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Gov. Eric Greitens gives a brief statement moments before signing Sen. Dan Brown's right-to-work bill into law Feb 6, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

House Budget Committee questions Governor’s Office budget and use of funds

House Budget Committee questions Governor’s Office budget and use of funds

Democratic lawmakers question the need for the governor’s press secretary and money used for governor’s flights JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House lawmakers on Wednesday morning questioned a number of items in the budget for the governor’s office, seeking answers from Gov. Eric Greitens’ chief of staff, Mike Roche, and his deputy, former Rep. Caleb Jones. Representatives

House Committee on General Laws hears eight bills on ethics reform on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

House Democrats look to hold Greitens accountable with ethics bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Democrats are looking to hold Gov. Eric Greitens accountable on his repeated promises to “drain the swamp” and rid Missouri of “politics as usual.” The minority party filed six bills that appeared before the House General Laws Committee Tuesday night, aimed at addressing issues of corruption in the state government.

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House Budget Committee awaits Greitens budget in the midst of shortfalls

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s budget has been one of the top concerns for many with the start of the legislative session, and the first meeting of the House budget committee revealed new changes and issues that will have to be handled in a short amount of time. The House Budget committee features a new

Rep. Alferman presents HB60 on Lobbyist Expenditures before the House Committee on General Laws.  (Tim Bommel/Missouri House Photojournalist)

Lobbyist gift ban clears second hurdle

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House continues to push ethics reform forward in the early days of the legislative session. House Bill 60, sponsored by Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, was the first bill to reach committee, as the House Committee on General Laws held its first hearing on Monday, hours before the inauguration ceremony. HB

Eric Greitens gives his victory speech after winning the Republican nomination for governor Aug. 2, 2016

Gov.-elect Greitens is ‘serious’ about ethics reform

JEFFERSON  CITY, Mo. – Gov.-elect Eric Greitens is serious about ethics reform in Jefferson City, and his plans show it. It’s been one of the top priorities for the incoming Republican, whose message on the campaign trail centered on cleaning up corruption at the capitol. Voters took the first steps this past November, not only

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Democratic House and Senate caucuses choose new leaders

House Democrats met at the Missouri Credit Union House to elect new leaders for their party. Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, was elected as the new minority floor leader for the Democrats, beating out Rep. Karla May. Rep. Gina Mitten, D-St. Louis, will serve as the assistant minority chair, and Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia,

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Final Tip Sheet: House

This is the final tip sheet of the year, and we’ve moved a lot of seats around the board. We have tried to give you a half a dozen seats that will answer the biggest question on the House map: will the Republicans retain a veto-proof majority, and if so, by how much? We moved

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House Tip Sheet: Eight Days Before General Election

Editor’s Note: The current figures were taken from the Missouri Ethics Commission’s site at roughly 9:00 a.m., Nov. 1. The House race puzzle is becoming clearer as we reach Election Day. At one time, we had over 20 seats that could have been competitive, but after primaries, endorsements, and donors have come down, the chamber

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October Tip Sheet: House

#1 HD 17 (D+4.3) OPEN (King) COMPETITIVE – #1 last tip sheet After a big win defeating incumbent Nick King in the primary, Mary Hill is showing that she is more than a protest candidate. There were some outside of Clay County who assumed that she would be a one issue candidate who would lose

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HOUSE TIP SHEET: October 2016

It has been a wildly unpredictable cycle nationwide and certainly in the Governor’s race. However, it’s been a relatively predictable cycle in House races with Republicans showing dominance in candidate recruitment and fundraising. The real question when the cycle began was whether or not the Democrats could grow their numbers large enough to uphold a

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