Missouri GOP political consultant gets probation in felony tax fraud case

BY: - December 2, 2021

David Barklage, a veteran lobbyist and political consultant in Missouri, was granted probation by a federal judge Thursday for failing to pay more than $150,000 in taxes over the course of a three-year period. He was also ordered to pay restitution and perform 120 hours of community service. Federal sentencing guidelines called for him to […]

Group hopes to amend Missouri constitution to enact ranked-choice voting

BY: - November 29, 2021

An effort to do away with partisan primaries in Missouri and replace them with a “ranked choice” method got a big boost last week, receiving roughly $670,000 from a Virginia-based nonprofit hoping to put the idea on the 2022 statewide ballot. A group called Better Elections is pushing an initiative petition that would amend Missouri’s […]

‘Exploiting a loophole’: PACs tied to Missouri lobbyist draw new criticism 

BY: - November 23, 2021

One day earlier this month, a company called Phoenix Home Care cut $120,000 worth of checks to six different Missouri political action committees.  A few months earlier, a pair of companies suing the state to block a crackdown on unregulated slot machines combined to drop $350,000 into the same six PACs.  The companies and all […]

Jay Ashcroft touts integrity of Missouri’s 2020 election, but supports an audit

BY: - November 22, 2021

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is confident Missouri’s 2020 election was safe and secure.  And while he has concerns about things that transpired in other states last year, he dismisses the idea that fraud cost Donald Trump the presidential election.  “Under our Constitution, Joe Biden was duly elected by our presidential electors. End of story,” […]

Pro-Parson PAC fined by Missouri Ethics Commission for violation

BY: - November 17, 2021

The political action committee created to advocate for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson accepted an illegal contribution of $150,000 last year from an out-of-state group. In a consent order filed this week, the Missouri Ethics Commission determined that there are reasonable grounds to believe the Oct. 2, 2020, donation to Uniting Missouri PAC from RAGA Action […]

Cass County lawmaker joins crowded GOP contest in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District

BY: - November 15, 2021

State Sen. Rick Brattin became the fifth Republican to enter the 4th Congressional District Republican primary on Monday, announcing his bid by declaring that his conservative record outshines his GOP rivals. As he announced his campaign, Brattin said he didn’t believe Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election and that he would have voted against […]

Missouri Attorney General seeks texts, emails about metro mask mandates

BY: - November 15, 2021

Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt wants to know what four Democratic executives in Missouri’s largest metro areas said in emails, texts and other communications about mask mandates to fight the spread of COVID-19. His office said Friday seeking the records is part of Schmitt’s determination to fight “tyrannical government overreach.” A spokesman for St. Louis […]

GOP auditor hopeful scores endorsements from Missouri billionaire, legislative leader

BY: - November 12, 2021

Republican state Rep. David Gregory’s campaign for state auditor has scored endorsements from St. Louis billionaire David Steward and a lawmaker set to become the next Missouri House speaker. Steward and Speaker-elect Dean Plocher are hosting a fundraiser for Gregory next week at a country club in Clayton. Among the guests mentioned on the invitation […]

PACs tied to controversial Missouri lobbyist scramble to account for missing cash

BY: - November 10, 2021

A pair of political action committees connected to a Missouri lobbyist under FBI scrutiny have begun taking steps to account for nearly $170,000 in cash that went unreported on disclosures to the state ethics commission. The discrepancies with PACs connected to Steve Tilley, a former lawmaker and longtime adviser to Gov. Mike Parson, were first […]

Missouri Senate leader decides against run in 4th District Congressional primary

BY: - November 8, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, announced Monday morning he would not run for Congress. Instead, he said in a letter posted on Twitter that he will continue to serve in the Missouri Senate. “The question I have asked myself in the last few weeks is a simple one: Can I deliver more substantive conservative […]

Gun safety group files suit alleging NRA illegally coordinated with Hawley campaign

BY: - November 6, 2021

The Giffords gun safety organization has sued the National Rifle Association and the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana, alleging group used shell corporations to improperly aid the Republican lawmakers in 2018. The suit alleges two NRA affiliates made up to $35 million in illegal campaign contributions — […]

Missouri Democrats back Biden agenda, tout path to victory in U.S. Senate debate

BY: - November 4, 2021

Six Missouri Democrats running to be their party’s U.S. Senate nominee shared a debate stage for the first time Wednesday night, with each voicing support for the president’s stalled domestic agenda and laying out what they see as a path to victory in a state dominated by the GOP. The candidates  — Air Force veteran […]