Feb 19

Health Care Policy: Politics and Services for the Disabled in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) –

From Washington to Jefferson City, the debate seems to no longer be should government direct health care but how should government policy direct health care?

This week, Americans for Prosperity’s Missouri State Director, Jeremy Cady updates up on his organization’s work as lawmakers deal with health care and other reforms. That list of priorities includes labor reform and tightening up civil asset forfeiture laws.

In the second segment of the show, Barb Griffith from the Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities explains how some community programs work to empower those with intellectual disabilities. They help organizations provide services which help those with disabilities live as independent of lives as possible. Griffith addresses recent cuts to funding for those programs.

On the web:

Americans for Prosperity – Missouri


MOVP Cady Feb 2018MOVP Griffith Feb 2018

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Feb 19

Legislative Update with Reps. Gina Mitten (D) and Phil Christofanelli (R)

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Despite one party’s control over both chambers of the State Legislature and the Governor’s Office, the 2018 General Assembly has been contentious.

This week, State Representatives Gina Mitten (D) and Phil Christofanelli (R) provide their views on the work that’s getting done – and not getting done.

On the web:

Rep. Gina Mitten

Rep. Phil Christofanelli

MOVP Mitten Feb 2018MOVP Christofanelli Feb 2018

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Feb 19

Adoption & Foster Care and Behavioral Health in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Thousands of young people are in Missouri’s foster care system.

Many need caring foster parents. Some need “forever families”. This week, Summer Renne from the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition updates us on the realities and myths of kids in foster care. She also explains how you can help even if you cannot be a foster or adoptive parent right now.

Also, is the opioid abuse crisis a criminal problem or is it a health problem?

Katie Reichard from the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health tells us why she thinks increased mental and other health care have to be a part of the solution.


On the web:

Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition

Missouri Association for Community Behavioral Health

MOVP Summer Renne Feb 2018MOVP Katie Reichard Feb 2018

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Jan 30

#MOLeg 2018: What Will Actually Get Done This Year at the Capitol?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Almost within minutes of Governor Eric Greitens’ State of the State Address, headlines in Missouri were not about his policy objectives for the state. The headlines were about accusations of an extramarital affair that happened shortly before he was elected.

The Governor has admitted to having an affair in 2015.

What does that mean to the dynamics at the State Capitol? Lawmakers and executives still have policy decisions to make.

This week, Brad Jones from the Missouri chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business outlines what they hope to see done. Jones also assesses the current – and often tense – climate in the Capitol right now.

Also, political commentator and Fontbonne University Professor Mark Kasen provides his assessment of the policy debates and politics dominating the Legislative Session at this point.

On the web:

NFIB Missouri

MOVP Brad Jones Jan 2018MOVP Kasen Jan 2018

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Jan 25

Raise the Age and Cyber Aware

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Should 17 year old criminal suspects be tried as adults or go through the juvenile justice system

Right now, in Missouri, there’s no debate; they are prosecuted as adults. A proposal in the state legislature would change that. It would require 17 year old suspects to go through the juvenile system unless the circumstances warrant otherwise. Prosecutors could still have them tried as adults but would have to make their case for that separately.

Jeree Thomas from the Campaign for Youth Justice supports the change and explains why on this week’s episode.

Also, it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to our personal and financial information online.

AT&T Missouri President John Sondag* updates us on some new tool available to help you spot scams and protect your credit, your money, and maybe your physical safety.


On the web:

Campaign for Youth Justice

AT&T’s Cyber Aware

MOVP Jeree ThomasMOVP Sondag Jan 2018

(*) AT&T Missouri is a sponsor of “Missouri Viewpoints”

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Jan 10

The Reality of Human Trafficking in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – The two words are ugly when strung together: human trafficking.

But it’s real and it’s happening in Missouri.

This week, we hear from Christine McDonald, who survived being trafficked for sex for two decades – 17 of those years she was trafficked in Missouri.

She talks about her story and also discusses a new documentary about the life she lived and that others live now. The film is called “Human Trafficking in the Heartland” and features McDonald, among other victims.

Christine now works to help others escape “the life”.

On the web:

Christine McDonald

Cry Purple (Christine’s first book)

The Same Kind of Human (Christine’s new book)

MOVP McDonald Jan 2018

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