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Ethics complaint against Missouri lawmaker dismissed

The Missouri Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against a state House member over allegations that he allowed lobbyist gifts for others to be reported as his. The commission this past week said it found no inaccuracies in lobbyist expenditures ...

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Zimmerman emerges as Dems’ frontrunner, but not a shoo-in

To Missouri political insiders, Scott Sifton’s decision to bow out of the state attorney general race didn’t come as a surprise. Sifton was facing pressure from the Democratic Party, including financial pressure, to run for re-election for his Senate seat ...

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Missouri lawmaker Hinson asserts guilt for DWI near Capitol

A Missouri state lawmaker has apologized to the court after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated, but he’s telling media he believes he wasn’t impaired. State Rep. David Hinson apologized Tuesday to Cole County Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Sodergren for ...

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Hanaway urges stricter penalty for sale of fetal organs

Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway during an anti-abortion rally Tuesday said the penalty for selling aborted fetus remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor. Hanaway spoke to a group of about 50 people outside Planned Parenthood’s Columbia ...

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Missouri governor’s race no mirror of White House contest

A well-known and well-funded Democrat, opposite a field loaded with an array of Republican candidates. The contest to become Missouri’s next governor may seem similar to the White House race, but experts say important differences will affect it. Missouri Attorney ...

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Republican Sen. Dixon enters race for Missouri governor

State Sen. Bob Dixon is joining four other announced Republican candidates vying for Missouri governor in 2016, touting his Christian faith and conservative views during a Monday announcement on the front porch of his Springfield home. “Healthy families and a ...

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Hanaway has $1.5 million for campaign for Missouri governor

Former Missouri House Speaker and U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway says she has about $1.5 million to spend on a campaign for governor. Hanaway on Monday said her campaign received about $360,000 in donations from 200 contributors during the past three ...

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Nixon signs Missouri bill for stillborn baby tax exemption

Missouri soon will have an income tax exemption for parents of stillborn children. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday signed a tax bill into law that includes the provision for exemptions for stillborn babies. The measure will allow those parents ...

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Missouri lawmakers’ bills raise questions about conflicts

During Missouri’s legislative session, a landlord worked to change rental policy, farmers pushed agricultural legislation and a grocery association official pushed a bill that would prevent communities from banning environmentally costly plastic bags. Those are just some of the examples ...

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Nixon OKs more than $300M in bonding for building repairs

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a package of legislation Friday that provides more than $300 million in bonding for repairs and renovations to state-owned buildings and college campuses. Nixon announced approval of the bills during a state veterans’ convention in ...

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