Missouri Democratic Party chair resigns, cites business demands after surviving difficult re-election fight

BY: - February 17, 2023

A little over two months after surviving a challenge to his leadership, Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Michael Butler is resigning. In an email to members of the Democratic State Committee on Thursday, Butler said he will step down effective Feb. 28 to devote more time to his business. Butler owns Open Concept, a bar in […]

GOP fast tracks bill making it harder to amend Missouri Constitution by initiative petition

BY: - February 14, 2023

A top Republican priority – making it harder to amend the Missouri Constitution by initiative petition – is in the best position to be this year’s first bill to pass through both legislative chambers. On Monday, the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee heard testimony on the House-passed measure that would increase the threshold needed […]

As Missouri Republicans gather in Springfield, 2024 primary fights begin piling up

BY: - February 10, 2023

With nearly every statewide office up for grabs next year, Missouri Republicans are jockeying for position in what promises to be crowded primary campaigns.  Gov. Mike Parson will leave office because of term limits. Two Republicans have already jumped into the race to replace him, with a third waiting in the wings and expected to […]

‘Ballot candy?’ Missouri GOP adds citizen-only voting into initiative petition changes

BY: - February 3, 2023

Missouri Republicans have long argued a successful 2018 initiative petition establishing a nonpartisan redistricting process duped voters by pairing it with politically popular proposals like limits on lobbyist gifts to legislators.  Two years later, the GOP got in on the act, pushing its own ballot measure repealing the nonpartisan plan by tying it to a […]

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Missouri House gives initial approval to raising bar for voters to amend the constitution

BY: - February 1, 2023

Legislation to make it harder for voters to amend the state constitution through the initiative petition process won initial approval in the Missouri House on Wednesday.  After more than two hours of debate, the legislation sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem Mike Henderson was approved 106-50. It will need to be approved one more time […]

Missouri lobbyist vs. Federalist Society: AG rivals building 2024 campaign war chests

BY: - January 31, 2023

In the likely 2024 GOP showdown for the Missouri attorney general’s office, the fundraising race has already begun.  Attorney General Andrew Bailey, who was appointed to the office when his predecessor was elected to the U.S. Senate, began raising money through an independent political action committee even before officially launching his campaign last week.  Will […]

Sunshine Law violations by AG’s office under Josh Hawley could cost Missouri $300K

BY: - January 27, 2023

Following a Missouri judge’s determination that the attorney general’s office “knowingly and purposefully” violated the state’s open records law while it was being run by now-U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, plaintiffs in the case say they are owed more than $300,000 in legal fees.  In November, Cole County Judge Jon Beetem determined the attorney general’s office […]

Four bills making initiative petition process harder passed by Missouri House committee

BY: - January 26, 2023

A Missouri House committee approved four versions of proposals to overhaul the initiative petition process Thursday on party-line votes, despite warnings of well-funded opposition if lawmakers put one on the ballot. The differences among the competing proposals were enough that House Elections Committee Chairwoman Peggy McGaugh, R-Carrollton, said she didn’t feel comfortable combining them. “I […]

National Dems give New Hampshire, Georgia more time to change 2024 primary dates

BY: - January 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — New Hampshire and Georgia will have a bit longer to implement key changes to when and how they hold Democratic presidential primaries, under an extension a Democratic National Committee panel approved Wednesday. Election officials will have until June 3 to move New Hampshire’s 2024 Democratic presidential primary to Feb. 13 and Georgia’s to […]

Missouri realtors vow to fight GOP push to make it harder to amend state constitution

BY: - January 24, 2023

The Missouri Association of Realtors, an organization that spent millions in recent years on two successful initiative petition campaigns, is warning lawmakers it will oppose anything more than tinkering with the way the constitution is amended by voters. During testimony Tuesday before the House Elections and Elected Officials Committee, Sam Licklider, lobbyist for the realtors, […]

Vivek Malek takes office as Missouri Treasurer during ceremony in House chamber

BY: - January 17, 2023

Vivek Malek began his tenure as Missouri State Treasurer on Tuesday surrounded by hundreds of friends, including some he helped become Americans. Malek, a Republican appointed by Gov. Mike Parson to replace Scott Fitzpatrick, elected state auditor last year, said the turnout that filled the Missouri House chamber to watch him take the oath of […]

Committee appointed to consider recount request in close Missouri House race

BY: - January 12, 2023

Democrats picked up three seats in the Missouri House during the 2022 elections. Two months later, they are hopeful they may be able to capture another. On Wednesday, House Speaker Dean Plocher appointed a seven-member committee to review a challenge to the election of state Rep. Adam Schwadron, R-St. Charles, by his Democratic opponent, Cindy […]