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University of Missouri nixes contracts with Planned Parenthood, keeps one standing

University of Missouri nixes contracts with Planned Parenthood, keeps one standing

COLUMBIA, Mo. — An article by the Columbia Missourian Tuesday says the University of Missouri system and MU Health Care has cancelled 10 contracts Planned Parenthood following investigations by state lawmakers into a Columbia facility providing abortions. Earlier this summer, former Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey formed the Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life following the controversial

Austin elected assistant floor leader

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Kevin Austin was formally elected by his caucus as assistant floor leader today just before lawmakers convene for a special session to consider overriding gubernatorial vetoes. Austin, a sophomore who chairs the Judiciary Committee in the House, will be working underneath Rep. Mike Cierpiot, who was recently elected Majority Floor

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Richard, Kehoe, Onder ascend to leadership posts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Senate Republicans will likely formally elect Joplin state Sen. Ron Richard as their President Pro Tem tomorrow following his formal nomination tonight, making him the first person to ever hold the positions of both Speaker of the House and President Pro Tem of the Senate. Richard succeeds Tom Dempsey, the former Pro Tem

St. Louis minimum wage hike headed to court

ST. LOUIS — As almost universally predicted, the City of St. Louis will have to defend its recently passed minimum wage increase in court. A group of organizations, mostly representing businesses, filed suit yesterday alleging that the city exceeded its power under its charter, conflicted with state law and improperly enacted a proposal which would

Humphreys drops $500K into pro-RTW committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A major Republican donor who had been relatively quiet donated half a million dollars to a new committee today that is rumored to be targeting Republicans that support Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of Right-to-Work legislation. Days ago, the “Committee for Accountable Government in Missouri” filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission and

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GOP gubernatorial candidates gather for forum

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Five of the Republican candidates hoping to win the party nomination for governor gathered in Butler County to answer questions and sway voters ahead of a crowded primary. Former state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, state Senator Bob Dixon, former House Representative Randy Asbury and businessman John Brunner

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TWMP talks veto session: Right to Work, minimum wage, and more

ST. LOUIS — Guests came on This Week In Missouri Politics to discuss the coming veto session next week and 2016 campaigns. State Senator Bob Onder, a St. Charles County Republican, joined host Scott Faughn as the special guest this week, where he discussed, among other things, his support of Right-to-Work legislation. “Ultimately the question is

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Republican candidates for gov set to meet at Butler Co. forum

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Nearly all the Republicans hoping to become governor in 2016 will be at a candidate forum in Butler County for a question and answer session with local voters. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, state senator Bob Dixon, former house member Randy Asbury and businessman John Brunner are

Chappelle-Nadal calls for federal hearings on landfill contamination and EPA

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. — State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal first demanded that St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger declare a state of emergency in parts of St. Louis County located over landfills that contain radioactive waste. Now, she’s demanding federal hearings on EPA “negligence.” Characteristically, the St. Louis Democrat did not mince words, saying the region

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