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Two run for GOP nod in Missouri Senate seat held by Sifton

Mitchell Kohlberg, left, and David Lenihan, right.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Repoter

July 23, 2020

Two newcomers to public office will contend in the Republican primaries Aug. 4 for the chance to run in November for the 1st District Missouri Senate seat currently held by Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, who is term-limited. The winner of the GOP primary will face Rep. Doug Beck, D-Affton, who does not ...

Governor supports Legislature’s decision to reconvene at Capitol

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

By Madison Czopek, Missouri News Network

April 18, 2020

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he supports legislators’ decision to return to the Capitol on April 27, which was announced Monday by Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia. “I’m glad they’re coming back,” Parson said at his daily briefing Tuesday. “I think they’re essential; I think everybody shou...

Legislature approves $6 billion COVID-19 spending plan in bipartisan vote

Sen. Andrew Koenig speaks at the Tesson Ferry Republican Club in summer 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Madison Czopek and Emily Wolf, Missouri News Network

April 10, 2020

On a nearly deserted floor, lawmaker by lawmaker, the Missouri House approved a $6.2 billion spending plan focused on COVID-19 relief through the end of June. About $5.5 billion of that is federal funds, less than half of which have been promised to the state so far. Lawmakers expect it to start arr...

Crime, Clean Missouri, flooding among South County legislators’ priorities for session

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

February 18, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A little over a month into the 2020 Missouri General Assembly, lawmakers are hard at work in Jefferson City trying to pass their sponsored legislation. South County legislators filed bills this year related to issues such as flooding, prope...

Mehlville changes school calendar due to Legislature’s new start time

Mehlville changes school calendar due to Legislature’s new start time

January 6, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Students in the Mehlville School District will start school over a week later than originally planned for the 2020-2021 school year, after the Missouri Legislature passed changes requiring that schools start later. The Mehlville Board of...

Deb Lavender challenges Koenig in 2020 race for Senate seat representing Sunset Hills

Deb Lavender challenges Koenig in 2020 race for Senate seat representing Sunset Hills

November 1, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A current state legislator and physical therapist from Kirkwood is looking to turn a historically red state Senate district blue in 2020. State Rep. Deb Lavender, a Democrat, announced in May that she is launching a 2020 bid for state Se...

South County senator wants to end some public newspaper notices

South County senator wants to end some public newspaper notices

April 10, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  One of South County’s senators is sponsoring a bill that would eliminate newspaper publication of some mandated public notices because, he said, newspapers are an “archaic” form of communication.                            ...

Missouri House passes the ‘strongest pro-life bill’ in United States

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

March 6, 2019

By Blythe Nebeker and Abigail Shaw  Columbia Missourian The “strongest pro-life bill” in the country, as many Republicans are calling it, received final approval from the Missouri House last week after hours of emotional and personal testimony from lawmakers. Democrats and Republicans told s...

Sunshine Law change is a ‘crisis to access’

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

February 13, 2019

By Ian Nickens, Gaelle Fournier and Kelsey Wu of the Columbia Missourian and Erin Achenbach of the Call Missouri House members approved changes in the state Sunshine Law last week that would make communications between public officials at all levels of government and their constituents largely immune...

Bird is challenging Unsicker in the 91st District

Bird is challenging Unsicker in the 91st District

October 26, 2018

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  Gravois Township Committeewoman, Jennifer Bird, Republican, will take on incumbent Rep. Sarah Unsicker, D-Shrewsbury, for the 91st District House seat on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Bird, 50, 9244 Laurel Hill Drive, is the mother of a young family as well...

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