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Gov. Mike Parson speaking at a rally.
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A political action committee supporting Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's reelection bid is tailoring its TV ads for rural versus urban markets, leaving mentions of President Donald Trump out of the spots aimed at city viewers. 

The Kansas City Star reports that Uniting Missouri PAC has been running TV ads across the state in recent weeks touting Parson's conservative credentials.

In rural areas the spots include mention of the governor’s fondness for Trump. In more liberal-leaning Kansas City, they do not. 

Seneca Businessman Announces Candidacy for Governor

Feb 17, 2020
Voting sign outside polling place
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Raleigh Ritter, business owner and rancher from Seneca, announced Saturday that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2020.

Ritter, a graduate of Westminster College and co-owner of Ritter Rail Inc., has indicated that economic development and agriculture will be among the primary focuses of his candidacy.

To read more, visit our partners at the Columbia Missourian.

A Democratic south St. Louis County state senator says he won't run for governor after all.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Sen. Scott Sifton says he instead plans to endorse Democratic Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway. Although Galloway hasn't official announced her candidacy, state party Executive Director Lauren Gepford said last week that she is "taking steps to assemble a team."

Missouri Judge Allows Abortions to Continue, For Now

Jun 24, 2019

A Missouri judge on Monday ruled that the state's lone abortion clinic can continue performing abortions through Friday but kicked the clinic's lawsuit out of court.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer extended a preliminary injunction he previously issued in order to give a Planned Parenthood affiliate in St. Louis time to take a licensing fight before an administrative panel.

Missouri's only abortion clinic, already facing the threat of losing its license, says it will defy the state by refusing to perform a required pelvic examination days before an abortion.

Calling the exam requirement "disrespectful and dehumanizing," a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman confirmed that as of Thursday the St. Louis clinic no longer performs it during a consultation at least 72 hours before an abortion. Doctors do perform a pelvic exam at the time of the procedure.

Plans to drop the preliminary pelvic exam were first reported by CBS News.

A parade 52 years in the making will finally happen Saturday in St. Louis, when the city celebrates the Blues' first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

The Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Wednesday's Game 7 in Boston. The Blues joined the NHL as an expansion team in 1967 and had never before won a championship.

The Blues took to Twitter Thursday to announce celebration plans. A parade will start at noon at 18th and Market Street and head east. A rally will then take place beneath the Gateway Arch.

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Republican Gov. Mike Parson hasn't announced whether he will seek a full term in 2020, but his fundraising outpaces that of those who were seeking the GOP nomination at this point in the 2016 race.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Parson has $3 million spread across two campaign accounts.

Missouri National Guard Activated to Help with Flooding

May 28, 2019

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is activating the state National Guard to help battle ongoing flooding.

Parson signed an executive order Monday directing National Guard members to help with response efforts in Jefferson City, where residents are still recovering from a tornado that struck last week.

The National Guard is also headed to Chariton County to sandbag around a stressed levee near the central Missouri city of Brunswick.

The ACLU of Missouri is seeking a statewide vote on a new law that will ban most abortions starting at eight weeks of pregnancy.

The ACLU said Tuesday that it has submitted a referendum petition to the secretary of state's office as a first step toward blocking and potentially repealing the law that Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed last week.

If the petition is approved for circulation, the ACLU would need to gather more than 100,000 signatures to block the law from taking effect on Aug. 28 and force a referendum in 2020.

Missouri lawmakers have approved new requirements for a state demographer responsible for drawing state House and Senate districts under a voter-approved constitutional amendment.

The bill given final approval Thursday by the House would create an online site for the demographer to receive suggested maps and comments from the public. Those materials all would be open to the public.

A lobbyist for a medical marijuana trade group is co-hosting a high-dollar fundraiser for Gov. Mike Parson next week as officials finalize rules for the state's fledgling medical marijuana program, which is scheduled to launch next year.

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.

A month after the key GOP win, records show that Hawley spent about $3.9 million between Oct. 18 and Nov. 26, the weeks just before and after the Nov. 6 election. He brought in about $1.5 million in donations during that same time period.

Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill that raises the marriage age in Missouri from 15 to 16.

The measure, signed into law Friday, requires that 16 and 17-year-olds receive parental permission to be married. It also bars someone 21 or older from marrying anyone 17 or younger.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed legislation that his office says will cut the state's top individual income tax rate to 5.4 percent next year.

The Republican signed the bill Thursday.

Mike Parson, R-Bolivar / Missouri State Senate Website

Lt. Gov.-elect Mike Parson says he is recovering after undergoing heart surgery. He says he will be ready to take office on Inauguration Day next week.

Parson released a statement Monday disclosing the surgery. He said the heart problem was discovered during a routine medical checkup.

James Harris, an adviser to Parson's transition team, said doctors discovered some blockage in Parson's heart and he underwent surgery Christmas Eve at a Springfield hospital. Parson declined to say in which hospital he was treated.

Mike Parson, R-Bolivar / Missouri State Senate Website

Republican state Senator Mike Parson of Bolivar is Missouri's new Lieutenant Governor-elect.

He beat out former U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan with 55 percent of the vote to 39.9 percent last night.

Parson says the election came down to Christian and moral values and called for a prayer during his victory speech.

"I would like for all of us to have a moment of silence and prayer, however you communicate with the person upstairs," Parson said. "I said that right, yeah, see I'm inclusive."

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A Missouri state senator who's a former sheriff is condemning violence against police and says targeting law enforcement officers is a crime of hate.

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Missouri lawmakers are blocking a tax increase on the state's most valuable farmland.

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  Missouri's crowded Republican primary for governor is losing a candidate.

State Senator Mike Parson announced Saturday that he is dropping out of the governor's race and instead will run for lieutenant governor in 2016.

The switch comes just three months after Parson declared his candidacy.

Parson told The Associated Press he feared his message would have gotten lost in what was shaping up to be a seven-way Republican primary for governor.

(Updated, 9:40 p.m. Thursday, April 30)

In a move long expected, Missouri Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, announced today that he’s running for Missouri governor in 2016.

And his top issue, he said in his kickoff address, "will be about protecting and fighting to expand the number one industry in our state - agriculture."

His entry also is expected to kick off a likely parade of rural GOP rivals.

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One of the state’s most aggressive groups when it comes to recording Missouri Senate hearings has had enough with some senators saying no.

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  An executive at the Missouri Cattlemen's Association says Republican state Sen. Mike Parson is running for governor in 2016.

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  The Missouri Senate has given approval to a bill to prevent lawmakers from becoming lobbyists immediately after leaving office.

Senators voted 32-2 Monday in favor of Majority Leader Ron Richard's ethics bill, which would increase reporting requirements for lobbyist spending and set a two-year cooling-off period before legislators can lobby.

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Missouri senators have endorsed a plan that could help finance hundreds of millions of dollars of improvements to state buildings.

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Missouri is curtailing inspections aimed at people who may illegally use farm diesel fuel in their over-the-road vehicles.

In response to concerns from lawmakers, acting Revenue Department Director John Mollenkamp said Wednesday that his agency would stop proactively looking for violations of the diesel fuel law and only respond to requests from law enforcement officials.

Missouri imposes a 17-cent tax on diesel fuel. But that tax is not charged on diesel used only for farming purposes. To distinguish between the two uses, farm diesel fuel is mixed with a dye.

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Missouri senators are calling on Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate a recent spike in propane prices.

Sen. Mike Parson, of Bolivar, said Friday that companies are sending more propane overseas, leading to a shortage throughout the Midwest. He says the shortage causes prices to rise and gives big profits to corporations.

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