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.

Bill Lant: Planned Parenthood worse than Nazis

In a recent newsletter, Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) proclaimed the recently released Planned Parenthood videos worse than anything Nazis did.

He wrote:

"I grew up during the 50's and 60's when the Nazi trials were still being held and there was no testimony I heard that was more horrible than what I heard last week."

Jay Barnes: Planned Parenthood like Slave Owners

Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) wrote about Planned Parenthood recently, comparing the organization's leaders to slave holders.

Rex: Raising the Minimum Wage an "Injustice"

In an interview with KMOX, Rex Sinquefield said raising the minimum wage is an "injustice" on par with racist police practices.

Who is Funding ALEC's 2015 Junket?

As Jefferson City politicians head off to ALEC's 2015 Junket in San Diego, we can't help but wonder who is picking up the tab.

Sex Ed Policy Advances for First Time in More Than a Decade

Governor Nixon signed the first bill advancing sexual health education in over a decade for Missouri. The bill, HB 501, was sponsored by Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) and requires information about internet safety and the dangers of sexting to be added to sex education law.

Dent County Drops Offensive Flag Plans

The Dent County Commission, Darrell Skiles, Gary Larson and Dennis Purcell, unanimously voted to observe a year of mourning in light of the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling.

McCaskill: Pass MONA Already

Sen. McCaskill agrees with Gov. Nixon that it is outrageous LGBT Missourians can legally be discriminated against.

Rowden Unsure If It's OK to Fire Folks for Being LGBT

When questioned about his stance on anti-discrimination legislation, Rep. Caleb Rowden was unable to give a clear answer.

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