Nov 05

Politics, Division, Unity, and Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Protests in St. Louis and the surrounding areas that have, occasionally, turned violent.

Speakers on college and university campuses around the nation shouted down or forced to cancel by crowds that disagree with the speakers’ points of view. Again, violence has been used on occasion to achieve that goal.

Online, responses to opinions often quickly turn into personal attacks. The assumption is that someone with whom we disagree must have an evil intent of some kind.

Our nation has endures times of political and cultural strife before. Is today’s climate of heated rhetoric and polarization any different? Either way, what is the effect on our ability to govern, educate, and overall have communities and a culture that we want?

This week, State Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D) gives us her perspective from her role as a lawmaker. Dr. John Inazu, a professor of law and religion at Washington University, provides a view on the cultural impact today’s conflicts could have on what used to be mostly accepted values – including the right to free speech.

Inazu is the author of Confident Pluralism, which examines the increasing divide we’re seeing in our culture.


On the web:

Rep. Cora Faith Walker

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Washington University

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Oct 29

Opposition to the “Clean Missouri” Initiative. Also, Updated Tips on Online Safety

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – A few weeks ago, support for the “Clean Missouri” petition initiative was featured on this program. This week, we’re getting the opposing point of view.

Former Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones, who is now the Chairman of Missouri Club for Growth, explains why he believes the initiative is basically an attempt to rig the election system in favor of Democrats.

Then ATT Missouri* President John Sondag and Amy VanDevelde from the Missouri-based Oasis Institute team up to provide updates on the online threat to your money.

On the web:

Tim Jones

Missouri Club for Growth


Oasis Institute

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Oct 22

Missouri’s Challenges: Increasing Opportunity and Criminal Justice Reform

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – We use words including “justice” and “opportunity” often in our policy discussions and debates. What should those words mean when it comes to the goals of our public policy?

More importantly, how does the answer to that question affect the lives of Missourians?

This week, State Senator Bill Eigel explains why he thinks government is too often an obstacle to opportunity in our state. He also previews the upcoming Legislative Session and his goals for it.

In the other half of the program, Empower Missouri Executive Director Jeanette Mott Oxford outlines their goals for reforming our criminal justice laws. From what’s illegal in the first place to the discretion prosecutors and judges have to the rules for sentencing, Mott Oxford hopes to see several aspects of our system addressed and updated.

On the web:

Sen. Bill Eigel

Empower Missouri

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Oct 16

Kids and Missouri’s Courts: Are Reforms Needed?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – When “children” and “courts” are paired in a sentence, it almost always means something has gone wrong in someone’s life.

This week, we examine two calls for reforms in our court system and both involve children in different ways.

Mark Ludwig of the Missouri-based Americans for Equal Shared Parenting explains why they want changes made to the laws governing our family court system. In short, they are pushing for an assumption that each parent in a divorce or separation will get fifty-percent custody. Find out what that would change and why that is among the goals of the organization.

Also, “justice” is not only about punishment. The Missouri Juvenile Justice Association also wants the system to be about correcting the life path of young people befire they make potentially-life altering mistakes in adulthood. Rick Gaines is the Chief Juvenile Officer for St. Louis County and a member of MJJA. He outlines his view on what an effective juvenile justice system is and how we can improve what we have in the state now.

On the web:

Americans for Equal Shared Parenting

Missouri Juvenile Justice Association

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Oct 16

What’s Next For Business and Energy in Missouri?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – The Legislative Session may not officially get underway until January but preparation is already happening.

Not just by lawmakers.

This week, Associated Industries of Missouri’s Ray McCarty gives us a look at the upcoming session from a business perspective. While labor and legal reforms were made in 2017, many in the business community hope for more changes next year. McCarty also gives his take on what Missouri should do to attract Amazon’s planned second North American headquarters.

Also, business, economy and energy and intricately linked and Scott Rupp, a member of the Missouri Public Service Commission, updates us on the state’s energy policy. Rupp discusses the role of the Missouri PSC and also his goals for energy policy in the state.

On the web:

Associated Industries of Missouri

Missouri Public Service Commission

Simplifying Energy (Scott Rupp’s blog)

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Oct 01

Legalizing Pot? More Restrictions on Campaign Donations? A Look At Two Petition Drives for 2018

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – We’re about a year away from the 2018 election season but work is already being done to put some measures on your ballot.

This week, we take a look at two of those initiatives.

Tim Gilio from the Missouri Marijuana Legalization Movement explains why he and his colleagues want to put what’s basically a full legalization question before voters. This is not about legalizing pot for medical reasons or decriminalizing small amount of marijuana possession; if passed, this question would legalize the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults.

Also, even though Missouri voters approved some restriction on campaign donations last year, the Clean Missouri initiative wants to add some more next year. Missouri Jobs With Justice’s Richard von Glahn explains what would change if voters say yes to that idea. The plan would also change how legislative districts are drawn.

On the web:

Missouri Marijuana Legalization Movement

Clean Missouri

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