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 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 Greitens’ run for Senate in Missouri represents a perversion of patriotism | Opinion

BY: - August 17, 2021

Results from a Saint Louis University poll suggests that disgraced former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is the frontrunner in the race to fill retiring Sen. Roy Blunt’s seat. While former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently resigned after allegations of sexual harassment, Greitens has mounted a political comeback since his 2018 resignation following a Republican-led investigation that detailed graphic sexual allegations. Since […]


Some of my biggest mistakes – and lessons learned – in politics

BY: - August 10, 2021

As my friend and former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber likes to say of politicians, it’s hard to be great until you lose. Bill Clinton’s 1974 loss to Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt brought exposure to conservative voters in what was then Arkansas’ most Republican quadrant, helping Clinton hone a centrist message that got him […]

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 […]

Jay Nixon plans to headline Clay County Democrat event, fueling Senate speculation

BY: - July 12, 2021

While Democrats hoping to capture the party’s 2022 U.S. Senate nomination scramble to raise their profile, and the Republican field increasingly looking like a scrum, Jay Nixon is waiting quietly in the wings.  A Democrat who served two terms as governor and four as attorney general, Nixon began fielding calls from national party leaders the […]

Coalition of states join lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

BY: - July 8, 2021

Missouri is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. The states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app store on Android phones and Google Billing. “As we’ve repeatedly seen and as we allege in our […]


Missouri Republicans should see Kansas as a political cautionary tale

BY: - July 6, 2021

In 2012, I wrote a column seeking to explain the rightward shift in Missouri politics over the previous decade.  The title was cribbed from the popular 2007 Thomas Frank book, What’s The Matter With Kansas, which chronicled that state’s evolution from a place famous for its prairie radicalism to one characterized by an ever-escalating culture […]

St. Louis judge to decide whether special prosecutor can withdraw from Tisaby case

BY: - June 25, 2021

A St. Louis circuit judge on Thursday heard attorney Gerard Carmody’s motion to withdraw as the special prosecutor in the case of an ex-FBI agent charged with perjury and evidence tampering during the 2018 criminal investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.  Judge Bryan Hettenbach will decide whether to allow Carmody to step away from […]


While the GOP rallied in Missouri, Eric Greitens chased conspiracies to Arizona

BY: - June 14, 2021

It was the year’s biggest gathering of Missouri Republicans, but the party’s putative frontrunner to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt was nowhere to be found.  Over the weekend, nearly everyone angling for the Senate seat flocked to the Missouri Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Days in Kansas City and a Missouri Cattlemen’s Association fundraiser at […]


Splintered GOP led to Trump victory in 2016. Greitens eying the same path in 2022

BY: - June 11, 2021

Political scientists who study campaigns developed a concept called “coordination failure.”  It describes the electoral problem of two or more similarly positioned candidates, who together would have plurality voter support, competing against an opposing candidate from a different ideological space. The latter candidate emerges victorious due to the splitting of votes between like candidates The […]

Vicky Hartzler makes it official, joining 2022 Missouri GOP Senate primary

BY: - June 10, 2021

LEE’S SUMMIT — Vicky Hartzler made her entry into the 2022 U.S. Senate race official Thursday, kicking off her campaign at a firearms store surrounded by supporters.  One day before Republicans gather in Kansas City for their annual Lincoln Days meetings, Hartzler said her experience in Congress will make her the best candidate over the […]