Politics & Issues

3:02 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Employees Protest Government Shutdown In St. Louis

(Kate Essig/St. Louis Public Radio)

“No shutdown, let’s work!"

This was the anthem of protestors demonstrating today in front of the Federal Center in St. Louis. The protest, comprised of federal employees and their supporters, was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees in response to the shutdown’s effect on furloughed government workers.

Beyond the loss of wages for government employees, protestors also criticized the shutdown of some government services. 

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11:54 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Mo. Education Leader Says Student Transfer Law Will Financially Cripple Unaccredited Schools

The Joint Committee on Education meets at the Mo. Capitol on Oct. 1, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A joint House-Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on the effects of Missouri's school transfer law, which allows students from unaccredited K-12 schools to transfer to nearby accredited districts.

The 5 1/2-hour hearing kicked off with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Chris Nicastro telling the committee of the dire situation facing the state's unaccredited school districts.

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Budget Withholds
3:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Withheld Appropriations

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that auditor Tom Schweich could not file a lawsuit challenging $170 million withheld from the 2012 budget.
(via Flickr/David_Shane)

Missouri auditor Tom Schweich had no authority to challenge Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to withhold about $170 million from the budget for fiscal year 2012 before the spending plan actually went into effect.

That was the ruling today from six of the justices on the Missouri Supreme Court. Judge Paul Wilson did not participate.

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1:46 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Bruno Mars, Beverages And (More) Baseball: Lobbyists Gave $100K In Gifts To Mo. Lawmakers Over Break

Bruno Mars.
(via Wikimedia Commons/MyCanon)

Missouri legislators took in about $100,000 in gifts from lobbyists during the summer legislative break. In total for this year, lobbyists have spent $850,702 to try to sway public policy.

If the gifts continue, it's likely to reach $1 million by the end of the year.

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9:00 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Conservatives Rally At CPAC St. Louis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry at CPAC 2013.
via Flickr/Gage Skidmore

Thousands of conservatives attended CPAC St. Louis on Saturday to listen to more than 40 conservative leaders and rising stars. There were a number of last-minute speaking cancellations for the conference. Members of the US House had to stay in DC to work on a fix to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri also cancelled, saying he was working on a deal even though the Senate wasn’t in session. That decision drew the ire of many conservatives.

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Export Missouri
3:42 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Gov. Nixon Unveils New Resources For International Trade

Gov. Jay Nixon announces an additional $2.3 million in resources for Missouri exporters on Sept. 27, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Businesses that want to expand to new international markets or start exporting their goods for the first time are getting a boost from Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

Nixon announced his "Export Missouri" initiative in St. Louis on Friday, at a luncheon honoring 20 years of the World Trade Center - St. Louis. The new program uses $2.3 million in state funding to open new trade offices in Canada and southeast Asia; offset the costs to companies of international trade shows or trade missions; and new online resources.

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6:42 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Mo. House Committee Kicks Off Series Of Medicaid Hearings

The Mo. House Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation holds the first in a series of meetings on Sept. 26, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A series of hearings by state lawmakers into Missouri's Medicaid system has begun.

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Politically Speaking
5:10 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Politically Speaking: Mayor Slay On A Gun Court, City Entering County And Northside Regeneration

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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St. Louis on the Air
1:33 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Prominent Regional, National Conservatives Headed To CPAC St. Louis This Weekend

Rick Perry at CPAC 2012.
(via Flickr/markn3tel)

St. Charles will host numerous prominent conservatives on Saturday, as part of CPAC St. Louis. CPAC is an event for members of the GOP to rally and speak to their base -- and, of course, to posture for presidential and other political aspirations.

2012 Presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Rick Perry will be speaking, as will Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Speaking with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh, Brownback said a GOP candidate that speaks to true conservatives is more likely to win in 2016.

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Govt. Efficiency
7:11 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

House Interim Cmte. Wants Detailed Budgets Of Every State University In Missouri

Mo. House Interim Committee on Government Responsiveness & Efficiency meets at the Mo. Capitol on Sept. 25, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Members of a Missouri House interim committee tasked with improving government efficiency complained Wednesday about not having access to the full budgets of any of the state's universities.

The committee was examining the Department of Higher Education.  Republican committee member Kathie Conway of St. Charles says the department's annual budget requests to the Governor's office do not contain line-by-line expense requests she says the committee needs to do its job.

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