Politics

Media Talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
11:18 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Views of the News: News Corp Arrests, Fox Moving Left, Tech Tracks Leaks,Teens Bully Reporter's Kids

British Bribery, U.S. Consequences?

Richard Littlejohn, London Daily Mail: "Scotland Yard Stasi and this sinister assault on a free Press"

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Health & Wealth Update
11:09 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Republicans in Congress seek cuts to walking and biking programs

The new crosswalk at Old 63 and Walnut, connecting Stephens Lake Park to Benton-Stephens. The high-tech crosswalk and two blocks of extra-wide sidewalks cost $247,786.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Today the U.S. House of Representatives is debating a Republican-backed transportation bill, which would authorize $260 billion for the next five years. More money would go to highways, but at the expense of stable funding for public transportation, and the elimination of pedestrian and cycling programs. In this Health & Wealth update, among the proposed cuts is a pilot project in Columbia that's responsible for many of the new bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks around town.

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Politics
9:13 am
Wed February 15, 2012

MU student representatives lobby against higher education cuts

Students urged lawmakers to reconsider Gov. Jay Nixon's projected deep cuts to higher education in his 2013 budget.

Members of the Missouri Student Association traveled to Jefferson City Tuesday to ask state officials to rethink their proposal that would raise student tuition next year.

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Politics
9:01 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Senate committee approves employer contraception insurance bill

Legislation would allow employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control and other contraceptives.
File KBIA

Legislation that would allow employers to block insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations, all for religious reasons, has passed a Missouri Senate committee.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

AG Koster writes SCOTUS about federal health care law

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
File photo KBIA

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an individual health insurance mandate but uphold other parts of the federal health care law. 

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Politics
4:40 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

MO Supreme Court throws out ethics rules

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Wide-ranging ethics rules that were passed by Missouri lawmakers two years ago were tossed out Tuesday by the State Supreme Court.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Bill calls for review of comparative cost of death penalty

KBIA file photo

Democrat State Senator Joe Keaveny introduced Senate Bill 786 Monday, which would require state auditors to compare the cost of the death penalty with other sentences.

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Politics
9:22 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Legislators spar over Obama budget

Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) praised Obama's budget, while federal Republicans blasted it for not closing the country's large deficit gap.
File KBIA

US Senator Claire McCaskill says President Barack Obama’s budget, which was released Monday, is a workable document.

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Politics
9:17 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Cell phones added to no call list

New legislation would bar telemarketers from calling cell phones.
File KBIA

Legislation adding cell phones to Missouri's no call list faced no objection in the Senate Monday.

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Politics
9:08 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Controversy in Jefferson City over Obama contraception plan

Legislation from Jefferson City attacks Pres. Obama's contraception mandate.
File KBIA

The debate over President Obama's contraception mandate heated up at Missouri's Capitol today.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Missouri's senators at odds on contraception coverage

Roy Blunt in Columbia on Saturday.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

The Obama administration continues to come under fire for a rule that would make religious organizations cover contraceptives under employees' health care plans. A compromise announced on Friday has not placated the president's critics, including members of Missouri's congressional delegation.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Northwest Mo. levee districts get grants

Missouri levee
flickr USACE Public Affairs

Six levee, drainage and road districts in northwest Missouri will receive a total of about $1.2 million in community development block grants to help repair damage from flooding along the Missouri River. Gov. Jay Nixon's office said in a release that the six districts are located in Atchison and Holt counties.

Levee districts applied for the grants to cover either the 20 percent local cost share required under the Army Corps of Engineers' maintenance program, or for the entire cost if the levee district is not part of the Corps' system.

Politics
4:11 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Mo. high court to consider redistricting challenge

Mid-Missouri's portion of the new Congressional district map.
State of Missouri

The Missouri Supreme Court plans to take another look at the state's newly redrawn congressional districts.

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Politics
10:22 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Boone Co. court applies for sentencing grant

Boone County’s 13th judicial circuit court is seeking funding for the possible addition of a veterans alternative sentencing program.

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Politics
10:16 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Nixon and lawmakers at odds over legislation

Legislators and Gov. Nixon are sparing over bills reforming voter identification and workplace discrimination.
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Missouri Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon appear headed for a debate over workplace discrimination laws and a requirement to show a photo ID at the polls.

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Politics
10:12 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Nixon answers questions on flood protection

Gov. Nixon assured farmers that levees would be rebuilt quickly.
File KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon met with Missouri Levee and Drainage District members in Columbia this weekend. He and other state and federal officials responded to over eight months of questions from farmers and others on how Missouri’s waterways will be protected from future massive flooding. This is the first time a Missouri governor attended an annual levee district association meeting in over 15 years, and with good reason, as Governor Nixon addressed the standing room only crowd, he branded 2011: “the year of natural disasters.”

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Politics
5:24 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Politicians meet in Columbia, talk flooding

Kansas City District Flickr

State and federal leaders are gathering in Columbia tomorrow to talk about ways to prevent last year’s devastating floods in northwest and southeastern Missouri.

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Politics
10:16 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Columbia officials consider transit cuts

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes, left, addresses the Disabilities Commission alongside Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine Thursday, Feb. 9. Matthes said city transit is on track to exceed its budget by $1 million.
Matt Veto KBIA

Columbia city officials are still discussing options for shoring up a projected one-million-dollar shortfall in the city’s transit budget.

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Global Journalist
6:30 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Getting information out of Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on opposition forces is escalating. Six straight days of heavy bombardment has left hundreds dead in Homs.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Gov. Nixon speaks with University leaders about cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon
KBIA file photo

Two days after promising a decrease to higher education cuts, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon met with university presidents in Jefferson City.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Koster gives details about $196M settlement distribution

Chris Koster speaks at a press conference in Kansas City on Thursday, February 9th, 2012.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

As part of the national settlement with the five biggest mortgage service banks, amid allegations of mass loan abuse and fraud, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has started looking for home owners to take payments.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

MO House passes voter ID bill

KBIA file photo

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. 

The Thursday vote split exactly along party lines.

Democrats hammered away at Republicans’ arguments that the bill would combat voter fraud, saying there hasn’t been a documented case of voter fraud in decades – and that the bill does nothing to deal with voter registration fraud.  GOP House Member Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff disagreed.

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Politics
9:17 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Legislators hear support for anti-bullying bill

The bill would make schools crack down on bullying.
File KBIA

A bullied high schooler testified in favor of proposed anti-bullying legislation in a House committee hearing Wednesday.

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Politics
9:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination reform bill

Mo. Senate Democrats tried to filibuster the workplace discrimination reform bill last week.
File KBIA

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace. The vote was a mere formality following last week’s battle to kill the bill.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon explains proposal delay

Nixon says he knew about the settlement’s general size for the last few months, but felt it was prudent to keep quiet.
David Shane Flickr

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he needed to cover all his bases before proposing to add $40 million to his higher education budget.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Missouri senator urges later candidate filing period

At the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., a senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.
File Photo KBIA

A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.

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Politics
9:24 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Taxi stands to stay in Columbia

The Columbia City Council voted to keep taxi stands on local streets.
File photo KBIA

Columbia’s City Council unanimously voted to make downtown taxi stands and no-pick-up zones permanent on Monday night.  

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Politics
9:05 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Santorum takes Missouri primary

Although Tuesday’s presidential primary amounts to only a public opinion poll, it was not front runner Mitt Romney who took the Missouri, but Rick Santorum.

Former St. Charles County executive Joe Ortwerth heads the Missouri branch of Focus on the Family, a conservative activist group.

He says Missouri is known as a state that likes to send strong messages.

“And today, the Show-Me State declared that the Midwest and the people of the Midwest, are looking for a candidate with genuine conservative credentials, and Rick Santorum is that man,” Ortwerth said.         

Politics
8:43 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Mo. Gov. promises millions to higher education

Governor Jay Nixon announced a possible six percent decrease to higher education cuts in the proposed 2013 budget.
File Photo KBIA

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he want to add $40 million to his higher education budget.  The money would come from a proposed lawsuit settlement with five large mortgage banks over foreclosure practices.

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