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Dave Roland

Opponents of a new transmission line across northern Missouri sit in the rotunda of the Missouri Capitol on April 16, 2019.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

A federal appeals court will hear arguments in St. Louis on Friday in a case that challenges the idea that unpaid lobbyists have to register with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

A divided panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in November that Ron Calzone, a conservative activist, had to fill out the required forms and pay a fine for failing to do so. In a rare move, all 12 judges of the court will reconsider the case.

David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The Freedom Center of Missouri has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of St. Louis over local regulations that prevent people from providing home-cooked meals to the homeless.

The suit alleges that the city policy violates the constitutional right to freely exercise religion, because it prevents people from following religious mandates to help others.

Attorneys for Bruce Franks, Penny Hubbard, and employees with the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners examine absentee ballot envelopes during a court hearing on Sept. 1, 2016.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Monday afternoon on whether voters in the 78th House District in St. Louis will get a chance to vote again.

Right now, the do-over Democratic primary is scheduled for Friday. It is one of the fastest turn-arounds the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners has ever faced.

Most of the briefs for the case have already been filed, so we've got a sense of what lawyers for incumbent Penny Hubbard and challenger Bruce Franks will say to the appeals court panel.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 2, 2011 - The standing-room-only crowd of Tea Party activists listened in rapt silence while two prominent local conservatives debated the best way to press for governmental change: election or constitutional convention?

At issue at Tuesday night's forum in Clayton was the push, nationally and in Missouri, for a constitutional amendment to allow states to repeal federal laws and mandates.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 28, 2010 -  The federal health-reform train began rolling across America this summer, dropping off benefits at every stop along the way, offering coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, giving added protection to young people about to be removed from their parents' health plans, and setting up temporary high-risk pools for some unable to buy affordable insurance.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 23, 2010 - If the U.S. Supreme Court were to strike down the new health-care law, it would have to reverse the modern interpretation of federal power that has existed since the Great Depression. Such a judicial counter-revolution could result in the kind of confrontation between the court and the president that occurred during the New Deal.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 22, 2010 - A constitutional showdown over federal mandates and higher Medicaid bills for states may be among the long-term consequences of the U.S. House's approval of the bill to extend coverage to the uninsured, experts in Missouri say.