U.S. Senate

Schmitt joins Republican AGs taking aim at ‘social cost of carbon’ emissions

BY: - April 27, 2021

The attorneys general in Missouri and Kansas have joined their Republican counterparts in 20 states demanding that the federal government not consider the social cost of carbon emissions when determining whether to approve new natural gas pipelines.  Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Derek Schmidt of Kansas filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Monday […]

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 […]

St. Louis County Democrat launches bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

BY: - February 8, 2021

Scott Sifton, a former Democratic state senator from St. Louis County, officially launched a campaign on Monday to unseat GOP U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. Sifton, 46, is the first Democrat to join the campaign. He announced his intention in a web video that focused as much on Missouri’s other senator — Republican Josh Hawley — […]

Danforth says regrets over Hawley make him feel like ‘Dr. Frankenstein’

BY: - February 3, 2021

Former Sen. Jack Danforth recently dived deeper into his regrets over promoting Josh Hawley, saying on a podcast that it is “what Dr. Frankenstein must have felt.” The reference to Mary Shelley’s famous horror story of a murderous monster came in the Bulwark podcast published on Monday. In a discussion with host Jim Swift, Danforth […]

‘Reckless pandering’: Josh Hawley’s woes grow as another major backer abandons him

BY: - January 8, 2021

The list of Missouri supporters abandoning U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley grew Friday, when a prominent early backer accused him of “an act of reckless pandering” by raising objections as electoral votes were counted. Sam Fox of St. Louis, ambassador to Belgium during President George W. Bush’s administration, joined former Sen. Jack Danforth, and Joplin businessman […]

Major Josh Hawley donor calls for him to be censured by the U.S. Senate

BY: - January 7, 2021

A Joplin businessman who helped bankroll Sen. Josh Hawley’s first campaign denounced him on Thursday as a “political opportunist” who used “irresponsible, inflammatory, and dangerous tactics” to incite the rioting that took over the U.S. Capitol Building. In a statement late Thursday, David Humphreys, president and CEO of Tamko Building Products, added his voice to a […]

Struggle for control of the U.S. Senate enters its final tense hours

BY: and - November 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats have a shot at winning the White House,  capturing the Senate majority and keeping their hold on the House—an election result that could dramatically shift the policy agenda away from the gridlock that’s gripped the nation’s capital for years. In the Senate, the clearest route to that outcome is through flipping GOP-held […]