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Governors' races feature fight for party control in states

Republicans are in control more often than not in state capitols across the country, but Democrats are trying to pull a little closer in elections Tuesday for governor and state legislature. Among the headliners are closely contested open governor's...

 

Missouri gas tax hike backers hope to flip 'no' to 'yes'

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters have a long track record on proposed tax hikes best summarized by one word: No. Yet organizers of the "Yes on D" campaign to raise Missouri's gas tax by 10 cents a gallon believe this may be the year when...

 

Republican law limiting labor powers defeated in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The steady march of new "right-to-work" laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups...

 

Influence of organized labor gets big test in Missouri vote

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakening public-sector unions, labor's clout is being put to a new test by a voter referendum in Missouri over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private...

 

Missouri court gives jolt of life to long Midwest power line

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A proposal for a high-voltage power line carrying wind energy across the Midwest received a jolt of new life Tuesday as the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that state regulators had wrongly rejected it. The ruling is a major...

 

Supreme Court could return abortion debate to the states

BOSTON (AP) — Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are searching for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their constitutions and laws. President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett...

 
 By David A. Lieb    Regional    July 1, 2018

Trump's own tariffs make it harder to rebuild infrastructure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to rebuild the nation's transportation infrastructure. He also wants to strengthen the U.S. steel industry through tariffs on imports. But that second goal could make it more costly to...

 

Republicans propose using sales tax money for new tax cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling making it easier to collect online sales taxes could yield billions of dollars for state and local governments — if they decide to keep it. Rather than spend the windfall on schools, prisons...

 
 By David A. Lieb    Regional    June 1, 2018

Missouri governor quits in scandal, signs 'revenge porn' law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just hours before he left office Friday, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed scores of new laws, including a measure that makes it a crime to try to threaten a person using a private sexual image — the same allegation...

 
 By DAVID A. LIEB    Regional    May 30, 2018

Missouri governor resigns amid widening investigations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a sometimes brash political outsider whose unconventional resume as a Rhodes scholar and Navy SEAL officer made him a rising star in the Republican party, abruptly resigned Tuesday amid a...

 

Lawmakers press Missouri governor probe despite dropped case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens may have gained an argument against impeachment when a St. Louis prosecutor dropped a criminal charge against him, but the governor's "great victory" seems to have done little to slow...

 

Report indicates Greitens' campaign lied about donor list

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former campaign aide to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens testified that he was duped into taking the fall when the governor's campaign was trying to explain how it had gotten a list of top donors to a veterans' charity that...

 

Missouri governor could face charge for charity donor list

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, already facing a felony charge related to an extramarital affair, could soon face another felony count after the state's attorney general cited evidence Tuesday suggesting that Greitens' use...

 

Missouri governor mirrors Trump in quest to survive scandal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Facing mounting calls to resign following sexual misconduct allegations, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appears to be taking a cue from President Donald Trump as he fights for his political survival amid a #MeToo movement th...

 

Report: Greitens was aggressor in unwanted sexual encounter

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens initiated a physically aggressive unwanted sexual encounter with his hairdresser and threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about it, according to testimony from...

 

Legislatures being pressed to produce reports of misconduct

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Documenting sexual harassment complaints against state lawmakers and publicly releasing the outcomes can provide encouragement for people who might otherwise be hesitant to report allegations of inappropriate behavior....

 

Ex-Missouri governor urges court to allow wind-energy line

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's former governor, now arguing as a private attorney, urged the state's highest court on Tuesday to overturn a decision blocking a proposed 780-mile power line that would carry wind energy across the Midwest....

 

APNewsBreak: Greitens sent political invite on charity email

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens used an email address for a veterans charity he founded to arrange political meetings as he prepared to launch his first bid for public office, despite a federal ban on nonprofits...

 

Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — It didn't take long after Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley, the presumed GOP front runner in Missouri's hotly...

 

More Republicans questioning if Greitens should stay

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A growing number of Republicans are questioning whether Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should remain in office and are backing a legislative investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings following the Republican governor's...

 

Greitens blames politics, but even some in GOP concerned

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is blaming his felony invasion of privacy indictment on a "reckless liberal prosecutor," holding fast to the assertion that any case stemming from his admitted extramarital affair is politically driven....

 

Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was "no blackmail" and "no threat of violence" by him in what he described as a months-long...

 

States rethink sexual misconduct policies after complaints

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a tumultuous few months that saw numerous lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct, a majority of state legislatures across the country are considering strengthening sexual harassment policies that have gone unheeded...

 

This year's state elections could shape future for Congress

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump's first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans this year. Yet the contests with the...

 

Deduction targeted by GOP used by tax filers in most states

ATLANTA (AP) — A popular deduction targeted in the GOP's overhaul of the tax code is used by more than a quarter of all filers in a majority of states, including many led by Republicans where some residents eventually could see their federal tax...

 

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