Politics & Issues

Same-Sex Marriage
4:42 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Illinois Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

via Flickr/BluEyedA73

Will be updated.

Illinois is now the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage. 

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Wednesday in Chicago that makes the state the largest in the Midwest to legalize gay weddings. The law takes effect in June when county clerks can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Illinois allowed civil unions in 2011, but it was a bumpy road to same-sex marriage in President Barack Obama's home state.

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Politics
1:03 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

McCaskill Amendment On Sexual Assault In The Military Faces Competition In The Senate

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.
(via Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill’s amendment to the Defense Authorization Act that was designed to protect victims of sexual assault is facing competition from a fellow democrat.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is author of an amendment that takes sexual assault cases out of the military chain of command and into the hands of military lawyers. 

McCaskill said Gillibrand’s amendment would give military prosecutors too much influence over sexual assault cases, which could be bad for victims. 

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Medicaid
9:23 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Meeting Between Nixon & GOP Chairmen On Medicaid In Jeopardy

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A scheduled meeting between Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) and Republican legislative leaders over Medicaid reform is now in jeopardy because of a disagreement over the meeting's location and format.

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Medicaid
6:48 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Pilot Program For Medicaid Proposed Before Interim Mo. House Committee

The Mo. House Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation meets at the State Capitol on Nov. 19, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Another proposal for revamping Missouri's Medicaid system was heard Tuesday before a House interim committee examining ways to reform the system.

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Lethal Injection
4:41 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Mo. Carries Out Execution After Court Vacates Stays

Joseph Paul Franklin.
(Missouri Department of Corrections)

Update 7:52 a.m 11/20/13:

Missouri carried out the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin a little after 6 a.m. He was put to death after courts overturned Tuesday's stays of execution.

Yesterday, two federal judges issued stays of execution.

The judges took issue with how the state was getting its lethal injection drug from a secret source not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and questioned whether the inmate was mentally competent to be executed.

The state of Missouri, led by Attorney General Chris Koster, appealed quickly.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Better Together? St. Louis City And County Look At Reuniting

Credit (Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

A new coalition called Better Together launched an effort today Tuesday to study whether St. Louis city and county should re-unite.

Yet coalition members were quick to explain they’re not advocating for a merger.

"We are not advocating reentry. We’re not advocating merger," said former Ambassador George Herbert Walker III, who is chairman of the group. "We’re just saying let’s get all the data together and then as a group decide what is best for St. Louis and the city of St. Louis at this time."

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Lethal Injection
1:06 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Timeline: A Recent History Of Missouri's Execution Process

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/California Department of Corrections)

(Last updated Jan. 30, 2014)

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Execution
4:16 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Missouri Gov. Denies Clemency For White Supremacist

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has refused to halt the execution of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, calling his crime in Missouri a "cowardly and calculated shooting."

Nixon's office announced the decision Monday afternoon.

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Politically Speaking
10:24 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Politically Speaking: Rep. Stream On Possible School Transfer Changes, Medicaid's Expectations

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

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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Same-sex Marriage
2:48 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Same-Sex Married Couples Living In Mo. Will Be Able To File Joint State Tax Returns

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D).
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has issued an executive order directing the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) to accept jointly filed state income tax returns from same-sex married couples living in the Show-Me State.

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