August 12th, 2013
07:09 AM ET
1 year ago

Rodeo clown mocks Obama at Missouri State Fair

(CNN) - A rodeo stunt at the Missouri State Fair has come under criticism after a clown donned a Barack Obama mask and stuck a broom up his backside.

The stunt took place during the bull riding competition on Saturday night.

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Filed under: Missouri • President Obama
New law allows schools to teach gun safety to first-graders
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure that encourages schools to teach gun safety to first-graders.
July 16th, 2013
07:14 AM ET
1 year ago

New law allows schools to teach gun safety to first-graders

(CNN) - Along with math, science and social studies, gun safety could soon be part of the first-grade curriculum in some Missouri public schools.

A new measure that advocates for such classes for first-graders was signed into law last week. But the idea has prompted worry from some parents and experts about the role and effectiveness of gun safety programs in a classroom setting.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Missouri
Missouri governor vetoes bill that would have nullified federal gun laws
July 5th, 2013
04:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Missouri governor vetoes bill that would have nullified federal gun laws

(CNN) - Missouri's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday that sought to make federal gun laws unenforceable in the state.

In a carefully worded statement that prominently addressed his pro-gun bona fides in a state Mitt Romney carried 54% to President Obama's 44% in 2012, Gov. Jay Nixon argued that the legislation violated a provision in the U.S. Constitution called the Supremacy Clause. The Supremacy Clause gives preference to federal laws over state laws.
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Filed under: Gun control • Missouri
Election ends 32-year family hold of House seat
GOP Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri stepped down earlier this year.
June 4th, 2013
10:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Election ends 32-year family hold of House seat

Updated 10:50 p.m. ET on Tuesday 6/4

(CNN) – Republican state Rep. Jason Smith won a special election Tuesday in southeast Missouri, beating out Democrat Steve Hodges in a district dominated by Republicans.

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Filed under: House • Missouri
Akin expresses remorse over rape comment
April 26th, 2013
10:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Akin expresses remorse over rape comment

(CNN) – Nearly six months after losing a Senate race and becoming a political punch line, former Rep. Todd Akin weighed in again on his controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy, saying in a recent interview he has "relived" the episode "too many times."

In an interview with CNN affiliate KSDK in St. Louis, the former Missouri congressman also hit back at Karl Rove, founder of the independent group American Crossroads, for his new group designed to recruit GOP candidates that won't make the same mistake as Akin.
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Karl Rove • Missouri • Senate • Todd Akin
Rep. Akin nearly doubled staff pay in final months
April 1st, 2013
08:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Rep. Akin nearly doubled staff pay in final months

(CNN) - On his way out of the U.S. House, Rep. Todd Akin dramatically upped staff compensation.

In the final three months of last year, Akin's small congressional staff got more than twice what it had received in any of the previous quarters in 2012, according to records posted by legislative salary tracker Legistorm.
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Filed under: Missouri • Todd Akin
March 19th, 2013
03:02 PM ET
1 year ago

VIDEO: Man rushes stage during mayor's speech

(CNN) – A man bolted on stage Tuesday to interrupt Kansas City Mayor Sly James as he delivered his State of the City address.

After the man grabbed the microphone from James and angrily chided the mayor, he was tackled by security officers.

Standing calmly at the podium throughout the scuffle, James returned to his remarks and said, "Well, that was unfortunate."


Filed under: Missouri
Missouri rep leaving Congress in February
December 3rd, 2012
11:41 AM ET
2 years ago

Missouri rep leaving Congress in February

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri will leave Congress in February, the Republican congresswoman announced Monday.

Emerson, who was re-elected to a tenth term in November with 72% of the vote, will become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
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Filed under: Missouri
Missouri Democrat wins re-election in Missouri
November 6th, 2012
10:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Missouri Democrat wins re-election in Missouri

(CNN) – Democrat Jay Nixon has become the first Missouri governor re-elected to a second term since 1996, CNN projects.

Nixon defeated Republican nominee businessman Dave Spence. A veteran campaigner with at least seven statewide races under his belt, Nixon had a solid lead over Spence for much of the past year.
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Filed under: 2012 • Missouri
Republicans aim to expand gubernatorial power
Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels is term-limited and cannot seek reelection.
November 5th, 2012
06:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans aim to expand gubernatorial power

(CNN) – Washington gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna looks to help Republicans cross an important threshold while expanding their power at the top of state government nationally.

McKenna is locked in a competitive race in a state that hasn't had a Republican governor in nearly 30 years. It's just one example of how the party is leveraging trends and strengthening its hand in a number

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