Oct 23

The Cost of Justice: Public Defenders and Legal Reforms

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Few topics bring out raw emotions like those related to law enforcement, our court system and criminal law right now.

This week, Missouri’s State Public Defender, Michael Barrett, discusses his effort to require Gov. Jay Nixon to represent an indigent legal client. That became headline news around the state and put a spotlight on the level of funding the Public Defender’s offices receive.

Barrett also describes other challenges his team faces while representing those who cannot afford to represent themselves in court.

Also, the efforts to reform Missouri’s criminal laws and law enforcement processes are not over. State Rep. Shamed Dogan provides an update on those discussions that will be a part of the 2017 Legislative Session.

On the web:

Missouri State Public Defender

Rep. Shamed Dogan


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Oct 16

Campaign 2016: Judy Baker (D) for Treasurer and Josh Hawley (R) for Attorney General

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Election day is now just weeks away and the candidates are shaking as many hands as possible and visiting as many communities as possible.

This week, two of them visit with us to discuss the issues the offices they hope to hold impact.

Former State Representative Judy Baker (D) wants to be your next State Treasurer.

She explains how, if elected, she would manage the tax dollars you pay and the priorities she would set when running the office.

Josh Hawley (R) is running for Attorney General. He’s best known for his work on religious liberty issues.

He discusses how he would manage the office if elected and how he would work with other state officials.

On the web:

Judy Baker for State Treasurer

Josh Hawley for Attorney General


Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/campaign-2016-judy-baker-d-for-treasurer-and-josh-hawley-r-for-attorney-general/

Oct 09

ID Scams That Target Young Missourians and Robocall Scams

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – We’ve all heard about the scams that target people during the holiday season but there’s also a threat to your personal information before then.

Being younger and tech-savvy isn’t always a defense, either.

Chris Thetford from the Better Business Bureau’s St. Louis office says college students are increasingly the target of crooks. He’s got the details on what the scams look like, the damage they can do and how to protect yourself and your college student. The advice is also good information for high school students.

Also, for the most part, we hate them. “Robocalls” are sometimes done for marketing reasons, sometimes for debt collections and sometimes for legitimate daily business reasons.

John Sondag from AT&T Missouri* tells us how to sort the legitimate from the scams and what to do about unwanted “robocalls”.

On the web:

Better Business Bureau



  • ATT Missouri is a sponsor of “Missouri Viewpoints”

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/id-scams-that-target-young-missourians-and-robocall-scams/

Oct 02

The “Raise Your Hand For Kids” Tobacco Tax Idea: Two Viewpoints

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Now that the state’s Supreme Court denied an effort to toss it off the ballot, you will decide the fate of the “Raise Your Hand For Kids” tobacco tax increase proposal.

That would phase in an increase of 60-cents over the next four years. The money, if the proposal is approved by voters, will fund early childhood education, health care projects and support programs that help people stop smoking.

RYH4K’s Jane Dueker argues for the proposal. United for Missouri’s Carl Bearden, a former State Representative, explains why he thinks it’s a bad idea.

The proposal is on your ballot as Amendment 3.

On the web:

Raise Your Hand For Kids

United For Missouri


Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/the-raise-your-hand-for-kids-tobacco-tax-idea-two-viewpoints/

Sep 25

Campaign 2016: Les Turilli’s Independent Run for Governor and Amendment Four

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – We’re now about a month and a half from Election Day and Missouri will elect a new governor.

Some voters may be surprised when they get to the polls and discover there are more than two choices. Lester Turilli qualified to be on the ballot as an independent candidate and makes his case for your vote this week.

Also, ballot initiatives usually don’t get much media attention, especially ones about sales taxes. Amendment Four is designed to impact all Missourians by banning sales taxes from being levied on services.

Scott Charton from Missourians For Fair Taxation explains why several business associations want you to vote yes.

On the web:

Les Turilli for Governor

Missourians for Fair Taxation

Missouri Secretary of State’s Election Page – Ballot Initiatives

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Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/campaign-2016-les-turillis-independent-run-for-governor-and-amendment-four/

Sep 19

The Back To School Concerns You May Not Know About

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – The school year is back in full swing and students, parents, teachers and administrators are focused on homework, tests and ball games.

They should also be on the lookout for bullying – both in person and online.

Tina Meier established the Missouri-based Megan Meier Foundation after her daughter took her own life. That happened after online bullying went unchecked. Tina has the information about what bullying is (and is not) and the impact it has in 2016. She also has advice for parents, teachers and students on what to watch for and what to do if you suspect it’s happening in your community.

Also, back to school means getting your pencils, paper, notebooks and calculator.

For some Missouri families, it might also mean getting a lawyer. The fact is that school administrators and parents don’t always agree on what is best for the child’s education. There are also times when disagreements happen over what is fair discipline and what is not.

Maggie LaMore is an attorney with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, one of the legal aid offices in the state. She explains why families might enlist a lawyer to work through conflicts in the public school.

On the web:

Megan Meier Foundation

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Legal Services of Missouri (with links to all the legal aid offices in the state)

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