Political news

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.

Congresswoman-elect Ann Wagner On Benghazi, Increasing Tax Rates

Nov 26, 2012
WikiMedia Commons / United States Embassy in Luxembourg

Missouri Congresswoman-elect Ann Wagner says she would not support any plan to increase tax rates to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

How Missouri Republicans Lost Statewide Elections

Nov 26, 2012
Chris McDaniel / St. Louis Public Radio

Two weeks ago, Missouri Republican candidates were trounced in the statewide races. In fact, out of the six races at a statewide level, only one Republican candidate came out on top: incumbent Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. In what many consider to be an increasingly red state, how did the Republican Party lose?