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Political Rewind: Politicians Call for Fiscal Cliff Solution

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.

Missouri leaders call for fiscal cliff solution (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

A bipartisan group of Missouri leaders gathered at the Capitol Monday to call on Congress to address the looming fiscal cliff and the growing federal debt.

Former Republican U.S. Sen. Kit Bond called the country’s growing $16 trillion debt situation “a real national crisis.”

“Everything has to be on the table,” he said. “We have a problem in spending, we have a problem in revenues and we have a problem in growth.”

Missourian in quest to free Bangladeshi newspaper owner from jail (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

A Missouri-native lobbyist known for his political savvy is working to free a Bangladeshi newspaper owner who could be executed by the government he criticizes.

Gregg Hartley is leading a team seeking the release of Mir Qasem Ali by a government that is putting political opponents on trial in a war crimes tribunal.

Hartley’s task is persuading Congress, the U.S. government and other nations to come to the defense of Ali, who has been held in a Bangladeshi jail since June.

“Unless other governments raise enough stink, the consequences for him could be dire,” Hartley said.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announces plea in mortgage forgery case (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

A woman from Georgia will plead guilty in a high-profile Missouri mortgage forgery case in which thousands of home loan documents were processed with falsified signatures.

Lorraine Brown, president of DocX — a Georgia-based document processing company that assisted lenders with mortgages across the country — will serve two to three years in prison after admitting to charges of forgery, perjury and making a false declaration in Boone and Jackson counties, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday.

According to Koster, Brown instructed employees who were not authorized to sign mortgage documents to sign the names of others who were authorized to do so. Some of those documents were then used in foreclosure proceedings against financially strapped borrowers.

Campaign trail: 'Transparency' put to test as lawmakers target politically active nonprofits (St. Louis Beacon)

Even though Republicans said that removing contribution limits would stop big political donations from being concealed, some nonprofit organizations have put a crimp in that argument. The groups – 501(c)(4)s – spent huge amounts of money in the last election without disclosing donors. Now, a GOP lawmaker is working on legislation to force nonprofits that engage in political activity to disclose their donors.

Koster, Kander and Zweifel endorse Slay's bid for fourth mayoral term (St. Louis Beacon)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's Thanksgiving blessings include a lengthening list of supportive fellow Democrats, including Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, state Treasurer Clint Zweifel and Secretary of State-elect Jason Kander.

 

 




Jason Gideon December 13, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Also, what do we do about the bad students? What do we do about the bad parents? You can't place all the blame on the teachers because it takes everyone working hard towards the same goal.
Jason Gideon December 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I'm not going to respond to any of ReverePaul's posts either. I'm following the newest trend of ignoring those who can't tell fact from fiction.
St. Louis is a destination December 14, 2012 at 01:50 AM
PaulRevere, Funny you bring up knowing history. Your namesake went to public school in Massachusetts. Your knowledge of history is shallow at best.
Sonny Pondrom December 17, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Getting back to the topic - The fiscal cliff has been referred to a slope. And a better analogy would be a FISCAL RATIO. The concern should be the ratio of Debt-to-GDP. The recent recession has increased because the Debt has risen and the GDP has decreased because of the lack of jobs. The number of jobs is slowly getting better. John B. is not willing to deal until the last minute because he will lose Tea Party support and possibly his job next year. The current plan is based on severe Republican cuts to spending and severe Democratic increaes in revenue. I agree with those who say doing nothing until the Federal taxes increase to the Clinton levels for everyone. They say if this happens we will have tough going for 6 months, but then the economy will start getting better. In the mean time, Congress can do some sacrificing and pass bills that will create jobs.
Sonny Pondrom December 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Experts are saying don't worry about the Fiscal Ration fix. It will be addressed by New Year's Eve. The real problem is the Debt limit when the market tanked in 2011 because the Tea Party convinced the Republicans to waited too long. Some believe the debt limit will give them the opportunity to slash benefits for the poor and taxes for the rich. On the other hand, the debt limit is not the key to the problem. Europe has tried a austerity and it only made the problem debt-to-GDP get worse even though the debt goes down, the GDP goes down faster. While the majority of Americans elected a president who said taxes should go up on those making over 1/4 of million dollars per year, the effected 2% are against any tax riase even though higher taxes will start the economy growing again. They believe that blocking the election outcome by using their influence on the House majority, regardless of the election mandate.

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