Carl Nett can’t use ‘Trump’ nickname in Secretary of State run

Secretary of State candidate Carl Nett will not be allowed to use "Trump" as his nickname on the ballot in his run for Secretary of State this year.

Paul Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison, court filing says

Gov. Pritzker, Durbin release statements following shooting in Aurora, IL

MO Rep. Rehder planning to run for Senate

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

Community outreach part of “Safer Streets” initiative

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Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

Solar bill passes Kentucky House, heads back to Senate

Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

Sen. Hawley votes against government spending bill

Permit-less carry bill moves through Kentucky Senate

House votes to raise IL minimum wage

Abortion bill could cost Missouri $7B in Medicaid funding

Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr says a bill to ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is among top priorities for the session

Lawmakers react after Barr confirmed attorney general

William Barr was confirmed Attorney General by the Senate on Feb. 14.

Kentucky Senate panel advances NRA-backed bill

A bill that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training has been advanced by a Senate committee in Kentucky

Kentucky lawmakers advance fetal heartbeat abortion bill

After hearing the beating heart of a fetus, Kentucky lawmakers advanced a bill to ban most abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Illinois Chambers of Commerce speak out on minimum wage increases

Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

IL Senate votes to hike to minimum wage, goes to rules committee

FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

Kentucky mothers work to keep guns away from domestic violence abusers

SB 177 would temporarily take guns away from those convicted of domestic violence.

MO legislator sponsors bill that would establish a “Back the Blue” license plate

A Missouri lawmaker hopes to give residents a new way to show their support for law enforcement.

Senate approves measure to reduce Asian Carp population

The legislation includes a provision calling for federal agencies to plan to reduce or eliminate invasive species populations such as Asian Carp.

Kentucky governor outlines support for medical marijuana

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke about his support for legalizing medical marijuana in highly personal terms on Tuesday, telling a community forum that his teenage nephew died after fighting "a very hard battle with cancer."

Bill would tweak voter-approved Missouri redistricting plan

A Missouri senator is seeking to tweak a voter-approved redistricting measure by allowing the public to submit proposals to a state demographer responsible for drawing new districts

Hawley subpoenaed in open records lawsuit

Sen. Josh Hawley has been subpoenaed to answer questions about his handling of Missouri's open records law while he was the state's attorney general

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

Former President Bill Clinton challenges next generation to empower themselves

Former President Clinton spoke at the campus of Arkansas State University Monday night.

How would a $15/hr minimum wage hike impact SIUC?

Legislation to increase minimum wage in Illinois is moving fast. SIUC is watching closely.

Advocates, legislator say majority of Kentucky lawmakers support medical marijuana

Medical marijuana is now legal in dozens of states across the country, and some Kentuckians want in on the benefits they feel it could provide.

The problem with Kentucky’s hate crime law? ‘It doesn’t really do much of anything’

“It’s really not worth the paper it’s written on."

Missouri House passes bill for opioid prescription tracking

The Missouri House has passed a bill to create a monitoring program to track prescriptions for opioids

Smith donates shutdown pay to Parkland Hope Center

Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) donated the money to Parkland Hope Center which helps families with groceries and household items at discounted prices.

Gov. Pritzker signs executive order on criminal justice reform

Illinois Gov. Pritzker has taken executive action on criminal justice reform in the state by establishing the Justice, Equity and Opportunity (JEO) Initiative.

MO Governor, First Lady host inaugural food drive

Anyone who makes a donation on Saturday is welcome to take a special tour of the Governor’s Mansion.

Proposed TN bill would require diaper changing stations in all public bathrooms

A new bill proposed in Tennessee would make things a bit easier for parents with young children.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar the latest to join crowded 2020 Democrat field

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016

Windhorst named to several House Committees

Windhorst (R-Metropolis) has received appointments to several key Illinois House Committees.

KY school safety bill passes, senators promise shooting victims not forgotten

Kentucky state senators have unanimously pass a bill aimed at keeping students safe in school. They called it a bipartisan victory, but said their work is not yet finished.

Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rep. Dingell

Dingell was the longest serving member of Congress in the nation's history.

Trump plays on immigration myths

Trump managed to accuse immigrants in the country illegally of stealing jobs from American workers, while declaring that the country needs more immigrants because of its economic boom. This argument rested on a series of false stereotypes.

Growing group of Senate Democrats eye 2020 presidential race

As many as nine Senate Democrats could potentially run for higher office in the next election, including four who have already announced and one who may do so this weekend.

Bevin spends little time on pensions in State of Commonwealth, focuses on achievements

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin made his case for re-election in his State of the Commonwealth address Thursday night.

MO AG meets with prosecutors in Cape Girardeau discussing crime, opioid crisis

Topics discussed included violent crime, the opioid crisis, and human trafficking, among others.

Gov. Hutchinson moves Arkansas National Guard on New Mexico border to Texas border

Governor Asa Hutchinson is moving Arkansas National Guard personnel form New Mexico to Texas to assist with border security.

Hawley to chair crime and terrorism subcommittee, named to 2 others

Hawley of Missouri has been selected to chair the subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.

Organ donor bill clears Kentucky state Senate

The Kentucky state Senate has approved a bill that would give people another option to register as an organ donor

AG: Regulation restricting access to Ky. Capitol is invalid

Kentucky's attorney general says a new regulation restricting public access to the state Capitol is invalid

Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr’s nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he’ll be once special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation concludes.

School safety bill begins advancing in Kentucky legislature

Kentucky lawmakers have heard emotional pleas from the parents of two teenage shooting victims as a school safety bill started moving forward

Missouri House passes bill on closing public records

A bill that critics say would gut Missouri's open-records law has passed the state House

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

The U.S. has shown "no readiness or desire" to engage in substantive talks on extending the pact, which limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, according to a Russian official.

MO judges hit the road with “Have Gavel, Will Travel” initiative

The “Have Gavel, Will Travel” program is part of a statewide initiative in Missouri to educate the public about the judicial branch of the government.

Lawmaker renewing effort for prescription monitoring program

The measure is called the Narcotics Control Act.

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced a broad new investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests.

AP Source: Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell in hospice care

Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

Gun advocate: ‘We can’t legislate our way out of evil;’ talks of gun violence in Washington

With it being Gun Violence Survivors Week, conversations of gun control and gun violence are even sparking a debate statewide in Illinois.

Hemp growth, lab-grown meat among legislative focus of KY agriculture commissioner

There are still steps that need to be taken over the next year that the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture said are necessary for the program to continue its success.

IL senator supports fair redistricting maps

If passed, the constitutional amendment would place the question of fair maps on the ballot for the next statewide election.

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration in State of the Union address

The president ticked through a litany of issues with crossover appeal, including boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs and combating childhood cancer, but he also appealed to his political base with his harsh rhetoric on immigration.

Trump touts ‘good’ relationship with North Korea’s Kim in State of the Union

The aim of the summit is to continue working toward peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Store owner not sold on IL minimum wage hike proposal

One store owner said he does not believe that being mandated by the state to increase wages is the proper move.

Trump touts economy, warns of border danger in State of the Union; Abrams says ‘we owe more’ to working class in Dem. response

Pres. Donald Trump presented an optimistic vision of the nation, saying "our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before."

Lawmakers react to State of the Union speech

Rep. Jason Smith issued this video response after President Donald Trump gave the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Rep. James Comer speaks ahead of State of the Union address

Rep. James Comer speaks about SOTU address.

Should Missouri eliminate vehicle inspection requirement?

One Missouri lawmaker wants to get rid of vehicle inspection requirements.

MO gov’t special oversight committee created

Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) announced the creation of the Special Committee on Government Oversight

White House: ‘Hysteria’ over Trump fuels inaugural committee probe

Federal prosecutors in New York issued the subpoena on Monday, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money.

Drug prevention, treatment getting $1.5M in KY from settlement funds

$1.5 million will be transferred to support the nonprofit

Lawmakers hold town hall in Marion, IL

Illinois State Representatives Terri Bryant, Dave Severin and Patrick Windhorst hosted a town hall/listening session on Monday, February 4.

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

A spokeswoman says the committee intends to cooperate with the inquiry. She said the committee received the subpoena late Monday and was reviewing it.

Lunar New Year celebration at MO Capitol

Missouri Gov. Parson and the First Lady Teresa Parson hosted a celebration of the Lunar New Year Monday evening, Feb. 4.

Trump spends majority of workday in unstructured ‘executive time,’ report says

“Executive Time” is a period during the day that he uses to watch TV, make phone calls and hold meetings. According to his leaked agendas, since the midterms, he spends most of his time doing these things and far less time on policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings.

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a re-election challenge within GOP

The initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president.

Trump is latest to give State of Union at time of turmoil

President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address at a time of turmoil.

“Midwest March for Life” event in Jefferson City, MO

Hundreds of Missourians are expected to participate in the “Midwest March for Life” event in Jefferson City, Missouri on Feb. 2.

Lawmakers introduce bill to establish 1908 race riot as National Monument in IL

At least 6 African Americans were murdered in the riots.

Lawmakers issue statements following penalties against University of MO athletic program

Blunt said he disagrees with the sanctions.