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.
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.
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.
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.
Well… it’s finally over. The legislative session ended in a last-minute rush of farewell speeches and attempts to pass bad legislation (some of which was successful). Sadly, lawmakers failed to help the vast majority of Missourians who are struggling—so it somehow seems appropriate that all of this should come to an end on Friday the 13th.
In the spirit of this unofficial and infamous day, we humbly present our Friday the 13th Top 13 Terrible Takeaways...
"An oasis of sanity in a state whose officials often seem to care most about receiving gold stars from the NRA, denying women reproductive rights, and transferring money from cash-strapped public services to greedy corporate interests..."
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