As the legislature comes to an end in a few weeks, the rhetoric begins to heat up. Bob thinks this rhetoric needs to be taken with a grain of salt, while Brent is seeing a recent comment made by House Speaker Rod Jetton as indicative of the posture of the House this session. Darin, Bob, and Brent also discuss what to do with old TVs, as well as one story that was half a century in the making.
Jay Nixon has made up considerable ground in fundraising, something he was severely lacking before Matt Blunt announced he was not running for re-election in January. Brent, Steve, and Darin explain how the Republicans are keeping up in their fundraising, as well as discuss the recent earthquake, and the Missouri Senate’s budget.
This week House Majority Floor Leader Steve Tilley used his authority by asking House Speaker Rod Jetton to yield his bill proposing an increase in the minimum salary for teachers. Tilley later told a reporter that the bill would never see the light of day, but as Bob Priddy once told Brent Martin in his early days at Missourinet, never say a "bill is dead" until the session is closed. Bob, Brent, and Darin discuss the bill and the strategy behind yielding it.
Bob doesn’t like the phrase "illegal aliens" because it makes him think about aliens from outer space; Brent, however, isn’t opposed to the term. Correct phrasing is only the tip of the iceberg in the illegal immigration debate, a hot issue at the Missouri State Capitol this week. Bob, Brent, and Darin discuss the big issues facing legislators.
Due to the current state of the economy, the Missouri state budget needed adjustment and the debate took place in the House this week. In the Senate, a bill was passed to adopt biodiesel fuel in the same way that ethanol was. Brent Martin and Bob Priddy give insight to each of these stories, as Darin Jobe hosts.
The legislature has been on Spring Break this week, allowing Missourinet, at least initially, to catch up on some other important stories. Mother nature intervenes as heavy rains turn into deadly flooding across the Midwest, giving the Missourinet little opportunity to catch its breath. Brent Martin and Bob Priddy explain the disaster. Bob also explains a visit we took to witness the Missouri National Guard’s training for deployment in Kosovo. Darin Jobe hosts.
The Missouri Supreme Court heard a case on Wednesday that would determine whether a provision in a health insurance bill concerning the legalization of midwifery is in violation of the Hammerschmidt Rule. Darin Jobe hosts as Brent Martin and Steve Walsh explain what this means, as well as the recent push for a full disclosure of legislators’ agricultural tax breaks.
The top story of the week writes the first page of a sprawling story that will end only when all of the state legislative and executive seats are filled this fall. Tuesday was the first day to file candidacy for state seats as hundreds of candidates lined up at the Secretary of State’s office to put their names in. Brent Martin, Bob Priddy, and Steve Walsh explain how democratic this process really is; hosted by Darin Jobe.
Important bills are moving through the Senate and House concerning campaign donation limits and gambling loss limits; while Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s ballot wording has been struck down in court for the second time this year, also the second time in Missouri state history. Darin Jobe, Bob Priddy, and Steve Walsh tackle these top stories in this week’s Press Pass.
This top news of the week consists of tragedies across Missouri: the city council shootings in Kirkwood and the stabbing at a homeless center in St. Louis. Darin Jobe hosts as Bob Priddy and Brent Martin give an in-depth look at these tragedies, as well as an update on the still evolving state and national elections.