GOP candidates debate

COLUMBIA, Mo. -

The GOP candidates vying to be the next Missouri governor faced off in St. Louis Wednesday night.

The four candidates seeking the Republican nomination debated at Lindenwood University tonight. It was broadcast live on FOX 22 KQFX.

The discussion was mostly calm throughout the one hour debate, but got heated when the issue of contentious campaign ads arose.

NRA grades lead to (more) fights on Twitter in governor race

With National Rifle Association grades starting to leak out over the weekend, Missouri Republican governor candidates took the opportunity to fight for differentiation again.

According to reports, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder received an A+, former Speaker Catherine Hanaway received an A, and John Brunner and Eric Greitens both received AQ ratings. Brunner has also been endorsed by the debatably more stringent Gun Owners of America.

Kinder honors Houston man at ceremony

Houston resident Rudolph “Rudy” Blahnik was one of two men honored at a ceremony Sunday by Missouri Lt. Gov Peter Kinder.

Blahnik and Lewis McReynolds, of Willow Springs, were two of 34 Missouri veterans from around the state to receive the 2016 Veterans Service Award, which is given to veterans who provide exemplary volunteer service. The ceremony was at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 473 in Cabool.

Release: Lt. Governor Peter Kinder Statement on Ballwin Police Shooting

BALLWIN, MO – Lt. Governor Peter Kinder today made the following statement after a Ballwin Police Department officer was shot during a traffic stop Friday morning in Ballwin, Missouri.

“Following the horrific attack on peace officers in Dallas on Thursday night, we witnessed another senseless act of violence as another officer was shot right here at home in Ballwin. We must come together in prayer and unity for a restoration of law and order and peace in our streets. Please pray for the Ballwin Police Department officer as he receives care at Mercy Hospital, and please pray for the safety of our men and women in blue.”

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Urges Legislature To Override Nixon's Veto Of Constitutional Carry

OZARK, Mo. – Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder joined a Springfield representative in the Ozarks Friday to throw his name behind a bill to ease Missouri’s concealed-carry rules.

Senate Bill 656 would allow anyone who could legally own a gun to carry it concealed without a permit.

The bill would also expand Missouri’s castle doctrine, which allows guests on private property to act in self defense. It also would make Missouri a “stand your ground” state, removing your duty to retreat from a situation before acting in self defense.

Former Navy SEALs endorse Peter Kinder for Governor

Three former Navy SEALs endorsed Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s candidacy for governor Friday during a campaign stop in Cape Girardeau.

Kinder, a Cape Girardeau native, said he was “humbled” to be endorsed by former SEALs Miguel Yanez, Jake Zweig and Jaren Ogden.

The Republican candidate told a crowd of more than 40 people at the local VFW hall it’s not every day “a boy from Southeast Missouri gets to return home in the company of three genuine, true American heroes.”

Kinder Urges Legislature To Override Nixon's Veto Of Constitutional Carry

OZARK, Mo. – Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder joined a Springfield representative in the Ozarks Friday to throw his name behind a bill to ease Missouri’s concealed-carry rules.

Senate Bill 656 would allow anyone who could legally own a gun to carry it concealed without a permit.

The bill would also expand Missouri’s castle doctrine, which allows guests on private property to act in self defense. It also would make Missouri a “stand your ground” state, removing your duty to retreat from a situation before acting in self defense.

Kinder and an architect of the proposal, Rep. Eric Burlison, call this proposal constitutional carry, because they said they believe Missouri’s current permitting process works more like a government granted privilege than a right.
    
This week a South Carolina man with a concealed carry permit shot a man who had opened fire on a crowd in a Spartanburg-area nightclub, and no lives were lost.

Kinder and Burlison said they believe if a concealed carry permit holder had been in Pulse nightclub on that deadly evening in Orlando, perhaps some of that attack may have been thwarted.
    
Currently, people who want to get a concealed-carry permit in Missouri must pass an 8-hour safety course, pay $100 and get approval from their county sheriff.

Kinder and Burlison said they see no point in putting this burden on law abiding citizens when criminals will always go through great lengths to access firearms.

"There was a shooting of a Cardinal fan who had attended the ballgame, after the ballgame 10:30 or 11 at night, over by the arch about a year ago,” Kinder said. “That guy was put in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. Now, people see incidents like that. They read about them in the newspapers and they see them on TV, and they want the natural right to self defense."

When Nixon vetoed the bill, he noted he has signed several bills into law during his term to expand concealed carry, including a bill to make permits valid for five years instead of three.
      
Nixon said this particular proposal goes too far and restricts the ability of sheriffs to use discretion in who should have access to weapons.

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Lt. Governor Peter Kinder Statement on Ballwin Police Shooting

BALLWIN, MO – Lt. Governor Peter Kinder today made the following statement after a Ballwin Police Department officer was shot during a traffic stop Friday morning in Ballwin, Missouri.

“Following the horrific attack on peace officers in Dallas on Thursday night, we witnessed another senseless act of violence as another officer was shot right here at home in Ballwin. We must come together in prayer and unity for a restoration of law and order and peace in our streets. Please pray for the Ballwin Police Department officer as he receives care at Mercy Hospital, and please pray for the safety of our men and women in blue.”

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Republican governor candidates debate for first time since Orlando

WARRENSBURG, Mo. – In front of a crowd of nearly 1,000 Boys State “citizens,” Republican candidates for governor met Tuesday evening for the first time since the attack in Orlando and offered some of their solutions for that and other issues facing Missouri.

All of the candidates agreed that the shooting occurred, in part, because of a failure of leadership under President Barack Obama and that the answer was not to restrict access to firearms, but to increase it, including support for a stand your ground measure currently awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder also hearkened back to the Bush years, crediting the former president and attorney general for keeping America safe. 

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TWMP: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and the general election

On Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn continues his look at the Republican gubernatorial candidates with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. Kinder speaks about his role as a frontrunner of a race instead of an underdog, and about the concerns he’s hearing from voters on the campaign trail. They also discuss his increased fundraising efforts over the past month. They also discuss the University of Missouri’s Board of Curators, his wish to reach voters on both sides of the issues, and his support for Donald Trump.

“He was not my first vote, my second vote or my third vote,” Kinder says. “He is the choice of Republican voters across the country and the state of Missouri.”

He also discusses how he will fight what he sees as attacks from the federal government, in terms of the bathroom decree and a ruling on guns.

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announces 2016 winners of Veterans Service Awards

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder today announced 34 winners of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Veterans Service Award, which recognizes Missouri veterans who provide exemplary volunteer service to their communities.

Kinder started the award in 2012 and has received more than 700 nominations from around the state. Winners will be honored with an official declaration from the lieutenant governor. “One of the greatest honors I have as Missouri’s lieutenant governor is recognizing and honoring the service our veterans provide their families, friends, and neighbors in our great state,” Kinder said. “Once again, we had an exceptional group of nominations this year, and I look forward to meeting these hometown heroes and getting to know them a bit better.

It truly is an honor to be able to shine the spotlight on their stories of sacrifice and service to their communities. Not only did these veterans answer the call to serve their country, but all our nominees continue to inspire others back home with their volunteerism.”

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Limbaugh endorses Kinder for governor

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder can now boast that one of the most recognizable and conservative voices in the country has endorsed his campaign for Missouri governor. Rush Limbaugh, who hosts a nationally syndicated talk show heard by millions, has thrown his weight behind Kinder in a campaign ad that began airing across the state earlier this week.

“Endorsing is something Rush rarely does,” Kinder said. “I am humbled and grateful for his belief in my campaign for governor.”

In the 30-second spot, Limbaugh points out that he and Kinder are “lifelong friends” who grew up together in their hometown of Cape Girardeau, MO.

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GOP legislators support Kinder’s letter to Obama

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Over 100 Missouri legislators signed on supporting Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s denunciation of President Barack Obama’s May 13 “Dear Colleague” letter directing schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their preferred gender.

Twenty Republican senators and 88 representatives signed on to the effort for Obama to rescind the letter, which Kinder says is a "blatant attempt to change established law."

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Kinder asks Obama to rescind ‘Dear Colleague’ letter

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder released a letter Tuesday which he is sending to President Barack Obama. The letter asks the President to rescind a recent “Dear Colleague” letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to public schools across the nation.

Kinder said the “Dear Colleague” letter attempts to dictate how Missouri public schools must run their facilities and programs to accommodate students who might claim transgender status.

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KOLR10's Profile of Lt. Governor Peter Kinder

Peter Kinder is Missouri's current Lieutenant Governor. He was first elected in 2004 and is now in his third term. KOLR10's Grant Sloan has this profile of Peter Kinder.

While campaigning for Missouri Governor, Peter Kinder stresses the importance of conservative values like fiscal responsibility and protecting the second amendment.

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Lt. Governor Peter Kinder Urges Koster, Nixon to Stand Up to Feds’ Abuse of Power

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against North Carolina over enforcement of the state’s so-called “bathroom law”:

“By inserting itself into North Carolina’s lawmaking, the Obama Justice Department is overstepping its authority in violation of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. It justifies this overreach by unilaterally redefining federal anti-discrimination law, something only Congress has the authority to do. We saw this on the local level in February when the full force of the federal government was unleashed in a similar way on the city of Ferguson. The DOJ told Ferguson officials they could either accept an agreement the city couldn’t afford, or fight a lawsuit they couldn’t afford.

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Missouri Republican candidate for governor backs North Carolina bathroom law

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — Missouri Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says he's backing North Carolina over a lawsuit to defend the state's so-called bathroom law.

Kinder on Tuesday said the U.S. Justice Department overstepped its authority by suing the state over the law.

At issue is a new law requiring transgender people to use public restrooms and showers corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate.

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MG Property rights advocates to meet

The Mountain Grove Property Rights Coalition (PRC) will be meeting at the Mountain View Pizza Hut, 201 E 20th St., on Thursday, April 26 a bit earlier than usual. The meeting will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will be sending some of his campaign team to speak about Kinder's upcoming primary election for Republican candidate for governor.

Doreen Hannes, co-chair for the PRC says, "The PRC doesn't actually endorse candidates for office, but I personally do endorse Peter Kinder for governor. Kinder has been actively advocating against overreach from both federal and state agencies on the issue of private property rights."

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GUEST COLUMN: 'Charter school students will pay price for St. Louis School District’s greed'

On April 11, the St. Louis school district filed a lawsuit claiming the state has overpaid the charter schools in St. Louis and asserting that all the desegregation tax revenue should pour into the St. Louis Public School District. If the school district prevails, the state could demand charter schools repay the estimated $50 million in tax revenue, financially devastating those schools.

Incredibly, the legal action occurred less than a week after St. Louis voters approved a tax levy increase – a proposal supported by the city’s charter schools – that will bring in an additional $28 million annually to the district.

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