Missouri Reps. Mike Colona and Tom Flanigan have received more lobbyist gifts so far this year than any other lawmakers, according to a list published by the liberal group Progress Missouri. Missouri law does not cap the amount of gifts that lawmakers can accept from lobbyists.
The father of the modern Missouri Republican Party has made his pick for governor. Former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth this week donated $10,000 to three-term Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. The contribution was made Monday, according to the state Ethics Commission, which tracks campaign checks.
Wednesday’s murders of a reporter and a photographer in Virginia were deeply tragic, but not unique. Meaningless, random violence, almost always at the end of a gun, is appallingly routine in our country.
Ron Berry, the chief of staff to disgraced former Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota, was rehired this week, almost exactly one month after LeVota fired him. Berry, who had worked for the state since 2007, was back in the office Tuesday as chief of staff for the now-vacant 11th District.
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