For Their Closeup?

Aldermen Antonio French is seeking to videotape or transcribe various meetings of city of St. Louis boards and committees. That would include Board of Aldermen committees, like the one pictured in this photo.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio) / St. Louis Public Radio)

Alderman Antonio French is sponsoring legislation to require videotaping or transcribing various meetings and hearings in city government. French is one of several people seeking to use the web to make government more transparent to the public. 

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French knows something about putting a camera in the face of government. 

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Politics & Issues
10:21 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Legislative Black Caucus Angry With Nixon Over Low-Income Housing Cuts

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis.
Credit Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus is seeking a meeting with Gov. Jay Nixon because of the group’s ire over an apparent deal to trim the state’s low-income tax credits that the governor struck in order to win General Assembly approval of a proposed tax-credit package to entice Boeing.

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, made public late Tuesday a copy of a letter that she sent to Nixon on behalf of the caucus.

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St. Louis County Council
9:44 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Dooley And Quinn Clash After Council Sinks Police Board Nominee

Former Metro CEO Robert Baer, left, listens in with members of the St. Louis County Council during the council's Committee of the Whole. The council defeated Baer's nomination to the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners.
Credit (Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis County Council sunk former Metro chief Bob Baer’s nomination to the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners. 

And while the council approved former Hazelwood Mayor T.R. Carr’s nomination on Tuesday to provide the beleaguered panel with a long-sought quorum, Baer’s defeat sparked an angry verbal skirmish between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Councilman Greg Quinn.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:04 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Islamophobia: A Discussion About The Causes And Possible Solutions

The executive director of CAIR-St. Louis, Faizan Syed, addresses the crowd at an interfaith service on the Archgrounds.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A 2013 report from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) identifies a network of 37 organizations that systematically promote anti-Muslim sentiment in America through prejudice, fear and hatred. CAIR calls it Islamophobia.

According to tax filings analyzed by CAIR, this network had access to nearly $120 million between 2008 and 2011.

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Politics & Issues
1:56 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Nixon Signs Bill To Entice Boeing To Choose St. Louis

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

After calling a special session last month, Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill Tuesday to lure Boeing to choose St. Louis as the location to build its new commercial aircraft: the 777X.

Now the decision is up to the aerospace giant.

About a dozen other states are vying for Boeing’s thousands of jobs, after the company announced it was looking for a new location following contract disagreements with Seattle’s machinist union.

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Death Penalty
8:58 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Missouri Carries Out Execution After Supreme Court Removes Stay

(via Flickr/Joe Gratz)

Updated 11:05 pm 12/11/13

Late Wednesday evening, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a stay of execution for Missouri inmate Allen Nicklasson. Shortly later, the Department of Corrections carried out the execution.

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Fulton State Hospital
6:07 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Nixon Unveils Plans To Pay For New Fulton State Hospital

Aerial view of Fulton State Hospital, 1934.
Craig C. Chapman/Cx3 Photography

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released plans to fund construction of a new state psychiatric hospital in Fulton.

Nixon says his state budget for the next fiscal year (FY 2015) will include a bond issue designed to generate roughly $200 million to help cover the projected $211 million price tag.

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Politics / Boeing
3:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

States Compete To Woo Boeing

Floor of the Missouri House shortly after the passage of the Boeing incentives bill on Dec. 6, 2013. (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:56 am

Tomorrow is the deadline for states to get their proposals to the Boeing corporation about what kind of incentives they’ll offer to get the aircraft giant to build its next generation jetliner, the 777X, in their backyard.

The state of Missouri has been up front in its desire to woo the manufacturer. Governor Jay Nixon convened a special legislative session to get a proposal off to Boeing.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Marshall Griffin of St. Louis Public Radio explains what’s inside.

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Boeing/Special Session
12:33 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Mo. House Passes Boeing Bill, Special Session Ends

Floor of the Mo. House shortly after the passage of the Boeing incentives bill on Dec. 6, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed the Senate version of the Boeing incentives bill, bringing a quickly-called special session of the legislature to a quick close.

The measure would provide roughly $1.7 billion in tax breaks over a 23-year period to Boeing to expand its St. Louis facility and build its 777X passenger jet there.  Perhaps the most enthusiastic endorsement on the House floor came from State Representative Steve Lynch (R, Waynesville), who also owns a furniture store.

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