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Toya Williams of St. Louis picked up a gun lock at the National Council of Jewish Women's Back-to-School Store Sunday, July 24, 2016. She said she liked the suggestion to wear the key around her neck.
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A Missouri state representative from St. Louis County is launching a coalition to prevent the shooting deaths of children who find a loaded weapon in the home. The Children’s Firearm Safety Alliance will work with Washington University researchers to build a database tracking accidental shootings nationwide. “First of all, you need to know what the numbers are. You need to know what the incidents are. We also need to know if adults are charged with anything in their states,” said Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights. At least 95 children in the United States have been shot and killed accidentally so far this year, according to the database .

State Rep. Stacey Newman
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On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies are pleased to welcome back state Rep. Stacey Newman to talk about the legislature’s upcoming veto session – and the November election. Newman is a Richmond Heights Democrat who entered the legislature in 2010 after a special election. With the exception of a zany Democratic primary in 2012 , Newman’s subsequent elections have been relatively easy. For instance: She was completely unopposed this cycle, meaning she will return to the Missouri House for her final term.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine waits by the stage on Thursday as U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill prepares to introduce him. Kaine was the guest speaker at the Show Me State's Democratic National Convention breakfast.
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PHILADELPHIA – Democratic vice presidential hopeful Tim Kaine may have departed from Missouri a long time ago. But for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Virginia senator still retains Show Me State sensibilities. McCaskill expressed her enthusiasm almost immediately after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton picked him as his running mate. Not only was she excited that an alum of the University of Missouri-Columbia was getting his time in the sun, but also the fact that a “good guy” was getting his due.

House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, D-St. Louis, leads the Democratic end-of-session press conference as state Rep. Karla May, D-St. Louis, looks on.
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Updated July 23 with the nominee — Democratic committee members in St. Louis and St. Louis County have nominated House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, D-St. Louis, as their party’s candidate to replace former state Sen. Joe Keaveny. Keaveny resigned as the state senator for Missouri’s 4 th District after the 2016 legislative session to become an administrative law judge.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards greets phone-bank volunteer Maxine Clark at Hillary Clinton's St. Louis campaign headquarters Sun. Mar. 13, 2016.
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The president of Planned Parenthood says the effort in the Missouri legislature to bar abortion providers from receiving any funds from Medicaid is a waste of taxpayers’ money. Under existing law , state and federal funds can only cover abortions in the case of rape, incest or when it’s necessary to save a woman’s life.

Rep. Stacey Newman (left) and St. Louis circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce (center) listen to Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker as Baker announces her support for Newman's legislation on February 29, 2016.
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The prosecutors in Missouri's two largest cities are joining with pediatricians to support legislation that would make it a crime to leave a loaded weapon accessible to children. Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights, is the sponsor of the bill , which makes it a felony if a gun owner "knowingly fails to secure a readily available, loaded deadly weapon in the presence of a child less than 17 years of age." A weapon would be considered secure if it had a functioning trigger lock, was kept in a safe, or was unloaded.

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Missouri lawmakers are back in Jefferson City as they prepare to kick off the 2016 legislative session at noon today. In addition to passing the state budget, they're expected to tackle several other issues, including ethics reform and Gov. Jay Nixon's push to build a new NFL stadium for the Rams.

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The push to make life better for women inside the Missouri Capitol strikes a chord for people like Kelly Schultz. One of the main lessons she learned about dealing with harassment is the importance of having a structure in place. Before she embarked on a 16-year career in and around the Missouri Capitol, Schultz worked at a central Missouri police station. There, Schultz faced sexual harassment from one of her male officers.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce has called Amendment 5 "a disaster." She's been heaping criticism on the "gun rights" measure for months.
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When Amendment 5 was put before voters last August, 602,863 Missourians cast their ballots in favor of a measure aimed at bolstering the Show Me State’s gun rights. It’s safe to say St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce was not among those voters.

State Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights
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The Politically Speaking podcast team of Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomes state Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights, to this week's show. Newman, whose 87 th district includes some of the region’s most affluent suburbs, discusses at length her ongoing role in two of the state’s most controversial topics: gun rights and photo IDs at the polls. Newman’s district includes all of Clayton and parts of Ladue , Richmond Heights and Webster Groves, as well as Washington University and...

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to two measures to establish early voting, also known as "advance voting." The first, House Joint Resolution 90, would allow for early voting if voters pass a proposed constitutional amendment. The second is the implementing bill, HB 2271. The overall proposal would create a nine-day early voting period beginning on the third Saturday before Election Day and ending on the last Tuesday before Election Day. Early voting would take place 8 a.m....

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to its version of the gun control nullification bill, but not before softening the language a bit. The House version of the Second Amendment Preservation Act would still nullify any federal gun control law that would "infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms." But federal officers who try to enforce federal gun laws would be liable for civil lawsuits instead of criminal charges and risking fines and jail time. House Bill 1439 is...

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Medical personnel who wish to opt out of participating in procedures that violate their religious or personal beliefs are one step closer to being allowed to do so legally in Missouri. The Missouri House granted first round approval Wednesday to House Bill 1430 , which i s sponsored by House Speaker Tim Jones , R-Eureka. It's one of his top priorities for the 2014 legislative session, and he said it's needed to protect health-care workers from an "over-intrusive federal government." "I think...

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The Missouri House has passed yet another bill that would expand the rights of gun owners and reduce the role of the state Department of Revenue. House Bill 859's main purpose is to move the entire conceal carry application process from the Revenue Department to county sheriffs’ offices. But it would also lower the conceal carry age from 21 to 19, allow conceal carry holders to leave their weapons in their vehicles while at a place of business, and would allow K-12 schools to appoint armed...

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Updated at 2:00 p.m. with quotes from State Reps. Mike Leara (R) and Stacey Newman (D). Lawmakers proposing gun control legislation could end up in prison under a bill introduced by a Missouri House Republican. Rep. Mike Leara , of St. Louis County, said Tuesday that he has no illusions that his bill actually will pass and become law. “We have legislators, both in Washington DC and in Missouri, constantly attacking our constitutional rights under the 2nd Amendment," Leara said. "I just felt...

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Legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credits that died last year has been passed by the Missouri House . House Bill 87 would restore incentives for food pantries, crisis pregnancy centers and the Children in Crisis program. They expired last year when House and Senate leaders failed to agree on any incentives bill, due to a long-running conflict between the two chambers over tax credit reform. The sponsor, State Representative Eric Burlison (R, Springfield), says aiding these...

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices. If passed, House Bill 110 would only allow the Governor to appoint a temporary placeholder who would not be eligible to run in the special election. House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem), the bill’s sponsor, says it’s not a deliberate swipe at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon .

Free gun locks will be given out Friday at City Hall in St. Louis
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A St. Louis County lawmaker plans to file legislation that would require background checks on anyone who buys a firearm at a gun show. State Representative Stacey Newman (D, Richmond Heights) says her proposal would close the so-called “gun show loophole” in Missouri. “Right now, federal background checks are only done through licensed dealers," Newman said. "That exempts gun shows where people can purchase unlimited amounts of weapons, including assault weapons.” Newman plans to file the...

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Updated at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday to correct the spelling of Stacey Newman's name. Updated with comments from Mo. State Rep. Stacey Newman Mo. State Rep. Stacey Newman has won the special Democratic primary for the 87 th District in St. Louis County, according to results posted on the Missouri Secretary of State website . Newman beat fellow state representative, Susan Carlson, in the initial primary on Aug. 7 by the slimmest possible margin, one vote. Ballot irregularities, however, were uncovered...

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Updated at 1:15 pm to reflect that the maps were drawn by a panel of judges, not the General Assembly. In the first election after redistricting , it’s not uncommon for former colleagues from the same party to square off for a seat in the Missouri General Assembly. So the August primary between Democrats Susan Carlson and Stacey Newman for the new 87th District in St. Louis County was nothing unusual - until the unofficial results showed a one-vote margin of victory for Newman. The plot thickened when ballot irregularities made it impossible to conduct a recount. By now, the two women planned to be helping out other candidates with general election opponents. But instead, they’re back out on the campaign trail for themselves.

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Updated 3:25 p.m. with reaction from Stacey Newman. Updated 3:10 p.m. to clarify that the two precincts were, indeed, in two separate Missouri House districts, confirming the importance to the issue to the race between Stacey Newman and Susan Carlson. Updated with quotes from Rita Heard Days . The St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners says 102 voters in the 87th House District received the wrong ballots in the Aug. 7 primary election- a finding that leaves the result of the race...

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls . Before the vote, Democrats hammered away at Republicans arguments that the bill would combat voter fraud, saying there hasnt been a documented case of voter fraud in decades and that the bill does nothing to deal with voter registration fraud. State Representative Todd Richardson (R, Poplar Bluff) disagreed.

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A Democratic state Representative from the St. Louis area has officially asked Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to investigate whether Congressman Todd Akin broke any rules by voting in Town and Country despite having an official residence in Wildwood. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last month that despite claiming a house in Wildwood as his official address for two years, Akin voted 10 times in Town and Country, where his family had a homestead for years. The Republican Senate...

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A proposed constitutional amendment that would require Missouri voters to show photo identification at the polls has passed the Missouri House . The resolutions sponsor, State Representative Stanley Cox (R, Sedalia), argued that a photo ID is a better method of identification that a utility bill, which is allowed under current law.

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The Missouri House has passed legislation to ban so-called late term abortions in the Show-Me State. The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is either not viable or is a medical threat to the mother.

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Legislation that would require Missouri voters to show photo identification at the polls is advancing in both chambers of the General Assembly . First, a Missouri House committee this morning passed a resolution that would put the photo ID question before voters as a constitutional amendment, along with a bill that would implement the amendment into state law if passed.