Politics & Issues

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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4:46 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Southern Illinois Congressman Enyart Looks To Spur Biofuels In Air Force

Rep. Bill Enyart (right) with his agriculture advisor, Mike Campbell.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart is announcing new legislation to support biofuels used in the military.

At a Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville research center, the first-term Democrat outlined his legislation, which would incentivize the use of biofuels in the Air Force through competitive research grants.

Speaking next to leaders of farm and ethanol groups, Enyart announced the legislation just a couple miles from Scott Air Force Base.

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Tax cut bill/veto session
6:52 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

GOP Dissenters On HB253 Say They're Not Afraid Of Consequences

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Some of the 15 Missouri Republican House members who voted against overriding a veto of a controversial tax cut bill say they're not worried about any negative fallout or consequences they may face.

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Mo. State Budget
6:25 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Mo. Gov. Nixon Releases $215 Million For State Needs; GOP Lawmaker Accuses Him Of 'Bullying'

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D).
Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released just over half of the $400 million he withheld earlier this year from Missouri's current state budget.

In a press release, he announced that $215 million will be divvied up among K-12 schools, higher education, mental health programs and specific programs for training health care professionals in southwest Missouri.  Nixon released the money Thursday, one day after Republican lawmakers failed to override his veto of a controversial tax cut bill.

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Politically Speaking
5:33 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Politically Speaking: Veto Session Review

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, we take a look at the just concluded veto session, and break down the key bills and votes. We discuss the income tax cut bill's failure, as well as who gets the credit or blame. Then we discuss the nullification bill -- as well as the Doe Run bill and the other nine veto overrides.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Gun Laws
12:39 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Vetoed Missouri Gun Bill At A Glance

(via Flickr/kcds)

Today’s veto session includes a look at a bill impacting Missouri gun laws. 

Here's a quick overview of the bill: 

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MO Statehouse
11:15 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Live Blog & Round-Up: Missouri Veto Session 2013

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

From gun control to a controversial tax cut, this year's veto session in the Missouri Legislature was one to watch.

We had a live blog during all of the developments, which you can read through still below our summaries. Here are a few things to take away:

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Teacher Tenure
7:19 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Joint Mo. House/Senate Committee Examines Teacher Tenure

The Joint Committee on Education meets Sept. 10, 2013, to discuss teacher tenure.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A joint Missouri House/Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on whether the state's teacher tenure system is working.

Among those testifying was Mark Van Zandt, General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  He says tenured teachers can be held accountable under the current system.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Discussion: What To Expect During Missouri's 2013 Veto Session

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

Missouri lawmakers will convene Wednesday for their annual veto session. Governor Jay Nixon vetoed 29 bills this year, including at least two bills that have been the subject of much campaigning and debate. Add in a Republican-led General Assembly, and this year's veto session has the potential to be of greater consequence than most.

St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin and Chris McDaniel have been covering the veto session, and gave host Don Marsh an overview of what to expect this year.

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