Politics & Issues

Politics & Issues
10:41 am
Thu December 12, 2013

U.S. House Passes Budget Deal Amid Calls From Blunt And Others To Ignore Opposition

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is asking the U.S. House GOP delegation from Missouri to ignore outside pressure in budget debate.
(via Flickr/ Senator Blunt)

Updated 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12

By a vote of 332-94, the U.S. House overwhelmingly backed a compromise two-year budget deal Thursday night -- in effect, rejecting pressure from conservative groups staunchly opposed to the measure.

The Senate is expected to swiftly follow suit.

Those in the House backing the bill included U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, who appeared on CNBC's "Kudlow Report" after the vote to laud the budget deal's provisions as "gifts that will keep on giving."

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Politics
4:30 am
Thu December 12, 2013

U. City's Gabe Fleisher Continues To 'Wake Up To Politics'

Gabe Fleisher wears his 'Wake Up To Politics' custom-made shirt.
(Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon)

A lot has happened to 12-year-old Gabe Fleisher in the last year and a half. He’s garnered local and national press attention and recently got to meet one of his favorite historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

His teeth now sport a set of braces with red, white and blue anchors.

It's all part of a day in the life of Gabe Fleisher, political junkie.

In 2012, he was a regular blogger on the Beyond November website, a cooperative effort by St. Louis Public Radio, the St. Louis Beacon and the Nine Network of Public Media to cover the elections.

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St. Louis County Council
8:28 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Judge Orders St. Louis County To Pay $5.9 Million To Trash Haulers

Credit (via Flickr/smcg2011)

A St. Louis County judge ordered St. Louis County to pay nearly $6 million to three trash haulers who lost contracts after the county established trash districts. 

But St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s administration indicated that the county may appeal the judge's order.

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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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