Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) sent a letter to Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) sharing his fears about Syrian refugees, and calling on Gov. Nixon to put “a stop to the potential Islamization of Missouri,”… yes, you read that correctly.
Politicizing the atrocities in Paris is sheer gamesmanship at best, fear-mongering at worst. And on top of that, the decision to accept or reject refugees is federal— state governments don't have the authority.
In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, it can be easy to forget that there are still many areas in which LGBT individuals and couples are denied equal treatment. Sadly, in the past few weeks we learned of more real life stories of sanctioned-discrimination in Missouri.
Through ALEC, corporations hand Missouri legislators wish lists in the form of "model" legislation that often directly benefit their bottom line at the expense of Missouri families. Behind closed doors, corporations craft numerous ALEC model bills. Elected officials who are members of ALEC bring ALEC legislation back to Missouri, where they claim them as their own ideas and spin them as important public policy innovations without disclosing that corporations crafted and pre-voted on the bills at closed-door meetings with legislators who are part of ALEC.
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