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MNEA announces opposition to early childhood education petition

MNEA announces opposition to early childhood education petition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The bumpy road for a ballot measure to fund early childhood educations programs just got a little bumpier. The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association (MNEA) announced Wednesday that their members oppose the measure, sponsored by the Raise Your Hands for Kids (RYH4K) organization. The proposed constitutional amendment would raise taxes on cigarettes

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Union movement aims to become more diverse

ST. LOUIS – When Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal voted to sustain the governor’s veto of the paycheck protection bill earlier this month, she did so hesitantly. She spoke at length on the floor about the racial divisions that exist within Missouri’s labor movement, and about the personal persecution she had faced from some members of the

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State Republicans unite at convention and elect slate

BRANSON, Mo. – Early in the delegation selection process, mostly at the local conventions, there was drama and fighting, especially between supporters of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. But the GOP comes out of the state convention in Branson with little drama and united behind one goal: beat Hillary Clinton. Turnout at the convention was a little higher than

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TWMP: Schmitt, municipal reform and ‘Stand Your Ground’

On the next episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn speaks with returning guest Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, to wrap up the end of the legislative session. They talk about his municipal court reform legislation, ending the abuses some municipalities commit, and his campaign for state treasurer. On the opinion maker panel,


Debate over transgender bathroom policy heats up in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice under President Barack Obama released a statement that directed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their preferred gender, Republicans around the country and within the state quickly denounced the decision. In the last few days, more Missouri politicians,

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Thousands attend Graham’s Decision America Tour at Missouri Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Despite a downpour of bone-chilling rain, a mass of people came to Jefferson City Tuesday for a chance to hear Franklin Graham speak on his Decision America Tour. Graham, the son of pastor has been encouraging people on the nationwide tour to get involved in government and politics as Christians, and

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The Graveyard: Major bills that died in 2016

The end of the legislative session brings with it the resting place of individual bills and issues that will fail to become law in 2016. Here we have highlighted six such bills that found their final resting place in the Missouri Legislature May 13, 2016. Bill: HB 1891 – Paycheck Protection Fate: Governor’s veto sustained* Why it failed:


Winners & Losers from the 2016 Session

Winners Speaker Richardson – This session may ultimately be remembered for voter ID and the year that Todd Richardson took his place as the most powerful leader amongst state Republicans. His leadership team led by Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot struck the perfect tone throughout session. He got to the high ground on ethics reform and