Talking Politics

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Talking Politics is a weekly program on local politics, hosted by Ryan Famuliner.

Talking Politics: $200,000 for a Judicial Race

Oct 15, 2014

Eli Yokley of PoliticMo joined the show this week to discuss an unusually large amount of spending in the race for the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court.

  The Washington D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee has contributed $200,000 to its Missouri-based political action committee.  $100,000 of that money was passed along to Brian Stumpe, Republican candidate for the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court, and the other $100,000 is on its way.  Stumpe hopes to unseat Democrat Patricia Joyce, who has served on the court since 2002.

The legislature reconvenes this week to attempt to override several of Gov. Jay Nixon vetoes of bills they passed last spring.  Chris Kelly sat down to talk with us about what he thinks the legislature should and will do in this edition of Talking Politics.

Bobby and Christie Clark share a late afternoon snack of frozen chicken fingers inside their Sedalia, Mo., home on Monday, April 21, 2014. Christie and her two kids receive food stamps, but Missouri denies Bobby access because of his drug felony. Missouri
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Missouri lawmakers are scrambling this week to finalize and pass legislation before the end of the legislative session on Friday, May 16.

As Missouri senators and representatives put the finishing touches on their work, we took a look at some of the biggest bills this legislative session. This edition of Talking Politics looks into the abortion wait-time bill, the student transfer bill and the override of Nixon's veto on an income tax decrease.

 

KBIA's Hope Kirwan 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.

And later on the program, a 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.   

Initiative petitions 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 found out just what it takes to get an issue on the ballot.

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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.

KBIA's news team captured some of the sights and sounds on election day in this edition of Talking Politics, hosted by Kate Grumke.

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Since the early 1800s in Missouri, there have been laws against selling certain items on Sundays. These laws are called Blue Laws, and they were originally designed to give citizens and businesses a day of rest. But a motorcycle dealer in Kansas City is pushing to knock down one of the state's last remaining blue laws. KBIA's Justin Paprocki reported on how Sunday motorcycle sales could soon be allowed, with producing by Matthew Zuzolo.

Missouri Capitol
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 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 will be on the April 8 ballot.

Also on the show, a freshman state representative from St. Louis County wants to make the high five the official greeting of Missouri.

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  Last week, it was hard to miss the huge news coming out of Columbia.

Former University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam came out to ESPN last week. He could be the first openly gay NFL player after the draft in May.

"I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," Sam said. "I'm comfortable in my skin."

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.

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.

Jay Nixon
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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.

The governor is expected to announce funding increases for both K-12 schools and higher education, along with a warning to House and Senate GOP leaders not to cut taxes.  Nixon vetoed last year's tax cut bill (HB 253) and successfully fought off an attempted veto override last fall.  The Democratic governor is also expected to make another pitch for expanding Medicaid.

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.

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. 

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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Missouri lawmakers plan to make another attempt at cutting income taxes during their 2014 session.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed an income tax cut bill passed earlier this year, and majority party Republicans were unable to override it.

House and Senate leaders say an income tax cut will be an early priority when lawmakers convene January 8th.

Republican legislators in Missouri will try again next year to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri also cancelled, saying he was working on a deal even though the Senate wasn’t in session. That decision drew the ire of many conservatives.

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There could be an effort next year to change the law allowing Missouri lawmakers and others to carry guns at the State Capitol.

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt was in Missouri on Thursday to promote legislation that would reduce the number of so-called "boutique" fuels.

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.

At gas station in Cape Girardeau, the Republican Senator says before the Clean Air Act, the refineries were not the profit centers of the oil industry.

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.

 The Democratic Party of Missouri has a new chairman.

On Saturday the state party committee picked long-time political strategist Roy Temple to replace Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, who is stepping down after less than two years and says he may be interested in running for attorney general in 2016.

Even though Democrats have fared well as of late in state-wide elections, Republicans hold supermajorities in both the state House and Senate.

Heads up, Missouri drivers: New traffic laws affect you

Aug 23, 2013

Several new Missouri laws regarding traffic and roadways are going into effect soon. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

Captain Tim Hull with the Missouri State Highway Patrol just completed his annual training on the new laws.  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.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's record number of vetoes this year is expected to set up a very busy and hard-fought veto session this September.

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.  Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

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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.

Columbia Mayoral candidates make their case

Mar 19, 2013
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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 2nd. Republican Mayor Bob McDavid is running for re-election, and is being challenged by Sid Sullivan.

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.

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.

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.

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Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivered his state of the state speech Monday night;  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.

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