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TWMP: Koenig and Eigel, Kander, and the state treasurer’s race

TWMP: Koenig and Eigel, Kander, and the state treasurer’s race

On Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn is joined by two victorious Republican primary winners: Rep. Andrew Koenig and small businessman Bill Eigel. The two discuss their wins over former Rep. Rick Stream and Rep. Anne Zerr, respectively, and what they plan to do when they likely get sworn into

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Medical cannabis supporters looking to connect with conservatives

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Eapen Thampy, the founder of Heartland Priorities, spoke in front of the Columbia Pachyderm Club Friday. He spoke on a topic that only a decade and a half ago likely would have been taboo for any official party event – legalizing cannabis or marijuana for medical use. Thampy has advocated for drug

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Fitzpatrick named new budget chair

Haefner named chair of Fiscal review JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, named Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick chair of the House Budget Committee and Rep. Marsha Haefner chair of the House Fiscal Review Committee Tuesday afternoon. Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, had served as vice chair of the committee. That included being pressed into

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McCann Beatty, Kendrick, McGee look for Democratic leadership positions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With the general election less than 3 months away, House Democrats have started their campaigns for caucus leadership. Reps. Gail McCann Beatty, Kip Kendrick and DaRon McGee have all expressed interest in running for new leadership positions. McCann Beatty set to run for minority leader Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City,


Missouri Alliance for Freedom wants stronger revolving door ban

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the leading conservative voices in Missouri has renewed calls for strengthening the revolving door ban after a state representative’s resignation last week. Ryan Johnson, president of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom, said the resignation of Rep. Tony Dugger last week proved that the six-month ban passed by the legislature

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TWMP: Incoming Democratic and Republican state reps stake their claim

Host Scott Faughn is joined by a panel of likely freshmen politicos to discuss their races and the statewide races. Incoming Democrats Steve Roberts and Peter Merideth from St. Louis are joined by incoming Republican Hannah Kelly of Mountain Grove and likely incoming Republican Nick Schroer from St. Charles County. They talked about what led

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Dugger resigns citing revolving door legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Tony Dugger, R-Hartsville, resigned his seat in the House, effective Friday at noon. Dugger is resigning because he wants to keep his options open if he wants to go into lobbying. The state’s 6-month lobbying ban, passed during the last session, goes into effect at the end of the month.


‘Medicaid 23’ split verdict sparks anger

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A split decision in a trial against clergy and faith leaders who protested for Medicaid expansion in the Senate Gallery in 2014 has left supporters of the group fuming. The “Medicaid 23″ were arrested by Capitol Police for singing hymns and praying in the gallery during debate avoided a charge of obstructing


Ameren plans electric car charging stations along I-70

ST. LOUIS – Ameren Missouri will build six charging stations for electric cars along Interstate 70 between St. Louis and Jefferson City as part of a pilot program, if approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC). The public stations would include “fast-charging” and “standard charging” options. No locations have been chosen yet, but there


‘Medicaid 23’ headed to court over 2014 Senate arrests

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A group of faith leaders from around the state dubbing themselves the “Medicaid 23” protested charges levied against them Monday morning outside the Cole County Courthouse. In May 2014, hundreds of clergy members and faith-based leaders rallied inside the Missouri Capitol Rotunda to show their support for Medicaid expansion with prayer and song.