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Redmon set to run for SD 18 seat

Redmon set to run for SD 18 seat

Rep. Craig Redmon will officially run for the 18th Senate District Seat, even if he has not blared it from the rooftops quite yet. Redmon says the rollout of his coming Senate run so far has been quiet, but it should ramp up in the coming weeks. “By no means is it a secret, we

Rep. Randy Dunn gavels the chamber in his final day in the Missouri General Assembly May 12, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

Dunn to resign from office, pursue community development career

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Rep. Randy Dunn, D-Kansas City, officially announced Thursday he will resign his office effective May 31. “The decision to leave was certainly a bittersweet one and it was not an easy decision for me to make,” Dunn told The Missouri Times. “Despite serving in the superminority, I loved the work I

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Greitens calls special session next week to pass steel mill bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Eric Greitens called a special session of the legislature to convene next week over only one bill: Rep. Don Rone’s steel mill bill. The special session will begin Monday, May 22 at 4 p.m. In a statement, Greitens said the Missouri General Assembly had unfinished business after the regular session.

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Haahr announces candidacy for House Speaker role

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, has become the second official candidate to become the next House Speaker of Missouri after sitting Speaker Todd Richardson leaves office at the end of 2018 due to term limits. Rep. Robert Cornejo, R-St. Peters, officially entered the race last week. In an announcement letter sent Wednesday afternoon

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Cierpiot officially announces 2018 State Senate run

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – House Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot will officially kick off his campaign for the 8th State Senate District seat June 13 at Stonehaus Farms Winery in Lee’s Summit. Cierpiot told The Missouri Times after seven years in the House – eight by the time of the election – he was eager to

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Galloway touts efforts to Columbia Chamber

COLUMBIA, Mo. – State Auditor Nicole Galloway stopped by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Tuesday to discuss the tasks her office has undertaken in the past legislative session. Galloway spoke to the group as part of the organization’s “Lunch with a Leader” series, which has featured House Speaker Todd Richardson and University of Missouri System

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft discusses his office's budget with the House Budget Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications)

Ashcroft makes his mark in first legislative session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft may have quietly had one of the best first months on the job of any current statewide official. After easily winning election in August over Sen. Will Kraus and in November over Robin Smith, Ashcroft took over an office from Jason Kander, a politician who has

Gov. Eric Greitens signs right-to-work into law Feb. 6. 2017 (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Five topics that may prompt Greitens to call a special session

Gov. Eric Greitens hinted heavily at his end of session press conference that the Missouri General Assembly will come back for a special session. He gave the legislature an “incomplete” grade in answer to a question of how he would rate his own performance in his first legislative session as governor, and he uttered a

Rep. Don Rone speaks on the House floor May 11, 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

Rone seeking special session to attract smelter to Bootheel

PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. – In a final legislative week full of huge moments, perhaps no moment stood out quite like Rep. Don Rone’s emotional floor speech Thursday evening while he attached an amendment to SB 124. The amendment would give the Public Service Commission the ability to negotiate a lower electric rate for a company considering

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