Rex Sinquefield

Politics & Issues
12:19 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Sinquefield Donates $750,000 To End Teacher Tenure

Rex Sinquefield
Credit (UPI file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Financier Rex Sinquefield, Missouri’s largest political donor, has given $750,000 to jumpstart the initiative petition drive for a ballot measure to end teacher tenure.

According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, the money was donated on Christmas Eve to “Teachgreat.org,” the campaign committee set up to oversee the effort.

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Politics & Issues
2:08 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Critics of City-County Merger Launch Effort To Block It

Opponents of any sort of city-county merger say they are organizing to block the effort.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Some opponents of the effort to merge the city of St. Louis with St. Louis County have announced a new group – Common Sense for St. Louis – to fight any sort of ballot measure.

“We’re truly grassroots,’’ said spokeswoman Jennifer Bird. “We’re not funded by a billionaire.’’

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Tax Cuts
7:56 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Missouri Teachers Run Ads Against Tax Cuts

Credit (Flickr/Cast a Line)

A Missouri teachers union says it is spending at least $100,000 on commercials urging state lawmakers to uphold the governor's veto of an income tax cut.

The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association says the TV and radio spots began running Tuesday and will continue for a week. The ads assert the tax cut would benefit "corporate special interests" while "stealing money from our schools."

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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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Politics
4:38 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Expect to see a lot of ads leading up to September, paid for largely by one man. Libertarian Rex Sinquefield has given nearly $2.4 million to groups backing a possible cut to Missouri's income tax.

In response, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has gone on the offensive, attacking the income tax bill and defending his veto.

Speaking in St. Louis to the Regional Chamber, Nixon said it is a "fiscally irresponsible experiment that didn't work in Kansas and won't work here."

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Politics
3:49 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Chappelle-Nadal On Education, Guns, And Sinquefield's $1.3 Million Push

Erin Williams, St. Louis Public Radio.

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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Teacher Tenure
5:57 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Against Missouri Over Language Used In Teacher Tenure Ballot Initiative

(via Flickr/frankjuarez)

A group of educators is suing the state of Missouri over a proposed constitutional amendment requiring tenure for public school teachers be based on performance, not seniority.

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Campaign Finance
6:37 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

GOP Donors In The Giving Mood

Costs of goods and services in St. Louis rose 2.5 percent between the last six months of 2009 and the last six months of 2010 - more than double the national rate. (via Flickr / _J_D_R_)
_J_D_R_ Flickr

Wealthy Republican donors started Christmas early.

Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25 thousand to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday.

Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about 1 and a half million dollars to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.

Nixon was the only major Democrat Humphreys supported.

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legislative spring break
7:42 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Mo. lawmakers leave Capitol for spring break

iPad photo of (l-r) Mo. House Majority Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka), Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville), and Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard).
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.

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A Good Year St. Louis: Chess
12:00 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

A banner year for St. Louis Chess

Tournament Hall at The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.
courtesy Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

2011 has been a banner year for Chess in the city of Saint Louis.

The United States Chess Federation named Saint Louis “Chess City of the Year” in 2011 for all of the hard work we’ve put in to promote the game of chess both locally and nationally.

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