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Nixon scraps 31 boards and commissions

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31 state government boards and commissions are becoming a part of Missouri history … along with 473 appointed positions.

Governor Jay Nixon, acting on recommendations from Commissioner of Administration Kelvin Simmons, has announced plans to eliminate the boards in what he calls part of his proposal to streamline government and to make services more efficient and effective.

13 of the boards and 227 positions were eliminated as a result of the Governor signing an executive order on Friday. He’ll ask the Legislature to do away with the other 18 boards and 246 positions.

Among the boards being eliminated: The Missouri Council on Patient Safety, the Missouri Energy Policy Council, the Advisory Committee on Lead Poisoning, and the Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee.

While some of the boards will simply cease to function … the duties of others will be transferred to remaining boards and commissions.

Steve Walsh

 

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January 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

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Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn announced as speaker at Missouri Republican Lincoln Days

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The Missouri Republican Party has added another name to its roster of speakers at next month’s Lincoln Days weekend in St. Charles. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee will deliver the keynote speech at the Missouri Federation of Republican Women luncheon.

Blackburn has been a regular on the cable TV talk shows – especially on the Fox News Channel – which means there’s probably a good chance she’s already well known to the faithful attending Lincoln Days. Sorry … I couldn’t resist.

Anyway, the GOP had previously announced Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will be the guest speaker at Friday night’s banquet.

This year’s Lincoln Days event runs from February 26th to 28th in St. Charles.

Steve

    

 

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January 15, 2010 at 12:52 am

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Former Transportation Commission chief raking in bucks in Senate bid

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It’s that time again … when campaign contribution numbers start to roll in as candidates and their campaigns look to a filing deadline for the final quarter of 2009. It turns out the fourth quarter of 2009 was a good quarter … a very good quarter … for the former Chairman of the State Transportation Commission.

Mike Kehoe, who is running for the Republican nomination in the Jefferson City seat being vacated by term limited Senator Carl Vogel, raised $87,058 for the quarter that ended December 31st. That brings to $208,678 the amount raised since the Jefferson City automobile dealership owner kicked off his campaign in July.

Steve

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January 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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Health care reform politics at play at Capitol

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It might be a political move … but 2010 is a political year … and the question being asked is certainly valid.

Republican Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has sent all state lawmakers a copy of a letter he sent to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon last week … asking the Governor where he stands on the health care reform legislation making its way through Congress in Washington.

The letter suggests passage of health care reform would raise the cost of living in Missouri and would bankrupt the state. It puts the cost of Missouri’s share of an expanded Medicaid program at $450 million dollars per year. It further suggests Missouri could not pay its share of the overhaul without cutting funding to education.

Asked for reaction … Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said the Governor’s Office is declining to comment.

Steve

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January 8, 2010 at 11:35 pm

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The Killer Among Us

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I used to sit next to a killer. 

Nice guy.  Good sense of humor.  Smart.

We sat next to each other many times at the Senate Press table.  He was reporting for a Jefferson City radio station.  I was in my usual place for the Missourinet.

I had known him since he was a red-headed little kid who sometimes joined his father in the House press gallery when I was covering the House years earlier.  His father was the House Information Officer, a good guy, a professional in his job who died too soon. 

His son grew up to be a killer.

But who would have known as I and the others at the Senate Press table sat with him after he’d grown up, worked in radio in a bigger market, and returned to Jefferson City  to work  for one of the hometown radio stations?  

I sat next to a killer and we told stories and shared observations about what was happening in state government and who the players were and what was happening behind the scenes.   Just a regular guy.  Young.  Full of energy.  Enjoying life. 

He and his wife left after a couple of years to move to the Boston area.    And that’s where James Keown fed her enough anti-freeze to kill her. 

That’s when I knew what it was like to be a crime story cliché, the kind of crime cliché we’re reading about and hearing about after yesterday’s shootings at the ABB factory in St. Louis  that killed three employees and wounded five others before Timothy Hendron killed himself.

Today we’re reading in the newspaper and hearing on the St. Louis radio and television stations neighbors who are saying Hendron seemed like a regular guy—kind, religious, generous, helpful, a guy who made his own beer and shared it with the neighbors.   They’re surprised, even shocked. 

It’s the story that reporters write every time someone does something as heinous as Hendron did.  It’s part of a search for  the questions that cannot be avoided—Why?   What caused this terrible act? 

Unless the person leaves behind a note or survives to explain himself or herself, friends and neighbors—those who live next to or sit next to killers—will always be left to ponder the fact that they never recognized the capability for violence within that person.

In time those questions drift to the back of the mind as new neighbors move in or new people take their seats next to us.  We cannot survive if we spend our lives trying to peer too deeply into the souls of those around us.  We simply have to get on with life and trust that the hidden trigger that turns a peaceful friend into a terrible fiend remains hidden in them as well as in ourselves. 

I used to sit next to a killer. 

Who could have guessed?

Who can ever guess? 

And if we are to live in a normal interactive society, should we risk trying to guess?

I think I’d rather gamble on being shocked and surprised than trying to determine if the person I sit next to is a killer.  I’d rather become a crime story cliché than live a life of suspicion and mistrust. 

Bob Priddy, News Director
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January 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm

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Senator calls on AG to denounce “Nebraska Compromise”

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The behind closed doors deal struck to secure the vote of Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska to end U.S. Senate debate on health care reform legislation has come under fire from people all across the country.  And, several of the country’s Attorneys General have joined forces to challenge the so-called "Nebraska Compromise" that would exempt Nebraska from paying its share of any Medicaid increases resulting from the health care changes.

Now, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is being called on to join the chorus of AGs speaking out against the sweet deal. The request comes from Senator Eric Schmitt of Glendale. He’s written a letter to the AG asking him to oppose the secret deal that would have Missouri and 48 other states pay for Nebraska’s share of Medicaid cost increases.

The AGs office acknowledges receipt of the letter but says it does not have a response yet.

Steve

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January 7, 2010 at 11:12 pm

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Minnesota Governor Pawlenty to headline Republican Lincoln Days event in St. Charles

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He’s not Sarah Palin … but the Missouri Republican Party has snagged a big name for its annual Lincoln Days weekend which is scheduled for February 26-28 at the St. Charles Convention Center.  Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will deliver the keynote speech at Friday night’s banquet.

Political observers list Pawlenty as one of the GOP leaders expected to announce a run for the White House in 2012.  He’s in his eighth year as Governor, having won re-election in 2006 … which was a very tough year for Republicans throughout the country … and he’s already announced he will not run for a third term.

Missouri Lincoln Days events in recent years have attracted numerous well-known Republicans … including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former U.S. Senate Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, and another fellow who’s not shy to make a comment or two and who is still making news – former Vice President Dick Cheney.

 

Steve

 

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January 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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