Schaefer Can't Have it Both Ways on Guns and Discrimination

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.

UPDATE: Cole County Courthouse Flag Lowered Following Public Outrage

From the Jefferson City News Tribune:

City, state and federal offices around Jefferson City lowered flags to half-staff after President Barack Obama put out a proclamation Sunday following the killing of 50 people in a mass shooting in Orlando.

Cole County, meanwhile, has opted against lowering its flags.

Mike Moon: "No to Transgender Youth"

Photo of Rep. Mike Moon

The guy who decried the "Islamization of Missouri" and used "All Lives Matter" as a rallying call for his extreme personhood proposal is at it again.

Roy Blunt Can Make Time for Trump But Not SCOTUS Nominee

Eighty four days ago, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Without hesitation, Sen. Roy Blunt refused to give an up or down vote on Garland’s confirmation.

Ohio Voting Restrictions Struck Down

Voters at the poll

A federal judge found Ohio's restrictions on casting and counting absentee ballots to be racially discriminatory and subsequently blocked the measures.

Cable News Sees Choice Through White Male-Colored Glasses

Earlier this month, Media Matters released its findings from a 14 month comprehensive study on how evening cable news programs cover abortion. The results are disturbing: Anti-choice commentators dominate the airwaves, with 62% of those appearing on air being men. Only 17% of all appearances were by people who identify as pro-choice or who used accurate information against anti-choice statements.

April 2016 Lobbyist Gift Rankings

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

Will Missouri be the next Wisconsin?

Voters standing in line

Over the past few weeks, testimony was heard in a federal voting rights case challenging a photo ID law enacted by the state of Wisconsin. The judge is expected to issue a ruling by July.

A Timely Refresher on Payday Lending Sharks

Next Thursday, June 2, the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau will host a public hearing and panel discussion on the topic of payday loans. The event includes remarks from the Bureau’s Director Richard Cordray, a roundtable of consumer advocates and representatives from the payday loan industry as well as public testimony.

Now for the Good Things

We’ll be honest, we’re still recovering from the end of the Legislative Session last week. And while our immediate reaction was to count all the bad things that happened— there were many— we would be remiss if we didn’t highlight a few really great things that emerged from the rubble.

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