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GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Josh Hawley greets President Donald Trump at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
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President Donald Trump swung through the St. Louis area on Wednesday to provide a financial boost for GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Josh Hawley.

The visit comes as Hawley is viewing Trump as an asset in his bid to oust U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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By any conceivable measure, Missouri doesn’t have a particularly robust election cycle this year. But that doesn't mean that there aren't lessons to learn.

Even though this year's primary season featured fewer contested races than usual, the past few months still produced twists, turns and surprises. That’s especially true because a number of ballot initiatives were placed on the August ballot, making up for a relative dearth of competitive legislative contests.

St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed Dan Mehan, president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to the Politically Speaking podcast.

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is lauding a new proposal to expand Medicaid. The business group says it would allow Missouri to take advantage of the $2 billion a year in federal subsidies that it currently has declined to accept.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 9, 2013 - The Missouri Chamber, which publicly has blasted the Affordable Care Act, has nonetheless come out with its strongest statement to date this week in favor of expanding the state's Medicaid rolls, as recommended by the law.

The chamber, the state's largest business group, notes that Missouri is among the top states losing out on the federal money involved – and says that the state’s businesses and hospitals will suffer.

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While Governor Jay Nixon (D) continues touring Missouri to oppose efforts to override his veto of tax cut legislation, a group of business officials and political activists are trying to rally support for the override effort.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In a move years in the making, the Missouri House has sent to Gov. Jay Nixon a bill to revamp the state’s workers compensation system and repair Missouri’s financially troubled Second Injury Fund.

The House voted 135-23 this morning to pass SB1, which House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, called “one of the crowning successes of this legislative session,” although he acknowledged that the bill wasn’t perfect.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 29, 2012 - Soon after the Indiana state House voted a few days ago in favor of making Indiana a "right-to-work" state, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry fired off a tweet alerting its thousands of followers of the bill's progress.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 21, 2011 - Technically, the Missouri General Assembly remains in special session. But practically, it's all over.

The Missouri House decided Thursday to keep the dim hopes alive of reaching compromise on economic development legislation by voting to go to conference with the Senate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 19, 2011 - Mike Jones, chairman of the region's China Hub Commission, says the effort to persuade China to locate a cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport remains alive despite the General Assembly's failure to pass related tax incentives.

But he acknowledges that the legislature did inflict a wound.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 21, 2011 - Missouri House leaders announced this morning that they've crafted a compromise economic development package after closed meetings with the chamber's leaders and aides to Gov. Jay Nixon in the office of state House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 30, 2011 - Chamber of Commerce and labor leaders from around Missouri joined in an unusual conference call today to underscore their common quest to win legislative approval of a broad-based economic development package that also revamps the state's tax credit programs.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 26, 2011 - Missouri business groups are swiftly registering their objections to the National Labor Relations Board's new rule requiring that workers' rights be posted in the workplace, saying such a mandate smacks of politics. Labor unions praise the rule as a fair requirement that workers get accurate information.