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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Politics
6:07 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Criminal Code Overhaul Endorsed By Missouri House

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 4:50 pm

Legislation that would overhaul Missouri’s criminal code has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. House passes another gun rights bill

The new bill reduces the presence of the state Department of Revenue pertaining to conceal carry applications.
Credit ~Steve Z~ / flickr

The Missouri House has passed yet another bill that would expand the rights of gun owners and reduce the role of the state Department of Revenue.

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Politics
8:04 am
Tue April 30, 2013

State budget rejected by House, another Medicaid expansion attempt defeated

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 5:17 pm

The Missouri House has formally rejected the Senate version of the state budget, setting the stage for final negotiations over the state’s spending plan for next year.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Bill restricting use of abortion-inducing drugs passes state senate committee

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 5:19 pm

A Missouri Senate Committee has passed legislation that puts restrictions on the use of abortion-inducing drugs. 


The bill would require the prescribing doctor to be physically present whenever a patient takes RU-486 or any other medication designed to terminate a pregnancy.  Supporters say it’s designed to prevent so-called “web-cam abortions,” in which a doctor at another location instructs the patient on taking the medicine.

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Politics
8:18 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Packing and parking: Bill would allow guns in parked cars on business property

via Flickr/ Foxtongue

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 6:40 pm

Floor debate on House Bill 372


The Missouri House has passed yet another bill that expands the rights of gun owners, less than 24 hours after passing legislation aimed at blocking the federal government from enforcing federal gun laws in the Show-Me State.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Mo. House Passes Bill Criminalizing Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws

(via Flickr/ M Glasgow)

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:31 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation that declares any future federal ban on semi-automatic weapons or large capacity clips is "unenforceable" in Missouri.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Alternate Medicaid Proposal Dead For 2013 Mo. Regular Session

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 2:29 am

An alternate Medicaid expansion bill that contained some reforms sought by Missouri House Republicans is all but dead this year.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Mo. House Sends Amended Income Tax Cut/Sales Tax Hike Back To Mo. Senate

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 2:02 am

The Missouri House has passed a Senate bill that would overhaul the state’s income and sales taxes, but not before making a few changes.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. department backing down on welfare contract

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The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced it will scale back on its participation in a contract to move welfare recipients onto federal disability.

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Politics
8:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Legislation Transfering Conceal Carry Process From DOR To Local Sheriffs Endorsed By Mo. House

via Flickr/Foxtongue

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:25 pm

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would overhaul the state’s conceal carry process.

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Politics
10:03 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Mo. House committee hears testimony on state welfare contract

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 5:43 am

A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday on efforts to shift state welfare recipients onto federal disability.

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Politics
9:59 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Mo. Senate passes state budget, de-funds DMV, and defeats another Medicaid expansion attempt

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 4:29 pm

After nearly eight hours of debate Monday, the Missouri Senate has passed next year’s state budget.

The roughly $25 billion spending plan still does not include Medicaid expansion, but not for a lack of trying by Democrats.  Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus offered up an amendment that would’ve added $890 million to the Social Services budget, enough to expand Medicaid to around 260,000 Missourians next year.

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Politics
9:36 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Mo. House passes '2nd Amendment Preservation' bill shortly after pro-gun rights rally

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 4:30 pm

The Missouri House has passed the so-called Second Amendment Preservation Act, less than 24 hours after it received first-round approval from the same body.

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NPR Story
8:29 am
Thu April 18, 2013

ATF Denies It Requested Missouri Conceal Carry List

(via Flickr/Foxtongue)

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 6:53 am

(Updated to include response from Mo. Sen. Kurt Schaefer)

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is denying claims that it took part in a joint request for Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders. 

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Politics
4:39 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

ATF says it never sought Mo. concealed guns list

File KBIA

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is denying claims that it took part in a joint request for Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Nixon Addresses 1,000+ Medicaid Expansion Supporters At Mo. Capitol

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 11:58 pm

A crowd estimated at more than 1,000 crammed into the Rotunda of the Missouri Capitol Tuesday to hear Governor Jay Nixon (D) call for expanding Medicaid to an additional 300,000 residents, nearly 260,000 of them by next year.


He told the crowd that the people he wants to add are those with low-paying jobs that don’t include health coverage.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed April 17, 2013

ATF Bureau And Social Security Requested Missouri's Conceal Carry Weapons List

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 4:19 pm

Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says the Department of Revenue (DOR) has continued to withhold information from his legislative committee about the list of conceal carry weapons (CCW) holders that the agency compiled for the federal government.

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Politics
11:17 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Missouri Department of Revenue director resigns

Missouri Department of Revenue
Credit dor.mo.gov

  The Missouri Department of Revenue is looking for a new Director.

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Politics
8:13 am
Mon April 15, 2013

St. Louis NAACP Teams Up With Labor To Fight Right-To-Work Efforts

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 4:54 pm

The St. Louis branch of the NAACP is teaming up with local labor union groups to fight against efforts in Jefferson City to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.


Chapter President Adolphus Pruitt says African-Americans are more likely to be union members than any other ethnicities in the United States, so the partnership makes sense.


“Right-to-work is a problem that exists across the country," Pruitt said.  "It’s trying to rear its ugly head up here in Missouri, (and) we’re gonna find a way to fight it back.”

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Politics
8:12 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Mo. House Committee Considers Bill To Revoke Public Assistance To Some Immigrants

Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 2:36 pm

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Politics
4:23 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Mo. Senate Members Grill Public Safety Officials Over Release Of Citizen Conceal-Carry List

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 12:48 am


Budget writers in the Missouri Senate turned their attention today Thursday to the Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety as they continue to question why the state’s list of conceal-carry weapons holders was given to the federal government.


Colonel Ron Replogle testified that the Patrol received a request for the list in November of 2011 from the Social Security Administration, which was conducting a fraud investigation.

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Politics
8:38 am
Wed April 10, 2013

State senators approve bill banning DOR from scanning source documents

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:39 am

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the Department of Revenue (DOR) from scanning and storing source documents for driver’s license, conceal-carry, and other applications.

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Politics
4:32 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Nixon takes Medicaid expansion campaign to Republican state senators

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 7:14 am

Missouri Senate Republicans were visited Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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Politics
8:36 am
Tue April 9, 2013

It May Be Too Late To Revise Mo. Criminal Code This Year

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 7:17 pm

Nearly a full month of hearings wrapped up Monday into a Missouri Senate bill that would revise the state’s criminal code, but it may already be too late to get the bill to the Governor’s desk this year.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Report States That 525,000 Missourians Will Be Eligible For Health Insurance Subsidies In 2014

(via flickr/rosmary)

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 4:42 pm

More than 525,000 Missourians will be eligible to receive government subsidies to purchase private health insurance, according to a report released Thursday by the advocacy group Families USA.

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Politics
8:04 am
Fri April 5, 2013

GOP supermajority in Missouri House inches up

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 9:43 am

The Republican supermajority in the Missouri House inched up this week with the election of Republican Mike Moon of Lawrence County to the vacant House District 157 seat from southwestern Missouri.  Moon defeated Democrat and former House Member Charlie "Doc" Dake in what Republican Speaker Tim Jones described as a hotly-contested race.

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Politics
9:34 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Nixon: 'Mo. Dept. Of Revenue Is Not Forwarding Info On Citizens To DC'

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 11:17 am

Governor Jay Nixon (D) says the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) is not forwarding information on applicants for driver’s licenses and conceal-carry endorsements to the federal government.

He became exasperated with reporters who asked questions about the controversy during a press conference today at the State Capitol.

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Politics
9:34 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Mo. House Committee Passes GOP Medicaid Reform Bill, Defeats Another Expansion Attempt

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 11:46 pm

A Missouri House committee has passed the Republicans’ alternative to the Medicaid expansion being sought by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Mo. State House committee examines income tax legislation

A Mo. State House committee inspects legislation that would cut Missouri's income tax while raising the sales tax.
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Legislation that would cut Missouri’s income tax while raising the sales tax was examined today by a State House committee. 

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Education
1:03 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

DESE Moving To Fully Implement "Common Core State Standards"

(via Flickr/cayoup)

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 2:24 pm

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is moving forward with fully implementing new standards in Missouri’s K-12 schools for teaching math, English and language arts.

Spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the new standards are based on those crafted by the Common Core State Standards initiative.

“The standards say what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and career,” Potter said.

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