Politics & Issues

Federal Health Care Law
4:39 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Kinder Blasts 'Obamacare' One Week Before Mo.'s Federal Health Exchange Opens

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) blasted President Obama's (D) Affordable Care Act Monday, just over one week before Missouri's federally-run health insurance exchange is scheduled to open for business.

Kinder told reporters during a conference call that he hopes Missouri residents without health coverage will opt not to use the exchange.

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1:59 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

After Unconventional Election, Illinois' Davis Going For Second Term In Congress

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) on Sept. 23. Davis has announced he's running for re-election.
(Sean Powers/WILL)

Reporting from WILL's Sean Powers and WGLT's Charles Schlenker.

Congressman Rodney Davis has announced that he’s running for re-election next year. The Taylorville Republican kicked off a campaign tour Monday across the 13th Congressional District, with his first stop in Urbana. 

See the bounds of the 13th via Govtrack:

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10:55 am
Fri September 20, 2013

President Obama Pressures House GOP In Visit To Mo. Ford Plant

From the President's visit to Knox College a couple months ago.
Screenshot from the White House livestream.


 Speaking outside of Kansas City Friday, President Barack Obama called out House Republicans for their vote on a plan to avoid a partial government shutdown. Obama was in Ford Motor's new stamping plant in Liberty, which is located near the company's assembly in Claycomo.

The House voted to keep the federal government running beyond the end of the month. The catch? It also defunds the Affordable Care Act.

In Missouri, the vote fell across party lines with all GOP members voting for it.

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Tax cut bill/veto session
4:52 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

'Famous 15' To Meet Friday To Discuss Proposals For Tax Bill In 2014

Rep. Lynn Morris (R, Ozark). Morris will be hosting Friday's meeting of the "Famous 15" at Family Pharmacy's corporate offices in Ozark, Mo.
Mo. House Communications

The so-called "Famous 15" Missouri Republican House Members who voted "no" on a controversial tax cut bill during last week's veto session are set to meet Friday to plan their next steps.

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Politically Speaking
1:23 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Politically Speaking: Dempsey On Veto Session And His Consequential Vote On The Gun Bill

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.

On this week's show, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey joins us to give a post-mortem of last week's veto session. The Republican goes into great detail on why he voted against the much-covered gun nullification bill, as well as what we can expect out of next year's session.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Election 2016
3:18 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Kurt Schaefer To Run For Mo. Attorney General

Mo. Senate

State Senator Kurt Schaefer of Columbia has become the first big-name Republican to officially toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 Missouri Attorney General's race.

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7:08 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Mo. State Ed. Board Hears Accreditation Plea From KC; Other Education Requests

Jefferson State Office Building in Jefferson City, home to DESE and the Mo. State Board of Education.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

It was a busy day for the Missouri State Board of Education.

First, the Board heard from Kansas City Public Schools, which is seeking to regain provisional accreditation, citing "rapid improvement."

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4:49 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Following Legislative Success, Lead Company Doe Run Settles Liability Cases

The Doe Run Company

Arguably the most consequential veto that was overridden last week pertained to southeast Missouri's the Doe Run Company. And just two days after the override, attorneys suing the lead giant reached a settlement.

On Friday, Doe Run settled lawsuits by several families alleging their children suffered health problems from lead contamination in eastern Missouri's St. Francois County.

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Illinois Gov. Race
7:11 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Daley Drops Out Of Ill. Gov. Race

Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will not run for Illinois Governor. He made the announcement Monday night.
Credit Brian Mackey, Illinois Public Radio

Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will not run for Illinois governor after all. His campaign says Daley will explain more at a press conference in Chicago Tuesday morning. 

Daley has flirted with running for office before, only to back out.  This time, he insisted he was in it for keeps.

"I'm committed to running for governor," Daley said in a recent campaign video. "There is no exploratory piece in this anymore."

But Monday night, Daley's campaign confirmed he's dropping out of the race. 

In an interview on WGN-TV, Daley explained his decision.

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5:59 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Mo. Congressman Luetkemeyer Speaks Out On Syria & Federal Budget

Mo. 3rd District U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) speaks before a small gathering of business leaders in Jefferson City on Sept. 16, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) is blasting the Obama Administration for the way it's handled the crisis in Syria.

Luetkemeyer spoke Monday before a small group of business leaders in Jefferson City.  He told them that Syrian officials used chemical weapons against their own people because they fear no repercussions from the U.S.

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