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.
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.
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.
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.
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.