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Who defines the Missouri GOP: Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley or Eric Greitens?

(Missouri Independent) – The eyes of the nation turned to U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley over the holidays when he became the first senator to announce an objection to the certification of presidential electors. But the eyes of local politicos turned instead to his home-state colleague, Missouri’s senior senator. How would Roy Blunt — up for […]

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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 […]

Audio: Parson and Galloway focusing on rural Missouri in final days of campaign; both appealing to blue-collar voters

The two main gubernatorial candidates are focusing on rural Missouri again Friday and during the final days of the campaign. Governor Mike Parson (R) brings his “Mike works bus tour” to four rural western Missouri towns: his hometown of Bolivar, as well as Clinton, Belton, and El Dorado Springs. He’ll finish Friday evening in Springfield. […]

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Missouri Supreme Court affirms Clean Water Commission’s decision approving CAFO in Grundy County

The Supreme Court of Missouri affirmed Tuesday, June 16th a Clean Water Commission decision approving a concentrated animal feeding operation in Grundy County. Hickory Neighbors United, Incorporated appealed a water commission decision affirming the Department of Natural Resources’ permit issuance to Trenton Farms RE, LLC. Court documents say Hickory Farms asserted that a House bill […]

Missouri State Auditor calls on Governor Parson to update parental leave policies for state workers

Following her leadership in 2017 on parental leave, State Auditor Nicole Galloway has issued a letter to Gov. Mike Parson calling on him to enact updated family-friendly policies. Specifically, she called for action to allow state workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. These […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate passes proposed constitutional amendment making it tougher to impeach a Missouri governor

The state Senate has passed a bill that would make it tougher to impeach a sitting Missouri governor. The proposed change would let the Senate lead impeachment trials, instead of the House and a panel of judges. Bill sponsor, Lamar Republican Ed Emery, has been working on the proposal for several years and says allegations […]

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Audio: Missouri legislator pre-files bill again in response to 2017 education chief shakeup

A Republican legislator from southeast Missouri’s Farmington has pre-filed a bill again in response to last year’s state education commissioner shakeup. Alisa Nelson reports.     State Senator Gary Romine is proposing to clarify the Senate’s confirmation process of gubernatorial appointments when his chamber is not in session. Former Governor Eric Greitens, a Republican, fired […]

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Audio: Governor Parson issues executive order modifying code of conduct started under Greitens

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order Tuesday to make some changes to a previous order issued by former Governor Eric Greitens.     The revisions apply to an executive order which adopted a code of conduct for employees within the office of the governor and the executive branch. The new document builds on […]

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Audio: Former Missouri K-12 Education Commissioner gets her old job back

Former Missouri K through12 Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven is getting her old job back.  The announcement comes almost one year after five board members no longer serving voted to fire her.     In 2019, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be led by former K through 12 Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven. The […]