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Missouri Right to Life rallies support in rotunda

Missouri Right to Life rallies support in rotunda

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Hundreds of people gathered in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday for the first Missouri Right to Life (MRL) rally of the year. Stalls from various anti-abortion advocacy groups lined the rotunda, and members of the pro-life movement filled the first floor of the Capitol building to rally against abortion practices in the

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Poverty report shows EITC keeping some out of poverty

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missourians to End Poverty has released their 2016 State of the State Poverty in Missouri report, showing many moving parts keeping the one in six Missourians in poverty. The report, compiled in collaboration with the Missourians to End Poverty Coalition by the Missouri Association for Community Action, listed health care costs, work

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TWMP Preview: Rep. Holly Rehder and the Iowa Caucuses

Scott Faughn welcomes This Week’s special guest Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, to speak about her ongoing work to make Missouri the 50th state in the nation to have a prescription drug monitoring program called the Narcotics Control Act. They also discuss the fast pace of this year’s House calendar, bills to ban the advertisement of


Could the national popular vote make Missouri politically relevant again?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On the first Tuesday of November later this fall, politicos around the country will glue themselves to their television screens, flip the channel to CNN, MSNBC or Fox News and eagerly await the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. While Wolf Blitzer or Megyn Kelly or Rachel Maddow will dutifully announce

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Soybean Assoc. celebrates 50 years at annual meeting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Soybean Association celebrated 50 years of soybean advocacy by holding their board of directors meeting and holding a lobby day at the Capitol. Soybean farms also set this year’s policy agenda during the annual meeting. Growers’ key message this week has been the impact of biodiesel, specifically soybean oil

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Former Gov. Holden to join Missouri NAACP executive board

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rod Chapel, the state conference president of the NAACP of Missouri, has added yet another major name to the organization’s executive committee. Former Gov. Bob Holden, who served from 2001 to 2005, will join the board and help steer an organization that has undergone a major restructuring effort since Chapel came into

Watts to visit Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts from Oklahoma will be keynoting the 2016 Cole County Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday, February 15. Watts played football for the Oklahoma Sooners and professionally in the Canadian Football League before serving as a congressman from 1995 to 2003. “We anticipate 2016 to be a challenging election

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First Rule Sports to start sports advocacy, media

ST. LOUIS – Two familiar faces around the Capitol are back together and starting a new venture called First Rule Sports, which will focus on advocating and marketing sports and sport technology. Led by Travis Brown and former lobbying partner Kent Gaines, First Rule Sports will focus on developing sport technology, and further advocating policy. Brown

Son of Billy Graham to hold prayer rally in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The son of famous preacher Billy Graham will bring his Decision America Tour to the Missouri Capitol this May to hold a prayer rally. Franklin Graham will host the event and urge evangelicals to vote with faith and prayer on their minds. “America’s attention is on this election year, but I do


SOURCES: Steward leaving seat on UM System Board of Curators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – David Steward, the only African-American on the University of Missouri System Board of Curators is leaving his position with the embattled university system. Steward, a devoted supporter of former university system president Tim Wolfe, was appointed to the University of Missouri Board of Curators in 2011 by Gov. Jay Nixon. His