Earlier this month conservative lawmakers hijacked a bill seeking to uproot Missouri's abstinence-focused sex-education laws. Now the sponsor of the proposed legislation, Democratic representative Clem Smith, says he's feeling more than a little betrayed. "There was no warning and no legislative c ... More >>
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the Hobby Lobby case that seeks to answer the question of whether a corporation can restrict a woman's access to health care on religious grounds -- and not a single Missouri representative in Washington has spoken out against it. Hobby Lobby, a r ... More >>
Jedidiah Stout's motto should be: "If at first you don't succeed, try burning it down again." A 29-year-old Iraq War veteran who described himself as "Crazy as Shit" on a dating website, Jedidiah Stout has been implicated in two separate arson cases in Joplin. The FBI arrested Stout last Friday ... More >>
The progressive think tank Center for American Progress just released an exhaustive, nation-wide analysis of women's treatment in the U.S. titled "The State of Women in America."
Welcome to Ask Willie D, where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! MAMA'S BOY OR GOOD SON? Dear Willie D: I'm a single 34-year-old man with no kids. I haven't had a relationship in a w ... More >>
In this week's print issue, I tried to reconcile my complicated feelings about 1970s-styled soft rock. I'm old enough that I experienced this music in real time. One of the first songs I ever remember hearing is Bread's "Make It With You," which blogger/mellow historian Jason Hare identified as the ... More >>
One of the more controversial proposals at the Missouri legislature this year is a GOP bill that would allow doctors to refuse to perform procedures that "violate his or her conscience or principles." Critics, like Planned Parenthood, say this is "denial of care" legislation that could prevent rape ... More >>
Last week, we reported on a GOP proposal in Missouri that would give doctors the right not to perform procedures that go against their moral beliefs -- such as abortions. Meanwhile, a federal judge has struck down a Republican proposal with a similar theme that became law last year; this now over ... More >>
A Missouri bill to stop bills that force others not to introduce certain kind of bills? Almost. Representative Stacey Newman, a Democrat who has been very vocal on gun control, has collected thousands of signatures on a petition to urge lawmakers and legislative leaders to quit introducing pro-gun ... More >>
State Senator Gina Walsh says she is well aware that there will likely be opposition to her controversial proposal to repeal the death penalty in Missouri -- but that's not stopping her from pushing forward. "My constituency probably won't like it," she tells Daily RFT. "But this is something I su ... More >>
Yes, it may be a bit self-centered of us to think, as soon as we heard the news yesterday of Pope Benedict XVI's impending resignation, which St. Louisan should replace him? But really, isn't it high time there was a Pope from the Western Hemisphere? And why not from St. Louis, the most Catholic of ... More >>
Republican Representative Eric Burlison knows it's not all that likely he will have much success with his controversial "right-to-work" bill -- a proposal to ban labor union requirements, but that is not stopping him from pushing the bill. "This is about economic freedom and individual liberty," B ... More >>
It's like national pizza chains don't want our business these days. Following President Barack Obama's reelection in November, Papa John's chief executive John Schnatter threatened to cut employee hours to dodge offering health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or, "O ... More >>
Updated with response from Akin's spokesperson Rick Tyler. In 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, Todd Akin sent a local militia group what he later called "a courtesy letter." The now-defunct group, the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, had invited Akin to spea ... More >>
Late yesterday afternoon, Todd Akin's campaign got ahead of a Post-Dispatch scoop by publishing emails between the campaign's spokesperson and longtime political reporter Kevin McDermott. The email from McDermott contained what appeared to be the story's first four paragraphs revealing that Akin w ... More >>
It may not be a good sign when a senatorial campaign must insist that its candidate possess the baseline qualities of being "humble, intelligent and compassionate." But that's what Missouri Women Standing for Akin has done in a video posted yesterday on YouTube. This arm of the Akin campaign is meet ... More >>
Update: Akin says he misspoke. Read on for full statement from Akin campaign. Today in Crazy Shit Todd Akin Says... Some real crazy shit. Over the weekend, the Republican who hopes to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill told Fox News 2's Charles Jaco that exceptions for abortion aren't a real issue, ... More >>
The Post-Dispatch's "Editor's Desk" column today informed readers that Gary Trudeau's "Doonesbury" will not appear in the paper this week because the subject matter -- Trudeau's belief that Texas' mandatory ultrasounds for women who choose to have an abortion is tantamount to rape -- is too graph ... More >>
Dancing birth control pack? Check.By now, surely you've heard that the Department of Health and Human Services has determined that birth control is basic preventive health care and is required to be provided without a co-pay by health insurers. (You've probably also heard about the moronic compar ... More >>
The best way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions, a study finds, is to implant birth control into women's bodies. The Contraceptive Choice Project, which aims to enroll 10,000 women and girls in St. Louis city and county, is a project of Washington University. Participants -- more than ... More >>
In the wake of the devastating tornado that hit Joplin Monday, food and supply drives are underway across the state to help victims get their lives back together. Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri is on the case as well.The agency is opening its center in Joplin to ... More >>
Measure would require Missouri women to come prepared to the doctor's office.State Senator Tom Dempsey (R - St. Peters) has proposed legislation that would ask Missouri women to provide a reason for why they're seeking an abortion. As the Associated Press reports this morning, Dempsey's proposal ... More >>
"Questionable" material is filtered off the menu at Saint Louis Bread Co.
Missouri scientists fear embryonic research may remain embryonic
Week of May 11, 2005
Todd Solondz has been a lot of things, but never preachy or dull. Till now.
In Mike Leigh's new film, motherhood is a very tricky business
Week of March 26, 2003
Week of September 12, 2001
When Angela Michael started fighting God's battle against abortion, truth took the first hit
He deserves a taste of his own medicine in confirmation hearings
Supremes' credibility isn't helped by report of O'Connor's craving Arizona
Meet Missouri's master of deceit
Published the week of October 4, 2000
Rally in St. Louis exposes Democrats' weak strategy
South Carolina's favorite Missourian blesses the Bush
Directed by Lasse Hallström
Tim Dreste's journey from Christian missionary to anti-abortion racketeer cost him a $6 million federal fine for his role in threatening to "kill, assault or do bodily harm" to abortion providers. But he isn't about to stop his crusade.
Hightlights from RFT's "Calendar"
Planned Parenthood seeks to require Missouri's health-insurance industry to get consistent and provide coverage for birth control