Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Political Fix

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Political Fix

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Dome payments stripped from budget * Republican state Rep. Robert Ross said he was protecting taxpayers when he spearheaded a move Monday to strip the state's annual payment for the Edward Jones Dome from the approaching year's budget.

"I don't want to see another publicly funded effort to the tune of half a billion dollars," said Ross, R-Yukon.

Ross is chairman of the House General Administration Appropriations Committee, which voted Monday to remove the $12 million for the stadium in the 2017 budget year that begins July 1. The budget now moves to the full House Budget Committee for consideration, where lawmakers could reinstate that funding. Lawmakers must complete the budget by May 6.

Democrats and Republicans both have expressed frustration that Gov. Jay Nixon moved forward with a plan for a new NFL stadium to keep the Rams in St. Louis without their input. The Rams have since left the city, but rumblings of a Major League Soccer stadium have some lawmakers concerned Nixon might try to do it again.

Channing Ansley, Nixon's spokeswoman, said that it was early in the budget process and that Nixon was confident that the Legislature will ultimately approve the funding.

Greitens strikes back * Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens came close on Monday to alleging that election opponent John Brunner is behind an anonymous online video that distorts Greitens' military record, saying the video "fits a pattern" by Brunner's supporters.

Brunner's campaign didn't immediately respond to the allegation.

"I'm saying this clearly fits the pattern of what John Brunner did" in previous races, said Greitens, who is fighting Brunner and two other candidates for the 2016 Republican gubernatorial nomination in the Aug. 2 Missouri state primaries.

Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, has used his military background to establish community-service organization The Mission Continues, and has written several self-help books focused on veterans' issues. …

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