Author: Ben Peters

Schmitt announces Missouri FIRST initiative to help small businesses and farmers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is back on the road this week, announcing the revamping of the state’s linked deposit program. Speaking in Springfield, Schmitt announced the launch and rebranding of the program, which will now be called Missouri FIRST (Financing Investment in our Rural, Small Business, and Technology communities). The initiative will be aimed at helping small businesses and agricultural operations grow and expand through the issuing of low-interest loans. “Small […]

Missouri mourns passing of Rep. Cloria Brown

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Legislature is mourning the passing of one of their own. Rep. Cloria Brown, after battling cancer, passed away Sunday evening. Cloria Brown The Republican state representative from St. Louis County has served terms in the House since 2011, though not consecutively. Earlier in the legislative session of 2018, Brown shared that she would not be seeking re-election, due to her fight. Legislators and staffers shared their sentiments, saying Brown will […]

Could Republicans move right-to-work vote to favor the party in November election?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The issue of right-to-work is still up in the air in the Show-Me State, despite the passage of the legislation during the 2017 legislative session, and there are a number of questions still to be answered before voters make the final call on the issue. Though Republicans managed to power the legislation through early in the year, it gave their opponents more than enough time to gather the signatures needed to […]

Hawley becomes latest target for an ethics complaint

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Governor Eric Greitens is not the only statewide politician facing an ethics complaint now. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is the latest politician to be named in an ethics complaint filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission this week by Democratic attorney and lobbyist Jane Dueker, former chief of staff for Gov. Bob Holden. The complaint, filed on Tuesday, claims that Hawley did not disclose free legal representation from a Washington, D.C. […]

Senators not happy about lame duck Ethics Commission, suggest that Lt. Gov. make MEC appointments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – “Beware the Ides of March.” March 15th has always been associated with the betrayal and assassination of Julius Caesar, and has, for more than two millennia, served as a stark warning of caution to politicians. But in the year 2018, the Ides of March carries another reason for concern in the Show-Me State. As of March 15, the terms of three members of the Missouri Ethics Commission – Bill Deeken, a […]

Barnes confirms subpoenas have been used in Greitens’ investigation

Transcription of meetings to be released after the conclusion of the investigation JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Detailed information regarding the progress of the House investigation into Gov. Eric Greitens is being tightly restricted, with Rep. Jay Barnes providing an update without giving any substantive information away. He would not disclose how many witnesses had been interviewed, who has been interviewed, who will be interviewed, or if the probe has been expanded. He did confirm that the […]

Hawley kicks off U.S. Senate campaign, says ‘We can do better’ than McCaskill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — “Today marks the beginning of the campaign to take back Missouri’s Senate seat for the people of Missouri and defeat Claire McCaskill.” That was the message of Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley as he officially kicked off his campaign for the 2018 U.S. Senate race. The Republican challenger announced his campaign with three scheduled events in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield on Tuesday, where he spoke of the American way […]

Clean Missouri opponents cite concerns of gerrymandering and appointment process, supporters point to the language as the answer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Could the proposed Clean Missouri ballot initiative hurt the political power of minority groups like African Americans or rural voters? The answer varies, simply depending on who you ask. The movement seeking to push ethics reform across the Show-Me State is moving forward, with signature gathering efforts underway, but some opponents are saying that some of the proposed ideas could shock potential supporters. Clean Missouri is seeking to bring changes to […]

Richardson fields questions about investigative committee and transparency, asks for patience

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It’s only been two days since the first official meeting of the House Special Investigative Committee, but questions about the procedures the committee will be using, particularly in the matter of whether the probe is conducted in an open-door fashion, continue being raised. A flurry of comments have appeared on social media following the organization meeting on Tuesday, with news that the first hearing would be a closed session held at […]

The Mission continues looks to distance themselves from founder and embattled Governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As the circle continues tightening around the embattled governor of Missouri, it seems that some of those most closely tied to Gov. Eric R. Greitens are jumping ship to distance themselves from the tumultuous times the Governor is facing. The Mission Continues, a charity organization started by Greitens in 2007, released a letter this week following news that Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office would be opening an inquiry into the […]