The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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MO 2013 Archives

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Missouri Political Headlines 2013 Archives

MAY 2013

Missouri’s lax rules fuel suspicions of corruption (Kansas City Star, 5/31/13)
A play for power among Missouri Democrats (Kansas City Star, 5/31/13)
House speaker faces Medicaid expansion advocates at tour’s stop in Columbia (Political Fix, 5/30/13)
Nixon questions tax cut bill’s unintended prescription sales tax hike (Missouri Times, 5/30/13)
Energy firms and unions among last-minute donors to 8th District candidates (St. Louis Beacon, 5/30/13)
Nixon says tax cut bill removes Missouri’s sales tax break for prescription drugs (St. Louis Beacon, 5/30/13)
Sinquefield puts $100K more into teacher ballot initiative (Kansas City Star, 5/29/13)
Missouri license and registration fees could increase (Kansas City Star, 5/28/13)
Missouri’s method of calculating minimum wage is seen as a model for push to raise federal minimum wage (St. Louis Beacon, 5/27/13)
Missouri infrastructure gets C-minus grade, Speaker Jones says it shows need for sales tax bill (St. Louis  Public Radio, 5/22/13)
AUDIO: Politically speaking live:  2013 legislative wrap-up (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/22/13)
AUDIO: Why Missouri’s lobbying system isn’t as open as you’d think (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/22/13)

Nixon’s changes at Medicaid agency puzzle health care advocates (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/22/13)
As staff departs, Nixon pledges to keep pushing for Medicaid expansion (St. Louis Beacon, 5/21/13)
COMMENTARY: Medicaid reform: More work to be done (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/21/13)
Mo. lawmaker who threatened to resign over bills’ failure to pass changes his mind (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/21/13)
AUDIO: Discussion: What happened during the 2013 Missouri Legislative session? (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/20/13)
Missouri Social Service director quits, returning to St. Louis to run Grace Hill centers (St. Louis Beacon, 5/20/13)
On the trail: Veto-proof majority puts Nixon, lawmakers in new territory (St. Louis Beacon, 5/20/13)
Nixon criticizes tax cut bill, but stops short of committing veto (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/20/13)
After respite in Eminence, Nixon set to decide on legislation (St. Louis Beacon, 5/20/13)
Internal Republican splits and guns dominated Missouri’s legislative session (St. Louis Beacon, 5/18/13)
AUDIO: Curtain falls on Missouri’s 2013 legislative session (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/18/13)
AG Koster salutes Justus’ work on gay-rights bill (Kansas City Star, 5/18/13)
Conflict-ridden Missouri legislative session could lead to more Nixon vetoes (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/18/13)
Winners and losers from the 2013 session of the Missouri General Assembly (Kansas City Star, 5/18/13)
In final hours of session, big issues still facing Missouri lawmakers (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/17/13)
Missouri Legislature gives up on tax credit bill after senator’s blistering attack (Political Fix, 5/17/13)
House pushing bills through in last day of session (Political Fix, 5/17/13)
Republican split in MO Senate kills transportation sales tax (Political Fix, 5/17/13)
During final hours of session, Missouri Senate kills tax credit, transportation tax proposals (St. Louis Beacon, 5/17/13)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is busy behind the scenes (Kansas City Star, 5/17/13)
Missouri General Assembly wraps up ‘historic’ session (Kansas City Star, 5/17/13)
After years of failure, Missouri General Assembly fixes Second Injury fund (St. Louis Beacon, 5/16/13)
MO General Assembly sends Second Injury Fund fix/workers’ comp bill to Gov. Nixon (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/16/13)
As clock ticks down, Missouri General Assembly scrambles to pass — or kill — bills (St. Louis Beacon, 5/16/13)
Legislation to curb Missouri welfare fraud sent to governor (AP, 5/16/13)
Missouri legislation would let sheriffs print gun permits (AP, 5/16/13)
None for the road? Lamping makes splash with filibuster against transportation sales tax (St. Louis Beacon, 5/15/13)
Final version of Workers’ Comp/Second Injury Fund fix passes Mo. Senate, heads to House (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/15/13)
Nixon vetoes bill that would eliminate tax break for elderly renters (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/15/13)
2013 General Assembly scorecard: What’s passed and what’s passed on (St. Louis Beacon, 5/15/13)
Mo. lawmakers send bill to Gov. Nixon that bans DOR from scanning driver’s license documents (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/15/13)
Slay leads St. Louis entourage making one last pitch in state Capitol (St. Louis Beacon, 5/15/13)
Jay Nixon boxes malicious lawmakers into a corner (Kansas City Star, 5/8/13)
Second Injury Fund among key business issues as General Assembly heads into last two weeks (St. Louis Beacon, 5/7/13)
MO General Assembly sends targeted prevailing wage bill to Gov. Nixon (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/6/13)
AUDIO: Politically speaking: Budget surplus and alcohol wars (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/3/13)
Educators file suit against ballot proposal that does away with tenure, mandates evaluations (St.Louis Public Radio, 5/3/13)
Lawsuit filed against Missouri over language used in teacher tenure ballot initiative (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/3/13)
More money into state coffers ignites bipartisan deal for one-time spending spree (St. Louis Beacon, 5/2/13)
EDITORIAL: Missouri and Kansas lawmakers are hard at work for the gun lobby (Kansas City Star, 5/2/13)
Running tally of Mo. lobbyist gifts: $450,000 (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/2/13)
State panel, House speaker accuse Nixon of secretly complying with federal REAL ID law (St. Louis Beacon, 5/1/13)
Missouri House seeks to expand gun rights, approves tax credits to attract gun manufacturers (St. Louis Beacon, 5/1/13)

APRIL 2013

Overhaul of prevailing wage for public works projects passes Mo. Senate (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/30/13)
MO House passes another gun rights bill (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/30/13)
In Jefferson City, behind-the-scenes battle over alcohol is biggest-spending game in town (St. Louis Beacon, 4/30/13)
Criminal code overhaul endorsed by Missouri House (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/30/13)
Mo. House rejects Senate version of state budget, defeats another Medicaid expansion attempt (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/30/13)
Rand Paul to appear in St. Louis this week to raise money for state GOP (St. Louis Beacon, 4/29/13)
Bill restricting use of abortion-inducing drugs passes Mo. Senate committee (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/29/13)
Tax shuffle could shake up Missouri (Political Fix, 4/29/13)
On the trail: Primary shift gets chilly reception — and showcases legislative reality (St. Louis Beacon, 4/29/13)
Special-election contest for 8th District congressional seat quietly continues (St. Louis Beacon, 4/26/13)
Nixon makes Downing acting director of Dept. of Economic Dev. (St. Louis Beacon, 4/26/13)
AUDIO: MO. House passes bill allowing guns in parked cars on business property (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/25/13)
MO  House sends amended income tax cut/sales tax hike back to MO Senate (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/25/13)
Alternate Medicaid proposal dead for 2013 Mo. regular session (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/25/13)
MO House passes bill criminalizing enforcement of federal gun laws (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/25/13)
Nixon claims public at risk about because of legislative cuts in federal homeland-security grants (St. Louis Beacon, 4/25/13)
MO Senate passes state budget, de-funds DMV, and defeats another Medicaid expansion attempt (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/23/13)
Anti-abortion group seeks to restore campaign donation limits in Missouri (St. Louis Beacon, 4/22/13)
Nixon vetoes vehicle sales tax bill (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/19/13)
Speaker: Sales tax for roads needs more GOP votes to advance (Political Fix, 4/16/13)
Nixon addresses 1,000+ Medicaid expansion supporters at MO Capitol (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/16/13)
Nixon: Scanning, retaining of concealed carry documents to end (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/16/13)
Koster outpaces other statewide officeholders in fundraising (St. Louis Beacon, 4/16/13)
Dept of Revenue’s director resigns as agency feels legislative heat (St. Louis Beacon, 4/15/13)
On the trail: After chilly start, Democrats embrace Koster as Nixon’s Democratic successor (St. Louis Beacon, 4/15/13)
MO House committee considers bill to revoke public assistance to some immigrants (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/14/13)
St. Louis NAACP teams up with labor to fight right-to-work efforts (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/12/13)
Koster won’t appeal ruling on law allowing firms to decline contraception coverage (St. Louis Beacon, 4/11/13)
State health committee passes resolution supporting Medicaid expansion (St. Louis Beacon, 4/10/13)
MO. legislators received more than $330K from lobbyists in two months (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/10/13)
Debate over Medicaid expansion is as hot as gun control in parts of south Missouri (St. Louis Beacon, 4/10/13)
AUDIO: Nixon takes Medicaid expansion campaign to MO. Senate Republicans (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/9/13)
Zweifel decides against 2016 bid for governor (St. Louis Beacon, 4/9/13)
Nixon describes Medicaid talks as ‘thoughtful,’ but Laming contends nothing’s changed (St. Louis Beacon, 4/9/13)
State senators to Nixon: No deal on Medicaid expansion this session (St. Louis Beacon, 4/8/13)
GOP Super-majority in MO House grows slightly as vacant seats filled this week (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/4/13)
Local Americans for Prosperity laments Tuesday’s passage of 200-plus tax hikes (St. Louis Beacon, 4/4/13)
Gov. Nixon hopeful on future Medicaid compromise (KC Business Journal, 4/4/13)
MO House committee passes GOP Medicaid reform bill, defeats another expansion attempt (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/3/13)
Report: Missouri among worst states for gun violence, trafficking (St. Louis Beacon, 4/3/13)
Nixon puts positive spin on private meeting with House Republicans about Medicaid (St. Louis Beacon, 4/3/13)
Nixon: ‘Mo. Dept of Revenue is not forwarding info on citizens to DC’ (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/3/13)
House committee hears MO Senate bill to cut income tax & raise sales tax (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/2/13)
Vote set on plan to change Medicaid in Missouri (St. Louis Beacon, 4/2/13)
Missouri govt’s revenue collections outpace early projections (St. Louis Beacon, 4/2/13)
Common Core standards tested in MO (KCUR, 4/1/13)
MO House Speaker says same-sex marriage should be up to states (KCUR, 4/1/13)

MARCH 2013

EDITORIAL: Why expand Medicaid? Let us count the reasons (Kansas City Star, 3/31/13)
Medicaid debate in Missouri gets hyperbolic (Kansas City Star, 3/31/13)
Nixon signs amateur sports tax credit legislation (Political Fix, 3/29/13)
MO House Speaker comments on gay marriage, anti-discrimination bill (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/29/13)
Missouri House approves budget, no money for Medicaid expansion (Political Fix, 3/29/13)
MO House passes state budget, MO Senate threatens to delay DOR budget (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/28/13)
Missouri House speaker opposes gay discrimination ban (Political Fix, 3/28/13)
Speaker Jones promises House action if Koster fails to appeal ruling on conscience law (St. Louis Beacon, 3/28/13)
Gay rights supporters push bills to eliminate bias (St. Louis Beacon, 3/27/13)
Nixon focuses on Medicaid, holds comments on same-sex marriage (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/26/13)
Nixon nominates John Maupin to GOP spot on St. Louis County Election Board (St. Louis Beacon, 3/26/13)
GOP-controlled House blocks multiple attempts at Medicaid expansion (Political Fix, 3/26/13)
Kander recalls past GOP support in efforts to win early voting in MO (St. Louis Beacon, 3/26/13)
MO House endorses state budget, 3 attempts to expand Medicaid fail, and Dept. of Revenue targeted (St. Louis Public Radio,3/26/13)
Committee hears Republican-backed Medicaid plan (Political Fix, 3/25/13)
MO lawmakers return from midsession break (AP, 3/24/13)
A look at bills before Mo. Legislature (AP, 3/24/13)
Tax issue could affect state services (News-Press, 3/24/13)
Missouri trade entourage, led by Nixon, returns home with $1.9B in trade deals (St. Louis Beacon, 3/22/13)
Nixon touts $1.9B in trade agreements from trip to Asia (Political Fix, 3/21/13)
In Taiwan, Nixon closes $700M trade deal (Missouri Times, 3/19/13)
A look back on the first half of session with House Speaker Tim Jones (Missouri Times, 3/18/13)
House Committee hears time-sensitive TANF bill (Missouri Times, 3/17/13)
Session’s early months show success for Missouri GOP (Kansas City Star, 3/17/13)
Missouri Senate wants to finance state highways with sales tax (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/15/13)
Teachers could be fired faster under bill moving in Missouri Legislature (Political Fix, 3/15/13)
Deval Patrick to headline Missouri Dems’ Jefferson-Jackson dinner (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/15/13)
Amateur sports tax credit proposal going to Nixon (Political Fix, 3/13/13)
MO House passes ‘conscience rights’ bill (Political Fix, 3/12/13)
Missouri lawmakers vote to roll back income taxes (Reuters, 3/12/13)
Missouri Senate endorses union paycheck bill (AP, 3/12/13)
Bill would allow medical providers to deny some controversial procedures (The Missouri Times, 3/12/13)
Senate gives first round approval to ‘paycheck protection’ bill (The Missouri Times, 3/12/13)
GOP strategists join Nixon push for Medicaid expansion (Missouri Times, 3/11/13)
Nixon breaks silence, lashes out at Senate’s tax plan (Political Fix, 3/11/13)
Kander talks campaign finance, elections (The Missouri Times, 3/11/13)
COMMENTARY: Spence discusses hot-button topics of interest, relevance (The Missouri Times, 3/11/13)
Guns: GOP wants Missouri to destroy personal documents tied to concealed carry permits (Riverfront Times, 3/11/13)
Missouri bill would let health providers opt out of more reproductive services (Kansas City Star, 3/10/13)
AUDIO: GOP union bill expected to pass in Senate this week (MissouriNet, 3/10/13)
Nixon continues campaign for Medicaid expansion (The Missouri Times, 3/8/13)
Missouri Senate’s first-round approval of tax cuts touches off optimism and fear (St. Louis Beacon, 3/8/13)
ACLU vows to keep fighting Missouri Prayer Amendment (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/7/13)
New tactics in border tax war (News Tribune, 3/7/13)
MO high court hearing challenge to spending cuts (AP, 3/6/13)
Missouri House endorses longer term limits (AP, 3/6/13)
National term limits group opposes proposed change approved by the MO House (St. Louis Beacon, 3/6/13)
Missouri Senate endorses tax cut legislation (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/6/13)
Lawmakers tout support for early education funding (The Missouri Times, 3/5/13)
GOP leader denies MO. Senate Republicans are reversing opposition to Medicaid expansion (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/5/13)
Doctors, police join Nixon in calling for expanding Medicaid for mentally ill (St. Louis Beacon, 3/5/13)
Kinder seeks meeting with Nixon to discuss state record-keeping, but won’t get it (St. Louis Beacon, 3/5/13)
Democrats eye potential pick up opportunities in 2014 (The Missouri Times, 3/4/13)
Republicans begin behind the scenes push for Medicaid expansion (The Missouri Times, 3/4/13)
Nixon tries new tactic to sway GOP on Medicaid expansion (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/4/13)
Hagler, Koster whip up Dems with calls to protect workers, farmers (St. Louis Beacon, 3/3/13)
Blind services facing potential cut in MO House (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/2/13)
At Democrat Days, Nixon leaves partisan attacks to new generation (St. Louis Beacon, 3/2/13)
Nixon replaces one St. Louis lawyer with another as PSC chairman (St. Louis Beacon, 3/1/13)
MO House: Initiative petitions shouldn’t regulate agriculture (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/1/13)
Tax credit overhaul would slice historic preservation, housing subsidies (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/1/13)
EDITORIAL: GOP Medicaid ‘reform’ falls short in only place that matters (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/1/13)
Conservative e-mail campaign awakens opposition to curbing union rights (St. Louis Beacon, 3/1/13)

FEBRUARY 2013

MO House speaker casts doubt on Senate’s tax credit bill (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/28/13)
In new year, Missouri GOP begins to up fundraising (PoliticMO, 2/27/13)
House committee begins budget work (Political Fix, 2/27/13)
MO Supreme Court considering the link between benefits and marriage (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/27/13)
AUDIO: Senator pushes tax credits for air cargo forwarders (MissouriNet, 2/27/13)
Mo. Senate endorses wide-ranging tax credit bill (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/27/13)
GOP Medicaid plan would let some Missourians in, kick others out (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/27/13)
Missouri House committee rejects Medicaid expansion bill (Political Fix, 2/26/13)
Sequester would hit Missouri education, military funding (Missouri News Horizon, 2/26/13)
Enforcing new federal gun regulations could be a crime under new bill (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/26/13)
Missouri Republicans outline ‘commonsense conservative’ Medicaid alternative (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/26/13)
MO Chamber picks up legislative insiders as lobbyists (Political Fix, 2/26/13)
Two separate Mo. House committees reject Medicaid expansion efforts (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/25/13)
MO Senate committee proposes $1.1 billion tax cut (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/25/13)
Nixon listed among Dem governors playing waiting game with Clinton (Political Fix, 2/25/13)
MO House GOP lawmakers defeat Medicaid expansion (AP, 2/25/13)
House Republican plan could raise fees for Medicaid recipients (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/25/13)
Republicans officially reject Democrats Medicaid expansion proposal (Missouri News Horizon, 2/25/13)
Missourians fret, Washington snoozes as sequester looms (Political Fix, 2/21/13)
Teaching of evolution in K-12 schools would be regulated under Mo. House bill (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/21/13)
Nixon optimistic that Missouri Republicans may come around on Medicaid expansion (St. Louis Beacon, 2/20/13)
Another ‘China Hub’ proposal considered in MO House (CBS St. Louis, 2/20/13)
Seeking national spotlight, Nixon to join DGA panel on economic issues (PoliticMO, 2/20/13)
Missouri House approves tax amnesty period (AP, 2/20/13)
Second piece of legislation filed to outlaw legislation (Political Fix, 2/20/13)
Nixon continues Medicaid expansion campaign despite GOP disinterest (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/20/13)
McCaskill: Rejection of federal Medicaid dollars would ‘exacerbate’ state budget crunch (PoliticMO, 2/19/13)
Bill would criminalize lawmakers who introduce gun control legislation (PoliticMO, 2/19/13)
MO House Democrats file Medicaid expansion bill (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/18/13)
Cultural battle over women’s reproductive health issues resumes in MO Senate hearings (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/18/13)
Democrats officially introduce bill to expand state’s Medicaid rolls (PoliticMO, 2/18/13)
Mo. infrastructure needs could hit Mo. consumers (AP, 2/17/13)
Jindal urges focus on education, economy during Missouri stop (PoliticMO, 2/16/13)
Hodges captures Democratic nomination for 8th District election (St. Louis Beacon, 2/16/13)
Schweich lays out case for new future of Missouri Republican Party (PoliticMO, 2/15/13)
Dempsey reiterates that Medicaid expansion will have ‘problems’ in Senate (St. Louis Beacon, 2/15/13)
State budget bills filed in MO House; Medicaid expansion left out (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/14/13)
Nixon says rejection of Medicaid expansion could hurt mental health care (PoliticMO, 2/14/13)
Racial discussion emerges in voter ID debate (PoliticMO, 2/14/13)
Mo. House gives 1st-round approval to photo voter ID legislation (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/14/13)
MO House budget plan skips Medicaid expansion (AP, 2/14/13)
Missouri House gives first-round approval to bills requiring govt-issued photo IDs for voters (St. Louis Beacon, 2/13/13)
MO House gives first round approval to voter ID bill (PoliticMO, 2/13/13)
Gov. Nixon says Medicaid expansion would be good business decision (Joplin Globe, 2/13/13)
Senators take steps to improve Missouri’s crippled second injury fund (Missouri News Horizon, 2/13/13)
MO House blocks effort to keep governor of state plane (Political Fix, 2/12/13)
Jones challenges Nixon to take Medicaid expansion to ballot (Political Fix, 2/12/13)
Sunshine Law debate expands in state Senate (Springfield News-Leader, 2/12/13)
General Assembly may be divided on future of ‘right to work’ legislation (PoliticMO, 2/12/13)
Beyonce, Ryan Gosling, other celeb faces in Missouri Medicaid expansion campaign (Riverfront Times, 2/12/13)
Jones: Business groups ‘uncomfortable’ supporting Medicaid expansion (PoliticMO, 2/12/13)
MO Senate backs bill to replenish disability fund (AP, 2/12/13)
Missouri House to take up voter photo ID requirement (Political Fix, 2/11/13)
GOP lawmaker makes pitch for sales tax increase to bolster transportation needs (St. Louis Beacon, 2/11/13)
Right-to-work bill, energy surcharge proving to be key legislative issues (Joplin Globe, 2/9/13)
MO Republicans choose Jason Smith for Congress (AP, 2/9/13)
Republicans choose state Rep. Jason Smith as 8th congressional district nominee (St. Louis Beacon, 2/8/13)
Republicans prepare for Saturday gathering to choose 8th congressional district nominee (St. Louis Beacon, 2/8/13)
Nixon downplays Moody’s warning (Missouri News Horizon, 2/8/13)
Governor’s  idea to lengthen the school calendar in MO could get complicated (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/8/13)
Nixon defends renewed call for campaign donation limits (St.Louis Beacon, 2/8/13)
Kander announces commission to examine early voting (St. Louis Beacon, 2/8/13)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal returns as speaker for statewide GOP Lincoln Days in St. Louis (St. Louis Beacon, 2/6/13)
Jones proposes bonding proposal for state buildings (Missouri News Horizon, 2/6/13)
MO lawmakers seek local taxes on vehicle sales (AP, 2/6/13)
Hearing on Right-to-Work bill draws hundreds to MO Capitol (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/6/13)
Nixon says more mental health services prevents crime better than guns in classrooms (St. Louis Beacon, 2/6/13)
Speakers endorse state bond issue for construction (Columbia Daily Tribune, 2/6/13)
Burlsion ‘right to work’ bill heard in committee (PoliticMO, 2/6/13)
Jay Nixon Medicaid proposal would mean millions for health care industry (Political Fix, 2/5/13)
Voter ID bill in Missouri inspires pushback (Kansas City Star, 2/5/13)
Gov. Jay Nixon’s Medicaid proposal would mean millions for health care industry (Political Fix, 2/5/13)
Critics of Missouri Voter ID bill says GOP trying to stifle opposition (Midwest Democracy, 2/5/13)
MO Legislative Black Caucus opposes photo voter ID legislation (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/5/13)
Senators propose Missouri transportation sales tax (AP, 2/5/13)
Nixon and MO Senate leaders agree on at least one thing: No state $$ for a new Rams stadium (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/5/13)
Proposed 1-cent sales tax for transportation needs filed in MO Senate (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/5/13)
AUDIO: Nixon to address education budget during MSU visit (KSMU, 2/5/13)
MO Senate backs quick takeover of failed schools (AP, 2/5/13)
Lawmakers mull higher education funding formula (Missouri News Horizon, 2/5/13)
Missouri’s state income picture continues to improve (St. Louis Beacon, 2/4/13)
Doug Nelson confirmed as MO Commissioner of Administration, despite airplane concerns (AP, 2/4/13)
MO lawmakers want performance to play role in higher ed funding while Nixon reverses $8.5M in cuts (AP, 2/4/13)
Nixon restores higher ed funding (Political Fix, 2/4/13)
Nixon announces reorganization of some state functions (Missouri News Horizon, 2/4/13)
Governor reverses  $8.5M in cuts to Missouri higher education (AP, 2/4/13)
Proposal heard to give state legislature stopping power on federal programs (Missourinet, 2/4/13)
Gun control debate reveals rift among nation’s sheriffs (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/4/13)
Proposal says MO higher education underfunded by $388 million (Missourinet, 2/4/13)
Local advocates weigh in on immigration reform (News-Press, 2/3/13)
Voter advocacy groups say MO ID bills unfair, unconstitutional (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/3/13)
World Wide Technology gave big donations to Nixon — but others, too (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/1/13)

JANUARY 2013

Nixon gets big donation on same day he calls for campaign contribution reform (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/31/13)
Tax credits faring better so far this year in the Missouri Senate (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/31/13)
COMMENTARY: Debunking conventional wisdom on tax credits (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/31/13)
School funding crisis? What school funding crisis? (Political Fix, 1/30/13)
Fiscal conservatives resurrect effort to impose spending cap in Missouri (St. Louis Beacon, 1/30/13)
Replogle answers questions about MO Highway Patrol’s $5.6M airplane (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/30/13)
Big money, big stakes as lawmakers examine collection of union dues (Kansas City Star, 1/30/13)
COMMENTARY: From Ashcroft to Nixon, Legislature’s role reversal (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/30/13)
EDITORIAL: Mr. Nixon finds some gumption, challenges Legislature (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/30/13)
Nixon talks elections bill, state aircraft (Political Fix, 1/29/13)

Nixon makes pitch for Medicaid, campaign donations limits (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/29/13)
Labor targets Nixon, Wagner over state, federal budgets (St. Louis Beacon, 1/29/13)
Nixon’s budget proposal relies on $165M from other legislation (Political Fix, 1/29/13)
In State of State speech, Nixon urges more spending (Midwest Democracy, 1/29/13)
EDITORIAL: More reforms needed to fix Missouri’s criminal justice system (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/28/13)
Text of GOP response to Gov. Nixon’s speech (AP, 1/28/13)
In GOP response, Jones rejects Medicaid expansion, calls on Nixon to engage with legislators (St. Louis Beacon, 1/28/13)
Nixon proposes Medicaid, education expansion in state of the state address (PoliticMO, 1/28/13)
Gov. Nixon: Medicaid expansion ‘good, right thing to do’ (Joplin Globe, 1/28/13)
Jay Nixon proposes boldest agenda yet (Midwest Voices, 1/28/13)
Gov. Nixon delivers 2013 ‘State of the State’ Address (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/28/13)
Nixon uses State of the State to press for Medicaid expansion, more education spending (St. Louis Beacon, 1/28/13)
Sanders re-elected chairman of MO Democratic Party; Green stays vice-chair (St. Louis Beacon, 1/28/13)
MO Senate votes to extend expiring tax credits (AP,1/28/13)
MO House committee looks for ways to improve Quality Jobs program (Missourinet, 1/28/13)
Gov. Jay Nixon to deliver MO State of the State address tonight (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/28/13)
On the trail: 8th District GOP race could tip over rows of political dominoes (St. Louis Beacon, 1/28/13)
Nixon expected to highlight Medicaid, education in State of State address; Jones to give response (St. Louis Beacon, 1/28/13)
Missouri lawmakers stick to pro-gun trends (Political Fix, 1/27/13)
Preview: Gov. Nixon’s budget address (CBS St. Louis, 1/27/13)
Republicans urge Nixon to lay out funding specifics in State of the State (PoliticMO, 1/27/13)
Some conservatives divided on state bond issue (St. Joseph News-Press, 1/27/13)
It’s back. Lambert backers take another stab at cargo hub tax credits (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/26/13)
Worried Missouri legislators consider ways to counter Kansas tax cuts (Kansas City Star, 1/26/13)
MO House speaker creates new committees for Hubbard (Political Fix, 1/25/13)
Jones voids Democratic Leader’s retaliation against Hubbard (PoliticMO, 1/25/13)
Jones comes to defense of banished Democratic leader (Missouri News Horizon, 1/25/13)
House committee schedules early-morning hearing on voter ID (Political Fix, 1/24/13)
Public pressure forces House committee to reschedule voter ID hearing (PoliticMO, 1/24/13)
Politically speaking: A $5.6M plane and plans for special elections (Beyond November, 1/24/13)
Nixon pledges to boost funding for all levels of education (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/24/13)
MHTC Chairman proposes 1-cent sales tax to fund MO’s transportation needs (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/24/13)
MO Senate delays confirmation of Nixon’s O.A. Chief over airplane purchase (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/24/13)
Sales tax increase proposed for highways while senators weigh income tax cuts (Political Fix, 1/24/13)
Mo. leader removes fellow Democrat from committees over election bill vote (AP, 1/24/13)
Transportation leaders call for sales tax increase to fund road improvements (Missouri News Horizon, 1/24/13)
Missouri House leader launches push for state building bonds (Political Fix, 1/24/13)
Lawmakers critical of new, $5.6M Highway Patrol plane for governor (PoliticMO, 1/23/13)
Missouri House passes elections bill (Political Fix, 1/23/13)
Union numbers drop in Missouri, Illinois (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/23/13)
Concerns raised over MO Highway Patrol purchase of new $5.6M plane (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/23/13)
Mo. lawmakers to consider statewide bond issue for infrastructure improvements (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/23/13)
MO House sends statewide vacancies bill to Senate (Missouri News Horizon, 1/23/13)
State Senate readies for heavy budgeting process (Missouri News Horizon, 1/22/13)
Missouri Senate will try to show it’s ‘functional’ in tax credit debate (Political Fix, 1/21/13)
MO House bill aims to curb welfare spending (AP, 1/20/13)
Missouri lawmakers try to head off gun rules (Midwest Democracy, 1/20/13)
Gun and abortion rallies held at Missouri Capitol (AP, 1/20/13)
Nixon endorses Mayor Slay for fourth term (PoliticMO, 1/18/13)
Jason Smith: Nixon supports special election bill (PoliticMO, 1/18/13)
Missourians for Equality hold petition kickoff to change state nondiscrimination policy (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/18/13)
Forum against gun violence draws almost 200 people (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/18/13)
Report: Campaign finance laws worrisome (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/17/13)
COMMENTARY: Gun lobby has reigned too long in state capitals (Kansas City Star, 1/17/13)
Gov. Jay Nixon sets elections for vacant MO House seats (AP, 1/17/13)
From Detroit, Nixon touts positive job numbers (PoliticMO, 1/17/13)
AUDIO: Group forms to push Medicaid expansion, urges legislation to take action (Misssourinet, 1/17/13)
MO GOP searching nationwide for new director (Southeast Missourian, 1/17/13)
New Missouri sec of state focused on ethics, early voting (AP, 1/16/13)
Nixon attributes auto jobs, manufacturing to Missouri’s steady unemployment rate (Missouri News Horizon, 1/16/13)
Senate committee takes another shot at sports tax credits (Missouri News Horizon, 1/16/13)
AG Koster: Gun restrictions not likely to gain traction in Missouri (Ozarks First, 1/16/13)
Democrats keep 8th District plans a secret — for now (Southeast Missourian, 1/16/13)
Storm over federal disaster aid may hit Kansas and Missouri (Kansas City Star, 1/16/13)
MO House set to debate rules today (Political Fix, 1/16/13)
Missouri House swears in, again, after flub (PoliticMO, 1/15/13)
Notes from Nixon inaugural: Trial lawyers got good seats (Political Fix, 1/15/13)
Jason Smith’s election bill approved by House Elections Committee (PoliticMO, 1/15/13)
What’s next for Jay Nixon? (The Missouri Times, 1/15/13)
MO panel to consider bill for filling vacancies (AP, 1/15/13)
Gun bill would uphold Missouri right to bear arms, despite executive orders from federal govt (MissouriNet, 1/15/13)
House Speaker hopes for more communication in Nixon’s second term (MissouriNet, 1/15/13)
Nixon sworn in to second term (PoliticMO, 1/14/13)
Nixon calls for lawmakers to work together during inauguration (Springfield News-Leader, 1/14/13)
Gov. Nixon discusses early childhood education (AP, 1/14/13)
Nixon may lead on education reform in second term (PoliticMO, 1/14/13)
On the trail: House speaker perturbs with Nixon’s appointment of former colleague (St. Louis Beacon, 1/14/13)
Power Players: By-the-numbers look at financing 2012 election (St. Louis Beacon, 1/14/13)
Nixon sworn in as MO governor, begins second term (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/14/13)
Gov. Jay Nixon calls for non-partisan progress in 2nd inaugural (Missouri News Horizon, 1/14/13)
Speaker Jones cuts distance between him and ‘right to work’ (Missouri News Horizon, 1/14/13)
AUDIO: Nixon sends message of unity in inauguration speech (MissouriNet, 1/14/13)
Nixon may be bolder in second term as Missouri’s governor (Political Fix, 1/13/13)
MO Gov. Nixon starts term 2 with pledge 1 undone (AP, 1/13/13)
Can Missouri fix I-70 and keep up with Kansas tax cuts? (Kansas City Star, 1/13/13)
COMMENTARY: Busy session expected for local lawmakers (Joplin Globe, 1/13/13)
GOP veto-proof supermajority in MO House could be in danger (Southeast Missourian, 1/13/13)
In inaugural address, MO Gov. Jay Nixon declares ‘Progress wasn’t partisan’ (St. Louis Beacon, 1/13/13)
GOP veto-proof supermajority in MO House could be in danger (Southeast Missourian, 1/13/13)
Candidates seeking nomination in 8th district tout conservative credentials (Missouri News Horizon, 1/11/13)
Missouri Second Injury Fund, for workers with existing injuries, is broke, report says (St. Louis Beacon, 1/11/13)
Confirmed: Missouri Fund for Disabled Workers can’t pay the bills (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/11/13)
Lawmakers, governor split on how to fill vacant Lt. Gov. seat (PoliticMO, 1/10/13)
Plans to set up health insurance cooperative in Missouri is in limbo (St. Louis Beacon, 1/10/13)
Crowell joins crowded GOP field vying to replace Emerson in Congress (St. Louis Beacon, 1/10/13)
Nixon says he has authority to appoint MO Lt. Governor if office becomes vacant (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/10/13)
Lawmakers set to battle on Medicaid expansion (PoliticMO, 1/10/13)
The Missouri Legislature by the numbers (St. Louis Beacon, 1/9/13)
MO Senate GOP leaders outline priorities for session (Political Fix, 1/9/13)
MO lawmakers state priorities as fresh regular session begins (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/9/13)
Legislators begin 2013 session with ceremonial flourish and full agenda (St. Louis Beacon, 1/9/13)
Scoop: Excerpt from Jones’s first speech as Speaker (PoliticMO, 1/9/13)
Ed Martin’s GOP takeover could signal continued rightward shift (Political Fix, 1/9/13)
Tax cuts, health care on tap for MO Legislature (AP, 1/9/13)
Report revs up debate over how to raise money for Missouri’s highways (Political Fix, 1/8/13)
Martin promises to bring GOP factions together and to direct ‘hostile’ talk solely at Democrats (St. Louis Beacon, 1/8/13)
KC explores extending  health care tax despite Obamacare (Kansas City Star, 1/8/13)
Blue Ribbon committee releases ‘options’ for funding Missouri’s transportation needs (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/8/13)
Jefferson City Republican opposes conceal carry in schools bill (PoliticMO, 1/8/13)
Blue Ribbon commission suggests raising sales tax to fund infrastructure needs (PoliticMO, 1/8/13)
Tax credit battle brewing in 2013 General Assembly (Missouri News Horizon, 1/8/13)
EDITORIAL: Ed Martin finally wins an election, to the shame of the GOP (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/8/13)
Missouri, Illinois fare poorly in new school report card (St. Louis Beacon, 1/7/13)
Election of Ed Martin could raise profile of GOP chair (PoliticMO, 1/7/13)
Gov. Nixon to deliver Missouri State of the State address Jan. 28 (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/7/13)
Nixon to deliver state of the state address this month (Missouri News Horizon, 1/7/13)
Dueling visions for Missouri likely to be on display as GOP leaders, Nixon get sworn in (St. Louis Beacon, 1/7/13)
On the trail: Getting along may be key in forging successful legislative session (St. Louis Beacon, 1/7/13)
Nixon, MO lawmakers, ready for 2013 legislative session (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/7/13)
New Missouri speaker lays out agenda on education, labor issues (Joplin Globe, 1/6/13)
EDITORIAL: Medicaid expansion, bond issue are key legislative priorities (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/6/13)
Missouri GOP looks to impose caps on malpractice cases (AP, 1/6/13)
Will MO Legislature, governor compromise on Medicaid? (Political Fix, 1/6/13)
Early predictions: What to expect in this session of the Missouri General Assembly (Missourian, 1/6/13)
Business issues at top of Republican legislative leaders’ agenda in Missouri (Political Fix, 1/5/13)
Ed Martin ousts David Cole as Missouri GOP chairman (Missouri News Horizon, 1/5/13)
Ed Martin, St. Louis lawyer and GOP activist, elected new chairman of MO Republican Party (St. Louis Beacon, 1/5/13)
MO lawmakers to pursue medical liability limits (AP, 1/5/13)
AUDIO: Nixon inauguration day nears (MissouriNet, 1/4/13)
Chamber pushes weary House Republicans to back ‘right to work’ (Missouri News Horizon, 1/4/13)
Nixon wants Missouri lawmakers to keep safety protocols secret (Missouri News Horizon, 1/4/13)
Despite weary House Speaker, Missouri Chamber vows to push ‘right-to-work’ (PoliticMO, 1/4/13)
Nixon wants shield for safety plans renewed (St. Louis Beacon, 1/4/13)
Stricter gun laws? Income tax cuts? Leaders discuss at “State of St. Louis” (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/4/13)
Nixon pushed to keep security plans of some public facilities private (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/4/13)
Missouri revenues grow during first half of FY2013 (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/4/13)
Overall, Missouri’s state tax collections higher than expected — with some caveats (St. Louis Beacon, 1/4/13)
Third Missouri firm obtains judicial order to bar temporarily contraceptive coverage (St. Louis Beacon, 1/4/13)
Political spending ‘arms race’ makes it a good year for TV stations (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/4/13)
Steelman formally announces bid for 8th District congressional nomination (SEMO Times, 1/3/13)
COMMENTARY: Wheels of fortune spin for area politicians (Kansas City Star, 1/3/13)
Dempsey carries BIG agenda as Senate leader (St. Louis Beacon, 1/3/13)
Missouri Chamber’s 2013 priorities include passage of a ‘right to work’ law curbing union rights (St. Louis Beacon, 1/3/13)
Justus emerges as pragmatic leader of Senate Democrats (St. Louis Beacon, 1/3/13)
Two prominent St. Louis area Republicans seek to become new chief of Missouri GOP (St. Louis Beacon, 1/3/13)
EDITORIAL: If tax cuts feed a healthy economy, where is Missouri’s prosperity? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/2/13)
General Assembly returns with new leadership and full agenda (St. Louis Beacon, 1/2/13)
Scoop: Kinder announces congressional campaign touting political and policy credentials (PoliticMO, 1/2/13)
Conservative group wants any budget surplus given back to MO taxpayers, rainy day fund (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/2/13)
Missouri misses out on millions in uncollected Internet sales taxes (Kansas City Star, 1/2/13)
Education on agenda for MO legislative session (AP, 1/1/13)
Missouri’s minimum wage increase will boost economic growth (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/1/13)
Nixon to appoint away the House super majority? (Missouri Scout, 1/1/13)
The Missouri Medicaid expansion: Good for all Missourians (The Missouri Budget Project, 1/1/13)

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