Trudy Busch Valentine


Five takeaways from Missouri election night 2022

BY: - November 9, 2022

Missouri’s midterm election largely went according to script.  Every congressional race was won by the party that previously controlled it. Republicans now hold all statewide offices. Democrats took advantage of a new legislative map to pick up a few seats in the state House. But a lack of surprises doesn’t mean it was an inconsequential […]

Eric Schmitt defeats Trudy Busch Valentine in Missouri U.S. Senate race

BY: - November 8, 2022

Republican Eric Schmitt will be Missouri’s next U.S. Senator, cruising to an easy victory Tuesday over Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine.  Final unofficial returns gave Schmitt 55% to Valentine’s 42%.  “Missourians have always been suspicious of a federal government 1,000 miles away telling us how to run our lives,” Schmitt told supporters Tuesday night. “We’ve always […]

Missouri election guide: The big questions voters will face on Tuesday’s ballot 

BY: - November 7, 2022

Voters around the state have been taking advantage of Missouri’s first ever no-excuse early voting period the last two weeks.  The early voting period ends at 5 p.m. Monday, and polls will be open for everyone else from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.  Among the races on the statewide ballot this year include […]

Eric Schmitt pays $75,000 for ad during Chiefs game to close out Missouri Senate race

BY: - November 4, 2022

On Sunday evening, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans in a game essential to both teams’ hopes to enter the NFL playoffs with the best record in their conference. With Election Day approaching on Tuesday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Schmitt is targeting the enormous hometown audience expected to tune in with […]

People hold up signs that read "Protect safe, legal abortion."

Missouri hospital the first confirmed federal investigation of denied emergency abortion

BY: - November 2, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration told hospitals in July they must provide emergency abortions when necessary even in states with strict bans in place.  And here in Missouri, a Joplin hospital is apparently the first in the nation to be investigated for possibly violating federal law by telling a woman experiencing an emergency that she needed […]


Has stark polarization between Missouri Republicans and Democrats led to detente?

BY: - November 2, 2022

The year was 1990.  St. Louis County Executive H.C. Milford, a Republican and kindly insurance broker who rose to power when his predecessor Gene McNary received a federal appointment, was seeking election to a full term against a hard-charging three-term county prosecutor named George “Buzz” Westfall. Milford, an accidental county executive who was, by all […]

State says feds initiated investigation of Missouri hospital that denied emergency abortion

BY: - October 31, 2022

The federal government, not state political leaders, initiated an investigation of the care Freeman Health Services in Joplin provided after a denying a woman an emergency abortion, a Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman said Monday. On Aug. 2, Mylissa Farmer came to the emergency room at Freeman Health after her water broke […]

Crystal Quade

Democrat alleges Missouri investigating hospital in retaliation for ad critical of Eric Schmitt

BY: - October 28, 2022

Missouri House Democratic leader Crystal Quade on Friday demanded to know why a state agency is investigating a southwest Missouri hospital that treated a woman featured in an ad attacking Attorney General Eric Schmitt over state abortion laws. Investigators from the Department of Health and Senior Services visited Freeman Health System in Joplin this week, […]

Missouri Senate race spending slows after heated primary contests

BY: - October 20, 2022

Outside groups poured money into Missouri in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 2 U.S. Senate primary, with political action committees spending nearly $20 million on television ads boosting or tearing down candidates.  Since then, they’ve all gone silent.  Fall ad spending in the Senate showdown between Republican Eric Schmitt and Democratic nominee Trudy […]

Eric Schmitt deletes Kanye West tweet after backlash over anti-semitic comments

BY: - October 12, 2022

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Eric Schmitt tweeted Tuesday night in praising Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, then quickly deleted it as criticism rolled in over the rapper’s recent anti-semitic comments.  “America needs a @kanyewest @KidRock tour,” Schmitt, Missouri’s attorney general, wrote Tuesday night. “Let’s go!” The tweet drew backlash since it was published just […]


Electing better leaders can start with requiring greater financial transparency

BY: - September 29, 2022

Eighteenth-century French diplomat Joseph de Maistre famously articulated, “In a democracy, people get the leaders they deserve.” In light of The New York Times’ recent coverage and Business Insider’s ongoing “Conflicted Congress” investigation into violations of 2012’s STOCK Act, electing better leaders can start with requiring greater financial transparency to quickly reveal potential conflicts of […]

Kansas and Missouri women politicians celebrate history ahead of tough election

BY: - September 23, 2022

Sipping “pink pussyhat punch” and “empowerment” cocktails, women leaders from Kansas and Missouri gathered Thursday in downtown Kansas City vowing to “smash the patriarchy” by encouraging more women to run for office. Hundreds of politicians and activists turned out for the 50th anniversary of the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus, where a parade of candidates […]