Capitol Culture articles

Screen Shot 2017-04-07 at 3.27.27 PM

100 List out in the Missouri Times Magazine

100 List out in the Missouri Times Magazine

The Missouri Times’ 100 List has established itself as a premier list of some of the most talented, well-respected and important political players in Missouri politics. This year’s addition will feature only the most talented lobbyists in the state with a corresponding list for political strategists and campaigners on its way in the coming months. But

Slay-Scott TWMP

TWMP: Mayor Francis Slay, local elections and the state budget

On a special episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay visits the studio to discuss the upcoming elections in St. Louis, especially two propositions on the ballot in his city to expand MetroLink and assist funding for a new MLS soccer stadium. He’s urging voters to vote in favor of


New contribution limits affect fundraising quarter ending

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Due to newly implemented campaign contribution laws passed during the November election, fundraising efforts for state candidates adapt to adhere to the new parameters that have been set. On April 3, 2017, the fundraising quarter for candidates will cease as local government prepares for the 2018 election process. According to the

capitol columns

Victims and advocates to be honored during ‘Crime Victims’ Rights Week’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Crime victims and advocates alike will be the honored and celebrated guests during this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Week in the Show-Me State. Gov. Eric Greitens proclaimed April 2-8 as a week to honor the continuing efforts of Missourians seeking to make the state a safer place in their mission for

Panel TWMP

Ethics within the Missouri Senate highlights TWMP panel

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Sunday, March 26, panelists Fred Dreiling, principal of Fred Dreiling, LLC, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, Travis Smith, the vice president of Axiom Strategies, and Rep. Dan Houx, R-Warrensburg, were invited on This Week in Missouri Politics to speak on major pieces of legislation as well as their opinion on the

The 99th Missouri House of Representatives takes the oath as session begins on Wednesday, Jan. 4th.

House passes gift ban for local government officials, ticket resale bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following a week off for the legislative spring break, the Missouri House returned Monday afternoon to pass another ethics bill. Unlike the previous ethics bill passed thourgh the House this session, this one puts rules and provisions onto locally elected officials. HB 229, sponsored by Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, seeks to

lynn messer

New TV special sheds light on Messer investigation

STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. – Investigation Discovery’s show Disappeared began its eighth season Sunday night with a focus on a story all-too-familiar to those in the Missouri Capitol. The first episode of the season, titled “American Gothic,” investigates the mysterious disappearance of Lynn Messer, the wife of lobbyist Kerry Messer, the president of Missouri Family Network. Lynn

Sarah Wood Martin

Wood Martin honored with 2017 Elissa Froman Award

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A political operative in Missouri has been honored for her volunteer work in the community. Sarah Wood Martin was presented with the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) 2017 Elissa Froman Award on Saturday, March 25, for her work in combatting human trafficking in the Show-Me State. The NCJW each year

From Facebook - Photo from Cindy Hicks-Butler

Rep. Hurst leads convoy of Mid-Missourians to Kansas farmers’ aid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Mid-Missouri farmers, led by Rep. Tom Hurst, R-Meta, are lending a helping hand to the neighboring farmers in Kansas. States to the west of Missouri have been fighting a drought and wildfires, which have burned hundreds of thousands of acres. Many ranchers have lost livestock, feed, and more to intense flames that

lynn messer

Finding Lynn Messer: Investigation Discovery special airs Sunday

It’s been nearly half a year since the Messer family discovered what turned out to be the remains of Lynn Messer on their family farm near Bloomsdale. After years of searching for answers as to where their mother was, the Messers found some closure in November with a startling discovery: a human skull and bones on