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    A new president needs to staff his administration with people who will be loyal to him. Donald Trump's problem is that he does not have enough loyalists to staff the White House, much less the entire executive branch.

      Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has been sharply critical of the panel's Republican chairman, Devin Nunes, for visiting the White House to view classified documents that Nunes says show the Obama administration intercepted the communications of Donald Trump…

        What will President Trump do after the Obamacare debacle? For 48 hours, some Hill Republicans -- and Trump himself -- spoke as if the president and the GOP could smoothly, seamlessly and swiftly pivot to tax reform. Then, Monday night, came an Axios report that Trump might choose to pursue a…

          A key talking point in the theory that Donald Trump and the Russians conspired in the 2016 election is the allegation that last summer, during the Republican convention, the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to weaken its stance on Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

            There's a race going on for states to file or join new lawsuits against President Trump's second executive order temporarily halting entry into the U.S. for some people from a few terror-plagued countries. The new actions promise to be rehashes of the states' earlier suits against Trump's or…

            In connection with the partnership between Jefferson College and the St. Louis Astronomical Society (SLAS) to operate an observatory site on the Hillsboro campus, the College will host several public “Aim for the Stars” observation nights throughout 2023 for those of all ages who want to lea…

            Black Democrats in the Missouri Senate held the chamber for roughly three hours Wednesday as they condemned a Republican-sponsored bill targeting diversity training and race curriculum. The debate at times got heated, such as when Democratic Sen. Barbara Washington accused Republican Sen. Rick Brattin of disrespectfully interrupting her during discussion of the civil rights movement. […]

            The post Black Senators hold up Missouri GOP’s critical race theory legislation appeared first on Missouri Independent.

            The state Senate’s top leader delivered a stern warning Wednesday to the governor’s nominees for the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, saying lawmakers have “no confidence” in the transportation department’s leadership and that could stall plans for major highway investments. The warning came during the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee hearing for Brian Treece, a former […]

            The post Missouri lawmakers warn lack of confidence in MoDOT could stall funding for major projects appeared first on Missouri Independent.

            Legislation to make it harder for voters to amend the state constitution through the initiative petition process won initial approval in the Missouri House on Wednesday.  After more than two hours of debate, the legislation sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem Mike Henderson was approved 106-50. It will need to be approved one more time […]

            The post Missouri House gives initial approval to raising bar for voters to amend the constitution appeared first on Missouri Independent.


            Two area men face felony charges this week after allegedly forcing their way into a Madison County home Saturday armed with handguns and wearing ski masks. Police say one of the men fired a shot at the residence as they left. The two were later apprehended in St. Francois County.

            The annual Highway Administrator’s Report was given during the Jan. 24, St. Francois County Commission meeting by John Gross, highway administrator for the county’s road and bridge department. Much of his report centered on paving, striping, bridge construction and repair projects completed …

            The city of Farmington was one of 10 locations in the state recently awarded about $2.6 million by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to build electric vehicle charging stations. These projects will complete Missouri’s highway charging network plan under the Volkswagen Trust.

            The Park Hills City Council met in a special session Thursday evening, voting on a proposed tax of 3% on all marijuana sales within the city. Following a unanimous council vote, the sales tax will be presented to Park Hills voters for approval on the upcoming April ballot.

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