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Emery discusses updates on utility ratemaking and modernization

Emery discusses updates on utility ratemaking and modernization

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Lawmakers met Tuesday in Jefferson City for the second of two meetings of the Senate Interim Committee on Utility Regulation and Infrastructure Investment. Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, chairs the committee. After an initial meeting spanning over the course of two days in late August, Tuesday’s meeting focused on testimony from Public

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Bechthold pursues religious conversation with Silvey

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In the article published late Tuesday night about the controversy in the race between Republican Sen. Ryan Silvey and Democratic challenger J. Ranen Bechthold, both candidates submitted identical versions of a Facebook message exchange that highlights what happened after Bechthold went to Silvey’s home, allegedly while Bechthold was canvassing in the area. Bechthold first shared

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Silvey-Bechthold senate race takes strange turn two weeks out

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The race between Republican incumbent Sen. Ryan Silvey and Democratic challenger J. Ranen Bechthold has taken a few interesting turns this election cycle. Even though Bechthold successfully fended off a lawsuit filed by Silvey, which challenged Bechthold’s residency in Clay County, he still trails by most other metrics like polling, name

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Speaker pro tem candidates raise funds for party

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — For caucus members who might want the next pro tem to be a prolific fundraiser, committee contribution numbers could be significant. Over the last election cycle, Rep. Elijah Haahr has demonstrated the greatest fundraising prowess and been most generous with that money, providing more than $132,000 toward Republican campaign committees. Haahr’s


Lasater receives $250k for Senate campaign

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Republican leaders in Missouri are throwing their support – and money – behind former state representative Brent Lasater via a political action committee targeting the district. Lasater, R-Independence, is seeking the senate seat for District 11 this election, and recent contributions look to propel him into the seat. Those contributions, all donated

Next governor will have to address transportation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Amid all the talk of “corrupt” politicians, gun rights and television ads, there hasn’t been much discussion during the governor’s race of a subject that directly affects most Missourians every day and will likely be a crucial element of the next governor’s tenure: transportation infrastructure. The state ranks 7th in the


Gannon, Kelley, Kolkmeyer, Ruth battle for caucus chair

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A day after one of the most important elections in a generation, House Republicans will convene in Jefferson City to hold an important election of their own – establishing new leadership. The Speaker Pro Tem race may be the most important in terms of the totem pole, but another race with

Release: Rep. Marsha Haefner Receives Crystal Wagon Award

  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Marsha Haefner received a 2016 Crystal Wagon Award this week from the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.  The Crystal Wagon Awards are in recognition of community leaders who have contributed to the health and welfare of children.    “I would like to thank for SSM Health Cardinal Glennon

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Wessels looks to continue strong service in 81st district

ST. LOUIS — Among legislators entering the House this year, Fred Wessels might have some of the biggest shoes to fill. The St. Louis Democrat will replace termed-out Minority Floor Leader Jake Hummel. But as the long-time alderman said, Hummel was Wessels’ constituent before he represented him in Jefferson City. And Wessels said he’d bring

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Kraus plans enactment ceremonies for SB 1025

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Sen. Will Kraus will travel from Lee’s Summit to St. Louis next weekend to hold two enactment ceremonies for a bill he sponsored that will stop instructional classes from needing to attach sales class to their lessons. The General Assembly overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of SB 1025 during veto session,