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TANF and SNAP reform on the way to approval by General Assembly

TANF and SNAP reform on the way to approval by General Assembly

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republican members of the General Assembly gathered today to hold a press conference on SB 24, a bill reforms the welfare programs Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill is known as the Strengthening Missouri Families Act by Senate leaders. Speaker John Diehl (R-Town and Country), Rep.


Governor’s office tells librarians to ‘shhh’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Public Library Executive Director Crosby Kemper took to Facebook today to share that he and his fellow library-supporting activists were “thrown out” of Governor Jay Nixon’s office for “being too loud.” “We were just thrown out of Governor Nixon’s office,” wrote Kemper. “We were respectful and polite and had


Nixon nearing decision on auditor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Governor Jay Nixon prepares to leave on a trade mission to Europe, he told KWMU that he is “into the process now, pretty heavily” of selecting the next permanent State Auditor. The list of contenders seems to be fluctuating with some pretty wild speculations. Here is a list of most


Medicaid expansion debate could take new turn

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Democrats and Republicans in Missouri elected politics have the same problem: Medicaid expansion. And the solution, which grows more complex every day, may be for both sides to reframe the debate. For several years arguably the most common theme in the Missouri legislature has been the quixotic charge of Missouri Democrats


Senate committee approves ‘Ban the Box’ after initially voting it down

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri Senate committee approved a measure today after initially defeating it last week that would prohibit the state from asking job applicants whether or not they have prior felony convictions. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, and is a part of a larger national


‘Constitutional Carry’ would eliminate CCW requirements

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow any legal gun owner to carry a concealed weapon without a CCW permit, eliminating all criminal penalties associated with failing to obtain a permit for a concealed weapon. Rep. Eric Burlison, a Springfield Republican, filed HB1250 last week. Burlison’s bill eliminates


Lawmakers speeding up budget process to pressure Nixon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are aiming to have the state’s $26 billion budget on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk earlier than ever before this year in an effort to give them time to override any line-item vetoes Nixon might normally make at the end of the legislative session. After receiving the budget, Nixon has

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John Hancock joins TWMP

Saint Louis, Mo. — Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock joined this Week In Missouri Politics to discuss the unfolding controversy surrounding the suicide of State Auditor Tom Schweich. Hancock has been accused of engaging in an anti-Semitic “whisper campaign” against Schweich, who is Episcopalian, but whose father and grandfather were Jewish. Hancock has vehemently


Hancock goes on offensive as lawmakers call for resignation

Update: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Rep. Galen Higdon as being present earlier today at a press conference. The story has been changed to reflect that he was not present. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — At the same time as some state lawmakers gathered to call for his resignation, Missouri Republican Party Chairman


Black caucus members slam House leaders for lacking “Ferguson agenda”

UPDATED: House Speaker John Diehl issued a statement responding to the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus that can be found below.   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus held a press conference today in which they slammed House Speaker John Diehl and his fellow Republicans for failing to advance legislative measures related to