The Kansas secretary of state operates a political action committee with a name, Prairie Fire PAC, that a state ethics official said fails to comply with a law requiring more transparency about the motives or control of such organizations.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, decried the refusal of her Republican colleagues — including Sen. Roy Blunt — to support Lynch because they say the North Carolina native agrees too closely with President Barack Obama, who nominated her.
The Missouri House gave its initial approval Wednesday night to a bill that would limit the ability of cities to regulate ride-hailing companies by creating statewide standards. The vote comes just weeks after Kansas City approved new rules applying to both traditional taxis and new technology companies such as Uber and Lyft that use smartphone apps to link passengers with drivers using their own vehicles.
A push to increase Missouri’s gas tax for the first time in 20 years to pay for road and bridge repairs appears to have stalled for another year. Efforts in both the House and Senate have failed in the past week.
A report in Roll Call suggests that the former Kansas City mayor’s reputation as a loyal party soldier and proponent of civility makes him a “competitive candidate” for election to the Democratic leadership team in the House.
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