.@KCStar has been closely following @HawleyMO, now a national figure, for years going back to his days as Missouri AG. Here are some examples. Starting with this one from @lindsaywise, @J_Hancock and @SteveVockrodt during the 2018 race. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
During the campaign, Hawley tied human trafficking to the sexual revolution of the 1960s kansascity.com/news/local/new…
Even after Hawley left for the Senate, reporters in KC and Jeff City continued to lock into how he ran the attorney general's office kansascity.com/news/politics-…
Both before and after Hawley's Senate election, we've looked at his role in the effort to strike down the Affordable Care Act, a matter that remains pending before SCOTUS mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-…
.@Allie_Kite reminds me of this piece from the Senate campaign when Hawley scheduled an event with an anti-gay preacher and then immediately canceled after being asked about it by @KCStar. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
We've also, quite frankly, approached Hawley's tech crusade with a more skeptical eye than many Washington-based outlets, who often write up his releases but don't note that these bills haven't become law or have even received hearings kansascity.com/news/politics-…
And just a few months ago, we published this piece... kansascity.com/news/politics-…
And here's today's story kansascity.com/news/politics-…
Forgot this one, which is about how a California billionaire helped fuel the rise of Hawley and Kobach (both Yale Law grads from the KC area) kansascity.com/news/politics-…
This throwback to his first week in the Senate-- though not as extensive as the stories above-- is also worth revisiting. kansascity.com/news/politics-…

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9 Jan
Hawley’s first day in Senate he refused to take questions from @lindsaywise, @craasch or myself, the three reporters writing for his constituents. A few days later, he told me he wouldn’t play “hallway roulette” when I asked about furloughed fed workers google.com/amp/s/amp.kans…
A lot of reporters in DC covered him past two years as the next big thing and only viewed things through the lens of whether it would help propel him forward, but both @KCStar & @stltoday covered him with a more skeptical eye about what these moves meant for MO’s biggest cities.
Sometimes it meant a loss of access. Hawley was one of the only lawmakers from the region who wouldn’t do a phone interview with me throughout the pandemic. Other lawmakers from the region—Blunt, Cleaver, Davids, Moran, Roberts, Davids, Marshall— called regularly.
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8 Jan
A police officer died to ensure that the votes of the 81 million Americans who voted for the other candidate would still matter. Officer Sicknick stood up for democracy.
As has been noted by others, Hawley who excoriated Simon & Schuster tonight for the cancellation of his book deal hasn't said anything on what are now five deaths at the Capitol. He's made general comments condemning the violence, but hasn't addressed the loss of lives.
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7 Jan
I'm going to some up the KC area congressional news from an awful 24 hours. As the Capitol descended into chaos, @HawleyMO sent a fundraising plea based on his election objection kansascity.com/news/politics-…
.@repcleaver, Missouri's senior Dem, describes his experience sheltering in place and decries the attacks on Black voters that led up to yesterday's riot kansascity.com/news/politics-…
.@CoriBush and @RepDavids are calling for Trump's immediate removal office with days left in his presidency for inciting the riot kansascity.com/news/politics-…
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7 Jan
.@HawleyMO speaking now. His voice shaking, says he wants to thank Capitol Police and law enforcement all throughout the country.
Hawley still defending his plan to object. "This is the place where those objections are to be heard.... without violence, without bullets."
Hawley again claiming that PA Constitution restricts mail-in balloting. Again, PA has allowed absentee voting for decades (I've used it!), but the GOP legislature expanded it last year.
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6 Jan
For KC area, Blunt will also lose Rules chairmanship to Klobuchar and Moran will lose Veterans Affairs chairmanship to Tester if the expected Dem victories in GA hold. Roberts’ retirement already meant the loss of his Ag chairmanship this Congress.
Blunt and Moran also each chaired an Appropriations subcommittee. Blunt’s has been particularly important because it oversees public health funding.
One thing this probably means for Klobuchar is she and Lankford can finally move their bipartisan election security bill (which McConnell opposed) out of cmte and onto the floor google.com/amp/s/amp.kans…
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5 Jan
Cleaver, the first African American mayor of KC, and Davids, one of the first Native American women in Congress, say they're hoping to boost confidence in vaccine-- Davids notes particularly with communities of color. Their comments in the thread below.
Related to that, @UMKC is partnering with predominantly Black churches in KC to work on increasing testing and vaccine distribution. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
This @AP story from a few days ago looks at the challenges with vaccine distribution with Native communites apnews.com/article/us-new…
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