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ISIS Hunting Permit Hawker Stumps for "No Hate"

It's been a week since the deadly shooting in Olathe, KS, where two of the victims were targeted because they did not look like they belonged.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens put out a statement on the tragic incident.

Unfortunately, this statement flies in the face of his own actions. 

January 2017 #MOLeg Lobbyist Gifts

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for January 2017. Here are your updated rankings of the Missouri House and Senate. The MEC has yet to update their list to reflect just the 2017 elected officials, so this list will include both 2016 and 2017 members. We've ranked elected officials by the amount they received personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members received (as reported to the MEC).

Irony Alert: Gov. Safe Space's Staff Blasts Safe Spaces

As Gov. Greitens meets with VP Pence behind closed doors, the irony isn't lost on Missourians who have very limited access to their elected officials.  

Sen. Schupp Amendment to Protect Victims of Sexual Assault Voted Down

The Senate debated SB 45, which changes the structure of employee-employer arbitration agreements. Under this statute, an employer would be able to put provisions in their contracts saying that if there's a dispute between them and an employee, it would go to arbitration court. Sounds reasonable? Well, the concern is that the courts are private. There is no record available for future employees or even customers.

Makes Perfect Sense Kander Will Address National Voting Rights Crisis

Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced a new initiative called Let America Vote. It is a direct response to the continued attacks on voting rights across the country.

December 2016 #MOLeg Lobbyist Gifts

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for December 2016. Here are your updated rankings of the Missouri House and Senate. These lists will include the full list of 2016 and 2017 sessions elected officials. We've ranked elected officials by the amount they received personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members received (as reported to the MEC).

Photo ID to be Woefully Underfunded

Remember how the fiscal note for photo ID (HB 1631) sat at a pretty 2.1 million for fiscal year 2017?

Well, the Governor's budget has only allocated $300,000 for photo IDs this year, and the law will go into effect in June.

Trump and Greitens Use Similar Bully Tactics

Trump and Greitens' temperaments are seeming more and more alike every day.

Criminal Justice is a Policy Sham for Greitens

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Governor Greitens presented the State of the State without an accompanying budget. This was the first time in the history of the state. Amongst the general party rhetoric, there were some surprises, such as Greitens focusing on recidivism - or the systems enabling people with convictions to re-enter the criminal justice cycle. It is good policy to aim to reduce recidivism.

A proposed policy highlight from the State of the State: 

UDATE: Jay Ashcroft's Not About Transparency

The new Secretary of State, John "Jay" Ashcroft, has already found himself in hot water over his appointee to head the division of securities.

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