Politics

Politics
8:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Nixon Focuses On Legacy From Ferguson As He Outlines Priorities

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon shakes hands with legislators as he exits the House of Represenatives after delivering the annual State of the State address at the state capitol.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:51 pm

A former basketball player himself, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon used the sport Wednesday to illustrate ways that the state can advance racial healing as it seeks to get beyond the months of protests prompted by last summer’s police shooting in Ferguson.

In Wednesday’s State of the State address, the governor recounted how Highway Patrol officers assigned to keep order pooled some of their own money to pay for a basketball net and new basketball. That generosity, Nixon said, later led to a pickup basketball game.

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Medicaid Expansion
11:26 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Report: Medicaid Expansion In Missouri Would Yield Up to $100M In Annual Savings

A new study finds that Missouri would save money by expanding Medicaid.

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 11:40 am

Even as prospects appear bleak for Medicaid expansion in Missouri, a new report says the state would save $81 million right off the bat and $100 million annually later on if it expands the program.

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Politics
11:04 am
Tue January 13, 2015

McCaskill Not Running For Governor In 2016, Will Seek Campaign Finance Reform Instead

Claire McCaskill

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 11:54 am

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has ended months of speculation by declaring that she’s definitely not running for governor in 2016 and is endorsing Missouri Attorney Chris Koster instead.

“I have an amazing job. I am challenged every day,” McCaskill said in an interview Monday with host Steve Kraske on KCUR-FM, the public-radio station in Kansas City.

“I love the work, and so at the end of the day, you’ve got to decide. ‘Is the job that you’re thinking about going for, is it a better job than the one you have? And can you do more?’ ”

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Politics
11:39 am
Mon January 12, 2015

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill Won't Run For Missouri Governor In 2016

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has represented Missouri since 2007.

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:35 pm

Putting an end to the speculation, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she won't run for governor in 2016.

The Missouri Democrat told KCUR's Steve Kraske she made the decision over the holidays with her family.

"At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself if the job you're thinking about going for is better than the one you have, and can you do more?" McCaskill says.

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Missouri Republican Party
10:06 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Two St. Louis Republicans Battle To Lead Missouri Party

Ed Martin in 2010 at his election watch party when he ran unsuccessfully for Congress

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 10:32 am

(Updated 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2015)

Despite all the gains that Missouri Republicans made in last fall’s balloting, the state party appears headed for a showdown shortly over who should be its leader heading into the crucial 2016 elections.

Two St. Louisans – incumbent state GOP chairman Ed Martin and former party executive director John Hancock – are competing in an election to determine who gets Martin's job.

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