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Holden to be honored by NAACP at annual dinner

Holden to be honored by NAACP at annual dinner

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis County NAACP announced Monday that former Gov. Bob Holden will receive the prestigious Margaret Bush Wilson Lifetime Achievement for 2017. “We are especially pleased this year to honor someone that has been a true friend of the NAACP, a former colleague and a dedicated, selfless public servant in Governor

Sen. Gary Romine (foreground) listens to testimony from the Missouri NEA's Otto Fajen on his CTE bill Jan. 24, 2017.

House hearing held on Romine’s discrimination bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House Special Committee on Litigation Reform held an extended hearing on Sen. Gary Romine’s SB 43 after testimony ran over the two hours allotted Monday afternoon. The bill is similar in nature to a bill heard earlier in the session by the committee sponsored by Rep. Kevin Austin. However, the

Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel (center) speaks regarding Rep. Bill Lant's attempt to silence his testimony on a discrimination bill Feb. 14, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Beatty, MO NAACP president call for Lant to step down as chair of Litigation Reform Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following the silencing of Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel at Monday evening’s Special Committee on Litigation Reform, House Democrats and left-leaning organizations and advocacy groups called for Rep. Bill Lant, R-Pineville, to be removed from his position as chair of the committee. Chapel said Lant should apologize to the members of the state


Tort reform measure could have significant impact on Missouri Human Rights Act

NAACP leader cut off during testimony JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Special Committee on Litigation Reform heard another major tort reform measure Monday, one which would rewrite the Missouri Human Rights Act. The three bills, which will likely be rolled into one piece of legislation, offered by Reps. Kevin Austin, Joe Don McGaugh and Dean


Clashes over Amendment 3 continue as questions arise over appropriation of funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As polling shows Amendment 3 falling behind, a group supporting the amendment announced a new national endorsement while a group of educators called the amendment a potential slush fund for politicians and private schools. Missouri Times polling showed Wednesday that more Missourians favor a “no” on the Early Childhood Health and


NAACP hosts job fair and political luncheon honors

ST. LOUIS – Thursday marked the beginning of a two-day event for the Missouri NAACP at the St. Louis Airport Hilton, which will feature a diversity job fair, a visit from Attorney General Chris Koster and even a special award for a certain newspaper’s publisher. The diversity job fair, hosted by the St. Louis County

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Opponents of Amendment 6 join forces to defeat photo voter ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When legislators overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 1631, major proponents of the measure heralded its passage as an opportunity for citizens to be assured their votes will be heard at the polls. But throughout the policy’s long lifespan in Jefferson City, photo voter ID has drawn considerable criticism from


Charter schools file motion to intervene in lawsuit over desegregation tax in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – On Tuesday, two families, representing St. Louis’ charter school population, filed a motion in federal court that would allow them to intervene as plaintiffs in a motion filed by the Saint Louis Public Schools Special Administrative Board (SAB). The SAB are plaintiffs in the lawsuit seeking to keep a 2/3 cent

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NAACP rallies opposition to photo voter ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members and allies of the NAACP rallied against photo voter ID laws Tuesday morning in the Capitol rotunda for the group’s legislative lobby day, the day after voter ID was brought up in the Senate for a second time in two weeks. State and local leaders, including Secretary of State Jason

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NAACP, others voice concerns on photo voter ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members from the Missouri NAACP, Empower Missouri, Missouri Faith Voices and other groups spoke at the Capitol Thursday to denounce the measure in the Missouri Senate that would make photo voter ID legal. NAACP Missouri President Rod Chapel and his organization have been among the most vocal opposition to photo voter ID, which