Gov. Mike Parson

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson ascended to the office of chief executive after the resignation of Eric Greitens in 2018, and his tenure has remained unconventional, dominated by a global pandemic.

In the early months of campaigning, the race against Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway seemed to break in the Republican’s favor.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is calling lawmakers back to Jefferson City for a second special legislative session to deal with a supplemental budget.

“It’s more of a technical session,” Parson said at his press briefing on Wednesday. “It should be very short. They should be in and out quickly.”

The session will begin on Thursday, Nov. 5, just two days after the election. The main priority is ensuring the state has access to additional federal funding for coronavirus response and recovery.

Gov. Mike Parson and Randall Williams, the state’s public health director, said Thursday that Missouri is ready to administer a COVID-19 vaccine when one is approved.

Williams said the vaccine would be administered in three phases. He said that in the first phase, the state expects to have a “finite amount" and will only administer the vaccine to those most vulnerable. They include include nursing home residents, long-term care facility staff and other health care workers.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Auditor Nicole Galloway laid out contrasting visions for how the state should respond to the coronavirus pandemic and crime rates during a gubernatorial debate on Friday.

While both candidates promised not to raise taxes or defund the police, Galloway and Parson differed on a statewide mask mandate and police reforms. The Missouri Press Association and KOMU 8 hosted the debate, which was rescheduled after Parson tested positive for the coronavirus in late September.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday he was “disappointed” that lawmakers extended the special legislative session by at least two weeks, citing the need for more time to consider the governor’s proposals.

“The reality of it is the homicide rates are climbing and every day we’re delaying, more people are losing their lives,” Parson told reporters during his visit to the Missouri State Fair.

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