As the Kansas City Star posed the question this week: “Can Missouri block ex-lawmakers from turning campaign cash into liquor, golf, cigars?” Read the full article and Rep. Kendrick’s comments as he prepares to refile a suite of bills again this term to help stem the ethical hemorrhage in Missouri politics.
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 […]
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 […]
As part of their effort to help Missouri citizens better understand the hundreds of ways MU directly and positively impacts them on a daily basis, an MU Engagement Council has recently been formed. The Council is a self-appointed group of faculty, staff and administrators who are passionate about spreading the knowledge of what it means […]
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 […]
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 […]
For the past two weeks, I have been involved in a small informal Task Force of Senate and House members charged with finding a funding solution to cuts for in-home and nursing home services that went into effect with the new budget year in July. It has been one of the more challenging experiences I […]