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Torpey will not run for LeVota’s seat

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Former state Rep. Noel Torpey, R-Independence, decided Friday that he will not run for retiring state Sen. Paul LeVota’s seat in an as-of-yet unscheduled special election. Ultimately, the decision had little to do with a lack of interest in the political scene, and more to do with making sure he still


Q&A: Rep. Dave Hinson

Saint Louis — The Missouri Times sat down with Rep. Dave Hinson during the House Republican Summer caucus meeting to discuss his recent guilty plea in a DWI case stemming from a fender-bender he had last winter. Hinson pled guilty earlier this week, but maintains his innocence and says he took the deal because it was the


Dempsey set to resign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, the highest-ranking state senator in Missouri, is resigning his seat to being a new career in the private sector and spend more time with his family, he announced today. Dempsey, a St. Charles Republican, has spent 15 years in state government. He spent six years in

Cornejo wants to put ‘fresh face’ on House Republican party leadership

ST. LOUIS – For Rep. Robert Cornejo, R-St. Peters, being a representative is primarily about working as an advocate for the best interests of his constituents. When he worked in the St. Louis office of former U.S. Senator Jim Talent, R-Missouri, he remembered helping one man receive money owed to him by the National Guard by just making

Cierpiot hopes to bring experience to majority floor leader role

ST. LOUIS – After former Majority Floor Leader Todd Richardson left his position to become the speaker of the house in the tumultuous final hours of the 2015 legislative session, Rep. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, took over the Republican Caucus in the House for a few hours. Tomorrow, he’ll lobby to continue on in that


Sifton to forgo AG run

Saint Louis — Sen. Scott Sifton will not be seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general, the St. Louis senator announced in a statement today. “I have spent my entire tenure in the Senate advocating ethics reform, and we clearly need it,” Sifton said.  “It has become clear that I can best serve the citizens

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Schaefer writes letter requesting Planned Parenthood’s license be suspended

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, has penned a letter as the chairman of the Senate Interim Committee on Sanctity of Life to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Gail Vasterling requesting the license of the Planned Parenthood in Columbia to be suspended. Schaefer, who is also chairman of the Senate Appropriations


Tip Sheet: Replacing Paul LeVota

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following last week’s news, eyes are now turning toward state Sen. Paul LeVota’s seat. Gov. Jay Nixon has announced special elections for other open House seats, but it doesn’t apply to LeVota’s seat, which technically doesn’t become vacant until next month. There is currently no special election date set. In the


Americans for Prosperity sends letter to lawmakers on Right to Work

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a conservative grassroots organization, released a letter at noon today urging Missouri lawmakers to vote in favor of Right to Work legislation. The letter, which is signed by 55 different organizations and can be read in full here, details the economic impact statistics that right to work


House freshmen call for changes to special election law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon called for special elections to fill the seats of three House vacancies yesterday, but not everyone in the General Assembly commended the governor for doing his job. Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, tweeted this morning that the districts which will hold the special elections will not need to wait more