Political Rewind: The 'Arch Tax', Gun Control Plans & Medicaid Expansion

Here are the top political and policy stories from Beyond November, a collaboration of the St. Louis Beacon, Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio.

Medicaid expansion supporters gear up to force legislative action

A parade of speakers spoke passionately Wednesday in Kirkwood of the need to expand Missouri's Medicaid program. The event helped launch a campaign to persuade the Republican-dominated General Assembly to  support the expansion.

Read Jo Mannies' report in the St. Louis Beacon.

St. Louis area lawmakers differ markedly on President's gun proposals

President Barack Obama’s ambitious proposals to curb gun violence were met Wednesday by praise from liberal Democrats, sharp GOP criticism – and indications of a pitched battle on Capitol Hill.

Read Rob Koenig's report in the St. Louis Beacon.

St. Louis County will vote on the Arch Tax on April 2

St. Louis County voters will decide the fate of a sales tax increase aimed at sprucing up the Gateway Arch grounds and bolstering local trails and parks. The St. Louis County Council voted unanimiously on Tuesday to place the 3/16th of one cent sales tax increase on the April 2 ballot.

Read Jason Rosenbaum's report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Read Tim Lloyd's report for St. Louis Public Radio.

Circuit attorney will probe History Museum

St. Louis  Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce  will look into some of the governance and oversight issues plaguing the Missouri History Museum. John Roberts, president of the Missouri History Museum's Board of Trustees, said he supported the decision to get Joyce involved.

Read Rachel Lippmann's report for St. Louis Public Radio.

The Carnahans pause for reflection with Don Marsh

For the first time in a long time, no member of the Carnahan family is holding public office in Missouri. Don Marsh, host of St. Louis On The Air,  talked with Robin and Russ Carnahan in a wide ranging discussion about their past and their future. The two addressed their childhoods growing up in a political family, their time in office, the state of politics, and some of the major issues of the day.

Listen to the podcast.

Power Players: A by-the-numbers look at Missouri's top political donors

Former U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., is frequently credited with the phrase "a billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money." While Missouri’s campaign finance system hasn’t ventured into 10-figure territory, the state is home to some particularly active -- and generous donors.  Read Jason Rosenbaum's report.

Awesome field trip: 26 University City students will attend inauguration

The students who are making the journey had to write an essay about how the 2012 election affected their lives. The $30,000 cost of the extended field trip will be covered almost entirely by donations.

Read Dale Singer's report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Beyond November, Beacon on RFT short list for best political blog

The Riverfront Times has listed the St. Louis Beacon and Beyond November as finalists for best political blog. Here's the list of nominees in all categories.

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