"No Missourian should be fired for who they are or who they love." - Gov. Nixon
As expected, Medicaid is also part of Nixon's address.
Famed Cardinals great Stan Musial gets a mention in Nixon's address. Nixon quotes Musial saying "every day you this put this jersey on it's a privilege." Says it's the same for members of the Missouri General Assembly for doing the people's work.
"Together, let's build the Missouri our kids deserve." Nixon says to end his address.
Those of you who guessed 45 minutes to 1 hour for the length of Nixon's address tonight are the winners - he spoke for about 55 minutes.
Should Medicaid be expanded in Missouri?
Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones will deliver the Republican response in minutes - we'll carry it live.
Speaker Jones has begun his response.
Jones calls Nixon's address "short on substantive solutions."
Jones calls for education reform and that "effective teaching" is the "number one priority."
"These are not revolutionary, untested policies." - Jones
"We need the governor to stop standing in our way." - Jones
"The governor must stop using our children as his political pawns." - Jones
Jones has concluded his remarks. Any final impressions?