Politics & Issues

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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Politics
1:15 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Mo. Attorney General Accuses Walgreens Of 'Deceptive Pricing Schemes,' Files Lawsuit

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Updated 5:12 p.m. with comment from Walgreens.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is accusing Walgreens of engaging in false and deceptive pricing schemes, that he said amounts to stealing. In St. Louis Tuesday, Koster announced a lawsuit against the company.

Koster had investigators go to stores across the state, and said they found display tags were often inaccurate, and that membership rewards didn’t always deliver on the price reduction.

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Govt. Efficiency
6:32 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Criticize Requirement That DSS Workers Must Also Provide Voter Registration Services

Mo. House Interim Committee on Government Responsiveness & Efficiency meets at the State Capitol on Aug. 26, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) has again come under the microscope of an interim legislative committee looking into whether state agencies are operating efficiently.

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Tax cuts
7:06 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Coalition Calling For Override Of Tax Cut Veto Brings Tour To Mo. Capital City

Members of the Grow Missouri Coalition include (l-r) Carl Bearden of United for Missouri, Bev Randles of Missouri Club for Growth, and Dan Mehan of the Mo. Chamber.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

While Governor Jay Nixon (D) continues touring Missouri to oppose efforts to override his veto of tax cut legislation, a group of business officials and political activists are trying to rally support for the override effort.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:25 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Senator McCaskill: 'Sexual Assault Reform In Military Before End Of Year'

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
(via Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says one of her priorities when Congress reconvenes in September is to approve legislation reducing sexual assaults in the military.  While McCaskill explained accomplishing the task is a team effort, she said there is one primary disagreement with her fellow Democratic colleagues.          

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillebrand from New York wants to take prosecuting decisions away from commanders while McCaskill, on the other hand, wants it to be handled through the chain of command, with more accountability.

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Economy
3:41 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Kander Slams TX Gov. Perry For Trying To 'Steal' Jobs From Missouri

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).
Office of TX Gov. Rick Perry

Missouri's Democratic Secretary of State is criticizing the Republican Governor of Texas for an ad campaign encouraging Missouri-based companies to relocate to the Lone Star State.

In one ad, Governor Rick Perry criticizes Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's veto of House Bill 253, that would've cut income tax rates for individuals and businesses.

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Politically Speaking
1:43 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Sifton On The Senate's Role In Veto Session, Ethics Reform And More

Sen. Scott Sifton joins the Politically Speaking podcast.
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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Hall of Famous Missourians
5:43 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Public Input Sought For Nominees To Hall Of Famous Missourians

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's induction last year generated lots of controversy and protests.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

After a controversial inductee last year, Missouri residents are being given the chance this year to nominate two of the next three inductees for the Hall of Famous Missourians.

House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) says he made the decision to seek citizens' input, in part, to see if someone who's worthy of induction has been forgotten over time or overlooked.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Nixon Sharply Denounces Bill That Would Allow Some Sex Offenders Off The Registry

Gov. Jay Nixon speaking out against HB 301 in St. Louis.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Updated 8-21-13 4:01 p.m.

In St. Louis Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon sharply criticized a bill he vetoed that would allow juvenile sexual offenders to be removed from the sex offender registry. The Democratic Governor said overriding his veto would undermine public safety and weaken victims' rights.

He stood next to a gallery of mugshots and distributed information on several individuals who could be removed from the website if the bill passes.

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