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Governor’s office tells librarians to ‘shhh’

Governor’s office tells librarians to ‘shhh’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Public Library Executive Director Crosby Kemper took to Facebook today to share that he and his fellow library-supporting activists were “thrown out” of Governor Jay Nixon’s office for “being too loud.” “We were just thrown out of Governor Nixon’s office,” wrote Kemper. “We were respectful and polite and had


Parson being rumored for Governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As Republicans around the state begin to move forward after the death of State Auditor Tom Schweich they are gearing up for 2016, and speculation about those with undeclared intentions are beginning to peak. Sen. Mike Parson, who rarely speaks with reporters, is rumored to be mulling a run for governor


Bond joins federal lobbying effort for Parents as Teachers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Missouri Auditor, Governor and Senator Kit Bond is urging D.C. lawmakers to renew funding for a program that directly benefits the Parents as Teachers, a program founded in Missouri under his time as governor. The Missouri General Assembly passed the Early Childhood Education Act to establish Parents as Teachers as a

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The Missouri Times publisher to resurrect Nevada’s first newspaper

Carson City, NV – Capitol Publishing Group, the parent company of The Missouri Times, today announced an expansion into the Nevada market by reviving the historic Territorial Enterprise as a magazine that will provide in-depth coverage of the Nevada state political scene. “We could not be more excited about our new venture. Obviously via Mark


Big couple, small world

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Capitol staffers Stephanie Boeth and David Willis grew up about 2 miles apart. Their grandparents went to high school together, and remain friends to this day. But it took two decades and working in the state capitol before they would ever meet and, earlier this month, get engaged. On Feb. 7,


Toward a more memorable, meaningful Lincoln Day weekend

by John Combest You never forget your first time. Mine happened my senior year of high school, that precious yet precarious precipice between being a boy and a man. Even better, it was Valentine’s Day weekend and I was eager, like every other teenager who had heard about it, read about it, but never experienced


Nurses crowd the Capitol looking for healthcare improvements

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Over 700 registered nurses and nursing students visited the Capitol today from each corner of the state for the Missouri Nurses Association’s (MONA) 29th Annual Nurse Advocacy Day. One of the top issues that nurses advocated for was a prescription drug monitoring program. Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, is sponsoring HB 130,


Williams brings campaign successes to Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In the era of term limits, many Missouri state senators are at least partially defined by their staff. In the story of the unlikely rise to power of Columbia-area Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Republican, a longtime staffer gives credence to that very notion. Yancy Williams was one of the individuals who

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TWMP discusses transportation, Right to Work

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Just before the snow buried much of the state and cancelled official legislative actions for Monday, a few Missouri lawmakers came on This Week In Missouri Politics to discuss the state’s roads and the cars driving on them. Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, spoke at length about his position on Tesla,


MWCA sends Missouri Students to China

Saint Louis, Mo. — For the first time in their history, Missouri Boys State and Missouri Girls State sent a handful of Missouri student leaders to China as part of a broader goal for the Midwest U.S.-China Association (MWCA). In the span of about 9 days, students from Missouri sat with U.S. Ambassador to China,