Political Rewind: Arming Teachers With Guns, Supreme Court Likely to Shy Away from Legalizing Gay Marriage and Budget Talks

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.

Missouri's next budget reflects a big change -- the first real growth since 2008 (St. Louis Beacon)

Unlike the last few years, Missouri's state leaders charged with crafting a new state budget can focus less on spending cuts and more on how they want to spend a little extra money that’s expected to come in.

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As Newtown's impact reverberates, Missouri lawmakers wonder what to do next (St. Louis Beacon)

For some Missouri state lawmakers, the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school is prompting introspection and a call for action. And for other legislators, not enough time has passed to decide what to do next.

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Campaign trail: Lamar legislator introduces bill for arming school personnel (St. Louis Beacon)

Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, filed legislation allowing teachers to carry concealed firearms on school premises if they possess a valid concealed carry permit. While others have floated the idea, it's something that even proponents concede is controversial.

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St. Louis' Lesbian and Gay Band Association chosen for inaugural parade (St. Louis Beacon)

The St. Louis area’s Lesbian and Gay Band Association has been selected to perform in Washington D.C. for  the Inauguration Day parade for President Barack Obama. As of Wednesday, it's one of two Missouri bands chosen for the honor.

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Emerson offers to leave earlier, if Nixon would set special election for April 2 (St. Louis Beacon)

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, has offered to resign earlier than she had planned “to give Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon the flexibility to schedule a special election to coincide with the April 2, 2013 statewide general municipal election.” Nixon isn't disclosing his plans.

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Will expanded fracking drain much water from the Missouri River? (St. Louis Beacon)

As water is diverted for the "fracking" process in North Dakota, the industry wants to use more water from the upper Missouri River's biggest reservoir. Environmentalist criticize that consumption and question whether it could impact navigation.

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Financial test proposed for families in school desegregation program (St. Louis Beacon)

Families that have a certain level of income would have to pay for their students to take part in the area voluntary school desegregation plan under a proposal advanced by the Clayton school district.

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McCaskill backs ban on assault-type weapons (St. Louis Beacon)

Taking a stand on a key gun control issue in the wake of Friday’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn., U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said through a spokesman Monday that she will support a ban on assault-type weapons.

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Armed teachers? That solution has pros and cons (St. Louis Beacon)

The head of the St. Louis County police department says teachers with guns could make a crucial difference in a school shooting before police arrive. But not everyone thinks having guns in schools is a good idea.

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Analysis: Supreme Court likely to shy away from legalizing gay marriage (St. Louis Beacon)

The chances are that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the federal law discriminating against couples in same-sex marriages without giving gay marriage the kind of constitutional imprimatur that would require the entire nation to adopt it.

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Blunt calls for more focus on mental health, in response to school shootings (St. Louis Beacon)

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., says the appropriate national response to the "huge tragedy'' of Friday's school shootings "is a lot more complicated” than calls for gun control. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was among those calling for a national discussion of gun control.





Dan Johnson December 25, 2012 at 04:44 PM
The marriage equality article referenced misstates the number of states that recognize equality. 10 states and DC now recognize equality.


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