Government + Politics

Grieving St. Louis families respond to police-involved shooting scenes, push for change

BY: - August 8, 2022

On the night of April 24, 2013, six residents living in a neighborhood just north of downtown St. Louis say they saw the same thing.  A young Black man – 25-year-old Cary Ball Jr. — crashed his car, got out, stumbled onto another car and limped away. And then each said they saw Ball drop […]

Missouri Election Day FAQ: What you need to know to make sure your vote counts

BY: - August 1, 2022

Boone County sent out more than 100,000 sample ballots to prepare voters for Tuesday’s primary election, and many were surprised at what they saw.  “They weren’t aware of redistricting happening,” said Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon. “So we had a lot of questions from people that were newly in the 3rd Congressional District that were […]

Lawsuit alleges Missouri Senate map hurt minority voters, splits too many counties

BY: - July 29, 2022

A lawsuit challenging the state Senate redistricting map being used for Tuesday’s primaries alleges it violates the Missouri Constitution because it “packs” Black residents into two St. Louis area districts and splits Buchanan County without good cause. Filed by attorney Chuck Hatfield on behalf of three plaintiffs, the lawsuit names the Judicial Redistricting Commission and […]

Pair of Democrats vie for chance to challenge Ann Wagner in 2nd Congressional District

BY: - July 27, 2022

State Rep. Trish Gunby and gun-control activist Ray Reed are vying for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District primary on Tuesday. This spring’s redistricting process made the 2nd District more favorable to a Republican candidate, but Gunby and Reed both believe they still have a shot at beating the well-resourced GOP incumbent, Congresswoman […]

Abuse allegations hanging over Senate race get little mention at Greitens event in KC

BY: - July 26, 2022

When she arrived Monday night to hear former Gov. Eric Greitens campaign for U.S. Senate in downtown Kansas City, Christine Thompson was on the fence.  It wasn’t the accusations of child abuse — made in a sworn affidavit by his ex-wife — that gave her pause about Greitens. Nor was it the accusations of sexual assault that […]

Cori Bush, Steve Roberts primary in 1st District more than simply moderate vs. liberal

BY: - July 22, 2022

Sheets of rain wrapped around the playground shelter in North St. Louis’ Fairground Park on July 9, where canvassers for Congresswoman Cori Bush’s re-election campaign huddled together.  The event’s organizer, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, took advantage of the captive audience. “Even in the rain, we have the faithful few who are out here because […]

Missouri AG sues to block St. Louis from using public money to ensure abortion access

BY: - July 21, 2022

Hours after St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones signed a bill Thursday that would direct $1 million in federal relief funds to support access to abortions, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed suit to block the new law. Schmitt’s lawsuit and motion for preliminary injunction argue that Board Bill 61 violates state laws that prohibit public […]

Gov. Mike Parson issues drought alert for almost half of Missouri counties

BY: - July 21, 2022

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued drought alerts in nearly half of Missouri counties Thursday, where exceptional heat and lack of rain threaten the state’s farmers and ranchers.  “Unfortunately, we don’t anticipate conditions improving soon,” Parson said in a news conference.  Fifty-three counties along or south of the Missouri River are affected by the alert. About […]

Missouri judge denies state’s request to dismiss federal SNAP lawsuit

BY: - July 20, 2022

Mary Holmes says she subsisted on hardly any food for over a month as she struggled to recertify her eligibility for federal food assistance earlier this year. She spent hours on the phone trying to speak to someone at Missouri’s Department of Social Services (DSS) for her mandatory interview, as her prepaid phone minutes dwindled. […]

Missouri Democrat Senate hopefuls discuss abolishing the filibuster, Medicare for all

BY: - July 19, 2022

Trudy Busch Valentine was the only one against Medicare For All.  Spencer Toder wants to investigate the U.S. Supreme Court justices who said they would uphold abortion rights and then overtuned Roe v. Wade.  Lucas Kunce suggested far more incremental policies than most candidates to curb gun violence.  And nearly all of the nine candidates […]

FEC member pans decision not to investigate groups that helped elect Greitens in 2016

BY: - July 14, 2022

A member of the Federal Election Commission is criticizing her agency’s failure to fully investigate groups that funneled $6 million of anonymous money into Missouri to boost Eric Greitens’ 2016 campaign for governor.  Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat, said in an official statement of reasons made public this week that the scheme “was clearly designed […]

Grain Belt Express announces expansion that means more clean energy for Missouri

BY: - July 11, 2022

Missouri will get five times the clean energy previously promised by the developers of the Grain Belt Express transmission line, executives announced Monday.  Grain Belt Express is a 800-mile high-voltage transmission line meant to carry renewable energy from wind-swept western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to the Indiana border.  Its developer, Chicago-based Invenergy, previously planned […]