Day: February 21, 2022

Mike Parson speaks to the General Assembly

Prosecutor: No ‘criminal intent’ by reporter Missouri governor accused of hacking

BY: - February 21, 2022

There was no evidence of any criminal intent by a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who was targeted by the governor after finding a security flaw in a state website, Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson said in an interview Monday.  If any crime was committed, Thompson said, it was in the “fringes” of an overly-broad state […]

State judges across the U.S. face growing GOP pushback against rulings in election cases

BY: - February 21, 2022

In mid-December, Texas’ highest criminal court revoked the state attorney general’s ability to use his office to prosecute election-related cases without the request of a district or county attorney. In an 8-1 opinion, the all-Republican court weakened Attorney General Ken Paxton’s power to independently go after perpetrators of voter fraud, a problem he says is rampant but […]

‘It’s a nightmare’: Texts reveal last-ditch efforts to save Parson’s health director

BY: and - February 21, 2022

The questions from state senators hadn’t even begun, and Donald Kauerauf’s staff were already in a panic. Chants from protesters opposing his nomination as state health director echoed through the hearing room, and as she sat with Kauerauf waiting for his turn to testify, Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior […]

Legislative deadlock, commission failure creates uncertainty for Missouri candidate filing

BY: - February 21, 2022

In 1932, after Missouri lost three congressional seats and state lawmakers deadlocked over redistricting, all candidates for the U.S. House ran on a statewide at-large ballot. In the August primary, there were 56 Democratic candidates, 29 Republican candidates and 13 Socialist Party candidates seeking nomination for the 13 available seats. All 16 incumbents ran for […]

COMMENTARY

If you think you are living in a divided America, it’s nothing new | Opinion

BY: - February 21, 2022

We are the United States of America. At least, that is who we have always claimed to be. But are we? Have we ever been? Considering where we are today, and the state of our public discourse, it begs the questions. The brazen and hateful divisions playing out in almost every aspect of American life […]