Political Rewind: Lawmakers Rush to Avoid Fiscal Cliff, Gov. Nixon Opposes Guns in Schools

Our roundup of some of the Missouri political stories that hit the media this week.

Editor's Note: The following articles were aggregated from the St. Louis Beacon You can read more about each story by clicking on the headline. 

On edge of fiscal cliff, White House calls meeting but lawmakers are pessimistic (St. Louis Beacon)

With just a few days before the fiscal cliff, President Obama and Congress plan to return to Washington. Lawmakers say there isn't enough time for a grand bargain and Senate Majority Leader Reid said Thursday that there likely was not time to reach a deal by the Jan. 2 deadline.

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Nixon names top executive at Grace Hill to head state Department of Social Services (St. Louis Beacon)

Alan O. Freeman, president and chief executive officer of St. Louis-based Grace Hill Health Centers, has been tapped by Gov. Jay Nixon to be the new director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program.

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McCaskill seeks action on delayed St. John's Bayou project in Bootheel (St. Louis Beacon)

Calling years of delays “unacceptable,” U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is seeking federal action on the St. John’s Bayou-New Madrid Floodway project, which would plug a 1,500-foot-wide gap in the Mississippi River’s levee system in Missouri's Bootheel.

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Nixon declares opposition to proposals to arm teachers, educators in schools (St. Louis Beacon)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has sent a Christmas Eve letter to the superintendents in each of the state’s 520 public school districts declaring that he opposes legislative proposals to arm teachers. The letter marks a rare instance where the governor, a Democrat, is publicly opposing a proposal in the GOP-controlled General Assembly.

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Incoming Wagner, Enyart get committee boosts on Capitol Hill (St. Louis Beacon)

U.S. Rep.-elect Ann Wagner, whose district includes big investment firms, has landed a seat on the House Financial Services committee. Rep.-elect Bill Enyart of Belleville, a former state adjutant general, got assigned to the House Armed Services panel.

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Major GOP donor Humphreys gives big bucks to Nixon; Sinquefield bankrolls new group (St. Louis Beacon)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, reports that he has received a $25,000 campaign donation from one of the state’s top Republican donors – David Humphreys of Joplin. Meanwhile, GOP donor Rex Sinquefield has given $275,000 to help launch a new group, Missourians for Excellence in Government.

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Nixon winnows huge House GOP majority -- a little -- with Ruzicka appointment (St. Louis Beacon)

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed state Rep. Don Ruzicka to the state Board of Probation and Parole, a move that will at least temporarily winnow the Republican majority in the Missouri House.

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Defense bill with McCaskill contracting provisions wins final approval (St. Louis Beacon)

The Senate gave final congressional approval Friday to a $633 billion defense bill that includes wartime contracting reforms sponsored by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. It also includes a watered-down version of a "conscience clause" by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin.

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Reaction is mixed to NRA's call for armed guards at every school (St. Louis Beacon)

After the nation’s top gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, called on Congress Friday to act quickly to deploy and train armed guards in every school, the reaction on Capitol Hill ranged from derision to calls for further studies. But few Republicans expressed support for new weapons bans.




Joeythe exmailman January 01, 2013 at 11:04 PM
thank god we have Nixon in the Governor seat
ReverePaul January 02, 2013 at 01:34 AM
"Obviously there is no time left to ping-pong proposals," the aide told Fox News. "The Speaker was kept appraised throughout the negotiations. There are no surprises in this bill, and the House needs to pass it as is. If House Republicans mess with this agreement that got 88 votes in the Senate, they will be solely responsible for the largest tax hike in American history." That's what a GOP Leadership aide told Fox. Wouldn't it be hilarious if Republicans were the cause of the largest tax hike ever.


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