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PPP Poll: Roy Blunt is one of the least popular Senators in the country

Public Policy Polling released new data today showing Jason Kander gaining ground on the increasingly unpopular Roy Blunt.

Roy Blunt is one of the least popular Senators in the country, with only 30% of voters approving of the job he's doing to 47% who disapprove. Blunt has become increasingly unpopular over the course of his first term in the Senate.

Blunt is unpopular among independents with an approval/disapproval rating of 24/52. Even with Republican voters his rating is only at 46/28.

PPP writes: "Those are the kinds of numbers that usually make you susceptible to a primary challenge."

Meanwhile, Kander is making gains.

Star: "Schaefer appears to be doing the bidding of multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield"

Senator and Attorney General hopeful, Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) is upset about Kansas City's decision to raise minimum wage. He has decided the only way to fix this wrong is for the Missouri Legislature to strike down Kansas City's 1% earnings tax, coincidentally a pet issue of multimillionaire Missouri political donor, Rex Sinquefield.

The KC Star took Schaefer to task in an editorial that began:

After a session of intern-related scandals and continued inaction on issues like highway funding, the Missouri General Assembly hardly seems qualified to micromanage the affairs of the state’s largest city.

But a cabal of lawmakers is threatening to retaliate for a Kansas City ordinance enacting a minimum wage increase by terminating the 1 percent earnings tax used to provide services such as police and fire protection.

"Schaefer, who often wanders into uninformed, near-hysterical verbiage, wrote that local minimum wage increases would 'cause a tremendous amount of damage to our state’s economy.'"

KC Star: Stuff vindictive Missouri legislative threat against Kansas City’s e-tax

"Missouri’s GOP lawmakers have an uncomfortable habit of trying to squash local initiatives."

The Kansas City Star editorial board wrote a scathing take down of threats levied against the city by the Missouri Legislature to ban KC's earnings tax.

After a session of intern-related scandals and continued inaction on issues like highway funding, the Missouri General Assembly hardly seems qualified to micromanage the affairs of the state’s largest city.

New Polls: Americans More Concerned with Racial Inequality Than a Year Ago

New polls released in Augsut show Americans are more concerned with racial inequalities than they were a year ago.

The 27 Missouri Republicans Who Voted Against ALEC's 'Right to Work' Nonsense

Rep. Nick King: "I was not always opposed to Right to Work. But, as I knocked on doors, and talked to the people I represent, I learned where their hearts are and where their minds are."

Rowden Changes Mind Again About Accepting Lobbyist Gifts

Rep. Caleb Rowden's stance on lobbyist gifts is as unclear as it's ever been. As a freshman lawmaker he led the way in gift taking, but as his 2014 re-election race approached, Rowden back-tracked, promising to be better and support a ban on gifts. Low and behold this year he's back to his old ways.

Bill Lant: Planned Parenthood worse than Nazis

In a recent newsletter, Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) proclaimed the recently released Planned Parenthood videos worse than anything Nazis did.

He wrote:

"I grew up during the 50's and 60's when the Nazi trials were still being held and there was no testimony I heard that was more horrible than what I heard last week."

Jay Barnes: Planned Parenthood like Slave Owners

Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) wrote about Planned Parenthood recently, comparing the organization's leaders to slave holders.

Who is Funding ALEC's 2015 Junket?

As Jefferson City politicians head off to ALEC's 2015 Junket in San Diego, we can't help but wonder who is picking up the tab.

Sex Ed Policy Advances for First Time in More Than a Decade

Governor Nixon signed the first bill advancing sexual health education in over a decade for Missouri. The bill, HB 501, was sponsored by Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) and requires information about internet safety and the dangers of sexting to be added to sex education law.

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