missouri republicans

7:16 am
Tue March 25, 2014

GOP state senators reject Medicaid expansion

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

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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5:18 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Mo. GOP considers party loyalty statement

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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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4:51 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Rifts surface in Missouri GOP

Missouri Republican Party Chairman Ed Martin is trying to push the state GOP to the right.

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.

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5:38 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

House GOP Trying Again To Require Photo ID's For Voting In Mo.

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Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 9:31 am

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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8:09 am
Fri January 18, 2013

State GOPers make their case for US House seat

Credit Jacob McCleland / KRCU

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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8:16 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Republicans seeking director, from inside or outside Missouri

Republican Chair Ed Martin is seeking applications - from everywhere.
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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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5:08 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

New Mo. GOP chair plans more aggressive approach

Ed Martin says Missouri GOP needs to do a better job at fundraising.
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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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PM Newscasts
6:10 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Newscast for December 27, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Traffic fatalities up in 2012 according to MoDOT
  • Republicans to tackle workers' compensation
  • MU researcher awarded National Medal of Science
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4:40 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Republicans to tackle workers' compensation

The Missouri House approved legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.

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

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11:58 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Jo Ann Emerson to retire from US House

Jo Ann Emerson
United States Congress

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

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8:23 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Tax changes atop 2013 agenda in Missouri Senate

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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.

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2:20 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

In An Increasingly Red State, How Did Republicans Lose In Missouri?


Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 1:44 pm

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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7:10 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Mo. chamber touts success in legislative elections

At the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., a senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.
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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.

5:26 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Akin powers forward, Mo. Republicans and McCaskill navigate wake

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

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4:23 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Tea party PAC backs Steelman in Missouri Senate race

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.

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2:16 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Arguments mar GOP caucuses

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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AM Newscasts
10:45 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Newscast for January 11, 2012

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