Pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated outside an event Tuesday in Jefferson City sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Some of the demonstrators held signs saying “Each child of Gaza is our own,” and say genocide is happening in Gaza. They’re calling for a ceasefire. A “Columbia Missourian” photographer captured a photo of an altercation that happened outside the building involving Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. Secretary Ashcroft joined us live on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri”, telling listeners that he was pushed and shoved outside the building when he tried to get in and that one demonstrator tried to knock him to the ground. Ashcroft says he was trying not to fall to the ground and trying to defend himself. He tells listeners that protests in Jefferson City have generally been peaceful, but not this one. “Wake Up Mid-Missouri” guest co-host Jennifer Bukowsky also attended the AIPAC event and tells listeners she was called a “baby killer” and was screamed at by protesters. During the interview, Secretary Ashcroft also outlined his decision to close his investigation into a complaint from a local activist against Columbia Mayor Barbara Buffaloe and three council members that involved recent comments during a council meeting from the dais. Activist Anthony Willroth accused the four officials of violating a state statute by expressing their views about a ballot issue from council dais, after Mayor Buffaloe and the council members voiced support during a council meeting for first ward councilman Nick Knoth and opposition to the recall Knoth is facing:
Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) is hopeful about the 2024 legislative session in Jefferson City. He joined us live on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri” and touts education. He says legislation expanding the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) program will hit the Senate floor this week. He’s also hopeful about his anti-swatting bill. Senator Rowden notes Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (R) was swatted at his Jefferson City home earlier this month. Rowden tells listeners that swatting is happening to Republicans and Democrats around the nation and that it’s intimidating:
Jefferson City Police Chief Eric Wilde confirms that Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s home was swatted Sunday evening. Chief Wilde tells 939 the Eagle that JCPD is continuing to investigate. Secretary Ashcroft joined us live on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri,” telling listeners that Jefferson City Police received an anonymous call that Ashcroft had killed his wife and shot other people. Ashcroft praises the professionalism of Jefferson City Police, and is calling on those responsible to be prosecuted. He says no one was injured in the incident, and that he walked out the front door with his hands up, as several armed JCPD police officers were in front of his house:
Missouri Right to Life has issued endorsements in Missouri’s 2024 GOP primaries for governor and lieutenant governor. Missouri Right to Life executive director Susan Klein joined us live on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri” and discussed the organization’s endorsement of Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft in the GOP gubernatorial primary and former State Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor. She says both candidates stand for life across the board, mentioning abortion and cloning:
Missouri’s powerful Senate President Pro Tem is seeking the GOP nomination for secretary of state next year.
State Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) made his announcement Saturday with a large sign at Mizzou’s 112th Homecoming parade downtown. Senator Rowden tweeted Saturday that he wanted his hometown Mizzou faithful to be the first to know about his future plans. He says he and his wife Aubrey and their three children are ready to embark on what he describes as an ”exciting new political journey.”
Rowden was elected to the Missouri House in 2012 and served two terms, before beating then-State Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) in 2016 to win the Missouri Senate seat. Rowden won another close race in his 2020 re-election race, defeating former State Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia). Rowden will be forced out of the Senate by term limits at the end of 2024.
Senator Rowden is expected to face State Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg), State Rep. Adam Schwadron (R-St. Charles) and Greene County clerk and former House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller (R-Willard) in the August 2024 GOP primary. The primary winner will face the winner of the Missouri Democratic primary in November 2024.
Missouri’s current secretary of state, Jay Ashcroft, is running for governor.
Our Zimmer colleague, Cosmo from Y-107, reports a woman dressed as a witch rode a bicycle and demonstrated against Senator Rowden throughout Saturday’s parade route. She also handed out literature to the crowd.