Politics & Issues

Boeing/Special session
3:58 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

STL-Area Union Leaders Agree To 24-Hour Shifts & No Overtime As Part Of Boeing Bid

Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has announced an agreement with St. Louis-area labor unions leaders designed to further entice Boeing into awarding its 777X contract to Missouri.

Nixon told reporters during a conference call Tuesday that leaders from three construction union groups have all committed to a 24-hour work schedule with no overtime pay, while constructing the facility where the new passenger jet is to be built.

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Boeing/Special session
9:53 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Missouri Special Legislative Session Underway

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri's special legislative session kicked off late Monday afternoon, as lawmakers officially began work on Governor Jay Nixon's (D) proposal to land Boeing's contract to build the 777X passenger jet.

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Politics
5:33 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Mo. State Rep. Steve Webb Resigns After Accusations Of Stealing

State Rep. Steve Webb (D, North St. Louis County)
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications/cropped by St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri state Rep. Steve Webb has resigned following charges of numerous campaign finance violations earlier last month.

The Florissant Democrat was charged with a felony count of stealing and seven misdemeanor counts of campaign finance violations.

The felony charge is for stealing and alleges that Webb solicited a $3,000 donation that was supposed to be used for a Legislative Black Caucus reception. The charges allege Webb put the money in his personal bank account.

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Special Session Begins Monday With Hopes Of Winning Boeing’s 777X

jimbowen0306 Flickr

A special session of the Missouri legislature will get underway this evening with the hopes of bringing thousands of new jobs to the state.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon will ask the GOP-controlled House and Senate to approve up to $150 million in annual tax breaks and economic incentives to lure Boeing into building its new 777X passenger plane in Missouri.

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Special session/Boeing
2:10 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Gov. Nixon Calls Special Session In Attempt To Land Boeing Contract

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has called lawmakers back to Jefferson City for a special session in an attempt to win a contract from Boeing to build the company 's 777X passenger jet.

Missouri's regular session for 2014 begins in just over a month, but in a press release issued today, Nixon says holding a special session is necessary because Boeing's deadline for proposals is December 10th.

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Thanksgiving Day Shopping
6:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

St. Louis-Area Lawmaker Plans To Try Again To Ban Mo. Retailers From Opening On Thanksgiving Day

State Rep. Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart)
Mo. House Communications

Today is Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year.  But many large retailers were open yesterday, on Thanksgiving.

One Missouri lawmaker wants to limit that.

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Politics
12:35 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Deal Reached To Solve $100 Billion Illinois Pension Crisis

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Will be updated.

A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says legislative leaders have reached a deal to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis.

Steve Brown says he was told of the agreement following a leaders meeting Wednesday.

Brown says the speaker's staff is putting together an "explanatory memo" for lawmakers and will send details of the proposed legislation to them Friday.

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Politics
9:15 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Gov. Nixon Reiterates Support For Boeing To Choose St. Louis, But No Special Session Yet

Nixon, speaking at the podium for Progress 64 West.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is continuing to voice his support for Boeing to choose St. Louis as its location to produce its new commercial aircraft, the 777X.

Boeing is shopping for a new location after a disagreement with the Machinists union in Washington. The company and has since met with governors in numerous states. Nixon met with Boeing last week, and said he will work quickly with the state’s legislative leaders to craft a proposal to lure the aerospace company.

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Chris Nicastro
5:18 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Two Mo. Lawmakers Call on DESE Commissioner Nicastro To Resign

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro
(Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Two members of the Missouri General Assembly are calling on Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Chris Nicastro to resign.

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Politically Speaking
4:47 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Politically Speaking: House Investigations, Execution Controversy And A Transportation Tax

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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