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Nine years ago, Chris Koster was a state senator, a former Cass County prosecutor and a rising star within the Missouri Republican Party. Many speculated he would eventually run for governor.

And now he is running for governor, but as a Democrat.

Koster switched parties in 2007,  a stunning move that has set the course for his unusual political career.  He remains the highest-profile politician in Missouri, at least in modern times, to have made such a move

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  The Missouri Democratic Party chairman is claiming that Republican Eric Greitens broke campaign finance laws by using a list of charity donors to raise money in his campaign for governor.

Roy Temple filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against Greitens, a former Navy SEAL officer who founded a veterans' charity called The Mission Continues.

The complaint is in response to an Associated Press report that a Greitens staffer had a list of Missouri Continues donors. AP found overlap between charity and campaign donors.

Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Tax Returns, Debate

Oct 5, 2016
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The two Missouri gubernatorial candidates engaged in a heated back-and-forth on Tuesday, when Democratic nominee Chris Koster accused Republican Eric Greitens of waiting too long to release his tax returns.

Koster’s campaign said if Greitens doesn’t release his returns, they’ll break off negotiations about an October gubernatorial debate.

Greitens had at one point said he would release his tax returns when Chris Koster released his. Koster did so on Sep. 29, but Grietens still hasn’t.

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  Federal tax documents show that Eric Greitens, the Republican candidate for Missouri governor, was paid $700,000 over a five-year period by a charity he founded to help veterans.

Democratic candidate Chris Koster is criticizing the payments in new ads launched Wednesday. One accuses Greitens of diverting money intended to help veterans to instead promote himself.

Greitens' campaign responded with a fundraising email saying Koster "should be ashamed" for the attack while asking supporters to give money to fight it.

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Missouri's former Republican U.S. Sen. John Danforth is endorsing GOP candidate Eric Greitens for governor.

It’s been less than two weeks since Missouri voters chose nominees for governor. And it’s fair to say that neither candidate wasted much time in fashioning their general election message — or sharply questioning their opponent’s worthiness.

This reporter spent the past few days watching and listening to Chris Koster and Eric Greitens' post-primary speeches. And from what the two men are saying on the stump, Missourians are in for a very contentious campaign — and discourse that may appear familiar.

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Democrat Chris Koster has tallied another significant endorsement from an agricultural group in his race for Missouri governor.

The Missouri Soybean Association announced Thursday it is throwing its support behind Koster’s bid over Republican Eric Greitens. The endorsement is a big win for Koster as it will likely help him with the traditionally conservative vote of rural Missouri.

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Attorney General Chris Koster has scored a major endorsement, becoming the first Democratic statewide candidate to win the backing of the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Members of the Farm Bureau's political action committee voted to endorse Koster's gubernatorial campaign Friday after also listening to a presentation from Republican nominee Eric Greitens.

Koster and Greitens both won primaries earlier this week. The Farm Bureau event has become a traditional kick-off for the general election campaign. But until Koster, the group had never backed a statewide Democratic candidate.

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Missouri Democratic candidate for governor Chris Koster says he's raised more than $3.5 million in the last several months.

His campaign says he had $10 million to spend as of the start of July.

Friday is the deadline for candidates to report recent fundraising and spending. Reports will show how the gubernatorial candidates stack up in the weeks before a competitive four-way Republican primary Aug. 2.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon can't seek re-election because of term limits.

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A Michigan man who allegedly tried to collect fake debts from Gov. Jay Nixon has been charged with a felony for alleged deceptive business practices.

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 The four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for Missouri governor are set to face off in a debate on Monday that will be broadcast in the state's two largest cities as the run-up to the August primary intensifies.

The debate will feature retired businessman John Brunner, former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, former U.S. attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

The debate is hosted by St. Louis television station KTVI, and co-sponsored by WDAF-TV in Kansas City and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A prominent GOP political donor is again supporting Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder as he runs for Missouri governor.

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Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster's fundraising continues to outpace the rest of the candidates running for Missouri governor.

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Missouri lawmakers are advancing a proposed ban on donation of fetal tissue from abortions.

House members voted 120-34 Thursday to outlaw the practice. The vote follows Republican outcry over undercover videos released last summer that purported to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will appeal a court ruling that struck down key parts of a law limiting the ability of cities to profit from traffic tickets and court fines.

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 Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens' rivals want him to return $1 million to a donor accused of sexual abuse.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for missing deadlines in its planned cleanup of the West Lake Landfill near St. Louis.

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Missouri Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster says the state should not require police to wear body cameras.

All of Missouri's expected U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates have filed to run for office.

Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and his Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Jason Kander, both officially entered the race Tuesday.

It was the first day candidates could file to run for public office, with filing ending on March 29.

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Two protesters arrested in Ferguson during protests last year are challenging the St. Louis County ordinance cited in their arrest, calling it too vague.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is pushing for changes to state court rules in an effort to halt what he calls abusive debt-collection actions that often target minorities and the poor.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says a weekend brush fire near a suburban St. Louis landfill makes a pressing case for a federal remedy to the area where a slow-burning underground fire could threaten a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste.

Koster says he's relieved that the Environmental Protection Agency's studies show no immediate public danger from the West Lake Landfill near Bridgeton.

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A St. Louis-area pathology lab that does work for the St. Louis Planned Parenthood chapter didn't file required registration paperwork last month, missing the state paperwork deadline for the sixth time since 1994.

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Farmers Insurance has agreed to pay Missouri $575,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming its agents violated state telemarketing laws.

Attorney General Chris Koster says it's the largest amount ever paid to the state by a telemarketer for violations of the no-call list.

The company sells home, life and auto insurance.

Koster says his office received more than 275 complaints about Farmers agents in a four-year period. Some complained that they were contacted by agents even after consumers requested that they stop calling.

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An expected Democratic and Republican candidate each raised more than $1 million in recent months for what's turning out to be an expensive Missouri governor's race.

Talking Politics - Planned Parenthood

Sep 29, 2015
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Last Thursday, the University of Missouri Health Care System announced it would be eliminating "refer and follow" privileges.

On the heels of this decision, Attorney General Chris Koster announced Monday the results of his office's investigation into the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic and its handling of fetal tissue.  

Marshall Griffin has the story.

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Faith leaders and other organizations are responding to the Vehicle Stops Report issued by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office this week. According to the report, last year African American drivers were 75 percent more likely to be stopped by police on Missouri roads than whites. That is the highest rate recorded since data collection began in 2000.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has maintained a large financial lead in his 2016 quest for governor, despite new self-imposed rules that prompted him to return $45,000 in donations.

Koster, a Democrat, reported over $3.2 million in the bank in his latest campaign filings, due Wednesday.

An audit released Tuesday finds that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has not instituted a policy to guard against conflicts of interest. In response, Koster noted that his campaign organization had instituted changes following earlier news reports about possible conflicts.