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President Obama Launches Personal Twitter Account

First message sent Monday was, “Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.”

05/18/2015

Customary papers thrown at end of legislative session in Jefferson City. Photo taken May 15, 2015 by Tim Bommel

CAPITOL PERSPECTIVES: Sexting & Filibusters

KMOX bureau chief Phill Brooks looks at the legislative session that was

05/18/2015

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Charges Filed For Early Voting Petition Fraud

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says case dates back to 2014 statewide initiative push

05/18/2015

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States Saying ‘No’ To Cities Seeking To Regulate Businesses

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator— himself […]

05/17/2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and wife Diana wave to the crowd after taking the oath of office during ceremonies at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois on January 12, 2015.  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Gov. Rauner Donates Cash to GOP Lawmakers

Illinois’ chief executive doles out $400,000 from his own campaign fund

05/16/2015

New Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) addresses the media at the close of the legislative session on May 15, 2015 (Tim Bommel photo)

Analysis: Mo. Legislative Session Ends in Chaos

AP takes look back at what passed & what led up to Todd Richardson becoming House Speaker

05/16/2015

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Missouri Senate Quits Early, Killing Numerous Bills

Senate Democrats briefly relented Friday from a weeklong blockade to allow final approval of a bill reauthorizing $3.6 billion of annual health care provider taxes for the state’s Medicaid program. But that was the only bill they let come to a vote.

05/15/2015

Rep. Mark Richardson being sworn in as House Speaker (Provided by Tim Bommel, Photojournalist, Missouri State Capitol)

Missouri House Elects Speaker After Resignation Over Texts

The Missouri House unanimously elected Majority Leader Todd Richardson to take over the chamber’s top spot on Friday following the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl, who acknowledged exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a Capitol intern.

05/15/2015

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Missouri House Approves Change to Standard for Deadly Force

The House’s vote Friday sends the bill to the Senate, where activity has been stalled this week. Legislators face a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to give final approval to bills.

05/15/2015

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Search On for Police Civilian Review Board Panelists Who Don’t Have Ax to Grind

Some aldermen say they want panel members who don’t have a bias – for or against – the police.

05/15/2015

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Gov. Nixon’s 2015 State of the State Address

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon implored lawmakers to embrace policies that “foster healing and hope” Wednesday as he delivered his first State of the State address since the unrest that erupted over the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson.

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