Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Audio: Missouri’s Senate president says Medicaid and social services consume 46 percent of state operating budget

Missouri’s Senate leader says the state’s operating budget has grown from 21-billion dollars a decade ago to 34-billion dollars today. Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz tells Sullivan affiliate KTUI that Medicaid expansion is too expensive. He says the state Department of Social Services’  budget continues to grow.     The Missouri Senate and House […]

Grain Belt Express

Grain Belt transmission line forges ahead amid landowner, lawmaker pushback

(Missouri Independent) – On the heels of a historic cold snap that left thousands across the Midwest without power, Kansas and Missouri residents could soon reap the benefits of a massive high-powered transmission line delivering renewable energy.  Grain Belt Express, a project a decade in the making, is starting to acquire land along its route spanning […]

Lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General files suit against Treasury Department over provision in American Rescue Plan concerning state tax cuts

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of the Treasury and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen over the interpretation of a mandate in the American Rescue Plan Act that would force states to choose between accepting COVID-19 relief funds or exercising their sovereignty over state tax policy. “As a […]

Medicaid

Audio: Missouri House Budget Committee votes against funding for Medicaid expansion in next budget cycle

The Missouri House Budget Committee has voted against funding for Medicaid expansion in the next fiscal year.     The committee, made up of mostly Republicans, has voted down 1.6-billion dollars in funding for Medicaid expansion in the next state budget cycle. Last year, 53-percent of Missouri voters approved a ballot measure to expand government-funded […]

Keystone XL Pipeline route

Missouri joins 20 other states in suing Biden administration for revoking Keystone XL pipeline permit

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined 20 other state attorneys general in filing suit on Wednesday, led by Montana and Texas, in United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas challenging President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the permits for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The lawsuit argues that President Biden’s administration […]

Voter ID

Missouri Republicans look to reinstate voter ID requirement

(Missouri Independent) – About 137,700 registered voters in Missouri did not have a state-issued identification in 2017, according to an analysis from the Secretary of State’s Office.  Another 140,000 voters had expired IDs, and 2,000 more voters had forfeited their driver’s licenses. Under a bill passed Wednesday in the Missouri House, those registered voters would either have to […]

Senator Roy Blunt

Missouri Senator releases short statement on vote to acquit former President Trump

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after voting against the conviction of former President Donald Trump: “I said before this trial started that I believe the constitutional purpose for presidential impeachment is to remove a president from office, not to punish a person after they have left office. None of the […]

President Donald Trump

Audio: Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial begins today

The second impeachment trial of now-former president Donald Trump begins today in Washington.— in the U-S Senate. The Democratic majority in the House argues that Trump incited the violence and the attack on the US Capitol on January 6. The former president’s lawyers argue that the trial itself is unconstitutional. Political Science associate professor Kevin […]

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri

Audio: Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says impeaching Trump would be unconstitutional

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt asserts the effort to impeach former President Donald Trump is unconstitutional. Blunt was one of the 45 Republican senators who voted for a measure declaring the House effort to impeach Trump fell outside of its constitutional powers.     Five Republicans joined the 50 Democrats in the US Senate to […]

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft

Audio: Secretary of State Ashcroft says Missouri conducted four safe, secure elections in 2020

Missouri’s Secretary of State is praising poll workers across the state, for their assistance with four major elections in 2020. Republican Jay Ashcroft notes those elections included Missouri’s presidential preference primary, the August primary, and November.     The General Assembly in May approved bipartisan legislation expanding absentee voting to those 65 and older or […]

Medical Marijuana

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Missouri medical marijuana license caps

(Missouri Independent) – A Cole County judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit alleging limitations on the number of medical marijuana licenses issued by the state were unconstitutional.  Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that the regulations at the heart of the lawsuit were “properly promulgated and are in compliance with Missouri’s laws and Constitution.” She […]

Murder

Missouri Supreme Court issues ruling involving woman who was 16 when her crime was committed

A Missouri prisoner who was 16 when she killed a man during a meth transaction in western Missouri’s Cass County will remain in prison for now, under a key ruling Tuesday from the Missouri Supreme Court. The inmate, 41-year-old Jessica Hicklin, was sentenced in April 1997 to mandatory life without parole. Hicklin is incarcerated at […]

Paul Callicoat had plans to convert the former Sarcoxie Nursery into a medical marijuana cultivation facility (Joplin Globe file photo).

Missouri medical marijuana trial focuses on alleged role of insiders on license rules

(Missouri Independent) – A Missouri family that was denied a license to grow medical marijuana alleged in court this week that outside groups and individuals had undue access to top state officials — and that access led to an opaque process and contributed to the decision to cap the number of licenses granted. To buttress […]

Randall Williams, Director Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Medical marijuana lawsuit: Missouri health department illegally concealed documents

(Missouri Independent) – A Missouri family that sued after being denied a medical marijuana license is alleging the state department of health and Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office illegally concealed documents and violated open records laws in order to undercut their lawsuit. The allegations — which are included in a 28-page motion seeking sanctions against […]

Supreme Court of the United States or SCOTUS

Audio: Missouri Supreme Court hears oral arguments in November notary requirement case

The Missouri Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in an appeal that aims to remove a notary requirement for mail-in voting for the November election. In April, the Missouri NAACP, the ACLU, and three registered voters sued the state and others, arguing that the steps to vote by mail during a pandemic are unconstitutional. ACLU […]

Eric Schmitt

State of Missouri files suit against KC homeowners associations for failing to remove racially restrictive covenants

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against Country Club Homes and Crestwood Homes Association for failure to remove racially restrictive covenants from governing documents. The Attorney General’s Office worked to identify racially restrictive covenants across the state, and subsequent letters were sent to a number of different homeowners […]