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Cape Council Sets Calendar For Special Election

Dec 4, 2012
The Cape Girardeau City Council on October 1, 2012.
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

The Cape Girardeau City Council established a special election calendar to find Kathy Swan’s replacement at Monday night’s meeting. The calendar establishes when petitions will be available for interested candidates and a deadline for when they must be turned in.

A special election will be held on April 2 if one or two candidates file for the council seat. If three or more individuals file petitions, then the April election will serve as a primary and the general election will be held in August.

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson To Retire

Dec 3, 2012
U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson
U.S. House of Representatives

Despite handily winning re-election less than a month ago, U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson (MO-R) announced on Monday that she is retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives to take a job as president of an electric cooperative trade association.

Emerson serves Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, a sprawling rural district that covers the southeastern portion of the state and the Ozarks. She will step down on February 8 and take over as president and CEO of of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Nixon Announces Support For Medicaid Expansion

Nov 30, 2012

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants the state to expand its Medicaid program. His announcement Thursday marked his first public stance on the issue since being re-elected. 

The federal health law allows for an expansion of Medicaid, if states choose to opt in. 

The law itself has faced an uphill battle in the state - voters recently approved a measure limiting the state’s ability to move forward on key parts of it without legislative approval. 

Senator Claire McCaskill On Health Exchange and ‘Vital’ Bills

Nov 29, 2012
US Senate

U.S. Senator, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, says there will be a political price to pay for state legislators who allow the federal government to run the state’s health insurance exchange.

In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, the Democratic Senator said Obamacare is going to be implemented and the state of the Missouri has the opportunity to get resources from the federal government.

Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University history professor Wayne Bowen hopes to fill Kathy Swan’s place on the Cape Girardeau City Council. Swan is leaving the council at the end of the year to serve in the Missouri House of Representatives.