Elections

Joe Biden promises ‘no national shutdown’ despite COVID surge

BY: - November 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden pressed the urgent need for economic relief and a vaccine distribution plan for states and tribes after a video meeting Thursday with bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association. But Biden in a press conference in Wilmington, Del., also vowed there will be “no national shutdown” despite a surge in […]

Environmental justice expected to get more attention in the Biden administration

BY: - November 16, 2020

WASHINGTON —  Community activists and some Democratic lawmakers have long sought to give low-income communities more latitude to challenge the cumulative effects from air, water and industrial pollution and climate change. And they expect to have a ready ear in the White House in 2021, unlike the last four years. “We have somebody to talk to […]

Q&A with Cori Bush, Missouri’s first black Congresswoman

BY: - November 12, 2020

Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush has told the same story ever since her first campaign in 2016. At one point in her life, she was a working nurse and single mother living out of her car with her children — never imagining she’d ever find herself in that situation.  “I was that person running for my life […]

Biden wants mask mandates nationwide: ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

BY: - November 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place would […]

Republicans in Congress chime in on Trump claims of a stolen election

BY: - November 11, 2020

WASHINGTON—Some Republicans in Congress are agreeing with President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen from him, and backing legal challenges to voting results in states won by President-elect Joe Biden. “For the integrity of the electoral process, and the system that we have chosen to effectuate our democracy, we have got to […]

Missouri House leadership vow investigation into allegations of abuse against Rick Roeber

BY: - November 10, 2020

Accusations against a Republican elected to the legislature last week that he physically and sexually abused his children must be investigated to determine whether he will be allowed to serve in office, GOP House leaders said in a joint statement released on Tuesday. On Monday, the adult children of Rick Roeber wrote a letter to […]

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

Children of Republican accused of abuse call for Missouri House to block him from taking office

BY: - November 10, 2020

Rick Roeber was elected to the Missouri House last week while facing allegations by his adult children that he physically and sexually abused them when they were young. On Monday, his children wrote a letter to House leaders asking that he not be allowed to serve. Three of Roeber’s children — Anastasia Roeber, Samson Roeber […]

Eric Schmitt joins Republican AGs in challenging Pennsylvania mail-in ballots

BY: - November 9, 2020

Two days after former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has signed on to a court brief with other Republican attorneys general challenging mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. The brief is in support of a lawsuit by the Pennsylvania Republican Party asking the U.S. […]

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Mike Parson faces opportunities, challenges in new term as Missouri governor

BY: - November 9, 2020

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made history last week.  He became the first Republican in more than three decades to win a second term as governor, winning a landslide victory by nearly 500,000 votes.  And just like his first go round — after he took over following Eric Greitens’ June 2018 resignation — Parson will take […]

AP declares Joe Biden is the next president

BY: - November 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden’s native state of Pennsylvania on Saturday secured his victory to become the next president of the United States when The Associated Press reported he had gained enough votes there to win the electoral college. The AP called Pennsylvania for Biden at 11:25 a.m., which gave the former vice president 284 […]

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An embarrassing failure for election pollsters

BY: - November 6, 2020

Election polling is facing yet another reckoning following its uneven-at-best performance in this year’s voting. Although the outcome in the 2020 presidential race remained uncertain the next day, it was evident that polls collectively faltered, overall, in providing Americans with clear indications as to how the election would turn out. And that misstep promises to […]

Battleground states count mail ballots, with Biden just shy of votes to clinch presidency

BY: - November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two days after Election Day, the nation waited for vote-counting to finish in several critical states, where the tallying of mail ballots has left Democrat Joe Biden just short of the votes needed to become the next president. Thursday’s updated totals could push Biden beyond the 270 electoral votes needed to secure victory […]