Elections

The ‘Big Lie’ remains a big part of Missouri U.S. Senate race

BY: - September 20, 2021

Seconds into a web ad supporting Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s U.S. Senate bid, footage of former President Donald Trump alleging a stolen election is juxtaposed with headlines touting Schmitt’s role in lawsuits challenging the 2020 results.  A largely discredited audit of the presidential election in Arizona has become a key piece of Eric Greitens’ […]

Missouri Republicans vow to push again for voter ID law

BY: - September 14, 2021

With several months to go before state lawmakers return for the 2022 legislative session, Republicans are promising to once again push to require photo identification to vote. Committees in the Missouri House and Senate held hearings Tuesday dominated by discussions of requiring a government-issued ID for both in-person and absentee voting. Secretary of State Jay […]

Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor of […]

Missouri AG won’t defend state officials in lawsuit, citing undisclosed conflict

BY: and - September 9, 2021

When Missouri’s treasurer and secretary of state face off in court this month over a proposed constitutional amendment set to be on the 2022 ballot, both sides will be represented by private attorneys — at a cost to taxpayers of more than $800 an hour.  The reason: Attorney General Eric Schmitt bowed out of the […]

Eric Burlison announces run for Billy Long’s seat in Congress

BY: - September 1, 2021

State Sen. Eric Burlison officially joined the GOP primary for the Congressional seat of U.S. Rep. Billy Long on Wednesday, becoming the third candidate to enter the race in the heavily Republican southwest Missouri district. Burlison served eight years in the state House before being elected to the Missouri Senate in 2018. In a series […]

Mike Moon joins race for Congress in southwest Missouri

BY: - August 31, 2021

State Sen. Mike Moon has jumped into what promises to be a crowded race for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Billy Long. Moon, a former state representative elected to the Senate last year, unsuccessfully ran against Long in 2010 and 2012. Long is leaving Congress to run for the U.S. Senate seat […]

Missouri lawmakers discuss election security in hearing marked by conspiracy theories

BY: - August 25, 2021

The Missouri House Elections Committee convened Tuesday to discuss ways to alter the initiative petition process and improve election security. And over the course of more than three hours, lawmakers heard a parade of debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. “I’m convinced the country suffered the greatest cyber attack in the history of the […]

Parson wades into Missouri auditor primary, headlining fundraiser for Scott Fitzpatrick

BY: - August 16, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is scheduled to headline a fundraiser next month for Scott Fitzpatrick’s campaign for state auditor, wading into what promises to be a spirited Republican primary next year. Fitzpatrick, who was appointed Missouri Treasurer by Parson in 2018 and won a full term last year, announced he would seek the GOP nomination […]

U.S. Senate to try again on voting rights in September

BY: - August 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to bring a comprehensive voting rights package to the Senate floor for a vote when the chamber returns from recess next month. Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Wednesday that the Senate will take up a compromise version of the voting and elections bill, S.1, known […]

Missouri court rules Pelopidas, Travis Brown must pay former partner $7.5 million

BY: - August 10, 2021

The breakup of a political consulting firm tied to Missouri’s most prolific Republican donor is playing out in the courts with accusations that the firm’s founder used “bogus loans” to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company. The consulting firm, called Pelopidas, closed its doors in September 2020. The Eastern District Missouri Court […]

Trump allies’ lingering election ‘audits’ spark public skepticism, concerns in Congress

BY: - August 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The months-long, Republican-led investigation in Arizona into the results of last year’s presidential election has cost millions of dollars and produced no evidence yet of major issues in tallying Maricopa County ballots. Yet supporters of former President Donald Trump are still attempting to follow Arizona’s lead by pushing for so-called audits in several […]

Billy Long joins crowded GOP field to replace Roy Blunt in the U.S. Senate

BY: - August 4, 2021

U.S. Rep. Billy Long made it official Tuesday night, announcing in an interview on Fox News that he would be a candidate in 2022 for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. Long, 65, is a former auctioneer and radio show host who was first elected to Congress in 2010. He’s joining a crowded […]