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Government
9:38 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Nixon, Zweifel Report Raising Little Campaign Money — Unlike Kander, Jones

Jay Nixon

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 10:03 pm

In the midst of his second term, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has continued to travel the state to promote his agenda for the state. He has heightened his profile even more in recent days, as he has blasted a tax-cut proposal that the General Assembly has landed on his desk.

But Nixon has effectively dropped one activity that used to take up a lot of his time: campaign fundraising.

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Government
5:42 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Missouri Governor Calls For Truce In Economic Border War

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon answers reporters' questions after outlining his proposal to abate the economic border battle with Kansas.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for a temporary halt to what’s known as the economic “border war” between Kansas and Missouri Tuesday, in an address to the Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Both states have a history of offering incentives to draw companies across state line. Nixon wants a temporary moratorium for the Kansas City metro area.

Nixon said his administration and that of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback have been negotiating the issue.

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Government
9:24 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Handgun Found At Mo. Capitol Stirs Gun Control Debate

There could be an effort next year to change the law allowing Missouri lawmakers and others to carry guns at the State Capitol.

A loaded handgun was found by police in the basement of the Capitol last week. It had been left in a men's bathroom on top of a toilet paper dispenser. Police discovered that it belonged to a staff member of Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, and that the staffer does have a conceal-carry permit. Jacob Hummel, the top Democrat in the Missouri House, says only law enforcement officers should be allowed to carry arms at the State Capitol.

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Government
7:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Missouri's 2013 Veto Session Begins Wednesday

The showdown between Missouri's Democratic Governor and the Republican-led General Assembly finally arrives this week, as lawmakers return to Jefferson City for their annual veto session.  Governor Jay Nixon struck down 29 bills this year, with most of the post-veto attention falling on two bills in particular, a controversial tax cut proposal and an even more controversial attempt to nullify federal gun control laws. 

Campaign to prevent House Bill 253 override attempt

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Government
7:17 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Koster Opposing Bill That Could Nullify Federal Gun Laws In Mo.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is siding with fellow Democrat, Gov. Jay Nixon, in opposition to legislation that would challenge the federal government's ability to enforce federal gun laws in Show-Me State.

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Government
6:08 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Public Input Sought For Nominees To Hall Of Famous Missourians

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's induction last year generated lots of controversy and protests.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

After a controversial inductee last year, Missouri residents are being given the chance this year to nominate two of the next three inductees for the Hall of Famous Missourians.

House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican from Eureka, says he made the decision to seek citizens' input, in part, to see if someone who's worthy of induction has been forgotten over time or overlooked.

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Government
8:07 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Missouri Speaker Says Tax Veto Override Unlikely

The income tax bill that would eventually reduce income tax rates by about a half of a percent is likely to not be brought up in veto session next month, according to Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones a Republican from Eureka.

Jones said he currently doesn't have the votes necessary for an override of the governor's veto.

"Overriding the veto would be monumental at this point," Jones said. "I likely would not attempt an override."

Jones added that lawmakers' stances on the bill could be in flux.

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Government
8:42 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Judge Quashes Subpoenas Served To Nixon Administration Over Document Scanning

One day after a Missouri House committee issued subpoenas to several members of Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's administration, a Cole County judge has issued a preliminary order blocking the subpoenas.

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Government
8:36 am
Fri June 14, 2013

New Missouri House Committee Will Look At Department Of Social Services

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican from Eureka, has created another interim committee, this time to examine how well state agencies respond to citizens who use their services.

The Interim Committee on Improving Government Responsiveness and Efficiency's first priority will be looking into the Department of Social Services.  The committee will be chaired by State Representative Sue Allen, a Republican from Town and County.  Allen also chairs the subcommittee that writes the budgets for DSS and for the departments of Health and Senior Services and Mental Health. 

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Government
9:55 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Missouri Governor Campaigns Against Vetoed Tax Credit Bill

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, addresses higher education officials in Jefferson City on June 11th, 2013.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon has launched a major public effort to support his veto last week of a bill that would have cut Missouri's individual and corporate income taxes.

The Democratic Governor appeared before college and university officials Tuesday morning in Jefferson City, telling them that the GOP-backed proposal is the single greatest threat to public education he's seen in his career.

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Government
9:39 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Missouri House Speaker Delivers Legislative Report Card

A few weeks after the end of the 2013 legislative session, Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones offered a report card to Springfield residents. It was one of 17 planned stops this week throughout southern Missouri.

The Republican from Eureka used two large poster boards displaying various legislative accomplishments as talking points. Among them were the approval of bills for paycheck protection, prevailing wage, and reform of the financially troubled Second Injury Fund, of which the Speaker says he’s most proud.

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Government
8:29 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Lee's Summit Lawmaker Who Threatened Resignation Changes His Mind

State Representative Jeff Grisamore, a Republican from Lee's Summit.
Missouri House Communications

A Missouri lawmaker who threatened to resign unless one or both of his key bills survived the last day of the 2013 legislative session is staying put, even though both bills failed to make it out by Friday's deadline.

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Government
9:37 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Jones: Attempt To Access CCW List Part Of House Investigation

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones.

Republican House Speaker Tim Jones has formed a committee he says will thoroughly investigate the Department of Revenue's scanning of source documents for driver's license and conceal carry applicants, and the release of the state's conceal carry weapons (CCW) holder list to the federal government.

Jones says the committee is necessary because the Nixon administration has not fully cooperated with lawmakers' efforts to get answers to everything that's happened and why.

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Government
9:17 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Missouri House Adds Governor’s Amendment To Capital Improvements Bill

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The Missouri House has adopted Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposal announced Thursday to add $86 million to a capital improvements bill.

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Government
9:57 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Missouri House Speaker Says Same Sex Marriage Should Be Up To States

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones
Tim Bommel Mo. House Communications

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says the decision over gay marriage should be left to the states, and not to the federal government. 

Jones was asked by reporters about US Supreme Court arguments over the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and about whether the GOP majority was interested in moving legislation that would make it illegal in Missouri to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation. 

Jones indicated that he’s not going to take any action to encourage the bill’s passage.

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Government
7:57 am
Tue March 12, 2013

'Medical Conscience' Bill Receives 1st-Round Approval From Mo. House

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would allow medical workers to refuse to take part in procedures that violate their religious or ethical beliefs.

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Government
9:44 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Missouri House Fast-Tracks Digital Document Bill

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Republican leaders in the Missouri House are promising to fast track legislation that would forbid the state from scanning and storing documents of residents who apply for conceal-carry endorsements. 

Some GOP lawmakers have accused the state agency of forwarding copies of conceal-carry applications and other documents to the federal Homeland Security department. 

House Speaker Tim Jones says he’s disturbed by the allegations.

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Government
9:39 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Missouri Senate Moves To Lower Tax Credits

The Missouri Senate has passed a wide-ranging tax credit bill that drastically lowers the caps on Historic Preservation and Low Income Housing programs.  It would cap Historic Preservation incentives at $50 million a year, instead of the current $140 million, and Low Income Housing incentives would be capped at $55 million a year, instead of the current $190 million. 

The bill is now in the hands of the Missouri House, where Speaker Tim Jones has indicated that he and other House leaders don’t like the drastic cuts.

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Missouri Statehouse
3:51 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Legislative Session Begins In Missouri

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Missouri’s 2013 legislative session is underway. Legislative leaders kicked things off by laying out more details on what they want to pass this year.

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Government
9:29 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Missouri Needs $1 Billion To Maintain Highways

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A so-called “Blue Ribbon” committee created by the Missouri House to examine the state’s transportation needs has released its report, one day before the start of this year’s legislative session.  But the House Speaker doesn’t agree with some of the options panel members endorsed.

Those options include raising either the state’s fuel tax or creating a sales tax dedicated to transportation needs.  House Speaker Tim Jones says he prefers exploring options that are “revenue neutral.”

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