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Can Missouri make the case for medical marijuana?

Can Missouri make the case for medical marijuana?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A concentrated lobbying effort, new polls, and some help from the Surgeon General may just make Missouri the 24th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, despite Republican supermajorities in both chambers. Bills permitting medical pot usage or legalizing the drug altogether have floated around the Missouri legislature for years, rarely

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Lone known source to Schweich on Hancock claim never spoke directly to Hancock

St. Louis, MO – The man who, so far, is the only person to be identified as hearing the anti-Semitic “whisper campaign” that State Auditor Tom Schweich alleged Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock was perpetrating against him before his death, told The Missouri Times that he has never personally spoken to John Hancock, but

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Several options to serve as Auditor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the political world begins to move forward after the tragic death of State Auditor Tom Schweich, there is a lengthy list of potential candidates Governor Nixon could chose to fill the term, which runs through 2018. Nixon’s former Chief of Staff, John Watson, is currently in the role as a

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Brownback touts Kansas success in address to Missouri lawmakers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback came to Jefferson City today to address lawmakers in a private event to tout the economic success of Kansas. Grow Missouri, a conservative think tank and Rex Sinquefield operation, invited Brownback to address more than 100 Missouri lawmakers. The group largely advocates for reduced income taxes, and

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Silvey seeks to restrict Nixon’s authority to bond Rams stadium

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As St. Louis and Gov. Jay Nixon continue to slog through the process of negotiating a new NFL stadium to keep the Rams from shipping west to California, a lingering question about just who will pay, and how, is beginning to get an answer. A few weeks ago Nixon indicated that

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Tax credit hopes to help new grape growers and wine producers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Anne Zerr, R-St. Charles, has sponsored HB 506, which is set to make it’s way out of the House. The bill allows the tax credit for wine production to also be used for the purchase of used equipment as well as for new equipment, which supporters say will ensure the success of

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A Tribute to Tom

by Jack B. Spooner Certain media outlets, including the Post Dispatch, are using the tragic and heart wrenching passing of our friend and colleague, a dedicated family man and public servant, to advertise a private matter and to damage Republicans.  If the appalling use of a private voice mail message wasn’t enough, the inexcusable attempt to

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Emery wants to penalize state employees for recognizing same-sex marriage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, introduced legislation last week just prior to the deadline which would provide that the state shall not enforce a marriage other than a marriage between a man and a woman. Any employee who honors same-sex marriages or issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples will be subject to termination. Emery

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House bills regarding MSHSAA move forward

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two bills are making their way to the House floor addressing the Missouri State High School Athletics Association (MSHSAA), one being scheduled for committee Monday and the other being shopped by its sponsor for support. HB 232, sponsored by relentless home school student defender Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, would allow home

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