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Sanctity of Life Committee holds first meeting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri Senate interim committee to investigate the allegations against Planned Parenthood met for the first time Monday. The Sanctity of Life Committee was formed last week by Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey with Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, named as its chair after a video was released accusing Planned Parenthood of harvesting the organs


LeVota resigns amid intern controversy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As the details of a Title IX report from by the University of Central Missouri became public following a report from an internal Senate investigation in the state capitol, state senator Paul LeVota, an Independence Democrat, resigned, although without admitting to any wrongdoing or unprofessional behavior. In a statement, LeVota thanked his

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Schmitt joins ‘Sanctity of Life’ committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Another Republican seeking statewide office in 2016 has been named to the senate committee investigating Planned Parenthood during the coming months. Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, a candidate for state treasurer in 2016 who increasingly looks like he’ll avoid a primary fight, announced today he was joining the committee, calling alleged illegal


Senate releases report on harassment complaint against LeVota

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Senate Administration Committee, along with an independent investigator and legal counsel from the University of Central Missouri, released findings today on a workplace harassment accusation leveled against Sen. Paul LeVota by an intern. The report which was released in full today, details accusations from an UCM intern that claim the Kansas


Joint Committee on Education meets to discuss postsecondary programs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Members of the House of Representatives and Senate met Tuesday afternoon in the Capitol to listen to a presentation on three of Missouri’s most popular state-funded scholarship programs. Kevin Gwaltney, executive director of the Joint Committee on Education, presented his findings on Access Missouri, the A+ program and Bright Flight to


Wieland wins appeal against Obamacare

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. – State Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Hillsboro) won his appeal in his suit aimed at the Affordable Care Act from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Wieland v. Sebelius Monday. Wieland has already spent nearly two years fighting against a clause in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare, that requires

Dempsey forms ‘Sanctity of Life’ interim committee, names Schaefer chairman

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey formed a special interim committee today to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood may have violated state law. “The recent allegations that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue to medical laboratories is not only appalling, but illegal as well,” Dempsey said in a statement. “This type of

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Missouri senators call to arm National Guardsmen

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members of the Republican Caucus asked Gov. Jay Nixon to sign an executive order that would allow Missouri National Guardsmen to carry weapons Saturday. The request comes after a gunman shot and killed five people at a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week. The gunman is being investigated for any


Politics playing a role in UM policy for employees running for state office

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri’s opposition to two bills filed by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, may be playing a role in the debate as to whether or not employees of the state funded university can seek state political office. Currently, most state employees must completely leave their jobs when they begin to campaign