Apr 24

The Politics of Unions and Business in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Want to start an argument among Missouri politicos?

Just bring up unions, business issues and politics. That should get a pointed conversation started.

Many of the same debates of 105 are back and in full force in 2016: “paycheck protection” – or, if you oppose the bill, “paycheck deception”. “Right to Work” is another proposal that’s back and, this year, there’s a push to require regular elections so workers can decide if they want to keep their union representation.

Pat White (below, left) is President of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council (a major element of Missouri’s AFL-CIO) and John Wright is a Policy Analyst with the Show Me Institute*. They offer very different perspectives on what Missouri law should be when it comes to organized labor, especially unions in the public sector.

On the web:

Greater St. Louis Labor Council

Missouri AFL-CIO

Show Me Institute

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* As a matter of disclosure: The Show Me Institute is among the sponsors of “Missouri Viewpoints”

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Apr 17

Medical Marijuana In Missouri: Should The Law Change?

by Mike Ferguson

 

(St. Charles, MO) – The debate isn’t new but it has changed over the last few years. Should Missouri become the next state to decriminalize the possession, distribution and use of marijuana, at least to some degree?

New Approach Missouri is among the advocates pushing for some changes in the law and they want you to vote on the idea.

Their ballot initiative, if it qualifies for the statewide ballot, will ask voters to decide if the medical use of cannabis/marijuana should be legalized.

Jack Cardetti explains what the measure would change and why he feels it’s the right move for the state.

While the debate has changed in recent years and some other states have moved toward legalization, there is no consensus on the idea. Joy Sweeney and Bridget Klotz are the co-directors of Keeping Missouri Kids Safe, which opposes the ballot measure and other decriminalization efforts.

 

On the web:

New Approach Missouri

Keeping Missouri Kids Safe (Facebook Page)

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Apr 10

SJR39: Protecting Religious Freedom or Anti LGBT Discrimination in Missouri?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – What happens when the rights of one collide with the rights of another?

In some ways, that’s what both sides of the “SJR39” debate are arguing over. If put on the ballot and if approved by voters, that would amend our state constitution and protect clergy and some businesses from civil legal action and criminal prosecution if they refuse to be part of a same-sex wedding.

Supporters say it’s about religious freedom. Opponents say it’s writing discrimination into the state constitution.

Monsanto’s Duane Simpson explains why his company, and several others, oppose the idea. State Rep. Paul Curtman (R) explains why he believes the measure is needed.

On the web:

SJR39 (actual text)

Monsanto (statement on LGBT rights/inclusion)

State Rep. Paul Curtman

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Apr 03

Ferguson, Missouri: Updates and the Impact on the Entire State (and Nation)

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – It’s been over a year and a half since Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

The unrest, protests and violence that followed is still regularly discussed across Missouri and even in the nation’s capitol. Calls for reforms in law enforcement, education spending, workforce development and our court system quickly followed and remain debated to this day.

The Missouri Legislature passed some judicial reforms in 2015 – specifically ones that limited the amount of revenue cities can collect from traffic fines. A court recently struck down parts of those reforms, which will result in an appeal by the state.

This week, Ferguson City Councilman Wesley Bell (below, left) gives us an update on the economic, cultural and political rebuilding of Ferguson and why he feels that progress is important to the entire state.

Also, State Representative Courtney Curtis (D), (below, right) who represents Ferguson in the Legislature, provides his thoughts on the state’s reaction to the events, conflicts and needs of Ferguson and communities like it.

On the web:

Ferguson, Missouri

Councilman Wesley Bell (Facebook Page)

State Rep. Courtney Curtis

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Mar 27

Photo ID Requirements: Protecting Democracy or Suppressing Voter Turnout in Missouri?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Almost all registered voters in Missouri already have a photo ID. Almost.

Should all registered voters be required to show one before casting a ballot in Missouri?

Republican candidate for Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft thinks requiring a picture ID will protect the integrity of our elections and minimize the risk of vote fraud in our state. He explains why and also gives us a look at his goals for the office should he get elected in November.

Laura Swinford is the Executive Director of Progress Missouri, one of the most active and influential advocacy groups in on the left in the state. To her, requiring a photo ID is a thinly-veiled effort to suppress some of the poorest Missourians’ vote.

Hear both viewpoints and let us know what you think on the Missouri Viewpoints Facebook page.

On the web:

Jay Ashcroft for Secretary of State

Progress Missouri

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Mar 20

Setbacks and Success: The Missouri-Made Story Of Jermaine Andre

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Today’s pain, hardships and obstacles could be on your path to tomorrow’s success.

That’s just part of Jermaine Andre’s story.

The former ‪#‎MMA‬ and ‪#‎Kickboxing‬ world champion (and former UFC fighter) tells the story of turning his life around and how he hopes his experience can help others live a better life.

From poverty to prison to the combat sports cage to successful business owner to author to mentor for young people to in-demand motivational speaker, Jermaine’s life is a Missouri-made story of motivation, faith and accomplishment. That story is documented in his two-volume autobiography series, “Muay Thaiger”.

On the web:

Jermaine Andre

Andre’s Academy (martial arts school in St. Peters)

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