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Judge rules changes must be made to Kander’s right-to-work ballot language

Judge rules changes must be made to Kander’s right-to-work ballot language

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A judge has ordered changes made to ballot language written by former Secretary of State Jason Kander regarding 2017 initiative petitions that would essentially repeal right-to-work in Missouri. Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem ruled Thursday that while Kander had used unbiased language at the time he drafted the language for the initiative

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Even the smartest politicians have missteps every now and then

To be clear, I think that Jason Kander is one of the smartest politicians in the state. He seems to have an instinct about where the Democratic Party is going. He may have the best political instincts in the state. However, his performance last week should comfort every other politician in Missouri that even the

Eric Greitens announcing his candidacy for Governor.

Right-to-work opponents look to ban legislation as Republicans push forward

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following a Republican surge in the November general election, the conservative base is primed to deliver on a promise they’ve made for some time now: Missouri will be the next right-to-work state. Right-to-work has been at the very forefront of Republican priorities for years, but with Gov. Jay Nixon vetoing any


AFL-CIO, AFP battle against Blunt, Kander

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With less than a month to go before Election Day, the Senate race between U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and Secretary of State Jason Kander may have become more competitive than once thought. For much of the race, Blunt was thought to be a shoo-in to retake his seat, but recent polls

Attorney General Chris Koster and Sen. Gina Walsh embrace after Walsh introduced Koster at a union rally in Jefferson City, Mo. March 30, 2016. (Travis Zimpfer/Missouri Times)

AFL-CIO begins mail campaign to support Koster

ST. LOUIS – The AFL-CIO will be getting involved in the Missouri Governor’s race in a big way until the Nov. 8 elections. The labor organization will send weekly mailers to union households advocating their support for Attorney General Chris Koster and their opposition to Eric Greitens. Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis said that Greitens

Rep. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, speaks to union members at a rally March 30, 2016. (Travis Zimpfer/ Missouri Times)

Hummel campaign kickoff draws top St. Louis and state Dems

ST. LOUIS – A campaign kickoff for Rep. Jake Hummel, the Democratic nominee for the 4th Senate District, felt more like a victory party than a rallying cry. Democratic officeholders, union members, staffers and supporters attended the event at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall in St. Louis City. They showed their support for

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Will interests return the support of legislator-candidates?

During the 2016 session, interest groups representing broad swaths of Missouri asked legislators to support them in big ways. Legislators fought on all sides a multitude of complex issues, but now the question is whether they can expect that support during the election season. Rep. John Rizzo, Rep. Anne Zerr, Sen. Kurt Schaefer and Sen.

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Building trades unions hold fundraiser for Blunt

ST. LOUIS – U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt held a fundraiser with members of the building trade unions in Washington D.C. Tuesday night, specifically those that work in the transportation industry, pulling support democratic opponents like eSecretary of State Jason Kander typically count on. Members of the North America’s Building Trades Unions Political Education Fund; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental

House members to push union pension transparency, labor regulations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Three state representatives met with union representatives to discuss a bill that would allow union members who pay into union pension funds to have access to the financial standing of those funds. Reps. Bill Lant, Holly Rehder and Rob Vescovo believe HB 1540, filed by Vescovo, will allow greater transparency for union