Political Rewind: McCaskill, Wagner part ways on Violence Against Women Act, History Museum pot continues to boil

Here are the top political and policy stories from Beyond November, a collaboration of the St. Louis Beacon, Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio.

McCaskill, Wagner laud different versions of Violence Against Women Act

Within hours after the U.S. House acted Thursday to pass overwhelmingly the Violence Against Women Act, Missourians were greeted to dueling accounts of what happened from Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (left) and Republican U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner.

Read Jo Mannies' story in the St. Louis Beacon.

History Museum leader defends Archibald's consulting contract

At a budget presentation to the Zoo-Museum District board, John Roberts (right) says he expects Robert Archibald will bring in donations that exceed the $270,000 he will be paid for six months.

Read Dale Singer’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

Missouri House votes to redefine workplace discrimination

The Missouri House has approved legislation that would redefine workplace discrimination, a move that critics say weakens protections for workers.

Read Marshall Griffin's report for St. Louis Public Radio

Schoeller chosen executive director of Missouri GOP

Former state Rep. Shane Schoeller, of Willard, has been chosen to oversee the daily operations of the Republican Party. He succeeds Lloyd Smith, who resigned last month as executive director to make an unsuccessful bid for Congress.

Read the report at St. Louis Public Radio.

Read Jason Rosenbaum's report at the St. Louiis Beacon.

Hot air online: Kander debuts new website that features legislative debates

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander unveiled a new website on Tuesday that includes archived audio recordings of Missouri House and Senate debates. "One of my major goals as secretary of state is to make government more transparent and accessible, and this project will go a long way to achieve that,” he said.- 

Read Jason Rosenbaum's report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Ladue chooses inside candidate as next superintendent

The Ladue School District has  chosen Assistant Superintendent Donna Jahnke as its new superintendent. Jahnke has worked in the Ladue schools for 22 years as a teacher, director of community services and principal.

Read Dale Singer's report at the St. Louis Beacon.

Shipping woes ease on Mississippi River

Recent heavy rains and snow have raised water levels on the drought starved Mississippi River.  Even though shippers are back to carrying normal loads, an industry spokesperson says  shippers remains anxious about the future.

Read Tim Lloyd's report at St. Louis Public Radio.


Commentary: Two critics of U.S. waterway policies say too much emphasis has been  placed on the contributions of river transportation to the national economy while the costs and negative impacts of the system have been routinely ignored.

Read the commentary by Brad Walker and Bob Criss in the St. Louis Beacon.

Missouri Supreme Court considering links between benefits and marriage

Should certain state benefits be limited only to married couples, even though that could discriminate against gays and lesbians in Missouri? That's one of the questions the Missouri Supreme Court will be considering after hearing arguments. Read Rachel Lippmann's report at St. Louis Public Radio.

SLU faculty impatient with lack of action on Biondi

The president of the Faculty Senate urged his colleagues to be patient, but the failure of the university's board to remove Biondi clearly has them questioning what will happen next.

Read Dale Singer's report at the St. Louis Beacon.



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Rockwood 25 March 02, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Wagner says, "I voted for the strongest bill that would protect all women from acts of violence"...she left out that the version she voted against would have also protected women on Native American reservations (which the version she voted for did not) as well as leaving out protection for those who are gay. I'm disappointed already. Who is running next time? - See more at: https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/29638/mccaskill_wagner_vawa_022813
Sensible? I think so March 02, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Thank you for that excerpt. I am mystified at how Rep. Wagner can claim "her support for the act" and that she "was pleased to stand up for all women who are victims of violence and abuse", yet she voted against the act! http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll055.xml And great question about who is running next time. Does anyone know who to contact in the MO Democratic party? This could be a golden opportunity.
Sensible? I think so March 02, 2013 at 11:01 PM
"This is not a political issue and Senate and House Democrats who have chosen to politicize the safety of women in the United States should be ashamed." said Rep. Wagner, whose votes on VAWA show that she did exactly what she's accusing Democrats of doing. Just 8 weeks into her term and we're seeing hypocrisy already!


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