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Senate campaign updates: money, challenges and coming events

Senate campaign updates: money, challenges and coming events

Senate District 2  Chuck Gatschenberger (R) Raised this quarter: $ 51,641.56 Raised last quarter: $ 12,565.85 On challenges so far: “Getting everything together, you’re moving into another environment, a new campaign structure, a bigger district. And campaigns for Senate have a little more back and fourth I think. Being in the House for five years like I

Photo also at the top of the page — Chad May (left) and Jon Ross (right) with Teen Challenge: Mid America, a Christian-based rehabilitation program, roll loaves of bread out of the warehouse at Operation Food Search in St. Louis. They filled their loading truck with food to bring back to their location in southern Cape Girardeau. (photo by Brittany Ruess)

Nixon’s food stamp proposal prompts closer look into Missouri’s food and hunger issues

ST. LOUIS — Gov. Jay Nixon filed a proposal with the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules that requires able-bodied 18 to 50-year-olds to be employed or in an educational or training program in order to receive their food stamp benefits. If the proposal is granted, that group of individuals would abide by the SNAP guidelines


Smith announces full campaign team, co-chairmen

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — First-year Republican Congressman Jason Smith, who won his seat in a special election earlier this year, has named his co-chairmen for his re-election campaign and announced his entire grassroots leadership for the 30-county 8th Congressional district. Smith served as Speaker Pro Tem in the Missouri House of Representatives prior to winning his

The Senate chamber

Kelly could pursue Senate depending on Webber’s plans, but won’t run for House seat again

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Columbia Democrat Rep. Chris Kelly will not seek reelection in his House district, he says, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of his political career. Kelly says right now, he is urging fellow Columbia Democrat Rep. Stephen Webber to run for Senate District 19, currently occupied by Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer,


Allegations surface about DoA work environment, Aycock turns down director spot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Department of Agriculture is under fire after allegations of a “hostile work environment” appear to have led to the departure of director Jon Hagler. Last week, yet another Department employee filed a complaint against both the Department and the director. Beth Ewers, the agency’s associate director of meat and poultry


Rocky Miller in full recovery from stroke, calls it a “blessing in disguise”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Osage Beach, is calling his stroke just over a week ago a “blessing in disguise.” After several days of severe headaches, vomiting and vertigo, which was originally misdiagnosed as an inner ear infection, Miller checked into the Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. The doctors found a


Kelly speaks to Show-Me Cannabis town hall, expresses support of legalization efforts

MOBERLY, Mo. — During a Show-Me Cannabis town hall meeting Tuesday night, Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, expressed his support of the legalization of marijuana to the room of supporters, but did say he had some concerns he wants to wade through before he backs any legislative efforts. The event Tuesday night in Moberly, Mo., garnered


Catanese: Rubio still leads the money chase

Marco Rubio’s had a rough six months. He’s been whipsawed by the right for his efforts on immigration reform.  His standing in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination has dwindled to single digits in a swath of polling.  Most distressing, I’m sure, is that he’s even been dethroned as leader of The RUN’sCHASE rankings (!).


Column: McGaugh discusses pertinent issues for the coming session

By Rep. Joe Don McGaughn, R-Carrollton The upcoming legislative session remains several months away but legislators whose wheelhouse revolves around agricultural issues have remained active. September’s veto session produced the first veto override of an agriculturally related piece of legislation in the history of the State of Missouri in SB 9. Even with broad success


Politicians, citizens stand against federal shutdown at Missouri park

ST. LOUIS — State politicians joined nearly 100 people today — citizens and veterans — to take a stance against the federal shutdown at the Big Spring in Van Buren, Mo. The park has been closed for almost two weeks since the federal government shutdown, and the group intended to remove the barricades to show