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Paycheck Deception: What MO Needs to Know

Need more evidence that paycheck deception bills are about politics, not economics?  Speaker Tim Jones told the Missouri News Horizon in 2012 that these bills are “a way to get to the ultimate goal of right to work.”

The Daily Show Skewers Rick Brattin's Anti-Evolution Bill

Kansas and Missouri were highlighted as "Meth Labs of Democracy" on The Daily Show last night. Sigh.  

Sigh: Missouri GOP Chairman Ed Martin's out-of-touch comment about marriage equality lawsuits

Expanding access to equal rights is part of the foundation of America. Ed Martin is wrong to claim that all Republicans are as opposed to marriage equality as he is. Missourians have changed their opinion on marriage equality a lot in the last 10 years, including many members and voters in Mr. Martin’s party.

Low-Wage Workers, Community and Faith Leaders Urge Legislators to Support Bill Increasing the Minimum Wage

Today, low-wage workers and community and faith leaders testified before the Small Business, Insurance, and Industry Committee in support of Senator Jamilah Nasheed’s legislation SB 531 to increase the minimum wage to $10.00. 

Progress Missouri Files Sunshine Law Complaint After Missouri Citizens Are Denied Access to Public Committee Hearings

Today, Progress Missouri filed a Sunshine Law complaint with the Missouri Attorney General’s office seeking clarification of the law and assistance in opening public meetings to Missouri citizens. The complaint alleges that some members of the Missouri Senate are violating the provisions and spirit of the Missouri Sunshine Law by denying citizens access to capture video of public committee hearings. Twice already this session, members of the Progress Missouri team have been denied access to capture video of public committee hearings, an activity explicitly allowed for by the Sunshine Law.

EXPOSED: ALEC's Influence in Missouri

Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (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, numerous ALEC model bills are crafted by corporations, for corporations. Elected officials who are members of ALEC then bring their model legislation back to Missouri, where they claim them as their own ideas and 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.

Missouri Drug Testing Program Skewered on The Rachel Maddow Show

“One of the biggest failures is in Missouri, where the state spent $493,000 on drug testing for this fiscal year. It received 32,511 welfare applications and referred 636 for drug testing. Only twenty came back positive, although nearly two hundred people refused to comply. But even if all 200 were drug users, that still comes to more than $2,200 per positive result, which is more expensive than the median benefit in the state.”

Let's Talk Turkey

As folk gather and prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we know that some of you are already dreading tense conversations about Obamacare with misinformed conservative relations.

That’s why Progress Missouri pulled together some helpful material to help you set Uncle Newt or Aunt Phyllis straight!

Camp Wellstone Coming to MO: Feb 7-9

Camp Wellstone is open to anyone interested in gaining practical skills in progressive political action. During the three day training, Wellstone Action will provide focus areas based on your role in progressive organizing, each with a distinctive curriculum taught by some of the nation's leading experts in grassroots politics and organizing.

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The High Five: Stories We're Following

  1. “Today the house failed to get the 82 votes required for final passage of the controversial...
  2. “Democratic state Rep. Ellinger, who never lost the zeal that thrust him into activism, died...
  3. Voters approved a proposal to allow Nixa Public Schools to issue $9.5 million in capital...
  4. “In a public hearing about a bill in Missouri that would force women to wait three days...
  5. “The Republican-controlled Missouri House has passed a one-cent sales tax increase to fund...

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