Politics & Issues

2014 Budget
11:07 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Nixon Freezes $400 Million From State Budget

Gov. Jay Nixon has frozen $400 million from the state budget that takes effect July 1.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:55 p.m. with quotes from Gov. Nixon, Budget Dir. Luebbering, and several GOP legislative leaders.

Citing concerns that lawmakers will override his veto of an income tax bill, Governor Jay Nixon (D) announced today that he's frozen more than $400 million in spending from the state's budget for next year.

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Dept. of Revenue/Conceal Carry
5:34 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Cole Co. Judge Quashes Subpoenas Served To Nixon Admin. Officials Over Document Scanning

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

One day after a Missouri House committee issued subpoenas to several members of Governor Jay Nixon's (D) administration, a Cole County judge has issued a preliminary order blocking the subpoenas.

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3:13 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

US Education Secretary In St. Louis, Discusses Student Loans Doubling, Early Childhood Education

Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Federal student loan interest rates will double in the next few days, unless Congress can agree on a solution.

Republicans are adamant that the rate be linked to the financial markets, while Democrats would like Congress to set the rates. The prospect of a last-minute compromise seems unlikely.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in St. Louis Thursday, and told reporters that lawmakers are working on a compromise.

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11:33 am
Thu June 27, 2013

McCaskill: There Is No 'War On Men'

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Missouri's Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, wrote a response to a series of Wall Street Journal columns alleging she was "criminalizing male sexuality" in her efforts to restrict sexual assault in the military.
After Air Force Capt. Matthew Herrera was court-martialed and convicted of the aggravated sexual assault of a female second lieutenant, his conviction was reduced by Lieutenant General Susan Helms to an indecent act. Helms- who did not watch the trial-was reportedly urged by her own legal adviser to reject the request to dismiss the sexual assault verdict.
11:08 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Lamping On His Filibuster, Tax Credits And Ethics Reform

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

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.

On this week's episode: Missouri Senator John Lamping (R) joins as a guest, and discusses how he got into politics (and went to college with Michelle Obama). Lamping also discusses his filibuster against the transportation sales tax, his plans for ethics reform next session, and the prospect of him running for his seat again.

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Missouri Supreme Court
6:38 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Mary Russell To Become Chief Justice Of Mo. Supreme Court Next Week

Mo. Supreme Court Judge Mary Russell. Russell will begin a two-year term as Chief Justice on July 1, 2013.
Mo. Supreme Court

Judge Mary Russell is set to become Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court next week.

The Hannibal native has sat on the state's highest court since 2004, and previously served on the Appeals court for Missouri's Eastern District.  Russell lists the expansion of specialty courts as one of her top priorities for her two-year term.

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3:39 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Increases To Drivers License Fees

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announces his veto of Senate Bill 51 in St. Louis, Mo., on June 26, 2013. The bill would have increased an array of licensing office fees for Missouri drivers.
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri drivers will not see their license fees double. Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have increased an array of fees at your local license office.

Under the bill, the costs of registering a vehicle would have gone up by $1.50. It also would have doubled the application fee for titles and obtaining or renewing a driver's license.

The bill was projected to raise $22 million annually, but Nixon in St. Louis Wednesday said it didn't specify the improvements that would be made using the money.

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MO Statehouse
3:17 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Mo. House Hearings On Driver's License Document Scanning Controversy Begin

Jackie Bemboom (seated, at microphone) head of the Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle and Driver’s License division, testifies at the Missouri Capitol on June 26, 2013.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 4:38 p.m.

A Missouri House committee formed to investigate the Department of Revenue’s scanning of driver’s license applicants’ documents has begun two days of hearings into the controversy.

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2:21 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'Sagging Pants Bill' Supporters Say The Style Has Medical Repercussions

(via Flickr/tobyotter)

Members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen debated a bill that would place a fine on sagging your pants in public.

The Public Safety Committee spent about an hour and a half debating the much-publicized bill's merits. A big focus was on sagging’s supposed impact on health.

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Illinois Politics
2:08 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Bill Brady Announces Third Bid For Illinois Governor

Illinois State Sen. Bill Brady.
(Brady for Illinois via Wikimedia Commons)

Will be updated.

State Sen. Bill Brady is making a third bid to be Illinois governor.

The Bloomington Republican writes on his campaign website Tuesday that he isn't giving up on Illinois despite the state's serious fiscal challenges. He plans to formally announce the move Wednesday at appearances across the state. He'll start in Chicago and end the day at a Bloomington restaurant.