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Lawmakers to weigh new rules on lobbyist’s gifts, donations

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Perception trumps reality in politics. That’s what Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, told voters during a candidate forum during the election. With the coming departure of Rep. Noel Torpey, who will be resigning to serve as chief lobbyist for Fair Energy Rate Action Fund (FERAF), the sophomore […]

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Kurt Schaefer: Growing Momentum

December 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

COLUMBIA, Mo. — If you’d told the state’s leading Republican thinkers just six years ago that a Columbia-area Republican senator was their best chance of seizing the Attorney General’s office, you probably would have been laughed out of the room. In 2008, Kurt Schaefer stunned political observers around Missouri with […]

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Missourians may vote on marijuana legalization in 2016

November 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  Show-Me Cannabis has filed an initiative petition to amend the Missouri Constitution to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis. The petition was filed with the Missouri Secretary of State for the 2016 election cycle. The petition was the first one received for the new cycle, being submitted the […]

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Schweich sent an open letter encouraging gubernatorial run

November 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – More than 120 lawmakers, lawyers, business owners and opinion makers signed an open letter to Missouri Audtor Tom Schweich urging him to run for Governor in 2016. “Congratulations on your overwhelming reelection as Missouri State Auditor,” the letter reads. “As you mentioned in your Election Night […]

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Koster adopts own campaign transparency standards

November 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The campaign committee of Attorney General Chris Koster, who is running for governor in 2016, has announced that it will be adopting new transparency policies internally and additionally called on fellow lawmakers to follow suit. The announcement comes weeks after scrutiny stemming from a New York […]

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Hanaway gathers endorsements ahead of 2016

November 18, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — Catherine Hanaway, formerly Missouri’s first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, is wasting no time in lining up support for her 2016 gubernatorial bid. Hanaway made big waves a few months ago when records showed a massive $750,000 donation from conservative mega-donor, Rex Sinquefield, […]

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Basye enjoyed campaign, looking forward to serving the 47th

November 18, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

ROCHEPORT, Mo. – A tight race for the 47th House District seat ended in an upset. Chuck Basye is the representative-elect, unseating Rep. John Wright – a conversational favorite for statewide office. The 47th District consists of a mixture of urban portion of Boone County and Columbia, but the rural […]

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Marijuana legalization, ethics reform initiative petitions awaiting public comment

November 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Three initiative petitions are currently open for public comment with Secretary of State Jason Kander’s office – one regarding marijuana legalization and two regarding ethics reform. Before circulation, state law requires groups first have their petition approved by the office before waiting 23 days for draft […]

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McCreery returns to House

November 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

OLIVETTE, Mo. – Familiar face Tracy McCreery will be returning to the Capitol in January, replacing Senator-elect Jill Schupp in the 88th House District – which is comprised of Creve Coeur, Olivette and Westwood as well as parts of Ladue, Frontenac, Town & Country, Chesterfield and unincorporated St. Louis County. […]

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Roden bringing public safety values to Capitol

November 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

LABADIE, Mo. – Representative-elect Shane Roden (R-Hillsboro) is a firefighter and paramedic at Lake Ozark Fire Protection District, Osage Beach Fire District, and the Boles Fire Protection District, as well as a deputy sheriff for Camden County and he plans to take his knack for service to Jefferson City in […]

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