Josh Hawley

Updated at 11 a.m. April 20 with Gov. Eric Greitens' comment — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Missouri’s restrictions requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges and abortion clinics to meet the specifications of ambulatory surgical centers.

U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs said two weeks ago that he planned to enter a preliminary injunction against the requirements, so the ruling came as no surprise. 

A Republican will hold the office of Missouri attorney general for the first time in 24 years when Josh Hawley is sworn in next month. He defeated Democratic challenger Teresa Hensley in November while styling himself as a constitutional scholar instead of a prosecutor.

As St. Louis Public Radio reported before the election, he stressed his credentials as a constitutional scholar. He served as a law clerk for U.S. Appeals Court Judge Michael McConnell of the 10th circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. More recently, Hawley worked as a law professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Josh Hawley
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Josh Hawley has declared victory in his quest for Missouri’s next attorney general, celebrating with supporters Tuesday night in Springfield.

At the time of the remarks, with 70 percent of precincts reporting, the Republican candidate led Democratic opponent and prosecutor Teresa Hensley by close to 30 points. 

“I am pleased to say that we believe we have won this race tonight,” stated Hawley.

Every Missouri attorney general since 1969 has sought higher office at the conclusion of their term, just as gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster is doing this year. Even so, the race to be the next attorney general hasn’t received much attention. Perhaps it should; this year’s two major candidates have completely different ideas about what the job even is.

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Springfield played host to several Republican victory speeches Tuesday night, including two candidates for statewide office and another two for U.S. Congress.

Republican nominees for Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, U.S. House District 7 Billy Long and U.S Senate Roy Blunt thanked supporters from the stage at Classic Rock Coffee after convincing victories.

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