This morning, Mizzou alum and Columbia-area Rep. Caleb Jones had a little tantrum about his alma mater. Jones is apparently still huffy about last semester’s #ConcernedStudent1950 protests, and is now helping to lead the charge of 100+ GOP colleagues in attempting to put Missouri’s flagship university in its place by demanding the termination of two mid-level employees.
Since prefiling started on December 1, around 800 bills have been filed in the legislature. We sifted through them to find the disastrous bills our elected officials hoped you wouldn’t see. Today, we’re highlighting legislation targeting Missouri workers, making voting more difficult for thousands of Missourians, and a bizarre bill that withholds funding from public education as retribution.
The Missouri Ethics Commission released its 2014 annual report and revealed that Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield gave a jaw-dropping $10,463,000 in total contributions worth over $5,000.
$10 million can go a long way. In fact, you can buy a Caribbean Island and still have $1 million left over. However who needs a private island when you can just spend the money on electing a general assembly and statewide office holders that help make you even wealthier?
Bills filed by Missouri Republicans for the upcoming legislative session are nearly word-for-word from the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) bill templates. ALEC is a “membership organization” for state legislators, but functions primarily as a bill factory that pushes a pro-corporate special interest agenda. In exchange for expensive steak dinners and all-inclusive getaways, legislators support bills that are directly from ALEC’s “model” legislation.
Today, the Missouri House Budget and Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee held a joint hearing stunt to discuss the state's policies regarding refugees. Democrats released a plan that included an emphasis on public safety, while standing with people fleeing persecution.
Even the most joyful Thanksgiving dinners can descend into chaos under the strain of political arguments. Now take that joyful table, put it in Missouri, and you have a whole new ballgame. When it comes to political rancor, no one does it quite like the Show-Me State.
Planned Parenthood at odds with the legislature and a major university? Check. Angry and discriminatory opposition to Syrian refugees? Check. Confusion, bigotry and privilege slowing progress and respectful discussion of #BlackLivesMatter and #ConcernedStudent1950 movements? Oh hell yes.
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