Jefferson City, MO – Special investigators appointed by a Cole County judge in an open records lawsuit are now seeking fines against Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.
In the revised suit, Republican attorney Louis Leonatti and former Democratic Lt. Governor Joseph Maxwell are accusing Blunt and former Chief of Staff Ed Martin of, quote, "knowingly and purposely" violating the state's Sunshine Law by denying access to emails.
Jefferson City, MO – Governor-elect Jay Nixon has released a list of actions for handling Missouri's estimated $342 million revenue shortfall.
Upon taking office, Nixon says he'll order each state department to submit plans to reduce spending for the current fiscal year, and place a temporary freeze on long-term state contracts for goods and services.
St. Louis, MO – Democrat Joan Barry is asking for a recount in her loss to Republican Jim Lembke in Missouri's First Senatorial District in south St. Louis County.
Lembke beat Barry 44,219 to 44,143 -- less than one-half of one percent -- in the November 4 election. Candidates are allowed by law to ask for a recount when the vote differential is less than one percent.
St. Louis County's Board of Elections will have to conduct the recount -- and pay for it. It has 20 days to complete the recount.
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis police department has gotten the go-ahead to run a program that pays cash for unwanted guns, no questions asked.
Wednesday's vote was the second attempt to fund the gun buyback program and some advertising using $57,000 in forfeited assets. The Board of Police Commissioners deadlocked about three weeks ago when it took the vote after Mayor Francis Slay, a supporter, had left the meeting.
Jefferson City, MO – Barack Obama may have won the presidential race, but John McCain has officially claimed Missouri's eleven electoral votes.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan certified Missouri's election results Tuesday, and with nearly three million votes cast, McCain led Obama by 3,903 votes, or 0.13 percent. Carnahan says that margin is small enough to qualify for a recount, if the Obama camp wants one.