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.

GOP Leaders Respond to Paris Terrorist Attacks with Discrimination

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.

Let's End the Conversation: It's Time to Pass MONA

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.

EXPOSED: ALEC'S Influence in Missouri 2015 Update

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.

Jeff City Gift Takers, Ranked [UPDATED-Sept.]

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

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