Political Rewind: Labor Unions Take Aim at McCaskill Over Fiscal Cliff

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

Editor's Note: The following articles were aggregated from several news organizations in Missouri. You can read more about each story by clicking on the headline.

Emerson's departure gives another spin to the congressional 'revolving door' (St. Louis Beacon)

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's decision to leave Congress early next year to lead the nation’s electric cooperative association followed a time-honored tradition of lawmakers going through the revolving door. What are the main rules that govern such transitions? 

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Nixon sets fundraising record in Missouri campaign year where victors spent the most (St. Louis Beacon)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, raised more than $16 million for his successful re-election bid Nov. 6 – and spent almost all of it – for a record-setting tally that is significantly more than he spent four years ago. Republican Dave Spence spent $11 million.

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Blunt, Clay commit to bipartisan cooperation in Missouri's delegation (St. Louis Beacon)

Sen. Roy Blunt and Rep. William Lacy Clay said Thursday that they would push for bipartisan cooperation – and regular meetings – of the state’s delegation in Congress. The departure of Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will make them the longest-serving members of the congressional delegation.

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McCaskill pulls out stops to protect 'wartime contracting' part of defense bill (St. Louis Beacon)

Making her pitch wherever she can, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is campaigning to preserve her wartime contracting provisions in the defense bill from possible efforts by military contractors to convince lawmakers to delete them.

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Health-care backers of Medicaid expansion must woo skeptical lawmakers (St. Louis Beacon)

For the Missouri Hospital Association, the key to getting legislators on board with a push to expand Medicaid is making a pitch about the move’s economic opportunity – and the practical consequences of inaction.

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Missouri's current general-revenue collections continue to beat projections (St. Louis Beacon)

The state of Missouri’s revenue collections continue to be slightly larger than projections for the current fiscal year, which state Budget Director Linda Luebbering cautiously agrees is a good sign.

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Nixon names Paul Wilson, former aide, to state Supreme Court (St. Louis Beacon)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon just announced that he has named Paul C. Wilson, a former aide and former judge, to be the newest member of the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Petitions for Missouri secession continue to gather signatures (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

The number of people who want Missouri to leave the union has grown considerably since we first reported about online pro-secession petitions last month.

But the Show-Me State has yet to meet the threshold required to get an official response from the White House.

Of the two petitions filed on behalf of Missouri, the one with the most signatures is about 4,450 shy of the 25,000 names needed by next Monday’s deadline.

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Labor targets McCaskill in 'fiscal cliff' debate (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Claire McCaskill might have expected television ads targeting her to cease after winning re-election last month.

But an alliance of labor unions is taking aim at McCaskill, D-Mo., after her recent assertion that "everybody's going to hurt a little" in a deal to avert the 'fiscal cliff'.

McCaskill also remarked to reporters that in her view, the details of a potential deal "are less important" than achieving $4 trillion in long-term debt reduction.

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New ethics law proposed by Missouri House Democrats (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Missouri House Democrats called Tuesday for a far-reaching ethics law that would limit campaign contributions, cap lobbyist gifts, make it harder for donors to hide their identities and impose a waiting period for legislators who want to become lobbyists.

While Democrats don’t get to set the agenda in the Republican-controlled House, the Democrats said they hope Republicans will sign on as co-sponsors and give the issue early consideration when the Legislature convenes in January.







mike reilly December 08, 2012 at 04:56 PM
More than 2/3 of the "signatures" on tHe petition do not even live in Missouri.
mike k December 08, 2012 at 11:02 PM
did you sit down and count them all?


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