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Kurt's Kangaroo Court Reconvenes

Our Kangaroo Judge was on the case Tuesday when Sen. Kurt Schaefer rounded up his GOP colleagues from the "Sanctity of Life" Committee and reconvened his Kangaroo Court to announce the (lack of) findings from its "investigation" into Planned Parenthood.

Schaefer’s Kangaroo Court Condemned by Actual Justices

As chair of the “Sanctity of Life” Committee, State Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) has led a nearly year-long effort to erase his moderate past and win a GOP primary.

Schaefer’s grandstanding and intimidation tactics put enough pressure on the University of Missouri to revoke the “refer and follow” privileges of a doctor providing abortion services at a Planned Parenthood Columbia clinic -- effectively ending abortion services in Mid-Missouri.

Roy Delivers... for the NRA

Much like Kurt Schaefer, Blunt’s condolences were in stark contrast to his actual legislative record.

Roy Blunt Can Make Time for Trump But Not SCOTUS Nominee

Eighty four days ago, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Without hesitation, Sen. Roy Blunt refused to give an up or down vote on Garland’s confirmation.

Cable News Sees Choice Through White Male-Colored Glasses

Earlier this month, Media Matters released its findings from a 14 month comprehensive study on how evening cable news programs cover abortion. The results are disturbing: Anti-choice commentators dominate the airwaves, with 62% of those appearing on air being men. Only 17% of all appearances were by people who identify as pro-choice or who used accurate information against anti-choice statements.

Will Missouri be the next Wisconsin?

Voters standing in line

Over the past few weeks, testimony was heard in a federal voting rights case challenging a photo ID law enacted by the state of Wisconsin. The judge is expected to issue a ruling by July.

A Timely Refresher on Payday Lending Sharks

Next Thursday, June 2, the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau will host a public hearing and panel discussion on the topic of payday loans. The event includes remarks from the Bureau’s Director Richard Cordray, a roundtable of consumer advocates and representatives from the payday loan industry as well as public testimony.

More Attacks on Missouri’s Sunshine Law

The Missouri legislature is once again trying to roll back sunshine law provisions— this time in our state government’s dealings with corporate farming. House Bill 1414 is currently being promoted by the corporate agriculture lobby to make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to figure out how they work with state agencies. Under this proposal, citizens would lose the right to learn how the Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Department of Agriculture are spending taxpayer money on selected projects.

Yes, Good Things ARE Happening

Yes, there are terrible, awful things happening in Jefferson City (ever hear of SJR 39?). But guess what—there are good things happening, too. Cheers to the following bright spots from last week...

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