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Rudi Keller

Rudi Keller

Rudi Keller covers the state budget, energy and the legislature. He’s spent 22 of his 30 years in journalism covering Missouri government and politics, most recently as the news editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Keller has won awards for spot news and investigative reporting.

Resolution of Eric Greitens court case over allegations of abuse unlikely before Missouri primary

By: - July 23, 2022

The U.S. Senate primary in Missouri will likely be over before there is a resolution in the child custody case that has dominated headlines with allegations of child and spousal abuse against former Gov. Eric Greitens. At the end of seven hours in a closed-door deposition hearing Wednesday, Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider ordered the […]

Pace of Missouri Senate spending accelerates as total approaches $43 million

By: - July 23, 2022

The first two weeks of July saw an avalanche of spending in the Missouri Senate race, with new political action committees joining the fray and the two top-spending Democrats expanding the markets they are mining for votes. Pre-primary reports to the Federal Election Commission, covering the period from July 1 to July 13, were due […]

Missouri mega-donor, Nebraska governor bankrolling PAC attacking Eric Greitens

By: - July 21, 2022

Missouri’s most prolific Republican donor and the governor of Nebraska have joined forces to defeat former Gov. Eric Greitens in the GOP Senate primary. Show Me Values, a political action committee formed June 2, is the biggest spender in the Missouri Senate race that has now cost almost $34 million. Its first full disclosure report, […]

Eric Greitens gives closed deposition in child custody case

By: - July 20, 2022

Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was in a closed courtroom with his ex-wife Sheena Greitens for more than seven hours Wednesday in their child custody case, and both declined to talk about what was said when pressed by reporters afterwards. It was the first time Eric Greitens made statements under oath about the child and […]

Danforth PAC backing independent Senate candidate in Missouri adds $750K to TV ad buy

By: - July 20, 2022

The political action committee backing independent Senate candidate John Wood is “in it to win it,” former Sen. Jack Danforth said a day after the PAC spent another $750,000 on TV ads to run before the Aug. 2 primary. Danforth contributed $5 million on June 6 to Missouri Stands United, and by June 24 ads […]

Vicky Hartzler battles headwinds of Trump anti-endorsement as Senate race reaches climax

By: - July 20, 2022

SALEM, Mo. — Everyone hoping to be the GOP nominee to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has scrambled to win the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. Vicky Hartzler wasn’t immune. But while six-term congresswoman from Harrisonville courted the former president, it was never as intense as some of her rivals. And while she […]

Anti-Greitens PAC tops spending as Missouri U.S. Senate race cost approaches $30M

By: - July 19, 2022

The biggest spender in the Missouri Senate race is a political action committee that won’t disclose its donors until Wednesday. Show Me Values PAC, which is running ads opposing former Gov. Eric Greitens, was formed June 2 and told the Federal Elections Commission it intends to file monthly reports. Every candidate and other outside groups […]

Fate of Missouri marijuana initiative petition unclear as signature count continues

By: - July 18, 2022

Whether Missouri voters will get a chance to legalize recreational marijuana in November is still in question.  The latest incomplete tabulations from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office, obtained under a Sunshine Law request, show the Legal Missouri 2022 initiative is short of the necessary signatures in four of the six Congressional districts necessary to make the […]

Judge orders Eric Greitens to give testimony in child custody case over lawyer’s objections

By: - July 15, 2022

Former Gov. Eric Greitens will give testimony next week for the first time about allegations of spousal and child abuse made by his ex-wife in a child custody case. During a brief hearing Friday morning, Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider ordered both Eric Greitens and his ex-wife, Sheena Greitens, to appear for depositions in a […]

Immigration, abortion take center stage in 4th Congressional District GOP debate

By: - July 15, 2022

Migrants seeking entry into the United States need easier access to temporary work permits, and long-term residents need a path to citizenship, Stockton farmer Kalena Bruce said Thursday in 4th Congressional District Republican debate. Bruce, who said farmers and ranchers need a dependable labor force, also called for greater controls at the border. But her […]

Rick Brattin criticized by 4th Congressional District rivals over official mail pieces

By: - July 15, 2022

A set of official mailings from Sen. Rick Brattin, arriving in boxes in western Missouri this week, have upset his Republican opponents in the 4th Congressional District who object to their resemblance to campaign pieces. Brattin sent more than 74,000 large-format cards in three separate mailings to residents of Barton, Bates, Cass, Henry and Vernon […]

Eric Schmitt hopes Trump-style politics will win him GOP nod in Missouri Senate race

By: - July 15, 2022

There’s an old joke around Jefferson City that AG stands for aspiring governor. And there’s a lot of truth in the jest. Five of the 12 most recent attorneys general have run for governor. Three won. But the office has more often been a step on the ladder to the U.S. Senate, with eight of […]