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Posted Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:11

Recipient of large campaign donation checks unmoved by calls for ethics reform

In news that shocks no one, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) has stated his opposition to campaign finance reform efforts.

Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 18:11

The Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) just released lobbyist gift data for December 2015. Here are your updated rankings of gift takers in the House and Senate for 2015.

Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 16:59

Today, the State Senate’s Committee on Progress and Development held its first hearing of the year on the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) filed the legislation that prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 13:51

Posted Friday, January 15, 2016 - 17:19

When the Missouri legislature is in session, it’s easy to focus on the negative and give in to cynicism. But before you start shuffling around the house muttering to yourself about the logistics of moving to Canada, let's take a moment and reflect on a few good things that have happened in Jeff City recently. You might even crack a smile.

Posted Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 16:17

A well-documented lobbyist gift-taker, Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), sponsored half-baked ethics legislation that was passed by the Missouri House today

He bragged about it on twitter...

Posted Monday, January 11, 2016 - 17:28

Today, Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) gave us his best Eddie Haskell impersonation as he testified before a committee on ethics reform. Rowden spoke on behalf of two of his ethics reform bills, trying hard to give the appearance of a champion for reform, fighting for fairness and transparency.

Posted Friday, January 8, 2016 - 16:18

The legislature was in session for all of two(!) days, and it managed to produce three things that just might signal we’re all in for a very ridiculous few months.

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