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Missouri Chamber frustrated by Nixon vetoes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Chamber of Commerce has voiced its frustration about three of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes on Tuesday, including one that would have allowed company owners to sell their businesses to employees rather than close up shop or sell to a competitor. The other two vetoes that the chamber took issue


Court upholds Senate committee recording rules

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Senate did not violate Missouri’s sunshine law by not allowing Progress Missouri to record committee meetings, the state’s Western District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Progress Missouri brought the case because they said there had been issues with committee chairs not allowing them to record in the past. The organization

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Former owner of Capitol Plaza files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The trust of the owner of one of the capital’s most popular hotels filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, the latest in an ongoing battle for control of a series of hotels. Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center was originally developed by Springfield hotel magnate John Q. Hammons. He died in 2013 and Monday

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TWMP: Parson vs. Randles for lieutenant governor

On a special episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn speaks with both of the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor. State Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and former Missouri Club for Growth president Bev Randles speak about why they want to become the lieutenant governor, what sets them apart, what the most important

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Protect MO Families launches prevailing wage campaign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Committee to Protect MO Families started a new public awareness campaign this week to educate middle class families about the prevailing wage as they prepare for attacks similar to right-to-work. The campaign launched with a video featuring Danny Burlison, a Navy veteran and and Carpenters Union member. The ads will


Chamber endorses Clean Line project

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Grain Belt Express Clean Line will move towards approval with key support from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry after the chamber offered its endorsement of the project Monday. While final approval rests with the Public Service Commission, the chamber’s endorsement praises the potential economic benefits of the transmission


Missouri Democratic Convention gives both Sanders and Clinton supporters wins

SEDALIA, Mo. — When supporters for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders entered their own caucuses to hear speeches for their at-large delegates, Missouri Democratic Party officials put up a blue partition between the two groups that spanned the whole floor of the Mathewson Exhibition Center in Sedalia. The design

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TWMP: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and the general election

On Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn continues his look at the Republican gubernatorial candidates with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. Kinder speaks about his role as a frontrunner of a race instead of an underdog, and about the concerns he’s hearing from voters on the campaign trail. They also discuss

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Kraus receives endorsement from Cattlemen’s

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, received an endorsement from one of the top agricultural lobbies in the state Thursday. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association threw their support behind Kraus because, as Jimmie Long, the policy and legislative affairs committee chairman for MCA says, he “does not just speak about the importance of