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Bill Greenblatt, UPI

(Updated 10:50 p.m., Sat., June 7)

Seven years after leaving the Republican Party, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has in effect taken the reins of the Missouri Democratic Party. 

That point was underscored Saturday night when -- shortly before the Democrats' annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner --  Koster presented the state party chairman a check for $100,000.

That's the second such six-figure donation that Koster has given the state Democratic operation in the past year -- making him the largest single donor to the state party.

Roy Temple, right, was unanimously elected Saturday as the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. He's speaking with St. Charles County Democratic Party chairman Morton Todd.
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --The last time that new Missouri Democratic Party chairman Roy Temple held a key role in state politics, his party controlled the state House and Senate and all but one statewide office.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Jackson County Executive Director Mike Sanders just announced that he’s stepping down as chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party as of Aug. 24, a move that sets the stage for a new party chief who's likely to be closer to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, skipped this month’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner – the Missouri Democratic Party’s largest fundraiser – and says she has no intention of attending the event in the future unless one condition is met.

She wants the dinner’s name to be changed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Casting their Republican counterparts as ineffectual extremists, some of Missouri’s top Democratic officials provided a blueprint of sorts at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner to gain even more ground in the Show Me State.

And Attorney General Chris Koster, a former Republican, pledged to put up a substantial amount of campaign money to help the cause.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
Bill Greenblatt | UPI | 2013 photo

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Although Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will be the headliner at this Saturday’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner downtown, the real attraction for Missouri Democrats could well be the dinner-table talk about the direction of the state party.

Patrick will be joined by the state's top Democrats for what is traditionally the party's top fundraising event of the year. Always held in St. Louis, this year's dinner is at the Renaissance Grand hotel.

Arrest Record Of Ex-Democratic Director Expunged

Apr 26, 2013
(via Missouri Democratic Party)

A judge has expunged the arrest record of a former executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party.

An order Friday by St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker says the arrest of Matthew Teter following a domestic incident was based on false information. The order also says there's no probable cause to believe he committed an offense and that no charges will be pursued.

Teter said he was forced out of his job at the Democratic Party in February 2012 after the arrest.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When Chris Koster first ran for attorney general in 2008, the phrase "Koster the Imposter" was thrown around as commonly as promises to be tough on crime.

That's because Koster had made the unusual move of switching political parties. Some Missouri Democrats contended that Koster was an opportunist who didn't believe in the party's beliefs or principles. Consequently, Koster barely won a heated Democratic primary over state Reps. Margaret Donnelly and Jeff Harris, a contest in which his political convictions and Democratic credentials were constantly under attack.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In March 2005, former Sen. Jean Carnahan and Democratic consultant Roy Temple created quite a stir at Democrat Days in Hannibal when they announced the launch of the state's first major political blog, “FiredUp Missouri.”

The aim, the two said, was to use its web presence to daily promote Democratic ideals – and lampoon the opposition.

FiredUp’s creation came “at an important point in time,’’ said Temple in an interview this week. “Democrats were demoralized. They had just lost a governorship.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Amid all the attention to the recent comments by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Gov. Jay Nixon in support of gay rights, many have overlooked the first prominent Missouri Democrat who recently aired such sentiment:

Former state Auditor Susan Montee.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: State Rep. Steve Hodges was a February surprise for southeast Missouri Democrats.

Before then, the East Prairie Democrat wasn’t considered a prospective candidate for the 8th congressional district seat. Soon after former U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, announced her intention to resign to lead the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Hodges told reporters he wasn’t interested in the June 4 contest to succeed her in Congress. State Rep. Linda Black, D-Desloge, became the presumptive Democratic frontrunner.

File photo | Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

Jason Rosenbaum is out this week, so we have St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin filling in. Marshall joins Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Beacon and Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the week in politics.

On this week's show: Marshall fills us in on the first half of the legislative session, talking about proposed changes to taxes and tenured teachers, and then Jo discusses the developments with the Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Update 9/27/12 9:30 AM with response from Akin campaign.

The Missouri Democratic Party has filed ethics complaints against Todd Akin, alleging wrongdoing for coordinating with a Super PAC in exchange for campaign cash.

Two complaints were filed against Akin by the party:

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri congressmen Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan have some differences of opinion when it comes to the potential political impact of their Democratic primary battle. 

Both are running for the Democratic nomination in the 1st congressional district, which Clay has represented since 2001. Carnahan decided to challenge Clay after Carnahan’s south St. Louis city and county district was split up following the 2010 census. Clay calls the situation “unfortunate".

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally posted at 9 a.m. Updated at 1:45 p.m. with comments from Carnahan, Clay and analysts.

A potentially nasty Democratic primary is brewing in the St. Louis area.

Mo. Democratic leader on leave amid assault probe

Feb 21, 2012
(via Missouri Democratic Party)

The executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party has been placed on unpaid leave while St. Louis police investigate allegations of a domestic assault.

Police said Tuesday that they were called to a home listed as the address of Matthew Teter on Sunday, when a 31-year-old man reported that he had been assaulted by a 30-year-old man at that address. Police did not release the names of the people involved in the incident because the investigation is ongoing.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 17, 2012 - Still without a Republican opponent, Attorney General Chris Koster has more than $1,286,000 cash on hand for his re-election bid later this year.

Koster, a Democrat who was a Republican until 2007, brought in $137,075 during the final fundraising quarter of 2011 and spent $106,349.24. (Click here to view his report.)

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 20, 2011 - As expected, the Missouri Democratic State Committee on Saturday elected Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders as the new state Democratic Party chairman and St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green as the new vice chair.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 31, 2011 - Democrats in St. Louis County and Republicans in St. Charles County chose their respective nominees Tuesday night for two vacant state House seats on special Nov. 8 ballots.

Teter named new director of Mo. Democratic Party

Mar 15, 2011
(via Missouri Democratic Party)

A former campaign aide to Sen. Claire McCaskill has been hired as executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party.

The state party says Matthew Teter began his new role Tuesday. He'll replace Brian Zuzenak, who is leaving March 31 after a transition period.

Missouri Democrats have undergone a leadership change after losses in the 2010 elections. Former State Auditor Susan Montee took over as chairwoman of the party in December, replacing Craig Hosmer. Montee also is an ally of McCaskill.

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