Senate articles

Schmitt, Nasheed, Cornejo respond to lawsuit against SB 5

ST. LOUIS – When SB 5 passed last spring with bipartisan support, it showed an effort by bill sponsor Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and the rest of the legislature to curtail abuses of authority by small municipalities across the state, but particularly in the St. Louis metro area. Officials from two of those municipalities, Normandy and

Schaefer closes office due to death threats

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, closed his legislative office at the Capitol Tuesday after he and his staff received a death threat on the office’s voicemail. The audio of the call can be listened to here at “People like you – people with your beliefs – many of us would rather string you


Schaefer calls for Mizzou to fire professors who denied press

COLUMBIA, Mo. – While the major headline coming out of the University of Missouri the past few days has focused on the resignation of former system president Tim Wolfe and the reaction of the student activists who ousted him, one supplementary headline has focused on the role of the press at one of the nation’s

Schaefer demands answers on latest MU Planned Parenthood pact

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new front appears to have opened up in the fight between Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and the University of Missouri over the university’s involvement with Planned Parenthood. Schaefer, chair of the Interim Sanctity of Life Committee, wrote an open letter to MU Chancellor Bowen Loftin Wednesday questioning a study being conducted

Senator Parson Selected for Missouri State University’s Government Excellence Award

  JEFFERSON CITY — Senator Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, was recently selected by Missouri State University to receive the very first Governmental Excellence Award for his consistent and long-lasting support for the university. Most notably, he championed the bonding package that appropriated nearly $19 million to renovate Ellis Hall, Hill Hall and Missouri Hall.   “I

Romine protests state park built with settlement funds

ALTON, Mo. – Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, joined a growing chorus of legislative voices from southern and southeast Missouri opposing a plan by Gov. Jay Nixon to create a state park at Frederick Creek Ranch in Oregon County. Romine wrote a letter to Nixon telling him that at a meeting held at Mineral Area College


St. Louis judge strikes down city’s minimum wage increase

ST. LOUIS – A judge struck down an ordinance to increase the City of St. Louis’ minimum wage to $11 an hour in the eleventh hour Wednesday night. The minimum wage increase was struck down 22nd Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer, who sided with the plaintiffs in the case, a group of pro-business organizations including the St.


Senate releases official portrait of newly elected President Pro Tem Ron Richard

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate has released the official portrait of the newly elected President Pro Tem, Ron Richard, R-Joplin. Sen. Richard was elected by the body on Sept. 16, 2015 to serve as President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate for the remainder of the 98th General Assembly. The President Pro Tem is


Missouri Right to Life defends Schaefer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Right to Life (MRL), one of the largest and oldest grassroots networks in Missouri, was quick to defend Sen. Kurt Schaefer, chairman of the Sanctity of Life committee, after hundreds of of Planned Parenthood supporters gathered at the University of Missouri, shaming the university for cutting ties with the embroiled