Politics & Issues

8:20 am
Fri April 26, 2013

McCaskill Holds Up Air Force Promotion Over Sexual Assault Case

Claire McCaskill is delaying the promotion of an Air Force lieutenant general because of the officer's decision to overturn a sexual assault conviction.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has halted the nomination of an Air Force lieutenant general who's been tapped to be the vice chairman of U.S. Space Command.

McCaskill said in a statement on Thursday that she wants more information about Lt. Gen. Susan Helms' decision last year to overturn a jury conviction in a sexual assault trial. 

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Gun Possession
6:19 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Mo. House Passes Bill Allowing Guns In Parked Cars On Business Property

via Flickr/ Foxtongue

The Missouri House has passed yet another bill that expands the rights of gun owners, less than 24 hours after passing legislation aimed at blocking the federal government from enforcing federal gun laws in the Show-Me State.

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Tax Cuts
2:02 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Mo. House Sends Amended Income Tax Cut/Sales Tax Hike Back To Mo. Senate

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed a Senate bill that would overhaul the state’s income and sales taxes, but not before making a few changes.

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1:33 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Alternate Medicaid Proposal Dead For 2013 Mo. Regular Session

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

An alternate Medicaid expansion bill that contained some reforms sought by Missouri House Republicans is all but dead this year.

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2nd Amendment vs. Gun Control
12:26 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Mo. House Passes Bill Criminalizing Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws

(via Flickr/ M Glasgow)

The Missouri House has passed legislation that declares any future federal ban on semi-automatic weapons or large capacity clips is "unenforceable" in Missouri.

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Politically Speaking
4:48 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Politically Speaking: Budget Talks, Reed And Slay's Sparring, and Akin's 'Comeback'

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: The happenings in the Missouri legislature, Reed and Slay's renewed back-and-forth, the possibility of an #AkinComeback, and McCaskill's involvement in a South Carolina race.

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4:26 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill In Agreement On Internet Sales Tax

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) is one of many co-sponsors of a bill that would allow states to collect sales taxes for online purchases.

Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state.

As NPR's Planet Money puts it:

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MO Statehouse
4:17 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. Dept. Of Social Services To Scale Back On Welfare Contract

Mo. House Republicans speak to reporters about changes being made by DSS to a program to move state welfare recipients to federal disability.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced it will scale back on its participation in a contract to move welfare recipients onto federal disability.  Republicans at a House committee hearing this week expressed concerns that shifting recipients from a state-run program that requires employment to a federal one that does not could leave them permanently trapped in poverty. 

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Conceal Carry
7:23 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Legislation Transfering Conceal Carry Process From DOR To Local Sheriffs Endorsed By Mo. House

via Flickr/Foxtongue

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would overhaul the state’s conceal carry process.

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Missouri State Budget/Conceal Carry
5:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Mo. Senate GOP Aims At Driver's Licenses, Hits Boats & Mobile Homes Instead

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri senators trying to target budget cuts at the agency that issues driver's licenses may have instead blocked funding for the registration of boats and mobile homes.

The Senate passed a budget plan late Monday that eliminates the entire $3.5 million allotment for the Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing Division.

During debate, senators said the proposed cut could halt the issuance of driver's licenses. They described it as negotiating leverage to get additional information from state officials about the data collected from driver's license applicants.

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