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Schaefer Has Sinquefield's Back...and Money

Politicians typically do their best to avoid being seen as manipulated by large campaign donations.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) takes a different approach: Overtly do the bidding of a multi-millionaire who is funding his campaign for Attorney General.

More Costly: Missouri Fear-Mongering Stunt or Refugees?

Today, the Missouri House Budget and Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee held a joint hearing stunt to discuss the state's policies regarding refugees. Democrats released a plan that included an emphasis on public safety, while standing with people fleeing persecution.

Rep. Mike Moon: Beware the "Islamization of Missouri"


Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) sent a letter to Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) sharing his fears about Syrian refugees, and calling on Gov. Nixon to put “a stop to the potential Islamization of Missouri,”… yes, you read that correctly.

Let's End the Conversation: It's Time to Pass MONA

In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, it can be easy to forget that there are still many areas in which LGBT individuals and couples are denied equal treatment. Sadly, in the past few weeks we learned of more real life stories of sanctioned-discrimination in Missouri.

EXPOSED: ALEC'S Influence in Missouri 2015 Update

Through ALEC, corporations hand Missouri legislators wish lists in the form of "model" legislation that often directly benefit their bottom line at the expense of Missouri families. Behind closed doors, corporations craft numerous ALEC model bills. Elected officials who are members of ALEC bring ALEC legislation back to Missouri, where they claim them as their own ideas and spin them as important public policy innovations without disclosing that corporations crafted and pre-voted on the bills at closed-door meetings with legislators who are part of ALEC.

2015 Updated Payday Report: How Predatory Lending Money Flows Through Missouri Politics

Predatory lenders spend a lot of money on Missouri policians and political consultants to protect their obscene business practices from basic interest rate limits and other reforms.

Kurt Schaefer on Abortion: “I support the status quo”


Schaefer’s political calculating has always come before Missourians. When previously asked about his stance on abortion, Schaefer avoided saying he was “pro life,” stating, “The issue of abortion has been settled in this state... I support the status quo.”

In Schaefer’s own words, the issue has been decided, and Missouri needs to move on.

One More Teenage Hero Who Deserves Support

At Progress Missouri, we know that heroes are defined by their courage in the face of adversity. Last week, one hero came into the spotlight, for taking a stand for who she is and what she deserves. That hero is Lila Perry.

Lila Perry only asked to be treated like every other girl at Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Missouri. Lila, who identifies as transgender, was tired of using a unisex faculty bathroom, so she went into the girls’ bathroom. The result- over one hundred of her peers walked out of school in protest.

New Study Reconfirms Need for Living Wages in KC and St. Louis

The Economic Policy Institute just released an update for their Family Budget Calculator, a measuring tool of economic security across America.

When accounting for geographic differences and basic necessities, such as housing, transportation, child care, and health care, the report concludes there is “nowhere in the country where a minimum-wage worker-even a single adult without children-earns enough to meet the requirements of their local family budget.”

Kansas City and St. Louis families are not immune from the struggle of trying to make ends meet with a low paying job.

In Kansas City, two parents who are raising 2 children need an income of $5,242 a month or almost $63,000 a year to barely get by day to day.

In St. Louis, that same family would need to make $5,258 a month or nearly $63,100 a year.


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