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 […]

Absentee Voting

728 absentee ballots returned to Grundy County Clerks office as of Friday morning

Seven hundred twenty-eight absentee and mail-in ballots had been returned to the Grundy County Clerk’s Office as of Friday morning of October 30th at 10:30 for November 3rd’s General Election. The office reported 54 requested ballots had not yet been returned. It is predicted that 80% of the 5,861 registered voters in Grundy County will […]

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. […]

Presidential Election 2020

Missouri Secretary of State predicts 70% voter turnout for general election

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says he expects about a 70% voter turnout for the general election. In 2016, Missouri had about a 67% voter turnout. Local election authorities project their jurisdiction’s voter turnout and then Ashcroft’s office compiles a statewide estimate. And this year, at best, it’s going to be a guess because […]

Presidential Election 2020

Audio: Missouri experiences surge in absentee and mail-in voting for General Election

Missouri’s local election authorities have already received more than 555,000 absentee and mail-in ballots combined for the General Election – a jump of about 150,000 requested during this time in 2016. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says the increase could impact the polls on Election Day.     The figure also includes in-person absentee voting. […]

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 […]

Not Guilty News Graphic

Republican candidate for Livingston County Coroner enters “Not Guilty” plea in Livingston County court

The Republican candidate for Livingston County Coroner entered a plea of not guilty in the Associate Division of Livingston County Circuit Court Thursday, October 22nd to misdemeanor committing class four election offenses. Online court information shows 37-year-old Joshua Michael Dennis of Chillicothe appeared in person and by an attorney, and he waived formal arraignment. On […]

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway

Galloway bashes Parson on Right-to-Work stance

State Auditor Nicole Galloway made a stop in southwest Missouri’s Joplin Monday afternoon. Galloway, a Democrat who is running for governor, criticized her opponent, Republican Governor Mike Parson, about his stance on making Missouri a right-to-work state. In 2018, voters overwhelmingly opposed passing such a law that would ban mandatory union fees in the workplace. […]

Will St. Louis lead the charge in Approval Voting?

During historically divisive times, one Missouri city could be moving toward a nonpartisan way of electing its leaders. St. Louis voters will decide on Proposition D on the November 3 ballot. It would create a nonpartisan primary system, and implement what’s known as “approval voting” in municipal elections. Mallory Rusch, campaign manager for STL Approves, the group […]