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Medicaid
6:18 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Mo. Senate Panel Hears From Backers And Opponents Of Medicaid Expansion

The Mo. Senate Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation and Reform meets at the State Capitol on Aug. 14, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City.  

Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Louis-based physician working with Sisters of Mercy.  He told the panel that Medicaid needs to be expanded to make up for the pending loss of federal reimbursements to hospitals, known as DSH payments ("dish").

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Politics
4:34 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Republicans Step Up Attack On Income Tax Veto

Rep. Rick Stream (left) and Sen. Eric Schmitt (right) after Gov. Nixon's press conference.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Republicans are stepping up their attacks against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that he says would cut revenue to the state by more than $700 million. The Democratic Governor has been touring the state with that message, hoping to sway lawmakers to sustain his veto.

After several initial supporters of the bill dropped their backing, Republicans are beginning to push back more forcefully, with GOP members showing up to Nixon’s press conferences.

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Politically Speaking
1:29 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Politically Speaking: Rep. Diehl On The Income Tax Cut Bill And Veto Session

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: Mo. House Majority Leader John Diehl joins us to discuss the vote count on the controversial income tax cut bill, as well as what veto session is shaping up to look like on a variety of other bills (Doe Run, the so-called gun nullification bill, and Agenda 21). We also discuss Diehl's race against fellow Republican Rep. Caleb Jones for the Speaker's gavel.

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Campaign Finance
2:17 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Major Donor Sinquefield Files Suit Against Contribution-Limiting Amendment

Missouri's biggest political contributor is fighting against a constitutional amendment that would severely limit his power.

Libertarian multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield and one of his lobbyists, Travis Brown, filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jason Kander and Auditor Tom Schweich, arguing that a proposed ballot initiative violates their right to free speech.

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Politically Speaking
10:42 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Politically Speaking: Colona On Gun Nullification, Anti-Discrimination Laws And More

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: Missouri Representative Mike Colona joins us to discuss the income tax bill's merits and chances of becoming law, as well as the nationally-covered gun nullification bill. We also discuss the Senate's movement on legislation to add sexual orientation and gender identity to anti-discrimination laws, and Colona shares a story of what it's like to be a gay man in a conservative legislature.

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Politics
10:35 am
Fri August 9, 2013

President Obama Holds Press Conference

President Obama speaks with the press on August 9, 2013.
(via White House video stream)

Updated 2:56 p.m. & 3:01 p.m. This event has now concluded. Thank you for joining us.

President Obama held his first "full" press conference since April today.

NPR has a full recap of Obama's remarks on The Two-Way.

We had live video for you here (event has since concluded).

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Politics
9:59 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kinder: Right To Work Likely To Go To Mo. Ballot

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews)

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is predicting that voters will get a chance to decide whether to make Missouri the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law.

Kinder said while attending a Chicago conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that he believes fellow Republicans in the Legislature will refer the measure to the ballot next year.

The measure would prohibit union membership or fees from being a condition of employment in Missouri.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Mo. Auditor Has Good News For Rockwood Schools, $1.2 Million Still In Question

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich updates members of the Rockwood School District in Eureka on Aug. 7, 2013, on efforts to improve the "Fair" rating the district received this year. Schweich was pleased and said all of his suggested reforms are either in progress or already implemented.
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Following a critical state audit of the Rockwood School District back in February, Missouri Auditor Tim Schweich said Wednesday that the district has made tremendous progress.  His previous audit found the district overpaid a construction company $1.2 million, which is one of   the few issues still unresolved. Schweich recommended a variety of reforms for Rockwood, from fuel usage and inventory policies to program management services. 

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St. Louis on the Air
4:51 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Is The U.S. Poised For Its First Female President? Author Discusses Women In Politics

Hilary Clinton in 2013.
Credit (via Flickr/marcn)

The United States Senate has 20 women in office, a mark never before reached prior to the last election. The top political seats in New Hampshire are all held by women: a female governor, two women in the U.S. Senate and women in both of the state's U.S. House seats.

Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2008 and there is talk of her running again in 2016. Are these signs that America could soon have a woman break the last glass ceiling to executive power or are there still obstacles in the way?

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Politics
11:34 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Quinn: Case Over Lawmaker Pay Could Be 'Landmark'

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Pat Quinn says a lawsuit over his decision to suspend lawmaker pay for failing to act on the state pension crisis will be a "landmark" case.

Quinn attended a court hearing Tuesday involving a lawsuit filed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to force Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks.

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