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Wealthy political activist Rex Sinquefield has donated $1 million for Bev Randles to explore running for Missouri lieutenant governor.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A voter report card mailer is grading residents on how often they vote compared to their neighbors and some Missourians aren't happy.

Grow Missouri sent the mailers the week before the Nov. 4 election to spur residents into voting during the first general election in nearly a quarter-century featuring no race for president, U.S. Senate or governor.

The group is financed by investment firm founder Rex Sinquefield, the state's most prominent political donor.

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Missouri's most generous political donor is hosting an election night fundraiser for Republican Senator Roy Blunt in St. Louis.

Blunt isn't up for re-election until 2016. But St. Louis Public Radio reports that financier Rex Sinquefield and his wife Jeanne are hosting an early-evening event on Nov. 4 for the incumbent at their Central West End home.

Tickets start at $1,000 and go as high as $10,400 a couple. The reception is scheduled to end when polls close at 7 p.m.

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A Missouri judge says he will likely reject a legal challenge to a November ballot measure that would link teacher evaluations to their students' performance.

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit seeking to strike the initiative from the ballot. The lawsuit alleges the measure contains multiple subjects and amends more than one part of the Missouri Constitution.

Afterward, Green said he was leaning toward ruling for those defending the ballot measure.

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Missouri's most prolific political financier gave nearly $1.3 million to various political causes in the closing weeks of 2013.

Online state campaign finance reports show that retired investment firm executive Rex Sinquefield gave $750,000 to Teachgreat.org, $495,000 to Grow Missouri and $25,000 to Missourians for Excellence in Government during the final weeks of December.

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A Missouri teachers union says it is spending at least $100,000 on commercials urging state lawmakers to uphold the governor's veto of an income tax cut.

The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association says the TV and radio spots began running Tuesday and will continue for a week. The ads assert the tax cut would benefit "corporate special interests" while "stealing money from our schools."

Lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to decide whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.

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A retired Missouri investment executive who has given millions of dollars to campaigns has filed a lawsuit challenging a proposed ballot measure seeking to establish campaign contribution limits.

According to a Kansas City Star report on Tuesday, Rex Sinquefield argues in his lawsuit that contribution limits would infringe on constitutional rights to free speech and free association. The suit contends the proposed limits are so low they inhibit effective advocacy, particularly as political campaigns become more costly.

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A new report by the Department of Mental Health, or DMH, found the department would have to cut 87 million dollars annually. Federal matching funds would also be lost, which brings that number to approximately $164 million per year.

Speaking at the Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment at Southeast Missouri State University, Nixon said that would permanently undermine the state’s ability to fund mental health services.

Expect to see a lot of ads leading up to September, paid for largely by one man. Libertarian Rex Sinquefield has given nearly $2.4 million to groups backing a possible cut to Missouri's income tax.

In response, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has gone on the offensive, attacking the income tax bill and defending his veto.

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A new political group is launching a campaign to persuade legislators to override the governor's veto of a bill that would phase in various income tax reductions. Political activist Rex Sinquefield has contributed $1.3 million to a business coalition that supports a cut in income taxes.

The contribution reported Thursday on the state Ethics Commission website provides the financial foundation for a newly formed committee called Grow Missouri.

A group of educators is suing the state of Missouri over a proposed constitutional amendment requiring tenure for public school teachers be based on performance, not seniority.

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A Missouri couple has given $1.4 Million to the University of Missouri to continue new-music programs at the university. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, of Westphalia, Missouri, have given the gift to continue to expand the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Creating Original Music Project at MU.  MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced the gift at the annual MU Chancellor’s Concert Monday night.

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Wealthy Republican donors are starting Christmas early. Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25,000 to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday. Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about $1.5 million to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.

 

A group pushing to replace Missouri's income tax with a broader sales tax says it's received a million-dollar contribution.

Newscast for January 27, 2012

Jan 27, 2012
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Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri Senate passes legislation that increases the  information government agencies must put online
  • Claire McCaskill announces her $5 million re-election war chest
  • Missouri State Treasurer announces a new financial assistance package for beginning farmers