Political Rewind: State of the State, Immigration Reform & Chuck Hagel

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.

Politically Speaking: State of the State and state of the mayor's race

On this week's Politically Speaking podcast: Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio joins St. Louis Beacon reporters Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address and the St. Louis mayor's race. Listen to the podcast.

Medicaid expansion and what it means to Missourians

In a special 30-minute broadcast, the Nine Network focused on what Medicaid expansion could mean to Missourians in terms of jobs, taxes and healthcare. It's now available online.

Watch it here.

Nixon got large donation on same day he called for campaign finance reform

State records show that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon received a $10,000 donation from a firm with a state contract on the same day that he publicly decried big political contributions.

Read the Associated Press report at St. Louis Public Radio.

Hagel takes fire at Senate hearing

At his confirmation hearing, Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel defended his record and sparred with many Republicans over his previous statements about Iran and Israel. But he agreed with Missouri senators Thursday on their questions related to wartime contracting and the defense industrial base. Read Rob Koenig's report for the St. Louis Beacon.

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says it was a bad day for former Senator Chuck Hagel. Both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators participated in the sometimes combative confirmation hearing.

Read Chris McDaniel's report for St. Louis Public Radio. 

Tax credits are faring better in Missouri Senate

The Missouri Senate may no longer be the place where tax credits go to die. Many fiscally conservative legislators who would threaten filibusters against such measures  have left and now some tax credits are getting consideration.

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

Jo Mannies wins lifetime achievement award

St. Louis Beacon political reporter Jo Mannies drew a standing ovation last Friday night from members of the United Media Guild as she accepted the John Michael McGuire Lifetime Achievement Award. Mannies was cited for more than 30 years covering politics and policy in our region in an intrepid, unbiased way that armed voters and kept politicians honest.  Read more.

Local leaders are optimistic about immigration reform

St. Louis, immigration advocates, lawyers and professors are optimistic that immigration reform may actually be able to be achieved. 

Read Kristin Hare’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Miners protest in St. Louis over effects Of Patriot Coal bankruptcy

Hundreds of miners from across the country protested outside of St. Louis-based Peabody Energy on Tuesday .The miners are accusing Peabody of orchestrating a bankruptcy in order to skip out on pension and healthcare benefits owed to some 10,000 retirees and their dependents.

Read the report from Adam Allington and Kelsey Proud at St. Louis Public Radio. 



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