U.S. Supreme Court rules Alabama’s congressional maps violate Voting Rights Act

BY: - June 8, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that Alabama’s 2022 congressional maps violated the Voting Rights Act, a ruling that preserves a major part of the federal law preserving prohibiting racial discrimination in elections. A three-judge panel in January 2022 ruled that maps approved by the Alabama Legislature in 2021 that had […]

Former VP Mike Pence launches 2024 bid, criticizes Trump’s Jan. 6 actions

BY: - June 7, 2023

ANKENY, Iowa — Former Vice President Mike Pence announced his candidacy for president to a crowd at Des Moines Area Community College, focusing on the differences between him and former President Donald Trump. While Pence praised the conservative successes he and Trump achieved in office, he said he is challenging the former president because of […]

St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell enters Missouri’s U.S. Senate race

BY: - June 7, 2023

Wesley Bell, who shocked the Missouri political establishment in 2018 by defeating a seven-term incumbent to become St. Louis County prosecutor, announced Wednesday he was running for U.S. Senate.  Bell, 48, served as a judge and public defender before being elected to the Ferguson City Council in 2015 — just months after a police officer […]

GOP state Senator launches campaign to become Missouri’s top election official

BY: - June 7, 2023

State Sen. Denny Hoskins, a Warrensburg Republican and member of the now-defunct Senate conservative caucus, announced Tuesday he would seek his party’s nomination for Missouri secretary of state. He’s hoping to replace Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, who is serving his second term and decided against seeking re-election in order to run for governor.  The […]

Missouri AG had no authority to inflate cost of abortion amendment, auditor argues

BY: - June 5, 2023

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey overstepped his authority when he demanded changes to the cost estimate of an abortion-rights initiative petition, state Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick argued in a legal brief filed in Cole County Court last week.  Fitzpatrick, Bailey and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, all Republicans, were sued last month by the Missouri ACLU over […]

Former President Donald Trump comes after DeSantis on Iowa campaign trail

BY: - June 1, 2023

URBANDALE, Iowa — Former President Donald Trump said Thursday he was confident he will continue to hold his lead in Iowa. “There’s no way I can lose Iowa,” Trump told the crowd. “We’re going to have to do some really bad things to lose at this point.” Trump spoke to a packed room at the Iowa […]

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis talks Disney, book bans at Iowa campaign kickoff

BY: - May 31, 2023

CLIVE, Iowa — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis received an energetic welcome at his first Iowa event as a 2024 candidate Tuesday, with crowds cheering as he spoke about bringing his fight against “woke” ideology to the White House. More than 500 people filled the Eternity Church auditorium Tuesday, with people standing along the edges of […]

Former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl fined $47K by state ethics commission

BY: - May 23, 2023

A former Missouri House speaker who was forced to resign in disgrace in 2015 has been fined $47,000 by the Missouri Ethics Commission for allegedly misusing campaign funds. John Diehl, a Republican from Town and Country, signed a consent decree with the ethics commission released Tuesday acknowledging probable cause that he violated state campaign finance […]

Why Republican-led states keep leaving a group that verifies voter rolls

BY: - May 22, 2023

Eight Republican-led states this year left an interstate cooperative that seeks to maintain accurate voter registration rolls, and three more may join them — a move that election security experts say is fueled by conspiracy theories. Earlier this month, Virginia’s top election official said the state would become the latest to stop participating in the […]

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Lawsuit over Missouri AG push to inflate cost of abortion IP heads to trial next month

BY: - May 22, 2023

A Cole County judge set June 7 to hear arguments in a lawsuit demanding the state finalize its work on an abortion-rights initiative petition so proponents can begin collecting signatures. Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem scheduled a bench trial in the case during a hearing last week. The ACLU of Missouri filed its lawsuit earlier […]

Push to reinstate Missouri presidential primary stalls in Senate

BY: - May 11, 2023

Hopes of reversing last year’s vote to ditch the Missouri’s presidential primary were dashed on Thursday, as gridlock in the Senate forced the issue to be set aside with just a day left before the end of the legislative session. Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, sent the bill back to the House asking that a litany […]

Major overhaul of initiative process one step from Missouri ballot

BY: - May 9, 2023

A proposal making it harder to pass constitutional amendments, which one Democrat called “dog poop with icing,” is one step away from a statewide ballot. On Tuesday morning, the Missouri House voted 107-55 to pass a measure to set the majority needed to pass amendments at 57%. The current threshold is a simple majority and […]