Politics & Issues

Second Amendment
5:56 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Koster Opposing Bill That Could Nullify Federal Gun Laws In Mo.

Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster.
(Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is siding with fellow Democrat, Governor Jay Nixon, in opposition to legislation that would challenge the federal government's ability to enforce federal gun laws in Show-Me State.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Quincy's Tracy Picked As Dillard's Ill. Gubernatorial Running Mate

Republican State Rep. Jil Tracy of Quincy, Ill.
(Illinois General Assembly website)

Reporting from Tri-States Public Radio's Jason Parrott.

State Senator Kirk Dillard has selected a west-central Illinois lawmaker to join him on the ballot in his bid to be the state’s next Governor.

State Representative Jil Tracy stood before a crowd of about 150 in Quincy, Ill.'s Washington Park and accepted Dillard’s request to run as lieutenant governor.

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Tax cuts
4:35 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

No Support Yet For A Mo. Special Session On Tax Cut Legislation

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

So far, there has not been a ground swell of support for the idea of a special legislative session in Missouri to pass an alternate version of the tax cut bill vetoed earlier this year by Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Politics
2:40 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The Syria Situation: A Conversation With Wash. U Expert

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the developing situation in Syria on August 30, 2013.
(State Department Video)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that 1,429 Syrians were killed by chemical weapons in an attack by the Assad regime on August 21.

While Kerry said the question is not over evidence but what the United States and the international community will do about it, President Barack Obama said he had made no decisions yet.

Professor Krister Knapp, a senior lecturer in the Department of History in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, says if the president asks Congress to weigh in, he may not get the support he wants.

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Tax Cuts
7:07 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Sponsor Of Vetoed Mo. Tax Cut Bill Calling For Special Session Next Month

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The lead sponsor of a Missouri income tax cut wants Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special session so lawmakers can address some of the governor's concerns about the bill (HB253).

Republican House member T. J. Berry, of Kearney, said Thursday that he wants Nixon to call a special session to run concurrently with the veto session scheduled to start Sept. 11.

Nixon vetoed 29 bills this year, including Berry's bill cutting income taxes. Republican legislative leaders hope to override the veto.

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Executions
6:42 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

ACLU Seeks To Block Mo. Executions By Disqualifying Anesthesiologist

(via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

The American Civil Liberties Union hopes to block two executions in Missouri this fall by seeking to disqualify the anesthesiologist used by the Department of Corrections.

Jeffrey Mittman is Executive Director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.  He says the American Board of Anesthesiology has recently adopted the same standards used by the American Medical Association, meaning that they cannot participate in ending someone's life.

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Politically Speaking
1:06 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Politically Speaking: Steve Tilley On His Time In The House, Becoming A Lobbyist And More

Steve Tilley on Politically Speaking.
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.

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MLK anniversary
5:25 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ceremony At Mo. Capitol Marks 50th Anniversary of MLK's 'I Have A Dream' Speech

A ceremony on the South Lawn of the Mo. Capitol on Aug. 28, 2013, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

An estimated 200 people braved the heat and humidity to gather outside the Missouri Capitol and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered during the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963.

Several speakers took turns reading portions of King's famous speech, including the Reverend James Howard Jr. of Jefferson City.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, 'we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,'" Howard said as he quoted King.

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Economy
8:14 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Governor Nixon Fights Against Perry Radio Ad

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon is taking action against a radio ad in which Texas Governor Rick Perry encourages Missouri businesses to leave for his state.

Nixon’s campaign committee is running an ad that defends Missouri as a better place to do business than Texas on St. Louis radio station KTRS. The station previously refused to run Perry's ad. 

New State Laws
5:48 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Most Of Missouri's New Laws For 2013 Take Effect Wednesday

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

August 28 arrives on Wednesday, meaning dozens of new state laws will take effect in Missouri.

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