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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Republican is proposing that women be required to get notarized permission from the father to receive an abortion.

State Representative Rick Brattin of Harrisonville recently filed legislation requiring a father's consent except in cases of rape or incest.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republicans are expected to hold on to their majorities in the Missouri House and Senate, but the strength of their numbers could determine how much they can accomplish.

Half of the 34 Senate seats and all 163 House seats are up for election Tuesday.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republicans are clashing again with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on gun legislation.

A vote scheduled for Wednesday could overturn his veto of a bill allowing specially trained teachers to carry guns in school and other residents to openly carry firearms in cities.

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Several Republican state senators are making it clear that there will be no expansion of Medicaid eligibility this year in Missouri.

Five GOP senators took to the Senate floor Monday as the Legislature returned from spring break to say they will block any attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility during the session that ends in mid-May.

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Top Missouri Republicans are looking for ways to ensure greater party loyalty after a supermajority in the GOP-led House recently failed to enact an income tax cut.

Meeting Saturday in Kansas City, the Missouri Republican State Committee proposed a new requirement for candidates registering to run as Republicans. They would be asked to sign a statement saying: "I have read, understand and fundamentally support the platform of the Missouri Republican Party."

Supporters of the measure noted that tax cuts ought to be a central Republican philosophy.

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As the Conservative Political Action Conference takes place in Washington, D.C. this weekend – without some notable key players on the national Republican stage – a rift apparently is developing in the Missouri Republican Party, between new and veteran factions.

Republicans in the Missouri House are making another attempt to pass legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

No one testified in favor of the proposal at a House hearing today -- everyone who testified either opposed requiring photo ID’s for voting or were neutral and speaking for informational purposes only.  In addition to mandating photo identification, House Bill 48 would allow anyone who does not have a photo ID to vote with a provisional ballot, which would not be counted until the voter’s identity is verified.  John Scott with the Secretary of State’s office told the House Committee on Elections that Missouri voters would still be disenfranchised.

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The Republicans who hope to replace Jo Ann Emerson in the U.S. House of Representatives stressed their conservative credentials while trying to differentiate themselves in a crowded field at a voter forum in Cape Girardeau Thursday night.

Before taking the stage, the 12 candidates worked the room, grinning from ear-to-ear, shaking hands and making small talk. About 300 people filled the Concourse building, but the candidates honed in on those wearing red, white and blue ribbons.

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The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party says he's conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director.

Republican chairman Ed Martin said Wednesday that he's already received resumes from people in Virginia and New Mexico and is looking for whoever is best suited to serve as party CEO — even if that person is from outside Missouri.

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The new chairman of the Missouri Republican Party wants the GOP to be more aggressive in promoting its message and more sophisticated in reaching out to voters.

Martin narrowly ousted former chair David Cole on Saturday.

Many speculate it was because of the GOP's poor performance in statewide races, where the party lost five out of the six races.

Martin says those losses were due to one thing: "We found ourselves at a disadvantage because we were vastly outspent by tens of millions of dollars total," he says.

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Republicans who control the Missouri Legislature plan to make another attempt at revising the state's workers' compensation laws.

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At least two Missouri Republicans have confirmed interest in succeeding U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson after her planned retirement.

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Changes in Missouri's tax code will be near the top of the agenda for Republicans in the state Senate during the 2013 session.

Sen. Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, is expected to be elected as presiding officer when the Senate convenes in January. He says majority party Republicans want to act quickly on legislation to provide "income tax relief." The specifics remain to be finalized but could include income tax cuts for individuals, small businesses or corporations.

A week after the conservative losses at the polls, about 20 tea partiers gathered at a restaurant in North St. Louis County to listen to a few lecturers talk about a few ideas for the future: the flat tax and the fair tax. And yes, to commiserate about the recent past.

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Some Missouri business leaders are hoping that a newly enlarged Republican majority in the state House can help them enact their agenda.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says 99 of the 103 candidates endorsed by its political action committee won election Tuesday to the state House and Senate.

Republicans already held a veto-proof majority in the Senate. As a result of Tuesday's votes, the GOP also will hold the two-thirds majority needed to override gubernatorial vetoes in the House.

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is highlighting his Christian faith while asking for help in reviving his Senate campaign.

A national tea party group has endorsed former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary. But numerous Missouri tea party groups say they are not taking sides in the race.

Arguments mar GOP caucuses

Mar 18, 2012

Missouri Republicans lined up to vote in local caucus elections as presidential hopefuls campaigned across the state.  But no delegates were handed out to specific candidates.

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Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Republican challengers to Claire McCaskill debate in forum
  • State bill aims to prevent Gov. Nixon from creating a federally mandated health care exchange
  • School board wants voters to eliminate trailers in public schools