Tag: The Missouri Times

Uncertainty surrounds legal defense as a lobbyist gift from former ‘at no cost’ attorneys

Dowd Bennett exited as the defense for the Governor on a lawsuit against the Governor for using a message-deleting app to conduct state business last week, but not before they registered as lobbyists for Eric Greitens himself – while conducting a pro bono, or “at no cost,” defense. In January 2017, after being sworn in as Missouri’s 56th Governor, Greitens went upstairs to the second-floor office and immediately signed his first order of business, an executive […]

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 […]

Full repeal of prevailing wage passes House with narrow margin

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. — With just seven votes to spare, legislation that would repeal Missouri’s prevailing wage laws was given approval by the House. The bill, a House Committee Substitute for HBs 1729, 1621, 1436, would eliminate the requirement that contractors and subcontractors on public projects pay employees the prevailing wage where the project is being completed. Rep. Jeff Justus’ legislation would instead require workers to be paid the state or federal minimum wage, whichever […]

Clean Missouri opponents cite concerns of gerrymandering and appointment process, supporters point to the language as the answer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Could the proposed Clean Missouri ballot initiative hurt the political power of minority groups like African Americans or rural voters? The answer varies, simply depending on who you ask. The movement seeking to push ethics reform across the Show-Me State is moving forward, with signature gathering efforts underway, but some opponents are saying that some of the proposed ideas could shock potential supporters. Clean Missouri is seeking to bring changes to […]

Gravis polling shows tight senate race, Greitens disapproval at 50%

Nonpartisan research firm Gravis Marketing did a random hybrid survey of 931 registered voters in Missouri from March 5-7. The margin of error was ±3.2. Gravis used interactive voice responses and an online panel of cell phone users, weighted by demographics. The poll was paid for by Gravis Marketing. The poll assessed statewide performance and approval, including the scandal-plagued Gov. Eric Greitens, who has an approval rating of 34 percent. 36 percent of those polled strongly disapproved of his […]

Richardson fields questions about investigative committee and transparency, asks for patience

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It’s only been two days since the first official meeting of the House Special Investigative Committee, but questions about the procedures the committee will be using, particularly in the matter of whether the probe is conducted in an open-door fashion, continue being raised. A flurry of comments have appeared on social media following the organization meeting on Tuesday, with news that the first hearing would be a closed session held at […]

House committee hears three different liquor bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Three bills regarding alcohol were presented to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday night. The legislation included allowing underaged adults who work of a licensed retailer to carry liquor to a customer’s vehicle, allowing retailers to transport products to and from a warehouse, and requiring intoxicating liquor to physically come into the possession of a licensed wholesaler. Rep. Jack Bondon’s HB 2364, which he calls the Three-Tier Verification Act, ensures […]

Budget tops Ozark Technical Community College’s priorities

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Ozark Technical Community College is using this week in Jefferson City to communicate their priorities, talk to lawmakers, and get a sense of legislation that will affect them moving forward. “The budget is first and foremost,” said Hal Higdon, OTC’s Chancellor. When Gov. Eric Greitens made his budget proposal, it included significant cuts to higher education which would affect OTC and other public schools. On Tuesday morning, the House Budget Committee […]

Rep. English loved public service

I’ve had a bit of a heavy heart the past few days with the passing of former Rep. Keith English. Keith was a friend of mine. We talked politics countless times and raised a glass more than we probably needed to. It never mattered that we disagreed, I liked him and I respected him. The one thing I will always remember about Keith is that he loved being a state representative. Most people appreciate the […]

Cancerous label in California for common herbicide halted in Missouri-led lawsuit

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Agricultural groups, including several from Missouri, suing the state of California had a partial win in court this week as a U.S. District Court judge temporarily blocked labeling products with glyphosate as cancerous but declined to remove the herbicide from the state’s cancer list. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S District Court Judge William Shubb, Eastern District of California, leaves glyphosate on the state’s Proposition 65 list as a “chemical known to […]