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Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 12:52

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.'"

Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 10:55

"Missouri’s GOP lawmakers have an uncomfortable habit of trying to squash local initiatives."

The Kansas City Star editorial board wrote a scathing take down of threats levied against the city by the Missouri Legislature to ban KC's earnings tax.

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.

Posted Monday, August 10, 2015 - 13:50

Ethics reform brought up at GOP caucus

At last week’s Missouri House Republican caucus in St. Louis, members convened to discuss the upcoming veto session and next year’s legislative agenda.

Of great priority, according to Rep. Bill Reiboldt, is ethics reform legislation.

Posted Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 15:47

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.

Posted Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 11:02

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

Posted Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 10:04

Communications, Research and Graphic Design Interns work directly with the Progress Missouri team to develop and execute proactive communication campaigns to reach Missourians in print, television and online channels. 

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 17:44

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."

Posted Monday, August 3, 2015 - 17:17

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. 

Posted Monday, August 3, 2015 - 13:00

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.

Posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 13:10

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."

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