Thursday, January 17, 2013
A campaign kicked off Wednesday to expand coverage to anyone making 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Advocates say the move would cover an additional 250,000 Missourians.
Grassroots leaders and organizations in St. Louis converged Wednesday to announce a campaign to expand Medicaid coverage in Missouri, a move they say is critical for the state's working poor. During a press conference at Kirkwood Baptist Church, faith leaders, advocates and Medicaid customers called for Missouri to adopt legislation that expands coverage to anyone making 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Under the current system, Missouri does not offer Medicaid to single adults, unless they are disabled, and parents or caretakers with dependent children must make 25 percent of the FPL to receive Medicaid. (See PDF for comparison of current eligibility requirements versus those under an expanded coverage system.) "Missouri …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Do you want your 2012 tax refund in the form of a debit card from the State of Missouri?
The debit card option is new for Missouri taxpayers this tax season, according to Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel. Zweifel's office released the details of the new option Friday in the following news release. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) announced today citizens have a new option to choose from when getting a tax refund from the State of Missouri. Taxpayers are now able to get a refund in the form of a debit card whether their return is filed on paper or electronically. The new refund option is for taxpayers who file individual income tax returns or Property Tax Credit (PTC) claims. This is the first year the Department of Revenue has offered the refund debit card. To receive the card, taxpayers will need to check the “…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Associated Press is reporting that two winning Powerball tickets were sold for last night's drawing.
No one has stepped forward yet, but the Associated Press is reporting that two winning tickets were sold for last night's Powerball lottery. The AP says the winning Powerball tickets came from Missouri and Arizona. The winning numbers are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 with the Powerball number of 6, according to the Powerball website. Missouri Lottery officials say the winning ticket came from the Kansas City area. An exact store location will be released later today, according to spokeswoman Susan Goedde. “It is so exciting to sell one of these Powerball tickets,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery, in a press release. “In addition, we sold two tickets that matched all five white balls, which means they each win $1 …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democratic incumbent Clint Zweifel gave his acceptance speech just before midnight Tuesday, after a night of number watching in a close race with Republican challenger Cole McNary.
Democratic incumbent Clint Zweifel and Republican challenger Rep. Cole McNary faced off in the Nov. 6 election for the position of Missouri State Treasurer. As results came in Tuesday night, both candidates gathered with friends and family at St. Louis area watch parties. Initially, it was a tight race, but ultimately Zweifel declared victory and thanked his supporters just before midnight. "I think a lot of this illustrates hard work and investment in each other," Zweifel said. With 100 percent of the precincts counted early Wednesday morning, Zweifel had 50.3 percent of the vote and McNary had 45.5 percent of the vote. Zweifel tells Patch McNary did call him and concede Tuesday night. Both parties tell Patch they knew it would be a …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
If the election were held today, which Missouri Governor candidate would you vote for?
Three weeks from today the Missouri governor's race will come to an end. In a race you can't miss given the amount of television ads, voters across the Show-Me State will get a chance to vote for new, or old, leadership in Jefferson City. Incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon is taking on Republican Dave Spence for the role of Missouri's governor. The last time we looked at this race, Patch readers seemed to think Spence had the edge. In our poll, Spence picked up 64 percent of the vote to be Nixon, but that poll only had 17 total votes. In the last month have things changed? Does Nixon have your vote? Are you leaning to the new guy Spence? Why? Among the races in Missouri, this one seems to have less interest. Is that true? Are voters more …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
If the election were held today, which Missouri Lt. Governor candidate would you vote for?
In the Presidential election, voters get to pick one ticket. If you vote for Barack Obama, you're voting for Joe Biden as Vice President. If you punch in Mitt Romney's name on Election Day, you’re also voting for Paul Ryan. Missouri, on the other hand, is different. In Jefferson City right now Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and his second-in-command Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, a Republican, lead the state. This November 6, just six short weeks away, voters in Missouri will get a chance to decide what the leadership in Jefferson City will look like. Will one party take control, or will we have four more years of a split party? Last week we asked your opinion on the Governor's race between Nixon and his Republican challenger Dave Spence. …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
If the election were held today, which Missouri Governor candidate would you vote for?
Tuesday marks seven weeks out from the Nov. 6 when the general election. Most of the attention has focused on the race to the White House, but there are other races voters will be deciding. Last week we polled the St. Charles CountyPatch readership on the race for the Senate between Claire McCaskill and Todd Akin. After a lengthy discussion, the voters were tabulated. Akin was a clear favorite with 88 votes (71 percent) to McCaskill's 35 votes (28 percent). This week's political poll will focus on Jefferson City. Incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon is taking on Republican Dave Spence . Does Nixon have your vote? Are you leaning to the new guy Spence? Why? Share your thoughts in the comments below and vote in the poll.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Patch prides itself on local coverage, but Missouri politics can have just as much an effect as local government. Here's an easy guide to what happened this week on the state political scene.
Editor's Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Missouri Watchdog. McCaskill leads congressional candidates in out-of-state campaign donations Although Claire McCaskill is Missouri’s senator, they seem to love her in such places as New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. An examination of election donations shows that McCaskill, a Democrat, is the only Missouri congressional candidate who gets more individual campaign support from outside the Show Me State than from within its borders. Fifty-seven percent of the $6.3 million that McCaskill has raised for the 2012campaign from individual donations comes from other states. The next highest is District 5 incumbent Democrat Emanuel Cleaver, who has raised 41 …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Claire McCaskill appeared on MSNBC Monday to discuss Todd Akin's comment on 'legitimate rape,' which she calls a 'gut-check' for Missourians.
Claire McCaskill has been quick to respond to Todd Akin's comment Sunday in an interview with Patch news partner FOX2 that aired on Sunday with Charles Jaco in which Akin suggested the female body has ways of shutting down to prevent pregnancy during a "legitimate rape." See: Rep. Todd Akin On Hot Seat Over 'Legitimate Rape' Comment in FOX2 Interview After calling Akin's comment 'offensive' and 'outrageous' in a statement released Sunday, the Missouri Senator appeared on MSNBC Monday. "For the state I love, I hope this is a moment where everyone who hasn't been paying close attention, um, this statement is kind of a window into Todd Akin's mind," McCaskill said on Morning Joe. McCaskill went onto note that Akin won the Republican primary …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have allowed employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptive services if they have religious or moral objections. What do you think of his actions?
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have allowed employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptive services if they have religious or moral objections. Nixon, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said Missouri law already provides "strong religious protections" that let employers and employees abstain from paying for contraceptive coverage based on their beliefs. From the report: Nixon said the bill would undermine the current protections because it would let an insurance company "impose its will, and deny inclusion of contraceptive coverage, even if that position is inconsistent with the rights and beliefs of the employee or employer." At a news conference in his Capitol office this morning, Nixon said he vetoed the…