The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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MO 2012 Archives

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Missouri Gubernatorial Headlines 2012 Archives

DECEMBER 2012

Kansas tax cut spurs tax debate in Missouri and fears of a border war (Political Fix, 12/31/12)
Nixon unveils more of his legislative agenda, hopes Congress will avoid ‘dairy cliff’ (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/28/12)
Kander hires executive director of Missouri Ethics Commission to oversee state elections (St. Louis Beacon, 12/28/12)
St. Louis County lawmaker to propose closing ‘gun show loophole’ in MO (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/27/12)
Ethics reforms, health-care bills among priorities for lawmakers in 2013 (Missouri Watchdog, 12/27/12)
Missouri House leaders scrap plans for office space in press gallery (Political Fix, 12/27/12)
Nixon’s inauguration festivities scheduled (Political Fix, 12/26/12)
Nixon names top executive at Grace Hill to head state Dept of Social Services (St. Louis Beacon, 12/26/12)
Nixon Administration: MO could gain from Medicaid expansion (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/24/12)
Nixon comes out in opposition to guns in schools proposal (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/24/11)
GOP donors in giving mood (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/24/12)
Major GOP donor Humphreys gives  big bucks to Nixon; Sinquefield bankrolls new group (St. Louis Beacon, 12/24/12)
Nixon declares opposition to arming teachers, educators in schools (St. Louis Beacon, 12/24/12)
Nixon winnows huge House Republican majority – just a little – with Ruzicka appointment (St. Louis Beacon, 12/22/12)
Federal judge blocks Missouri’s birth control exemption law (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/21/12)
MO Democrats pre-file own legislation following Newtown shooting (Missouri News Horizon, 12/21/12)
MO lawmaker proposes expanding gun rights in schools (Missouri News Horizon, 12/19/12)
Missouri’s next budget reflects a big change — the first real growth since 2008 (St. Louis Beacon, 12/19/12)
Missouri legislator wants to shoot down state’s ‘gun show loophole’ (Riverfront Times, 12/19/12)
In wake of Newtown massacre, Missouri gun sales skyrocket (AP, 12/19/12)
Republican lawmaker introduces bill for arming school personnel (St. Louis Beacon, 12/19/12)
As pols talk tighter gun control, a look at 5 fast and loos firearms laws in Missourah (Riverfront Times, 12/19/12)
Thousands of Missouri jobs at stake with wind production tax credit (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/19/12)
As Newtown’s impact reverberates, Missouri lawmakers wonder what to do next (St. Louis Beacon, 12/19/12)
Split on ‘right-to-work,’ MO Republicans begin alternative push for ‘paycheck protection’ (PoliticMO, 12/18/12)
Report: Growth expected for Missouri economy next year (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/18/12)
Emerson offers to leave earlier, if Nixon would set special election for April 2 (St. Louis Beacon, 12/18/12)
Nixon touts gain in Missouri exports (Missouri News Horizon, 12/18/12)
GOP lawmaker’s bill would require gun safety training for elementary students (PoliticMO, 12/17/12)
Scoop: Nixon shakes up communications team heading into second term (PoliticMO, 12/17/12)
Nixon may explore legislation in wake of Newtown mass shooting (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/17/12)
How much will Emerson’s special election cost? (AP, 12/14/12)
8th district election cost could approach $1 million (Southeast Missourian, 12/14/12)
Missouri Republicans tout dominance in county courthouses (Political Fix, 12/14/12)
Jones considers bid for lieutenant governor, plans effort to curb labor rights (St. Louis Beacon, 12/14/12)
MO tax credit review commission releases updated recommendations (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/14/12)
At bullet factory, Jones aims for support of ‘Triple E’ agenda (PoliticMO, 12/12/12)
MO House Speaker Jones maintains stance against Medicaid expansion (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/12/12)
Jason Kander prepares to take over as Missouri Secretary of State (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/12/12)
Projected state ‘fiscal cliff’ losses are speculative but instructive (St. Louis Beacon, 12/11/12)
State says it can’t afford to implement new charter school law (St. Louis Beacon, 12/11/12)
Dave Spence says Todd Akin hurt his campaign for Missouri governor (Midwest Democracy, 12/11/12)
Missourians in survey: State responsible for access to health care (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/11/12)
Missouri could face disproportionate hit in ‘fiscal cliff’ (AP, 12/11/12)
Campaign trail: Sifton reignites long-running battle against lobbyists’ freebies (St. Louis Beacon, 12/10/12)
MO lawmakers considering performance-based funding for universities, community colleges (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/10/12)
What’s next for Spence? (Missouri Scout, 12/10/12)
On statewide tour, Jones to push “Triple E” agenda (PoliticMO, 12/10/12)
Revolving door spins often for former Missouri lawmakers (St. Louis Beacon, 12/10/12)
Ballot initiative process is popular in Missouri (Kansas City Star, 12/10/12)
Despite condemning the candidate, the NRSC funneled money to Akin (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/7/12)
MO tax reform proposal includes another cigarette tax hike, flat income tax (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/7/12)
Nixon visiting Missouri troops in Afghanistan (PoliticMO, 12/6/12)
Nixon completes a third trip to Afghanistan, visits Missouri National Guard troops (St. Louis Beacon, 12/6/12)
Nixon sets fundraising record in Missouri campaign year where victors spent the most (St. Louis Beacon, 12/6/12)
NRSC spent big late in Missouri (Politico, 12/6/12)
Republicans mulling options for Emerson replacement (PoliticMO, 12/5/12)
Missouri voter turnout down from 2008 (Missouri News Horizon, 12/5/12)
Key GOP legislators want to see Governor’s Medicaid expansion proposal (Missourinet, 12/5/12)
MO environmental group to Congress: Pass credit for wind energy (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/5/12)
Health-care backers of Medicaid expansion must woo skeptical lawmakers (St. Louis Beacon, 12/5/12)
Emerging Emerson successors (National Journal, 12/4/12)
Missouri lags region in economic growth, study says (Missouri News Horizon, 12/4/12)
Despite slower sales, state revenues up from last year (Missouri News Horizon, 12/4/12)
Jockeying already under way to replace Emerson (Political Fix, 12/4/12)
Missouri’s current general-revenue collections to beat projections (St. Louis Beacon, 12/4/12)
Social service advocates ask MO lawmakers to expand Medicaid (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/4/12)
COMMENTARY: Missouri governor pushes for Medicaid expansion (Kansas City Star, 12/4/12)
Emerson to resign ahead of new job at rural co-op advocacy firm (PoliticMO, 12/3/12)
Nixon names Paul Wilson, former aide, to state Supreme Court (St. Louis Beacon, 12/3/12)
EDITORIAL: Emerson just the latest example of revolving door in Congress (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/3/12)
Nixon appoints Paul Wilson to MO Supreme Court (AP, 12/3/12)
Kinder leads parade of GOP hopefuls interested in succeeding Emerson (St. Louis Beacon, 12/3/12)
VIDEO: Gov. Nixon, will Medicaid expansion lead to higher taxes? (Beyond November, 12/1/12)

NOVEMBER 2012

MO House Speaker Jones backs GOP ethics package, including disclosing nonprofit donors (St. Louis Beacon, 11/30/12)
Incoming MO House Speaker opposes Nixon plan to expand Medicaid (PoliticMO, 11/29/12)
Nixon to seek expansion of Medicaid with federal funds (PoliticMO, 11/29/12)
Nixon makes strong push for Medicaid expansion, faces stiff challenge in GOP-controlled legislature (St. Louis Beacon, 11/29/12)
MO. medical groups pushing for Medicaid expansion (AP, 11/28/12)
Medicaid expansion in Missouri would create jobs, study says (Kansas City Star, 11/28/12)
Missouri GOP legislators call for ‘broad-based tax cuts’ to counter Kansas’ tax reductions (St. Louis Beacon, 11/28/12)
Bill aims to cut taxes in Missouri businesses in half (Midwest Democracy, 11/28/12)
Expanding Medicaid called a ‘win-win’ for jobs, tax revenue in Missouri (St. Louis Beacon, 11/28/12)
Missouri lawmakers seek to curb secret money in politics (Midwest Democracy, 11/27/12)
Missouri Democrats propose sweeping ethics reforms (PoliticMO, 11/27/12)
COMMENTARY: Big money didn’t lose (St. Louis Beacon, 11/27/12)
New ethics law proposed by Missouri House Democrats (Political Fix, 11/27/12)
MO House Democrats to revive ethics legislation (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/27/12)
Missouri House Dems push wide-ranging ethics bill (St. Louis Beacon, 11/27/12)
Tax changes top Missouri lawmakers’ 2013 agenda (AP, 11/27/12)
EDITORIAL: Shell game reduces transparency in lobbyist gift giving (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/27/12)
Reader: Where Nixon learned his craft (Missouri Scout, 11/26/12)
Campaign trail: ‘Transparency’ put to test as lawmakers target politically active nonprofits (St. Louis Beacon, 11/23/12)
COMMENTARY: Change is coming to St. Louis – finally (St. Louis Beacon, 11/21/12)
Missouri Supreme Court strengthens collective bargaining for public employees (St. Louis Beacon, 11/20/12)
MO Supreme Court expands public sector collective bargaining (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/20/12)
In an increasingly red state, how did Republicans lose in Missouri? (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/20/12)
Tax storm brewing for 2013 legislative session (Missouri Wonk, 11/19/12)
Bipartisan group urges Congress to ‘Fix the Debt’ (St. Louis Beacon, 11/19/12)
AUDIO: Next steps for ACA after MO voters reject health insurance exchanges (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/19/12)
Panel hears the good, and bad, of Missouri’s approach to immigrants (St. Louis Beacon, 11/16/12)
After historic vote, backers of St. Louis local control prepare for hard part — putting it into effect (St. Louis Beacon, 11/16/12)
Missing deadline won’t prevent Missouri from setting up a health exchange (St. Louis Beacon, 11/16/12)
Kinder calls on MO lawmakers to not create health insurance exchange (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/15/12)
Business, worker groups split over pending increase in Missouri’s minimum wage to $7.35 an hour (St. Louis Beacon, 11/15/12)
AUDIO: Prop B backers say they’ll be back (Missourinet, 11/15/12)
Charter schools thrive in St. Louis (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/15/12)
COMMENTARY: What the exit polls tell us about MO voters (St. Louis Jewish Light, 11/14/12)
AUDIO: Gay rights petition under study by Secretary of State (Missourinet, 11/14/12)
Audit to look into reports of Missouri benefits abuse (Kansas City Star, 11/14/12)
AUDIO: Proposition E passes and what it could mean for Missouri (Missourinet, 11/14/12)
Despite challenges, groups already launching initiative-petition drives for 2014 (St. Louis Beacon, 11/14/12)
Nixon: GOP super majority won’t affect how he governs (KTTS, 11/14/12)
Group tied to Rex Sinquefield begins push to eliminate Missouri’s income tax (Midwest Democracy, 11/14/12)
Lack of a Republican bench worries Sen. John Lamping (Political Fix, 11/13/12)
MO state workers’ pay, benefits, may get review (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/13/12)
Missouri House leader assesses the 2012 general election, Akin effect (Missouri News Horizon, 11/13/12)
Legislative leaders begin statewide tour ahead of session (Missouri News Horizon, 11/13/12)
Richard’s win seen as attempt to avoid Tilley influence (Political Fix, 11/12/12)
Campaign trail: People to watch in the Missouri General Assembly (St. Louis Beacon, 11/12/12)
How Blunt got caught up in the Akin storm (News-Leader, 11/12/12)
EDITORIAL: Missourians deserve benefits of early voting (Kansas City Star, 11/12/12)
Residents of Missouri, other states sign petitions for secession (Political Fix, 11/12/12)
MO governor, barge industry urge action on rivers (AP, 11/12/12)
As Nixon looks to 2016, Democrats gain ground in typically conservative regions of state (Missouri News Horizon, 11/12/12)
With strengthened Republican majority, Missouri Chamber readies for 2013 legislative session (Missouri News Horizon, 11/12/12)
With reelection behind him, Nixon political future unclear (PoliticMO, 11/12/12)
Nixon collected last-minute barrage of bucks from unions (St. Louis Beacon, 11/12/12)
Statewide Republicans lose ground in typically conservative counties (PoliticMO, 11/12/12)
Federal government will start setting up Missouri’s health exchange (Political Fix, 11/12/12)
Campaign trail: People to watch in the MO General Assembly (St. Louis Beacon, 11/12/12)
Democrats see results of fund gap; Nixon, others did not aid MO House campaign coffers (Columbia Daily Tribune, 11/11/12)
With new Republican supermajority, consensus might be king in Jefferson City (News-Leader, 11/11/12)
Nixon’s second term could attract national spotlight (Political Fix, 11/11/12)
Checkbook politics didn’t work out for top-tier Missouri candidates (Political Fix, 11/11/12)
Nixon says he’s not thinking about 2016 (St. Louis Beacon, 11/11/12)
MO Gov. Nixon faces GOP legislative supermajority (AP, 11/10/12)
Battles over MO’s non-partisan court plan not over (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/9/12)
Nixon looks to reorganize state government (Political Fix, 11/9/12)
Thanks to Dine and others, Missouri Libertarian Party set vote-getting records (St. Louis Beacon, 11/9/12)
Former House speaker selected for Senate leadership post (St. Louis Beacon, 11/8/12)
COMMENTARY: White power and Missouri politics (St. Louis Mag, 11/8/12)
Feds will set up Missouri’s health-care exchange, says Nixon (St. Louis Beacon, 11/8/12)
New faces of MO. Senate leadership announced (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/8/12)
Nixon: MO won’t run health insurance exchange by 2014 (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/8/12)
How did Sinquefield’s candidates fare? (Political Fix, 11/7/12)
House Republicans tap Diehl as new majority leader (St. Louis Beacon, 11/7/12)
Kinder wins third terms as Missouri Lt. Governor (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/7/12)
Nixon wins re-election, despite Missouri’s support for Romney (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/7/12)
Quick hits: Looking at the Missouri election (Political Fix, 11/7/12)
Effort to raise cigarette tax fails (again) (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/7/12)
After cliff-hanger win, Kander’s ready to become Missouri’s secretary of state (St. Louis Beacon, 11/7/12)
CLOUT: Our pols, pals & pundits provide their take on campaign 2012 (Beyond November, 11/7/12)
Election will set stage for majority leader fight in Missouri House (Political Fix, 11/6/12)
Campaign trail: Five questions to ask as returns are being counted (St. Louis Beacon, 11/5/12)
Gubernatorial candidates running on same issue: Jobs (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/5/12)
Canvassing the election: High voter turnout expected; several races could be close (Southeast Missourian, 11/4/12)

OCTOBER 2012

No new requirements for voter ID this year in Missouri (Political Fix, 10/31/12)
National panel weighs in on future of health exchange in Missouri (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/18/12)

AUGUST 2012

Health-care exchange ballot summary to be certified within next week (Missouri News Horizon, 8/31/12)
GOP gubernatorial hopeful Spence speaks at MU (The Maneater, 8/31/12)
Former Missouri House Speaker officially a lobbyist (Midwest Democracy, 8/30/12)
Dave Spence declines to say whether Akin should drop out (Huffington Post, 8/30/12)
Carnahan blasts Koster for not defending her health care ballot language (Missouri News Horizon, 8/30/12)
PPP: McCaskill, Akin race still a tossup (PolitiMO, 8/30/12)
Spence supports reinstatement of vehicle tax (PoliticMO, 8/30/12)
Nixon ad touts balanced budget, contrast with federal gridlock (PoliticMO, 8/29/12)
Spence: Nixon ‘playing politics’ with auto sales tax opposition (Missouri News Horizon, 8/29/12)
DGA donates another $470K to Jay Nixon (Midwest Democracy, 8/29/12)
Nixon seeks another examination of Missouri tax credit programs (Kansas City Business Journal, 8/29/12)
Planned Parenthood petition blasts Akin (CBS St. Louis, 8/29/12)
Judge orders new Democratic primary in 87th House race in St. Louis County (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/29/12)
Audio: Nixon says override would bring tax bills to 123,000 Missourians (MissouriNet, 8/29/12)
Missouri House leader criticizes Nixon on vehicle taxes (Kansas City Star, 8/29/12)
MO drought relief program totals $29M for farmers (CBS MoneyWatch, 8/28/12)
Video: Court upholds challenge to ballot language on health care exchanges (MissouriNet, 8/28/12)
Nixon vetoes bill that would resume local sales taxes (KMBZ, 8/28/12)
Efforts to pass measures to decriminalize marijuana continue in Missouri (MissouriNet, 8/28/12)
Nixon completes review of emergency water applications (KTTS, 8/28/12)
Dave Spence calls Akin’s rape comments ‘wrong and offensive’ (Midwest Democracy, 8/28/12)
Opinion: Reporters’ access to candidates dissipates in 2012 (Joplin Globe, 8/28/12)
Spence avoids delving into Akin controversy (PoliticMO, 8/28/12)
MO delegation dean Emerson is a House voice for pragmatism, civil discourse (St. Louis Beacon, 8/28/12)
Spence: Lawmakers should override Nixon veto of auto sales tax bill (Midwest Democracy, 8/28/12)
Circuit Court strikes Carnahan health care ballot language (PoliticMO, 8/28/12)
MO Gov: Veto override would tax vehicle sales (CBS MoneyWatch, 8/27/12)
Final tally: 11,063 farmers in Missouri asked for emergency drought relief (Ozarks First, 8/27/12)
Karl Rove predicts historic loss for Todd Akin (Politico, 8/27/12)
Ahead of veto session, Nixon presses lawmakers to not support reinstating vehicle sales tax (Missouri News Horizon, 8/27/12)
Todd Akin’s rape comments find sympathy among conservative women in his district (Washington Post, 8/27/12)
Crossroads rolls back Missouri TV buy (Politico, 8/27/12)
Nixon warns against auto tax veto override (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/27/12)
Editorial: Not enough to lament poor school funding; offer solutions (St.Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/27/12)
Nixon warns legislators, overriding veto of car-tax bill could be costly to owners (St. Louis Beacon, 8/27/12)
Poll shows Akin now trails McCaskill in Missouri Senate race (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/25/12)
McCaskill avoids direct hit on Akin over abortion remarks (First Read, 8/23/12)

Opponents blast efforts to change judicial selection in Missouri (Political Fix, 8/23/12)
Statewide Republican candidates stay quiet about Akin ‘rape’ remarks (PoliticMO, 8/22/12)
Victory as Akin seen as difficult, but still possible (New York Times, 8/22/12)
Blunt took leadership role in behind the scenes effort to oust Akin (PolitiMO, 8/22/12)
Meet Rex Elsass, the man with Todd Akin’s ear (National Journal, 8/22/12)
Spence continues to campaign but avoids press amid Akin controversy (St. Louis Beacon, 8/22/12)
Todd Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ timing couldn’t be worse for Republicans (The Daily Beast, 8/22/12)
An Akin exit could cost GOP significant $$$ (The Fix, 8/22/12)
Local trade delegation heads to China (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/22/12)
Video: What happened to Dave Spence’s ‘You’ll always know where I stand’ promise? (Fired Up! Missouri, 8/22/12)
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell raises money for Dave Spence (AP, 8/22/12)
MO GOP chairman: Akin rape comments pose threat to entire ticket (PoliticMO, 8/21/12)
What does Dave Spence think of Todd Akin? (Fired Up! Missouri, 8/21/12)
A politician whose faith is central to his persistence (New York Times, 8/21/12)
Blunt, former GOP senators to Akin: ‘Step aside’ (PoliticMO, 8/21/12)
Akin says he’s staying, but can he win? (St. Louis Beacon, 8/21/12)
Missouri ballot certification moves forward but with disclaimer until summary dispute is resolved (Political Fix, 8/21/12)
Akin pledges to stay in Senate race despite ‘legitimate rape’ remark (Joplin Globe, 8/20/12)
Akin 44, McCaskill 43 (Public Policy Polling, 8/20/12)
What happens if Todd Akin drops out (Roll Call, 8/20/12)
Dave Spence drops another $750K into his campaign for governor (Midwest Democracy, 8/20/12)
Romney, GOP leaders outraged at Akin ‘legitimate rape’ comment (PoliticMO, 8/20/12)
Campaign gears up against MO cigarette tax hike (Political Fix, 8/16/12)
GOP candidates work on whipping up support (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/16/12)
Lear joins race for floor leader in Missouri House (Political Fix, 8/15/12)
Editorial: Tilley will be lasting reminder of what’s wrong with Legislature (The Platform,8/15/12)
Missouri execution dates postponed because of suit over new drug (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/15/12)
Spence: Nixon drought program ‘looks like politics’ (PoliticMO, 8/15/12)
Nixon says Missouri exports increase from 2011 (AP, 8/15/12)
Steve Tilley resigns as Missouri House Speaker (Midwest Democracy, 8/15/12)
Missouri Republicans rally to start fall campaigns (AP, 8/15/12)
Jones in line to become Missouri House speaker in September (Political Fix, 8/14/12)
Paul Ryan scheduled for fundraiser in Springfield next week (PoliticMO, 8/14/12)
Ballot snafu puts one-vote-margin state House race in question (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/14/12)
Hearings set in case over Missouri health care measure (KSDK, 8/14/12)
Tilley resigns as Speaker (PoliticMO, 8/13/12)
Missouri ranks third in job losses in past year (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/13/12)
Nixon lauds ‘professional relationship’ with Tilley during speakership (PoliticMO, 8/13/12)
Campaign trail: New Republican members could cool tensions in tense Missouri Senate (St. Louis Beacon, 8/13/12)
Poll: Obama, Romney neck and neck in Missouri (The Hill, 8/13/12)
Steelman breaks Palin’s 2012 winning streak but burnishes credentials (The Hill, 8/12/12)
Farm Bureau Federation endorses Republican slate (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/11/12)
Missouri Republicans, Democrats laud Ryan selection — for different reasons (St. Louis Beacon, 8/11/12)
Five Missouri primary races appear eligible for recount (Midwest Democracy, 8/10/12)
Audio: PSC to study special rates for low-income consumers (MissouriNet, 8/10/12)
Voter registration still suspiciously high in several Missouri counties (Missouri News Horizon, 8/10/12)
Economy to dominate Spence campaign against Nixon (Missouri News Horizon, 8/10/12)
Candidates to appeal to Farm Bureau (PoliticMO, 8/10/12)
Farm Bureau backs Akin, Spence in key races (PolitcMO, 8/10/12)
Editorial: Akin’s win sets up the Senate election Missourians deserve (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/9/12)
5 MO primary races appear eligible for recount (Daily Journal, 8/9/12)
ACLU challenges Missouri’s ‘right-to-pray’ amendment (Political Fix, 8/9/12)
Against St. Louis Republican, Nixon touts rural credentials (PoliticMO, 8/9/12)
Nixon, Spence focus on jobs in MO governor’s bid (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/8/12)
ACLU files challenge to prayer amendment (St. Louis Beacon, 8/8/12)
Republican Governors Association drops $1.5M into Missouri campaign (Midwest Democracy, 8/8/12)
MO congressman to take on McCaskill in Senate race (New York Times, 8/7/12)
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder fends off challenge from Brad Lager (Midwest Democracy, 8/7/12)
Nixon, Spence set for fall clash (PoliticMO, 8/7/12)
MO GOP Senate primary: McCaskill gets her opponent, Akin wins (Politico, 8/7/12)
Candidate profile: Gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence (KOMU, 8/7/12)
Missouri’s Second Injury Fund runs dry as claims go unpaid (Midwest Democracy, 8/7/12)
Editorial: Prayer in Missouri (New York Times, 8/6/12)
Rep. Emerson, Missourians steamed as Congress punts drought relief (Political Fix, 8/6/12)
Hospitals sound warnings about bypassing Medicaid expansion (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/6/12)
Poll shows Akin surging in US Senate race, but Brunner still in lead (Political Fix, 8/6/12)
Sequester raises concerns about massive defense cuts (Kansas City Star, 8/5/12)
Water aid for farmers has skeptics (Columbia Daily Tribune, 8/5/12)
Missouri Amendment 2: ‘Right to Pray’ or redundant rights? (KCUR, 8/5/12)
A Democratic dogfight and a Senate showdown dominate primary election (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/5/12)
Outside cash in Missouri Senate race could be a national model (New York Times, 8/5/12)
Voters in Kansas and Missouri will have many big decisions Tuesday (Kansas City Star, 8/5/12)
National health-care brawl spawns a sideshow in Missouri (Washington Post, 8/4/12)
Republicans seek Tea Party support in Joplin (Missouri News Horizon, 8/3/12)
Sec of State predicts 25% turnout in primary (PoliticMO, 8/3/12)
Health providers, insurers blast malpractice cap (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/3/12)
Drought’s economic effects yet to come, largely unknown (Southeast Missourian, 8/3/12)
Missouri voters to decide on prayer measure (AP, 8/2/12)
Missouri officials mull impact of forgoing Medicaid expansion (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/2/12)
Source of funding unclear for Kinder attack ads (Columbia Daily Tribune, 8/2/12)
Missouri Supreme Court Strikes down cap on medical malpractice damages (Kaiser Health News, 8/2/12)
Kinder slams Supreme Court decision on malpractice claim caps (MissouriNet, 8/2/12)
Editorial: Missouri’s founders never envisioned ‘trial by job creator’ (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/2/12)
Nixon announces $1M grant for health care job training program (Springfield News-Leader, 8/2/12)
Commentary: All hail Missouri, the show-me-the-money state (Kansas City Star, 8/2/12)
Supreme Court ruling clears way for initiatives (Columbia Daily Tribune, 8/1/12)
New Spence ad raises questions about whether firm in ad really closed (St. Louis Beacon, 8/1/12)
Nixon ‘reviewing’ Supreme Court decision on medical liabilities cap (PoliticMO, 8/1/12)
Good news from MO Supreme Court on ballot initiatives (Midwest Voices, 8/1/12)
Nixon touts $9M in grants to fund ‘Innovation Campuses’ (Missouri News Horizon, 8/1/12)
Nixon ‘reviewing’ Supreme Court decision on medical liabilities cap (PoliticMO, 8/1/12)
Nixon reviewing court ruling striking down medical malpractice caps (News-Leader, 8/1/12)
Nixon visits Maryville (Maryville Daily Forum, 8/1/12)
Missouri ‘right-to-pray’ amendment spurs debate (Midwest Democracy, 8/1/12)

JULY 2012

MO GOP gubernatorial hopeful keeps self-financing (AP, 7/31/12)
Ballot initiatives’ authority upheld (KCUR, 7/31/12)
Missouri Supreme Court tosses out state’s caps in medical malpractice cases (St. Louis Beacon, 7/31/12)
Audio: State Supreme Court upholds fiscal notes for ballot initiatives (KBIA, 7/31/12)
More than 800 requests for aid from MO drought-stricken farms (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/31/12)
Supreme Court upholds language on three ballot measures (Missouri News Horizon, 7/31/12)
Legislator’s rifle raffle may violate state law (Missouri News Horizon, 7/31/12)
MO Supreme Court overturns pillar of Blunt tort reform (Missouri News Horizon, 7/31/12)
GOP, conservatives upset with court malpractice ruling (Midwest Democracy, 7/31/12)
Missouri Supreme Court throws out medical malpractice caps (Midwest Democracy, 7/31/12)
Spence stops in Cape Girardeau in last-minute push before GOP primary (Southeast Missourian, 7/31/12)
PAC affiliated with aluminum corporation at play in state Senate primaries (PoliticMO, 7/30/12)
Lager, Kinder outspend all other candidates for Missouri offices during final month of campaigning (St. Louis Beacon, 7/30/12)
Editorial: More dirty money flows into Missouri politics. Don’t be surprised (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/30/12)
Nixon raises $12.2 million; Spence kicks in $500K to own campaign (Midwest Democracy, 7/30/12)
Nixon touts expansion of state aid for drought stricken farmers (Missouri News Horizon, 7/30/12)
Video: Republican candidates for Missouri Governor are political unknowns (Fox 2 Now, 7/29/12)
Three GOP gubernatorial aspirants making first bids for public office (Joplin Globe, 7/29/12)
Voter ID a hot issue in secretary of state GOP primary race (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/28/12)
Editorial: Akin, Randles win credibility test in GOP primaries (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/28/12)
Missouri slipping away from Democrats (FiveThirtyEight, 7/28/12)
Jay Nixon’s ahead, but he can’t coast (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/28/12)
Payday industry spending big in Missouri politics (Midwest Democracy, 7/27/12)
The Star’s recommendations: The top candidates for state office in Missouri (Kansas City Star, 7/27/12)
Nixon expects legislators to tackle Medicaid expansion, health insurance exchange in 2013 (St. Louis Beacon, 7/26/12)
Business success the basis of MO GOP gov primary (AP, 7/26/12)
Nixon expands state assistance for farmers (PoliticMO, 7/26/12)
In first gubernatorial endorsement, Missouri Corn Growers association backs Nixon (PoliticMO, 7/25/12)
Courting Missouri farmers bears fruit for Nixon (Political Fix, 7/25/12)
Gov. Jay Nixon visits Pehle farm in Mexico, MO (GateHouse News Service, 7/25/12)
Political Fracas: Jay Nixon, party crasher (Midwest Voices, 7/25/12)
Nixon: Lack of Farm Bill creates ‘uncertainty’ for farmers struggling with drought (PoliticMO, 7/25/12)
Nixon cites need to cut spending by $1.8 billion (Missouri Journal, 7/25/12)
Democrats battle in key contests for seats in the GOP-controlled (St. Louis Beacon, 7/25/12)
GOP governor hopefuls Spence and Randles want more school competition (Kansas City Star, 7/24/12)
Nixon doesn’t mention that he’s a Democrat in his first TV ad (St. Louis Beacon, 7/24/12)
In first television ad, Nixon touts bipartisanship (PoliticMO, 7/24/12)
Political Fracas: Dave Spence not as wishy-washy as advertised (Midwest Voices, 7/24/12)
The Star’s recommendation: Reject superfluous change to the Missouri Constitution (Kansas City Star, 7/24/12)
Political Fracas: Who is Dave Spence, really? (Midwest Voices, 7/24/12)
Nixon touts new assistance for struggling farmers (Missouri News Horizon, 7/24/12)
Political Fracas: Should Bill Randles get more respect? (Midwest Voices, 7/23/12)
Missouri ranks among top 10 for economic climate (Missouri Journal, 7/23/12)
Taking criticism from right, Spence keeps focus on Nixon (PoliticMO, 7/23/12)
Leaders renew call for federal grant for small nuclear reactors (Missouri News Horizon, 7/23/12)
Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency (AP, 7/23/12)
Nixon: Reactor project could help define Missouri (AP,7/23/12)
Nixon, energy industry leaders renew call for federal funding (PoliticMO, 7/23/12)
Analysis: Ambiguity restored to MO finance report (AP, 7/22/12)
Gubernatorial candidates let barbs fly (Springfield News-Leader, 7/21/12)
The Star’s recommendations: Elect Missouri lawmakers who will challenge the status quo (Kansas City Star, 7/21/12)
Commentary: Why the GOP is leaving KC alone (Kansas City Star, 7/20/12)
Nixon touts small business tax credits in Cape Girardeau (Southeast Missourian, 7/20/12)
Statewide candidates to speak at summit in Springfield (Ozarks First, 7/20/12)
GOP lawmakers choose sides in Kinder, Lager matchup (PoliticMO, 7/19/12)
Nixon: Decision on Medicaid expansion will wait until after election (PoliticMO, 7/19/12)
DGA doubles down on Nixon (National Journal, 7/17/12)
Gov. Nixon builds up $7.6M for re-election bid (AP, 7/17/12)
GOP candidates have an uphill climb to topple Nixon (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/14/12)
Commentary: Missouri eyes are on the margin (Kansas City Star, 7/13/12)
Nixon will announce action today on legislation (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/12/12)
Override of Nixon’s veto of contraception insurance limits predicted (Kansas City Star, 7/12/12)
Missouri law to deny birth control coverage vetoed (Reuters, 7/12/12)
Nixon vetoes measure targeting coverage of contraceptives (St. Louis Beacon, 7/12/12)
Editorial: Candidates’ silliness insults voters right and left (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/12/12)

Commentary: Missouri governor should use, not hoard, his political capital (Kansas City Star, 7/12/12)
Republicans urge Nixon to sign auto sales tax legislation (Missouri News Horizon, 7/11/12)
Spence says time is right for CEO governor (Missourian, 7/11/12)
Blunt, McCaskill join bipartisan call for federal response to Missouri drought (PoliticMO, 7/11/12)
Missouri bolsters protection for seniors, disabled (AP, 7/11/12)
MO Gov. Nixon signs more than 2 dozen bills (AP, 7/10/12)
Two Missouri Republicans oppose health care ballot language (CBS St. Louis, 7/10/12)
Kinder, GOP lawmakers challenge MO ballot summary (AP, 7/10/12)
Drought conditions prompt disaster declaration request for 114 MO counties (AP, 7/10/12)
Nixon signs more than 2 dozen MO bills; covers worship disturbances, workers’ comp, daycare (AP, 7/10/12)
Editorial: Nixon, Schweich should take lead in fixing tax credit system (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/9/12)
Who gave the most? Missouri’s top 10 political donors (St. Louis Beacon, 7/9/12)
Nixon signs Kansas City land bank legislation (Kansas City Star, 7/9/12)
MO judge upholds governors’ budget powers (AP, 7/9/12)
Nixon visits Kansas City to sign land bank bill (Kansas City Business Journal, 7/9/12)
Analysis: Politics surrounds MO ballot measures (AP, 7/9/12)
Former Gov. Roger Wilson gets probation (Midwest Democracy, 7/9/12)
Clay vs. Carnahan, a race starting to heat up (CBS St. Louis, 7/9/12)
Gov. Nixon signs changes to sentencing laws (AP, 7/8/12)
MO House leader rejects call for special session (AP, 7/8/12)
Gov. Nixon urged to sign Missouri vehicle sales tax (AP, 7/7/12)
Commentary: Questions surround Lager and Kinder (Kansas City Star, 7/6/12)
Lt Gov candidate Lager calls for special session to opt out of Obamacare (Midwest Democracy, 7/5/12)
Republicans to challenge Carnahan health exchange ballot language in court (PoliticMO, 7/5/12)
GOP gubernatorial candidate: Medicaid expansion ‘would be a monster’ (Ozarks First, 7/5/12)
Medicaid expansion already an issue in some gubernatorial races (Kaiser Health News, 7/5/12)
State expects to save $44M by refinancing (Missouri Journal, 7/5/12)
Gov. Jay Nixon signs MO license plate, higher ed funding bill (AP, 7/5/12)
Conservative Club for Growth making play with MO legislative endorsements (PoliticMO, 7/5/12)
Missouri election season arrives without ethics law (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/4/12)
Lawmakers don’t like summary of ballot issues (KRCG, 7/4/12)
Spence gives campaign $500,000 (AP, 7/4/12)
MO Supreme Court rejects earnings tax challenge (KRCG, 7/4/12)
Missouri schools free of No Child Left Behind (Midwest Democracy, 7/4/12)
Missouri, Kansas face Medicaid expansion dilemma (Kansas City Star, 7/3/12)
Carnahan releases language for Missouri Plan, health exchange ballot measures (Midwest Democracy, 7/3/12)
Health care law Medicaid expansion may be opposed in Missouri (Missouri News Horizon, 7/3/12)
MO revenues higher than expected for 2012 budget (Daily Journal, 7/3/12)
Carnahan releases language for Missouri Plan, health exchange ballot measures (Midwest Democracy, 7/3/12)
Gubernatorial candidates split on minimum wage increase (Missouri News Horizon, 7/2/12)
Gubernatorial candidates close quarter with more DGA support for Nixon, self-funding from Spence (PoliticMO, 7/2/12)
Audit: MO job incentive program comes up short (AP, 7/2/12)
Democratic governor’s group gives Nixon $500K (Kansas City Star, 7/2/12)
Missouri legislative leaders saying no to Medicaid expansion (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/1/12)

JUNE 2012

Commentary: On health care reform, Nixon didn’t mandate clarity (Kansas City Star, 6/29/12)
Missouri and four other states granted NCLB waivers (AP, 6/29/12)
Missouri leaders react to Supreme Court support of health care law (PoliticMO, 6/28/12)
Missouri reviewing Supreme Court decision, Nixon says (PoliticMO, 6/28/12)
Gov. Nixon signs measure on charter schools but vetoes bill on transfers (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/28/12)
Nixon signs charter schools accountability bill (Missouri News Horizon, 6/28/12)
Health plan on Missouri ballot, no matter court ruling (AP, 6/27/12)
MO governor signs small-business tax break (AP, 6/27/12)
Nixon denies charges of political posturing on health care mandate (PoliticMO, 6/27/12)
Schweich audit critical of Koster campaign contributions (PoliticMO, 6/27/12)
Republicans challenge Nixon’s contention that he has ‘never’ supported insurance mandate (St. Louis Beacon, 6/26/12)
Audio: Show Me Common Sense – Bill Randles (Blog Talk Radio, 6/26/12)
MO high court hears challenges to voter initiatives (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/26/12)
Nixon lauds KC auto supplier expansion (PoliticMO, 6/26/12)
Ahead of Supreme Court decision, Nixon criticizes health care ‘individual mandate’ (PoliticMO, 6/26/12)
A town that backed a failed project refuses to pay (New York Times, 6/25/12)
Brunner, Randles target primary rivals during Tea Party rally (PoliticMO, 6/25/12)
Governor, lawmakers split over state budget balance (Missouri News Horizon, 6/25/12)
MO Democrats rally ahead of consequential summer campaign (PoliticMO, 6/25/12)
Nixon says ‘Washington Healthcare Law’ not good for Missouri (St. Louis Public Radio, 6/25/12)
Initiative petition quarrels get Missouri Supreme Court airing today (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/25/12)
Missouri’s swing-state luster dims (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/24/12)
Education officials urge veto for MO schools bill (AP, 6/23/12)
Nixon makes more higher ed cuts (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/22/12)
Under pressure from base, Nixon mum on Missouri contraception bill (PoliticMO, 6/22/12)
Nixon restricts funding for higher education, other programs in light of budget shortfall (Missouri News Horizon, 6/22/12)
Nixon cuts higher education funding for 3rd straight year (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/22/12)
With election looming, Republicans ramp up criticism of Nixon bill signing (PoliticMO, 6/21/12)
Missouri governor candidate repaid NY jobs aid (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/21/12)
Dave Spence repaid NY jobs aid (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/20/12)
Tea Party to introduce Republican candidate (Cassville Democrat, 6/20/12)
GOP gubernatorial candidate outlines plans for state, including dumping income tax (Kirksvillle Daily Express, 6/20/12)
Critics of Missouri’s term limits say political gridlock is the result (Midwest Democracy, 6/20/12)
Missouri Soybean Association endorses Nixon for reelection (PoliticMO, 6/20/12)
Road report: Spence visits final county on tour (PoliticMO, 6/20/12)
Road report: Spence tours business in Fredericktown (PoliticMO, 6/20/12)
Road report: Spence in Potosi (PolitiMO, 6/20/12)
Nixon vetoes state and local omnibus bill (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/20/12)
Missouri Dems blast Spence for campaign donations (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/19/12)
Ohio governor helping Spence raise money (AP, 6/19/12)
Five from Missouri sue over Medicaid cuts (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/19/12)
Organized labor concerned about plan to bring more immigrants to St. Louis (CBS St. Louis, 6/18/12)
Auditor: No direct costs for 2 measures on ballot (AP, 6/18/12)
Nixon signs $3 billion K-12 education funding bill (PoliticMO, 6/18/12)
Thousands email Nixon about MO contraception bill (CBS St. Louis, 6/17/12)
Nixon tiptoes around contraception bill awaiting his signature (CBS St. Louis, 6/15/12)
Election year House panel to review Nixon state contracting (PoliticMO, 6/14/12)
New MO House committee to examine state govt contracts (St. Louis Public Radio, 6/14/12)
Ethics commission offers new campaign finance search tool (MissouriNet, 6/13/12)
Missouri AFL-CIO urges Nixon to veto contraception bill (Midwest Democracy, 6/13/12)
Randles blasts Spence for canceling forum at Lake (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/13/12)
Spence under fire from primary opponent Randles (PoliticMO, 6/13/12)
Nixon holding back on personally jabbing Spence, for now (PoliticMO, 6/12/12)
MO payroll jobs fall by 7,300 in May (AP, 6/12/12)
Spence decides to skip GOP potluck dinner because Randles will be there (Lake News Online, 6/12/12)
Randles says freedom at heart of gubernatorial race (News-Press, 6/11/12)
Republican leader not sure if ‘don’t say gay’ bill will be back in 2013 (MissouriNet, 6/11/12)
Missouri nonprofit has spent $2M fighting payday loan ballot measure (Midwest Democracy, 6/11/12)
With tough fight ahead, MO Democrats urge party unity in 2012 (Missouri News Horizon, 6/11/12)
Missouri senator to pursue redistricting changes (Kansas City Star, 6/11/12)
Most state employees in Missouri to receive raises (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/11/12)
MO lawmakers seek to bolster senior protections (St. Louis Public Radio, 6/10/12)
Analysis: Missouri economy poor, but jobless rate good (Kansas City Star, 6/10/12)
MO Democrats united behind Obama at convention (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/9/12)
GOP lawmaker wants interim education committee (MissouriNet, 6/8/12)
Dave Spence hoping business savvy will win hearts of MO voters (St. Louis Public Radio, 6/8/12)
Defiant of stalled GDP, Nixon defends state economic progress (Missouri News Horizon, 6/7/12)
Spence suggests suspending prevailing wage for I-70 rebuild (CBS St. Louis, 6/7/12)
Romney rallies supporters in Missouri (Missouri News Horizon, 6/7/12)
Defense lawyers concerned about Missouri execution drug (AP, 6/7/12)
Missouri school funding fix is no cure-all (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/7/12)
Press group seeks veto of bill that would seal convictions (Columbia Daily Tribune, 6/6/12)
Audit: MO agencies rushed to spend their budgets (CBS MoneyWatch, 6/6/12)
Missouri, stalled, trails nation in 2011 economic growth (PoliticMO, 6/5/12)
Spence finishing 114 county tour this month (Missouri News Horizon, 6/5/12)
Contraceptive health insurance bill awaits Nixon’s decision (Midwest Voices, 6/5/12)
Missouri Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price to step down (Kansas City Star, 6/4/12)
Attorney: Ex-Mamtek CEO paid himself from bond funds (Columbia Daily Tribune, 6/4/12)
Outgoing MO Supreme Court judge want successor chosen by ‘merit plan’ (PoliticMO, 6/4/12)
MO bill targets parents facing ‘poverty trap’ (AP, 6/3/12)
Veterans homes get money, while other lose it (AP, 6/3/12)
Contraceptive health insurance bill awaits Nixon’s decision (Kansas City Star, 6/2/12)
Missouri Republicans approve delegates for Romney (PoliticMO, 6/2/12)
Challengers decry Missouri governor’s policies, stances (Fort Scott Tribune, 6/2/12)
MO GOP convention could see delegate battle  between Romney and Paul forces (St. Louis Beacon,6/1/12)

MAY 2012

Poll: Republicans lining up behind Spence (PoliticMO, 5/31/12)
New polling offers mixed messages for incumbent MO Democrats (Ozarks First, 5/31/12)
Poll: Nixon continues double-digit lead over GOP opponents (Springfield News-Leader, 5/31/12)
Poll shows Nixon in the lead in Missouri governor’s race (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/31/12)
Under fire, Nixon administration withdraws fee-office contract to St. Louis County councilwoman (St. Louis Beacon, 5/31/12)
Audio: Senate leader hopes funding shifts work (MissouriNet, 5/31/12)
MO Revenue Dept: Contract withdrawn to operate St. Louis-area license office (AP, 5/31/12)
Nixon spending week touting new vets cemetery law (PoliticMO, 5/30/12)
MO veterans homes to get casino fees (AP, 5/30/12)
With many priorities unaddressed, MO Chamber ranks lawmakers (PoliticMO, 5/30/12)
MO Chamber legislative rankings offer bipartisan criticism (Missouri News Horizon, 5/29/12)
Missouri still working on waiver application for No Child Left Behind (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/29/12)
MO Supreme Court strikes down part of 2008 harassment law (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/29/12)
Missouri high court upholds new congressional districts (AP, 5/25/12)
Gubernatorial banner causes flap at MU fraternity (AP, 5/23/12)
Analysis: For Missouri lawmakers, some success in compromise (AP, 5/20/12)
Broken budgets: Kansas City business raids cost Missouri, Kansas governments (AP, 5/16/12)
Nixon calls for expansion of auto tax credits (Missouri News Horizon, 5/15/12)
Nixon: Workers comp issues ‘worked out’ (PoliticMO, 5/15/12)
MO House members work late to advance bills (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/15/12)
Ethics commission signs off on Spence’s ‘vague’ financial disclosure (Midwest Voices, 5/14/12)
Amid controversy, Limbaugh inducted into Missouri Hall of Fame (Missouri News Horizon, 5/14/12)
Bills MO Legislature will face the final week (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/14/12)
Missouri bid for federal test waiver nears final stretch (St. Louis Beacon, 5/14/12)
Democrats’ buyers remorse for not choosing St. Louis as convention site (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/14/12)
Obama campaign blasts Romney over failed Kansas City steel mill (Missouri News Horizon, 5/14/12)
McCaskill: Opponents make Aschroft look like a liberal (Missouri News Horizon, 5/14/12)
Judge dismisses Missouri Medicaid lawsuit (Midwest Voices, 5/11/12)
With week left in session, legislative focus is unclear (Missouri News Horizon, 5/11/12)
MO voters to decide on revising system for appointing judges (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/11/12)
Nonpartisan court plan changes headed for Missouri ballot (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/10/12)
Missouri budget heads to governor for approval (Missouri News Horizon, 5/10/12)
Key elements of budget deal (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/10/12)
Legislature votes to cut free health care for retired state employees (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/10/12)
Lawmakers pass 3.4% spending hike (Missouri Journal, 5/10/12)
Spence for gov web ad: “Manufacturing” (YouTube, 5/10/12)
With support from House, court changes head to voters (Missouri News Horizon, 5/10/12)
MO committee reaches agreement on budget proposal (Missouri News Horizon, 5/9/12)
Missouri Senate emerges from gridlock on state budget (SE Missourian, 5/9/12)
Days before deadline, committee reaches budget agreement (PoliticMO, 5/9/12)
Another ‘fricking embarrassment’ for Missouri legislature? (Midwest Voices, 5/9/12)
UMSL’s Share Institute the flash point of state budget debate (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/9/12)
Missouri’s $24B budget stalled over $2M earmark (Midwest Democracy, 5/8/12)
Where is the Limbaugh bust? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/8/12)
Missouri legislators spar over budget (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/8/12)
Filibuster slows progress on budget negotiations (Columbia Daily Tribune, 5/8/12)
Personal financial statements filed by Nixon, Spence say a little — and a lot (St. Louis Beacon, 5/8/12)
GOP Senate hopefuls spar for Tea Party support (PoliticMO, 5/7/12)
Signatures filed for four of 143 submitted initiative petitions (PoliticMO, 5/7/12)
EDITORIAL: Legislature takes small but important steps toward prison reform (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/7/12)
Days before budget due, negotiations stalled over veterans funding (Missouri News Horizon, 5/7/12)
As session winds down, hopes for education fixes fade (PoliticMO, 5/7/12)
Activists submit signatures to raise minimum wage, cap payday loan rates (Missouri News Horizon, 5/7/12)
Ruling derails bills on Missouri schools (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/7/12)
MO lawmakers unlikely to take up school transfers (AP, 5/6/12)
In race for incumbent claim, Lacy Clay outpaces Russ Carnahan (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/6/12)
MO budget talks stall over funding for veterans nursing homes (Midwest Democracy, 5/4/12)
Spence’s ethics plan takes aim at lobbyist gifts, GOP House leader (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/4/12)
Spence proposes new ethics reforms (PoliticMO, 5/4/12)
Supporters collect 220,000 signatures to put cigarette tax hike on ballot (Missouri News Horizon, 5/4/12)
Republicans set to ramp up state spending (Patch, 5/3/12)
MO House narrowly OKs changes to teacher layoffs (AP, 5/3/12)
MO Legislature passes sentencing, parole guidelines (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/3/12)
Missouri governor candidate backs limits on lobbyist gifts (Kansas City Star, 5/3/12)
Missouri budget negotiations to resume next week (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/3/12)
Clay and Carnahan disagree on impact of primary race (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/3/12)
MO House says performance, not seniority, should govern teacher layoffs (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,5/3/12)
Gay Republican lawmaker calls on party to drop support of ‘don’t say gay’ bill (Missouri News Horizon, 5/2/12)
Missouri lawmakers to begin negotiations on budget plan (Kansas City Star, 5/2/12)
Initiative organizers optimistic issues will get on ballot (Columbia Daily Tribune, 5/2/12)
Judge says ‘No’ to student transfers from St. Louis (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/2/12)
Missouri Republican announces he’s gay in response to ‘don’t say gay’ bill (Midwest Democracy, 5/2/12)
MO Legislature prepares for budget negotiations (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/1/12)
Missouri Senate passes judicial reform proposal (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/1/12)
Nixon endorses Clay, over Carnahan, for reelection (PoliticMO, 5/1/12)
Primary opponent criticizes Spence over bank bailout (PoliticMO, 5/1/12)
St. Louis court rules ‘Turner’ school transfer law unconstitutional (Missouri News Horizon, 5/1/12)
MO governor signals possible compromise with lawmakers on workers’ compensation bill (AP, 5/1/12)

APRIL 2012

Bill overhauling judicial selection fails in Senate (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/30/12)
Women’s group protests at state capitol (Missouri News Horizon, 4/30/12)
Governor concerned about money for Missouri veterans’ homes (Kansas City Star, 4/30/12)
KC area needs better economic cooperation, Nixon says (Kansas City Star, 4/30/12)
Gov. Nixon seeks to steer clear of MO tobacco tax initiative; wants to hold the line on taxes (AP, 4/30/12)
Governor urges lawmakers to fully fund blind, vets programs (Missouri News Horizon, 4/30/12)
Nixon: Missouri economy ‘turning the corner’ (PoliticMO, 4/30/12)
Budget grows after holdup (AP, 4/29/12)
Missouri voters could decide on higher cigarette tax (AP, 4/29/12)
‘Never stop learning,’ governor tells Northwest graduates (St. Joseph News-Press, 4/28/12)
The Missouri Legislature, unhinged again (The Atlantic, 4/27/12)
Video: Bill Randles discusses Obamacare at AFP gathering (YouTube, 4/25/12)
Senators oppose Schoeller absentee voter restrictions (Missouri News Horizon, 4/25/12)
Bill to let state replace KC school board clears Missouri Senate (Midwest Democracy, 4/25/12)
MO Senate budget boosts worker pay, restores blind funding (Missouri News Horizon, 4/25/12)
MO Senate backs pay raise for state employees (AP, 4/24/12)
Editorial: Anti-gay legislation nothing but bullying from House GOP (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,4/24/12)
Republican senators stall debate on MO budget (AP, 4/24/12)
Missouri Republican candidates spar in forum (The Maneater, 4/24/12)
I-70 toll proposal dead in General Assembly, for now (Missouri News Horizon, 4/24/12)
Editorial: A fit of pique on petitions (Kansas City Star, 4/23/12)
McCaskill challengers not opposed to ‘personhood’ amendment (PoliticMO, 4/23/12)
Editorial: Missouri can’t afford to leave $400 million on the table (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/23/12)
Court fights may keep most initiative-petition proposals off the November ballot (St. Louis Beacon,4/23/12)
I-70 toll road effort stalls in Missouri Legislature (Kansas City Business Journal, 4/23/12)
State tax credit problem keeps growing larger (Missouri Journal, 4/23/12)
MO House bill would limit classroom discussion of sexual orientation (Missouri News Horizon, 4/23/12)
Editorial: Lots of ‘ifs’ in Missouri’s latest nuclear gambit (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/22/12)
In Springfield, McCaskill, Democrats blast Republican opponents (PolitiMO, 4/22/12)
Missouri senators fight over proposed budget (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/21/12)
Missouri advances ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill (Think Progress, 4/20/12)
Nixon reflects on Brazil trip (PoliticMO, 4/20/12)
Obama a Muslim? Gov. hopeful Dave Spence: ‘I don’t know’ (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/20/12)
Support for Ameren, Westinghouse nuclear plans crosses party lines (PoliticMO, 4/20/12)
Ameren, Westinghouse nuclear deal could clear political path (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/20/12)
Audio: Second vote sends gold & silver bills to the Senate (MissouriNet, 4/19/12)
Nixon: Ameren, Westinghouse nuclear project could spark ‘new global industry’ (PoliticMO, 4/19/12)
Missouri Senate committee probes MO National Guard (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/19/12)
Audio: Prevailing wage change yet to prevail in Senate (MissourNet, 4/18/12)
MO Senate stymied in education debate (Missouri News Horizon, 4/18/12)
Bids to eliminate state income tax falter in Kansas, Missouri (Midwest Democracy, 4/18/12)
Martin files ethics complaint over illegal MEM contribution (PoliticMO, 4/18/12)
Missouri colleges to prove worth for state funds (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/17/12)
Spence reports spending about $1 million on TV ads in GOP bid for governor (St. Louis Beacon,4/17/12)
Who Knew? Secession again on the agenda in Missouri (The Atlantic, 4/17/12)
GOP state auditor raises concerns about monitoring and bidding of Missouri license offices (AP, 4/17/12)
Audio: GOP lawmakers accused of rubber-stamping corporate bills (MissouriNet, 4/17/12)
Nixon inks Brazilian trade agreement (PoliticMO, 4/17/12)
Editorial: Good riddance to plan to wipe out Missouri income tax (Kansas City Star, 4/17/12)
Gov. Nixon raises $1.7M to start 2012 (Columbia Daily Tribune, 4/17/12)
Former Gov. Blunt staying out of governor’s race, for now (PoliticMO, 4/17/12)
Missouri signs trade agreement with Brazil’s financial capital (Kansas City Business Journal, 4/17/12)
Spence companies used lawyer ensnared in probe over illegal contribution (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,4/17/12)
Editorial: Sinquefield isn’t learning lessons from his political failures (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,4/17/12)
Study: ALEC has ’secretive influence’ in Missouri statehouse (Kansas City Star, 4/16/12)
Nixon raising large war chest (Missouri News Horizon, 4/16/12)
Gov. Nixon raking in campaign cash (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/16/12)
Governor signs trade deal in Brazil (Missouri News Horizon, 4/16/12)
ALEC controversy stirred at state capitol (Missouri News Horizon, 4/15/12)
Nixon maintains cash advantage over Spence (PoliticMO, 4/16/12)
MO auditor to appeal ruling on tax initiative (AP, 4/16/12)
Tax Day rallies feature enduring message, diminishing crowds (PoliticMO, 4/15/12)
Groups battling over Missouri Plan are fuzzy on donors (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/14/12)
Editorial: Missouri’s Medicaid contract process flawed, should be re-bid (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,4/14/12)
Reactions to former governor’s guilty plea fall along party lines (Columbia Daily Tribune, 4/13/12)
St. Louis lawyer pleads guilty for role in funneling insurance company money to Democrats (AP, 4/13/12)
Video: St. Louis prepares to host NRA convention (KMOV, 4/12/12)
Update: Former Gov. Roger Wilson pleads guilty (CBS St. Louis, 4/12/12)
Editorial: Missouri needs to rein in chaos in initiative petition process (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,4/12/12)
MO House panel hears gay discrimination bill (Midwest Democracy, 4/12/12)
Governor Nixon and House leaders discuss workplace issue legislation, budget (MissouriNet, 4/12/12)
MO Senate committee endorses $24B budget plan with cuts to social services (AP, 4/12/12)
Federal charges blight career of once popular politician (St. Louis Beacon, 4/12/12)
Fmr. governor, attorney indicted over contributions to MO Democrats (PoliticMO, 4/12/12)
MO Senate supports charter school expansion bill (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/11/12)
Spence accuses Nixon of ‘pay-to-play’ (PoliticMO, 4/11/12)
MO Senate committee moves to save blind aid (Kansas City Star, 4/11/12)
In other news, MO trial lawyers still strong (National Review, 4/11/12)
MO Senate stalls on gubernatorial election change (AP, 4/11/12)
Editorial: Latest in voting hypocrisy – Republicans target military voters (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,4/11/12)
Editorial: Gun bill shoots hole in MO Republicans’ top ‘jobs bill’ (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/11/12)
Teacher oversight faces scrutiny (St. Joseph News-Press, 4/10/12)
Opinion: Keep politics out of court plan (Joplin Globe, 4/10/12)
MO lawmaker wants to allow guns on Metro buses, trains (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/10/12)
Romney, Perry, Gingrich and Blunt lead parade of speakers at NRA convention here (St. Louis Beacon,4/10/12)
Governor to meet with House GOP leaders to discuss legislation (Missouri News Horizon, 4/9/12)
Declining unemployment numbers brings sudden end to federal assistance (Missouri News Horizon, 4/9/12)
Gov. Nixon expected to meet with MO House GOP leaders this week (Ozarks First, 4/9/12)
Pressure builds for teacher tenure reform (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/8/12)
Editorial: Lawmakers should reject Ameren’s greedy money grab (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/8/12)
Reed: Spence’s TARP record ‘just doesn’t look good’ (Fired Up! Missouri, 4/8/12)
Audio: Why is Dave Spence in the hot seat (KSGF, 4/5/12)
Editorial: Spence credibility buried in avalanche of TARP explanations (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,4/5/12)
New business group plans to focus on MO elections (AP, 4/4/12)
While defending bank role, Spence gives campaign $250,000 stimulus (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,4/4/12)
Candidate for MO governor beset by problems with late tax payments (Midwest Democracy, 4/4/12)
Gov. Nixon heading to Brazil on trade trip (AP, 4/3/12)
MO House panel backs do-over attempt on voter ID (KMOV, 4/3/12)
Missouri revenue estimate: ‘Still cautious’ (Missouri Journal, 4/3/12)
MO Senate sidelines bill abolishing teacher tenure (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/3/12)
With hopes to boost exports, Nixon plans Brazil trade trip (PoliticMO, 4/3/12)
Audio: Education week begins in state senate (MissouriNet, 4/3/12)
Republicans seek bright side of pro-Nixon ad (PoliticMO, 4/2/12)
Challenging Koster, Martin focuses on health care law (PoliticMO, 4/2/12)
David Spence’s credibility challenged: Star points out inconsistent statements on TARP vote (Fired Up! Missouri, 4/2/12)
Editorial: GOP candidate’s credibility at stake (Kansas City Star, 4/2/12)
MO House backs tax credits for business investors (AP, 4/2/12)
Spence taking more heat for problematic bank bailout (PoliticMO, 4/2/12)
With boost from national Democrats, Nixon triples Spence in large contributions (PoliticMO, 4/2/12)
Analysis: MO lawmakers avoid incumbent primaries (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/1/12)
Spence provides new details about his role in bank’s delay in repaying federal aid (St. Louis Beacon,4/1/12)

MARCH 2012

Lawmaker looks for toll roads alternative (Springfield News-Leader, 3/31/12)
MO gubernatorial candidate tied to troubled bank (AP, 3/31/12)
Former MO House Speaker Jetton gets into the political prognostication business (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/30/12)
Missouri Republicans ponder next move on business bills (Kansas City Star, 3/24/12)
Commentary: Wacky politics damage Missouri (Kansas City Star, 3/23/12)
Missouri House passes $24B budget (Kansas City Star, 3/22/12)
MO House panel backs end to newspaper tax breaks (CBS Moneywatch, 3/21/12)
MO House debates budget that cuts program for blind (Kansas City Star, 3/21/12)
Missouri House defeats cut to welfare drug treatment (Missourian, 3/21/12)
Missouri budget passes first hurdle (Springfield News-Leader, 3/21/12)
Spence seeks to downplay his wealth by focusing on his past in latest TV spot (St. Louis Beacon,3/21/12)
House plan prevents higher ed cuts (Columbia Daily Tribune, 3/20/12)
Spence touts legislative endorsements on trail (PoliticMO, 3/20/12)
MO Gov. Nixon releases $1.6M in budget cuts (Bloomberg Businessweek, 3/20/12)
House budget proposal comes with no higher education cuts (Missourian, 3/20/12)
Rival accuses MO Gov. Nixon of selling vetoes (Springfield News-Leader, 3/20/12)
GOP hopeful Dave Spence accuses Gov. Nixon of selling vetoes (Kansas City Star, 3/19/12)
Anti-abortion centers draw renewed look in Jeff City (Kansas City Star, 3/19/12)
Politicos seek fiscal control (Columbia Daily Tribune, 3/19/12)
Spence touts legislative endorsements (Missouri News Horizon, 3/19/12)
Veto override attempts likely as lawmakers return (Missouri News Horizon, 3/19/12)
Video: House leader won’t seek veto override on biz legislation (Missouri News Horizon, 3/19/12)
Lawmakers asserting more control over budget (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/18/12)
Missouri caucuses marked by contention, with no clear victor yet (Kansas City Star, 3/17/12)
Nixon vetoes workplace bills (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/16/12)
Nixon vetoes changes to workers’ compensation, proving workplace bias (Kansas City Star, 3/16/12)
Commission makes MO Senate district lines final (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/13/12)
Missouri House votes discrimination protection to gun owners (Missouri News Horizon, 3/12/12)
Commission approves new MO Senate map after making changes to balance district populations (AP, 3/12/12)
Romney plans Missouri campaign swing (PoliticMO, 3/11/12)
Missouri bill would change school funding formula, eliminate new teacher tenure (Missourian,3/11/12)
Commentary: A call goes out: We need Schweich (Kansas City Star, 3/9/12)
Tilley: Blind aid cut about fairness (PoliticMO, 3/9/12)
Missouri spending plan advances (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/9/12)
Honor for Rush Limbaugh is fracas for Missouri (Midwest Democracy, 3/9/12)
Commission nears decision on state Senate boundaries (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/9/12)
College students protest MO House Speaker over Rush Limbaugh honor (Missouri News Horizon, 3/8/12)
MO legislative session reaches midpoint (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/8/12)
MO Senate passes workplace discrimination measure, Democrats expect veto (Missourian, 3/8/12)
Tilley not backing down on Limbaugh bust (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/8/12)
MO House budget panel endorses spending plan (CBS Moneywatch, 3/7/12)
Move to enshrine Limbaugh with Missouri’s greats draws ire (New York Times, 3/7/12)
Amid Limbaugh bust controversy, Nixon concerned about selection process (PoliticMO, 3/7/12)
Schweich supporters file paperwork for potential Senate campaign (PoliticMO, 3/7/12)
MO House completes $24 billion budget plan (Columbia Daily Tribune, 3/7/12)
Nixon raises concerns about Limbaugh recognition (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/7/12)
Budget panel questions Nixon staffers’ status (Columbia Daily Tribune, 3/6/12)
Immigration advocates rally at MO Capitol (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/6/12)
MO Supreme Court rules in suburban St. Louis school district enrollment case (AP, 3/6/12)
Some Missouri lawmakers rethinking food stamp ban for drug felons (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/6/12)
Missouri Democrats director Matt Teter resigns (PoliticMO, 3/5/12)
Commentary: Nixon not as obstinate as Holden (Joplin Globe, 3/5/12)
MO Democratic Party head no longer with party following domestic assault arrest (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/5/12)
Spence: Tornadoes good for Jay Nixon (Politico, 3/4/12)
Officials politicize Missouri jobs statistics (Columbia Daily Tribune, 3/4/12)
Efforts to fix Missouri’s school aid formula, transfers appear knotted — again (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,3/4/12)
Democrats hoping to avoid split over Clay-Carnahan race (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/4/12)
Spence and Randles both want to run state into ditch, raise taxes on almost everything you buy everyday (Fired Up! Missouri, 3/4/12)
Candidates question Gov. Nixon’s motives (Springfield News-Leader, 3/3/12)
Republican faithful gather (Joplin Globe, 3/3/12)
In southwest Missouri, gubernatorial hopefuls navigate disaster politics (PoliticMO, 3/3/12)
Federal suit challenges proposed MO Senate map (Southeast Missourian, 3/3/12)
Missouri lawmaker frustrated over birth control debates wants to restrict vasectomies (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/2/12)
In Missouri, caucus results will have to wait (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/2/12)
Opinion: Petty nonsense resumes with Missouri governor’s race (Springfield News-Leader, 3/2/12)
Nixon blasts proposal to nix blind health care program (PoliticMO, 3/1/12)
For real? Bill Randles’ bid for governor picks up supporters in Legislature (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,3/1/12)
Study recommends changes to Missouri death penalty system (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/1/12)
‘Rex Positions’ — new website and Twitter account — add up (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/1/12)
Cole Co. Court strikes MO auditor’s power on initiatives (News Tribune, 3/1/12)
Ashcroft to headline annual Springfield GOP gathering (Springfield News-Leader, 3/1/12)
In Missouri, murderers can get food stamps, but those with drug convictions can’t (Kansas City Star,3/1/12)

FEBRUARY 2012

In new 1st Congressional district, Democrats prepare for primary fight (PoliticMO, 2/29/12)
Missouri House budget would fund higher education, cut aid for the blind (Kansas City Star, 2/29/12)
Editorial: Time to let Missouri’s quasi-state insurance company sink or swim (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,2/29/12)
Carnahan vs. Clay expected to be divisive for Democrats (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/29/12)
Missouri unemployment rate hits lowest point since Nixon elected (PoliticMO, 2/28/12)
Home health care workers protest proposed Illinois budget cuts (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/28/12)
Carnahan, Clay to face-off in primary (PoliticMO, 2/28/12)
Missouri House gives initial approval to quicker state intervention in KC schools (Midwest Democracy, 2/28/12)
Gov. Nixon’s former administration chief gets first lobbying client (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/27/12)
Editorial: Missouri needs to make education its top priority (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/27/12)
Missouri lawmakers push to prevent Mamtek-like failures (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/27/12)
Spence calls for economic policy reforms (PoliticMO, 2/27/12)
Analysis: Numbers of MO Senate districts matter (Southeast Missourian, 2/26/12)
Recent threats cause Missouri lawmakers to question Capitol security (Kansas City Star, 2/26/12)
Higher education experiment planned in suburban KC (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/26/12)
Gov. Nixon: Missouri Innovation Campus will speed students toward degrees, jobs (Kansas City Star,2/26/12)
Annual GOP dinner kicks off campaigns (Columbia Tribune, 2/25/12)
Who pays for Governor Nixon’s flights over disaster areas? (CBS St. Louis, 2/25/12)
Missouri redistricting delays complicate filing for Senate (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/24/12)
Panel angers St. Louis area Republicans with Senate map (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/24/12)
MO House committee rejects grant with ties to federal health care law (Columbia Daily Tribune,2/23/12)
Judge rejects MOSIRA science startup fund (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/22/12)
Judge overturns MO law to create incentives for tech companies (Kansas City Star, 2/22/12)
Spence traveling in RV of MO gubernatorial race (Southeast Missouri, 2/21/12)
MO Democrats director on leave, pending domestic assault investigation (PoliticMO, 2/21/12)
Nixon, Spence: Agreement on campaign finance? (PoliticMO, 2/21/12)
Spence: ‘ObamaCare’ danger to citizens (Springfield News-Leader, 2/21/12)
Missouri Senate endorses expansion of term limits (Kansas City Star, 2/20/12)
Ethics reform in Missouri appears to be a nonstarter in election year (Kansas City Star, 2/20/12)
Nixon believes KC school district ‘can continue and succeed’ (Kansas City Star, 2/20/12)
Spence, Randles take their message to Lincoln Days (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/19/12)
Schools in St. Louis area have escaped the economic downturn – so far (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,2/19/12)
Governor wants Missouri lawmakers to pass new ethics law (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/17/12)
Nixon dismisses question on state health insurance exchange (PoliticMO, 2/13/12)
Analysis: Missouri lawmakers revive vetoed bills (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/12/12)
Editorial: Earmark ban deserves passage (Kansas City Star, 2/12/12)
Sinquefield: Proposed income tax repeal may be delayed until 2014 ballot (St. Louis Beacon, 2/12/12)
MO lawmakers concerned about Corps’ funding in anti-earmark era (PoliticMO, 2/12/12)
Nixon announces $1.28 million for levee repair (PoliticMO, 2/11/12)
Editorial: Sinquefield’s loose lips and gifts for Nixon (Kansas City Star, 2/10/12)
Spence’s team spends millions on Legacy’s lines (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/10/12)
MO students supports bill to raise cigarette tax to fund higher education (The Maneater, 2/10/12)
MO House leadership sticks with familiar issues (Missouri News Horizon, 2/10/12)
Video: Advocates push to end state income tax (Missouri News Horizon, 2/10/12)
Nixon proposes grants for fast-track college degrees (Kansas City Star, 2/9/12)
McCaskill challengers shy from presidential endorsements (PoliticMO, 2/9/12)

Sinquefield: Proposed income tax repeal may be delayed until 2014 ballot (St. Louis Beacon, 2/9/12)
Missouri supporters continue top ush sales-tax-only initiative for November vote (The Missourian,2/9/12)
Missouri House approves bill to change workplace discrimination rules (The Missourian, 2/9/12)
M House OKs bill to change workplace discrimination laws, must reconcile with Senate measure (AP, 2/9/12)
Schoeller voter ID legislation passes House (PoliticMO, 2/9/12)
Nixon: Tolls on I-70 should require voter-approval (Southeast Missourian, 2/9/12)
Missouri House rounds out week with controversial votes (Missouri News Horizon, 2/9/12)
$40 million to higher education could temper possible tuition increases (The Missourian, 2/8/12)
Missouri Republicans back Santorum, but will it matter? (Missouri News Horizon, 2/7/12)
Legislative leaders voice reservations on ‘Fair Tax’ (Missouri News Horizon, 2/6/12)
House debates photo voter registration (Missouri News Horizon, 2/6/12)
Editorial: State must stop gutting Missouri’s universities (Kansas City Star, 2/5/12)
Missouri’s ‘beauty contest’ may offer Rick Santorum an opportunity (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/5/12)
Compromise reached on workplace discrimination bill (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/3/12)
Missouri court decision dings Carnahan (Roll Call, 2/3/12)
Revenue collections still below projections (Missouri News Horizon, 2/3/12)
Editorial: Shhhh! Governor and lobbyists hard at work (Kansas City Star, 2/3/12)
Judge rules congressional district map constitutional (Missouri News Horizon, 2/3/12)
UM System Board of Curators likely to approve fee increases, continue talks about tuition (Missourian,2/2/12)
Blaming Senate inaction, Nixon’s third economic director resigns (PoliticMO, 2/2/12)
Democratic lawmaker irked by Nixon’s ‘lack of compassion’ on Capitol security concerns (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/2/12)
Panel backs bill to limit shifts in Missouri school aid (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/1/12)
Spence hopes to build momentum with first television ad (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/1/12)
Missouri poll shows Gingrich leading, Brunner rising and Randles edging Spence (Riverfront Times,2/1/12)
AG Koster blasts dysfunction in General Assembly (PoliticMO, 2/1/12)
14-hour filibuster in MO Senate forces workplace discrimination compromise (Missouri News Horizon, 2/1/12)
Univ. of Missouri system tuition hike could average 6.5% (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/1/12)
Scholarship funds under state review (Columbia Daily Tribune, 2/1/12)
College and university presidents forewarn of impact of higher ed cut (MissouriNet, 2/1/12)

JANUARY 2012

Spence launches ads in governor’s race (News Express, 1/31/12)
Spence to run first TV ad in gubernatorial campaign (PoliticMO, 1/31/12)
Economic development spot in limbo (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/31/12)
Nixon pushes for new oil pipeline (PoliticMO, 1/31/12)
Santorum, Randles lead recent poll (PoliticMO, 1/31/12)
Randles pledges to deny federal funds (PoliticMO, 1/30/12)
Spence criticizes ‘lack of leadership’ in General Assembly (PoliticMO, 1/30/12)
Missouri Democrats oppose proposed changes in workplace discrimination laws (Kansas City Star,1/30/12)
Audio: Redistricting plaintiff says citizens commission partisanship led to challenges (MissouriNet, 1/30/12)
Bills to change workers’ rights high on state Senate’s agenda (St. Louis Beacon, 1/30/12)
Editorial: Lawmakers finally back a tax hike, but it’s the wrong one (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/29/12)
Nixon taking a cautious approach (Springfield News-Leader, 1/29/12)
GOP primary seen as a ‘missed opportunity’ for Missouri (Kansas City Star, 1/29/12)
Branson resident Lucas Case pushes GOP on attitudes toward gays (Springfield News-Leader, 1/28/12)
Editorial: Nixon vs. Nixon would offer interesting contrast (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/27/12)
Missouri high court refuses to hear redistricting suit (Kansas City Star, 1/27/12)
Spence: Stimulus ’saved our bacon’ (Politico, 1/27/12)
MO lawmakers move briskly during first month back (Missouri News Horizon, 1/27/12)
New proposal would run pipeline next to existing one in Missouri (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/27/12)
Dramatic school plan offered for failing Missouri districts (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/27/12)
Bill in MO legislature would allow quicker state intervention in KC schools (Kansas City Star, 1/26/12)
UMKC chancellor warns of fresh budget pain (Kansas City Star, 1/26/12)
Dropping congressional bid, Martin to run for AG (PoliticMO, 1/26/12)
Lawmakers propose English-only driver’s license test (KOMU, 1/25/12)
Obama, Nixon push similar themes in major speeches (PoliticMO, 1/25/12)
Missouri Democrats speak against discrimination bill (CBS, 1/25/12)
MO Treasurer Zwiefel won’t endorse in Lt. Gov Dem primary (PoliticMO, 1/24/12)
Schoeller voter ID bill moves through committee (PoliticMO, 1/24/12)
MO Senate debates separation of church and state (CBS St. Louis, 1/24/12)
Voter ID bill clears MO House committee (Kansas City Star, 1/24/12)
Images of rifle crosshairs found on senators’ office doors (Columbia Daily Tribune, 1/24/12)
Gabby Giffords and an ominous development in Missouri (Mother Jones, 1/24/12)
Missouri ended 2011 with job losses (Kansas City Star, 1/24/12)
New lawsuit challenges Missouri House redistricting (Kansas City Star, 1/24/12)
Missouri House panel backs voter ID requirement changes (Kansas City Star, 1/24/12)
Redistricting lawsuits could delay Missouri’s candidate filing (St. Louis Beacon, 1/23/12)
Editorial: Spending caps won’t improve things in Missouri (Kansas City Star, 1/23/12)
Editorial: Free meal culture part of what’s wrong with Legislature (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/23/12)
Capitol Perspectives: State of the State – from policy to theater (CBS St. Louis, 1/23/12)
Analysis: Nixon’s budget depends on new revenues (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/22/12)

Spence on TARP, Part 2 (The Missouri Record, 1/22/12)
Nixon administration outlines job cuts (Jefferson City News Tribune, 1/22/12)
Editorial: Maybe a little chaos in Missouri election is a good thing (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/21/12)
Editorial: Cut to funding is necessary sacrifice (The Maneater, 1/20/12)
K-12, higher education at odds over Nixon budget (PoliticMO, 1/20/12)
Spence calls for tax-credit curbs years after his firm sought such aid (St. Louis Beacon, 1/20/12)
Nixon takes big checks while calling for donation lids (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/20/12)
Koster 2016? (Missouri Scout, 1/19/12)
Missouri House approves constitutional spending limit (Kansas City Star, 1/19/12)
GOP, Dems hurrying to ready nominees for redistricting panel (Southeast Missourian, 1/19/12)
New Lt. Gov candidate hints at fracture in Democratic unity (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/19/12)

Spence and TARP (Missouri Record, 1/19/12)
Editorial: Gov. Jay Nixon should do more to improve Missouri (Kansas City Star, 1/18/12)
Nixon calls on General Assembly to pass budget, jobs plan (PoliticMO, 1/18/12)
Nixon calls for cuts to Missouri budget (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/18/12)
Missouri gets glimpse of I-70 as toll road (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/18/12)
In State of the State, Nixon draws on Joplin to frame election-year agenda (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,1/17/12)
Nixon seeks redistricting commissioners from state parties (PoliticMO, 1/17/12)
Missouri court upholds challenges to redistricting maps (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/17/12)
Carnahan confident the Missouri Supreme Court will rescue his district (St. Louis Beacon, 1/17/12)
Spence statements on degree concern conservative group (Springfield News-Leader, 1/17/12)
Proposal seeks to ban Missouri teacher tenure (Kansas City Star, 1/17/12)
Higher education, Medicaid would bear brunt of 2013 cuts (PoliticMO, 1/17/12)
Nixon proposes $106M cut from Missouri higher ed (Kansas City Star, 1/17/12)
Speaker Tilley: In budget battle, tax increases off table (PoliticMO, 1/16/12)
Spence outlines economic proposals (PoliticMO, 1/16/12)
Spence wants moratorium on tax credits (Southeast Missourian, 1/15/12)
Analysis: Missouri lawmakers may target judiciary (Southeast Missourian, 1/15/12)
Audio: Radio host on Dave Spence: “When you’re laughed at, that’s pretty bad” (FiredUp! Missouri, 1/14/12)
Missouri senators target food stamp fraud (Missouri News Horizon, 1/13/12)
Cooking up a campaign? Aspiring governor misled voters that he had an economics degree (Daily Mail,1/13/12)
Bill requires ID for food stamps (Kansas City Star, 1/12/12)
Carnahan’s decision could come quickly after state Supreme Court makes theirs (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/12/12)
MO high court considers redistricting challenges (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/12/12)
Missouri faces $800M shortfall (Missouri Journal, 1/12/12)
MO Senate panel OKs workplace discrimination bill (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/12/12)
Natural disasters hurt Missouri ag production in 2011 (Missouri News Horizon, 1/12/12)
Spence campaign defends academic record (PoliticMO, 1/11/12)
Spence’s rival releases school transcripts, including Harvard report card (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,1/11/12)
In Missouri, as levee is rebuilt, signs of rebirth begin to sprout (New York Times, 1/11/12)
State spending cap passes House Budget Committee (Missourinet, 1/11/12)
Charter school bill seeks broad-based changes (St. Louis Beacon,1/11/12)
Editorial: Make GOP’s primary count in Missouri (Kansas City Star, 1/11/12)
Thousands of illegal immigrants obtained Missouri driver’s licenses (Kansas City Star, 1/11/12)
MO GOP Speaker: Right to work a ‘waste of legislative time’ (PoliticMO, 1/11/12)
Spence’s college degree? Economics, yes, but of the home (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/10/12)
Missouri officials spar over job-creation incentives (Southeast Missourian, 1/10/12)
ACLU files suit to block St. Louis local control ballot initiative (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/10/12)
Huckabee to fundraise for Missouri House Republicans (PoliticMO, 1/9/12)
Talking shop with president of MO Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Southeast Missourian, 1/9/12)
Nixon expands economic growth plan (PoliticMO, 1/9/12)
MO Supreme Court to mull redistricting challenges (NECN, 1/8/12)
David Spence introducing himself to Missouri Republicans (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/8/12)
Groups spar over Missouri’s green energy future (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/8/12)
Schools face political, funding battles (Columbia Daily Tribune, 1/7/12)
Universities will watch closely Nixon’s address (St. Joseph News-Press, 1/7/12)
Feds approve $47M for Missouri disaster relief (PoliticMO, 1/5/12)
Missouri House GOP considers options for revenue (Columbia Daily Tribune, 1/5/12)
Missouri ends year with bleak budget news (St. Louis Beacon, 1/5/12)
Video: Spence visits the heartland (Heartland Connection, 1/5/12)
Huckabee, Jindal to help rally Missouri Republicans (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/5/12)
Missouri lawmakers unlikely to tackle ‘Right to work’ (Midwest Democracy Project, 1/5/12)
Nixon says university borrowing plan is ‘off the table’ (Kansas City Star, 1/5/12)
Court asked to invalidate new MO Senate districts (Southeast Missourian, 1/5/12)
KC schools will be a hot topic as Missouri Legislature convenes (Kansas City Star, 1/4/12)
Missouri session begins with money woes (Kansas City Star, 1/4/12)
Budget woes top Missouri Senate worries (PoliticMO, 1/4/12)
Missouri businesses lobby Legislature for changes (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/4/12)
Audio: No guarantees in MO Senate for Right-to-work (MissouriNet, 1/4/12)
December was big money month for Nixon, Sinquefield (St. Louis Beacon, 1/4/12)
Missouri Legislature opens, with last session’s issues at top of agenda (St. Louis Beacon, 1/4/12)
Missouri Legislature opens session (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/4/12)
Top MO House Democrat wants new Dept Econ Dev offerings (MissouriNet, 1/3/12)
Plans to cap campaign donations resurface (Columbia Daily Tribune, 1/3/12)
Editorial: Say goodbye to Iowa and howdy to Missouri in 2016 (Kansas City Star, 1/3/12)
Editorial: Don’t expect much out of 2012 Missouri Legislature (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/3/12)
Audio: Rep. Schoeller files voter ID bill, election reform legislation (MissouriNet, 1/2/12)
Missouri Legislature is facing a contentious 2012 session (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/1/12)
Commentary: ‘Creative’ budget plan a punishment (Columbia Daily Tribune, 1/1/12)

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