Elections

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

Missouri Politics in 2020: How did we get here?

BY: - October 26, 2020

I sat down to write this on the 20th anniversary of Gov. Mel Carnahan’s tragic plane crash. Much has changed for me since then, but far more has changed in Missouri politics. Twenty years ago, I’d just come off my first real campaign gig, a failed effort to elect Missouri native Bill Bradley to the […]

Trump in final debate slams pandemic aid as a ‘big bailout’ for blue cities and states

BY: - October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Asked during Thursday’s final presidential debate about why another round of economic relief hasn’t been approved to aid unemployed Americans and struggling local governments, President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, pointed fingers at opposite ends of the U.S. Capitol. Trump blamed House Democrats for the stalemate over another coronavirus stimulus […]

Medical marijuana lawsuit: Missouri health department illegally concealed documents

BY: - October 23, 2020

A Missouri family that sued after being denied a medical marijuana license is alleging the state department of health and Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office illegally concealed documents and violated open records laws in order to undercut their lawsuit. The allegations — which are included in a 28-page motion seeking sanctions against the state that […]

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Exterior Missouri State Capitol building

Capitol Perspectives: The better angels of our nature

BY: - October 23, 2020

Before proceeding with this column, I want you to think about what you’ve read, seen or heard from the candidates running for state office during this campaign season. How often have you heard detailed proposals to deal with the major issues facing our state like COVID-19 including steps to reduce infection, addressing complications of reopening […]

Missouri Medicaid expansion: Will it bust the budget or pay for itself?

BY: - October 22, 2020

When Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion in August, they were told by the ballot language that the price tag was unknown, with possible costs at $200 million stated alongside $1 billion in potential savings. What is known for certain is that about 250,000 Missourians will become eligible for coverage next year — and the next […]

Want to vote by mail in Missouri? The deadline to apply is today

BY: - October 21, 2020

Election Day is only 13 days away. But if Missourians want to vote from home, they have until 5 p.m. today (Oct. 21) to request an absentee or mail-in ballot.  To help answer voters’ questions, The Missouri Independent held a Q&A on Twitter with three local election officials: Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller, Boone County […]

Gov. Mike Parson and State Auditor Nicole Galloway

As COVID spreads in Missouri, Parson and Galloway differ starkly on state’s response

BY: - October 21, 2020

September was Missouri’s deadliest month since the coronavirus outbreak began, and there have been more than 400 deaths reported since the beginning of October.  Missouri’s veterans homes saw 56 residents die in just September and early October. Daily hospitalizations routinely reach record highs, with Cox Health in Southwest Missouri last week reporting that it was […]

Missouri Attorney General candidates divided on key criminal justice reform

BY: - October 21, 2020

St. Louis-native Lamar Johnson has spent 26 years in prison praying that someone would hear his case. In August 2019, that day almost came. “I finally got taken back to St. Louis, and freedom is just right there,” Johnson said in a phone call with The Independent from Jefferson City Correctional Center. “And it was […]

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Remembering former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, 20 years after his sudden death

BY: - October 21, 2020

Today many young people are casting their first votes with no living memory of Missouri’s 2000 general election. But it’s worth remembering for an outcome unprecedented in American history: A deceased man was elected United States senator. More importantly, though, it’s worth remembering because of the man elected that night back in November 2000: two-term […]

‘Big money bat signal’: Galloway campaign accused of sidestepping ban on coordination

BY: - October 20, 2020

In late September, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Nicole Galloway’s campaign laid out a stinging critique of Gov. Mike Parson’s health care record on a section of its website titled “Important Election Update.”  Parson “cut 100,000 kids from their health care,” the site declared, “and he opposes Medicaid expansion that would give 250,000 working people health care […]

Missouri highway patrol investigating hoax text claiming Rowden quitting politics

BY: - October 20, 2020

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a hoax text message sent Saturday night claiming state Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, was quitting his re-election campaign. The text, sent from a telephone with a 573 area code, began “Dear Voter” and reported that “family matters” that required “my immediate and undivided attention” were forcing […]

Social media ads another battleground to reach voters in Missouri governor’s race

BY: - October 20, 2020

Depending on your data and interests collected on Facebook, the advertisements pushed online by the two leading candidates for Missouri governor tell two very different stories. In the spring and early summer, Gov. Mike Parson’s Facebook advertisements focused on his pandemic response and restarting the economy. By July, when cases rose to more than 1,000 […]