Former Democrat State Representative Michael Colona appointed associate circuit judge

Governor Mike Parson appointed former Democrat state representative Mike Colona to the bench as an associate circuit judge on Friday, October 18. As an attorney, Colona’s application for the post shows he lost 6 of the 10 cases he listed, settled one case and his client accepted a plea deal in another case. In fact, he won only two cases of the 10: an expungement action and a challenge to an administrative SATOP assessment. Colona’s legislative biography reveals he was an active member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), the association of plaintiff’s attorneys that opposes nearly all business tort reform measures. As a legislator, Colona won the 2012 Champion of Justice Award from MATA, according to his application. Colona’s voting record on tort reform measures shows why he may have received that award. In 2015 and 2016, his final two legislative sessions, Colona voted against legislation Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) supported that would have: allowed enforcement

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Governor Parson Announces Ken Zellers as Director of the Department of Revenue

Today, Governor Mike Parson announced Ken Zellers as Director of the Department of Revenue. Zellers joined the Department in September 2017 as Chief Operating Officer and had also been serving as Acting Director since March 2019. “Ken brings many years of valuable leadership experience to the Department of Revenue and has more than proved himself as Acting Director,” Governor Parson said. “I have full confidence that the Department will continue to improve and provide great service to the people of Missouri under his leadership as Director.”  As COO, Zellers was responsible for all operational aspects of the Department, including the Tax, Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing, and Administration divisions. He also oversaw the transformation of the Department in terms of organizational design, infrastructure, performance assessment, and culture. “I want to thank Governor Parson for the incredible honor and privilege of leading the Department of Revenue and serving the people of Missouri in this capacity,” Director Zellers said. “The Department has made tremendous strides in

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Governor Parson and Senator Blunt to Visit Rocheport, Hold Press Conference on Upcoming Replacement of I-70 Missouri River Bridge

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Governor Mike Parson will join Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri Department of Transportation leaders, members of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, and other local officials at a press conference in Rocheport regarding the upcoming replacement of the I-70 Missouri River Bridge.  In July, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Missouri an $81.2 million INFRA Grant that will enable MoDOT to replace the bridge. Receipt of the grant also triggered $301 million in state bonding, authorized by the Missouri General Assembly during the 2019 session, to repair or replace another 215 bridges across the state. Since these bridges were already prioritized in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, the money that had been programmed for those projects may now be used for additional transportation projects across the state. Governor Parson and Senator Blunt to visit Rocheport, hold press conference on upcoming replacement of I-70 Missouri River Bridge                When:     Wednesday, October 2, 2019                                 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.                 Where: 

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