Politics & Issues

Politics & Issues
5:35 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

State Audit Calls For Closer Scrutiny Of Low-Income Families On Aid

State Auditor Tom Schweich issued an audit of all state spending fueled with federal money; the Department of Social Services came under the most criticism.
Provided by the auditor's office

The Missouri Department of Social Services is the target of most of the criticism in state Auditor Tom Schweich’s latest audit of all state spending fueled with federal money.

Schweich’s report, released Monday, states that the department has failed to fix a problem cited in the last three audits. Auditors had determined that the Department of  Social Services has failed to document that some low-income families are eligible for the federal aid they’ve been receiving.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:58 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Legal Roundtable: Schlafly Family Trademark Dispute, Illinois Eavesdropping Law, Etc.

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

Much is made these days of creating a personal brand. But what happens when a family name has multiple associations? Saint Louis Brewery, maker of Schlafly beer, would like to trademark the Schlafly name. Political activist Phyllis Schlafly objects, saying the Schlafly name stands for conservative values. Who has the stronger legal case?

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Politics & Issues
3:54 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Nieves Files For Franklin County Recorder of Deeds

Brian Nieves
Credit (Missouri House of Representatives website)

State Sen. Brian Nieves may be quitting Jefferson City, but he’s not quitting politics.

Nieves, R-Washington, filed Monday for Franklin County recorder of deeds. He’s among four Republicans and one Democrat seeking to succeed incumbent Sharon Birkman, who is not seeking re-election.  The Republicans will compete in the August primary.

The post pays $67,215 a year.

En route to Jefferson City, Nieves confirmed via text that he had filed for the job. He said he would have additional comments later.

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Politically Speaking
2:39 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Politically Speaking: Rep. Luetkemeyer On Political Past, GOP Role And Odd Re-Election Opponents

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  

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This week the Politically Speaking crew (minus Chris McDaniel) welcomes U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer to the show. The St. Elizabeth Republican’s sprawling district extends into St. Charles, Franklin, Lincoln and Jefferson counties, as well as mid-Missouri outposts, such as Jefferson City and the Lake of the Ozarks.

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1:52 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Durbin Wants To Put Georgia On Pathway To NATO Membership

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, wants to offer the Republic of Georgia a "memorandum of understanding" to join NATO. While that wouldn't constitute full membership, Durbin says it could serve as a way to build up that country's military.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has been supportive of how the U.S. froze bank accounts and barred visas of Russian officials over that country’s action in Ukraine.  

But the Illinois Democrat wants to send a stronger message to Russia by taking initial steps to admit the Republic of Georgia into NATO.

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St. Louis County Executive Race
11:30 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Stream Files For St. Louis County Executive

Rick Stream
Credit (via Rick Stream for State Representative)

(Updated 1 p.m. Monday, March 24)

As expected, state Rep. Rick Stream filed Monday morning for St. Louis County executive – tossing a new element into what already had become a volatile contest.

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8:11 am
Sun March 23, 2014

St. Louis Nonprofit Highlights New Disability Employment Rule

Credit (via Flickr/GIANTsqurl)

Disability rights advocates in St. Louis are highlighting new federal rules that aim to open more job opportunities to people with disabilities. Starting Monday, federal contractors are required to work toward a goal of 7 percent disabled employees in their workforce.

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is about twice that of other adults.

David Newburger, co-founder of the Starkloff Disability Institute, says many employers are still hesitant to hire people with disabilities because of some common misconceptions.

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Politics & Issues
4:16 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Bachmann Calls For GOP To Repeal Obamacare, Block Immigration Changes

Michele Bachmann
Credit Wikipedia

Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann — a favorite of the national tea party movement — was in the St. Louis area Saturday to exhort fellow social conservatives to continue their fight against President Barack Obama, whom she characterized as weak overseas and a dictator at home.

Speaking at a packed Eagle Forum luncheon in Ladue, Bachmann predicted that American voters will respond this fall by putting Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate so that the president’s policies — especially the Affordable Care Act — can be blocked and repealed.

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Politics & Issues
5:46 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Proposed Loop/Forest Park Trolley Project Snags $25 Million Federal Grant

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

The federal government has awarded a $25 million “urban circulator grant’’ for the planned trolley system that would run from University City’s Loop district through Forest Park.

The grant was among only five awarded nationally, and would cover more than half the cost of the estimated $43 million project.

“This really is an exciting honor for the entire St. Louis region, more than Forest Park and The Loop,” said Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill and the Moonrise Hotel, in a statement. Edwards had first proposed the project 17 years ago.

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Missouri Senate
3:50 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

House Speaker Jones Drops Bid For Senate; Will Cunningham Jump In?

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (at mike) at a press conference earlier this year.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has announced that he’s not running for the Missouri state Senate – setting the table for a possible candidacy by former state Sen. Jane Cunningham.

Jones and Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, have been touted as likely candidates after state Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, made the surprise announcement that he’s not seeking re-election to his 26th District seat.

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