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Column: J.D. McGaugh “August in Missouri”

Column: J.D. McGaugh “August in Missouri”

August is a special time for Rural Missouri and the people involved in our state’s agricultural sector. By this time on the calendar our farm fields are beginning to show their prosperity and signs of the bountiful harvest that comes with the fall. The State Fair is under way showcasing all that Agri-Missouri has to


Staff profile: Eric Jennings, Chief of Staff for Sen. Bob Dixon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Eric Jennings, Chief of Staff for Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Greene County, didn’t have the typical background found in many staffers in the Capitol. He isn’t a political science major, and he wasn’t politically active when he was younger. Jennings, a graduate from Truman State University and the University of Missouri Law


How it works: MEC complaint system

ST. LOUIS — Missouri politicos and journalists are no stranger to the Missouri Ethics Commission and the finance-related services it provides. Another service that doesn’t gain as much attention, namely because so much of it happens behind closed doors, is its complaint filing option. The Missouri Times had Stacey Heislen, the acting MEC Executive Director,


Hoskins wins Speaker Pro Tem role in caucus election

ST. LOUIS — Rep. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, was selected as the official nominee for the Speaker Pro Tem role Friday evening at the majority caucus meeting in St. Louis. While officially Hoskins has secured the nomination that still has to be approved by the entire House during veto session, taking the nomination is taking the


Gatschenberger’s letter to majority members requests policy change for staffers

ST. LOUIS — Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, R-St. Charles, sent a letter earlier this week to members of the majority caucus expressing concerns and requesting policy changes regarding legislative staff members who also work on campaigns run against other members of the caucus. The issue arguably is a little personal for Gatchenberger. Tom Smith, a former

Campaign watch

Guernsey announces Senate run, gives $100K to his campaign

ST. LOUIS — Rep. Casey Guernsey, R-Bethany, announced Friday that he intends to run for Senate District 12 in 2014. With a fully-stocked campaign team, Guernsey is the only one who publicly has stated his intent to pursue senior Sen. Brad Lager’s seat in the coming cycle. Among Guernsey’s campaign crew includes Axiom Strategies’ Jeff

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Koster “no comments” Jones’ request for an opinion on HB 253

ST. LOUIS — Earlier this week, House Speaker Tim Jones sent out a request for Attorney General Chris Koster to comment on the much-discussed income tax bill veto, House Bill 253. Specifically, a release from Jones’ office stated that the request was for a response on Gov. Jay Nixon’s comments about the bill allowing for