Roy Blunt

In the early years of his political career,  U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt had a reputation as a reformer. 

In 1992, Blunt — then Missouri secretary of state — ran a stunning ad that accused fellow Republican Bill Webster of engaging in “pay to play” in the Missouri attorney general’s office.

In the humble opinions of national pundits that monitor congressional races, Jason Kander pretty much came out nowhere to get on their national radar.

The Washington Post, Roll Call and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball recently declared that Missouri’s U.S. Senate race was a “toss-up.” And these prognosticators, in general, are very surprised that Kander made the race close. For instance: When Roll Call ranked Kander as the best Senate challenger of the 2016 cycle, the publication called the development “remarkable” for a race “that most analysts considered a second-tier contest when the summer began.”

Sen. Roy Blunt
Scott Harvey / KSMU

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.

Jason Kander
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jason Kander says Congress should be fired for not doing its job.

During a stop in Springfield Wednesday, Kander railed against both the House and Senate for taking time off before solving important issues. Congress is currently in week two of a seven week recess, which Kander said “they had not earned.” He pointed to items like failure to pass a funding package to protect against the Zika virus.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is meeting with college administrators to talk about his efforts to restore year-round Pell Grants.  Today he stopped in Springfield at OTC to talk with the community college’s chancellor, Hal Higdon, Missouri State University's president, Clif Smart, and other local college administrators.

Blunt chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, which recently approved a bipartisan funding bill that would, in part, change the Pell Grant to year-round funding.