Attendance hits a new low at Governor’s Committee for Simple, Fair and Low Taxes

Attendance hits a new low at Governor’s Committee for Simple, Fair and Low Taxes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With members of the legislature being called back into a special session, it stood to reason that the attendance in Governor Eric Greitens’ Committee for Simple, Fair and Low Taxes would drop from an already lowered attendance rate. But Tuesday’s hearing, which was moved from the usual Monday afternoon time, saw just

Rep. Don Rone speaks on the House floor May 11, 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

Rone files bill to restore bootheel jobs, but what’s really in the bill language?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers returned to the Capitol Monday afternoon to begin work on a special session called for by Gov. Eric Greitens in an effort to pass legislation that could potentially return jobs to the bootheel, a region still reeling from the loss of hundreds of jobs when Noranda closed. The newly-drafted

Libla greitens

Senate defends Libla from attacks by Greitens nonprofit in first day of special session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the House strictly gaveled in and out until Tuesday at the start of this week’s extraordinary legislative session, multiple senators took the opportunity in the upper chamber to voice their concerns about Gov. Eric Greitens’ call for more time in Jefferson City. Some feared the ramifications of his call could open

Rep. Robert Cornejo (Courtesy of Tim Bommell/HOUSE COMMS)

Up Close and Personal with Rep. Robert Cornejo

Rep. Robert Cornejo made his bid for House Speaker right at the tail-end of session, becoming the first official candidate for what’s expected to be a tight leadership race when current Speaker Todd Richardson term limits at the end of the 2017 session.  He currently chairs the House General Laws Committee, one of the more wide-ranging

Courtesy of the Luetkemeyer for Senate campaign

Tony Luetkemeyer announces 2018 bid for Senate District 34 seat

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s 34th Senate District has a new contender for its state senate seat. Tony Luetkemeyer, a conservative resident of Parkville announced his candidacy to replace the term-limited Sen. Rob Schaaf as the new voice for Buchanan and Platte County. The Republican candidate, a cousin once removed from Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, is

Rep. Holly Rehder argues for the apssage of the right-to-work bill she carried in the House Feb. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Communications)

PDMP Autopsy: How Rehder’s bill failed to make it to Greitens’ desk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Before he became the target of dark money attack ads from A New Missouri Inc., before he got into a public spat with Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick over the managed care rollout, before he became essentially a central figure in the 2017 legislative session, Sen. Rob Schaaf called an impromptu press

What is in the future for state employees?

Missouri’s state employees have carried the title of “lowest paid in the nation” for some time now, and while the new governor has stated his commitment to better pay and more jobs in the Show-Me State, it seems that their wait will not be ending anytime soon. Workers have seen raises in 2016, 2012 and 2008,


Opponents call net metering bill’s failure a ‘victory for consumers’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the Missouri legislature returns to Jefferson City this week for a special session involving utility rates, opponents of another bill proposing to make changes to how Missouri’s law deals with net metering are still celebrating a victory. The General Assembly adjourned a little over a week ago without passing Rep.


White in the running for Richard’s Senate seat

JOPLIN, Mo. – Rep. Bill White will hold his first campaign kick-off for the 2018 32nd Senate District race Tuesday evening at a fairly unique place. While other legislators often look for large venues to hold their announcement intentions, White will hold his event at the Joplin Baskin Robbins. That decision is incredibly deliberate for