Politics & Issues

Inauguration 2013
5:11 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Slay, Green Take Oaths At City Hall

Mayor Francis Slay delivers his inaugural address on April 16, 2013, just days before becoming the longest-serving mayor in St. Louis history.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis mayor Francis Slay says he's approaching his historic fourth term with "hope and optimism."

Slay and Comptroller Darlene Green took their oaths of office just after noon today at City Hall. He's the first mayor elected to a fourth, four-year term and will become the longest-serving in the city's history at the end of the month. 

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Dept. of Revenue/Conceal Carry
11:24 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Nixon: Scanning, Retaining Of Concealed Carry Documents To End

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 7:04 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Revenue will cease scanning source documents for conceal-carry weapons applicants, also known as CCW’s.  This news comes a day after the resignation of now-former DOR Director Brian Long.

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Gun Violence
10:38 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

SLMPD Chief Dotson Backs Mo. Senate Bill To Create 'Armed Offender Docket' In St. Louis

St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

Legislation being considered by the Missouri Senate would allow the Circuit Court for the city of St. Louis to create a special docket for armed offenders.

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Marijuana possession
6:07 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Reduced Penalties For Pot Possession Sent To Mayor

A marijuana plant.
(via Flickr/Roomic Cube)

Possession of small amounts of marijuana would, under some circumstances be handled by city prosecutors under legislation sent to Mayor Francis Slay today.

Under Ald. Shane Cohn's legislation, first and second-time offenders carrying less than 35 grams of pot would automatically receive a citation and face a maximum $500 fine. It would not apply to those with recent felony convictions, with two or more misdemeanor possession convictions, or if the marijuana possession is part of another crime.

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Dept. of Revenue/conceal carry
2:00 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Brian Long Resigns As Director Of Mo. Dept. Of Revenue

(l-r) Mo. Dept. of Revenue Deputy Director John Mollenkamp and Director Brian Long testify before Mo. House Committee on Govt. Oversight on March 11, 2013. Long resigned April 15th and Mollenkamp is now Acting Director.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has announced that Brian Long has resigned as Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR). The resignation is effective immediately.

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Illinois Unpaid Bills
9:51 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Income Taxes To Cover Millions In Interest For Unpaid Bills In Illinois

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
via Illinois Comptroller website

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the ever-long list of vendors waiting on payments from the state means taxpayers have to pay interest and their money is being "flushed away."

That's according to a story posted online Sunday in the Rockford Register Star. The story is part of GateHouse newspapers' series on Illinois' backlog of unpaid bills.

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MO Statehouse
8:13 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Time Running Short For Mo. Campaign Finance Issues

_J_D_R_ Flickr

Time is running short for any legislative efforts to tighten Missouri's campaign finance rules.

Campaign finance appears to have taken a secondary position at the state Capitol, where the focus has included economic development, taxes and the Medicaid health care program for the poor and disabled. Lawmakers have about a month remaining until their mandatory adjournment.

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6:30 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Mo. House Committee Considers Bill To Revoke Public Assistance To Some Immigrants

Mo. State Rep. Wanda Brown (R, Cole Camp), sponsor of HB 765.
Mo. House Communications
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Right-to-Work legislation
4:54 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

St. Louis NAACP Teams Up With Labor To Fight Right-To-Work Efforts

The St. Louis branch of the NAACP is teaming up with local labor union groups to fight against efforts in Jefferson City to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.

Chapter President Adolphus Pruitt says African-Americans are more likely to be union members than any other ethnicities in the United States, so the partnership makes sense.

“Right-to-work is a problem that exists across the country," Pruitt said.  "It’s trying to rear its ugly head up here in Missouri, (and) we’re gonna find a way to fight it back.”

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Politically Speaking
5:36 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Politically Speaking: DOR Docs, Lobbyist Money And Medicaid

Missouri State Capitol
(KWMU Staff photo)

Jo Mannies is out this week, so we have St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin filling in. Marshall joins Jason Rosenbaum of the St. Louis Beacon and Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the week in politics.

On this week's show: Marshall fills us in on the Department of Revenue debate over conceal and carry documents, we talk about the lobbying money in Jefferson City, and Medicaid expansion's developments in the past week.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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