Capitol Culture articles

‘Ferghanistan: The War on Police’ excelling

BARNHART, Mo. – Former Rep. Jeff Roorda’s book launched 3 weeks ago and has received glowing reviews in hand with strong sales. The book, Ferghanistan: The War on Police, is summarized by Roorda as the “untold story of Ferguson, Missouri.” “Sales have been brisk,” said Roorda. “Just last week, I was at a police conference in

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Planned Parenthood in Columbia suspends abortion services

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Planned Parenthood affiliate in Columbia stopped offering medical abortion services Monday. After the University of Missouri Hospital revoked the “refer and follow” privileges of Dr. Colleen McNicholas who performed the abortions, apparently the organization and/or McNicholas declined to reapply for different medical or surgical privileges with the hospital. Without those privileges, the organization nor McNicholas could

Bingaman going full-time at Public Eye

ST. LOUIS – Angela Bingaman, an established Democratic fundraiser from St. Louis, will be joining Richard Callow’s St. Louis Public Eye full-time. Bingaman will be maintaining her fundraising clients as she enters her full-time role, which will include public relations. She looks forward to using the position as a creative outlet for her strong creative

Republican legislators flock to join Rubio

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With presidential primary elections fast approaching, candidates will look to make their names known outside of just Iowa and New Hampshire. And judging from the surge of support Thursday, Florida senator Marco Rubio has a strong ally in the Missouri legislature. Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, has led Rubio’s campaign team

Pierson announces endorsements in race for LTG

Endorsements U.S. House of Representatives Lacy Clay City of St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones Alderman Chris Carter, 27th Ward Alderman Samuel Moore, 4th Ward Missouri House of Representatives Joe Adams Bob Burns Michael Butler Pat Conway Randy Dunn Brandon Ellington Kimberly Gardner Alan Green Ben Harris Penny Hubbard Jake Hummel Karla May Gail McCann Beatty

Schaefer closes office due to death threats

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, closed his legislative office at the Capitol Tuesday after he and his staff received a death threat on the office’s voicemail. The audio of the call can be listened to here at “People like you – people with your beliefs – many of us would rather string you

LaFaver appointed to Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Board

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – House Speaker Todd Richardson appointed Representative Jeremy LaFaver, D-Kansas City, to serve on the board of directors for Missouri’s Children’s Trust Fund, filling the last legislative vacancy. “I’m looking forward to Rep. LaFaver’s work on the Children’s Trust Fund Board,” said Speaker Richardson. “He has a long track record of working on

University of Missouri System bolsters government relations team

COLUMBIA, MO. – Mike Middleton is not the only person on campus with a new position. The University of Missouri System made moves to expand it governmental relations team heading into the 2016 legislative session by adding Dave Smith as the new executive director of state governmental relations and finalizing a contract with the firm

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TWMP Preview: Bob Dixon, trouble at Mizzou and special elections

Special guest state Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, stops by on This Week in Missouri Politics to talk about his experience campaigning for the Republican nomination for governor, his conservative values, and how he wants to renew Missouri’s spirit. Newly elected state representative-elect Dean Plocher, R-St. Louis, former House Speaker Tim Jones, agri-businessman and Democratic donor Barry