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Jeff City Ethics Still Abysmal

If last week in Jefferson City taught us anything, it's that little has changed

A legislator resigning in disgrace? Check. An ethics reform bill stripped of its teeth to be more lobbyist-friendly? Check.

Discriminatory Bill To Have Hearing

Sen. Schaefer's goals for 2016 include increasing discrimination in MO

A report was released on January 26, 2016 stating that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cost the city of Indianapolis up to 60 million dollars and up to 12 conventions. This bill, which failed in Indiana last year, was not only bad for business but was also harmful to ALL Indiana residents.

Senate Leader Ron Richard on Campaign Contribution Limits: "It’s Just Not Going to Happen"

Recipient of large campaign donation checks unmoved by calls for ethics reform

In news that shocks no one, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) has stated his opposition to campaign finance reform efforts.

2015 Jeff City Lobbyist Gift Takers Ranked

The Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) just released lobbyist gift data for December 2015. Here are your updated rankings of gift takers in the House and Senate for 2015.

Newsflash: Identifying as Transgender is Not a "Mental Illness"

The KC Star published an article on the Missouri Legislature's current obsession with bathrooms. Four bills relating to who can use what bathroom have been filed this session.... four. They are sponsored by Rep. Rick Brattin, Rep. Steve Cookson, Rep. Jeff Pogue, and Sen. Ed Emery.

Senate #MONA16 Hearing

Rowden Wants to Have His Ethics Reform Cake and Eat It Too

A well-documented lobbyist gift-taker, Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), sponsored half-baked ethics legislation that was passed by the Missouri House today

He bragged about it on twitter...

Updated: Lobbyist Gifts Ranking (Jan 2015-Nov 2015)

Lobbyist gift data for November 2015 is now available via the Missouri Ethics Commission. Here are your updated rankings of gift takers in the House and Senate January 2015-October 2015.

We've ranked elected officials by the amount they have taken personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members have taken as reported to the MEC.

Brattin Targets Student Athletes for Speaking Out

Rep. Rick Brattin, already an established extremist, has outdone himself once again.

Progress Missouri’s Quick Guide to Surviving Political Discussions With Beloved, Yet Out-of-Touch, Relatives at Thanksgiving: Missouri Edition

Even the most joyful Thanksgiving dinners can descend into chaos under the strain of political arguments. Now take that joyful table, put it in Missouri, and you have a whole new ballgame. When it comes to political rancor, no one does it quite like the Show-Me State.

Planned Parenthood at odds with the legislature and a major university? Check. Angry and discriminatory opposition to Syrian refugees? Check. Confusion, bigotry and privilege slowing progress and respectful discussion of #BlackLivesMatter and #ConcernedStudent1950 movements? Oh hell yes.

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