January 8, 2013

TAKING OVER STATE PARTIES: Ed Martin elected new chairman of Missouri Republican Party in anti-establishment victory. “Cole’s loss appears to be a setback for Missouri’s GOP establishment. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and all six Missouri Republicans in the U.S. House had signed a letter backing Cole’s re-election. Martin’s win was seen as a victory for the Missouri GOP’s more conservative factions, including some tea party groups.”