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Haefner to forgo state senate run

Haefner to forgo state senate run

St. Louis — Republican Rep. Marsha Haefner has decided to run for re-election in the House rather than challenge incumbent Sen. Scott Sifton in the November election. Sifton, a Democrat, was originally seeking the attorney general post in 2016 in a primary against St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman. Last month, Sifton announced he’d decided to

Danforth sends $10K to Kinder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Former U.S. Senator John “Jack” Danforth, who delivered a powerful homily at the funeral of late state auditor Tom Schweich calling on a better class of campaigning in Missouri, appears to be backing Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s bid for governor in 2016. Danforth made waves in Missouri earlier this spring when

Missouri Majority PAC receives remaining Friends of Tilley monies

PERRYVILLE, Mo. – The Friends of Tilley committee will soon cease to be, having transferred the remaining $562,500.00 to Missouri Majority PAC, which former speaker, candidate and current lobbyist Steve Tilley said will be focused on “growing the majority.” Tilley flirted with a run for lieutenant governor in 2012. The committee accrued a war chest that once held

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Rowden formally kicks off state senate campaign

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Rep. Caleb Rowden officially kicked off his campaign for the 19th state senate district today with a press release and campaign video. Rowden, so far the only Republican in the race, will be running against Democrat Stephen Webber, a fellow House member with the state party’s endorsement. Rowden’s formal announcement comes weeks

Columbian Caleb Rowden to Run for Mid-Missouri Senate Seat

COLUMBIA, Mo. —  State Rep. Caleb Rowden officially announced his entrance into the 19th District Missouri Senate race Monday. The 19th Senate District includes all of Boone and Cooper counties. Rowden is in his second term in the Missouri House, where he has quickly made a name for himself as a common-sense pragmatist who has

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Pols campaign at State Fair

SEDALIA, Mo. — The 10-day long annual Missouri State Fair features a beauty pageant, animal shows, rodeos, and more. But for men and women with names on the statewide ballot in 2016, it’s 10 days to kiss babies, press flesh, and tout rural support. Republican and former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway joined Missouri Cattlewomen

Hanaway to attend her second rally outside Columbia Planned Parenthood

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway will attend another protest Saturday organized by Mid-Missourians for Life outside the Columbia Planned Parenthood affiliate. Hanaway also attended a similar rally a few weeks ago at the same location, and she is also expected to speak at this event as well. Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, is

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Hanaway touts farm support

St. Louis — Former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway announced her “first coalition” yesterday for her campaign for governor emphasizing the support she has from Missouri’s farmers. “Agriculture is the backbone of Missouri’s economy,” Hanaway said in a statement. “As Governor, I will promote our agribusiness strength to the nation and the world, and I will

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Brunner drops new video: ‘We’re going to win an election’

St. Louis — Businessman and former United States senate candidate John Brunner all-but-announced his candidacy for governor of Missouri in 2016 today with a new video on his website that promises the formal beginning of his campaign sometime this fall. Brunner released a new video today which featured many of the expected tropes of a

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All eyes on tobacco as groups gear up for 2016 ballot initiatives

St. Louis — Leaders from across Missouri are looking at a potential increase to the tax on tobacco products to fund everything from higher education to roads and bridges as various initiative petitions continue to circulate around the state for the 2016 cycle. The Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association filed two almost identical

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