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Intersection
3:45 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Civil War and its lasting effects on contemporary politics

Guests Frank Bowman, the Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the MU School of Law (Left), and Marvin Overby, a professor in MU’s department of political science (Right)
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Intersection March 31, 2014. The Civil War and its lasting effect on contemporary politics

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.

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Politics
8:06 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Missourians more likely to volunteer, less likely to talk politics

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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.

A new report on the state’s civic health, 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.

The report measured political activity, but also whether residents volunteered, helped their neighbors, or attended public meetings. 

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Politics
4:33 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Nixon Sharply Denounces Bill That Would Allow Some Sex Offenders Off The Registry

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 3:18 pm

Updated 8-21-13 4:01 p.m.

In St. Louis Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon sharply criticized a bill he vetoed that would allow juvenile sexual offenders to be removed from the sex offender registry. The Democratic Governor said overriding his veto would undermine public safety and weaken victims' rights.

He stood next to a gallery of mugshots and distributed information on several individuals who could be removed from the website if the bill passes.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Audit Of Mo. Technology Corporation Cites Lack Of Documentation For Admin. Costs

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 6:44 am

A state-run nonprofit corporation needs to improve its transparency, according to an audit released Thursday.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Engineers give Missouri infrastructure a C-

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Civil engineers say Missouri's infrastructure gets only a C-minus.

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.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Nixon to decide on unemployment measure

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Legislation awaiting action by Gov. Jay Nixon seeks to comply with federal mandates for Missouri's unemployment benefits system.

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.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

No CCW, but the feds can still get your MO hunting permit records

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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. 

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.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Mo. State Rep. Wants To 'Eliminate' Daylight Saving Time By Adopting It Permanently

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Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:15 pm

Legislation in the Missouri House would permanently adopt Daylight Saving Time as the new Standard Time, but only if 20 other states also agree to do so.


House Bill 340 would create a pact with other states to “eliminate” Daylight Saving Time by renaming it the new “Standard Time.”  And once 20 or more states join the pact, they’ll spring forward one hour and permanently remain there.  It’s sponsored by State Representative Delus Johnson (R, St. Joseph).

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Politics
8:47 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Mo. lawmakers cutting week short due to winter weather threat

A Cole Co. judge declared lawmakers' inability to pass tax credit legislation in the fall rendered a Missouri science investment bill unconstitutional.
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Missouri legislators are cutting their work week short because of concerns about a winter storm.

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.

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Talking Politics
12:29 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Governor Nixon continues to push business side of Medicaid expansion

Gov. Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

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.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

What folks in Columbia want to hear in the State of the Union address

Alan Wilkening
Andrew Yost KBIA

An audio postcard on the State of the Union

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.

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Politics
2:37 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Mo. Republicans choose Jason Smith for 8th District Congress race

Rep. Jason Smith
Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri Republicans have chosen a young state lawmaker promising a "fresh approach" as their candidate to replace former Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.

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Talking Politics
5:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Talking Politics: State of the medicaid expansion debate

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at his State of the state address in Jefferson City. January 28, 2013.
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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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Talking Politics
10:59 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Commentary: What politicians can learn from Stan Musial

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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 2500th hit, a home run.  I became a Cardinals fan and a Stan Musial fan that day.

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Politics
8:07 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Missouri state budget debate starts this week

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

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.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

MO legislator calls for tax on violent video games

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A Republican lawmaker from rural Missouri is calling for a sales tax on violent video games in response to a deadly Connecticut school shooting.

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Politics
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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Politics
8:49 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Blunt, McCaskill take opposing views on Senate rule changes

U.S. Capitol
KBIA

Averting big, abrupt tax increases and spending cuts isn’t the only issue pressing in Washington this week.

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.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Santa comes early for some politicos, with end-of-year donations

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Wealthy Republican donors are starting Christmas early. Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25,000 to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday. Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about $1.5 million to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sen. McCaskill touts wartime contracting bill passed by Congress

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Congress has given final approval to new oversight requirements for wartime contracting that had been sought by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bailey joins group hoping to replace Emerson in U.S. House

Wendall Bailey
Missouri State Treasurer's office

Former Republican congressman Wendell Bailey has joined a crowded field of candidates hoping to fill a vacancy in southeast Missouri's 8th Congressional District.

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Politics
8:25 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Emerson considers retiring from U.S. House sooner than planned

Jo Ann Emerson
United States Congress

Missouri congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson may end up resigning her U.S. House seat earlier than originally planned.

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Politics
8:54 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Nixon had $414,000 left over from campaign

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Governor Jay Nixon spent $15.5 million on his re-election campaign and still has hundreds of thousands of dollars left over.

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Talking Politics
2:41 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

How to explain MO GOP losses?

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?

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Politics
5:02 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Former MO House Speaker Tilley now a lobbyist

Steven Tilley
Missouri House of Representatives

Former Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley is now a registered lobbyist in Jefferson City.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Another candidate's late tax payments found; this time AG Koster

KBIA file photo

Late personal property tax payments have emerged in another Missouri political campaign.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Tilley steps down as Mo. House Speaker

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:07 pm

Updated 6:07 p.m. with comments from House Maj. Floor Leader Tim Jones.

Updated 2:32 p.m. with letter.

Updated 12:47 p.m. with details from Tilley press release.

Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) is resigning today as both a member of the Missouri House and as Speaker, effective this evening at 11:59 p.m.

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Politics
4:10 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Kinder will pay penalty for missing a property tax bill

KBIA file photo

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's campaign says he will pay a penalty for missing a tax bill on property he owns in Cape Girardeau.

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