Author: Ben Peters

Galloway continues probe into the payment of Governor’s Office attorneys

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Auditor Nicole Galloway still wants answers concerning the use of public money to defend Gov. Eric Greitens’ office. Last week, the Auditor requested information about the use of private attorneys in a letter to Lucinda Luetkemeyer, the state’s attorney working in the Governor’s Office. That was followed by a letter from Attorney General Josh Hawley, who stated that he did not believe the Governor’s Office had legal authority to hire […]

First Lady applauds passage of foster care and adoption reform legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — First Lady Sheena Greitens is pleased with some of the work done by legislators this session, which she believes will have a positive impact for Missouri’s foster care and adoption systems. Greitens on Monday posted a statement on social media regarding the passage of SB 819 and SB 800, two bills dealing with those particular topics that managed to pass both chambers before Friday’s deadline. The legislation would enact a number […]

Hawley says Governor’s office has no authority to hire impeachment attorneys, Greitens spokesman disagrees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Attorney General Josh Hawley has some thoughts on the hiring of taxpayer-funded attorneys to defend Governor Eric Greitens’ Office in impeachment proceedings. In a letter to State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Hawley said that the Governor’s Office “lacks authority to retain private counsel to participate in connection with any adversarial proceeding without the Attorney General’s consent.” In simpler terms, the office is not authorized to hire private legal counsel without permission from […]

Special investigative committee legal counsel reassures House members of their duties in the event of impeachment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As Governor Eric Greitens’ attorneys seek to prevent the impeachment of the embattled Republican governor, the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight’s legal counsel is reminding both caucuses of what their roles are. Sources tell the Missouri Times that Edward “Chip” Robertson, the legal counselor for the investigative committee and a former state Supreme Court Justice, met with both the House Republican and the Democratic caucuses on Tuesday, where he discussed […]

Right-to-work looks to be a photo finish for Missouri Republicans

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Republican lawmakers continue pushing forward with legislation to add right-to-work to the Missouri State Constitution, but some would like them to do so a little more quickly. The House on Monday night third read and passed HJR 79, which seeks to amend the constitution to ban mandatory union fees. It would accomplish the same thing as the initiative petition that had been filed this year, The measure, which passed with […]

Greitens trial, end of session: What to expect this week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is primed for an extremely busy week, so let’s break it down. Greitens’ trial Governor Eric Greitens was indicted back in February on a felony invasion of privacy charge, and now, for the first time, a sitting governor in Missouri will stand trial for a felony crime. The charge is based on the argument of whether the Governor took a nonconsensual and potentially compromising photograph of a woman he was […]

Top takeaways from General Assembly’s passage of the budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House and Senate have put the finishing touches on the state’s $28 billion budget, with the bills making their way to the Governor’s desk for the final signature. Here are some of the accomplishments the chambers are proud of: For the second year in a row, the K-12 education foundation formula has been fully funded, providing nearly $99 million in funding for the next fiscal year. “Budgets are about […]

Minimum wage, Clean Missouri, and medical marijuana: Six initiatives turn in signatures seeking the ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With the deadline to turn in signatures for initiative petitions in the Show-Me State now behind us, a number of proposals are primed to appear before Missouri voters, provided their signatures are verified. More than 300 initiative petitions were filed this year, but just six petitions crossed the finish line at the Secretary of State’s office this past weekend, four of which deal with the subject of medical marijuana. Here’s a […]

Special session to consider Greitens impeachment becomes a reality

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Legislature will be headed to a special session to hold possible impeachment hearings against Republican Gov. Eric Greitens starting May 18th. In a historic move, and just one day after the release of a second report by the House’s Special Investigative Committee on Oversight, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in the Missouri House gathered 138 signatures to call themselves into special session. Members of the Missouri Senate […]

Judge rules no video cameras in the courtroom for Greitens’ trial

ST. LOUIS — No video cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during the trial of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, per a ruling by Circuit Judge Rex Burlison on Thursday. Citing concerns that video recording devices could be cause for security concerns in an already high-profile case, Burlison said that with the governor in the courtroom, it “causes an additional security risk.” Both the prosecution and the governor’s alleged victim have objected to the use of video […]