Roy Blunt

U.S. Senate OKs $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill

BY: - August 10, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed 69-30 on Tuesday a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation. Biden proposed an infrastructure plan in March that would have topped $2 trillion. A bipartisan group of senators led by Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., worked […]

Jay Nixon will not run for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2022

BY: - July 29, 2021

Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon put the rumors to bed on Thursday, announcing in a tweet that he will not run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year. Considered by many to be the party’s best shot at flipping the seat currently held by retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Nixon said in […]


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 […]


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 […]

Republican filibuster blocks federal commission to probe U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Friday blocked consideration of a bill creating a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what happened leading up to and during the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. Legislation to form an investigatory panel into that attack passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, with 35 House Republicans joining Democrats in […]

Missouri Senate field expected to expand soon as major Republican gathering nears

BY: - May 26, 2021

Republican activists from around the state will gather in Kansas City next month for the party’s annual Lincoln Days. And by that time, GOP insiders expect the announced field vying for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat will grow by one or more candidates. According to several sources familiar with her plans, U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler […]

Are Missouri Republicans pushing to change primary elections because of Eric Greitens?

BY: - May 13, 2021

Missouri Republicans are pushing for changes in the state’s primary elections to require a runoff if no candidate garners more than 50% of the vote.  And some think they know what inspired the change. “We are changing the way we are doing elections in Missouri for one person,” said Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, D-Independence. […]


How the reddening of Missouri has shaped both parties’ 2022 Senate primary

BY: - April 30, 2021

What does it take to be a successful candidate for high office in Missouri these days? We might consider that question through the lens of Missouri’s 2022 U.S. Senate race.  — One thing it used to take to be a successful candidate was relative moderation.  It was helpful to be somewhere near the middle of […]

Greitens says supporters have ‘bar-fight intensity’ in bid for Missouri Senate seat

BY: - April 17, 2021

MACON — Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens showed he still has an enthusiastic following among rural voters Friday night, with his entrance at the Macon County Lincoln Days highlighted by an extended standing ovation. Greitens, who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2022, waited to make his entrance until the evening’s most […]

Democrats seeking Missouri Senate seat deliver first fundraising reports

BY: - April 16, 2021

While the major attention in the U.S. Senate race for the seat held since 2010 by Roy Blunt has been on jockeying among Republicans, two Democrats have raised substantial sums as they prepare for the August 2022 primary. Attorney and former state Sen. Scott Sifton of Afton reported raising $302,088 since forming his campaign committee […]

Missouri Senate leader Dave Schatz mulls entry into 2022 U.S. Senate race

BY: - April 1, 2021

The list of potential U.S. Senate candidates for the seat being vacated by Roy Blunt now includes Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, who told The Independent he was “definitely considering” the race in an interview Wednesday. Schatz, a Franklin County Republican, said he is concerned about the possibility that disgraced former Gov. Eric Greitens […]