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ACLU sues Missouri for poor funding of public defenders

ACLU sues Missouri for poor funding of public defenders

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A coalition of legal defense groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit early Wednesday against the state of Missouri for improperly funding the state’s public defender system. Last year, the dire situation in the Missouri State Public Defender’ Office rose to

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ACLU uses lobby day to advocate for constitutional rights

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Around 200 members of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known as the ACLU, came to the Capitol Tuesday for their annual lobby day. The non-partisan nonprofit, which advocates nationally defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties, came to Jefferson City to speak on three specific pieces of legislation. One

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Amendment 3: A Week in Review

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With Election Day just around the corner, candidates and causes are making their final pushes and pleas to voters. Amendment 3, the Early Childhood Education Act, is arguably the most contentious measure on the ballot this cycle, and it had a similarly busy week. Amendment 3 earns more endorsements Amendment 3

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30 Women Changing Politics

The following thirty women are women who are the gladiators in the arena who rarely receive headlines or notoriety, though they are more than worthy. This list has no state or statewide legislators, no legislative staff, yet their actions have a direct impact on policy each and every day. Appearing in the June 9, 2016 print

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Law enforcement agencies report $12 million from federal asset forfeiture

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Federal asset forfeiture netted 155 Missouri law enforcement agencies a total of more than $12 million in 2015, a report by the state auditor’s office shows. Missouri law enforcement agencies are required by state law to report participation in federal asset forfeiture programs to the state auditor and the Department of

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Jackson County to change policies about shackling pregnant women after lawsuit settlement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County will implement new policies about the use of restraints while transporting pregnant women in custody after settling a lawsuit Tuesday. Megon Riedel settled her lawsuit against the county and three correctional officers, receiving damages along with the written policy and procedure changes. She had sued the county after she


Kinder denounces Obama administration’s decree on transgender bathroom use

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Lt. Governor Peter Kinder had harsh words for a new decree from the U. S. Department of Education and the Obama administration that directs public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity. The directive notes that schools who do not comply with the requirement

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Final piece of photo voter ID puzzle passes the House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Tony Dugger, R-Hartville, received a standing ovation from his caucus as the House gave final approval Thursday night to HJR 53, the final piece of the photo voter ID package passed this session. The resolution would amend the constitution, if approved by voters, to enact photo voter ID legislation. The

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TWMP: Mayor Slay, SJR 39 and politics

On Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn welcomes an all panel show featuring Sarah Rossi of the ACLU of Missouri, Mindy Mazur of GPS Impact, Aaron Baker of Axiom Strategies, and Jeff Rainford, former chief of staff for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. The four discuss in-depth and detail the decision made last


Schaefer defends religious liberty bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A controversial Senate bill offered by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, faced its first hearing Tuesday in a room divided on the issue with little overt controversy. SB 916, a piece of legislation that modifies certain definitions in the Missouri Human Rights Act, has garnered strong support and opposition, but the atmosphere