Tag: Sen. Rob Schaaf

White House is taking Greitens situation ‘very seriously’

The situation surrounding the Missouri governor is “very concerning” and the White House is taking it “very seriously,” according to President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. During the daily press briefing on Friday, a reporter asked Sanders if the President had received the letter three Republican state Senators had sent him and what his response is. “I don’t have an official response at this time,” Sanders answered. “but certainly that is something that […]

Senate weighs resolution to change term limits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Should Missouri’s term limits on elected officials stand? A resolution filed in the Senate is seeking to modify the term limits that were put in effect after the passage of the Missouri State Congressional Term Limits Amendment, also known as Amendment 12, on the November 1992 ballot. More than two decades later, lawmakers are still debating the merits of term limits. SJR 28, filed this session by Sen. Jason Holsman, would place a constitutional amendment […]

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 […]

Investigators expand Greitens probe, begin interviewing lawmakers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With a Grand Jury empaneled in the Governor’s hometown of St. Louis, the Missouri Times has learned that investigators from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office have begun interviewing lawmakers at the state Capitol in what appears to be an expansion on what began on as a sex crime investigation into a broader probe of corruption inside the Greitens’ administration. The Missouri Times has confirmed that investigators have appeared in the […]

Senate finds compromise during 24-hour-filibuster, perfects Emery’s utility bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After a grueling 24-hour filibuster, Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 564 is advancing in the Missouri Senate. A small group of senators tied up the state’s upper legislative chamber for more than a day, filibustering against legislation that would change utility regulations for utilities looking to invest in their infrastructure. But the real story is the work of the senators, lobbyists, and staff off the floor. While the filibuster may get the […]

Schaaf, Libla lead filibuster against Emery’s ‘utility tax’ bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Sen. Ed Emery has been pushing forward with utility legislation for years now, and the Republican from Lamar is doubling down in his latest attempt. The senator on Wednesday night presented a substitute version of the so-called “rate-cap bill,” which sought to address some of the issues his fellow senators have discussed, but one provision, in particular, caught the eyes of many across the state. An amendment to SB 564, would […]

Senate filibusters the withdrawing of Greitens’ appointees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” -Walter Scott, Marmion Those were the words that stood out in the mind of Sen. Bob Dixon when discussing the matter of what should be done with Governor Eric Greitens’ withdrawn appointments on Wednesday evening. Following the news that the Governor had withdrawn three of his appointments, Craig Porter, Alan T. Simpson, and John P. Scariot, to the Missouri Housing Development Commission, members of the Senate […]

Libla, Romine lead the Senate in call for Attorney General to investigate allegations against Greitens

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Less than 24 hours after a report alleging misconduct in the form of blackmail and infidelity by Gov. Eric Greitens, the Missouri Senate is speaking out. The Senate on Thursday morning returned to the chamber, with one topic on their tongues. Sen. Jamilah Nasheed was the first to issue a call for the resignation of Gov. Greitens. “I’m calling for every female in this building to rise up,” Nasheed said on […]