Five questions with Rep. Donna Lichtenegger, R-Jackson

Five questions with Rep. Donna Lichtenegger, R-Jackson

1. What was your first campaign experience? My first campaign experience was in 1974 with my husband who was running John Ashcroft’s campaign for state auditor. Personally, my first campaign was in 2000 [for state representative] and I lost by 25 votes. 2. In what ways have you made a tangible effect on your constituents’


What’s next for the senior legislators and their seats

Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Audrain County On future plans: The Senator couldn’t be reached before print deadline to answer this question. Potential candidates for her seat: Two representatives have expressed interest in Justus’ seat: Democrat Ed Schieffer, a senior, and Republican Jeanie Riddle, a junior. [divider style=”tiny”][/divider] Sen. Brad Lager, R-Nodaway County On future plans: Lager said he


Wieland sues federal government because of civil liberty concerns over the Affordable Care Act

ST. LOUIS — Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, and his wife filed suit against the federal government this week, arguing that their civil rights were violated by a recent health insurance change. Wieland, a government employee, said when it was time to sign up for the Missouri Consolidated Plan this year, he wasn’t provided the chance


Axiom Strategies establishes new direct voter contact firm

ST. LOUIS — Axiom Strategies has transformed what was an internal mail division into an independent firm specializing in mail, phones and digital voter contact. The new firm, COMMAND, is described by Jeff Roe, the owner of both companies, as “free standing.” However, the two companies will have opportunities to collaborate on campaigns, he added.


Senate Medicaid Committee hears testimony on reform

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Senate Committee on Medicaid Transformation and Reform held another meeting in the Capitol today, where witnesses were largely comprised of hospital and healthcare administrators from across the state. The hearings, which came on the same day as the House Working Group on Medicaid saw record crowds in St. Louis, mostly

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Sinquefield takes fight over proposed campaign finance reform amendment to court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The single largest contributor to Missouri elections is filing a lawsuit to stop a new amendment from going to the ballot during the next election cycle that would limit the ways individuals and groups donate money to political campaigns. Rex Sinquefield, a retired financer and millionaire, has donated more than $26


Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Aug. 1 issue

The Politically Speaking podcast is HOT Even though House Speaker Jones had alluded to the uncertainty behind the House Bill 253 veto override, saying it on the podcast really seemed to draw some ears to what the St. Louis Beacon and KWMU have been doing every week with their podcast. They bring a different legislators


Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: July 16 issue

Hired Up! Missouri is HOT In case you missed it, “Hired Up! Missouri” relaunched Thursday at The self-proclaimed headhunting service lists job openings in non-profit, government, academia, campaign/advocacy jobs and internships, according to their website. They have a few postings listed and are accepting resumes for review. Seems like a great job resource. House


Who’s hot and who’s not: July 1 issue

Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, D-Kansas City, is HOT LaFaver, with the help of a few other Democrat representatives like Gail McCann-Beatty and Rory Ellinger, successfully cleaned up what appeared to be a pretty sloppy situation with the former House Democratic Campaign Committee finances. The April report showed the Committee having $47,000 more than they actually had.