Politics

  Sen. Blunt in Cape Girardeau to talk about vaccines, reopening schools

Sen. Roy Blunt held a roundtable discussion on COVID-19 vaccines and reopening schools.

  Gearing up for election day in Missouri and Illinois

Proposed Mo. resolution would prohibit roadside checkpoints

  Greitens discusses political past, present, future as he enters U.S. Senate race

  South Scott Co. Ambulance District proposes sales tax

Missouri House committee votes down Medicaid expansion

  Mo. lawmakers debate militia bill

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Ky. bill makes some pandemic voting changes permanent

Arkansas governor signs bill allowing medical workers to refuse treatment to LGBTQ people

Federal authorities add new charges against Nixa lawmaker, doctor for COVID-19 fraud scheme

  Mo. Attorney General Schmitt announces run for U.S. Senate

  Former Mo. Gov. Greitens announces run for U.S. Senate

  Cape Girardeau Co. voting with safety as priority on Election Day

Mo. House passes bill to allow guns on buses, public transportation

House Bill 52 passed the House 124-32. It moves on to the Senate.

Ky. bill aims to cap insulin copays

They voted 35-0 on House Bill 95.

Abortion bill, SB6, approved in state House

A bill that would seek to ban abortions in Arkansas unless they are to save the life of the mother received approval Wednesday from the Arkansas House.

Mo. House approves bill on private property protections for family farms

The Missouri House passed a bill giving approval to some private property protections for family farms.

Cape Girardeau Co., Bollinger Co. Circuit Courts to move to Phase 2

Legislation filed to create ‘Rush Limbaugh Day’ in Mo.

Former Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan resigns seat

Sen. Blunt introduces measure to boost tourism, hospitality industries

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s lawyers and the Constitution

REPORT: Wife of Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley files criminal complaint over protest outside couple’s home

Gov. Parson appoints Limbaugh as assoc. circuit judge for 19th Judicial Circuit

Christopher K. Limbaugh began his career in private practice in his hometown of Cape Girardeau. He then served as the elected prosecuting attorney of Cape Girardeau County.

AP FACT CHECK: Biden’s fuzzy math on 1 million new auto jobs

Casting his climate policy as a jobs plan, President Joe Biden left out important context and used fuzzy math when he announced sweeping new green initiatives that he says will boost the U.S. economy with the creation of 1 million new auto jobs.

Sen. Hawley reintroduces duck boat safety legislation

In July 2018, 17 people died when a duck boat sank on Table Rock Lake.

  Gov. Parson says Mo. has history of overcoming tough times in State of the State Address

The governor delivered the State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 27.

Gov. Pritzker joins bipartisan governors, lieutenant governors to encourage everyone to get vaccinated

Governor JB Pritzker joined bipartisan governors and lieutenant governors to encourage everyone to make a plan for getting vaccinated.

  New vice president’s Heartland sorority sisters react to the inauguration

Vice President Kamala Harris has Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters at SIU.

  Heartland political experts react to Biden’s inauguration day

Political experts agreed Wednesday was a good day for America.

Heartland lawmakers release statements on Biden inauguration

Some Heartland lawmakers released statements on President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Ky. Secretary of State releases election turnout statistics

The Kentucky Secretary of State announced the completion of voter turnout breakdowns for the general and primary elections in 2020.

  Illinois lawmakers pass Criminal Justice Reform Bill

It now sits on Governor Pritzker’s desk to be signed.

Multiple Senators demand administration address COVID-19 vaccine distribution issues

In the letter, the Senators call out the administration’s failure to develop and implement a comprehensive national vaccine plan, despite having months to do so.

Russell Coleman: U.S. Attorney for Western District of Kentucky resigns

Russell Coleman, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, announced in a statement Monday that he is stepping down.

Missouri lawmaker skips own inaugural to attend Trump rally

A Republican Missouri lawmaker skipped his own inauguration to attend a rally with President Donald Trump and encourage Congress to reject the Electoral College victory President-elect Joe Biden.

  Heartland high school student reacts to chaos on the Capitol

The events in our nation’s Capitol were hard to watch for many adults, teens and young people are also paying attention to what’s happening in Washington, trying to understand what’s going on.

  Former Heartland politicians react to Wednesday riots on Capitol Hill

The Capitol building is typically one of the safest places in the world, but that changed Wednesday.

Mo. Gov. Parson signs executive order amending, terminating 3 past orders to ‘eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy’

Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 21-01 on Thursday, January 7 to amend Executive Order 05-06 and terminate Executive Orders 03-11 and 02-05.

  Mo. Gov. Parson held COVID-19 briefing at 3pm

Governor Mike Parson will hold a briefing on Wednesday, January 6.

Missouri lawmakers return to work amid coronavirus pandemic

The roughly five-month annual legislative session begins Wednesday.

  How the Georgia Senate runoff impacts the Heartland

Shaw said first we must move through what is expected to be a chaotic week of politics.

  New Ill. laws in effect Jan. 1

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield in January.

Missouri U.S. Representatives to object Electoral College certification

They are joining Missouri’s U.S. Senator Josh Hawley in their objection of certifying the U.S. Presidential election.

Mo. Gov. Parson signs supplemental budget bill

The bill was passed the week before by the Missouri General Assembly during a special session on a supplemental budget.

‘Duck Boat Safety Enhancement Act’ passes Senate unanimously

The bi-partisan legislation will improve the safety of duck boats following the 2018 tragedy on Table Rock Lake.

Mo. joins Texas lawsuit to challenge election before Supreme Court

Missouri joined in a lawsuit challenging the election before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Sen. McConnell names new personal office chief of staff

Terry Carmack grew up in Marshall County. He attended Murray State University and is a graduate of George Mason University.

6 Ky. counties randomly selected for post-general election audit

Six counties were randomly selected for a post-general election audit.

  Mo. senate special session postponed due to COVID-19 cases

The Missouri Senate will postpone any action related to the special session due to COVID-19.

  Money to support Trump court fight could flow to president

The unusual way the Trump campaign is divvying up the contributions has drawn scrutiny from election watchdogs, who say Trump and his family are poised to financially benefit from the arrangement.

  Mo. lawmakers meet to discuss how to spend CARES Act money

Missouri lawmakers are working in Jefferson City to access more COVID-19 relief money.

  Cape Girardeau women react to first female vice president-elect

“It has nothing to do with politics, just respect yourself, be true to yourself, do the right thing and you’ll go far,” Seals said.

  Newly elected Southern Illinois Senator responds to Governor Pritzker remarks on budget cuts

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker made a dire prediction this week, after Illinois voters rejected his proposed graduated state income tax.

  State legislator reacts to Ill. Fair Tax Amendment failing to pass

The measure was defeated 55 percent “no” to 45 percent “yes.”

  Southeast Mo. counties reporting record voter turnout

Many counties also saw a large jump in registered voters for the 2020 presidential election.

ELECTION RESULTS: Nov. 3, 2020

The general election is Tuesday, November 3.

  Ill. voters oppose graduated income tax amendment

Voters shot down the proposal to switch from a flat tax to a graduated income tax that takes a larger percentage from wealthy residents.

  Mo. voters approve Amendment 3

Amendment 3 would amend Article III of the Missouri Constitution to change some things from Amendment 1 that was passed in 2018.

  Mo. voters oppose Amendment 1 on term limits

Missouri Amendment 1 addressed term limits for the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor and attorney general.

  Bost re-elected to U.S. House of Representative Dist. 12 in Ill.

Mike Bost (Republican) won the office of U.S. House of Representatives for District 12 in Illinois.

  Parson wins election for Mo. governor

Republican Mike Parson wins election for governor in Missouri.

Rehder wins Mo. House Dist. 27 race

Holly Rehder won the office of Senator for Missouri Senate District 27.

  Smith wins re-election for Mo. 8th Congressional Dist.

Jason Smith won the Missouri 8th Congressional District House seat.

  Wallingford wins Mo. House Dist. 147 race

Wayne Wallingford won state representative for Missouri House District 147.

  GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell wins 7th term in Kentucky

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has won a seventh term in Kentucky.

  AP: Durbin wins re-election to U.S. Senate representing Ill.

Dick Durbin was declared the winner in the U.S. Senate race representing Illinois.

  Cape Girardeau Co. polling locations taking COVID-19 precautions

If you are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, you can call the clerk’s office and they can offer you voting alternatives.

  Ellis, Smith running for Missouri’s Dist. 8 House seat

The race for Missouri’s District 8 House seat covers 30 counties.

2 southern Ill. counties move polling locations due to COVID-19

Perry County and Jackson County both had to move one of their polling places due to COVID-19.

Mo. secretary of state reminds voters of polling place rules

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft reminded voters of polling place rules and outlined the Election Night reporting process.

  Jackson Co., Ill. courthouse to close to public at 7pm on Election Day due to COVID-19 mitigations

The courthouse will be closed to the public starting at 7 p.m. on Election Day, when the polls close. All voters in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast their ballot.

Graves Co. Health Dept. reports 38 new cases of COVID-19

The Graves County Health Department reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, November 2.

Heartland sample ballots

Click here to look at some sample ballots for the November 3 general election.

  Pemiscot Co., Mo. clerk helps voters in quarantine

There’s a new option for voting in Pemiscot County for those in quarantine who don’t want to drive.

Ill. ballot issue: Graduated income tax amendment

The graduated income tax amendment is on the Illinois ballot for November 3.

Mo. ballot issue: Amendment 3

Amendment 3 would amend Article III of the Missouri Constitution to change some things from Amendment 1 that was passed in 2018.

  Curbside, absentee voting in Cape Girardeau County

Voters can cast their curbside, absentee ballots on October 30 from 8 am till 4:30 pm.

Mo. ballot issue: Amendment 1

A ballot issue in Missouri is Amendment 1, which addresses state executive term limits.

McConnell discusses re-election bid and bruising on his hands

This year, Sen. Mitch McConnell admits he’s uncertain if he’ll remain the majority leader.

  Wallingford, Leighton running for Mo. House of Representatives Dist. 147

Wayne Wallingford and Andy Leighton are running for Mo. House of Representatives Dist. 147.