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Pay-to-Play an Unspoken Norm in Jeff City?

Last Thursday on the floor of the Senate, Senator Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) and Senator Gary Romine (R-Farmington) discussed what was to come in the last three weeks of legislative session. What ensued was a conversation that turned to under the table pay-to-play.

Senators Schaaf and Romine Agree: Greitens' Dark Money is Bad

As the Missouri Legislature gets closer and closer to the end of session, tensions are rising and tempers are getting short, especially when it comes to Gov. Eric Greitens' hypocritical campaign commitment to clean up the corruption in Jefferson City.

New Lows for Ethics in Jefferson City

Many lawmakers in Jefferson City ran on a platform of cleaning up government. But taking a look at the events of last week, it couldn’t be clearer that ethics and conflicts of interest continue to be an afterthought (at best) for Jefferson City politicians.

Moms Face Online Harassment After Visit to the Capitol

Tuesday, volunteers with Moms Demand Action, a group that organizes around common sense gun reform, came to Jefferson City to talk with their legislators about an anti-business gun bill. It's a bill that has serious effects, but has made few headlines. That's partially why it is so odd a covertly taken picture of the volunteers ended up on a gun lobby facebook page.

Grocer's Priorities Pushed Through Committee Following Breakfast Event

Nothing to see here, just business as usual in Jeff City.

Greitens Supports 479,000 Missourians Losing Health Insurance

Governor Eric Greitens signed a letter, along with other extreme governors including Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, in praise of Speaker Paul Ryan's and President Trump's repeal of Obamacare. Their legislation, titled the "American Health Care Act" stands to lose 24 million Americans – including 479,000 Missourians – their health insurance.

How Missouri Republicans Have Celebrated Black History Month

A lot of our political outrage has been, rightfully, directed towards Washington, D.C. as of late, but these past few days Jefferson City, dare we say, takes the cake?

In an outrageous turn of events, Monday night Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) cut off the mic of Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel at a public hearing on discrimination protections. As Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) said, “Jim Crow is alive and well in Missouri.”

New Study Reveals Economic Impact in Missouri of ACA Repeal

In January George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health released The Economic and Employment Consequences of Repealing Federal Health Reform: A 50 State Analysis, which breaks down the cost state by state of repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

That Country Club Tax Break We Were All Waiting For

​Rep. Lyndall Fraker really likes Country Clubs. He likes to hold public hearings at them, and he also likes to give them tax breaks.

Rep. Lyndall Fraker, R-Marshfield, wants to offer a sales tax exemption on initiation fees or dues on private country clubs.

“It’s just really hitting some of these clubs really hard,” Fraker said.

ALEC Model Legislation Debated While ALEC Reception Held One Block Away

It would be a real shame if Senator Ed Emery and every other Missouri legislator in the pocket of out-of-state corporations couldn't make it to their ALEC Membership Reception tonight.

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