Paul Wieland

Parson cut deal with Democrats to pave Graves’ path to University of Missouri curators

BY: - April 9, 2021

Republican Gov. Mike Parson cut a deal this week with Senate Democrats to break a filibuster over the nomination of former Republican Party Chairman Todd Graves to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Democrats were promised a chance to screen potential nominees so at least one of two St. Louis-area seats will be given […]

Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

BY: - April 7, 2021

A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to give the […]

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Holding Medicaid hostage over birth control defies law and reason

BY: - April 5, 2021

While playing politics with healthcare in Missouri is certainly nothing new, holding Missouri Medicaid hostage over basic birth control is a stunning — and consequential — shift. As captured in headlines across the state, state Sen. Paul Wieland has put the entire Missouri Medicaid program in jeopardy with his late-night amendment to a mandatory Medicaid […]

Senate filibuster stalls Graves nomination to University of Missouri curators

BY: - April 1, 2021

The Missouri Senate spent about three hours Thursday debating the controversial nomination of former state Republican Chairman Todd Graves to a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators without getting the appointment to a vote. Listeners who stayed with the entire debate heard a history of the university and each campus, discussions of […]

Senate committee approves Todd Graves nomination to University of Missouri curators

BY: - March 31, 2021

Former Missouri Republican Party Chairman Todd Graves is one step closer to a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators following a Senate committee vote that saw bipartisan support and opposition to his appointment. One Democrat — Sen. Brian Williams of Ferguson —  joined six Republicans in the 7-4 vote in the Gubernatorial […]

Todd Graves gets high-powered help lobbying for University of Missouri curator position

BY: - March 26, 2021

A deep-pocket political donor from the Kansas City area squired Todd Graves around the Capitol this week, as the former state GOP chairman works to quell concerns about his bid for a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Michael Ketchmark, who along with his firm has donated more than $1 million to […]

Abortion amendment puts bill to finance Missouri Medicaid program in limbo

BY: - March 24, 2021

Missouri Senate leadership pulled a bill vital for funding the state’s Medicaid program from floor debate Tuesday after adopting an amendment barring the use of public money for common contraceptive treatments. The amendment, sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Wieland, could endanger the state’s entire Medicaid program by eliminating a health care service required by federal […]