Author: Ben Peters

January 2018 Quarterly Filings: What we learned

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The numbers are in for the January quarterly filing deadline, so here’s a look at some of the noteworthy takeaways from this quarter’s reports. In the last report, we noted that Gov. Eric Greitens had spent more money in the previous three-month period than he had raised, with $2.37 million in his account. This time, the Governor now has increased that number to $2.77 million, raking in $629,668.49 in the final […]

Emery’s utility bill passes committee with 9-1 vote

Romine, Libla still opposing JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Legislation regarding utilities is moving forward, with the latest news Wednesday afternoon that Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 564 had passed out of its first Senate committee. Just last week, the committee heard hours of testimony on whether the bill should advance, debating the merits of what Emery called a more simplified version of the previous year’s utility bill, SB 190. The bill seeks to push utility companies […]

Collective bargaining and paycheck protection get a hearing in Senate’s Committee on General Laws

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The issue of paycheck protection and collective bargaining is once again making its way before the Missouri State Legislature. The Senate Committee on General Laws on Wednesday heard testimony on SB 602, a bill sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder which seeks to modify and expand the state’s Public Sector Labor Law. And, as many of the legislators will tell you, it’s nothing they haven’t heard before. Wednesday’s hearing lasted roughly an […]

Eigel, Koenig tag team tax reform in Senate Ways and Means Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The junior senators from the St. Louis region, Sen. Andrew Koenig and Sen. Bill Eigel, have taken a large task upon themselves in their mission to reform the state’s tax code, and their fellow senators on the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee were more than willing to tell them so. Koenig’s SB 611 and Eigel’s SB 617 both look to bring about reform, an item that has been at the forefront […]

Greitens’ COO tells cabinet to prepare for $300 million in reductions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s state departments are looking into ways to tighten the proverbial belt in advance of the 2019 fiscal year’s budget, at the request of the top officials in the Governor’s Office. And it seems to be an indicator of what remains to come in future years. In an email, obtained by the Missouri Times through a Sunshine request, sent to the heads of the state departments and members of the Cabinet, […]

Greitens’ attorney calls story a ‘political hit piece,’ Temple responds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As new details and allegations continue to emerge regarding the extramarital affair of Gov. Eric Greitens, more names continue to also emerge. One of the most recent names thrown into the mix is that of Roy Temple, the former chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. Temple has been cited as a source for some of the recent information that has made headlines, reportedly having met with the woman’s former husband in […]

Emery’s utility bill returns with new provisions, opposition remains the same

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Utilities are once again pressing forward in the legislature, asking the state’s lawmakers to take a serious look at grid modernization measures in the Show-Me State. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment heard testimony on Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 564 on Wednesday afternoon, which lasted more than three hours with an equal number of opponents and supporters of the bill. The bill echoes pieces and parts […]

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 […]

How does the impeachment process work in Missouri?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Amid allegations of infidelity and blackmail by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, whispers of a possible impeachment attempt have already begun circulating around the State Capitol. Some lawmakers have already issued calls for the Governor to resign from his office. Impeachment serves as the constitutional process in which the legislature might ensure that the other branches of government do not overstep or conduct themselves or their business in a corrupt fashion. The […]

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 […]