Rowden's Ethics Reform Claims Meaningless

At the beginning of the last legislative session, ethics reform was hot--legislators were nearly tripping over each other to tell any reporter with a pen or microphone how much they believed in bringing robust ethics reform back to the Capitol.

So what did we end up with? A meaningless measure barring lawmakers and other statewide elected officials from becoming lobbyists until six months after the end of their terms.

Here's the best part: There are seven months between legislative sessions.

Remember Chuck Basye's Confederate Flag Debacle?

A year ago, Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport), held a Civil War memorial event on his family's private property. For the Confederacy.

Basye attended this event a week after the Charleston mass shooting.

Kurt's Kangaroo Court Reconvenes

Our Kangaroo Judge was on the case Tuesday when Sen. Kurt Schaefer rounded up his GOP colleagues from the "Sanctity of Life" Committee and reconvened his Kangaroo Court to announce the (lack of) findings from its "investigation" into Planned Parenthood.

May 2016 #MoLeg Lobbyist Gift Rankings

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for May 2016. Here are your updated rankings of the Missouri House and Senate.

Schaefer’s Kangaroo Court Condemned by Actual Justices

As chair of the “Sanctity of Life” Committee, State Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) has led a nearly year-long effort to erase his moderate past and win a GOP primary.

Schaefer’s grandstanding and intimidation tactics put enough pressure on the University of Missouri to revoke the “refer and follow” privileges of a doctor providing abortion services at a Planned Parenthood Columbia clinic -- effectively ending abortion services in Mid-Missouri.

Roy Delivers... for the NRA

Much like Kurt Schaefer, Blunt’s condolences were in stark contrast to his actual legislative record.

Schaefer Can't Have it Both Ways on Guns and Discrimination

You can’t author a constitutional amendment ensuring more Missourians than ever before will have access to guns, push through a dangerous Stand Your Ground bill (with a permitless carry provision), attempt to legalize discrimination against LGBT Missourians, AND THEN deliver heart-felt condolences after Orlando as if there were no connection.

UPDATE: Cole County Courthouse Flag Lowered Following Public Outrage

From the Jefferson City News Tribune:

City, state and federal offices around Jefferson City lowered flags to half-staff after President Barack Obama put out a proclamation Sunday following the killing of 50 people in a mass shooting in Orlando.

Cole County, meanwhile, has opted against lowering its flags.

Mike Moon: "No to Transgender Youth"

Photo of Rep. Mike Moon

The guy who decried the "Islamization of Missouri" and used "All Lives Matter" as a rallying call for his extreme personhood proposal is at it again.

Roy Blunt Can Make Time for Trump But Not SCOTUS Nominee

Eighty four days ago, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Without hesitation, Sen. Roy Blunt refused to give an up or down vote on Garland’s confirmation.

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