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.

2015 Updated Payday Report: How Predatory Lending Money Flows Through Missouri Politics

Predatory lenders spend a lot of money on Missouri policians and political consultants to protect their obscene business practices from basic interest rate limits and other reforms.

From Objectifying Women to Anti-Abortion Extremism

At the University of Missouri's Homecoming parade, a Columbia-area GOP leader and President of the local Pachyderm Club, tweeted a photo objectifying the women who were walking past him. He noted their "VNBs," an acronym he later acknowledged stands for "Very Nice Butts."

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Kurt Schaefer on Universal Background Checks: Nope

Continuing to align himself with extremist policies, Kurt Schaefer took to Twitter today to shut down an attempt to discuss universal background checks for gun owners.

Kurt Schaefer on Abortion: “I support the status quo”


Schaefer’s political calculating has always come before Missourians. When previously asked about his stance on abortion, Schaefer avoided saying he was “pro life,” stating, “The issue of abortion has been settled in this state... I support the status quo.”

In Schaefer’s own words, the issue has been decided, and Missouri needs to move on.

Jeff City Gift Takers, Ranked (August 2015)

The Missouri Ethics Commission released lobbyist gift data for August 2015 today. Here are your updated rankings of gift takers in the House and Senate, January 2015-August 2015. 1. Colona, Mike- $3,262.07 2. Flanigan, Tom- $3,108.49 3. Ellington, Brandon- $3,075.90 4. Munzlinger, Brian- $2,931.02 5. Leara, Mike- $2,821.25


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