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In a sign of how competitive Missouri’s U.S. Senate contest has become, the two major candidates – Republican incumbent Roy Blunt and Democrat Jason Kander – held dueling roundtables with area military veterans.

Wednesday’s events were intended to underscore how both men are highlighting their armed services credentials, and emphasizing their concern about the problems facing the nation’s military.

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On the Planet Tralfamador Americans are tuning into presidential debates that are enlightening, illuminating and helpful to voters.  There, on the other side of the galaxy, Americans are watching ads on TV and social media that are professionally and substantively addressing the issues that separate the candidates. There Americans are turning out to vote in record numbers in a national show of civic pride and duty.



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A judge says a proposal to allow medical marijuana in Missouri won't go to voters this year.

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled Wednesday that the initiative petitions lacked enough valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander previously said the measure fell about 2,200 signatures short after local election authorities threw out thousands of signatures. Issues included registered voters who signed petitions for the wrong county.

Missouri's contest for the U.S. Senate between Democrat Jason Kander and Republican Roy Blunt is getting more national attention - and money.

Washington is abuzz about Kander's new TV ad, which shows him assembling an assault weapon blindfolded. Aside from being creative, the ad also highlights the key roles of guns and the military in both campaigns.

Outside groups are running attack ads the claim Blunt hasn't done enough for veterans, while the NRA is accusing Kander of being soft on gun rights.

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Supporters of a proposal to allow medical marijuana in Missouri say thousands of signed petitions to get the measure on the ballot were wrongly tossed out.

A lawyer for the group New Approach Missouri told a circuit judge Monday that enough registered voters signed a petition to get the measure on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander's office says the proposal fell about 2,200 short of signatures needed.


  Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is sending findings from an investigation of a state House race to state and federal prosecutors to determine if charges are warranted.

A report from Kander's office Wednesday also said it "strongly encourages" the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office to review every absentee ballot cast in a contested Democratic primary for a St. Louis-area House seat.

At issue is incumbent Rep. Penny Hubbard's 90-vote win over political newcomer Bruce Franks.

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Ask Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri about his party's presidential nominee and you'll likely get a polite but weary response.

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Missouri voters can weigh in on whether to hike cigarette taxes and re-impose limits on campaign contributions.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says a court-ordered change to a proposed tobacco tax is not enough to disqualify it from the ballot.

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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander isn't saying yet how he will handle a ballot proposal seeking to raise the cigarette tax in light of recent court rulings.

The state Supreme Court recently turned down an appeal of a ruling ordering a change to the ballot summary for the measure that would phase in a 60-cent increase to the state's 17-cent-a-pack cigarette tax.

The ruling said the summary prepared by Kander's office should have noted that a separate, new 67-cent-a-pack fee on some cigarette brands will rise annually.

Missouri Primary Turnout Projected at 34 Percent

Mar 10, 2016
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Missouri election officials are projecting that 34 percent of registered voters will cast ballots in next week's presidential primary.

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.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced today a three million dollar grant for new voting machines and other election assistance throughout the state.

Fifteen months before the 2016 election, Missouri’s major candidates for the U.S. Senate – Republican incumbent Roy Blunt and Democrat Jason Kander – are ensnared in two familiar issues:

  • The use of private planes;
  • Accusations that each is too tied to special interests.

A key difference is that, for the most part, the attacks aren’t coming from the candidates or their campaigns. Rather, they’re being launched by party surrogates on their behalf.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, has adopted one of the GOP’s favorite words – “overreach” – as he attacks President Barack Obama’s habit of using executive orders and rule changes to implement his policies.

Kander’s  prime pitch Thursday to the St. Louis Regional Chamber was that the White House was too dependent, in his view, on using executive orders and rule changes to circumvent the Republicans who control Congress.

Senior Savings Protection Act Sitting On Nixon's Desk

Jun 2, 2015
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Legislators sent Senate Bill 244 to Gov. Jay Nixon on May 27. If signed, the bill would create the Senior Savings Protection Act. The act would allow professionals in financial institutions to delay or refuse disbursements from the accounts of qualified individuals if they suspect financial exploitation. Qualified individuals include people older than the age of 60 and individuals between the ages of 18-59 who have a disability.

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Four individuals face felony charges over fraudulent signatures on a 2014 initiative petition to put early voting on the Missouri ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Thursday he will run for the U.S. Senate next year.

It’s a move that ensures U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will have competition in 2016 – and opens up a down-ballot statewide contest for both parties.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced in a press release Thursday morning that he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. If he wins the Democratic nomination, he would likely face incumbent Republican Senator Roy Blunt.


Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is asking lawmakers to cut dozens of filing fees to help the state attract new businesses.

On Thursday, Kander announced the fee cut as part of his agenda for the 2015 legislative session.

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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has unveiled a wide-ranging ethics proposal he wants lawmakers to take up and pass this year.

It includes restoring campaign contribution limits, banning gifts from lobbyists to all state elected officials, and requiring a 3-year waiting period before ex-lawmakers can work as lobbyists. Kander said if adopted, Missouri can go from having the worst ethics system in the country to the best:

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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is backing legislation that could make it easier for deployed military members to run for office.

Kander said Thursday that he will push legislation next year allowing deployed members of the Armed Forces to use a proxy to file their candidacy papers with the secretary of state's office.

Candidate filing for the 2014 primary elections will run from Feb. 25 to March 25.

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A longtime attorney in Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has been chosen as executive director of the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The commission announced Tuesday that James Klahr will begin serving as director Sept. 13.

The Missouri Ethics Commission enforces the state's campaign finance and lobbyist laws. Its director is limited to a six-year term.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is launching an ad campaign in which he asks Missouri workers and employers to consider moving to Texas.


Secretary of State Jason Kander has issued an alert to investors, warning them to be wary of fraudulent schemes.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is taking action against a financial management company connected to the failed Mamtek artificial sweetener plant in mid-Missouri.

In his role as Secretary of State Jason Kander also serves as Missouri’s chief securities regulator.

He’s accusing Morgan Keegan, a Memphis-based firm of helping defraud Missourians based on a list of falsehoods, including the claim the Mamtek held several production patents.  

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The Missouri State Archives is working on a project that could allow people to look up old marriage records online.

Secretary of State Jason Kander says the online database will include more than 3 million Missouri marriage records from the territorial period through 1969.

Those records already are available at county courthouses and on microfilm at the State Archives in Jefferson City. But Kander says this will mark the first time they can be searched through a free state website.


Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said that some businesses are receiving a phony letter that appears to come from his office.

Kander's office said the letter comes from an entity called Corporate Records Service. He said it falsely suggests Missouri businesses have to complete a certain form and pay a $125 fee.

Kander said the letter looks official but is not from his office. Any official correspondence from the Secretary of State's Office will contain the Missouri state seal and contact information for its Corporations Division.


Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is giving the public a chance to review potential ballot initiatives long before the petition gathering begins.

Kander said Friday that initiatives submitted to his office will be posted online, and the public will have a five-day comment period before his office drafts a summary for the measures.

Kander, a Democrat, took office Jan. 14.