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Chris Kelly endorses Kip Kendrick in Missouri House race

Kendrick, a Columbia Democrat, said he will start his campaign in the coming weeks. He "gets our community," said Kelly, the 45th District incumbent.

Rep. Chris Kelly will not seek another term in Missouri House

State Rep. Chris Kelly has decided not to seek re-election in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Mid-Missouri programs, services feel impact of government shutdown

The federal government shutdown has left some services in mid-Missouri at a standstill, but others appear relatively safe.

State Rep. Kelly to speak at town hall meeting about legalizing marijuana

Chris Kelly said he is "thinking very seriously" about introducing a legalization and regulation bill to the Missouri House of Representatives in the 2014 legislative session, depending on whether the state's pro-legalization advocates tell him they feel ready to help campaign successfully for the bill if the legislature makes it a ballot issue.

Mid-Missouri congressional delegation skeptical about Syria strike

Reps. Blaine Leutkemeyer and Vicky Hartzler and Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt haven't made final decisions on whether to support President Barack Obama's proposed military strike on Syria.

Missouri Press Association prepares to fight gun bill

The Missouri Press Association said Thursday that if the General Assembly overrides the governor's veto of The Second Amendment Protection Act next week, it will file an injunction to stop its effects.

 

Missouri gun bill would thwart law enforcement efforts, attorney general says

The legislation would make it a crime to enforce federal gun control laws. It was vetoed by Gov. Nixon and is expected to be brought up in next week's veto session.

Hall of Famous Missourians' inductees will be open to a vote

After a controversial pick last year, Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones announced a new selection process in which Missourians have a louder voice. While Jones will nominate one inductee, the other two will be decided by the people of Missouri.

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry backs Missouri income tax cut

The former presidential candidate is set to visit Missouri on Aug. 29.

Conservative conference draws lawmakers, picketers

Attendees at the American Legislative Exchange Council were countered Thursday by a roughly equal number of protesters upset by the close ties between big businesses and lawmakers.

State legislators find success naming bills after children

The trend of naming bills for children appears to have gained steam this year in the Missouri Legislature. Bryce, Cade, Chloe, Sahara and Jonathan are among the chosen names.

Sen. McCaskill endorses group urging Hillary Clinton to seek presidency

The Missouri Democrat's support of the Ready for Hillary PAC on Tuesday marked the first time a member of Congress has endorsed the group.

Gov. Jay Nixon receives thousands of messages about guns

The governor has until mid-July to sign, veto or allow gun legislation to take effect without his signature. People from across the country are voicing their opinions on how he should proceed.

New commission selected to govern mental health tax

The Boone County Children's Commission will have nine members who will serve staggered terms. The tax is expected to generate an estimated $5.4 million per year.

Automatic federal budget cuts bring unintended consequences

The automatic spending cuts that took effect Friday might be another example of how government action, or inaction, historically has unexpected results.

ANALYSIS: From Obama and GOP, no urgency to stop spending cuts

President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans continue to disagree, making compromise unlikely as the March 1 spending cuts draw near.

Governors say looming federal budget cuts threaten economic gains

Democrat and Republican governors expressed frustration about the impending sequester and its impact on the economy at an annual governors' meeting Saturday.

States' choices on Obama's health overhaul set up national experiment

The Affordable Care Act is unfolding as an experiment to decide whether the states or the federal government will do a better job getting uninsured people covered. 

UPDATE: Missouri Democrats in flux for vacant U.S. House seat

State Rep. Linda Black, of Bonne Terre, announced Thursday that she would not seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.

Obama tells Congress: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans

In specific proposals for his second term, President Barack Obama called for increased federal spending to fix the nation's roads and bridges, the first increase in the minimum wage in six years and expansion of early education to every American 4-year-old.

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