Great Northwest Day

Governor Mike Parson to be keynote speaker at Great Northwest Day at the Capitol event

Missouri Governor Mike Parson will kick off the Great Northwest Day at the Capitol event as the keynote speaker during a luncheon at the 20th Annual Great Northwest Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Tuesday, February 1. As legislators begin a new session in Jefferson City, citizens of Northwest Missouri have been preparing to […]

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Missouri’s largest counties seek to appeal ruling overturning local health orders

(Missouri Independent) – Jackson and St. Louis Counties requested Monday that they be permitted to intervene and appeal a recent court ruling that they argue has “upended the longstanding public health framework” in Missouri. In a filing submitted Monday afternoon and obtained by The Independent, the two counties asked Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel […]

Senator Dan Hegeman

Audio: State Senator Dan Hegeman on worker compensation, school funding and the distribution of COVID relief funds

State Senator Dan Hegeman of Cosby says state worker compensation will be one of the top issues facing legislators when they return to Jefferson City next month. Hegeman, a Republican who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, notes low state pay is costing the state some quality workers.     Hegeman says there is room in […]

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NCMC hosts legislative forum with four state representatives, one senator, two representatives for federal legislators and president of MCCA

Four state representatives, one state senator, two representatives for federal legislators, and the president of the Missouri Community College Association spoke at a forum in Trenton November 29th. The legislative forum was in Cross Hall on the campus of North Central Missouri College. The speakers were asked to answer one question: What is your perspective […]

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North Central Missouri College to host Legislative Forum

North Central Missouri College will host a Legislative Forum in Trenton in Cross Hall Lobby on Monday, November 29. Legislators and officials will be in attendance representing area counties, regions, the state of Missouri, and federal representation. There will be a meet and greet from 10:00-10:30 a.m., followed by a semi-structured forum from 10:30-11:30 a.m. […]

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State Representative Rusty Black named Legislator of the Year by MRTA and MOCIL

State Rep. Rusty Black has been named Legislator of the Year by two Missouri organizations, the Missouri Centers for Independent Living and the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. Black received the honor from MOCIL this October at their annual banquet held in Columbia. MOCIL currently has 22 centers all across the state dedicated to protecting the […]

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How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

(Missouri Independent) – A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the […]

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NCMC Director of Marketing and Admissions graduates from MCCA Leadership Academy

Megan Pester, Director of Marketing and Admissions at North Central Missouri College recently participated and graduated from the Missouri Community College Association Leadership Academy. During her involvement in the academy, Megan attended sessions on leadership aspects, presentations from community college administration, legislators, and industry leaders on various components of leadership growth.  “I was selected to […]

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Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

(Missouri Independent) – The massive economic policy package Democrats are trying to muscle through Congress could open the door to free community college for undocumented immigrants. But that lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach. The provision on immigrants was […]

Abortion Law

Federal court hears arguments on Missouri abortion ban with no rape, incest exception

(Missouri Independent) – The fate of Missouri’s ban on abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exception for rape or incest, rests in the hands of a panel of federal judges.  Arguments Tuesday before the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, and questions from the judges, focused almost exclusively on another provision […]

Voter ID Law

Missouri Republicans vow to push again for voter ID law

(Missouri Independent) – With several months to go before state lawmakers return for the 2022 legislative session, Republicans are promising to once again push to require photo identification to vote. Committees in the Missouri House and Senate held hearings Tuesday dominated by discussions of requiring a government-issued ID for both in-person and absentee voting. Secretary […]

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Ashcroft announces plan to keep voting secure and accurate in Missouri elections

After releasing the findings of a voter fraud investigation involving two St. Charles County voters, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft went on record to make clear his intentions regarding voter integrity by announcing his plan to keep voting secure and accurate in upcoming Missouri elections while making sure no voter is turned away from the […]

Garrett Hawkins

Audio: Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins addresses members at annual meeting in Trenton

Grundy County Farm Bureau members heard Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins addressed multiple topics at the county organization’s annual meeting in Trenton on September 9, 2021.  One of the topics was climate change.     Hawkins said he is tired of people “pointing fingers” at farmers and ranchers and saying they are the problem. […]

Voting Rights

U.S. House Democrats unveil new voting rights bill named for John Lewis

(Missouri Independent) – At the base of the bridge in Selma, Ala., where the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia almost died while marching for civil rights, congressional Democrats announced Tuesday the introduction of legislation that aims to protect voting rights across the country. Rep. Terri Sewell, an Alabama Democrat, unveiled what will be […]

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New report finds voting laws hamper access to ballot box in Missouri

A new report finds Missouri lags behind many other states in voting access. The Campaign Legal Center graded states on whether they have 10 key voting practices, from no-excuse absentee voting to online tracking of mail-in ballots and ballot drop boxes. Missouri received a score of four out of 10. Denise Lieberman, director of the […]

Patricia Derges State Representative

Audio: Missouri legislator’s federal court trial delayed

A Missouri State Representative’s federal court trial has been moved to June 2022.     The trial for Nixa Republican Tricia Derges was scheduled to begin Monday at a federal courthouse in southwest Missouri’s Springfield. Don Ledford, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Missouri, says a witness suffered a stroke and […]