Jo Mannies

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter.  She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

Politics
8:25 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Nixon's Latest Tax-Cut Battle With General Assembly Resembles Earlier Fight

Missouri Capitol

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 3:57 pm

With a new tax-cut package on his desk, Missouri Gov. Nixon has zeroed in on a new “fatal flaw’’ that his administration says could wipe out 65 percent of the state’s general-revenue income used to fund most state services and aid to public schools.

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Politics
8:52 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Nixon Threatens Veto Of Any Tax Cut Bill That Fails To Curb Tax Credits

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 5:07 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and some potential allies in the latest legislative battle over tax cuts stepped up their attack Thursday on two fronts.

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Health
12:17 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Hospitals Fear Job Losses, Service Cuts Without Medicaid Expansion

(l-r) Mo. Hosp. Assoc. CEO Herb Kuhn and Mo. Chamber CEO Dan Mehan discuss survey of hospitals with reporters on March 26, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:32 pm

(Updated 4:30 p.m. Wed., March 26)

In the last six months alone, Missouri hospitals have eliminated nearly 1,000 jobs, imposed hiring freezes affecting another 2,145 positions and cut or delayed at least $50 million in building projects.

The blame is due, in part, to the General Assembly’s refusal to expand Medicaid.

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Politics
8:43 am
Thu March 20, 2014

McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges

Sen. Claire McCaskill discussed various issues at a news conference Monday with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (far right).

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 12:22 am

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are talking about what’s best for the Bridgeton landfill and the World War II-era radioactive material stored at the neighboring West Lake landfill.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Nieves Drops Re-Election Bid, Sets Off GOP Jockeying For Job

Brian Nieves

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:16 pm

(Updated 1:50 p.m. Friday, March 14)

State Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, has dropped his bid for re-election – ending two weeks of political suspense about his intentions.

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Politics
8:21 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Nixon Outlines Requirements For Tax Cut Plan That He Could Support

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 9:05 pm

(Updated 12:45 p.m. Fri., Feb. 14)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has unveiled a tentative deal for a tax-cut package made with some Republicans in the state Senate, but his requirements could delay when -- or if -- the cuts go into effect.

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Crime
8:03 am
Mon January 27, 2014

McCaskill Calls For Probe Into Sexual Assault/Suicide Case at Mizzou

Sen. Claire McCaskill

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 7:41 am

Updated 4:11 p.m, Mon., Jan. 27 with investigation by Columbia police.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, an alum of the University of Missouri and a former prosecutor, is calling on the university to investigate the alleged sexual assault of former Mizzou swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, who subsequently committed suicide.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Former Sen. Bond to lobby in favor of Missouri expanding Medicaid

Credit vitualis / Flickr

Retired U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, R-Mo., is jumping into the Jefferson City debate over Medicaid expansion – and he’s on the side of  Gov. Jay Nixon and other expansion supporters.

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Politics
7:39 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Nixon Calls Senate Tax-Cut Proposal 'Fiscally Irresponsible'

Gov. Jay Nixon lauds new GM vehicles during visit to St. Louis Auto Show

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 1:13 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has swiftly attacked a state Senate panel’s action to approve a phased-in tax cut that he estimates will cost the state $1 billion a year when fully implemented.

Nixon called it a “fiscally irresponsible tax experiment.”

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Politics
9:25 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Nixon Proposes To Restore State Spending Lost Since 2008

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon at 2011 state of the state speech.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 10:43 am

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing a budget that would set state government spending at roughly what it was seven years ago, before the nation’s economy – and the state’s budgets -- took a nose dive.

And that’s a huge difference from the frugal budgets the state has seen for years.

The biggest beneficiary of the increased spending, should the General Assembly agree, will be public education.

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Politics
9:35 am
Fri January 17, 2014

House Speaker To Deliver GOP Response To Governor's State Of State Address

Tim Jones

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 4:30 pm

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has been tapped to deliver the Republican response to next Tuesday’s State of the State address by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Why The General Assembly Is Battling Over Right To Work

Monday's right-to-work hearing attracted a packed house

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 5:15 am

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 landed smack dab in the midst of a potentially bruising battle over labor rights.

The fight offers the potential of overshadowing other legislative issues for weeks, if not months.

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Politics
8:21 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Extending Unemployment Benefits

Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 5:12 pm

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.

On Wednesday, the two held dueling tele-conferences with reporters in which Blunt make clear his opposition and McCaskill underscored her support. 

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Politics
8:10 am
Mon January 6, 2014

As Session Opens, Missouri Legislature May Refight Old Battles But Resolve Some New Ones

Missouri state capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 10:36 pm

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:

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?

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Politics
12:30 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Nixon releases $40 million for spending

Credit Photo courtesy of the Office of Gov. Jay Nixon

In a spirit of Christmas Eve,  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Wednesday that he was releasing about $40.1 million in withheld budget allocations for a variety of projects – most notably $18 million for repairs and improvements to the state Capitol building and $5 million for projects at Missouri state parks.

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Politics
8:08 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Kinder, Black Caucus Up Ante In Low-Income Housing Fight With Nixon

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (tan suit) join other low-income housing supporters at news conference to blast Gov. Jay Nixon.

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 12:18 am

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, chair of the Missouri General Assembly’s Black Caucus, is threatening to block Senate action on several of Gov. Jay Nixon’s key appointments because of the governor’s action to delay state tax breaks for several low-income housing projects.

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NPR Story
4:52 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Nixon Names State Senator To Head Missouri Department Of Labor

Missouri state Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City
(Missouri Senate website)

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 5:01 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is reducing his party’s already-paltry numbers in the state Senate by nominating state Sen. Ryan McKenna to become the new director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Nixon’s action, announced Friday, also could have an impact on what’s already seen as among the most competitive state Senate contests in 2014.

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