This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is bringing up the GOP leadership’s past support for early voting as he steps up his effort to persuade Republican legislative leaders – and particularly House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka – to consider the idea this season. Kander, a Democrat, made public a letter that he sent Tuesday to Jones “urging him to support early voting” and refer HB 848, sponsored by state Rep. Myron Neth, R-Liberty, to the House Elections Committee.
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: WASHINGTON -- From his office overlooking Washington's main business district, David Makovsky offers his pragmatic take on the question that everyone from White House aides to PBS's Jim Lehrer ask of him: What's the prospect of sustained peace between the Israelis and Palestinians?
Whether you’re in a blue state, red state, happy or fed-up state, it’s all over, except for the recycling. Yes, it’s time to make a clean sweep of the election flyers and door hangers. The campaign yard signs and banners. The political postcards that stuffed your mailbox every doggone day. More than 5 pounds of political postcards were mailed to my house in Madison County since the beginning of summer. And 4 1/2 pounds of them came from just two candidates: Republican Dwight Kay and Democrat Katie Stuart, candidates for the Illinois House of Representatives in the 112th District. (I know this, because I got out the old baby scale and weighed them. See photo above.) Stuart defeated Kay, who was the incumbent, but it was a tie in the postcard race. The good news is that most of this stuff is recyclable, says Brent Batliner, general manager of recycling for Republic Services in St. Louis. And the area's waste haulers are ready to roll. “We’re gonna happily recycle it,'' Batliner said,
Missouri Republicans Tuesday night experienced their greatest triumph in the Show Me State’s modern history. And Missouri Democrats had arguably their worst night ever. Those two declarative statements may seem like hyperbole, but it’s pretty close to the truth. Tuesday marked the first time ever Republicans won seven statewide elections in a single night. And with commanding majorities in the Missouri General Assembly, Gov.-elect Eric Greitens will be in a profoundly powerful position to enact his agenda – and to sign longstanding GOP priorities into law.
Legislation that would give St. Louis a clearer picture of who's being held in solitary confinement in the city's two jails will be introduced Thursday at the Board of Aldermen. Joe Vacarro, D-23rd Ward, said he saw the need for more information about the inmate population while campaigning for sheriff earlier this year.
Numbers don’t lie. Overall, Missouri voters cast only 30,000 more votes for president Tuesday than they did four years ago. But there was a 270,000-vote difference in who they backed. That swing helps explain Tuesday’s GOP wave.
The city of St. Louis is ordering a downtown shelter to close its doors or finish applying for a new occupancy permit. New Life Evangelistic Center received a cease and desist notice from St. Louis Building Commissioner Frank Oswald on Wednesday. He told the shelter it has 30 days to get a new permit, vacate its building at 1411 Locust Street or file an appeal with the city’s Board of Building Appeals.
This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Friday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live. Friday, Nov. 11 marks Veteran’s Day in the United States. One local Marine veteran and Brown School of Social Work student, James Petersen of Collinsville, will join St. Louis on the Air on Friday to discuss his experience in the military, his life with PTSD and the work he is doing to help other veterans with PTSD. Petersen is organizing what is being described as the “biggest Veterans Day event” in Washington University’s history. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and two Marine veterans featured in the HBO documentary “Generation Kill” will be part of the commemoration. St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer and Kelly Moffitt give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our
This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Friday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live. On St. Louis on the Air’s “Behind the Headlines” segment this Friday, we’ll talk with local experts about how polling and predictions based on that polling went so wrong ahead of this week’s election. Joining the program will be two experts on national and local polling: Terry Jones, Founders Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Administration at University of Missouri-St. Louis Matt Carlson, Associate Professor of Communication, Saint Louis University We’ll also discuss local news that may have been passed over during election week. St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer and Kelly Moffitt give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: After the first of two days of historic legal arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, the betting line hasn’t changed: The U.S. Supreme Court likely will look for a way to avoid a broad ruling recognizing or rejecting gay marriage but will likely strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Mary Ziegler, a professor at Saint Louis University Law School, put it this way: “Based on the comments, there isn’t any appetite to do anything broad -- either that there is a right for gay couples to marry or there isn’t.”
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Gov. Jay Nixon brushed off questions yesterday about gay marriage, an issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court. But Nixon, a Democrat, did express support for adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination statutes. That's become an increasingly visible priority among gay rights groups and their allies.