Maria in the News

August primaries heat up in Missouri as candidates and PACs report fundraising hauls

July 16, 2018
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Kurt Erickson and Jack Suntrup St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City... had the most cash on hand as of July 1 among the slate of candidates..."

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Parson signs law setting up funds for radioactive waste probe

June 22, 2018
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Kurt Erickson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri’s new governor signed legislation Friday aimed at providing state funding to help investigate areas of the state exposed to radioactive waste.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who was sworn in on June 1 after the resignation of Gov. Eric Greitens, approved the proposal championed by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City.

The measure will allocate $150,000 annually to the Department of Natural Resources to probe sites like the West Lake Landfill in north St. Louis County, where radioactive material was dumped more than 40 years ago.

“It’s a small step for a big problem. There’s a lot more that needs to happen,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “We’ve got a long road ahead of us.”

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New Law Will Largely Do Away with Merit System for State Workers

June 14, 2018
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Joe Rios

"Maria Chappelle-Nadal of University City voted against the policy when it was being debated.

She thinks it fails to provide security for experienced employees who bring important knowledge to the workplace."

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TIF public hearing gets heated In University City

May 25, 2018
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J. Ryne Danielson Of Patch

"I am concerned because I'm looking at history," she said. "In the district that I currently represent, there are a lot of previously historical African-American communities where there was blighting done and they wanted to do development, and now those communities don't exist anymore."

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Missouri voters will decide on 10-cent increase in gas tax

May 18, 2018
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BY TESSA WEINBERG

“I have constituents who just don’t like these kinds of taxes,” Chappelle-Nadal said, “and they’re African-American. Their issue is that the funds that are received from this do not adequately go to the urban core.”

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Address confidentiality would be expanded under measure OK'd by Missouri lawmakers

May 11, 2018
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Jack Suntrup

"I think this is a really important bill," said Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, "especially when we are dealing with children who have been raped or sexually assaulted or are victims of [sex] trafficking."

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Missouri Senate votes to move date of Right-to-work ballot measure; Democratic filibuster has controversial end

MAY 11, 2018
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JASON TAYLOR

The move was highly unusual as the majority party typically uses a well know procedural maneuver known as the “previous question” to end filibusters and force an immediate vote.

Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph said he couldn’t believe his ears when Dixon told Chappelle-Nadal to sit down and described how he ran into the chamber from outside to try and help her. Schaaf said he was offended at what happened to her.

Chappelle-Nadal then said, “Anytime a person’s voice is taken away, it should look like a very huge scar.”

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St. Louis-area Democrats among those who didn't sign special session petition

May 4, 2018
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Sky Chadde

Chappelle-Nadal said that, although she had been critical of Greitens, she believed his trial should play out before any decisions should be made.

“You still have a right to due process,” she said, adding that, in her view, the situation mirrored that in Washington at the moment. “I don’t want to see a governor like Parson. People at home say, ‘We can’t stand (President Donald) Trump, but (Vice President Mike) Pence would be worse.’

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Senate passes Merit System reform bill

May 2, 2018
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Bob Watson, Jefferson City News Tribune

State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said she received numerous calls "from people throughout the state and in my district" who were concerned after the Senate gave the proposal its preliminary approval last Thursday afternoon. "I do believe this bill is going in the wrong direction," she told the Senate. "What is called a reform — what in my heart I believe is taking several steps backward — would change the climate and the culture of our state employees."

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With raises for state workers on the line, Missouri Senate OKs hiring reforms

May 1, 2018
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Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City said the changes, combined with the low salaries paid to workers, could further sink morale at state agencies."

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St. Louis Lawmaker Faces Resignation Calls After Appearing on Radio Show

April 24, 2018
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JASON ROSENBAUM, SHAHLA FARZAN & MARSHALL GRIFFIN

"And state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, posted a YouTube video where Burns called in to Romanik after the host used the N-word to refer to African-Americans."

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Comments on shock jock radio show were about 'troops and veterans,' St. Louis rep says

April 23, 2018
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Sky Chadde, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"On Twitter, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said the revelation shocked her."

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Lawmakers react to judge's decision in Greitens case

April 19, 2018
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Courtney Edwards and Claire Kopsky, KOMU 8

“I think the General Assembly is taking the situation very seriously at this point,” Chappelle-Nadal said. She said she believes the case not being dismissed will allow for a full review of the circumstances and the facts of the governor’s case.

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Cancer-causing pesticide sent to Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal's office

April 19, 2018
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Lauren Petterson, KOMU

The senator from St. Louis tweeted about "another suspicious threat:"

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Missouri State Senator Receives Letter With 'Unknown Substance'

April 19, 2018
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J. Ryne Danielson, Patch Staff |

'Chappelle-Nadal said she was thankful to police and first responders, and that there is an ongoing investigation into the incident.

"Let me be clear, the coward that sent the envelope made a grave mistake," she wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon. "There is no way in Hell I will be intimidated by a fool."

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Substance sent to Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s office determined to be non-threatening

April 19, 2018
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Fox 2 News

"Every single senator is a target because of what they stand up for,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “However, because of the issues that are in my district, not only Ferguson do I represent, but I also represent an area that has over 100 locations with radioactive waste."

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MISSOURI SENATOR CALLS ON WHITE DEMOCRATS, CLAIRE MCCASKILL FOR SLAVERY REPARATIONS

April 12, 2018
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BENJAMIN FEARNOW

"Chappelle-Nadal said Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill should add slavery reparations to the national Democratic platform as she says both parties have failed African-Americans, the Kansas City Star first reported."

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State Senator Accuses Fellow Lawmakers of Sexual Harassment

Mar 15, 2018
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J. Ryne Danielson

"Rep. Josh Peters, you do not have a right to touch me, nor call me "Boo," Chappelle-Nadal wrote on Twitter last year. "We don't have a relationship where you get to put your hands on me."

She filed an ethics complaint against Peters, but it was dismissed a month later. House Ethics Committee records do not reveal the details of the committee's investigation or how the matter was resolved since it was handled in a closed session."

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EXCLUSIVE: Massive Environmental Genocide Is Slowly Killing Off North St. Louis

March 15, 2018
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Carl Gibson, Katelyn Kivel, and Ken Klippenstein, The Grit

"One of the few public officials drawing attention to this crisis is Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a state senator who represents parts of St. Louis County. The radioactive waste in her district is a deeply personal fight for her — Chappelle-Nadal’s father used to work at the St. Louis airport, where Coldwater Creek begins, and breathed toxic air from the creek every day, eventually dying of kidney cancer. She’s conducted over 1,000 interviews over the years with people in the West Lake and Bridgeton Landfill areas, along with residents in the Coldwater Creek watershed."

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Video: Missouri lawmaker says House mishandled her sexual harassment complaint

March 15, 2018
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Jason Hancock, Kansas City Star

"Asked why she wanted to release the video, which was paid for by her campaign, Chappelle-Nadal said she “never became whole after my complaint was dismissed.”

“No one took me seriously. Ever," she said. "They did not.”

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What would a Gov. Parson mean for the Missouri General Assembly?

March 11, 2018
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KAITLIN WASHBURN, The Missourian

“I come from a very liberal district. So people will say things such as, we really don’t like Trump, but Pence is worse,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “I was thinking about all of this, and I came to the conclusion that all the things Greitens has done are terrible, but Parson would be worse.”

One of the major issues facing Chappelle-Nadal’s district is the contaminated West Lake landfill. She believes Parson has been working against her on dealing with the landfill."

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No Good Deed: Legally Blind White Man Attacks Black Politician for Trying to Help Him

March 2, 2018
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Jason Johnson, The Root

"Assertive and passionate, Chappelle-Nadal has been a thorn in the side of white bigots and complacent black politicians in St. Louis for years. She receives death threats on the regular and, at one point, had to have police protection around her home. Chappelle-Nadal engaged in record-breaking filibusters to protect same-sex marriage and the environment, was teargassed while protesting during Ferguson, and fought expulsion from the Legislature after posting on Facebook “I hope he gets assassinated,” over President Donald Trump’s comments after the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va.

Despite all of her trials, or maybe even because of them, she’s worked tirelessly to confront the problems of Coldwater Creek; to date, she’s held over 100 town halls on Coldwater Creek contamination. Chappelle-Nadal is like a character in a John Grisham novel mixed with a little Erin Brockovich and Fruitvale Station. In other words, she’s not the one. But somebody didn’t quite know that."

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Robberson: Assessing St. Louis' nuclear legacy on a grim anniversary

August 10, 2017
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Tod Robberson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that about 121,000 tons of uranium refinery residues and contaminated material were stored around the airport. If you follow the train tracks that run from the gates of the Mallinckrodt plant, they’ll take you right to the airport area where Chappelle-Nadal and I went exploring on Sunday.

We brought with us a Geiger counter supplied by Republican state Sen. Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, who describes himself as an ally in his Democratic colleague Chappelle-Nadal’s effort to find out what happened to all of that nuclear waste and whether ongoing dangers merit state compensation to people whose homes are in the affected area."

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Missouri pol apologized for hoping for Trump assassination. Now, she compares him to Hitler

October 13, 2017
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Jack Suntrup, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Our president has again failed the American people,” Chappelle-Nadal said. In a later tweet on Thursday, Chappelle-Nadal said “Puerto Rico deserves to be part of a nation that will not authorize GENOCIDE on its own people.”

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Ignoring landfill problems is slow genocide for area residents

January 31, 2018
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Maria Chappelle-Nadal, State Senator

"St. Louis residents deserve much better customer service and follow-up than what they’ve gotten since the radioactive waste was discovered in the landfill in the 1970s. Though regulations were few and oversight seldom, it is time for elected leaders to take the issue seriously, having the ability to both metabolize difficult concepts and articulate them without a cheat sheet or bullet points. It is my belief that ignoring this cancer-causing nuclear waste in a burning landfill is a slow genocide authorized by local, state and federal leaders."

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AP: Most legislatures have no public sex harassment records

April 11, 2018
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David Lieb, Associated Press

"In Jan. 2017, Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal complained that Rep. Joshua Peters, had touched her inappropriately. The House Ethics Committee dismissed her complaint, but warned Peters that any further complaints of inappropriate language or behavior would be dealt with more severely."

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POLITICAL FIX Historic tax credits in Missouri would be pared back under bill okayed by Missouri Senate

Mar 29, 2018
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Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, expressed support for the legislation because it attempts to funnel the credits toward areas of the state that need it most.

“They were intended for truly blighted, poverty areas,” said Sen. John Rizzo, D-Kansas City.

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Maria Chappelle-Nadal Accuses 3 Lawmakers of Sex Harassment in New Video

Mar 16, 2018
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Danny Wicentowski, River Front Times

"One of the reps in your district, Josh Peters, referred to me as boo, and then grabbed my arms, and then did a forceful embrace that was unwarranted and unwanted," Chappelle-Nadal told Nasheed, according to a recording of the remarks included in the film. "I& am very angered by this, first being called boo, and I'm very angered that someone thought it would be OK to touch me."

After Chappelle-Nadal went public, Peters initially denied that he'd harassed her, and he said that the allegations amounted to a "vicious personal and politically motivated attack." Later, though, he acknowledged in an interview with the Associated Press that he'd cursed at her.

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What goes into crafting a bill?

Mar 23, 2018
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KAITLIN WASHBURN AND LEXI CHURCHILL, Columbia Missourian

"On the the walls of her office, aqua and forest green maps outlining radioactive waste sites throughout her district hang as reminders of what she’s working against and who she’s working for.

A 2012 redistricting gave Chappelle-Nadal areas like Coldwater Creek and the West Lake Landfill, regions with major health and safety concerns originating from decades-old nuclear waste.

Once she was able to fully “metabolize” the extent of the environmental issues at hand, she began hosting town hall meetings and communicating with constituents, collecting hundreds of cancer stories from those that live or have lived around the nuclear waste."

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Missouri mega-donor calls on Greitens to step down

Apr 12, 2018
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Sky Chadde, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said the details in the report were difficult to read as a person who had experienced sexual harassment.

“I started going through the documentation that was offered, and honestly I couldn’t get through it,” she said. “It was really hard for me to get through it. I had to take breaks.”

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Senator issues emotional statement on sexual harassment after Greitens report

Thursday, April 12, 2018
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Jared Smith and Claire Kopsky, KOMU

The senator told her colleagues her own experiences prompted her strong response. She said she was raped in the past and was a victim of sexual harassment three times during her nearly 18 years working at the Capitol.

She was surprised by how many people seem to be giving Greitens a pass on what's disturbing bevavior.
“When I saw some of the comments in the newspaper today or online today, I was like ‘wow', they're being so nice to someone who commented sexual assault.,’” she
said. “I go through trauma and they want to send me to hell."

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Debate about Greitens’ impeachment, resignation consumes Senate floor

April 16, 2018
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Annika Merrilees and Kaylin Baylis, Columbia Missourian

Sifton spoke to Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis, on the Senate floor. Chappelle-Nadal has spoken out in the past about instances in which she was sexually harassed in the legislature, and she spoke about it again during Thursday’s session.

Sifton told her, “I’ve heard everything you’ve had to say today” and “I appreciate you saying it.”

Chappelle-Nadal voiced her disappointment at the lack of support she received in the instances when she was sexually harassed, saying “one of the things we are dealing with is continual silence.”

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Missouri senator who called for Trump assassination running for seat in House

March 21, 2018
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Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“I want to deal with sexual harassment in the state Capitol,” she said. “I want to make sure our policies reflect compassion for the victims because it’s just unacceptable.”

She also said education and job creation would be priorities.

“It’s important they have an advocate as well,” Chappelle-Nadal said.

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Missouri senator calls for reparations for slavery, criticizes McCaskill, Democrats

April 10, 2018
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ALLISON KITE, Kansas City Star

“When I’m getting a single mother of three children calling me trying to find a place to live because they don’t have a place to live, that’s what’s on my mind today and every single day," Chappelle-Nadal said.

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Ferguson led young progressives to run in August 2 primary

July 28, 2016
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Rebecca Rivas

"Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay on the August 2 ballot, has donated at least $1,000 to many progressive candidates for committeeperson, including Aldridge, Betts, Alison Dreith, Matt Carroll-Schmidt, Marty Murray Jr., Tony Zebrowski, Annie Rice, Max Cassilly, Laura Hladky and Glenn Burleigh.

Chappelle-Nadal also donated to Franks’ campaign, as well as to Johns’ state rep. campaign."

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Clay faces two challengers in primary: Chappelle-Nadal and Haas

July 26, 2016
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Koran Addo

“The same silence that allowed Ferguson to occur has allowed Bridgeton to occur,” she said. “This is my crusade. It is inhumane that nothing has been done. This is something our elected officials should have been fighting for a long time ago.”

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First Congressional District primary features well known democratic candidates

July 25, 2016
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Betsey Bruce

“People want a change. People want energy; they want someone who has vision and they want someone who is going to be responsive and come home.”

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Obama endorses Rep. William Lacy Clay in primary challenge from Chappelle-Nadal

July 25, 2016
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Chuck Raasch

"She added that the congressman is 'quite accustomed to riding on someone else's coattails to win elections,' a not-so-subtle jab at Clay's political lineage."

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Maria Chappelle-Nadal Will Fight For Us in Washington

July 24, 2016
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Umar Lee, Medium

"Whenever I’ve called on Maria she’s been there. She has helped Ferguson protesters in bad situations, asked me and other cab drivers about our industry, she has stood against Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry and when I asked her to speak to Jewish seniors on Martin Luther King Day she came without hesitation."

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Clay faces challenge from state senator in 1st District race

July 24, 2016
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Salter, Associated Press

"When we have a human disaster, it's important to have someone who is going to be present, is going to show up," Chappelle-Nadal said.

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Maria Chappelle-Nadal invests in progressive candidates she thinks can help her win

July 21, 2016
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Chris King

“I vowed to support Ferguson activists and young people running for office who understand the challenge we face in terms of race and economic and social inequities,” Chappelle-Nadal told The American. “I really want to have more young people involved in the government process in elected positions, at the local, state and federal levels.”

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Maria Chappelle-Nadal invests in progressive candidates she thinks can help her win

July 21, 2016
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Chris King

“I’m building a coalition of truly progressive people who understand race and socioeconomic inequities,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “We need people who are going to stand up and actually say something if something else goes down.”

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Clay and Chappelle-Nadal put undefeated electoral records on the line in 1st District showdown

7/11/2016
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JASON ROSENBAUM

“I’m running for Congress because someone needs to roll up their sleeves and make sure that all of the challenges we are facing are addressed.”

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Democracy for America is proud to endorse Maria Chappelle-Nadal

7/8/2016
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Democracy For America

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Black Bank Accounts Matter

June 30, 2016
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Maria Chappelle-Nadal

"Payday lenders have pushed legislation that would weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – the watchdog agency created in the wake of the 2008 fiscal crisis – by switching its leadership from a strong director to a muddled commission, whose members would be subject to a lengthy confirmation process."

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Clay boosts new Ferguson Starbucks while challenger Chappelle-Nadal points to district's 'decay'

June 13, 2016
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Chuck Raasch

"She tweeted Monday that the 1st Congressional District, which Clay has represented for 20 years, has been "in decay" over that time."

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Maria is Ready for Congress

June 9, 2016
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Donna Rogers-Beard

"Maria knows the issues and can clearly explain why she takes the position she does on them. I have been most impressed with her stance on the Westlake landfill crisis. She has been tenacious and courageous in her fight to protect us all against the health risks posed by this environmental travesty."

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Nixon Appoints 3 New Curators to Lead University of Missouri

June 8, 2016
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Summer Ballentine

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said it’s good to see diversity in gender and race on the board and said it’s particularly important “because of the climate that we are in right now, that we’ve been in for a long time.”

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African-American Lawmakers Push for Unbiased Policing Measures

June 6, 2016
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MissouriNet

“At some point in, if we are losing all of our talent because of the environment that says you’re not welcomed here because you’re a person of color, that is going to hurt the state,” said Chappelle-Nadal. “I want us to thrive, but the way that we do that is by having a diverse population. If we get the brightest and they so happen to be of color, then they need to be respect.”

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Two Stay-at-Home Moms Are Waging War Against the Feds Over Illegal Toxic Waste

Jun 1, 2016
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Amy Martyn

"There was no differentiation between north quarry and south quarry. It was all one landfill."

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St. Louis County voters won't decide on law enforcement sales tax

May 18, 2016
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Jason Rosenbaum

“We can go ahead and start looking at real reform within the St. Louis County Police Department,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “And many of the people that I represent in my district and throughout the region still don’t have faith in what St. Louis County Police officers are doing. Not all. And I don’t want to say all. Because we have great officers out there. But we have not seen the reforms that we have desired for a very long time. And I think any time you’re going to do an increase, a tax increase or even a proposed one, you have to show good faith on the other side — and say that ‘you’re going to change the environment so people feel more comfortable.’”

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Judge sets $1M bail for then-STL police officer charged with murder

Jun 1, 2016
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Rebecca Rivas

State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she saw the interaction, along with the aftermath when security guards ushered the man away from the woman. She said the man was just standing there when the woman approached, yet the guards focused on the man.

“It tells me we still have a lot of racism,” Chappelle-Nadal said.

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Expungement proposal heads to Nixon

May 11, 2016
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Kurt Erickson

"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, earlier said the proposal was allowed to move forward in exchange for [some] Democrats halting their objections to legislation requiring voters to show identification at polling places."

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Alderman Chris Carter defends himself, says he is innocent

May 18, 2016
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Chris King

"More recently, on March 19, Clay came to a 27th Ward meeting hosted by Carter, where state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal was scheduled to speak. Chappelle-Nadal is running against Clay in the August 2 Democratic primary. Carter said Clay left incensed when he was not put on the agenda to speak because he arrived unannounced."

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Senator uses 50 Cent book for filibuster

April 25, 2016
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Kurt Erickson

"Chappelle-Nadal said she does not want to support a tax for police until more is done to deal with policing practices she believes have not been fixed.

“There are still practices in St. Louis County that are unfavorable,” Chappelle-Nadal said.

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TheChat: Sen. Jerry Moran isn’t ready to back Donald Trump

May 6, 2016
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Steve Kraske

“It’s like saying you lost a million dollars because you didn’t win the lottery.” — Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat, explaining why she voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an education funding measure.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75740272.html#storylink=cpy

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'Paycheck protection' veto override fails in Missouri Senate

May 12, 2016
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Jack Suntrup

“If I stayed silent, these issues of racial equality would not be before this chamber, or in the media,” she said. “We have a racial problem."

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Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal Endorses Bernie Sanders, Asks for Help

March 12, 2016
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Chris Reeves

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Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-Ferguson) Ready To Set The House On Fire

March 14, 2016
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Howie Klein

"She is passionate about getting federal help to clean up the crisis of radioactive waste which is, in a way, a form of “environmental poverty.”

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The girl with no voice became the spokesperson for the people of Missouri.

March 14, 2016
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ZenTrainer

"Maria does a lot of work in her community, one thing you can be sure about her is when she goes to Congress to represent the 1st, she’ll be coming home. She has meet-ups and town halls 4 to 5 times a week."

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Missouri Democrats have been filibustering a Discriminatory anti-Gay bill for 20-hours

March 8, 2016
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Jezebel

"Now, the filibuster has been going on for over 20 hours, much of which has been led by state Sen. Maria Chappelle Nadal. Nadal recently said she wanted to break the 27 hour state filibuster record and get to 30."

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Mo. Democrats filibuster religious-freedom bill that critics say could discriminate against gays

March 8, 2016
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Sandhya Somashekhar

"As the filibuster wore on late Tuesday morning, two weary senators — Jason Holsman and Maria Chappelle-Nadal — kept it up with chatter that sounded at times like a public-radio pledge drive."

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Missouri Senate Democrats filibuster Anti-LGBT constitutional amendment

March 8, 2016
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John Riley Metro Weekly

"On Tuesday morning, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) led the filibuster for more than seven hours for most of the morning as Democrats attempted to kill the bill."

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Missouri Senate Filibusters Against Bill Protecting Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage

March 8, 2016
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The New York Times

"This is a major scarring of equality in Missouri. "

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Nearly 40-hour filibuster not enough: Anti-LGBTQ legislation going to Missouri House floor

March 9, 2016
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Max Fillion - The Maneater

“I can do this all day,” Chappelle-Nadal said while fighting the amendment during the first 24-hour period of the debate. “This is my prime time.”

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These Missouri Democrats Put Up an Epic Fight Against an Anti-Gay Bill

March 9, 2016
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Jillian Kramer - Glamour Online Magazine

"According to the Times, Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said, 'We are living in an environment where hatred is alive, and we as a caucus are not going to tolerate it.'"

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Who Is Maria Chappelle-Nadal? Missouri Democrats Filibuster Against 'Religious Beliefs' Bill

March 9, 2016
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Christina Silva - International Business Times

“I want to do my part and just have a conversation about an issue I feel is really important to us,” Chappelle-Nadal said from the Senate floor.

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Missouri senate passes controversial religion bill after 39-hour filibuster

March 9, 2016
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The Guardian

"'The end came via a parliamentary maneuver that Democratic senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who spoke for a total of 13 hours, said went against normal senate traditions and was “an absolute disgrace'.

Chappelle-Nadal criticized Republicans for their refusal to negotiate, saying that many of them spent the filibuster sleeping in their offices or playing card games while Democrats debated the issues.

'They’ve done a serious injury to the Senate,' she said. 'They are acting like house members.'"

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Missouri Republicans Break Democrats’ 39-Hour Filibuster, Advancing Anti-Gay Bill

March 9, 2016
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Buzzfeed.com

"'I want to see us go for 24 hours,” said Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal halfway through the marathon session.'"

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Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal Leads Record-Breaking 39-Hour Fillibuster

March 10, 2016
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Newzposts.com

"Women of color are often caught in demeaning circumstances where we feel compelled to silence in order to preserve our professional standing, so Chappelle-Nadal’s tenacity in standing up for herself and her beliefs are both refreshing and vital."

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'Paycheck protection' bill sent to Gov. Nixon; he vetoed similar legislation in 2013

March 3, 2016
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Jack Suntrup

"Chappelle-Nadal said a string of conflicts had led to her yes vote: a conflict with the AFL-CIO about being disinvited from an event in February (the AFL-CIO denies that), curse words directed at her on a pro-union Facebook group last summer and what Chappelle-Nadal says is a continued lack of minorities on job sites."

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Video refutes claims that St. Louis police held children at gunpoint

March 3, 2016
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Christine Byers

"Chappelle-Nadal said Wednesday that the video that police released doesn't show the entire encounter, because the second officer cannot be seen. She also said those on social media have said there were three adults in the car, not two as police reported."

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VIDEO: Deadly gas target of new senate bill

March 3, 2016
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PJ Randpawa

"Senator Chappelle Nadal filed Senate Bill bill 1149 requiring home sellers to disclose more information on Radon to potential buyers. She also wants sellers of homes to disclose if there have been positive tests for the gas on their property."

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Missouri lawmakers discuss ‘stand your ground’ law

March 2, 2016
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JASON HANCOCK

"[Trayvon] Martin’s name was invoked during Wednesday’s hearing by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat. A person must have the right to defend themselves, she said, but she worries about a “one-size-fits-all solution.”

'If it’s a possible rape, I get that,' she said. 'If you’re walking home with Skittles, I don’t get that.'”

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VIDEO: Missouri could consider bill about cancer-causing radon gas

February 25, 2016
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PJ Pandhawa

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Missouri lawmakers debate ‘stand your ground,’ state budget and sex education

FEBRUARY 29, 2016
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JASON HANCOCK

"The bill also repeals the prohibition on school districts and charter schools from providing abortion services or permitting a person or entity that is a provider of abortion services from offering, sponsoring, or furnishing course materials or instruction relating to human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases."

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St. Louis Nuclear Waste Issues and Upcoming Elections

February 28, 2016
 – 
Don Corrigan

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Heroin antidote, drug registry get some support, but legislative passage remains elusive in Missouri

February 25, 2016
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MALLORY DAILY

"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, says she’s in full support of the bill, but doesn’t think it addresses the root of the issue.

'We are a drugged-up society,' she said.

Chappelle-Nadal suggests we need to figure out how to change our culture. Missouri is lagging behind."

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LANDFILL FIRE CREEPS TOWARD BURIED TONS OF ATOMIC WASTE

FEBRUARY 24, 2016
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DAN MIKA

"Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a state senator whose district covers Bridgeton, filed a bill requiring the state to purchase homes within three miles of the landfills at market value if the owners decide to move. She supports having the Corps of Engineers remove the waste."

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House committee hears bills on body camera footage, pilot police grant

February 22, 2016
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EMILY O'CONNOR

"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis, said she was aware of privacy issues connected to the cameras, such as a person filing an open records request to find footage of a neighbor's domestic dispute."

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Hundreds rally in St. Louis to support convicted NYPD officer

February 20, 2016
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Mark Schlinkmann

"She urged them to work with her to build bridges between police officers and the Chinese-American, African-American and Hispanic communities. She also said she strongly supported the use of body cameras by police, saying that “they prove who is innocent and who is not” in police confrontations with the public."

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Body-Camera Update by Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal

Feb. 19, 2016
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MCN

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Springfield Police Could Be Required to Wear Body Cameras

February 18, 2016
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Alisa Nelson/KRCG

“If you have Texas and South Carolina that can pass body camera laws, why in the world can’t the Show Me State pass body camera laws?”

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Michael Brown's Family Pushes for Body Cams

February 18, 2016
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JACK SUNTRUP

"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said she wanted to make sure video of domestic disputes, incidents involving children or blanket video of protests isn't available under the state's Sunshine Law. "

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Apathy and establishment Democrats in 2016

February 18, 2016
 – 
The St. Louis American Editorial Board

“Far too often political bosses and money determine political campaigns,” Rev. Darryl Gray, campaign manager for Bush, told The American. “We can’t afford that to happen in 2016 – not with the apathy that is out there.”

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Missouri officials actively pushing for NGA to stay in city of St. Louis

February 17, 2016
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Gloria Lloyd

"Stenger lost support from many African-American Democrats in the 2014 county executive race, with the prominent exception of Clay."

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Missourians push for transparency with police body cameras

February 17, 2016
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EMILY O'CONNOR

“Your son is a gift for us,” said Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to McSpadden. “He lives within all of us.”

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(VIDEO) Michael Brown Junior’s mother testifies for required police body cameras

February 17, 2016
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ALISA NELSON

“If you have Texas and South Carolina that can pass body camera laws, why in the world can’t the Show Me State pass body camera laws?”

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Nasheed, Michael Brown's mother urge Missouri lawmakers to pass police body camera requirements

February 17, 2016
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Jack Suntrup

"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said she wanted to make sure video of domestic disputes, incidents involving children or blanket video of protests isn’t available under the state’s Sunshine Law."

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Five Places Where Police Shootings Scandals Have Altered the Political Landscape

February 17, 2016
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Brandon Ellington Patterson

"State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who helped organize local protests after Brown's death, aims to ride the activist wave all the way to the halls of Congress. She says she wants to see more federal resources directed to educational programs at the state level."

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Editorial: A welcome turn by activists from street protests to election ballots

February 14, 2016
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Editorial Board

"Before she filed to run against him, Clay said he welcomed a challenge from Chappelle-Nadal 'because of the entertainment value of it alone.'”

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Dispute Over Voter Data Leaves Some Missouri Democrats Frustrated

February 12, 2016
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Katelyn Mae Petrin

“I think this is grossly undemocratic. On Monday, I will give a speech on the Senate floor of how the Missouri Democratic Party ABORTS the dreams of poor Black girls like myself who want to run for Congress.”

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Missouri Senators consider government role in road safety

February 12, 2016
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Associated Press

"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat from University City, said requiring people to take a few seconds to buckle seat belts is hardly a government overreach."

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Black challengers of Democrat incumbents fight with party over access

February 11, 2016
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Rebecca Rivas

Chappelle-Nadal said a volunteer called the party right before Thanksgiving to obtain access. The party granted access to the volunteer for 48 hours, she said, but they had trouble with the network. When Chappelle-Nadal called personally to fix the problem, that’s when the “rules changed,” she said.

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Emboldened by Protests, Black Lives Matter Activists Move From Street to Ballot

February 6, 2016
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JOHN ELIGON

“The events of Ferguson pushed me to actually think about it,” she said of running for Congress. “It is at a critical mass now where people are being disenfranchised because they don’t have someone who is going to be proactive and speak loud and proud about the issues of concern.”

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Bernie and Hillary Want to Know: Who Would Trayvon Martin Vote For?

February 11, 2016
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JASON JOHNSON

She notes the importance of Black Lives Matter endorsements from elected officials but thinks that endorsements from victims’ families are a different thing entirely.

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Senate committee considers deadly force bills to update law

February 9, 2016
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Associated Press

"I am pleading with you to give people in my district hope again, that we're going to focus on the injustices that have occurred for decades now."

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Chappelle-Nadal invokes Ferguson in party battle over voter list

February 9, 2016
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JO MANNIES

"Chappelle-Nadal asserted in an interview that the state party was behaving in a manner that was “undemocratic’’ and amounted to “voter suppression.”

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Medical marijuana advocates seek signatures in Springfield

February 6, 2016
 – 
Jon Swedien

"• SB 761, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City: Bill would exempt marijuana from criminal forfeiture provisions.

•SB 762, Chappelle-Nadal: Bill would allow people to "possess up to one ounce of marijuana and provides a licensure process for retail marijuana stores, retail marijuana cultivation facilities, retail marijuana products manufacturers, and retail marijuana testing facilities."

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Manhattan Project Part 1: Waste From WWII Era Atomic Bombs Left Behind in St. Louis

February 8, 2016
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Nick Thompson

"In the 1950's there was a St. Louis County but it was mostly farmland,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “And the haulers were paid by the loads that they were able to get rid of. So the more radioactive waste they were able to get rid of, they got paid, not knowing there's an impact."

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Manhattan Project Part II: Disease, Nuclear Waste Possibly Linked in St. Louis County

February 9, 2016
 – 
Lindsay Clein

"It's a cause that has changed my life," said Chappelle-Nadal. "I thought Ferguson changed my life. This is a big deal. This transcends race-- death is death is death is death."

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Manhattan Project Part 3: Fire, Nuclear Waste in Landfill Present Problems for St.Louis Region

February 10, 2016
 – 
Nick Thompson

"These people are getting contaminated in multiple ways,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “It could be the methane coming out of the ground, it could be the elemental smell in the air that they're breathing in -- it could almost be anything."

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Chappelle-Nadal invokes Ferguson in party battle over voter list

February 9, 2016
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Jo Mannies

"Chappelle-Nadal asserted in an interview that the state party was behaving in a manner that was 'undemocratic' and amounted to 'voter suppression.'"

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Seeking equity in Jefferson City

January 28, 2016
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Maria Chappelle-Nadal

"The Missouri Department of Transportation has been implementing the Diversity Plan of 2013, but I want to see more out of the department in this area. You are being short-changed in many ways by a department that taxes all but does not provide opportunity for all. When I am asked to support a new tax, I will be asking what’s in it for you, other than the potential for a pile of rubble."

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On the Trail: As Ferguson mulls consent decree, a city and a region's fate hangs in the balance

January 28, 2016
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JASON ROSENBAUM

“...I am glad to see other provisions in the [consent decree], such as ensuring that there are multiple police officers who show up to a scene – especially in domestic situations. I am really carefully going to look at cultural competency of police officers and community engagement. When police officers are actively engaged in the community, there is more confidence that a police force can do a better job.”

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Bill to allow concealed carry on Missouri campuses sparks strong reactions for and against

January 28, 2016
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MALLORY DAILY

“Culturally, we have a different situation," she said. "I’m really pleading with all the folks who are pro-this-legislation to recognize that we have an issue back at home in urban St. Louis.”

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Lawmakers consider bills to allow concealed weapons on campuses

January 28, 2016
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RUDI KELLER

"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, questioned whether concealed weapons would have made Missouri campuses safer last year when two men were arrested after racist death threats were posted on social media. Mothers with students who were among the Concerned Student 1950 protesters called her worried for their safety, she said."

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Mizzou suspends professor charged with assaulting journalist as school sinks into turmoil

January 28, 2016
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Michael E. Miller

“We are reminded as people of color every single day that we are not treated as 100 percent human being,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “And that is why we are still dealing with it every single day is that we are not being treated equally. This conversation about Professor Click is just a cover-up."

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Ban on Traffic Ticket Quotas Gets Early Approval in Jeff. City

January 27, 2016
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Associated Press and KMOX

"The legislation got a big thumbs up from Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal."

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Students lobby for improved sex ed

January 27, 2016
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Rachael Herndon

"Dozens of high school and college students, joined by sex education advocates, visited the Capitol Wednesday to lobby for SB 672, sponsored by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis. Rep. Clem Smith, D-St. Louis, will be sponsoring a House version of the bill, which seeks to build upon last session’s sex education reform."

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Senator wants state to buyout homes near Coldwater Creek, West Lake & Bridgeton landfills

JANUARY 27, 2016
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SETH LEMON

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Chappelle-Nadal wants state to buy out homes near West Lake Landfill

January 26, 2016
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Jack Suntrup

"Chappelle-Nadal said that the issue transcends racial divisions evident in the aftermath of unrest in Ferguson.

'Bridgeton and Coldwater Creek are bringing us together,' she said. 'It doesn't matter if you're black, it doesn't matter if you're white, it doesn't matter if you're rich, it doesn't matter if you're poor. People are dying. Death is death.'"

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Mizzou professor waives arraignment for assault charge

JANUARY 26, 2016
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Associated Press and Betsey Bruce

"Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, of University City, says the discussion about Click is a distraction. She says some alumni and others are embarrassed by what Chappelle-Nadal described as racism at the university."

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Senate committee approves fuel tax increase

January 21, 2016
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Rudi Keller

“I am really looking at how this legislation is going to benefit urban areas, specifically minority communities.”

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Missouri senator wants as much attention on Ferguson as abortion

January 18, 2016
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Mike Lear

“I wish the amount of time that has been put on this particular issue was also put on the people who have been treated like savages within communities that look like mine and across the nation.”

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Mo. lawmakers hold first abortion hearings of session

January 12, 2016
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Alex Stuckey

"Just like you want to give that fetus a fair shot, I want to give the Michael Brown's of the world a fair shot."

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Missouri 2016 elections likely to affect state Legislature

January 10, 2016
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SUMMER BALLENTINE

"Chappelle-Nadal said her work as a lawmaker is related to her campaign, because what she described as lack of attention to those issues during her time as a state lawmaker was what pushed her to run for Congress."

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MSD tours problem creek causing backyard landslides in North County

Jan 08, 2016
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Dan Greenwald, KMOV

"They're living in fear," said Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal while she was inspecting backyards along Colchester. "Everyone has a responsibility to help out people in need, especially for something as traumatic as this."

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State officials, lawmakers unsure of monetary impact of flooding

December 31, 2015
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Alex Stuckey

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said she and many of her constituents experienced water in their basements.

"I don't know the cost and I don't know how many people," she said. "I have had some conversations with residents who had, in some cases, water all the way to the top of their basement."

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Missouri lawmakers try again for deadly force bill, others addressing Ferguson-related issues

December 29, 2015
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Summer Ballentine - Associated Press

"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat who was among the Ferguson protesters, said the court-fees measure has 'absolutely nothing to do with why Michael Brown is dead.'"

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Code Blue Official Trailer (2015) - Documentary Movie HD

December 23, 2015
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Chopin Productions

"I am very grateful to any entity that decides to come into St. Louis and help out our young people. Children need to be motivated."

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Lawmakers will try again to change student transfer law

December 20, 2015
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Dale Singer

“I really do believe that when there is a bill that is passed by both chambers in a very bipartisan way, that means something. That means that all of the various interests that you have throughout the state, with all of the differences that we have, we were still able to come up with resolution. That’s what I filed. I believe that the hard work of the legislature should not be ignored now.”

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West Lake Landfill owners step up lobbying efforts

December 14, 2015
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Blythe Bernhard and Jacob Barker

"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, regularly attend[s] community meetings and ha[s] advocated for the corps to take over cleanup."

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For police, shootings reinforce need for military-style gear

December 10, 2015
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Associated Press

“There’s a distinction between national security and social and economic inequality.”

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Heartland lawmakers discuss debt-free college system

December 08, 2015
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Allison Twaits

"Missouri Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said her idea includes providing more opportunities for high school students to get dual credits paid for by the school district."

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Missouri Has Three Chances to Nullify Marijuana Prohibition, Thwart Federal Drug War in 2016

December 8, 2015
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Shane Trejo

"SB762 was introduced by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) to legalize recreational marijuana through the legislature."

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Lawmakers in Ten States Push for Debt-Free College

December 7, 2015
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Sam Frizell

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Sen. Chappelle-Nadal Issues Statement on federal legislation removing the EPA from Westlake Landfill

November 19, 2015
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M. Chappelle-Nadal

"The Federal Government owes it to the State of Missouri to investigate and remediate all contamination in and around St. Louis."

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State senator hosts final town hall on Westlake Landfill dangers

NOVEMBER 15, 2015
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BONITA CORNUTE

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In Missouri, a Ferguson Candidate Challenges the Establishment

November 6, 2015
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Eli Yokley

“The establishment has allowed us to have a poverty rate of 30 percent. They’re the ones who’ve allowed racism to continue, to allow the unemployment rate to be as high as it is,” she said. “I don’t care what the establishment has to say.”

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An environmental crisis firmly in her sights, Chappelle-Nadal has no plans to let up

October 25, 2015
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Steve Giegerich

"Maria Chappelle-Nadal could well have been standing at a lectern delivering a lesson in college physics, chemistry or environmental studies as a conversation on toxic landfills veered from alpha testing to the half life of Uranium 235 to radioactive disequilibrium."

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2015 Veto Session: 14th District Citizen Inequities

Sep 17, 2015
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Maria Chappelle-Nadal

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She’s Speaking Up for the Voiceless in Ferguson

March 29 2015
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SHAREE SILERIO

“I want to leave a legacy as a person who was fearless, courageous, a fighter, and one who is willing to uncover what needs to be uncovered for justice.”

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Sen Maria Chappelle-Nadal Interviewed in Ferguson

Aug 13, 2014
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Umar Lee

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Sep 11, 2014
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Nicole Gipson