Dec 7, 2017 – Weekly Capitol Update

GREITENS-CONTROLLED BOARD OUSTS EDUCATION OFFICIAL On the second try and after yet another change to its membership to secure the necessary majority, the Missouri State Board of Education on Dec.1 voted 5-3 to fire Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens had been manipulating the board’s makeup for months […]

Nov 16, 2017 – Weekly Capitol Update

SAGA CONTINUES OVER ATTEMPT TO TAKEOVER DESE The saga surrounding Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ attempt to seize control of the constitutionally independent State Board of Education in order to oust Missouri’s K-12 education commission continued with the governor finally appointing enough members for a board majority but one of those appointees balking at the ouster […]

Nov 9, 2017 – Weekly Capitol Update

VACANCY PUTS STATE DESE CONTROL IN GREITENS’ REACH Turnover continued on the Missouri State Board of Education when Democrat Joe Driskill resigned on Nov. 9 with more than six and a half years remaining on his term. Driskill’s unexpected departure makes it possible for Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to appoint a majority on the eight-member […]

Oct 26, 2017 – Weekly Capitol Update

GREITENS USED CAMPAIGN CASH IN PLAN TO TAKE OVER DESE Gov. Eric Greitens spent $1,576 from his campaign account as part of a failed scheme to engineer a coup to oust the leader of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Oct. 23. Unlike most state departments, which are […]

Oct 12, 2017 – Weekly Capitol Update

APPEALS JUDGES SEND CAPTIVE DEER CASE TO HIGH COURT A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District on Oct. 10 said it believes the state Conservation Commission has the constitutional authority to regulate captive deer breeding and hunting facilities. However, instead of reversing a lower court’s ruling to the contrary, the appellate […]

Oct 5, 2017 – Weekly Capitol Update

COURT REVIVES RELIGIOUS CHALLENGE TO ABORTION LAW A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District on Oct. 3 revived a lawsuit alleging certain state abortion regulations violate the religious rights of women seeking to undergo the procedure. The appellate panel said a circuit judge erred in the dismissing the case and ordered […]