Democratic Party

2020 was a bloodbath for Missouri Democrats. Will 2022 be any better?

(Missouri Independent) – There’s no point trying to spin it: While the 2020 election was a mixed verdict nationally, with Republicans gaining congressional seats and minimizing Senate losses even as Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, the Missouri verdict was unequivocal. It started atop the ticket with Trump’s dominance. He and Gov. Mike Parson set […]

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Voters repeal Clean Missouri redistricting plan they enacted in 2018

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri voters on Tuesday repealed a constitutional amendment they enacted in 2018 that would have required legislative districts be drawn to ensure partisan fairness. They replaced it with one that critics contend could forgo the use of total population to draw districts and instead exclude all non-voters, specifically children and non-citizens — tilting the political […]

Democrat and Republican Parties

Election Preview: Voters will decide who stays and who goes in statewide races today

The months of campaigning are over and the fate of each candidate on the Missouri general election ballot today rests in the hands of voters. Here is an overview of some of the top races on today’s ballot: Republican Governor Mike Parson is seeking his first full term as Missouri’s chief executive officer. He faces […]

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Missouri counties mailing new ballots after Amendment 3 language goof

Nearly 2,000 Buchanan County voters in northwest Missouri will be sent new ballots after receiving absentee ballots with language thrown out by the courts. Some voters in southwest Missouri’s Vernon County were reportedly also given ballots with the wrong language. Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey says the county received ballots with the original language for […]

Gavel and Law book

Missouri court says redistricting plan’s summary language has ‘major problems’

The Missouri Court of Appeals says part of the summary language for the Amendment 3 November ballot measure has “major problems” and needs new wording. In a written court decision Monday, the three-judge panel says the description, written by the Republican-controlled Legislature, “fails to acknowledge” what the amendment would do, which is to “substantially modify, and reorder […]

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Judge strikes down Cleaner Missouri ballot summary; state moves quickly to seek appeal

Cole County Judge Pat Joyce has ordered the ballot summary in a Cleaner Missouri legislative redistricting plan must change. In a judgment issued Monday, Joyce says the Amendment 3 ballot description is “misleading, unfair, and insufficient” and therefore in violation of state law. The Republican-dominated Missouri Legislature passed the proposed Constitutional amendment, SJR38, this year, […]

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Application deadline approaching for disaster unemployment benefits in six Missouri counties

The Missouri Department of Labor’s Division of Employment Security will accept applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for individuals in six Missouri counties through September 5, 2019, whose employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began April 29, 2019, and ended July 5, 2019. A disaster assistance amendment was […]

Disaster Relief

Disaster unemployment benefits available to flood and tornado victims in six additional Missouri counties

An additional six counties have been added to the list of 20 Missouri counties already declared as major disasters. The declaration and yesterday’s amendment allow Missourians in those 26 counties whose employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began April 29, 2019, and continuing, to apply for up to […]

Election 2018

General Election: A preview of candidates and issues in north Missouri as well as issues statewide

Polls are open until 7 o’clock tonight across Missouri as candidates are elected to office and local and statewide issues are decided by the voters. There are no countywide races in Grundy, Mercer, Sullivan, Harrison, and Livingston counties. Within the rest of the Green Hills, there are only a handful of races for county office. […]

Medical Marijuana

Ballot initiatives on medical marijuana in the November 6th election simplified

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, voters will see three medical marijuana initiatives on their ballots—Amendment 2, Amendment 3, and proposition C. Voters are permitted to vote “yes” or “no” on each of the ballot measures. You can read the full text of each ballot issue in the November 6 General Election by going to the Missouri […]

Missouri Farm Bureau

Missouri Farm Bureau announces positions on upcoming ballot issues

Missouri Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, announced its positions on several issues that will be before voters on the November ballot. The state Board of Directors took action based on the grassroots policies developed by and voted upon by representatives of our more than 130,000 member families across Missouri.    Amendment 1 […]