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Missouri’s crowded GOP contest for governor has lost a participant, as state Sen. Bob Dixon is dropping out.

The departure of Dixon, R-Springfield, isn’t entirely unexpected. He was at the bottom of the pack when it came to fundraising. His last campaign finance report showed him with less than $83,000 in the bank.

Missouri Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is criticizing some University of Missouri student protesters as "pampered" and the faculty who are backing them as "tenured radicals."

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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 - List of Governor GOP Candidates Grows

Oct 6, 2015
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The list of GOP candidates for Missouri's gubernatorial election continues to grow as John Brunner announced his candidacy yesterday via a video message posted on his campaign website.

Marshall Griffin and Jo Mannies have the story.

Updated with vote - The Missouri Development Finance Board Tuesday approved tax breaks to help fund a proposed new NFL stadium in St. Louis. This vote was for $15 million out of what's expected to be a total of $50 million in credits.

It's part of a revised stadium proposal that would cost $998 million, including $820 million for sight clearance and construction.

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Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has announced his candidacy for governor near the scene of last year's protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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  The competition to become Missouri's next lieutenant governor is growing.

Republican Bev Randles and Democratic state Rep. Tommie Pierson announced this week they're running for the office in 2016.

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Missouri's lieutenant governor wants lawmakers to look into events related to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder on Thursday called for the creation of a bipartisan panel of House and Senate members to review the state's law allowing the use of deadly force by police officers.

Kinder also wants the panel to investigate what he describes as a "failure in communication" by state, local and federal law enforcement agencies investigating the August 9th shooting and response to the protests.

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  The future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways continues to be a matter for debate – particularly between Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and state Representative Chris Kelly. The two politicians have been sparring over the park issue on Twitter, and on Saturday they met in the small southern Missouri town of Eminence for a formal debate.

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Deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri a battles rages over the use of a National Park: The Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This national park is visited by millions each year and was the first federally protected river system, established in 1964.

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and state Rep. Chris Kelly are scheduled to debate the future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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A Missouri commission has approved tax credits to build low-income housing after delaying their issuance last year.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission unanimously endorsed issuing about $14 million in tax credits Friday for about 1,600 housing units.

The commission had delayed approving the tax credits in December as part of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's negotiations with certain senators to pass a $1.7 billion incentive package to lure production of Boeing aircraft. Boeing ultimately opted against Missouri.

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder wants a Missouri housing commission to meet next week to consider awarding tax credits to developers.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission postponed the approval of millions of dollars of tax credits for low-income housing at its December meeting.

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, chair of the Missouri General Assembly’s Black Caucus, is threatening to block Senate action on several of Gov. Jay Nixon’s key appointments because of the governor’s action to delay state tax breaks for several low-income housing projects.

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has decided not to run for a southeast Missouri congressional seat next year.

Kinder announced his decision in a written statement Friday, about a month after he publicly said he was considering a congressional bid.

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People and politicians are speaking out against an incident at the the Missouri State Fair on Saturday. A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a rodeo this weekend, and the announcer asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."

We cover a lot of elections at KBIA but Mike Carter's 2012 run for Lt. Governor was bizarre, hilarious, wonderful. We'll explain:

Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says the Department of Revenue (DOR) has continued to withhold information from his legislative committee about the list of conceal carry weapons (CCW) holders that the agency compiled for the federal government.

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Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is among more than 20 Republican lieutenant governors urging approval of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association said in a letter to President Barack Obama that more pipeline capacity is needed to tap oil supplies from formations in Canada, Montana and North Dakota.
The lieutenant governors contend construction of the pipeline would support thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs and would directly benefit many states.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he plans to launch a state website to gather tips about wasteful spending in Missouri government.

Kinder, a Republican, said  the website should be running soon. He detailed plans for it while asking a legislative committee on Wednesday to increase his office budget by about $38,500, to get it back to its level in 2009.

Kinder said if the website and his staff don't identify enough wasteful spending to offset the appropriation, he'll return the additional money.

A Missouri House committee has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.

House Bill 110 would require special elections if the office of Lt. Governor or any other statewide office is suddenly vacated.  It would allow the Governor to only appoint a placeholder who would temporarily fill the office but not be eligible to run in the special election.  It’s sponsored by House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem).

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Aside from Medicaid expansion, the most talked-about issue so far during the just-begun Missouri legislative session is whether Gov. Jay Nixon has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Gov. if Peter Kinder succeeds Republican Jo Ann Emerson in Congress.

Following his annual prayer breakfast, Gov. Nixon told reporters he believes he has the authority to appoint a new lieutenant governor if the office suddenly becomes vacant.

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A new bipartisan group of Missouri leaders is trying to put pressure on Congress to address the national debt – and says tens of thousands of Missouri jobs are at stake.  The Missouri “Fix the Debt” campaign held its first event in Jefferson City Monday. The group is urging action before the so-called fiscal cliff takes effect.

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Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is urging state lawmakers to refrain from creating a health insurance exchange or expanding Medicaid when they convene for their regular session next year. 


While the Governor and US Senate races in Missouri have attracted more attention, the campaign for the Lt. Governor’s office has heated up after a quiet lull that followed the August primaries. 

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Democratic challenger Susan Montee is criticizing Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder over hotel bills and dealings with a stripper in a new TV ad.

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KBIA's Ryan Famuliner interviews former Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee, who is challenging incumbent Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder in the November 6th election.

Democrat Susan Montee is starting her first TV ad in the Missouri lieutenant governor campaign.

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has lost another round in his battle against President Obama’s federal health care law.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Republican Lt. Governor has no legal standing to file suit because the Affordable Care Act poses no immediate threat to Kinder’s legally protected interests.  He filed suit two years ago as an individual, not in his official capacity as Lt. Governor.  The three-judge panel’s ruling did not address the constitutionality of the federal health care law, most of which was upheld last year in a 5-4 ruling by the U-S Supreme Court.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Clair Willcox rehired as editor-in-chief of the MU Press
  • Lt. Peter Kinder loses case against Affordable Care Act
  • Mo. ranks at bottom of 'Energy Efficiency Economy' list