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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.

Hawley Buys In To Ethics Reform, Notably After Receiving $6.5 Million

Newly inaugurated Attorney General Josh Hawley is following Gov. Greitens' lead and implementing new ethics rules. 

From the KC Star

As his first official act since becoming attorney general, Republican Josh Hawley on Tuesday implemented a new ethics policy for his employees that prohibits them from accepting gifts from lobbyists.

Visible Hypocrisy at Greitens Swearing In

Remember not even 24 hours ago when Gov. Greitens "boldly" announced his first executive order? Greitens signed an executive order barring state employees in the executive branch from accepting gifts from lobbyists and banning members of his administration from leaving and working to lobby his administration. 

Well, it seems like that is where the Governor draws the line for the era of "new politics."

Follow the Money: "Right to Work" Edition

So-called "Right to Work" legislation will be rushed through the Missouri House and Senate early this session, which began Wednesday. This anti-worker, wage-lowering legislation was the first thing House Speaker Todd Richardson mentioned in his opening remarks at the dias.

GOP and Ethics: Was it Ever Meant to be?

On Monday, a federal holiday, the House Republican Conference in DC privately voted to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its teeth.

Why does this matter to Missourians?

Well, turns out Rep. Sam Graves, who represents most of northern Missouri, is a case study for Republicans wanting to weaken the Office.

From McClatchy DC:

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