Politics

Politics
8:07 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Nixon names temporary auditor; state GOP chairman seeks to quell party unrest

Gov. Jay Nixon
Bill Greenblatt, UPI

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 9:48 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has named longtime aide John Watson as the state’s interim state auditor, until the governor can appoint a permanent replacement to state Auditor Tom Schweich, who committed suicide on Thursday.

Nixon said in a statement Friday that he was putting Watson temporarily in charge of the auditor’s office in order to comply with the state constitution’s requirement that the governor “immediately appoint’’ a replacement should the auditor’s post become vacant.  

Read more
Tom Schweich
6:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Nixon will soon have to pick Schweich's successor

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:53 pm

Within minutes of the news of Auditor Tom Schweich's death, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered all flags on Missouri property lowered to half-staff.

But the governor will soon have a much bigger decision to make: who to appoint as Schweich's successor.

Missouri law seems to suggest that a decision must be made rapidly:

Read more
Tom Schweich
6:41 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Officials remember Schweich as dedicated public servant; he came out swinging in bid for governor

Tom Schweich announces his bid for governor last month.

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 4:12 pm

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich came across as a relatively mild-mannered politician, but when he formally declared his candidacy for governor last month, he came out swinging.

Read more
Breaking
2:13 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Missouri Auditor Schweich dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Tom Schweich is sworn in for his second term as state auditor in January.
Tim Bommel, House Communications

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:35 pm

(Updated 5:10 p.m.)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, shocking the state’s political world and throwing turmoil into the state’s 2016 contest for governor.

Read more
Public Safety
11:47 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Isom stepping down as head of Missouri Department of Public Safety

Dan Isom at a news conference last fall with Gov. Jay Nixon.
Bill Greenblatt, UPI

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 3:15 pm

Gov. Jay Nixon's office confirmed late Wednesday that former St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom was stepping down from his new job as director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Nixon chose Isom last fall, amid the unrest in Ferguson. The former chief was only confirmed in January. Isom's decision to step down touched off unrest in the state Capitol, with allies blaming the governor for Isom's swift exit.

Read more

Pages