JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Monday sued the Missouri Attorney General's Office, alleging that it violated the state's open-records laws under the...
Missouri official: No proof Hawley misused public resources
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's secretary of state announced Thursday that his office didn't find evidence to back up allegations Josh Hawley used public resources as the state attorney...
Missouri’s Hawley faces questions on Sunshine law compliance
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley is facing questions about compliance with open-records laws while he was serving as Missouri's attorney general.
At issue are emails between Attorney General's Office staffers and OnMessage consultants, who gave directions to official staffers shortly after Hawley assumed leadership in January 2017. The consultants later went on to work for Hawley's senatorial campaign against former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Missouri Sen. Hawley forms leadership PAC
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley has formed a political action committee to help other candidates get elected.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday reported that the Republican created a leadership PAC called Fighting for Missouri.
Hawleys move to Washington DC, will keep home in Missouri
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley plans to move his family to a suburb of Washington D.C., but will keep a Missouri home in Springfield.
Hawley's spokeswoman, Kelli Ford, said in a statement Thursday that Hawley and his wife decided to move with their two young sons to Washington so they could be together while the Senate is in session.
McCaskill gets new job as network political analyst
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has a new job as a network political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
House budget chairman appointed as next Missouri treasurer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday that he is appointing the chairman of the House Budget Committee to serve as the next state treasurer, adding another link to a chain-reaction of office shuffling among Missouri's top elected officials.
Republican Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick will succeed Republican Treasurer Eric Schmitt when Schmitt takes over for Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley.
Hawley to serve on Judiciary, Armed Services committees
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Republican Josh Hawley will serve on the Judiciary, Armed Services and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees when he takes office in the U.S. Senate next month.
Hawley announced the committee assignments Wednesday. He also will serve on the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Special Committee on Aging.
McCaskill: Senate has lost its way, must do better
Democrat Claire McCaskill had stern words for her soon-to-be former colleagues in the Senate in a farewell speech on Thursday, saying that polarization and fear of political consequences have rendered the body ineffective and unwilling to take on difficult issues.
Missouri GOP calls on lawyer to step aside in Hawley review
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri GOP is calling on an attorney for the secretary of state to recuse herself from investigating outgoing Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley.
Missouri GOP spokesman Chris Nuelle on Wednesday said Secretary of State Deputy General Counsel Khristine Heisinger has a conflict because she donated to Hawley's former rival, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, and other Democrats.
McCaskill says she won’t run again but will stay active
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she won't run for another office after her term expires next month, but that she will remain active in Democratic politics.
The veteran senator sought re-election to a third term last month but lost to Republican state Attorney General Josh Hawley. On Thursday, she will give her final Senate floor speech before she leaves office in January.
Missouri Attorney General’s Office slams claims on Hawley
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Attorney General's Office is pushing back against allegations that Josh Hawley misused public resources to boost his successful U.S. Senate campaign as the secretary of state investigates him.
First Assistant and Solicitor General John Sauer in a Monday letter called the complaint against the outgoing attorney general "a frivolous act of political harassment."
Missouri’s McCaskill spent $40M on unsuccessful campaign
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Campaign finance reports show Missouri's Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill spent roughly $40 million on her unsuccessful bid to keep her seat.
McCaskill's campaign on Thursday reported spending about $5.6 million in the final weeks before and after the November election.
McCaskill was unable to fend off Republican challenger Attorney General Josh Hawley despite her significant financial advantage.
GOP’s Hawley spent $11M on successful Missouri Senate bid
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Josh Hawley's campaign spent about $11 million to successfully unseat Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill despite the Democratic incumbent's significant financial advantage during their marquee U.S. Senate race, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday.
Missouri state Rep. Rehder interested in job as treasurer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State Rep. Holly Rehder says she's interested in becoming Missouri's next treasurer.
The Sikeston Republican told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she let Republican Gov. Mike Parson's office know she's interested in the job.
Historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again
ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again.
President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long (87-meter-long) riverboat immortalized in poems and songs to cruise again along the Mississippi and several other rivers.
Prosecutor tapped to be Missouri Democratic Party leader
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker will be the Missouri Democratic Party's next leader.
The Kansas City Star reports that Democrats elected Baker Saturday. She will replace Stephen Webber as state party chairman.
Baker is assuming leadership following major Democratic losses.
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Missouri’s Hawley to reintroduce McCaskill duck boat bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Sen.-Elect Josh Hawley says he'll reintroduce a duck boat safety bill that his campaign rival Sen. Claire McCaskill proposed after a duck boat sank in July, killing 17 people.
Hawley on Wednesday said he'll bring the legislation up again after he assumes office in January.
Missouri’s Hawley taps campaign manager to be chief of staff
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican Sen.-elect Josh Hawley has tapped his campaign manager to be his chief of staff.
Hawley on Wednesday announced he picked Kyle Plotkin for the job. Plotkin previously served as former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief of staff.
Hawley is currently serving as Missouri's attorney general. He unseated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November. He'll leave office in January to join the U.S. Senate.
Missouri attorney general seeks court order for church files
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Attorney General's Office is seeking court orders for Catholic dioceses to provide records as part of an investigation into potential clergy abuse.
Spokeswoman Mary Compton in a Tuesday statement said the office wants personnel records, records relating to allegations of abuse and other documents from Missouri Catholic organizations.
Parson to announce attorney general to replace Hawley
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson is scheduled to announce who will replace Josh Hawley as Missouri's attorney general.
Parson is planning a news conference Tuesday morning to fill the attorney general's post, which Hawley held after being elected in 2016.
Hawley will be moving to the U.S. Senate, after defeating Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in last week's election.
McCaskill loss in Missouri illustrates urban-rural divide
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump might have lost ground with suburban voters during the midterm elections, but rural voters in Missouri more than made up for it by strongly supporting Trump-backed Republican Josh Hawley, who ousted self-described moderate Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday.
Missouri voter turnout highest for midterm since 1994
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — About 58 percent of Missouri's registered voters turned out to cast ballots in Tuesday's elections.
The preliminary figures reported Wednesday by the secretary of state's office would mark the highest turnout in a presidential midterm election since a 59 percent rate in 1994.
VoteCast: Missouri voters divided on state of nation
Voters casting midterm election ballots in Missouri are divided over the state of the nation, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 49 percent of Missouri voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 50 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Hawley’s victory secures Republican dominance in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley achieved a long-sought GOP victory in unseating Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday, strengthening Republican control of the state and delivering a win for President Donald Trump.
Hawley defeats McCaskill, handing Republicans a Senate seat
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill conceded defeat on Tuesday to state Attorney General Josh Hawley, handing Republicans a Senate seat President Donald Trump personally campaigned for twice in the week before Election Day.
Hawley, 38, tied his campaign closely to the president. During a speech to supporters gathered in Springfield, he thanked Trump for his leadership and "for believing in Missouri."
Democrat McCaskill reaches right in GOP-leaning Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has approvingly evoked former President Ronald Reagan. She said she would back President Donald Trump if he stopped a migrant caravan at the border. And speaking on Fox News, she has decried "crazy Democrats."
What is the Democratic senator up to?
The vulnerable incumbent is appealing to the right in a bid to win a third term in a state that Trump won by 19 percentage points in 2016.
The Latest: NRA president campaigns for GOP candidate Hawley
IMPERIAL, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Missouri U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Josh Hawley (all times local):
National Rifle Association President Oliver North is campaigning for Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley.
North spoke to several dozen Hawley supporters during a Saturday rally in Imperial, about 30 minutes south of St. Louis.
Missouri auditor seeks to keep office she was appointed to
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Auditor Nicole Galloway is one of just two Democrats in statewide offices in Missouri, and if she's going to keep her job, she might need some help from the other one.
The Latest: Pence rallies GOP in KC for Hawley, Kobach
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a rally with Vice President Mike Pence for Republican candidates Josh Hawley and Kris Kobach in Missouri and Kansas (all times local):
Vice President Mike Pence has rallied hundreds of fellow Republicans in Kansas City to boost Senate candidate Josh Hawley in Missouri and governor candidate Kris Kobach in Kansas.
GOP leaders want probe into Senate campaign mailings
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican leaders are calling for a federal investigation into political mailings that slam Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley.
The mailers do not have required disclaimers saying who is paying for them.
Trump stumps against Democrat Sen. McCaskill
Trump implores Missouri voters to dump McCaskill for Hawley
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump implored voters on Thursday to reject Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and to instead install a Republican in her seat who would fully back his agenda.
Trump appeared at a rollicking campaign rally in Columbia, home of the state's largest university, in an airline hangar draped in American flags. It was his second rally in an 11-stop, eight-state tour designed to boost Republican turnout ahead of Tuesday's crucial midterm elections.
Trump, Oprah lead surrogate campaigners in 2018 midterms
WASHINGTON (AP) — From President Donald Trump to Oprah Winfrey, top political surrogates are fanning out in key battleground states to appeal to voters during the final days of the 2018 midterm campaigns.
The Latest: Hawley: Voters will soon call McCaskill ‘fired’
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's final rally blitz before the midterm elections (all times local):
Missouri Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley says that on Election Day, voters are going to call his opponent, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, "fired."
Campaign consultants worked with Hawley’s official staff
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Out-of-state political consultants that went on to help run Republican Josh Hawley's U.S. Senate campaign began advising his staff in the Missouri Attorney General's Office soon after his inauguration to the seat, prompting Democrats to renew criticism of him as a ladder-climber.
Missouri voter turnout projected at nearly 55 percent
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri election officials are expecting voter turnout in Tuesday's midterm election to be the highest in more than two decades.
Estimates submitted to the state by local election officials project that nearly 2.3 million people will cast ballots. That would equal almost 55 percent of registered voters.
The last presidential midterm election to exceed that mark was in 1994, when 59 percent of registered voters cast ballots.
Missouri GOP Senate hopeful Hawley opposes ‘chain migration’
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley on Wednesday did not say whether he supports President Donald Trump's calls to end the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil but said he backs stopping "chain migration."
Trump plans 2 Missouri stops before US Senate election
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump will visit Missouri twice to urge the defeat of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as part of his final campaign blitz heading into the midterm elections.
Trump's campaign says he will rally supporters Thursday in Columbia to vote for McCaskill's Republican rival, state Attorney General Josh Hawley.
Trump will also visit Cape Girardeau on Monday, the day before the Nov. 6 election.
Trump to appear at rally in Columbia next week
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump is scheduled to be in Missouri next week for a campaign rally.
The rally is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Columbia Regional Airport.
Trump has made several appearances in Missouri in support of Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is running against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in one of the nation's most closely-watched races.
Hawley blames Democrats for incivility in politics in debate
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley blamed Democrats for a vitriolic political climate without offering any criticism of President Donald Trump during a Thursday debate with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
The debate hosted by KMBC-TV in Kansas City marked the final time the two squared off before the pivotal Nov. 6 election, when the Missouri race could be pivotal to party control of the U.S. Senate.
Ballot initiatives buck legislatures in GOP-leaning states
Marijuana legalization. An increase in the minimum wage. Expansion of Medicaid. Come Election Day, voters in a batch of Republican-dominated states will weigh in on these and other liberal or centrist proposals that reached the ballot after bypassing state legislatures.
Pushed forward via signature-gathering campaigns, these measures offer a chance for voters to do things their GOP-run legislatures oppose. Many are considered to have a good chance of passage.
PAC won’t end ad saying black men will face rape accusations
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections.
The Latest: Missouri version of radio ad avoids ‘lynching’
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on a radio ad that suggests white Democrats will lynch African-Americans if they win in midterm elections next month (all times local):
The Missouri version of a radio ad that suggests Democratic victories in midterm elections endanger African-American men and boys does not refer to lynchings as an ad in Arkansas does.
AP FACT CHECK: Missouri debate claims cite Trump, wages
Party control of the U.S. Senate could hinge on Missouri in the midterm elections, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is locked in a tight race with first-time challenger Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley.
McCaskill, is a longtime Missouri politician who's seeking her third Senate term. Hawley is a rising star in the Republican Party who's running for his first national office. The two met for their first one-on-one debate Thursday in St. Louis.
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Hawley tries to paint McCaskill as too liberal for Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican candidate Josh Hawley used a Thursday debate to try to paint Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as too liberal for the increasingly red state of Missouri, while McCaskill continued to hammer her challenger over his positions on health care.
The candidates' messaging during the St. Louis debate hosted by St. Louis Public Radio, Nine Network and KSDK Channel 5 reflects broader themes in their campaigns in the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election.
McCaskill-Hawley race turns nasty over sting videos
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign manager on Wednesday called for her Republican rival Josh Hawley to launch an investigation of footage of her campaign taken by a conservative group known for "sting" videos of liberal organizations.
GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In ads and speeches, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is pounding Missouri voters with a single message: Her Republican challenger wants to end health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
The Republican, Attorney General Josh Hawley, says it's not true and has been forced to defend himself.