Senate leaders offer dour take on 'cliff' talks

Republicans withdrew a long-discussed proposal to slow future cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients as part of a compromise to avoid the cliff.

'Fiscal cliff' budget battle sends mixed signals on health care

The president's health care overhaul will add coverage for millions of currently uninsured people, but the medical industry also is facing higher taxes and a potential reduction in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

Lloyd Smith to seek 8th District nomination

The executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, who was also a former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, announced his plan to seek the nomination on Friday.

Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices

The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October.

Proposed House resolution aims to enshrine farming, hunting, fishing rights in constitution

State Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem, says threats from animal rights groups make the amendment necessary.

Guide to the 'fiscal cliff': Hard or soft landing?

A combination of fiscal deadlines has led to a convergence of spending cuts and higher taxes set to take effect Jan. 1. Here's a look at the issues and the effect on the economy if lawmakers can't reach a deal.

Teacher elected to state House denied leave of absence

Republican Bryan Spencer said the Francis Howell school board is playing political games.

World markets decline as U.S. nears fiscal cliff

Political budget compromise before New Year's deadline appears unlikely.

UPDATE: Obama invites congressional leaders to cliff talk

President Barack Obama returned early from a Hawaiian vacation while lawmakers snarled across a partisan divide, leaders in each party blaming the other for an episode of government gridlock that threatens the economy with a new recession.

Republicans eager to tackle workers' compensation

House, Senate leaders say legislation prohibiting lawsuits related to occupational diseases will be among their priorities for the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

ANALYSIS: GOP shows signs of bending after election defeat

Raising taxes, changing immigration rules and looking at gun rights are all being taken into consideration as recent events have stirred more discussion and dissent with the GOP stances.

Don't be fooled by January pay — higher taxes loom

As lawmakers in Washington try to reach a deal to prevent "fiscal cliff" tax increases and spending cuts, the IRS has delayed releasing income tax withholding tables for 2013.

'Fiscal cliff' tax increases, spending cuts would hurt economy gradually

Even if Congress and the White House can't reach a deal on the "fiscal cliff," the higher taxes and lower government spending that would follow would kick in only gradually. A recession is not guaranteed.

Congressional backing grows for gun control legislation

Gun rights advocates in Congress said they would consider gun control legislation as long as it also addresses mental health issues and the effects of violent video games.

As 'fiscal cliff' negotiations continue, Boehner offers 'plan B'

As President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed to reach a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," Boehner offered a "plan B" that would cancel tax increases for everyone earning $1 million or less.

Missouri electors meet at Capitol for presidential vote

Ten people chosen by their fellow Republican are gathering Monday at the Missouri Capitol to cast the state's Electoral College vote for president.

Akin owes nearly $270,000 from failed U.S. Senate bid

Despite being outspent 3-to-1 in his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, Rep. Todd Akin recently reported $268,830 in debt as the end of his term as a congressman draws nearer.

'Fiscal cliff' could affect Missouri economy, budget

The Federal Funds Information for States anticipates that if lawmakers in Washington do not compromise on averting the "fiscal cliff," Missouri could lose $125 million in federal funding, and the state's defense spending cuts could total over $1 billion.

Federal 'fiscal cliff' stalemate spurs anxiety in states

Many states depend on federal grants to help finance education, environmental and community programs that are on the chopping block. And their state income tax revenues could rise or fall as a direct result of federal tax hikes.

Three MU graduates to take oath in U.S. Senate

All three lawmakers told the newspaper their experiences at the university helped shape their attitudes as public officials.