May 22

Campaign 2016: Gubernatorial Candidates Eric Morrison (D) and John Brunner (R)

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Anyone who follows the news in our state is aware that Republicans have a four-way race for their nomination in the race for Governor.

Even Democrats might be surprised to hear that they have more than one choice in that race on Primary Election day. While Attorney General Chris Koster is considered the all-but-certain nominee by the media, political activists and insiders, Eric Morrison wants voters to learn about him before making a final decision for their ballot.

Morrison is a pastor and activist in Kansas City. He’s among the candidates aligning with Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Democratic politics.

This week, he makes his case for his campaign to Democratic voters.

John Brunner is in a tough four-way contest for the GOP nomination for Governor. The former Marine and retired manufacturing CEO explains his viewpoints and vision for the state if he’s elected.

On the web:

Eric Morrison

John Brunner 

Eric MorrisonJohn Brunner

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May 20

Legal Resources for Low Income Missourians and for Crime Victims

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Many low income Missourians think they have no help available when they face financial challenges that lead to other problems.

The eviction process is one example. In some situations, the help of a lawyer can be the difference between being allowed to stay in a home and having nowhere to call “home”. Lee Camp is an attorney with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, one of the legal aid offices in the state. He provides details on some of the resources available to low income Missourians, why they are offered and the impact it has on everyone.

Also, Kim Case has made the journey from victim of a violent crime to advocate for today’s victims. She’s part of the Missouri Sheriffs Association’s team of advocated for crime victims.

She explains what they do, how it helps those affected by crime and why it’s an important part of the justice process in Missouri.

On the web:

Missouri’s Legal Aid offices:

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Legal Services of Southern Missouri

Legal Aid of Western Missouri

Mid Missouri Legal Services

Missouri Sheriffs Association

Kim Case


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May 08

Campaign Conversaions 2016: Cori Bush for US Senate and Catherine Hanaway for Governor

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – August 2nd is another important day for Missouri, at least in terms of politics.

That’s the Primary Election day for statewide offices (and many others).

This week, self-described “Sanders Democrat” Cori Bush explains why she’s running for the US Senate in a race where she’s considered a long-shot to win. She describes the impact she hopes to have and her goals if elected.

Also, former Speaker of the Missouri House Catherine Hanaway is in a tough, four-way race for the Republican nomination for governor. She makes her case for the nomination and talks about both her stands on the issues in the headlines right now and what she hopes to accomplish if elected Governor.

On the web:

Cori Bush for US Senate

Catherine Hanaway for Governor

Cori Bush Catherine Hanaway

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May 08

Conservation and Environmental Concerns in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Not all conversations about conservation and the environment are political but politics certainly affects those discussions.

This week, David Stokes from the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance and Heather Navarro from the Missouri Coalition for the Environment each address various debates and concerns affecting the environment in Missouri.

Stokes addresses concerns about what his organization feels is ill-advised development in areas that could have a big impact on both natural resources and the economy.

Navarro updates us on the state issues they are lobbying for (and against) this legislative session.

On the web:

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance

Missouri Coalition for the Environment

MOVP David StokesMOVP Heather Navarro

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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


* 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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