Josh Hawley

Audio: Missouri Secretary of State investigating accusations Hawley used public funds to support Senate run

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is starting an investigation into the operations of Attorney General Josh Hawley.     The probe will look at accusations that Hawley used taxpayer money to support his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Ashcroft’s office sent a letter Thursday confirming the investigation to Democratic strategist Brad Woodhouse.  Woodhouse heads […]

Audio: Pre-filed bill in Missouri legislature would be among the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation

Missouri lawmakers could be considering a far-reaching abortion restriction in the upcoming legislative session.     Republican state Representative Nick Schroer of O’Fallon pre-filed a bill this week that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The measure, which allows for exceptions in medical emergencies, would ban most abortions after […]

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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 […]

State Senator Cindy O’Laughlin

Audio: New state lawmaker from Shelbina wants colleagues to be more responsible with spending

State Senator-elect Cindy O’Laughlin thinks citizens have a mistrust of Missouri’s government because departments are poorly managed. She says it’s predictable that they would oppose propositions like the gas tax that failed in November’s election.     The Shelbina Republican says lawmakers don’t have confidence that lawmakers are spending money wisely.     She says […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Senator-elect Hawley to reintroduce opponent McCaskill’s duck boat bill

Missouri Republican Senator-elect Josh Hawley plans to reintroduce Senator Claire McCaskill’s duck boat legislation in the new Congress.     Hawley released a statement Wednesday announcing his intention. McCaskill, a two-term Democrat who was defeated by Hawley in November’s election, filed her bill in August after 17 people died in July when a duck boat […]

Democratic Party

Audio: Missouri Democratic party looking to regroup after poor midterm showing

The Democratic Party in Missouri is trying to regroup after disappointing midterm election results. Among other things, state Auditor Nicole Galloway won a relatively close contest against a troubled Republican opponent. University of Missouri-Columbia Political Scientist Peverill Squire thinks the result indicates a statewide voter tilt toward Republican candidates.     Among other things, state […]

Republican Party

Audio: Missouri Republican lawmakers lavish praise on Governor Parson’s Attorney General appointment

Republican lawmakers have been rallying around Governor Mike Parson’s appointment of GOP state Treasurer Eric Schmitt as state attorney general. Senator Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg says he’s had productive collaborations with Schmitt.     Senator Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg is impressed by Schmitt’s skills as a lawyer.     Hoskins of Warrensburg says Schmitt will […]

Medicaid

Audio: Missouri becoming more isolated with state’s refusal to expand Medicaid

There’s strong opposition among Missouri Republican lawmakers to expanding Medicaid, even after voters in three red states passed ballot measures to do so in the recent election. Newly elected House Majority Speaker Pro-Tem John Wiemann of O’Fallon told Missourinet earlier this year that more states would be retreating from Medicaid expansion.     Missouri Republican […]

Missouri State Capitol

Audio: Incoming Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz looks ahead to 2019 session

Missouri Senate Republicans are expected to finish three days of caucusing today (Thursday) in St. Louis. Republicans will control the chamber 24-10 in January. Incoming Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz tells Missourinet his agenda will be caucus-driven.     Schatz sponsored a proposed ten-cent gasoline tax increase this year. Proposition D failed statewide by […]