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Speaker Todd Richardson speaks on his amendment to the charter school bill March 15, 2017. (Ben Peters/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Charter schools highlighted at rural education forum

Charter schools highlighted at rural education forum

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – Butler County Republicans hosted a town hall forum at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce to discuss the effects of two major pieces of education reform going through the Missouri General Assembly. Speaker Todd Richardson, Rep. Steve Cookson and Sen. Doug Libla attended the event about Rep. Rebecca Roeber’s charter school

Quade

Five Questions with… Rep. Crystal Quade

With the legislative session taking a week-long hiatus for spring break, we sat down with five of the new freshmen legislators to discuss their perspectives after working in the Capitol for the first half of session. The second piece in this Q&A series features five questions with Rep. Crystal Quade, D-Springfield. The Missouri Times: You

Austin Stukins

Stukins named new Missouri GOP executive director

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Republican Party has its new executive director. Monday afternoon, the party announced that Louisiana political operative Austin Stukins would serve in the position starting March 27 of this year. The Missouri GOP President Todd Graves said Stukins, a “real deal Cajun from New Orleans,” impressed him with his work

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Rural economic development caucus hopes to expand view on state’s economy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new fledgling caucus hopes to shine a light onto the state’s economy outside the economic engines of St. Louis and Kansas City. The Rural Economic Development caucus, chaired by Rep. Joe Don McGaugh and vice chaired by Rep. Hannah Kelly, met for the first time earlier this month focused on

TWMP: The one-and-only Kit Bond, the charter school bill, and more labor reform

On Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, the legendary former Missouri Governor and Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond joins host Scott Faughn to discuss the biggest problems facing the state, his opinion on Gov. Eric Greitens and the job he’s done so far, as well as some advice he might have for the first

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt testifies in support of right-to-work legislation Jan. 10, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/ THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Schmitt joins partnership to expand MO ABLE program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Treasurer Eric Schmitt announced Wednesday a new initiative to join with four other states to expand the Missouri Achieving a Better Life (MO ABLE) program, which will allow families and individuals with disabilities to set up special savings accounts to pay for expenses related to their special needs. In a video

Speaker Todd Richardson and Eric Greitens at the Federalist Society's Capitol Forum Jan. 23, 2017.

House and Senate accomplishments (so far) in the 2017 session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thus far, the 2017 legislative session has seen multiple wins for the supermajority Republican caucus as major pieces of labor and tort reform have found their way to the governor’s desk with a chief executive eager to sign them. “We’re thrilled to get to Spring Break week having delivered on a

Patrick McKenna provides informational testimony which supports Libla's bill. (Travis Zimpfer/The Missouri Times)

Department of Transportation joins in on paid family leave policy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Earlier this week, Gov. Eric Greitens signed a new executive order instituting a paid parental leave policy for employees working in the departments of the executive branch Greitens’ orders apply to. The Department of Transportation is not included in those agencies, but Patrick McKenna, the director of the department, announced Thursday, that MoDOT would

Speaker Todd Richardson speaks on his amendment to the charter school bill March 15, 2017. (Ben Peters/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

House passes charter school legislation in close vote before Spring Break

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Speaker Todd Richardson scored a major victory Thursday with the narrow 83-76 passage of Rep. Rebecca Roeber’s bill to expand the charter school bill system. Roeber’s bill will allow charter schools to establish themselves in any district which has at least one school building which scores below a 60 percent on

Sen. Paul Wieland

Wieland holds up speedy passage of Uber bill

Jefferson County senator looks for changes to insurance provisions in major ridesharing law JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the spirit of March Madness, one piece of legislation thought to be a slam-dunk instead hit the rim and ricocheted back to the free throw line earlier in March. A filibuster on the transportation networking company (TNC) legislation,

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