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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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Rush Limbaugh/Hall of Famous Missourians
5:11 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Rush Limbaugh to be inducted into "Hall of Famous Missourians" at State Capitol

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri State Capitol.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh will be inducted this year into the Hall of Famous Missourians. The news comes as the conservative commentator is under fire for comments he made on his nationally-syndicated show last week.

Limbaugh called Georgetown University law school student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she spoke last week before a group of congressional Democrats in favor of President Obama’s birth control mandate for religious employers.  Limbaugh has since apologized while several advertisers have left his show.  Despite the controversy, House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) is moving forward with plans to induct Limbaugh into the Hall.

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Missouri Redistricting
2:23 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Mo. court upholds challenges to redistricting maps; process to start over

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Updated 5:21 p.m. with Gov. Nixon asking for nominees for new citizens commission

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down new state Senate districts and ordered a further legal review of new U.S. House districts.

The rulings Tuesday add fresh uncertainty for the 2012 election year, just weeks before candidates are to begin filing for office.

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Missouri State Budget
3:24 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Nixon withdraws Higher Ed. funding proposal

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 3:24 p.m.

A proposal has been scrapped by Governor Jay Nixon (D) to borrow money from Missouri’s state universities to help balance the state’s budget.

The idea was floated last month, in which $106 million in reserve funds from five of Missouri’s largest universities would be used to shore up the Department of Higher Education’s budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in July.  That sparked an outcry from both university officials and lawmakers.

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Election 2012
4:57 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

GOP chances of winning Mo. offices in trouble, Mizzou prof. says

(via flickr/D.H. Parks)

A political observer says Republicans in Missouri may have already blown their chances to win state-level statewide offices next year.

The Secretary of State’s race is the only one with any major GOP contenders (State Senators Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer, and House Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller), following Steven Tilley’s departure from the Lt. Governor’s race.  Current Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) still hasn’t announced whether he’s running for governor.

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Tilley for Lt. Gov. / Election 2012
10:12 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Republican Tilley drops out of Mo. lt. gov. race

Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley, who announced today that he is dropping out of the 2012 lieutenant governor's race.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

(Click on the link to hear Marshall Griffin's exclusive interview with Tilley)

The only major Republican contender in the Missouri Lt. Governor’s race has dropped out.

Steven Tilley of Perryville made the surprise announcement today (Thursday) to fellow House Republicans and to the media.  He says he made the decision after realizing that he wants to be a normal person again.

“It wasn’t in my heart to do it, I just didn’t have the fire in the belly," Tilley said.  "I started out because I wanted to do it, but I’ve sacrificed a lot to myself financially and to my family, and I’m comfortable…it’s a load off my shoulders and I’m excited to move into a new chapter.”

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MO Statehouse / MOSIRA
3:23 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

MOSIRA signed into law, designed to lure science and technology companies to Mo.

An up-close view of a microscope.
(via Flickr/breahn)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation directing state money to help new companies doing business in science or technology fields.

The measure signed Friday creates a fund to offer incentives to companies that conduct research or make products related to agricultural biotechnology, veterinary medicine, biochemistry, forestry, homeland security, information technology and pharmaceuticals. The fund would be overseen by the Missouri Technology Corp.

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MO Statehouse / Special Session
10:18 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Missouri Senate leader Mayer to end special session without approval of business incentives

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The head of the Missouri Senate has announced he’s going to pull the plug on the special legislative session next week.

President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) believes it’s too late to pass any kind of economic development bill before the session expires in two weeks.  Despite Thursday’s move by the Missouri House to appoint lawmakers to negotiate a final version of the wide-ranging tax credit bill, Mayer says any agreement must include 7-year expiration dates, or sunsets, on historic preservation and low income housing tax credits.

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Mo. Special session
4:43 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Mo. House seeks compromise with Senate on tax credit bill

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri House has done an about-face and now wants a joint committee to negotiate a final version of a wide-ranging tax credit bill that has divided the House and Senate throughout the ongoing special session.

House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) had suggested weeks ago that a conference committee wasn’t necessary and that any differences on tax credits could be worked out during floor debates.  Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter), meanwhile, had pushed for going to conference because that’s the normal route for reaching compromise on bills.  Tilley says he’s decided to take Mayer at his word.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, September 23, 2011

Attorney General Chris Koster has announced that he will seek another term in 2012.
(Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

Koster announces re-election bid

Missouri Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster is running for a second term. Koster's campaign said today that he had announced his re-election bid at the home of the Jackson County Democratic Party chairman.

Koster says under his leadership the attorney general's office helped prosecute crime, tackled fraud and tried to prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from breaching a Mississippi River levee in southeastern Missouri.

No Republican candidate has announced plans yet to run for attorney general next year.

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