It's been less than a week since Confederate-clad rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol after weeks of conspiracy-mongering by the president and his allies about plurality Black cities. Missouri's Black leaders on what this moment means…
It's worth remembering that in the days leading up to the bloody Capitol siege the president's son spent days verbally attacking a Black minister who is a member of Congress…
.@repcleaver and other lawmakers sheltered in place as the pro-Trump mob ransacked the building. Here's his description of that experience.…
As the chaos was happening, another Missouri lawmaker (who had championed the effort to overturn the election) sent multiple fundraising pleas.…
After the riot, @HawleyMO and @RogerMarshallMD were two of the only senators to vote to throw out Arizona and Pennsylvania's electoral votes. Eight KS & MO GOP lawmakers joined them in the House…
A day after the riot, Hawley's political mentor, former Sen. Jack Danforth, disavowed him and said, "But for him it wouldn’t have happened."…
Hawley didn't respond to Danforth, but he did respond immediately when his publisher canceled his book contract…
Two days before the pro-Trump riot, Hawley had condemned protesters outside his VA home as "Antifa scumbags" and accused them of threatening his family/vandalizing his home. That account was contradicted by local police.…
One moment from Wednesday that is putting scrutiny on Hawley is when he raised his fist in solidarity with the pro-Trump crowd before the riot. @KatieJ_Bernard spoke with the photographer who captured the moment.…
Hawley is facing calls for his resignation or expulsion. Marshall hasn't got nearly as much attention, but @jonshorman looks at the potential fallout for the Kansas freshman after defying GOP leadership in backing Hawley and Cruz's objections…
Here are both senators' responses to the death of a Capitol police officer after he was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher during the riot…
Democrats from the region are calling for Trump's impeachment and/or his removal from office through the 25th amendment. MO's @CoriBush has also called for expulsion of lawmakers who backed the effort to overturn the election (incl. most of MO delegation)…
And on top of all of this, a Kansas lawmaker tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in the vote on Arizona's electors…

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12 Jan
Hey @MattLaslo, looks Hawley found someone whose questions he was willing to take this week.
.@HawleyMO's team has repeatedly ignored requests for comment since Wednesday as his political mentor and donors disavow him and his colleagues call for his resignation. But he's happy to go on Tucker.
Tucker's analysis that publishers rather than lawmakers are the guardians of the First Amendment also may set some First Amendment lawyers' heads to spin. Publishers are protected by the First Amendment. It doesn't require them to publish a senator's words.
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12 Jan
My one reflection on the Bill Belichick news: The man who beat him in Super Bowl LII lost his job today.
Not excusing the Eagles' post-Super Bowl decline, but I'm one of a handful of Eagles fans who is thankful enough for 2017/2018 that I still like Doug as a dude.
The fact that I spent a couple years living on the West Coast and then the Midwest probably softened me a bit compared to most Philadelphians.
Read 4 tweets
11 Jan
.@GovParsonMO (R) was asked about the widespread calls for one of the state's two senators to resign. He changed the subject back to his inauguration: “This is a special day for me and for my family. It’s a special day for our state"… #moleg
This is a day after "Resign Hawley" was written in the street in St. Louis.
This is giving me flashbacks to when Brownback’s staff told me I ruined his second Inauguration Day in 2015 by asking about the federal probe of his lieutenant governor (never resulted in charges). @APjdhanna ruined Kansas Day a few days later by doing the same thing.
Read 4 tweets
11 Jan
KC area Dems @repcleaver and @RepDavids both signed on as co-sponsors to impeachment resolution. Cleaver told me last week that "if it comes to the floor, I’ll push my card down as hard as I can push it"…
Waiting on more R's from the region to issue statements. Wichita's @RepRonEstes confirmed he opposes. Estes says he supports a full investigation of what happened Jan. 6, but contends "impeachment will only sow more division and chaos in an already precarious situation"
Will be posting a story when I get more members' statements, but for KS & MO the vote breakdown is likely to look similar to the previous impeachment vote-- with D's from KC & STL voting yes and R's voting no.
Read 4 tweets
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…
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
.@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.…
During the campaign, Hawley tied human trafficking to the sexual revolution of the 1960s…
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…
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