Tag: Governor Eric Greitens

State of the State, one year later: How did Greitens fare on delivering his promises?

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — One year has passed since Republican Governor Eric Greitens assumed the mantle of the top executive in the Show-Me State and delivered his first State of the State address. Taking over the reins from former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, the newcomer delivered a rousing round of promises to Missourians, echoing the very campaign he ran on. Our goal is to take a look at those promises and evaluate whether the Governor’s […]

House Democrats to push for ethics reform once again with legislative package

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri House Democrats are looking to push the envelope with ethics reform in the State Capitol, filing a comprehensive package of legislation they say will restore accountability and integrity to state government. Last year, the House Democrats filed a similar package, which they said simply mirrored the campaign promises made by Governor Eric Greitens. “While the Governor’s rhetoric sounded good, he failed to follow through on many of his promises,” Rep. […]

Sunshine Project files lawsuit against Governor Greitens over alleged usage of Confide app

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Eric Greitens’ use of the mobile application known as Confide has officially landed him in legal hot waters. A lawsuit seeking an injunction and damages over the  Republican governor and his staff’s use of the encrypted messaging app was filed in the Cole County Circuit Court for The Sunshine Project following a report by the Kansas City Star exposing the administration’s use of the app in December. It also calls […]

Could Hawley investigate or sue Greitens over a texting app?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Josh Hawley is reportedly weighing a decision as to whether he should appoint a special investigator to look into the usage of the text app, Confide, by Governor Eric Greitens and his staff. Last week, the Kansas City Star reported that the Republican freshman governor and his staff used the app, bringing about a number of questions concerning alleged transparency issues, as the app deletes messages and prevents saving, […]

Driskell resignation gives Greitens fifth seat to appoint on Board of Education

BY MICHAEL LAYER JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Joe Driskill announced he will be resigning from the Missouri Board of Education (BOE) on November 9. Governor Eric Greitens has faced heavy resistance from the BOE as three candidates have withdrawn from consideration and he has been trying to replace Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven. Driskill’s resignation allows Greitens the opportunity to have five appointments to the eight-person board. Joe Driskill In Driskill’s resignation letter, he said that he […]

Romine says he was ‘not made aware’ of SB 43/HUD letter

By Michael Layer CRYSTAL CITY Mo. – Sen. Gary Romine said that he was not aware of the letter which outlined that his SB 43 employee discrimination bill violated federal standards. He spoke with Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn about his bill, which jeopardizes at least $500,000 of federal funds because it violated standards set by the Fair Housing Act. “I was not made aware of that letter, no,” Romine said. “I think there was […]

This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of October 16, 2017

By Michael Layer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This Week in the Governor’s office has been dominated by Governor Eric Greitens’ trip to the U.K. and Switzerland. While in Europe, he has made several judicial appointments as well as meeting with senate and house leaders about restoring cuts that would take $35 million from elderly and disabled Missourians. On Monday, he officially left for the U.K. and Switzerland less than two weeks after returning from a […]

Legal victory paves the way for three abortion clinics

By Michael Layer  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Four judges in the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit denied a request Monday afternoon that would have prevented Planned Parenthood from opening health clinics in Springfield, Joplin, and Columbia. The court’s decision affirms an earlier injunction which allows the facilities to pursue licenses after an inspection. Attorney General Josh Hawley attempted to suspend the injunction by appealing for an emergency stay on September 27. “I am […]

RELEASE: Governor Eric Greitens Returns from Trade Mission to Asia

This weekend, Governor Eric Greitens and First Lady Sheena Greitens returned from a trade mission to China and South Korea. The trade mission included numerous meetings with government officials, business executives, potential investors, and cultural and educational partners in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Seoul. “People around the world are paying attention to what we are doing in Missouri. They are interested in buying our products and investing in job-creating businesses in our state. I’m proud […]

Turning a New Leaf: Missouri veterans’ fight to save lives through medical cannabis reform

By Michael Layer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Joshua Lee gained popularity in April when he posted a photo online carrying almost 10,000 Smarties. The Afghanistan veteran stuffed $60 worth of Smarties candies in a bag to represent the annual amount of medication he is scheduled to take to combat his physical and psychological ailments. The bag weighed over 10 pounds and its size is striking. “Prior to myself posting that picture online, I was a […]