Monthly Archive: January 2016

Jan 31

Ethics Reform: Real Improvements or Political Spin?

By Mike Ferguson (St. Charles, MO) – It’s the hot topic at the State Capitol right now: Ethics Reform. However, what needs to be reformed? That depends on who you ask. John Messmer, founder of Missourians for Government Reform wants to see a total ban on gifts from lobbyists to politicians. In fact, the State …

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Jan 24

The Missouri Budget Project and Americans for Prosperity Assess The Legislative Session (so far)

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by Mike Ferguson (St. Charles, MO) – Just weeks into the 2016 Missouri Legislative Session, lawmakers, media and advocacy/activist groups are already hard at work. What needs to change at the Capitol? What needs to change in the law? Those answers depend on who’s being asked. This week, former State Representative Mike Sutherland explains why …

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Jan 17

Back to Work at the State Capitol: An Early Update

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by Mike Ferguson (St. Charles, MO) – We are less than two weeks into the 2016 Missouri Legislative Session and lawmakers, lobbyists and activists are already hard at work. Whether it’s progress or political misconduct that’s happening depends on your perspective. This week, Democratic State Rep. Michael Butler (below, left) and former Republican State Rep. Carl …

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Jan 10

Meet the Statewide Candidates: Judy Baker (D) and Josh Hawley (R)

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by Mike Ferguson (St. Charles, MO) – While the candidates have been criss-crossing the state as part of the campaign trail for months now, the new year brings a sense of urgency to the 2016 elections. This week, we meet two of those candidates. Former State Representative Judy Baker wants to succeed Clint Zweifel as …

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Jan 03

The 2016 Missouri Legislative Session: A Preview of the Headlines

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by Mike Ferguson (St. Charles, MO) – The Missouri State Legislature officially returns to work this week as the Regular Legislative Session begins on Tuesday. With Republicans holding overwhelming majorities in both chambers, they would seem to have an easy few months ahead of them. Of course, it’s not that simple; some of the debates from …

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