2016 Missouri Legislative Session Bill Preview Part 1

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.

Updated: Lobbyist Gifts Ranking (Jan 2015-Nov 2015)

Lobbyist gift data for November 2015 is now available via the Missouri Ethics Commission. Here are your updated rankings of gift takers in the House and Senate January 2015-October 2015.

We've ranked elected officials by the amount they have taken personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members have taken as reported to the MEC.

What Can $10 Million Buy You, Aside from Missouri Elected Officials?

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?

Missouri GOP Legislators Rely on their Favorite Ghost Writer to Craft New Legislation

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.

Schaefer Has Sinquefield's Back...and Money

Politicians typically do their best to avoid being seen as manipulated by large campaign donations.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) takes a different approach: Overtly do the bidding of a multi-millionaire who is funding his campaign for Attorney General.

Updated: Lobbyist Gifts Ranking (Jan 2015-October 2015)

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for October 2015. Here are your updated rankings of gift takers in the House, Senate, and Statewide, January 2015-October 2015.

We've ranked elected officials by the amount they have taken personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members have taken as reported to the MEC.

More Costly: Missouri Fear-Mongering Stunt or Refugees?

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.

Progress Missouri’s Quick Guide to Surviving Political Discussions With Beloved, Yet Out-of-Touch, Relatives at Thanksgiving: Missouri Edition

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.

Rep. Mike Moon: Beware the "Islamization of Missouri"

 

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.

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