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100+ List 2015

100+ List: Part 1

100+ List: Part 1

We have complied our 2015 list of the 100+ people in the Missouri public policy process you need to know. A few changes have been made this year  – media and legislative staff are not included, unless they were engaged as a campaign consultant as well. By no means is this the complete list, and the names are in

Ladylike Politics: McCaskill’s memoir highlights what it means to be a lady today

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — At a time when two members of the General Assembly in Missouri’s Capitol resigned over allegations of sexual harassment, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s book Plenty Ladylike, published by Simon & Schuster, brings to surface the reality of sexism in American politics. The memoir follows the career choices of McCaskill that showcase

MEC rules lobbyists must amend reports for dinner with MO legislators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) ruled Friday that a group of lobbyists improperly reported food and drink gifts to five legislators as group expenditures for a dinner last summer. Fifteen lobbyists registered with the MEC that they attended the State Night dinner for Missouri at the Dallas Chop House during the

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TWMP talks minimum wage, UM and more

St. Louis — Secretary of State candidate Will Kraus joined host Scott Faughn ahead of the opinion maker panel to discuss the 2016 cycle, voter ID and more. Kraus, a Kansas City state senator, also sits on the recently formed Sanctity of Life Committee, charged by senate leaders to investigate Missouri’s Planned Parenthood operation. Kraus

Lakin to head new digital division at Victory Enterprises

St. Louis — Victory Enterprises announced the formation of a new digital division today and tapped former House staffer and current Victory consultant Joe Lakin to run the operation. Victory Enterprises is a “multi-state political, issue and corporate advocacy firm,” that touts offices in Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Lakin, a former

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


Amidst sexual harassment debate, the ‘Ellington Plan’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just last week, Rep. Kip Kendrick made available to the press and the public his lengthy recommendations for a re-write of the policies governing House members’ conduct and how the Missouri Capitol should handle accusations of sexual harassment. His recommendations come as a House task force sets about writing new standards

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TWMP returns: governor’s race, veto session, and Capitol culture

Saint Louis – This Week in Missouri Politics returned for its second season Sunday to discuss hot-button political issues that have popped up in the six-week hiatus since its final taping. Political consultant Sarah Martin; lobbyist and former Speaker of the House Steve Tilley; Jeff Mazur, the Executive Director of the American Federation of State, County,

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Second season of TWMP kicks off Aug. 23

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This Week in Missouri Politics returns to the airwaves for its second season Sunday morning. The show, which is hosted by The Missouri Times’ publisher Scott Faughn will feature a panel of in-the-know politicos on the Missouri political scene as they discuss the goings on in Missouri politics. This week’s panel includes lobbyist


Masquerade ball coming to the Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  Three charitable organizations have come together to organize a “historic” event set for this winter that aims to raise awareness for the shared goals of preserving the state’s history and brightening its future. The Missouri State Capitol Commission (MSCC), Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) and Missouri Association for Community