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Joint Committee on Education meets to discuss postsecondary programs

Joint Committee on Education meets to discuss postsecondary programs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Members of the House of Representatives and Senate met Tuesday afternoon in the Capitol to listen to a presentation on three of Missouri’s most popular state-funded scholarship programs. Kevin Gwaltney, executive director of the Joint Committee on Education, presented his findings on Access Missouri, the A+ program and Bright Flight to


Wieland wins appeal against Obamacare

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. – State Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Hillsboro) won his appeal in his suit aimed at the Affordable Care Act from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Wieland v. Sebelius Monday. Wieland has already spent nearly two years fighting against a clause in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare, that requires

Dempsey forms ‘Sanctity of Life’ interim committee, names Schaefer chairman

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey formed a special interim committee today to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood may have violated state law. “The recent allegations that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue to medical laboratories is not only appalling, but illegal as well,” Dempsey said in a statement. “This type of

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Missouri senators call to arm National Guardsmen

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members of the Republican Caucus asked Gov. Jay Nixon to sign an executive order that would allow Missouri National Guardsmen to carry weapons Saturday. The request comes after a gunman shot and killed five people at a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week. The gunman is being investigated for any


Politics playing a role in UM policy for employees running for state office

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri’s opposition to two bills filed by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, may be playing a role in the debate as to whether or not employees of the state funded university can seek state political office. Currently, most state employees must completely leave their jobs when they begin to campaign


Keaveny reflects on tumultuous 2015 session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Minority Floor Leader Joe Keaveny (D – St. Louis) released his 2015 Legislative Report last week to summarize highs and lows of the 2015 session from the Democratic point of view. Keaveny emphasized in the report that a large portion of the Senate Dems’ victories came by stifling the Republican supermajority’s

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Onder, Emery speak out against gay marriage, government overreach

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri State Senators Bob Onder (R – St. Charles) and Ed Emery (R – Lamar) published statements Friday criticizing multiple aspects of the recent Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized marriage between same-sex couples. The conservatives decried what they saw as judicial activism on the part of the Supreme Court in redefining marriage

Senator Bob Onder Releases Statement on Governor Jay Nixon’s Executive Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Lake Saint Louis, July 10, 2015   Missouri State Senator Bob Onder released the following statement:   Governor Jay Nixon’s recent remarks and Executive Order 15-04 on same-sex “marriage” constitute an attack by the Governor on the freedom of religion and conscience rights of Missourians.   The Governor quotes approvingly Justice

PRESS RELEASE: Schaefer scores major victory in fight to stop common core

From the office of Sen. Kurt Schaefer: SCHAEFER WINS FIGHT TO STOP COMMON CORE IN MISSOURI Under strict orders from legislative language crafted by Kurt Schaefer and other conservative leaders in the Missouri General Assembly, yesterday the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) informed its Common Core testing vendor that the state would