Political Stories


Petition regulations raise questions about access to democracy

Three volunteers paced outside the Boone County Courthouse on Feb. 25 trying to distinguish their petition from the other 357.

That is the overwhelming number of initiative petitions filed so far in the 2018 election cycle. About one-third of those have been approved for circulation. Many are medical marijuana petitions such as the one volunteers Martha Doney, Lance Lenao and Rita Yencarelli collected signatures for outside of the Dreamer Rally on Feb. 25. They gathered on behalf of New Approach Missouri — a campaign aiming to legalize medical cannabis. 


Senators push to roll back changes in law governing anti-discrimination lawsuits

 Protests are not the root of the problem, Sen. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, concluded.

Hummel talked Tuesday about criticism of a travel advisory against Missouri issued by the NAACP in the wake of a law passed last year that raised the legal standard for proving discrimination in housing, employment or public accommodations


Despite criticism, Senate approves proposal to expand four-year degrees

The Senate gave initial approval on Tuesday to a bill that would give two-year colleges the opportunity to offer some four-year bachelor’s degrees. But the proposal wasn’t passed without disagreement.

Senate Bill 807, legislation two years in the making, was largely the product of public university recommendations. Last year, higher education leaders gathered to discuss what would be most cost-efficient for the state in terms of spreading out and creating academic programs, supporters of the bill said.


Proposed higher education budget cuts come under fire

Several senators were critical of Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed higher education cuts when they gathered for their first meeting about the governor’s proposed 2019 budget Tuesday.

In addition to the overall budget cuts, concern about the impact on the state’s historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, was a focus of the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting.


Senate tax reform bills favor economic growth

JEFFERSON CITY — Two Republican senators say cutting income taxes and other taxes would boost the state's economy.

Critics argue it would jeopardize the state's ability to care for Missourians in need.


Transgender Rights Questioned Nationally

A pixie cut, “The Narrows” t-shirt and thin black choker dotted with a single pearl - that’s what made up Ian Koopman’s image Tuesday, March 7. 


Outside Factors have an Impact on UM System Funding

It was March 22 when Brad Curs got an email that would change the course of his semester: His employer needed to cut funds. Not for next year, but funds he had already planned to spend for the current fiscal year.


Proposed Downtown Kansas City Convention Hotel Can Move Forward After Council Vote

The Kansas City Council Thursday passed an accelerated ordinance for the proposed Kansas City convention center hotel, clearing the way for developers to seek financing and possibly break ground this fall.

Kansas City Approves Controversial Westport Apartment Plan

The Kansas City Council approved Thursday a development plan for a controversial 256-unit apartment complex in Westport by a vote of 8 - 2.