Schweich Starts Run for GOP Nod for Governor
January 28, 2015

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich launched his bid for the Republican nomination for Governor Wednesday afternoon in St Louis.
Schweich says he run on a platform of ending political corruption in state government, advancing the state’s economy and getting better schools.
Schweich’s decision to run sets up a potentially intense Republican primary in 2016.
Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway has already started her campaign.
Democratic Attorney Gendral Chris Koster is expected to run in 2016.
Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill announced she would not run for Governor earlier this month.
Wednesday, Hanaway campaign spokesman Nick Maddux blasted the new Candidiate.
“Conservative activists throughout Missouri believe primaries have repeatedly cost the Republican Party statewide elections. Today, Auditor Schweich chose to create yet another primary. Auditor Schweich’s electoral record is marked by relentless pursuits of the next office and tearing apart the Republican Party.”

Chris Koster’s Statement on McCaskill Decision
January 12, 2015

Via Missouri Times:
“Claire McCaskill is the heart and soul of the Democratic Party in Missouri, and her commitment to progress for our state is unsurpassed. Creating a better future for Missouri is at the center of everything she does. Senator McCaskill is a friend and advisor to me, and it is a friendship I hope continues for many years to come. Claire’s voice for centrist principles will move the U.S. Senate and our country forward.”
Chris Koster

McCaskill Passes By 2016 Run for Governor
January 12, 2015

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has turned down what may be he last shot at what once was her dream job, Governor of Missouri.
McCaskill announced Monday on Steve Kraske’s ‘Up to Date’ talk show on KCUR radio.
“If felt wrong to turn away away from
My seat in the Senate,” McCaskill said.
McCaskill also used the interview endorse Democratic Attorney Chris Koster’s run for governor.
McCaskill’s a noun cement avoids an lengthy and expensive Democratic primary.
McCaskill made it clear, however, she is not staying out of Missouri politics.
She says she will be very active in pushing for ethics reform and campaign contribution limits.
Missouri has no limits on donations now.

Koster Defends Himself in Conflict Hearing
December 8, 2014

(AP) – A law enforcement interview with a key witness doesn’t appear to be included with thousands of pages of documents released after a grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The Associated Press reviewed more than 5,700 pages of documents released by St. Louis County prosecutors. It doesn’t appear that the documents include a transcript or a recording of a two-hour FBI and county police interview with Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown when he was shot. The discrepancy was first reported by KSDK-TV.

The documents include seven video clips of Johnson’s media interviews, as well as a transcript of his testimony to the grand jury that investigated the shooting. The transcript notes that jurors listened to a recording of an Aug. 13 interview of Johnson by the federal and county investigators, but documents released to the public don’t appear to include a separate transcript of that August interview.

“If it’s not there, it’s not there,” Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch, said Monday. “I don’t know what was released.”

Committee Set to Investigate Missouri AG Koster
November 13, 2014

(AP) – Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones on Wednesday created a committee of lawmakers to review allegations that Attorney General Chris Koster has been influenced by lobbyist perks and campaign contributions.

Jones, a Eureka Republican, said the committee will look into claims that Koster, a Democrat, changed policies and negotiated more favorable settlements in consumer fraud cases following lobbying by companies. The allegations were raised by a New York Times article that was published last month and cited similar examples involving attorneys general across the country.

Republican state Rep. Jay Barnes, of Jefferson City, will chair the review committee. Republican Rep. Stanley Cox, of Sedalia, will serve as vice chairman.

“I am confident the oversight committee can delve deeper into these issues so that the truth is revealed and we know once and for all whether the attorney general’s office was for sale,” Jones said in a written statement.

The New York Times reported that Koster received $13,500 in campaign contributions from a law firm representing Pfizer and $20,000 directly from the drugmaker. He later met with lobbyists and spoke to political action committees while the company was under investigation by his office.

Koster ultimately negotiated with Pfizer for the company to pay Missouri $750,000 in a legal settlement over the marketing practices of some drugs. Some other states took part in a joint investigation and were able to receive more than $1 million from Pfizer.

Koster has said the New York Times report distorts how his office dealt with the companies. A spokesman for Koster declined further comment Wednesday.