Category: Legislature

Candidate for Senate District 14 receives endorsement from United Auto Workers Union

A challenger for the Missouri Senate District 14 has received another endorsement. Brian Williams, a former staffer of U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, filed in February to run for the Senate seat with a campaign focused on education, accountability and attracting and retaining local talent to the district. On Thursday, Williams’ campaign announced he has received the endorsement of the United Auto Workers Union Region 5. Williams grew up in a union family in North St. Louis […]

Democrats seek to block Kehoe’s appointment, file suit calling for special election to address vacancy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — It only took a few hours following the appointment of Mike Kehoe to the Office of Lieutenant Governor for the move to be challenged. On the same day that Gov. Mike Parson appointed his former colleague to serve as his number two in the executive branch, the Missouri Democratic Party filed a lawsuit seeking to require that a vacancy in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office be filled only by election. Many have […]

Governor Parson announces Mike Kehoe as Lieutenant Governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In the course of just a couple of weeks, Missouri now has both a new governor and lieutenant governor. Less than three weeks after taking the oath of office, Gov. Mike Parson picked Sen. Mike Kehoe of Jefferson City to take up the office of lt. governor., filling the vacancy Parson left when he assumed the role of Missouri’s chief executive. Parson said that when he began considering how to fill […]

Gov. Parson wraps up statewide listening tour with stop in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Republican Gov. Mike Parson traveled to St. Louis Wednesday to conclude his listening tour across the Show-Me State. Parson, speaking with city and county officials, local leaders and area business owners at the Cortex Innovation Hub in St. Louis’ startup district, said the tour gave him a chance to hear directly from the people he represents and discuss the different challenges facing the region. He added that his stop in the Gateway City […]

City officials pick advisers for Lambert airport privatization

For the first time in months, the privatization process of Lambert International Airport took a step forward. Meeting for the third time since February, city of St. Louis officials on Wednesday passed a contract for advisors by a vote of 2-1 at a Board of Estimate and Apportionment hearing, signaling the long, drawn out process will move ahead. The board, comprised of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, Comptroller Darlene Green and Board of Aldermen President Lewis […]

Barnes urges state to withhold payment for Greitens’ two impeachment attorneys

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri taxpayers should not be on the hook for more than $150,000 in legal fees for two attorneys hired to hold potential impeachment proceeding, according the chairman of the panel investigating then-Governor Eric Greitens. In a letter sent to Office of Administration Commissioner Sarah Steelman on June 11 Rep. Jay Barnes states that Greitens should be held liable for the bills of the lawyers he used for his own personal purposes. […]

Parson calls for unity and a fresh start in first address

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s 57th governor took over the office in a time of turmoil in the state, but Governor Mike Parson’s hope is to bring unity back to the state. With the statewide officeholders, Cabinet members, the Missouri Supreme Court and members of Congress looking on, Parson spoke to the legislature in a special joint session for the first time. “I stand before you at a difficult time for our state,” Parson said. “During […]

Governor Parson announces appointments to the State Board of Education

Today, Governor Mike Parson appointed Carol Hallquist and Peter Herschend to the State Board of Education. “We owe it to our students to provide the best, high quality public education in Missouri,” said Governor Parson. “It was important to act quickly to restore and provide functionality to the State Board of Education. We expect the Board will begin conducting a diligent national search, to find a capable, qualified candidate to serve as Missouri’s Commissioner of […]

Galloway, Dixon call for legislature to push forward with ethics and corruption fighting legislation

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway and State Senator Bob Dixon are calling on the Missouri General Assembly to advance legislation to hold public officials accountable and crack down on official misconduct. Sen. Dixon had sponsored legislation in the past legislative sessions that he said would give law enforcement more tools to deal with public officials who abuse the authority given to them by their respective offices. That legislation would have included greater penalties […]

Stenger signs executive order to “Ban the Box” on St. Louis County employment applications

PHOTO: St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger signs an executive order removing questions about a job candidate’s criminal history from initial applications for employment within county government on Monday at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. FERGUSON — Potential employees convicted of a crime seeking government employment will no longer have to check the box in St. Louis County. Under an executive order signed Monday at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, County […]