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Missouri committee recommends lawmaker be expelled over alleged abuse of his children

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri House committee has recommended Lee’s Summit Rep. Rick Roeber be expelled from office after finding that he sexually and physically abused his now-adult children when they were young. In the House Ethics Committee’s report released late Monday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers deemed the freshman Republican’s accusers — including his ex-wife and three of his four children — credible. They testified he had committed acts that under Missouri law would constitute “sexual contact” or “deviate sexual intercourse,” according to the report. The committee also found acc...

Missouri Republicans fight 'will of the people' as they push limits on direct democracy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo, — When Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion in August, the results weren't all that close. The constitutional amendment requiring the state to expand eligibility to upward of 275,000 residents passed 53.3% to 46.7%. The margin of victory stood at more than 83,000 votes. Less than a year later, the Republican-dominated House is balking. GOP legislators voted last week to exclude the funding necessary to carry out the expansion, leaving its fate unclear. One lawmaker, Republican Justin Hill of Lake St. Louis, went as far as to say he was "proud to stand against the wil...

'Voter suppression': Kansas lawmakers advance changes to take control of elections

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas lawmakers, following a trend in Republican-controlled statehouses nationwide, gave initial approval Wednesday to bills that would strip the executive and judicial branches of some authority over elections and make it more difficult to cast a ballot by mail. One of the measures would bar the Governor and courts from altering election laws. The other limits who is permitted to return a mail-in ballot on behalf of another person and makes it a felony for an individual to return more than five mail-in ballots. The changes were approved on a 28-12 vote, despite reports from Se...

For sexual assault survivors, Greitens’ return can mean fresh trauma: experts

WASHINGTON — Dee Ogilvy was sexually assaulted 42 years ago at her place of work. The police never made an arrest in the case, and a shoulder injury from the attack still gives her pain. The Springfield, Missouri, resident said she’s disgusted to see former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens campaigning for U.S. Senate less than three years after allegations of blackmail and sexual assault helped lead to his resignation. “I’ve had a number of women text me in the past 24 hours saying Greitens is back and they can’t process it ... just the thought that we are still a state and a country that will give...

Missouri AG Eric Schmitt launches US Senate bid, sets up primary fight with Greitens

WASHINGTON – For the second time in three days, a Missouri Republican went on Fox News to launch a bid for U.S. Senate. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt formally declared his candidacy Wednesday on "Fox & Friends," known as the favorite morning show of former President Donald Trump. It sets up a GOP primary match-up between Schmitt, the state’s top law enforcement official, and former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned from office three years ago in the face of multiple scandals. It’s no accident that both men chose the conservative news channel as the platform to announce their c...

'Unqualified — politically, intellectually, morally': Hometown paper crushes GOP senate candidate Eric Greitens

The disgraced and depraved former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said on Monday that he is running for his fellow Republican Roy Blunt’s U.S. Senate seat. He made the announcement on Fox News, which tells you something about his contempt for Missourians. He clearly hopes voters have short memories. Somehow, he believes they will excuse a scandal so repulsive that Republicans and Democrats worked together to force him from the governor’s office. But Missourians should neither forget nor forgive. Eric Greitens is unqualified — politically, intellectually, morally — to ever again serve in any public...

Judge scolds high-profile Missouri lawyer for ‘QAnon Shaman’ TV interview

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A judge said a St. Louis-based lawyer representing the man known as the ”QAnon Shaman,” who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, violated federal rules in facilitating a “60 Minutes Plus” interview for his client, Politico reported. At a Friday hearing, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth asked attorney Al Watkins, who represents QAnon follower Jacob Chansley, how the interview happened as the Marshals Service requires numerous clearances for interviews of federal pretrial prisoners, according to Politico. The judge scolded Chansley and Watkins, questioning whether the attorney was...

No, Josh Hawley: We don’t hate America if we want to learn from history’s mistakes

It’s not true, as Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley suggested in his fiery, “America First” Friday speech at the far-right Conservative Political Action Conference, that those who don’t agree with him don’t think we should have national borders. Or that we never stop proclaiming “how terrible our country is … founded in lies and evil.” It is true, however, that it’s not a particular point of pride for us that America freed the slaves. Eventually. And that, apparently, is a dividing line for our Trump-First Republican junior senator, who hopes to run for president himself in 2024. Part of pushing back ...

Proud Boy’s attorneys argue Trump to blame for deadly Capitol insurrection

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Former President Donald Trump — not the rioters — was responsible for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, attorneys for a Kansas City-area Proud Boy argued in federal court Wednesday. At a hearing on the government’s request that William “Billy” Chrestman remain incarcerated pending trial, his attorneys said the Olathe man was not a serious flight risk, chances were slim that he would attempt to obstruct the prosecution and he was not a danger to the community. “It is an astounding thing to imagine storming the United States Capitol with sticks and flags and bear...

Former Marine, cop and metal worker: Kansas City Proud Boys appear in court on riot charges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Olathe, Kansas, man who federal prosecutors allege was the leader of a cell of Kansas City-area Proud boys that breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 will remain in federal custody, a judge ruled Friday. William “Billy” Chrestman will be detained until Wednesday, when U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge James O’Hara will hear arguments on whether to release him pending the outcome of the case. Two others charged along with Chrestman on Thursday, Louis Enrique Colon of Blue Springs and Christopher Kuehne of Olathe, have been released on their own recognizance. Prosecutors argued in ...

Roy Blunt -- a juror -- calls Trump’s lawyers ‘our side’

WASHINGTON — Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, a juror in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, called Trump’s defense team “our side” when talking to reporters Thursday. “I’m not sure when our side starts, but Saturday’s looking better all the time,” Blunt told reporters Thursday in response to a question about when the trial was likely to conclude. At the beginning of the impeachment trial, senators swore an oath “to do impartial justice.” But Blunt’s phrasing reflects the political nature of the trial. Blunt was one of 44 Republicans to vote that the trial was unconstitutiona...

A tale of two Joshes: California Democrat faces anger intended for Missouri’s Hawley

WASHINGTON — A California Democrat wants voters across the nation to know an important piece of information: He’s not Josh Hawley. Since Jan. 6, Rep. Josh Harder, a Democrat from California, has been besieged with phone calls, emails, letters and tweets excoriating him for voting against the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory. Harder voted to certify Biden’s win — along with every Democrat in the House and Senate. But the Modesto-area Democrat’s name is close enough to that of the Missouri GOP senator that he has become an accidental vessel for some voters’ wrath. “I would like to ...

6 women sue Kansas Highway Patrol leaders, claim discrimination, sexual harassment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Six women are suing the state of Kansas and several managers at the Kansas Highway Patrol, alleging a hostile work environment and culture of sexual harassment and gender discrimination that stems from the top of the agency. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, is the latest in a series of claims leveled against agency leadership. The action follows two state investigations, one conducted by an outside law firm, which concluded last summer that the women’s claims against Superintendent Col. Herman Jones of gender discrimination and inappropriate touching and comment...

Kansas governor proposes paying for Medicaid expansion through legalizing medical marijuana

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Monday that the state pay for expansion of Medicaid with revenue from the sale and taxation of medical marijuana. The plan would require lawmakers to legalize the sale of marijuana for medical use, which would likely be controversial. Kelly told reporters that the approach eliminates the argument that Kansas cannot afford to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for an additional 165,000 low-income residents. “You have heard many of the comments coming from the opposition have been we can’t afford it,” Kelly said. “We have just designed a bill that pays fo...

Hometown newspaper slams Josh Hawley: He's lying about the law

In the weeks since Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley pumped his fist in solidarity with a seditious mob, we do have to admit that he has remained consistent. He’s stayed true to the radical impulses that he showed even as a kid columnist for his hometown paper in Lexington, Missouri, where he defended those drawn to conspiracy theories decades before fueling them himself. After the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, in which 168 people died, 15-year-old Hawley cautioned readers that not all of Timothy McVeigh’s fellow anti-government militia members should be “stereotyped” as potential domestic terrorists. D...

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