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Outgoing Rep. Stephen Webber has been elected as the new chair of the Missouri Democratic Party. (Benjamin Peters/Missouri Times)

Democrats select Webber as new chairman

Democrats select Webber as new chairman

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Democratic Party is turning to younger leadership in hopes of rebuilding the party after a dismal showing in the November election. “The defeats we suffered last November will only be permanent if we let them, and we cannot let them,” Roy Temple, the outgoing chairman of the party said.

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Women’s Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary; Richardson promises paid family leave

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More than 1,500 people convened in Kansas City on Friday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Foundation, an organization that advocates for economic equality for women in Missouri and Kansas. Among the featured speakers were former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, ABC News’ White House Correspondent Ann Compton (both pictured


Teitelman celebrated at memorial service

ST. LOUIS – Funeral-goers said their final goodbyes to Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman Thursday at Graham Chapel on the Washington University campus, Teitelman’s alma mater. Lawyers, politicians, community leaders, loved ones and friends filled the chapel to the brim to laugh, cry and remember a man all considered kind, outgoing, personable and passionate. Attorney


Missouri Ethics Commission looks to provide answers about Amendment 2

Throughout the 2016 election, campaign finance was a constant topic of controversy. Until 2016, Missouri was just one of a handful of states with no limits on campaign contributions or lobbyist gifts, having abolished donation limits in 2008. But the November passage of the Missouri State and Judicial Campaign Contribution Limits Initiative, also known as Constitutional

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Nixon orders flags to half-staff to honor Teitelman

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Tuesday that he would order all flags at Missouri courts to half-staff in remembrance of Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman who died Tuesday at the age of 69. Teitelman was the first Jewish and legally blind judge to serve on Missouri’s highest court. A cause has

Gov. Nixon awards Medal of Valor to 10 public safety officers from across Missouri

State’s highest public safety award is reserved for officers who bravely risk their own lives to protect their fellow Missourians JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a ceremony at the State Capitol today, Gov. Jay Nixon awarded the Missouri Medal of Valor to 10 public safety officers from across the state who bravely risked their own lives in heroic efforts


Medical marijuana proponents cite growing support for legalization

Advocates point to other states to question Missouri’s lack of legalization OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — When the Missouri Association of Counties voted last week to reject a resolution that would condemn the legalization of either recreational marijuana or medical cannabis, multiple opponents of ending the prohibition applauded their stance. Their efforts continue after an initiative petition failed

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Former State Rep. Torpey joins Andy Blunt’s lobbying firm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Statehouse Strategies LLC is adding a new member to their staff: former House Representative and lobbyist Noel Torpey. Torpey’s decision to join the lobbying firm came roughly a week after the November election. “They’re a great firm, and it’s just a natural fit,” Torpey said. “Working with Andy (Blunt) and Jay

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Nordwald elected president of MAC

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – Missouri Association of Counties (MAC) members voted Monday to name Warren County Assessor Wendy Nordwald as the new president of the organization at their annual conference in Osage Beach, Missouri. Nordwald has served as the county assessor since 2004 and has been on the MAC Board of Directors since 2010. In 2013,