September 2016 #MOLeg Lobbyist Gifts

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for September 2016. Here are your updated rankings of the  Missouri House and Senate. We've ranked elected officials by the amount they received personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members received (as reported to the MEC).

How Not to be an Ally: the Caleb Rowden Story

Recently, State Senator Ed Emery (R-Lamar) appeared as keynote speaker for a Boone Co. Republican event full of supporters and other elected leaders including Representatives Caleb Rowden and Chuck Basye. In addition to stumping for local candidates, Emery made time to share his bigoted views about Missouri's LGBT community -- going so far as to compare homosexuality to mental illness(!).

Senator Mike Parson Likes Lobbyist Gifts...."Ethics Reform" Not So Much

Right before the Republican primaries, Bubs Hohulin, former Chief of Staff for Senator Mike Parson, shared a public Facebook post outlining why he can’t vote for his former boss.

He followed up with the KC Star, saying that he will vote for Russ Carnahan, Parson’s Democratic opponent in the general election.

Hohulin noticed that Parson’s policy comprehension isn’t the greatest. Also, ETHICS.

THIS is what "Ethics Reform" looks like?

To kick off veto session, former senator turned Sinquefield-funded lobbyist, Tom Dempsey, took to the Senate dais.

His former colleague Sen. Mike Parson sent out a tweet celebrating his return.

June 2016 #MoLeg Lobbyist Gift Rankings

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

Sen. Roy Blunt Sets a Record for NOT Doing His Job

Sen. Roy Blunt and his GOP colleagues have now set a new record for refusing to do their jobs by declining to even meet with Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland.

The Missouri Legislature is Out of Touch

Paris Tuileries Facepalm statue

Today, Public Policy Polling released brand new polling numbers on Missouri voters’ opinions on current legislative issues and several statewide candidates. We’ll leave the campaign punditry (spoiler: Jason Kander and Roy Blunt are darn near tied, and the GOP gubernatorial primary is anyone’s game) to the political operatives.

Advocates Speak Out Against Kurt Schaefer's Power Move to Privatize Medicaid

Sen. Kurt Schaefer jammed through legislation during the budget process in 2015 that could privatize the majority Medicaid services in Missouri. He has received hefty contributions from health care companies, and his former Chief of Staff is currently lobbying for the Missouri Association of Health Plans.

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.

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