Category: State & National

Child Advocacy Center: Children’s voices not being heard in campaigns

People can submit a question, or vote on topics for candidates at PresidentialOpenQuestions.com.Advocates for families say the presidential candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, need to talk about what they’ll do to protect children during the debate that’s happening this Sunday evening. Barbara Brown-Johnson, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center, said Clinton…

112 Fallen Firefighters to be honored at National Memorial on Oct. 9

The increase of firefighter deaths reflects the new ruling that Public Safety Officer Benefits recognize deaths caused by illnesses from 9/11 as line-of-duty. The U.S. Fire Service will be honoring the lives of 79 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2015 and 33 firefighters who died in previous years during the 35th…

Barnes wins Democratic bid for House seat, faces VanBuskirk Nov. 8

Jerome Barnes will be facing Bill VanBuskirk in the November general election for the Missouri House of Representatives District 28 seat, according to unofficial election results from the Jackson County Election Board. “In pinching myself. It was like I was dreaming,” Barnes said Wednesday morning. “I just want to thank all my supporters, and we’re…

Barnes wins Democratic bid for House seat, faces VanBuskirk Nov. 8

By Kris Collins   Jerome Barnes will be facing Bill VanBuskirk in the November general election for the Missouri House of Representatives District 28 seat, according to unofficial election results from the Jackson County Election Board. “I’m pinching myself. It was like I was dreaming,” Barnes said Wednesday morning. “I just want to thank all…

Royals celebrate 2015 World Series Championship at White House

The Kansas City Royals organization was in Washington D.C. this past week for a time-honored tradition in American sports: meeting the president. The Royals have made two such trips in the history of the ball club, and Frank White Jr. has been present for both, first as a player in 1985 and most recently on…

Gov. Nixon appoints judge in the 16th circuit

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Deputy Probate Commissioner Mark A. Styles Jr. as circuit judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Kathleen Forsyth. “Mark Styles is an experienced and accomplished lawyer who is committed to public service,” Nixon said in a statement. “The people of…

Missouri House Dist. 28 candidate forum July 26

The Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Kansas City/Jackson, Clay and Platte counties are hosting a forum at 6:30 p.m. on July 26 for the candidates for the district 28 seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. Candidates will answer written questions from the audience during the moderated forum.…

Gov. Nixon vetoes conceal carry bill

This past week, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 656 which would have loosened laws on conceal and carry permits. In his veto letter, Nixon said the bill threw out much of the state’s current conceal carry legal framework. Specifically, Nixon said the bill would have eliminated required training, education and background check for the…

Forum July 26 for state House of Rep. District 28 candidates

The Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce and The League of Women Voters of Kansas City/Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties are cohosting a forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 26 at Raytown City Hall for candidates for the District 28 seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. Candidates will hear written questions from the audience…

Education bill to get more Missouri students degrees, reduce cost

While at the University of Central Missouri on June 16, Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 997, a higher education bill that aims to help Missourians complete undergraduate degrees and lower the cost of earning them. The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Pearce, will enable more students to take dual-credit courses while they are in…

Gov. Nixon signs bill to further reform municipal courts

Following the approval last year of Senate Bill 5, which aimed to remove traffic fines and citations as a source of revenue for municipalities, earlier this month Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 572 into law. The bill is designed to further reform municipal courts statewide by addressing non-traffic fines and citations. “The practice of…

Senate to debate abortion ban bill before session’s end

As the legislative session’s end nears in the state capitol, the Senate is debating a bill that would ask voters if fetuses should have constitutional rights. The Missouri House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution No. 98 in early May by a vote of 110-37, and the bill was read for the second time on…

Missouri Politics

Photo ID bill passed to amend the constitution Voters will be able to decide on whether the constitution should be amended to require government-issued photo ID to vote at the polls with the passing of new legislation. Democrats stopped a senate filibuster and made a deal that allows voters to vote without a photo ID…

6 candidates seeking Dist. 28 House seat

Editor’s Note: Candidate responses may have been reduced down for length, but have not been otherwise edited.   Rep. Tom McDonald is term-limited this year. His seat in the 28th district of the Missouri State House of Representatives is being sought by six candidates. The Raytown-Brooking Eagle wrote the following candidate profiles based on a…

Gov. Nixon signs executive order to “Ban the Box” in state employment

Gov. Jay Nixon recently visited the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment to sign Executive Order 16-04, to lessen barriers to individuals with criminal histories attempting to enter the workforce, lower recidivism rates and improve public safety.  The executive order will “ban the box” in state employment by placing questions relating to criminal history later in the hiring…

Electorate decides new junior college district trustees

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Voters if the Brooking Township district helped decide the outcome of two races for Junior College District of Metropolitan Kansas City trustee during the April 5 election. Barbara Anne Washington and Michael R. Brown were voted in as trustees. Full details on the Eastern Jackson County vote are as follows: Junior college district trustee subdistrict No.…

Missouri Politics

House to consider Anti-LGBT resolution If Senate Joint Resolution 39, a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow refusal of service for same-sex couples, wins approval in the Missouri House of Representatives, state residents will vote on it later this year.  “Disappointed.  I am disappointed that there are attempts to roll back protections for minority groups,”…

Missouri Politics

Former Senator Bland recognized for social justice service Gov. Jay Nixon today ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at government buildings in Jackson County be lowered to half-staff to honor former state Sen. Mary Groves Bland on Saturday, March 5, the day of her funeral. Sen. Bland, who represented Jackson County for 24 years in the General Assembly from…

Jackson Co. Legislature March 7 review

Jackson County

The Jackson County Legislature approved the following items on the consent agenda during its regular meeting March 7: Item 4829, an ordinance transferring $210,270 within the 2016 general fund and appropriating $294,455 from the undesignated fund balance of the 2016 grant fund in acceptance of the STOP Violence Against Women Act Prosecution of Sexual Assault…

Jackson County Legislature Feb. 29 review

Jackson County

The following items were approved on the consent agenda by the Jackson County Legislature during its regular meeting Feb. 29: Item 19075, a resolution authorizing the county executive to execute cooperative agreements with Hope House, New House, and Rose Brooks domestic violence shelters in order to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence during 2016,…