Missouri Legislature

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Michael Brown
7:08 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

With Grand Jury Decision Looming, Nixon Declares State Of Emergency

Gov. Jay Nixon announces his intention to use the National Guard to assist with protests in Ferguson on Nov. 11, 2014.

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:03 pm

(Updated at 9 p.m., Mon., Nov. 17)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard to protect “the two pillars: safety and speech’’ that he says could be tested in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision regarding the August police shooting that killed teenager Michael Brown. 

"Our goal is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard,'' Nixon said Monday night in a conference call with reporters.

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General Election 2014
11:16 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Constitutional Amendment Would Limit Missouri Governor's Budget Authority

Gov. Jay Nixon during his 2011 State of the State Address.

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 8:42 pm


Who should have the power over the Missouri budget? The legislature, which writes the budget? Or the governor who is constitutionally required to balance it?

The latest salvo in the ongoing battle between Missouri's Democratic governor and the Republican-led legislature over the state budget is Amendment 10 on the November ballot. 

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The Two-Way
5:22 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Missouri Governor Announces Creation Of 'Ferguson Commission'

Police walk through a cloud of smoke as they clash with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., this summer.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:05 am

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Tuesday that he's forming a panel that will study the social and economic conditions that fueled violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old this summer.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Under Review
10:06 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Koster Will Not Appeal Ruling Ordering State To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 11:30 am

(Updated at 5:45 p.m. with quotes from the ACLU and additional information.)

Attorney General Chris Koster will not appeal a Kansas City judge's ruling that ordered the state of Missouri to recognize the marriage of same-sex couples who wed outside of the state. 

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Under Review
11:00 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Auditor Tom Schweich on Public Corruption, Governor’s Withholdings, and Upcoming Pension Audit

Credit Missouri Auditors Office

Update: Public pension audit released Sept. 30.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says embezzlement is on the rise and is asking for help in identifying corrupt public officials.

Since taking office in 2011, Schweich says his team has identified 32 cases of missing monies totaling $2.3 million, about half of which has been returned to the state.

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