Thursday, December 1, 2011
Creve Coeur area state lawmakers will all find themselves in new districts under new maps released Wednesday.
The judicial panel charged with redrawing state legislative boundaries finished its work Wednesday, leaving lawmakers, campaign strategists and voters to look at the new setup and how it impacts them. The shift is the result of redistricting that happens every 10 years in conjunction with the U.S. Census, a news release from Missouri's Appellate Apportionment Commission states. New maps for both the state Senate and House of Representatives have been submitted to the secretary of state by the commission. Unless they are challenged in court, the maps will take effect in time for the 2012 election cycle. "We have worked collaboratively to draw maps that comply with the constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and other legal requirements," …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
A state senator elected to represent Creve Coeur could end up representing Southwest Missouri instead.
Editor's Note: This week, Creve Coeur Patch debuts our Political Potpourri column, a look at some of the big stories in electoral politics impacting our community at the state and federal level. We'll put the big stories in perspective and offer up some nuggets about what's coming down the pike. One of the more important developments in Missouri’s 2012 election cycle occurred this week through inaction. Well, that’s not entirely true. Commissions tasked with drawing new state legislative districts had to officially give up to propel the process to the courts. But a lack of progress on the issue ensures that Missouri’s state House and Senate seats will be drawn by a panel of judges, as opposed to a commission of active politicos. That …
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Here's a weekly roundup of some of the other news about the news in Creve Coeur.
Each week, we're working hard to produce stories that matter to you and are worth your attention. We realize we aren't the only ones in that endeavor. This week, the spotlight shines on a Creve Coeur company which is helping neighbors to the north recover from recent flooding, to a hack attack at a company headquartered in the city, plus one local organization that gets high marks as a workplace. The Associated Press and St. Louis Public Radio Radio reported, on the so-called Amy Hestir Student protection Act, authored by State Senator Jane Cunningham, as well as Senate Bill 320, sponsored by State Senator John Lamping. Cunningham's legislation addresses issues surrounding sexual abuse of students at the hands of school officials. Lamping'…
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Creve Coeur's mayor has prayed for the proposed "Aerotropolis" bill.
The 2011 National Day of Prayer fell during the waning days of the Missouri General Assembly's 2011 session. Community members from a variety of faith leaders gathered outside the Creve Coeur Government Center, and in the course of praying for all matter of subjects, Mayor Harold Dielmann prayed that a deal to bring a so-called China Hub to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, would come together. The legislative session ended without action, and now leaders of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce are lobbying state lawmakers to act on a bill that could have an impact on the entire St. Louis region. The chamber, which serves members across St. Louis County, wrote a letter to lawmakers, urging them to jump-start the proposed China hub …
Monday, May 16, 2011
Creve Coeur-area lawmakers took aim at redistricting, domestic violence laws, the 'Turner fix' and the state's budget.
Republican lawmakers who represent portions of Creve Coeur played a major role in shaping this year’s session of the Missouri General Assembly. The legislature ended its roughly five-month session on Friday, most notably adjourning without deals on sweeping changes to tax credit programs, local control of the St. Louis Police Department or a measure aimed at getting the process started in building a nuclear power plant in Callaway County. The legislature did have a list of successful ventures, from ending the “franchise tax” on corporate assets to extending a prescription drug program to seniors. House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, said at a post-session press conference that the Republican caucus accomplished some notable goals. “…
Sunday, May 8, 2011
With one week left in Missouri’s legislative session, here’s an update on some hot topics facing the state and how Creve Coeur’s delegation is weighing in during the final days.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Lawmaker representing Creve Coeur outlines his priorities for the session.
For John Lamping, some parts of life as a state senator representing Creve Coeur and other parts of St. Louis County have a lot in common with the job he has held in the financial services world. The topic up for discussion changes throughout the day, sometimes every 20 minutes or so, depending on the hearing, the debate, or the vote. Lamping, sworn in last month, spoke with Creve Coeur Patch recently for the first time since he was elected to the seat in November, by a margin so close there was a recount. Lamping said after his advisors told him they didn't expect the final outcome to change, he went to work immediately after the election, assembling a staff, voting in Senate leadership elections and selecting office space, even though …
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Creve Coeur area State Senator officially sworn into office in Jefferson City
State Senator John Lamping was officially sworn into office Wednesday as the Missouri General Assembly opened for the 2011 session. Lamping, who defeated Barbara Fraser by just under 130 votes in November's election, wasn't certified as the official winner in the race until a recount was finished just before Christmas. Among his other committee assignments, Senator Lamping will serve on the the Senate's Rebooting Government panel looking at education. Lamping and Chesterfield area State Senator Jane Cunningham represent parts of the city of Creve Coeur.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
A mountain of debt is just the tip of the iceberg, says Creve Coeur's state representative.
The one day party is to begin Wednesday at high noon in Jefferson City. Clean up to commence a short time later, and last a whole lot longer. As with every legislative session, the first day is one of pomp and circumstance; platitudes and parties. Five days into the new year, the champagne will still be flowing. Come day six, the spigot will run dry and aspirin and antiacids will be the hottest commodities at state capital pharmacies and newsstands. The hangover could last four and a half months. That's how long Missouri's 2011 legislative session is scheduled to run. Rep. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) admits Missouri is in a real fix, with no easy solutions. "It is definitely going to be a tough session," she says. In the term-limited …