Tag: secretary of state

Can the legislature call a special election? Constitution, cases say yes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Leading Missouri political minds are buzzing about the legislature being able to set a special election by resolution without the signature of the governor, citing the Constitution being upheld by Missouri Supreme Court cases. The discussion arises as some strategize on right-to-work. Article III, Sections 52a and […]

TWMP: Ashcroft talks voter information and media bias

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft joined This Week in Missouri Politics Sunday to speak about voter ID, the voter information that was requested by the President, and more. In an effort to dispel any false accusations or hyperbole in regards to the president’s request, Ashcroft […]

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft fires back at voter ID opposition, launches law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – New voter ID laws go into effect Thursday, the day after the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition held conferences around the state sharing opposition to the law. “I am shocked and appalled by the misinformation campaign being run by these opponents of Missouri’s voter ID law,” Ashcroft […]

Ashcroft makes his mark in first legislative session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft may have quietly had one of the best first months on the job of any current statewide official. After easily winning election in August over Sen. Will Kraus and in November over Robin Smith, Ashcroft took over an office from Jason […]

50 Years of Gubernatorial Portraits: Greitens forgoes official headshot, chooses family photo

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Each new governor’s photo is posted in every state office, agency, and department across the state, but self-proclaimed outsider Gov. Eric Greitens is once again doing things a little differently. Greitens has chosen the family portrait to be used in state offices, as well as in […]

State Treasurer and Secretary of State present budgets before House committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House Budget Committee has officially started working on the state budget. Legislators received Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year last week, and after three business days, the committee met for the first time with the budget in hand. Tuesday morning’s hearing […]

Secretary Ashcroft appoints Co-Directors of Elections Division

Jefferson City, Mo. — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the appointments of Brandon Alexander (R) and Chrissy Peters (D) as Co-Directors of the Elections Division. As the State’s Chief Election Official, Ashcroft is committed to restoring confidence in Missouri’s elections, and these appointments signal a strong step in reestablishing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ashcroft names former Blunt chief counsel to lead transition team

ST. LOUIS – The next Secretary of State for Missouri has named five members to his transition team. The transition team will be led by Lowell Pearson, former Chief Counsel to Governor Matt Blunt. The other four members will consist of Bev Randles, who most recently ran as a candidate […]