Scott Sifton

Beyond Ferguson
10:48 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Lawmakers Produce Ideas Responding To Ferguson Unrest — But Can They Deliver?

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Just after the sun set on Nov. 24 — the day that then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s fate would be disclosed to the world — Missouri's Gov. Jay Nixon faced a throng of reporters at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 

Appearing before cameras that would simulcast his words across the globe, the Democratic governor talked  at length about how law enforcement officials were ready to respond to the grand jury’s decision. 

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Politically Speaking
10:14 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Politically Speaking: Sen. Sifton On His Attorney General Run — And Fallout From Veto Session Clash

Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking trio welcomes back state Sen. Scott Sifton. The Affton Democrat won election to the Missouri Senate in 2012 in a hard-fought race against then-Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay. 

Most recently, Sifton, an attorney with Husch Blackwell, made waves in the Missouri Senate with his filibuster during the fall veto session of legislation mandating a 72-hour waiting period for abortions. He’s also been part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling for curbs on meals, travel and entertainment paid by lobbyists.

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Education
9:07 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Student Transfer Debate Has New Element: Ferguson

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Renewed efforts to change Missouri’s law on school transfers look pretty much the same as the bill vetoed earlier this year by Gov. Jay Nixon, but sponsors of the newly filed legislation say events in Ferguson have changed the atmosphere for the upcoming debate.

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2016 Election
7:37 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Sifton Jumps Into 2016 Contest For Missouri Attorney General

State Sen. Scott Sifton is expected to announce his attorney general bid on Monday. Sifton, D-Affton, is one of several Democrats who could run for the office, which will likely be up for grabs when Attorney General Chris Koster runs for governor.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

State Sen. Scott Sifton became the first Democrat to jump into the 2016 race for attorney general. 

In an e-mail this weekend to supporters, the Affton Democrat cited his experience working in the attorney general’s office and his tenure in the legislature as rationale for his statewide run. 

His campaign sent out an e-mail on Monday morning officially announcing his candidacy. He said in a statement that "as attorney general, I will work to make Missouri safer for every family, consumer, community and business.”

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Unaccredited School Districts
2:29 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Compromise On Private School Transfers May Be Out Of Reach, Lawmakers Say

A year after the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the student transfer law, unaccredited districts like Normandy are still up in the air about what the fall will bring.
Credit KWMU Staff

With a veto of the school transfer bill all but certain, Missouri lawmakers who worked on the wide-ranging legislation say they hoped a compromise could still be reached on the question of using public money to pay tuition at nonsectarian private schools.

But they acknowledged that it won’t be easy coming up with terms that will please Republicans and Democrats, urban, suburban and rural lawmakers — and Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Student Transfers
2:53 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option

Gov. Jay Nixon prepares to address reporters in his office in the Capitol on May 13, 2014.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)

House and Senate negotiators have wrapped up work on a final version of a bill to ease the burden of Missouri’s student transfer law.

Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited, instead of the school district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee transfers.

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Student Transfer Law
9:26 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Five Bills Heard Jointly Seek To Restructure Missouri's Student Transfer Law

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Five identical bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.

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On the Trail
10:18 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Is There A Democrat To Take On Schweich In 2014?

State Auditor Tom Schweich is in an enviable electoral position after Democrat Jay Swearingen dropped out of this year's auditor's race. Democrats do have candidates that could mount credible campaigns. But the question is whether any of them will run.
Credit Provided by the auditor's office

Democrats may be deciding between "fight or flight" when it comes to taking on state Auditor Tom Schweich in November.

Last week, state Rep. Jay Swearingen, D-North Kansas City, bowed out of the state auditor's contest. He told the Associated Press that he wanted to step aside for another Democrat who's better able to raise money for the race.

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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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School Transfers
6:19 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Kirkwood Administrators Hear Concerns, Say They Are Ready To Support Incoming Students

John Davidson donates a $100 check to help provide resources for transfer students, challenges other people attending an informational meeting at Kirkwood High School to do the same.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Just weeks away from its implementation, the Kirkwood School District held an informational meeting Tuesday night to answer questions from parents and residents about the school transfer process.

The basic message from speakers was this: The system is flawed, the law is broken, there wasn’t nearly enough planning, the legislature is dysfunctional, and what happens if we get sued?  But we need to do everything in our power to make sure the incoming students get the best possible education we can provide.

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