Bill Lant has new conspiracy theory, and it reminds him of Hitler

Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) tries "very hard not to be a conspiracy theorist." Or so he says in his most recent newsletter.

Of course, he goes on to lament the "decisions [...] to teach much less history than we used to." And posing questions like, "when governments are doing the same things that have led to World Wars in the past doesn't it make sense to question their decisions?"

It gets even better when Lant expresses his fear of the government taking everyone's guns away.

Our government is attempting to confiscate guns from elderly people on the premise that they are unable to handle their finances so they shouldn't be able to own guns. What? Did someone add that to the 2nd amendment when we weren't looking? Gun confiscation of any kind is wrong! This is the kind of stuff that Hitler and Mussolini did.

Hmm and he said he was trying hard not to be a conspiracy theorist?

Majority of GOP voters in Missouri support raising minimum wage to at least $10 an hour

Two thirds of Missouri voters in a new PPP poll support increasing the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, and 52% of Republicans favor increasing it to at least $10. 

PPP Poll: Roy Blunt is one of the least popular Senators in the country

Public Policy Polling released new data today showing Jason Kander gaining ground on the increasingly unpopular Roy Blunt.

Roy Blunt is one of the least popular Senators in the country, with only 30% of voters approving of the job he's doing to 47% who disapprove. Blunt has become increasingly unpopular over the course of his first term in the Senate.

Blunt is unpopular among independents with an approval/disapproval rating of 24/52. Even with Republican voters his rating is only at 46/28.

PPP writes: "Those are the kinds of numbers that usually make you susceptible to a primary challenge."

Meanwhile, Kander is making gains.

Star: "Schaefer appears to be doing the bidding of multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield"

Senator and Attorney General hopeful, Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) is upset about Kansas City's decision to raise minimum wage. He has decided the only way to fix this wrong is for the Missouri Legislature to strike down Kansas City's 1% earnings tax, coincidentally a pet issue of multimillionaire Missouri political donor, Rex Sinquefield.

The KC Star took Schaefer to task in an editorial that began:

After a session of intern-related scandals and continued inaction on issues like highway funding, the Missouri General Assembly hardly seems qualified to micromanage the affairs of the state’s largest city.

But a cabal of lawmakers is threatening to retaliate for a Kansas City ordinance enacting a minimum wage increase by terminating the 1 percent earnings tax used to provide services such as police and fire protection.

"Schaefer, who often wanders into uninformed, near-hysterical verbiage, wrote that local minimum wage increases would 'cause a tremendous amount of damage to our state’s economy.'"

Voting Rights Act Still a Big Deal

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a voter ID law in 2006, therefore extremists are trying to change the Missouri constitution. Voter photo ID laws have been proven time and time again to restrict access to voting for certain populations, and the courts continue to rule against them. This is why we need the Voting Rights Act and why it continues to be important to this very day.

New Polls: Americans More Concerned with Racial Inequality Than a Year Ago

New polls released in Augsut show Americans are more concerned with racial inequalities than they were a year ago.

The 27 Missouri Republicans Who Voted Against ALEC's 'Right to Work' Nonsense

Rep. Nick King: "I was not always opposed to Right to Work. But, as I knocked on doors, and talked to the people I represent, I learned where their hearts are and where their minds are."

Jeff City's Lobbyist Gift Takers, Ranked

The Missouri Ethics Commission released lobbyist gift data for June 2015 today. Here are you updated rankings of gift takers in the House and Senate, January 2015-June 2015. Rep. Tom Flanigan of Carthage tops all takers for the year. 

Rowden Changes Mind Again About Accepting Lobbyist Gifts

Rep. Caleb Rowden's stance on lobbyist gifts is as unclear as it's ever been. As a freshman lawmaker he led the way in gift taking, but as his 2014 re-election race approached, Rowden back-tracked, promising to be better and support a ban on gifts. Low and behold this year he's back to his old ways.

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