Author: Ben Peters

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 […]

Judge denies Planned Parenthood request for injunction, medication abortions still limited in Show-Me State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Planned Parenthood will not be allowed to provide medication-induced abortions at the Springfield or Columbia clinics housed in Missouri, as per a Monday ruling from a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips denied a request from Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri for a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the regulations. The lawsuit lists the state Department of Health and Senior Services, which licenses […]

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 […]

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 […]

House withdraws subpoena efforts against A New Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House of Representatives is no longer seeking the enforcement of a subpoena requiring the turning over of documents from A New Missouri. In May, lawmakers asked Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem to enforce the subpoenas, which would have forced A New Missouri to turn over documents that they believed could demonstrate efforts between the nonprofit and former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ campaign to circumvent campaign disclosure laws. […]

Parson says he intends to work with current Cabinet members, considering options for lieutenant governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — On his first official business day in office, newly-sworn in Governor Mike Parson chose to get the ball rolling quickly, meeting with members of the Cabinet and the press. “We’re going to be moving Missouri forward,” Parson told members of the media on Monday morning while meeting with Cabinet members. “We’re going to try and meet and make sure that everybody in the State of Missouri knows that government is going […]

Despite Greitens resigning, House says A New Missouri must still provide documents as ordered by court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Eric Greitens may be stepping down, and the computer tampering case against him may be dismissed, but it by no means is an indication that the Missouri House will back off on their subpoenas for documents. A House spokesman on Thursday confirmed the chamber still expects the records to be provided. The documents requested concern the nonprofit group, A New Missouri, which pushed for the agenda of Greitens. On Tuesday, […]

Greitens team must comply with House subpoenas, judge rules

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri judge has ruled that the “dark money” group A New Missouri should comply with a House-issued subpoena. Less than one week after hearing arguments from House counsel and the attorney for A New Missouri and the campaign committee Greitens for Missouri, Judge Jon Beetem issued a six-page ruling Tuesday morning ordering the two entities to produce the documents that had been requested by Rep. Jay Barnes and the House […]

Attorney General audit finds nearly 5,000 rape kits untested in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is calling on Missouri to do more in regard to rape kit testing. According to the Attorney General’s preliminary results, released by Hawley on Thursday, there are nearly 5,000 untested sexual assault kits in the Show-Me State. Hawley’s office has been working on auditing rape kits statewide, which he says shows a need for more funding to address the backlog and put in place a more […]