Cohen paid to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, report says

Cohen paid the head of a small technology company between $12,000 to $13,000 for activities related to Trump’s campaign, things like trying unsuccessfully to manipulate two online polls in Trump’s favor

  Trump responds to Pelosi’s request to postpone SOTU by canceling her overseas trip

MO Attorney General praises protections for domestic violence survivors

Gov. Pritzker signs bill requiring licenses for gun dealers

Watchdog: Government may have separated many more children from migrant families

MO Gov. Parson to issue executive orders, restructure four state agencies

Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

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  MO Gov. Parson delivers 2019 State of the State Address

Rep. Bost offering job for wounded warrior

Attorney general nominee Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight

Trump’s AG nominee Barr backs Mueller probe, supports border ‘barrier’

Shutdown standoff: Dems rebuff Trump invite, thwarting effort to bypass Pelosi

  KY Attorney General files for governor, calls on candidates to release taxes

The two have filed their candidacy papers for the 2019 governor’s race.

Democrats consider subpoena for interpreter of Trump-Putin meeting

The official said Trump even confiscated his interpreter’s notes after talks with Putin in Germany in 2017 and reportedly told the interpreter to keep quiet about what was said in the room.

  Former MO Senator Claire McCaskill joins networks as political analyst

She will appear on MSNBC for its coverage of President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Southern IL teacher use governor swearing-in ceremony to motivate student learning

On Monday, JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton were sworn in as the new Illinois’ Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

KY legislative group scraps past, sets to work toward fresh pension fix

J.B. Pritzker sworn in as Illinois governor

As shutdown grinds on, TSA workers struggle

Missouri Auditor, Treasurer swearing in ceremonies Monday

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

Arkansas lawmakers to begin 2019 legislative session

Arkansas lawmakers are kicking off a legislative session that's expected to focus on the governor's proposed income tax cut and an effort to find more funding for highways

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

While plans may change, the announcements are expected to come in waves, the first featuring a group of ambitious Senate Democrats including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who face pressure to join the race.

Governor-elect Pritzker and Lt. Governor-elect Stratton participate in statewide day of service

Pritzker and Stratton take part in day of service.

On 2020 presidential bid, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to CNN: ‘I have decided to run’

The Congresswoman has long hinted at a potential White House run.

Gov. Rauner takes clemency action

In his final clemency review, Governor Bruce Rauner granted 30 clemency requests and four commutations on Friday, January 11.

US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said the U.S. started "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria."

Bill pushes to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee

Could Tennessee join the 33 other states that have legalized medical marijuana?

Four bills restricting abortion introduced in Kentucky legislature

Several bills restricting abortions are making their way through the Kentucky legislature.

At border, Trump says ‘we can declare a national emergency’ over wall

The president visited a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security.

Report: Bevin will file for re-election by Jan. 29 deadline

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday told a small group of reporters that he plans to file paperwork for his re-election by the Jan. 29 deadline.

KY lawmaker admits to using marijuana during medical marijuana debate

Thursday, a bipartisan push was made to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Heartland political expert: ‘It’s a new day politically in Illinois’

The change could mean a new era in politics and movement on two controversial topics - the legalization of marijuana and gun control laws.

Lawmakers react to Pres. Trump’s Oval Office address on border wall

“Tonight, President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to addressing the humanitarian and security crisis at our nation’s southern border."

Fetal heartbeat: New abortion-related fight in Kentucky

Already mired in three lawsuits challenging abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers ratchet up stakes with new bill to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected

Trump walks out of meeting with Democrats, says GOP is unified in shutdown showdown

The president also called the meeting a “total waste of time" in a tweet afterward.

National parks, air travel and beer: Shutdown impacts widely felt

The government shutdown may be partial, but it's still painful to those it impacts.

Rod Rosenstein expected to leave DOJ, reports say

Rod Rosenstein is expected to depart the Justice Department once a new Attorney General is sworn in, media reports say.

Kentucky lawmakers push bipartisan medical marijuana bill

A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers have introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana, including a Republican state senator who said he "smoked a joint" when he was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago

Food Stamp funding at risk if government shutdown continues

Local charities could be hurt if government assistance programs run out of money.

Mid-Continent Steel & Wire waits to hear about a steel tariff exemption

Mid Continent Steel & Wire in Poplar Bluff waits to hear about a steel tariff exemption they requested earlier this fall.

Gov. Rauner delivers report to IL General Assembly

Highlights include education, government operations, healthcare services, technology job growth, and criminal justice.

Duckworth, Durbin reintroduce gun Background Check Expansion Act

This requirement extends to all unlicensed sellers, whether they do business online, at gun shows, or out of their home.

Lawmakers reintroduce bill to expand Lincoln National Heritage Area including Jonesboro, IL

The bill expands the Lincoln National Heritage Area in central Illinois to include the city of Jonesboro in Union County.

Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

A strained morning of negotiation in Turkey ended without assurances of protection for forces that fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State group, and indeed brought them fresh new threats from Turkey.

Kentucky legislature gavels in to begin 2019 session

Kentucky legislature gavels in to begin 2019 session likely dominated by pension changes and the governor's race

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

Natalia Veselnitskaya attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that was described to Trump Jr. as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.

Republican Robert Goforth announces run for Kentucky governor

Another Republican has thrown his name into the race for Kentucky governor.

AP FACT CHECK: White House notion of Mexico as terrorism gateway is false

Despite their portrayal of Mexico as a teeming portal for terrorists, the State Department issued a report in September finding "no credible evidence" to back that assertion up.

Medical marijuana, juvenile justice among TN’s top issues for year ahead

Tennessee's General Assembly convenes Wednesday with new leaders and the largest freshman class in decades.

Will the third time be the charm for pension reform in 2019?

The 2019 Kentucky General Assembly goes into session Tuesday with its hands full.

Field for Kentucky governor’s race getting a bit more crowded

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has not officially filed for re-election. But there are plenty of people who want to take his job.

Lawmakers discuss sports betting and sales tax for online shopping

Lawmakers will meet to discuss bills that could legalize sports betting or add a state tax to online sales.

Local breweries impacted by government shutdown

New labels and formulas for beers and wines that are sent in for approval are not being reviewed.

Trump to address nation, plans border visit as shutdown lurches into 3rd week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure people receive their tax refunds.

Edelen promises ‘modern Kentucky’ in campaign for governor

Kentucky's former state auditor has officially declared his candidacy for governor

Ginsburg will miss Supreme Court arguments for the 1st time

The 85-year-old Ginsburg is recuperating and will work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

Russia: Too early to consider exchange of US spy suspect

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in Moscow in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could be using him to bargain for a Russian who pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent in the United States.

No breakthrough in shutdown talks as Trump stands by demands

With talks stalled, House Democrats plan to start approving individual bills to reopen shuttered departments, starting with the Treasury to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

  Government shutdown could impact tax returns and federal loans

The federal government has been shutdown for two weeks and it could impact more than just federal employees.

IL gov. signs gas storage bill into law

The bill was sponsored by Senators Chapin Rose, Scott Bennett, and Representative Jerry Costello.

Records show consultant worked with Greitens' staff

Records obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch show a political consultant directed state employees in the early days of resigned Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' administration

Government shutdown may delay tax refunds

The IRS is one of the agencies affected by the partial government shutdown that went into effect the Saturday before Christmas. The government is at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s desire for $5 billion to fund a border wall.

Former MO AG Hawley sworn in as Senator

Missouri Senator-elect Josh Hawley will be serving on five committees in the new Congress.

Rep. Bost sworn into office

U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives for the 116th Congress on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Sen. Durbin issues statement on swearing in of new IL representatives

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke about the new Illinois lawmakers taking office on January 3, 2019.

‘Hamildrop’ featuring Obama charts on Billboard R&B

The song was released late last month by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

New year begins with Romney, Trump at odds

Amid a government shutdown and a new congress, one freshman Republican senator is calling out the president.

New year, new Congress: Power dynamic in Washington changing soon

The shutdown standoff will dominate headlines as the 116th Congress gavels in, but there’s a lot more to the new power dynamic in Washington in 2019.

Little progress on shutdown, as Trump says it will last ‘as long as it takes’

The president said he was prepared to continue a standoff with Democrats “as long as it takes.”

Candidates file for Alderman positions in Perryville, MO

Several candidates have filed for alderman for the next election in Perryville, Missouri.

Eric Schmitt sworn in as Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General

Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General Eric Schmitt was sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Washington Gov. Inslee running for president

The governor’s intention to vie for the Democratic nomination was announced in an article published Wednesday in The Atlantic. He intends to focus on climate change as a threat to economic and natural systems.

Federal workers sue government over lack of pay during shutdown

The union for federal employees claims the government is violating federal labor law by requiring those deemed “essential” to work without pay while the government is shut down.

House Democrats have a plan to re-open government

House Democrats are introducing legislation to re-open the government, but without extra money for President Donald Trump's border wall.

Trump tries to deflect blame for migrant children’s deaths onto Democrats

After a trip to the border following the deaths, the secretary of Homeland Security said the "the system is clearly overwhelmed" and announced new medical screening procedures for all child migrants.

Missouri governor, budgeters predict 2 percent revenue hike

Missouri's Republican Gov. Mike Parson and Republican legislative budget leaders are predicting a 2 percent growth in state revenue next fiscal year.

Rep. Jason Smith holds public forum in Poplar Bluff on government shutdown

Rep. Jason Smith was in Poplar Bluff on Thursday, December 27 to talk about current government issues.

Government shutdown likely to stretch into next week

While the White House was talking to congressional Democrats — and staff talks continued on Capitol Hill — negotiations dragged Wednesday, dimming hopes for a swift breakthrough.