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Posted Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:03

The Missouri Ethics Commission released lobbyist gift data for August 2015 today. Here are your updated rankings of gift takers in the House and Senate, January 2015-August 2015. 

Posted Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 16:00

Thanks to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s income tax cut plan, in the last 12 months Kansas has gained a mere 1,000 new jobs. Also thanks to Governor Brownback’s plan, which is fervently supported by Missouri’s own Rex Sinquefield, 3,000 more jobs were lost in Kansas in August in addition to the 5,100 lost during the month of July.

Here are a few examples of Rex’s love for the failed Kansas experiment...

Posted Friday, September 25, 2015 - 16:16

Before he was a Missouri Attorney General-hopeful, Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) prided himself on being a "moderate." If you don't believe it, watch the clips below. In them he says he believes in putting the needs and desires of university academics, students, and patients over political posturing.

Posted Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 16:16


Back in 2008, Kurt Schaefer said about stem cell research, "I think that academic decisions should be made by academics based on peer-review academic standards and professional standards and not by politicians."

The sentiment is strikingly similar to that expressed by Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) recently in response to attacks on the University of Missouri's stem cell research.

Posted Monday, September 21, 2015 - 15:50

Maybe it's because he's based in Washington, D.C. and not Missouri, but Grover Norquist gets things wrong about Missouri... a lot. Especially when it comes to ALEC's so-called 'Right to Work' bills.

Prior to veto session, Norquist was confident HB 116, ALEC's so-called 'Right to Work' bill sponsored by Rep. Burlison, would be overridden.

Posted Monday, September 14, 2015 - 12:32

This Wednesday is the Missouri Legislature's veto session. Here's a snapshot of the most contentious bills that may be brought up for a vote.

Senate Bill 224, Takes Away A+ Tuition Assistance from Legal Missouri Immigrants

This mean-spirited, disingenuous bill would make higher education an unachievable goal for certain Missourians, by denying them financial aid. Those Missourians have names; one of them is Areli.

Posted Friday, September 11, 2015 - 14:25

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports annually on hunger and food security across the country. This year wasn't good for Missouri families.

Missouri is ahead of only Arkansas in number of households without enough to eat; almost 8% of Missourians have a "very low food supply." With a food insecurity rate of 17%, Missouri is tied for 7th in the nation.

Posted Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 15:49

Rep. Linda Black (R-Park Hills) expressed her opposition to HB 722, a bill that would ban local control on certain issues and is up for a vote during next week's veto session.

She calls the bill's ban on bans* of plastic bags, "a very obvious example of this-should-be-left-to-local-control."

Posted Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 15:28

Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) records show that state legislators, statewide officials, judges and local officials have accepted more than $10,810,500 in gifts from lobbyists since 2004. On average, that’s $900,000 — every year — in free meals, booze, trips, lodging and other gifts. Almost all of these gifts go to members of the General Assembly and their staff members.

Posted Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 11:37

At Progress Missouri, we know that heroes are defined by their courage in the face of adversity. Last week, one hero came into the spotlight, for taking a stand for who she is and what she deserves. That hero is Lila Perry.

Lila Perry only asked to be treated like every other girl at Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Missouri. Lila, who identifies as transgender, was tired of using a unisex faculty bathroom, so she went into the girls’ bathroom. The result- over one hundred of her peers walked out of school in protest.


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