Elections

Battle lines remain fixed in Missouri Senate Republican factional fights as session ends

BY: - May 14, 2022

In chess, a defensive move that swaps positions of the rook and the king is called castling. The move that ends the game, of course, is the checkmate. Early Thursday morning, the Missouri Senate leadership castled the congressional redistricting bill by recessing, instead of adjourning, the Wednesday session. That meant that when members returned around […]

Missouri Senate adjourns early after passing congressional redistricting map

BY: - May 12, 2022

The Missouri Senate passed a congressional redistricting map Thursday and then adjourned for the year. The 22-11 vote came after Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden invoked a rarely-used rule to bring a bill from the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting to the floor.  The adjournment came a day before the constitutionally mandated end of the […]

Voter ID bill clears Missouri legislature despite fierce criticism from Black Democrats

BY: - May 12, 2022

Missouri voters will be required to present a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot under a wide-ranging elections bill headed to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk. The bill includes several other provisions —  such as prohibiting touchscreen voting machines, and requiring a number of cybersecurity checks — that came out of hearings last summer, where […]

Democrat filibuster derails GOP measure to change initiative petition process

BY: - May 11, 2022

After hours of filibustering in the Missouri Senate, including a spirited game of charades, Democrats stopped an attempt by Republicans Wednesday to make it harder for voters to amend the state constitution through the initiative petition process.  The measure sponsored by Rep. Mike Henderson, R-Bonne Terre, originally would have asked voters to increase the number […]

Missouri House pushes ahead on last-chance congressional redistricting plan

BY: - May 9, 2022

The Missouri House on Monday passed a new congressional redistricting map, agreeing to a plan that its sponsor says is intended to appease critics who have blocked previous efforts at agreement. With a Friday final adjournment looming, the bill debated Monday is a long-shot for passage. Under legislative rules, the first day the Senate could […]

Voter ID requirement, absentee ballot changes clear Missouri Senate

BY: - May 9, 2022

The Missouri Senate passed a wide-ranging elections bill Monday that would enact a photo ID requirement to vote as well as create a window to cast an absentee ballot without an excuse.  The bill will now go back to the House, which can send it to the governor or ask for a conference to work […]

Legal marijuana, ranked-choice voting initiatives submitted for Missouri ballot

BY: - May 9, 2022

Missourians this fall may have a chance to legalize adult marijuana use and change the way elections are conducted. Two initiatives proposing amendments to the Missouri Constitution were submitted Sunday. If each has sufficient signatures, they will likely be on the Nov. 8 ballot. The marijuana initiative would build on the 2018 amendment that legalized […]

Missouri House

‘Crescendo of craziness’: Missouri legislature enters final week with long to-do list

BY: - May 9, 2022

Missouri lawmakers enter the final week of the legislative session Monday with a laundry list of unfinished business and long-simmering tensions threatening to derail any hope of progress.  After finishing work on the largest state budget in Missouri history last week, GOP super majorities in the House and Senate hope to begin ticking through election-year […]

Judge grants Eric Greitens access to ex-wife’s phone records in custody case

BY: - May 5, 2022

Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will get to look at his ex-wife’s telephone records from the days before she filed explosive allegations of child and spousal abuse against the Republican Senate candidate. In an order dated April 28, Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider overruled Sheena Greitens’ motion to quash subpoenas for her phone logs and […]

Redistricting

Missouri lawmakers to make one more attempt at congressional redistricting map

BY: - May 3, 2022

Missouri lawmakers will try one more time before they adjourn for the year to reach agreement on a new Congressional redistricting map. If they fail, the job will likely fall to the courts. But with three pending lawsuits – one in federal court and two in state court – it is uncertain where a map […]

Fractured Missouri Senate enters final two weeks of the legislative session

BY: - May 2, 2022

For almost a half hour Thursday afternoon, the Missouri Capitol hallways echoed with the familiar tones and gently stated voice calling state senators to the floor: “The absence of a quorum has been noted.” Inside the chamber, Sen. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, waited. His top priority bill, to ban transgender youth from participating on sports […]

U.S. House panel looks into disinformation targeted at communities of color

BY: - April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Experts tracking disinformation efforts online detailed to lawmakers on a U.S. House Administration panel Thursday how communities of color are targets for those disinformation campaigns. Democrats on the Subcommittee on Elections expressed their concern about how communities of color are the subject of election and COVID-19 misinformation through various social media platforms such […]