Peter Kinder

Special elections/Lt. Gov. succession
9:43 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Special Elections Bill Receives First-Round Approval In The Mo. House

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.


If passed, House Bill 110 would only allow the Governor to appoint a temporary placeholder who would not be eligible to run in the special election.  House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem), the bill’s sponsor, says it’s not a deliberate swipe at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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8th Congressional District
12:27 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Emerson Resigns, Special Election Date Announced

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.
(Office of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson)

Reporting by Jacob McClelland and Chris McDaniel.

Updated at 2:28 with announcement of the date of the special election.

As expected, U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson submitted her letter of resignation to Governor Jay Nixon and House speaker John Boehner on Tuesday. Emerson is leaving to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Now, Nixon must call for a special election to fill out the remainder of Emerson’s term.

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Lt. Gov. succession
6:39 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Special Elections Bill Passes Another Mo. House Committee, Floor Debate Next

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Legislation to require special elections in Missouri to fill vacancies in statewide offices has cleared another hurdle.


The bill today easily passed the House Rules Committee and is expected to be debated on the floor of the House next week.  If passed, House Bill 110 would only allow the governor to appoint a temporary placeholder if a statewide office is vacated, and that person would be ineligible to run in the special election to fill the vacancy.  State Representative Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart) sits on the Rules Committee and cast one of the few “no” votes.

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Lt. Gov. succession
4:14 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Mo. House Committee Passes Special Elections Bill

Mo. House Committee on Elections discusses House Bill 110, which would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.

House Bill 110 would require special elections if the office of Lt. Governor or any other statewide office is suddenly vacated.  It would allow the Governor to only appoint a placeholder who would temporarily fill the office but not be eligible to run in the special election.  It’s sponsored by House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem).

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Missouri Inauguration Day
1:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Missouri's Inauguration Day Arrives For Gov. Nixon And Other Statewide Office Holders

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s inauguration day has arrived, as Governor Jay Nixon (D) and several other state office holders prepare to be sworn in.


It’ll be the second term for most of those taking the oath of office, including Democrats Nixon, Attorney General Chris Koster, and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel.  Fellow Democrat Jason Kander, the incoming Secretary of State, will be the only statewide office newcomer.  Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder will be taking the oath of office for the third time, and his third term may prove to be very short if his bid to replace southeast Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R) succeeds.

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Lt. Gov. succession
3:54 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Nixon Says He Has Authority To Appoint Mo. Lt. Governor If Office Becomes Vacant

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Aside from Medicaid expansion, the most talked-about issue so far during the just-begun Missouri legislative session is whether Governor Jay Nixon (D) has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Governor if Peter Kinder succeeds fellow Republican Jo Ann Emerson in Congress.

Following his annual Prayer Breakfast earlier today, Governor Nixon told reporters he believes he has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Governor if the office suddenly becomes vacant.

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National Debt
2:13 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

National Debt Group Opens Missouri Chapter

Officials gather at the Missouri Capitol for an event announcing the formation of "Fix the Debt Missouri."
Ryan Famuliner/KBIA


Updated 4:30 p.m. with copy from KBIA's Ryan Famuliner.


A bipartisan group of Missouri leaders is trying to put pressure on Congress to address the national debt – and says tens of thousands of Missouri jobs are at stake.

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Health insurance exchange
5:32 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Kinder Calls On Mo. Lawmakers To Not Create Health Insurance Exchange

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is urging state lawmakers to not create a health insurance exchange or expand Medicaid when they convene for their regular session next year.

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Beyond November
2:36 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Kinder Wins Third Term As Missouri Lt. Governor

Twitter picture of Peter Kinder (R) at his victory party in Creve Cour, about 12 minutes before Susan Montee (D) conceded the Mo. Lt. Governor's race.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Peter Kinder has won a third term as Missouri's Lt. Governor.

The Cape Girardeau Republican fended off a challenge from former State Auditor, Democrat Susan Montee.  She called Kinder shortly before 11:00 p.m. to concede the race and congratulate Kinder.  He celebrated his victory with a small gathering of supporters, about 30 in all, at a hotel in Creve Cour. He credits what he calls "grass-roots" campaigning for his victory this time around.

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Kinder/Obamacare
4:46 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Fed. Appeals Court Won't Reinstate Kinder's Suit Against Federal Health Care Law

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, pictured here in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has lost another round in his battle against President Obama’s federal health care law.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Republican Lt. Governor has no legal standing to file suit because the Affordable Care Act poses no immediate threat to Kinder’s legally protected interests.  He filed suit two years ago as an individual, not in his official capacity as Lt. Governor.  The three-judge panel’s ruling did not address the constitutionality of the federal health care law, most of which was upheld last year in a 5-4 ruling by the U-S Supreme Court.

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