Author: Ben Peters

Nasheed requests ‘additional security’ from Greitens

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Sen. Jamilah Nasheed is calling on the Department of Public Safety to beef up security in the Missouri State Capitol — because of Gov. Eric Greitens. In a letter sent to the head of DPS, Director Drew Juden on Wednesday, Nasheed formally requested additional security “within and around the Missouri Capitol complex” in response to the allegations of domestic violence and “continued rumors of erratic and dangerous behavior” by Greitens. Nasheed […]

Fire crews called to Senate for ‘suspicious package’

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. — The Missouri Senate is back in session after being on lockdown Thursday morning, with members of the Jefferson City Police Department arriving on scene due to what has been described as a “suspicious package.” According to a statement from the Missouri Senate leadership, an unknown substance was delivered in an envelope to a senator’s office on Wednesday, April 18. “The envelope with the substance then came in contact with several staff […]

Greitens files request for restraining order against Hawley

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General stole the headlines on Tuesday with his press conference announcement saying that his office possessed evidence of “criminal wrongdoing” by Gov. Eric Greitens. But in what some are calling a seemingly bizarre turn of events, court filings now show that the embattled governor has filed a request for a restraining order against the attorney general. The date of the filing, however, shows that it was filed the day […]

Senate approves one appointment to Ethics Commission, quorum re-established

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Ethics Commission is now in a position to begin hearing cases once again. The MEC had been rendered ineffective in mid-March when three of its members’ terms expired. But with a voice vote of the Missouri Senate on Thursday, the commission now meets the bare minimum number of members required for a quorum. The Senate gave their approval of an appointment by Gov. Eric Greitens, adding former state Rep. Wayne Henke, […]

What the Greitens scandal could mean for Trump and the Republican Party

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Prior to the November 2016 elections, the similarities between two Republican candidates – now-President Donald Trump and Gov. Eric Greitens – could be easily drawn, using similar tactics and promises of cleaning up politics. Both men claimed a Republican victory, with Greitens following Trump’s surge to claim the executive office. For both men, it was their first-ever elected office. The political journey of the two men seems to mirror each other, […]

House committee to extend its investigation, Legislature will seek special session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The work of the Missouri House committee tasked with investigating Gov. Eric Greitens is far from finished, it seems. In a press conference held Wednesday evening, just an hour after releasing the committee report, House Speaker Todd Richardson said that the committee would expand its investigation before making any recommendations about whether to pursue the impeachment of the embattled Republican governor. “To that end, the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight voted […]

Greitens decries House investigative report, calls it ‘full of lies’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Less than an hour before the release of a report compiled by a House special investigative committee, Gov. Eric Greitens is defiantly responding to the report’s findings, calling them falsehoods and lies. The report, which focuses on allegations stemming from his extramarital affair with his former hairdresser, was released Wednesday at 5 p.m. Speaking before members of the media after 4 p.m., Greitens told them that the report will be “full […]

Capitol tense ahead of investigative committee’s report release

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As legislators head home for the weekend, one subject has been on the minds of nearly everyone: when will we see the House investigative committee’s report into Gov. Eric Greitens, and what will it contain? Speaking with reporters on Thursday, House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty said she was confident that the release of the report would be delayed at least temporarily. However, Speaker Todd Richardson assured reporters afterward in an […]

Senate committee signs off on asbestos, venue and joinder bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two House tort reform bills are now making their way through the Senate, passing out of the Senate Committee on Government Reform on Wednesday. With two votes of 5-2 each, the committee signed off both HB 1645, Rep. Bruce DeGroot’s measure dealing with asbestos claims, and HB 1578, Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer’s venue and joinder legislation. Both bills passed the House in March and now look to the Senate for approval. DeGroot’s […]

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 […]