First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

President Joe Biden has looked to establish a sharp break from the warm rhetoric often displayed toward Vladimir Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

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

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

  Heartland political experts react to Biden’s inauguration day

Heartland lawmakers release statements on Biden inauguration

  Bomb threat called into Supreme Court, all-clear given

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  Security at Ky. Capitol to be increased

Ky. Secretary of State releases election turnout statistics

  Illinois lawmakers pass Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Ill. Senate passes criminal justice reform bill

200 Illinois guard troops will go to DC to aid inauguration

Illinois Congresswoman releases statement addressing the calls to impeach President Trump

  Gov. Parson sworn in as 57th Governor of the State of Missouri

Governor Mike Parson was sworn in as 57th Governor of the State of Missouri at the 2021 Bicentennial Inauguration on Monday, Jan. 11.

Messages from Trump backers prompt former Missouri GOP head’s resignation

Some callers wanted a military coup and others demanded that the party bus people to protest in Washington.

Top Missouri GOP donor Sam Fox disavows Sen. Josh Hawley

Fox said in a statement Friday to The Kansas City Star that Hawley had “engaged in an act of reckless pandering,” and could forgot about any future help.

Armed protesters gather outside Ky. capitol

Armed protesters gathered Saturday afternoon the grounds of the Kentucky State Capitol, just days after the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol building.

Missouri lawmaker skips own inaugural to attend Trump rally

  Former Heartland politicians react to Wednesday riots on Capitol Hill

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

Congresswoman Cori Bush calls for expulsion of members who ‘incited domestic terror attack’

  Gov. Pritzker calls on Congress to impeach and remove Pres. Trump

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

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.

  Protesters gather outside Sen. Hawley’s residence near Washington, D.C.

ShutDownDC called the protest a vigil to demand Hawley to drop his plans to contest the Electoral College certification process.

Senator Lindsey Graham voices concerns about election commission proposal

South Carolina Senator and judiciary committee chairman Lindsey Graham is voicing concerns about Senator Ted Cruz’s proposal to establish an electoral commission.

  New Ill. laws in effect Jan. 1

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield in January.

Gov. Parson to deliver State of the State Address on Jan. 27

Missouri Governor Mike Parson is scheduled to deliver his State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Sen. Hawley to object during Electoral College certification process on Jan. 6

On Jan. 6, the Electoral College envelopes from each state and the District of Columbia will be opened before the members of Congress.

Missouri Electoral College votes for president, vice president

The meeting of the Missouri Electoral College took place at 2 p.m. at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Monday, Dec. 14.

Kentucky Electoral College cast votes for president, vice president

Kentucky’s eight electors officially cast their vote for president and vice president Monday, December 14.

Illinois Electoral College meets to officially cast votes

The Illinois Electoral College have officially cast their votes for president and vice president on Monday, December 14.

‘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.

Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act heads to President’s desk

The design of the coins will represent the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and its mission to promote tolerance, diversity and inclusion.

  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.

Heartland counties still counting some ballots, finalizing the election

Scott County Clerk Rita Milam said more work is just starting for them.

  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.

Romney: Trump’s election fraud claim wrong, ‘reckless’

Trump, who has complained for weeks about mail-in ballots, escalated his allegations late Thursday, saying at the White House that the ballot-counting process is unfair and corrupt.

Sen. McConnell discusses GOP wins in Ky., 2nd stimulus package; no comments on presidential election

The discussion was held at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort at 9:30 a.m.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump fabricates election corruption

Citing “horror stories,” President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabricated accusations Thursday in an audacious attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. election.

Claim that Sharpie pens ruin Arizona ballots misses the mark

The false claim, known on social media as #Sharpiegate, came as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was named the winner in the battleground state.

AP: Trump campaign files lawsuit in Georgia

The Associated Press is reporting that the Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in Georgia, looking to pause the vote count in the state.

  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.

Sen. McConnell discussed 2020 General Election results

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed winning his reelection bid to the Senate, the undecided presidential race, tight Senate races and COVID-19 post-election.


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.

New law requires small airports to have lactation rooms

Friendly Airports For Mothers (FAM) Improvement Act was signed into law by President Trump on Oct. 30.

  Cape Girardeau groups give free rides to voters

Those who don’t have a form of transportation can still go cast their vote on election day thanks to St. James AME Church and the student group, SEMO Votes.

  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.

  Gov. Parson stops in Cape Girardeau for ‘Get Out the Vote’ statewide tour

Gov. Parson made a final campaign stop in Cape Girardeau on Monday.

  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.

  Free rides to the polls offered in Cape Girardeau Co.

The free service is being offered for Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3.

  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.

Ky. Senate candidate Amy McGrath makes campaign stop in Paducah

Amy McGrath visited with voters at Bob Noble Park Amphitheater at 12:30 p.m.

Senator McConnell stops in Owensboro to campaign

Senator Mitch McConnell will be stopping in Daviess County Friday morning to campaign for the upcoming election.

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.