Brooke Muckerman

Brooke Muckerman

Brooke Muckerman is a state government reporter at the Columbia Missourian.

‘He’s the good cop’: Caleb Rowden’s leadership of Missouri Senate reflects political realities

By: and - May 8, 2023

Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, says he didn’t think he would win when he first appeared on the 2012 ballot for a state House seat. Voters in the 44th House District and the 19th Senate District have since proved him wrong. Eleven years later, he has risen to the most powerful seat in the Senate — […]

Missouri legislation seeks to allow guns in places of worship

By: - March 23, 2023

Missouri Republicans are making a push to allow firearms to be carried inside religious establishments and lessen restrictions on access to firearms. House Bill 485, heard in the House Emerging Issues Committee Wednesday evening, would override existing Missouri law that restricts the possession of a concealed carry firearm in places of worship without consent or […]

Missouri Senate weighs allowing food stamp recipients to use benefits at restaurants

By: - March 2, 2023

The Missouri Senate took the first step Wednesday toward permitting some who qualify for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to purchase meals at restaurants. The Senate Progress and Development Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 313, which would allow restaurants contracted by the Missouri Department of Social Services to accept electronic benefit […]