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Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 17:28

Sen. Roy Blunt and his GOP colleagues have now set a new record for refusing to do their jobs by declining to even meet with Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland.

Posted Friday, July 15, 2016 - 14:28

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Today, Public Policy Polling released brand new polling numbers on Missouri voters’ opinions on current legislative issues and several statewide candidates. We’ll leave the campaign punditry (spoiler: Jason Kander and Roy Blunt are darn near tied, and the GOP gubernatorial primary is anyone’s game) to the political operatives.

Posted Friday, July 8, 2016 - 11:58

Sen. Kurt Schaefer jammed through legislation during the budget process in 2015 that could privatize the majority Medicaid services in Missouri. He has received hefty contributions from health care companies, and his former Chief of Staff is currently lobbying for the Missouri Association of Health Plans.

Posted Friday, July 8, 2016 - 11:47

At the beginning of the last legislative session, ethics reform was hot--legislators were nearly tripping over each other to tell any reporter with a pen or microphone how much they believed in bringing robust ethics reform back to the Capitol.

So what did we end up with? A meaningless measure barring lawmakers and other statewide elected officials from becoming lobbyists until six months after the end of their terms.

Here's the best part: There are seven months between legislative sessions.

Posted Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 16:24

A year ago, Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport), held a Civil War memorial event on his family's private property. For the Confederacy.

Basye attended this event a week after the Charleston mass shooting.

Posted Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 15:53

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.

Posted Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 12:00

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for May 2016. Here are your updated rankings of the Missouri House and Senate.

Posted Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 08:43

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.

Posted Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 14:50

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

Posted Friday, June 17, 2016 - 14:15

You can’t author a constitutional amendment ensuring more Missourians than ever before will have access to guns, push through a dangerous Stand Your Ground bill (with a permitless carry provision), attempt to legalize discrimination against LGBT Missourians, AND THEN deliver heart-felt condolences after Orlando as if there were no connection.


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