missouri politics http://kbia.org en The Civil War and its lasting effects on contemporary politics http://kbia.org/post/civil-war-and-its-lasting-effects-contemporary-politics <p></p><p>It’s been nearly 150 years since the close of the US Civil War, but the effects, and some of the arguments, continue to be felt today. Two years ago, a petition allowing Texas to secede from the US received over 100,000 online signatures, and prompted a response from the White House. Here in Missouri, lawmakers last year pushed a bill to nullify all federal gun control laws in the state. It ultimately failed, but that hasn’t stopped legislators from introducing similar legislation in this session. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:45:51 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 53387 at http://kbia.org The Civil War and its lasting effects on contemporary politics Missourians more likely to volunteer, less likely to talk politics http://kbia.org/post/missourians-more-likely-volunteer-less-likely-talk-politics <p>Missourians are more likely to volunteer and to do favors for a neighbor than the average American. But their level of civic engagement depends greatly on their circumstances.</p><p>A new <a href="http://www.ncoc.net/MOCHI2013">report on the state’s civic health</a>, issued by six Missouri universities and the National Conference on Citizenship, found that Missouri largely aligns with the rest of the nation on community involvement.</p><p>The report measured political activity, but also whether residents volunteered, helped their neighbors, or attended public meetings.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:06:15 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 46883 at http://kbia.org Missourians more likely to volunteer, less likely to talk politics Nixon Sharply Denounces Bill That Would Allow Some Sex Offenders Off The Registry http://kbia.org/post/nixon-sharply-denounces-bill-would-allow-some-sex-offenders-registry <em>Updated 8-21-13 4:01 p.m.</em><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In St. Louis Wednesday,&#160;Gov. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:33:33 +0000 Chris McDaniel 39218 at http://kbia.org Nixon Sharply Denounces Bill That Would Allow Some Sex Offenders Off The Registry Audit Of Mo. Technology Corporation Cites Lack Of Documentation For Admin. Costs http://kbia.org/post/audit-mo-technology-corporation-cites-lack-documentation-admin-costs <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state-run nonprofit corporation needs to improve its transparency, according to an audit released Thursday.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.missouritechnology.com/">Missouri Technology Corporation</a> received an overall good rating, but the audit finds that </span>MTC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has not maintained detailed timesheets or other documents to support the funding it receives for administrative costs, and that those allocations don't always appear to be reasonable.&#160; The audit also finds that financial docum Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:46:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37743 at http://kbia.org Audit Of Mo. Technology Corporation Cites Lack Of Documentation For Admin. Costs Engineers give Missouri infrastructure a C- http://kbia.org/post/engineers-give-missouri-infrastructure-c <p></p><p>Civil engineers say Missouri's infrastructure gets only a C-minus.</p><p>The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the letter grade Wednesday. It is part of a report card that evaluated the state's aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, inland waterways, levees, railroads, roads, schools and wastewater. Each sub-category also received a grade. Wed, 22 May 2013 22:01:14 +0000 Associated Press 34201 at http://kbia.org Engineers give Missouri infrastructure a C- Nixon to decide on unemployment measure http://kbia.org/post/nixon-decide-unemployment-measure <p></p><p>Legislation awaiting action by Gov. Jay Nixon seeks to comply with federal mandates for Missouri's unemployment benefits system.</p><p>The measure also could make it more difficult for workers to receive jobless benefits if they are let go after an unapproved absence or if they knowingly violate a company rule. Wed, 22 May 2013 21:52:24 +0000 Associated Press 34197 at http://kbia.org Nixon to decide on unemployment measure No CCW, but the feds can still get your MO hunting permit records http://kbia.org/post/no-ccw-feds-can-still-get-your-mo-hunting-permit-records <p>This week we decided to look further into the state statutes that determine what personal information is public and shareable, and what information isn’t.&nbsp;</p><p>In the ongoing saga over the state providing federal investigators with a list of 163,000 concealed carry permit holders in the state, the fallout continues. Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer of Columbia says Missouri’s Division of Motor Vehicles will remain unfunded in proposals for next year’s state budget unless the Nixon Administration cooperates with his committee’s investigation into the matter. The Director of the Department of Revenue resigned just over a week ago amid the controversy over the closed records. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:14:30 +0000 Alexandra Olgin 32573 at http://kbia.org No CCW, but the feds can still get your MO hunting permit records Mo. State Rep. Wants To 'Eliminate' Daylight Saving Time By Adopting It Permanently http://kbia.org/post/mo-state-rep-wants-eliminate-daylight-saving-time-adopting-it-permanently <P>Legislation in the <A href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</A> would permanently adopt Daylight Saving Time as the new Standard Time, but only if 20 other states also agree to do so.</P> <P><A href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB340&#38;year=2013&#38;code=R">House Bill 340</A> would create a pact with other states to “eliminate” Daylight Saving Time by renaming it the new “Standard Time.”&#160; And once 20 or more states join the pact, they’ll spring forward one hour and permanently remain there.&#160; It’s sponsored by&#160;<A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&#38;district=009">State Representative&#160;Delus Johnson</A> (R, St. Joseph). Fri, 01 Mar 2013 23:50:21 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29753 at http://kbia.org Mo. State Rep. Wants To 'Eliminate' Daylight Saving Time By Adopting It Permanently Mo. lawmakers cutting week short due to winter weather threat http://kbia.org/post/mo-lawmakers-cutting-week-short-due-winter-weather-threat <p>Missouri legislators are cutting their work week short because of concerns about a winter storm.</p><p>The House and Senate usually meet from Monday until mid-day Thursday each week. But the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from late Wednesday through Thursday for most of Missouri. The forecast calls for a mixture of ice and snow, depending on the location. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 02:47:30 +0000 Associated Press 29149 at http://kbia.org Mo. lawmakers cutting week short due to winter weather threat 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 What folks in Columbia want to hear in the State of the Union address http://kbia.org/post/what-folks-columbia-want-hear-state-union-address <p></p><p>President Obama will speak to the nation with the annual State of the Union address Tuesday night. Columbia citizens voiced their expectations for the address, commenting on Obama’s previous term and what expectations they had for the next four years. Some were hopeful, while others were more disgruntled. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:41:49 +0000 Andrew Yost & Andrew Nichols 28774 at http://kbia.org What folks in Columbia want to hear in the State of the Union address Mo. Republicans choose Jason Smith for 8th District Congress race http://kbia.org/post/mo-republicans-choose-jason-smith-8th-district-congress-race <p>Missouri Republicans have chosen a young state lawmaker promising a "fresh approach" as their candidate to replace former Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. Sat, 09 Feb 2013 20:37:41 +0000 Associated Press 28629 at http://kbia.org Mo. Republicans choose Jason Smith for 8th District Congress race 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 Missouri state budget debate starts this week http://kbia.org/post/missouri-state-budget-debate-starts-week <p>Missouri lawmakers are kicking off the state's annual budgeting process this week. The Senate Appropriations Committee will take public testimony on education and health care issues at a hearing Tuesday. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:07:50 +0000 Associated Press 27565 at http://kbia.org Missouri state budget debate starts this week MO legislator calls for tax on violent video games http://kbia.org/post/mo-legislator-calls-tax-violent-video-games <p>A Republican lawmaker from rural Missouri is calling for a sales tax on violent video games in response to a deadly Connecticut school shooting. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:18:21 +0000 Associated Press 27339 at http://kbia.org MO legislator calls for tax on violent video games Nixon Sworn In As Mo. Governor, Begins Second Term http://kbia.org/post/nixon-sworn-mo-governor-begins-second-term <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Jay Nixon</a> (D) has been sworn in for his second and final four-year term as Missouri Governor.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2013/01/Nixon_Inaug_speech.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Thousands of people braved&#160;below-freezing temperatures&#160;to hear his inaugural address on the steps of the State Capitol, although there were&#160;more than a hundred empty&#160;chairs&#160;due likely&#160;to the cold weather.&#160; A large portion of Nixon's speech focused a lot on the Show-Me State’s history.&#160; He said despite the fact that two different Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:31:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 27263 at http://kbia.org Nixon Sworn In As Mo. Governor, Begins Second Term Blunt, McCaskill take opposing views on Senate rule changes http://kbia.org/post/blunt-mccaskill-take-opposing-views-senate-rule-changes <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Averting big, abrupt tax increases and spending cuts isn’t the only issue pressing in Washington this week.</p><p>The U.S. Senate may soon move to fundamentally change the way it does business, and Missouri’s two senators are on opposing sides of that debate. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:49:46 +0000 Frank Morris 26616 at http://kbia.org Blunt, McCaskill take opposing views on Senate rule changes Santa comes early for some politicos, with end-of-year donations http://kbia.org/post/santa-comes-early-some-politicos-end-year-donations <div style="margin:0;"><p></p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:42:35 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Beyond November 26380 at http://kbia.org Santa comes early for some politicos, with end-of-year donations Sen. McCaskill touts wartime contracting bill passed by Congress http://kbia.org/post/sen-mccaskill-touts-wartime-contracting-bill-passed-congress <p>Congress has given final approval to new oversight requirements for wartime contracting that had been sought by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 22:21:37 +0000 Associated Press 26297 at http://kbia.org Sen. McCaskill touts wartime contracting bill passed by Congress Bailey joins group hoping to replace Emerson in U.S. House http://kbia.org/post/bailey-joins-group-hoping-replace-emerson-us-house <p>Former Republican congressman Wendell Bailey has joined a crowded field of candidates hoping to fill a vacancy in southeast Missouri's 8th Congressional District. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 22:05:10 +0000 Associated Press 26291 at http://kbia.org Bailey joins group hoping to replace Emerson in U.S. House Emerson considers retiring from U.S. House sooner than planned http://kbia.org/post/emerson-considers-retiring-us-house-sooner-planned <p>Missouri congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson may end up resigning her U.S. House seat earlier than originally planned. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:25:22 +0000 Associated Press 26034 at http://kbia.org Emerson considers retiring from U.S. House sooner than planned Nixon had $414,000 left over from campaign http://kbia.org/post/nixon-had-414000-left-over-campaign <p>Governor Jay Nixon spent $15.5 million on his re-election campaign and still has hundreds of thousands of dollars left over. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:54:43 +0000 Associated Press 25580 at http://kbia.org Nixon had $414,000 left over from campaign How to explain MO GOP losses? http://kbia.org/post/how-explain-mo-gop-losses <p>This week on the show: Republicans don’t fare well in statewide races despite a strong win for Mitt Romney in the state. Plus, how many people actually voted. Are we counting them right? Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:41:17 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 24817 at http://kbia.org Former MO House Speaker Tilley now a lobbyist http://kbia.org/post/former-mo-house-speaker-tilley-now-lobbyist <p>Former Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley is now a registered lobbyist in Jefferson City. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:02:48 +0000 Associated Press 20408 at http://kbia.org Former MO House Speaker Tilley now a lobbyist Another candidate's late tax payments found; this time AG Koster http://kbia.org/post/another-candidates-late-tax-payments-found-time-ag-koster <p>Late personal property tax payments have emerged in another Missouri political campaign. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:27:16 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 19484 at http://kbia.org Another candidate's late tax payments found; this time AG Koster Tilley steps down as Mo. House Speaker http://kbia.org/post/tilley-steps-down-mo-house-speaker <em><strong>Updated 6:07 p.m. </strong>with comments from House Maj. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 17:21:16 +0000 Marshall Griffin 19306 at http://kbia.org Tilley steps down as Mo. House Speaker Kinder will pay penalty for missing a property tax bill http://kbia.org/post/kinder-will-pay-penalty-missing-property-tax-bill <p>Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder&#39;s campaign says he will pay a penalty for missing a tax bill on property he owns in Cape Girardeau. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:10:10 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 18069 at http://kbia.org Kinder will pay penalty for missing a property tax bill