Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a proud alumnus of the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., Ole Miss), and has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off the old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Mason, and their cat, Honey.

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7:49 am
Fri January 25, 2013

MHTC head proposes 1-cent sales tax to fund I-70 upgrades, fix bridges

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Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:37 am

The head of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has unveiled a plan for funding the state’s aging highways and bridges.

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10:27 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers To Consider Statewide Bond Issue For Infrastructure Improvements

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:05 pm

Missouri House members are proposing a statewide bond issue they say could launch a building boom across the Show-Me State.

House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has created a special committee to examine several bonding proposals that could fund new buildings, repairs and upgrades on state property and college campuses.  The effort is bipartisan, as the Republican speaker has appointed Democrat Chris Kelly of Columbia to chair the committee.  Kelly says the proposal can be done without raising taxes, unless transportation needs are included.

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8:13 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Chief justice praises drug courts in annual address

Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 10:32 pm

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman sang the praises of the state's drug court system during his annual State of the Judiciary Address Wednesday.


He told lawmakers that 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the state’s drug courts, which provide treatment options for non-violent drug offenders.

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4:48 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Legislators question state's purchase of $5.6M airplane

Governor Jay Nixon
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Some Republicans in the State Senate are expressing outrage that the Missouri Highway Patrol spent more than $5.5 million on a new airplane that could be used by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and other elected state officials. 

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8:09 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Special-elections bill gets first-round approval in House

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 9:43 pm

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.

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8:01 am
Wed January 23, 2013

House and Senate committees to hear bills that revive tax credits for nonprofits

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 5:11 pm

Legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credits in Missouri is being considered by a State House committee.


Tax breaks for food pantries, pregnancy resource centers and the Children in Crisis program all expired last year when lawmakers failed to pass any type of tax credit reform package.  Scott Baker, State Director of the Missouri Food Bank Association, testified today in favor of renewing the incentives.  He says according to the USDA, Missouri has the nation’s 7th highest food insecurity rate.

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8:14 am
Tue January 22, 2013

GM fish and meat would be labeled, under proposed Senate bill

Credit Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media

All genetically modified meat and fish raised and sold in Missouri would have to be labeled as such, under legislation filed in the State Senate.  It’s sponsored by Democrat Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis. 

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8:09 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Special-elections bill passes another hurdle, some Democrats oppose measure

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 6:39 pm

Legislation to require special elections in Missouri to fill vacancies in statewide offices has cleared another hurdle.


The bill today easily passed the House Rules Committee and is expected to be debated on the floor of the House next week.  If passed, House Bill 110 would only allow the governor to appoint a temporary placeholder if a statewide office is vacated, and that person would be ineligible to run in the special election to fill the vacancy.  State Representative Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart) sits on the Rules Committee and cast one of the few “no” votes.

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6:01 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mo. House GOP defeats 2nd effort by Democrats to ban smoking in lawmakers' offices

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Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:16 pm

Republican members of the Missouri House who smoke will still be able to, while Democrats won’t.


A new rule adopted today by the full House allows each party caucus within the House to set its own rules for such things as whether a lawmaker can smoke in his or her own Capitol office.  Shelley Keeney (R, Marble Hill) chairs the House GOP Caucus.


“I do think it was a good compromise," Keeney said.  "Clearly there were a wide range of views and opinions on the issue.”

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5:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Special-elections bill gets speedy passage in Mo. House committee

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 12:53 pm

A Missouri House committee has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.

House Bill 110 would require special elections if the office of Lt. Governor or any other statewide office is suddenly vacated.  It would allow the Governor to only appoint a placeholder who would temporarily fill the office but not be eligible to run in the special election.  It’s sponsored by House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem).

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3:31 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Nixon Sworn In As Mo. Governor, Begins Second Term

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 4:22 pm

Jay Nixon (D) has been sworn in for his second and final four-year term as Missouri Governor.

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8:53 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Missouri's Inauguration Day arrives for Gov. Nixon and statewide office holders

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 7:55 am

Missouri’s inauguration day has arrived, as Governor Jay Nixon (D) and several other state office holders prepare to be sworn in.


It’ll be the second term for most of those taking the oath of office, including Democrats Nixon, Attorney General Chris Koster, and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel.  Fellow Democrat Jason Kander, the incoming Secretary of State, will be the only statewide office newcomer.  Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder will be taking the oath of office for the third time, and his third term may prove to be very short if his bid to replace southeast Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R) succeeds.

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4:51 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Disagreement in Mo. government on how to fill empty offices

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Aside from Medicaid expansion, the most talked-about issue so far during the just-begun Missouri legislative session is whether Gov. Jay Nixon has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Gov. if Peter Kinder succeeds Republican Jo Ann Emerson in Congress.

Following his annual prayer breakfast, Gov. Nixon told reporters he believes he has the authority to appoint a new lieutenant governor if the office suddenly becomes vacant.

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8:53 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Lawmakers lay out agenda as new session begins

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Missouri’s 2013 legislative session is now underway.  Legislative leaders kicked things off by laying out more details on what they want to pass this year.

During his opening remarks to the Missouri House, Speaker Tim Jones said he wants to restore caps on medical malpractice damage awards, which were stripped away last year by the State Supreme Court.

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8:30 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Citizen's commitee releases report on Mo. roads

As Missouri lawmakers begin a new session at noon on Wednesday, one issue facing them is how to fund Missouri’s roads and highways. A “Blue-Ribbon” citizen’s committee created by the Missouri House to examine the state’s transportation needs released its report on how to fix the funding crisis on Tuesday. The report lays out several options, including: raising either the state’s fuel tax or creating a sales tax dedicated to transportation needs.  House Speaker Tim Jones says he prefers exploring options that are "revenue neutral."

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