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Even the smartest politicians have missteps every now and then

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


Richardson speaks of change, vows lobbyist gift ban will be first bill passed in the House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri legislators returned to the Capitol on Wednesday for the start of the legislative session for the  99th General Assembly, a ceremony that is typically a lighthearted affair. But that was not the case, as Secretary of State Jason Kander began the ceremony with an unprecedented display of partisanship, addressing the

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General Assembly votes to override veto on photo voter ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri General Assembly voted Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that sets up the framework for photo voter ID in Missouri elections. The vote was 115-41 in the House and 24-7 in the Senate. In the House, Rep. Justin Alferman’s bill passed with more votes than

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TWMP: On the end of the legislative session and talking politics

On Sunday’s This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn and the opinionmaker panel talk about the legislative session as it comes to a close. Anne Schweitzer with Public Eye STL, Jack Cardetti of Tightline Strategies, Republican candidate for state representative Phil Christofanelli, and Stoddard County prosecutor Russ Oliver discuss the Senate’s failure to override the

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NAACP rallies opposition to photo voter ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members and allies of the NAACP rallied against photo voter ID laws Tuesday morning in the Capitol rotunda for the group’s legislative lobby day, the day after voter ID was brought up in the Senate for a second time in two weeks. State and local leaders, including Secretary of State Jason

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NAACP, others voice concerns on photo voter ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members from the Missouri NAACP, Empower Missouri, Missouri Faith Voices and other groups spoke at the Capitol Thursday to denounce the measure in the Missouri Senate that would make photo voter ID legal. NAACP Missouri President Rod Chapel and his organization have been among the most vocal opposition to photo voter ID, which

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Q & A: Speaker Richardson on session issues and 2016 election

Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, took over as speaker at the end of a turbulent 2015 regular session. In 2016, he’s leading the House through contentious issues like SJR 39, paycheck protection, voter ID and more. He sat down Thursday afternoon with The Missouri Times to talk about these issues, as well as the 2016 election.

Column: True intent of Voter ID laws is voter disenfranchisement

By Kyle Garner, candidate for State Representative, 52nd District The current push across the nation for voter ID laws began with a court decision in 2008 upholding Indiana’s voter ID law. The majority opinion of that case was written by Judge Richard Posner, a conservative justice appointed by President Reagan. Judge Posner, in an extraordinarily

Ashcroft completes statewide tour of counties

ST. LOUIS, Mo – Missouri Secretary of State candidate Jay Ashcroft announced Wednesday that he has completed his tour of Missouri, visiting each of Missouri’s 114 counties and the City of St. Louis. “Since announcing my campaign, my family and I have been campaigning tirelessly in all corners of the state,” Ashcroft said. “Today, I

Kraus announces voter ID as a top priority

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, plans to file a joint resolution and a bill regarding voter identification Tuesday when pre-filing begins for the upcoming legislative session. Kraus said passing the joint resolution and putting the issue to a vote of the people is a key step in preventing voter fraud in