Talking Politics http://kbia.org en Talking Politics: End of Spring Legislative Session http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-end-spring-legislative-session <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">Missouri lawmakers are scrambling this week to finalize and pass legislation before the end of the legislative session on Friday, May 16. </span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:02:29 +0000 Kate Grumke 52895 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: End of Spring Legislative Session Talking Politics: Remembering Rwanda http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-remembering-rwanda <p></p><p>KBIA's Hope Kirwan&nbsp;sits down to talk with Nadege Uwase to talk about what it was like growing up in Rwanda during the genocide and what the international community has learned from this tragedy.</p><p>And later on the program, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;bill proposed in the state House to begin discussion on the Missouri state flag’s design has some historians worried. One flag expert, though, says the state’s a long way from a redesign process. ­Jack Howard reports. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Kate Grumke 51815 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Remembering Rwanda Talking Politics: Petition initiatives and sunshine laws http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-petition-initiatives-and-sunshine-laws <p>Initiative&nbsp;petitions<span style="line-height: 1.5">&nbsp;touching on 19 different issues are circulating right now to get on the ballot in November. They range from allowing early voting to eliminating teacher tenure. Signature gatherers are out, clipboards in hand, to get the thousands of signatures necessary by May 4. The catch is this: Most of these initiatives won’t make it on the ballot. KBIA's Justin Paprocki&nbsp;found out just what it takes to get an issue on the ballot.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Kate Grumke 51418 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Voters head to the polls for municipal elections http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-voters-head-polls-municipal-elections <p>Mid-Missourians headed out to the polls today to cast their votes on school board, city council, and mayoral candidates and a range of issues on ballots in the municipal elections.</p><p>KBIA's news team captured some of the sights and sounds on election day in this edition of Talking Politics, hosted by Kate Grumke.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:38:26 +0000 Kate Grumke 50994 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Voters head to the polls for municipal elections Talking Politics: Right to Work and Missouri blue laws http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-right-work-and-missouri-blue-laws <p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Kate Grumke 49834 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Right to Work and Missouri blue laws Talking Politics: First Ward Candidates and Missouri's Possible Official Greeting http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-first-ward-candidates-and-missouris-possible-official-greeting <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>This week on Talking Politics, there are three candidates running for the First Ward Columbia City Council seat. Bill Easley, Ginny Chadwick and Tyree Byndom&nbsp;will be on the April 8 ballot.</p><p>Also on the show, a freshman state representative from St. Louis County wants to make the high five the official greeting of Missouri.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:45:23 +0000 Kate Grumke 49443 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: First Ward Candidates and Missouri's Possible Official Greeting Talking Politics: Missouri mulls LGBT changes http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-missouri-mulls-lgbt-changes <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Last week, it was hard to miss the huge news coming out </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">of Columbia.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:46:43 +0000 Kate Grumke 48375 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Missouri mulls LGBT changes Missouri House GOP Scraps Nixon's Budget Proposal http://kbia.org/post/missouri-house-gop-scraps-nixons-budget-proposal Republican leaders in the Missouri House have scrapped the budget being proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat. Instead they will use last year's budget bills as a starting point for crafting their fiscal year 2015 spending plan.<p>House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, says their budget bills contain none of the governor's spending proposals for the fiscal year (FY2015) that begins July 1.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"In the past, usually we've used the governor's recommendations," Stream told reporters Thursday in Jefferson City. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:47:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 47803 at http://kbia.org Missouri House GOP Scraps Nixon's Budget Proposal Nixon Proposes To Restore State Spending Lost Since 2008 http://kbia.org/post/nixon-proposes-restore-state-spending-lost-2008 <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2014/03/MOStateoftheState2014_0.MP3" class="asset-audio">Missouri Governor Jay Nixon&#039;s State of the State Address</a><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2014/01/RepublicanResponse2014edit_0.MP3" class="asset-audio">Republican Response by Speaker of the House Tim Jones</a><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2014/01/012214aweb.mp3" class="asset-audio">A discussion on St. Louis on the Air about Missouri Governor Nixon&#039;s State of the State address and the Republican Response by Speaker of the House Tim Jones. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:25:40 +0000 Jo Mannies 46974 at http://kbia.org Nixon Proposes To Restore State Spending Lost Since 2008 Nixon expected to call for Medicaid expansion, education funding http://kbia.org/post/nixon-expected-call-medicaid-expansion-education-funding <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver his annual State of the State address Tuesday night, during which he'll unveil his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:10:34 +0000 Marshall Griffin 46884 at http://kbia.org Nixon expected to call for Medicaid expansion, education funding Why The General Assembly Is Battling Over Right To Work http://kbia.org/post/why-general-assembly-battling-over-right-work The first full week of the Missouri’s General Assembly is officially underway, and already the focus has shifted away from the expected topics – tax cuts and Medicaid expansion – and <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/right-work-bill-praised-blasted-during-house-hearing">landed smack dab in the midst of a potentially bruising battle over labor rights.</a><p>The fight offers the potential of overshadowing other legislative issues for weeks, if not months.<p>Both sides admit that there are key reasons why “right to work’’ – which&#160; centers on who must pay union dues – has come up s Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:08:46 +0000 Jo Mannies 46737 at http://kbia.org Why The General Assembly Is Battling Over Right To Work Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Extending Unemployment Benefits http://kbia.org/post/blunt-mccaskill-odds-over-extending-unemployment-benefits Missouri’s two U.S. senators – Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill – are highlighting their differences when it comes to extending unemployment benefits to millions of out-of-work Americans.<p>On Wednesday, the two held dueling tele-conferences with reporters in which Blunt make clear his opposition and McCaskill underscored her support.&#160;<p>The Senate voted this week to restore the extension, which ended Dec. 28 for about 1.3 million Americans.&#160; Without an extension, almost 5 million would lose benefits by the end of 2014. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:21:01 +0000 Jo Mannies & St. Louis Public Radio 46414 at http://kbia.org Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Extending Unemployment Benefits As Session Opens, Missouri Legislature May Refight Old Battles But Resolve Some New Ones http://kbia.org/post/session-opens-missouri-legislature-may-refight-old-battles-resolve-some-new-ones As the Missouri General Assembly prepares to open on Wednesday for its five-month session, those involved – in and out of the state Capitol – say the big unknown about this year’s proceedings centers on one major question:<p>Will the session be about the past – the continued debates over Medicaid expansion and tax cuts? Or will it be controlled by new matters – notably, the unrest over student transfers from failed districts and the looming 2014 elections?<p>Publicly, Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:10:33 +0000 Jo Mannies 46255 at http://kbia.org As Session Opens, Missouri Legislature May Refight Old Battles But Resolve Some New Ones State legislators plan a comeback for income tax cut legislation http://kbia.org/post/state-legislators-plan-comeback-income-tax-cut-legislation <p>Missouri lawmakers plan to make another attempt at cutting income taxes during their 2014 session.</p><p>Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed an income tax cut bill passed earlier this year, and majority party Republicans were unable to override it.</p><p>House and Senate leaders say an income tax cut will be an early priority when lawmakers convene January 8th.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:29:18 +0000 Associated Press 45974 at http://kbia.org State legislators plan a comeback for income tax cut legislation Pre-filed legislation would restore cap on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits http://kbia.org/post/pre-filed-legislation-would-restore-cap-damages-medical-malpractice-lawsuits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican legislators in Missouri will try again next year to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:26:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 45224 at http://kbia.org Conservatives Rally At CPAC St. Louis http://kbia.org/post/conservatives-rally-cpac-st-louis Thousands of conservatives attended CPAC St. Louis on Saturday to listen to more than 40 conservative leaders and rising stars. There were a number of last-minute speaking cancellations for the conference. Members of the US House had to stay in DC to work on a fix to avoid a partial government shutdown.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri also </span>cancelled<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, saying he was working on a deal even though the Senate wasn&#8217;t in session. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:04:49 +0000 Chris McDaniel 41309 at http://kbia.org Conservatives Rally At CPAC St. Louis Who left the loaded handgun in the bathroom at the Capitol? http://kbia.org/post/who-left-loaded-handgun-bathroom-capitol <p></p><p>There could be an effort next year to change the law allowing Missouri lawmakers and others to carry guns&nbsp;at the&nbsp;State Capitol. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 02:57:25 +0000 Marshall Griffin 41047 at http://kbia.org Who left the loaded handgun in the bathroom at the Capitol? Senator Blunt touts bill reducing 'Starbucks of the petroleum business,' or boutique fuels http://kbia.org/post/senator-blunt-touts-bill-reducing-starbucks-petroleum-business-or-boutique-fuels <p><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">U.S. Senator Roy Blunt was in Missouri on Thursday to promote legislation that would reduce the number of so-called "boutique" fuels.<br><br>Under the Clean Air Act, different cities use different blends of fuel. Blunt's bill reduces the number of boutique fuels and broadens the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to give a waiver to a city to use whichever fuel they want in times of supply disruption.<br> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:44:56 +0000 Jacob McCleland 39702 at http://kbia.org Senator Blunt touts bill reducing 'Starbucks of the petroleum business,' or boutique fuels Coalition Calling For Override Of Tax Cut Veto Brings Tour To Mo. Capital City http://kbia.org/post/coalition-calling-override-tax-cut-veto-brings-tour-mo-capital-city <span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group calls itself the Grow Missouri Coalition. &#160;It includes the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Missouri Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity and United for Missouri. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:23:31 +0000 Marshall Griffin 39426 at http://kbia.org Coalition Calling For Override Of Tax Cut Veto Brings Tour To Mo. Capital City Mo. Democratic Party Selects New Chairman http://kbia.org/post/mo-democratic-party-selects-new-chairman <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/rt.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Democratic Party of Missouri has a new chairman.</span><p>On Saturday the state&#160;party committee picked long-time political strategist Roy Temple to replace Jackson County Executive&#160;Mike Sanders, who is stepping down after less than two years and says he may be interested in running for attorney general in 2016.<p>Even though Democrats Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:20:26 +0000 Tim Lloyd 39425 at http://kbia.org Mo. Democratic Party Selects New Chairman Heads up, Missouri drivers: New traffic laws affect you http://kbia.org/post/heads-missouri-drivers-new-traffic-laws-affect-you <p>Several new Missouri laws regarding traffic and roadways are going into effect soon. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.</p><p>Captain Tim Hull with the Missouri State Highway Patrol just completed his annual training on the new laws.&nbsp; Each year, the patrol briefs its troopers on new laws, or changes to existing laws – and it’s also trying to educate the public about them.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:44:40 +0000 Jennifer Davidson & KSMU 39322 at http://kbia.org Heads up, Missouri drivers: New traffic laws affect you Vetoes By Nixon Set Table For Hectic Mo. Veto Session In September http://kbia.org/post/vetoes-nixon-set-table-hectic-mo-veto-session-september Missouri <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon's</a> record number of vetoes this year is expected to set up a very busy and hard-fought veto session this September.<p>According to the Associated Press, the Democratic Governor struck down 29 of the 145 non-budgetary bills sent to him by the Republican-dominated House and Senate.&#160; Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:47:01 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37211 at http://kbia.org Vetoes By Nixon Set Table For Hectic Mo. Veto Session In September Worried about concealed carry? Well, the government can share other stuff about you, too http://kbia.org/post/worried-about-concealed-carry-well-government-can-share-other-stuff-about-you-too <p></p><p>This week on the show: what information does the government have about you… and how is it using it? Plus, hundreds of MU faculty members finally get a vote.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:10:28 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 32612 at http://kbia.org Worried about concealed carry? Well, the government can share other stuff about you, too Columbia Mayoral candidates make their case http://kbia.org/post/columbia-mayoral-candidates-make-their-case <p></p><p></p><p>On this week’s Talking Politics, we hear from Columbia’s Mayoral candidates. We’re just two weeks away from the Municipal election on April 2<sup>nd</sup>. Republican Mayor Bob McDavid is running for re-election, and is being challenged by Sid Sullivan. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:23:23 +0000 Meredith Turk & Sydney Miller 30678 at http://kbia.org Columbia Mayoral candidates make their case What a 3/8 sales tax would do http://kbia.org/post/what-38-sales-tax-would-do <p>This week: why Boone County leaders are asking for a 3/8 cent sales tax in April. Plus, economists and business owners in Mid-Missouri react to President Barack Obama’s goal of increasing the national minimum wage to 9 dollars an hour. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:02:51 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 29150 at http://kbia.org Governor Nixon continues to push business side of Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/governor-nixon-continues-push-business-side-medicaid-expansion <p>This week on the show: the Medicaid expansion debate continues. Plus: what Mid-Missourians are concerned about as the President prepares for his State of the Union address. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:29:45 +0000 Ryan Famuliner & Harum Helmy 28851 at http://kbia.org Governor Nixon continues to push business side of Medicaid expansion A look at some of the major issues this legislative session http://kbia.org/post/look-some-major-issues-legislative-session <p>This week on the show, we’ll talk about some of the major issues the state legislature plans to take on this semester. Some very familiar, others not so much. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:45:52 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 28406 at http://kbia.org A look at some of the major issues this legislative session Talking Politics: State of the medicaid expansion debate http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-state-medicaid-expansion-debate <p></p><p>Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivered his state of the state speech Monday night;&nbsp; to a legislature that this year again has enough Republican members that if they all vote together, they won’t even need his signature to alter the state’s laws. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:48:31 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 28022 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: State of the medicaid expansion debate Commentary: What politicians can learn from Stan Musial http://kbia.org/post/commentary-what-politicians-can-learn-stan-musial <p>At the first major league baseball game I ever saw, as a Cub Scout in old Sportsmans Park in north St. Louis, Stan Musial got his 2500<sup>th</sup> hit, a home run.&nbsp; I became a Cardinals fan and a Stan Musial fan that day. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:59:00 +0000 Terry Smith 27663 at http://kbia.org Commentary: What politicians can learn from Stan Musial Talking Politics: Organic labels, right to work, and performance-based funding http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-organic-labels-right-work-and-performance-based-funding <p>This week on the show – New enforcement creates questions about whether organic certification is worth it for farmers. Plus, details about the likelihood of Missouri becoming a right to work state, and a report from Jefferson City about the possibility of Missouri switching to performance based funding for higher education. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:01:15 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 25766 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Organic labels, right to work, and performance-based funding