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An episode of the Heads Up! Missouri podcast being taped (Photo by Alex Townsend)

Progressive legislators turn to podcasts to spread message

Progressive legislators turn to podcasts to spread message

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Democratic legislators in both chambers have decided to take the airwaves in what has recently become a much more conventional method of communication: podcasting. Kansas City Democrats Rep. Lauren Arthur and Jon Carpenter launched their podcast, Podgressive, releasing the first episode on Soundcloud Sunday. Arthur and Carpenter discussed the national, state

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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

An activist dressed as a kangaroo in judge's robes was escorted from the room before the conference took place. Opponents to the investigation have called it a "kangaroo court."

A Kangaroo at the Capitol: Liberals reject Sanctity of Life investigation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Before the start of Tuesday’s press conference regarding the findings of a yearlong investigation by the Republican members of the Senate Sanctity of Life Committee, everyone could not help but notice the elephant in the room. But in this case, the elephant was a kangaroo. An unidentified person affiliated with Progress

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Court upholds Senate committee recording rules

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Senate did not violate Missouri’s sunshine law by not allowing Progress Missouri to record committee meetings, the state’s Western District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Progress Missouri brought the case because they said there had been issues with committee chairs not allowing them to record in the past. The organization

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Senate committee sunshine law appeal heard

KANSAS CITY – The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals heard arguments today in a case asking whether Progress Missouri had a right to record Senate committee hearings. Progress Missouri and its attorney, Christopher Grant, argued that under Missouri’s sunshine law, the Senate could not exempt themselves from being recorded by the public. “The Senate

Activist dons tshirt in support of Planned Parenthood APRIL 12, 2016

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Pro-choice groups begin attacking Schaefer with campaign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Planned Parenthood Advocates has launched shameonschaefer.com, a site collecting signatures to tell Sen. Kurt Schaefer, the Senate Sanctity of Life committee chairman, that his attacks on Planned Parenthood are “shameful.” Activists donning t-shirts with the slogan also dropped off the first batch of signatures collected from the campaign to Schaefer’s office Tuesday.

2015 update: predatory lending money flowing through Missouri politics

  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Progress Missouri released its latest report on how the payday loan industry is spending millions on consultants and donations to Missouri legislators, of both parties, to continue disenfranchising low income Missourians. The facts are startling: From the report: An incredible $1.53M moved through the payday lenders’ main front group, Missourians

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Progress Missouri names new executive director

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Progress Missouri has tapped their next executive director after founding member Sean Nicholson decided to leave last month. The progressive organization announced Wednesday that Laura Swinford, a former outreach director for Progress Missouri, will leave her position as the director of communications for Secretary of State Jason Kander to take the

Nicholson to leave Progress Missouri for GPS Impact

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sean Nicholson, executive director and founder of Progress Missouri, announced last week that he will leave his brainchild for a position with GPS Impact, a campaign communications firm. “I really enjoyed the work at Progress Missouri, we’ve got a great team in place now, and I’m excited about a new adventure

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