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Schaaf, Fitzpatrick headed towards collision course on managed care

Schaaf, Fitzpatrick headed towards collision course on managed care

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Rob Schaaf has made his opposition to managed care expansion well-known on this session, often speaking against the rollout of a new deal negotiated in 2015 to provide managed care to Missourians not located along the I-70 corridor. However, he reached a new pitch Thursday when he had strong words for

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TWMP: Ann Wagner, the race for U.S. Senate and the state budget

On Sunday’s This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn is joined by Congresswoman Ann Wagner to discuss her large fundraising totals in the first quarter of 2017, working with President Donald Trump in Washington D.C. and their burgeoning professional relationship, as well as why she has had such a long career in politics. “It’s

Gov. Eric Greitens gives a brief statement moments before signing Sen. Dan Brown's right-to-work bill into law Feb 6, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of April 10, 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens had a relatively uneventful week until yesterday when he made an executive decision to allow religious organizations to receive grants from the Department of Natural Resources. A court case from Missouri will be argued before the Supreme Court next week dealing with this precise issue. In 2012, a church from Columbia applied

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MEC continues work to educate on campaign contribution changes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On December 8, 2016, Article VIII, section 23 of the Missouri constitution went into effect, limiting campaign contributions to candidates seeking statewide office. Since then, Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) Director James Klahr says things at the MEC have been busy as filers and donors across the state have wanted to learn

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Senate passes Rehder’s PDMP bill with major changes

Kraus leads opposition to PDMP as Schaaf receives desired changes JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Rob Schaaf may have famously ended his long, deep opposition to Rep. Holly Rehder’s prescription drug monitoring plan (PDMP) bill, but that did not mean the rest of the Senate would step aside so easily. Yet after four hours of

Rep. Kirk Mathews on the House floor in January. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Uber bill breaks through General Assembly, headed to governor’s desk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After years of effort by members of the Legislature, the Uber bill has found its way to the governor’s desk. The House passed Rep. Kirk Mathews’ HB 130, a bill that creates a statewide regulatory framework for transportation networking companies, by a massive 144-7 margin Thursday afternoon. For a bill that

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McGaugh offers bill changing local health ordinance rulemaking

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Joe Don McGaugh hopes a piece of legislation that has been heard in the House for the last seven years will finally make it into law. HB 113 would require county commissions and county health boards or departments to be in concurrence when a new rule is made, except in

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Wagner sets high mark in fundraising, pre-empting possible Senate run

WASHINGTON – Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner had her largest fundraising quarter in history during the first quarter of 2017, raking in just over $800,000 in the first three months of the year. That figure almost doubles the single largest quarter she previously had in terms of fundraising when she received just over $500,000 from July

Sen. Bob Onder speaks at the Emerging Issues Hearing on SJR 39. (Tim Curtis/The Missouri Times)

Uber bill gets initial approval in Senate, destined for trip back to House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Bob Onder won a major breakthrough on legislation to establish a statewide framework for transportation network companies (TNCs). The Senate perfected Rep. Kirk Mathews’ HB 130 by a wide 30-1 margin Tuesday afternoon after weeks of work between Onder and Sen. Paul Wieland to compromise on the legislation. “Missourians have waited

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Hough adjusting to new role as Greene County Commissioner after House stint

Former representative leaves open possibility for future Senate run JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, Lincoln Hough decided to serve the public in another capacity instead of going for a fourth term. He won election in November to serve as one of three members of the Greene County

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