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.
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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.
Missouri city clerk faces prosecution for alleged corruption
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Hawley says his office is prosecuting a former southeastern Missouri clerk for allegedly stealing cash from the city of Winona.
Hawley announced Tuesday that his office filed a felony complaint against former Winona clerk Terri Denton. She's charged with felony receiving stolen property.
Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway in September announced her office found that more than $42,000 from Winona was missing and unaccounted for.
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."
The Latest: Attorney General’s Office slams Hawley complaint
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on allegations against Attorney General Josh Hawley (all times local):
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.
First Assistant and Solicitor General John Sauer in a Monday letter called the complaint against Hawley "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.
Ashcroft to review Hawley over alleged misuse of resources
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft will investigate Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley over allegations that he used public resources to bolster his successful U.S. Senate bid, Ashcroft's office confirmed in a Thursday letter .
The investigation is in response to a complaint filed last month by the liberal American Democracy Legal Fund.
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.
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.
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.
Rolla attorney indicted in 18 counts alleging sexual assault
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri attorney is facing 18 criminal counts alleging that he sexually assaulted four women.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Monday announced the indictment of Rolla attorney Brant Shockley. A phone message left with Shockley through his office was not immediately returned.
Hawley's office says the crimes date back to 2014. Shockley is accused of assaulting women at his home and his office.
Treasurer Eric Schmitt will become Missouri attorney general
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday named fellow Republican state Treasurer Eric Schmitt to replace Sen.-elect Josh Hawley as the state's next attorney general.
Schmitt's appointment leaves yet another vacancy in an elected statewide office for Parson to fill, which the governor said he's in the process of doing. Nearly half of Missouri's statewide executive officeholders have been appointed and not elected to their seats.
Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson appoints Treasurer Eric Schmitt to replace Josh Hawley as attorney general
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson appoints Treasurer Eric Schmitt to replace Josh Hawley as attorney general.
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.