Recent Missouri Editorials
The Kansas City Star, July 12
Josh Hawley bill to prevent police suicides will support those who protect and serve us
Law enforcement officers face a great many risks. But we might...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley is slamming Nike after a report that the company pulled an American flag-themed shoe from the market.
Recent Kansas editorials
The Kansas City Star, June 21
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran thinks murder should have consequences. Why don't his colleagues?
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran did the right thing again. He's flying...
What's your data worth to Big Tech? Bill would compel answer
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress bears down on big tech companies, two senators are proposing to force giants like Google,...
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress bears down on big tech companies, two senators want to force giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon to tell users what data they're collecting from them and how much...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri is doubling down on efforts to rein in big-tech companies by proposing that Facebook, Twitter and other online behemoths be...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ordered an eastern Missouri swimming hole known as "The Offsets" to cease operation until safety measures are implemented, citing several drownings there...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley says he is canceling his trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to return to Missouri to view damage left by strong storms.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley on Tuesday introduced legislation that would give internet users the ability to opt out of allowing their personal data to be tracked and collected, the...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's proposed Do Not Track Act (all times local):
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's attorney general is closing an investigation into whether former Gov. Eric Greitens improperly used his office staff to work on his campaign's social media...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley is taking on the tech industry, including apps and tools aimed at children.
Hawley last week introduced legislation that would ban...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has voted to strip residency requirements for the state's attorney general.
House members voted 135-17 Thursday to change a state law dictating...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are trying to strip residency requirements for the state's attorney general.
Lawmakers on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill to change a...
Missouri AG seeks stories about ravages of opioids
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorney General Eric Schmitt is seeking input from Missourians impacted by the opioid epidemic as part of the state's lawsuit against three major opioid...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has rejected a Democratic candidate's effort to question U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley over his handling of public records while he was Missouri attorney...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan Hunter has tackled the halls of government.
As part of the NFL Players' Association's Externship program, the pre-law...
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man has been arrested after authorities say he threatened Republican Sen. Josh Hawley in a social media message.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has given preliminary approval to a bill that could give the Secretary of State more power to investigate election irregularities.
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...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft allowed Solicitor General John Sauer, a top supporter of Josh Hawley, to sit in on interviews during an investigation into whether Hawley...
Senate panel endorses Trump nominee Rao for appeals court
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court.
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...
Backlog of rape kits will take Missouri years to clear
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say it will take several years to fully clear Missouri's backlog of untested rape kits.
Hawley drills down on Trump nominee despite pushback
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley on Tuesday doubled down on his apprehension about voting for President Donald Trump's nominee to a high-profile appeals court, despite pushback...
Hawley faces pushback for questioning Trump court appointee
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley's Monday comment that President Donald Trump's nominee to a high-profile appeals court doesn't have a clear anti-abortion record is...
Attorney seeks to quash subpoena seeking Hawley’s testimony
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's attorney is asking a court to quash a subpoena against the former Missouri attorney general in a lawsuit over an open records dispute.
In motions filed Thursday, Attorney Lowell Pearson argued Hawley shouldn't be deposed because he is a "high-level public official," and those officials should be required to testify only in extreme circumstances.
Hawley subpoenaed in open records lawsuit
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley has been subpoenaed to answer questions about his handling of Missouri's open records law while he was the state's attorney general.
The Cole County Circuit Court issued the subpoena Monday as part of a lawsuit against Gov. Mike Parson's office.
Hawley staffer says efforts made to comply with records law
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A member of Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's staff says his Attorney General's Office made every effort to comply with the state's open records law.
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.
Fitzpatrick sworn in as Missouri state treasurer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's new state Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick has taken the oath of office.
The 31-year-old Republican was sworn in Monday during a ceremony in the Missouri Capitol Rotunda. He criticized what he described as government overreach into businesses and pledged to be responsible with taxpayers' money.
Republican Schmitt sworn in as Missouri’s attorney general
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Eric Schmitt took the oath Thursday as Missouri's attorney general, pledging to pursue issues such as the opioid epidemic and vowing that neither he nor his staff would use a message-deleting app on work phones.
Missouri Chief Justice Zel Fischer gave Schmitt, 42, the oath of office in the Jefferson City Supreme Court building as his wife and three children surrounded him.
No legal action against college, charity tied to Greitens
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri attorney general's office is not pursuing legal action against two groups related to concerns that former Gov. Eric Greitens' used their resources for political gain.
Missouri Planned Parenthood asks judge to block abortion law
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Columbia Planned Parenthood has passed its state inspection and is asking a federal judge to take action to allow the clinic to provide abortions again.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the clinic wants to start offering abortions beginning Jan. 28.
Incoming Missouri Attorney General Schmitt filling in staff
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's incoming Attorney General Eric Schmitt is tapping a former assistant U.S. attorney to lead criminal litigation in the office.
Schmitt on Thursday announced he's picking Cristian Stevens to be deputy attorney general for criminal litigation.
That means Stevens will lead the office's criminal divisions. The Missouri attorney general's office handles criminal litigation including Medicaid fraud and appeals cases.
Hawley released records involving his office staff’s work
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Records released Friday by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley show employees of his office frequently used private email for official business and were given directions from the political consultants who led Hawley's successful campaign for the U.S Senate.
Southwest Missouri Rep. Smith chosen as next budget chairman
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Another lawmaker from southwest Missouri has been tapped to become chairman of the House Budget Committee.
House Speaker nominee Elijah Haahr said Friday that he has chosen Republican Rep. Cody Smith, of Carthage, as the committee's next leader.
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.
Auditor Galloway will help investigate Attorney General
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has agreed to help the secretary of state's office investigate whether Attorney General Josh Hawley illegally used public resources to help his political campaign.
Galloway, a Democrat, said Friday in a letter to Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, a Republican, that her office would review the allegations against Hawley "with heightened scrutiny."
Ex-coroner, already in prison for theft, convicted again
PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former county official from southeast Missouri already in prison on a conviction of exploiting the elderly has pleaded guilty to a new theft charge.
Former Perry County coroner Herbert Miller entered the plea Wednesday. Sentencing is Jan. 29.
Miller was placed on probation and ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution in 2015 for writing checks from an elderly woman's account. He resigned as coroner at that time.
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.