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Dogan led legislative fight for Mizanskey freedom

Dogan led legislative fight for Mizanskey freedom

Saint Louis, Mo. — Freshmen legislators are often tasked with sitting quietly in the back and learning the ropes before wading deep into a fight. But Rep. Shamed Dogan, a Republican, got waist-deep into a fight in his very first year in the Capitol and, thanks to an effort that was a long time coming,

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Missouri Democratic Party leads campaign of support for veto

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Democratic Party is rallying support from Missourians to show support for Gov. Jay Nixon’s imminent veto on “Right to Work” legislation. The Party’s executive director, Crystal Brinkley, emailed their followers, introducing the grassroots effort: Not long after Governor Jay Nixon vowed to veto the first ever ‘Right to Work’ bill


Lawmakers sue Nixon over NFL stadium funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Several state lawmakers have signed on to a lawsuit looking to block expanding existing state bonds to build a proposed NFL stadium on the St. Louis riverfront. Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, is leading the suit, and has bipartisan co-plaintiffs including Rep. Rob Vescovo, Rep. Jay Barnes, Rep. Mark Parkison, Rep.

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Otto to challenge Wagner for Congress

Saint Louis, Mo. — Bill Otto hit the ground running after Memorial Day with an announcement that he will be seeking a congressional seat in 2016. Otto, a Democrat and state representative, announced today that he’ll be running in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional district and looking to challenge incumbent Ann Wagner, in what many observers see


More hats in the ring in race for majority floor leader

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A St. Charles Republican is the latest to declare his candidacy for the number two position in House leadership. Rep. Robert Cornejo sent out a statement today declaring his intentions to seek the post of Majority Floor Leader, putting him in, at least, a three-way battle between himself, Rep. Caleb Rowden


In Review: the biggest accomplishments of the legislative session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A tumultuous final week featuring a high-profile resignation and a grinding work shutdown in the senate made for a legislative session that ended with more of a whimper than a bang. But despite the final hours, the Missouri legislature still moved forward on some major issues, recapped below. — SB 5,


Clean Line receives pocket approval from legislature

NEW LONDON, Mo. – On the heels of lawmakers voting to reject a House bill designed to stop the Grain Belt Express Clean Line project, Michael Skelly, President of Clean Line Energy, visited a Ralls County site of a Grain Belt Express Clean Line’s delivery station, a $100 million facility that proponents say will allow


Senate advances FRA in midst of shutdown

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Despite Democrats spending the final week bringing all business in the chamber to a halt over a spat on a controversial procedural move by Republicans, lawmakers in the upper chamber advanced a measure worth $3.5 billion in federal Medicaid dollars to the state, avoiding a potentially disastrous fallout. Since last Tuesday,


PHOTOS: Richardson takes the reins

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Majority Floor Leader Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, was nominated, elected by acclamation, and sworn in as Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives today after the resignation of Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country. Speaker Diehl spoke to the body, apologizing for his actions. Mark Lee Richardson, a former minority floor