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.
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.