Category: Politics

St. Louis County Council moves forward with investigation of Stenger’s Northwest Crossings lease, St. Ann residents speak out

The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday night moved forward with a report requesting the U.S. attorney and Missouri attorney general investigate government leases initiated by County Executive Steve Stenger and some of his donors. By a vote of 5-0 with one abstention and one absent, the seven-member council approved a report from its Ethics Committee calling into question whether County Executive Steve Stenger took campaign money from developers of the Northwest Crossings (NWC) legally. Councilman Pat […]

Galloway’s audit of Kinloch Fire Protection District finds $98,000 in inappropriate, unsupported spending

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has found missing funds during an audit of a St. Louis County fire protection district. According to Galloway, more than $98,000 in missing funds and unsupported expenditures were found in her audit of the Kinloch Fire Protection District. The audit was initiated after the district failed to comply with a state law that sets requirements for when fire protection districts must obtain an audit. “There must be zero tolerance for the […]

Gov. Parson to meet with President Trump, Stenger this week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In just his third week in office, Governor Mike Parson will continue discussions to identify the best solutions to address Missouri’s top issues and priorities with meetings at the White House. According to the governor’s spokesperson, Parson is scheduled to have lunch with a group of governors and President Donald Trump Thursday before heading back to the Show-Me State that evening. Parson will sit in on Cabinet-level meetings to discuss the needs […]

Pedroli claims text proves Confide used to conduct state business

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — During a hearing in the Confide lawsuit against the governor’s office, Mark Pedroli represented evidence he says proves that they used the message destroying app to conduct state business. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem also limited discovery in the Sunshine lawsuit to whether or not the records exist for the time being. He instructed the attorney’s for the governor’s office, Barbara Smith and Robert Thompson, to draft the order. […]

Blunt backs Protect Kids and Parents Act

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) yesterday joined U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) and 17 of his Senate colleagues as an original co-sponsor of the Protect Kids and Parents Act. “The situation at the border is unacceptable and it needs to be resolved,” said Blunt. “This bill will keep families together and expedite the asylum process. It will increase the number of federal immigration judges to help address the backlog of cases, which now […]

Judge limits scope of discovery in Confide lawsuit to existence of records

Two St. Louis attorneys seeking to get answers into the use of a message-destroying app by former Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff didn’t get much Tuesday. Discovery in a Sunshine Lawsuit against the office of the former governor has been limited to whether or not the records exist for the time being. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem has instructed the attorney’s for the governor’s office, Barbara Smith and Robert Thompson, to draft the […]

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 […]

What to know ahead of Confide hearing on complying answers from governor’s office

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two St. Louis attorneys are working to get answers that Attorney General Josh Hawley couldn’t into the use of a message-destroying app by former Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff. In Cole County Court on Tuesday, counsel for the Office of the Governor and Ben Sansone — who filed the open records violation lawsuit against Greitens on behalf of the Sunshine Project — will argue a motion to compel. Mark Pedroli, […]

Statement from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed on the announcement of the new Lieutenant Governor

JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St.Louis, today issued the following statement relating to the announcement of the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri: “I’ve known Mike Kehoe for many years and have always appreciated his willingness to join me in passing good public policy to help the families and businesses of St. Louis succeed. You cannot be a good leader in the legislature without having bipartisan support.  Senator Kehoe, has worked across party lines to […]

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 […]