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Speaker pro tem candidates discuss the race and the future of the Republican Caucus

Speaker pro tem candidates discuss the race and the future of the Republican Caucus

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Six weeks before election day, and post-election caucus meetings, the three contenders for speaker pro tem continue to meet with caucus members as part of a final push in a competitive race. In interviews with the Missouri Times, all three representatives expressed their vision for the future of the caucus and

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St. Louis Regional Chamber awards anti-SJR 39 and pro-business legislators

ST. LOUIS – Last week, the St. Louis Regional Chamber awarded six legislators the title of “Chamber Champion” for their work in defeating SJR 39. Reps. Mike Colona, Jim Hansen, Jeremy LaFaver, Sharon Pace, Caleb Rowden and Anne Zerr were the six representatives who voted against the controversial “religious liberties” measure in the Emerging Issues Committee in April. The

Jamilah Nasheed sits for the Pledge of Allegiance during the 2016 veto session.

Nasheed plans to continue ‘fighting injustice’

ST. LOUIS – Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, will be the featured guest on Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics where she will discuss her motivations behind sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance during veto session. Black athletes in professional football and women’s basketball, most notably, have kneeled during the national anthem to protest


House and Senate clerks and secretaries visit Idaho for convention

BOISE, ID. – Members of the House and Senate staff are attending an annual professional development seminar in Boise, Idaho for the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS). The event is being held at the newly-renovated Capitol building in Boise where legislative secretaries, clerks, and staff have an opportunity to swap notes, discuss

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City leaders worry SB 656 will make cities less safe

In the aftermath of the legislature’s override of SB 656 – the omnibus gun bill – last week, urban leaders who campaigned heavily against the bill have reacted with disappointment and fear for the future of their cities. From mayors to mayoral candidates, there was a sense that the legislation would make cities less safe

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New House Conservative Caucus leadership setting up agenda

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the last legislative session, the House Conservative Caucus championed both successful and unsuccessful causes. Their work included supporting HB 1631, which set the framework for photo voter ID in Missouri, as well as SB 656, the gun bill which just passed through veto session. However, the failure of SJR 39, the

Bruce Franks Jr. celebrates his win over Rep. Penny Hubbard Sept. 16, 2016. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Franks easily defeats Hubbard in special election

ST. LOUIS – Small business owner and community activist Bruce Franks beat three-time state Rep. Penny Hubbard in a special election for the Democratic 78th House District primary. He won by a wide margin of 2,234 votes to 701, over 75 percent. The special election came after a challenge by Franks alleging absentee ballot fraud

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Kehoe blames veto overrides on Nixon’s ‘management’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republicans have spent the last week celebrating Gov. Jay Nixon’s status as the most overridden governor in Missouri history. But Sen. Mike Kehoe, the majority floor leader, lamented that there had to be so many in his Capitol Report to constituents. Republicans overrode 13 bills on Wednesday, adding to Nixon’s record-setting


Koenig looks towards general election after come-from-behind primary win

ST. LOUIS – The polls leading up to the state Senate race in the 15th District looked grim for Rep. Andrew Koenig. Down nine points to former Rep. Rick Stream just a week out from the election, it appeared that Stream would rejoin the General Assembly after a two year absence. Election night told a