Missouri got another ribbing from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week, this time for a bill before the Missouri Legislature that would allow parents to remove their children from science class during lessons about evolution. (Watch the video from the Daily Show on the next page.) Republican R ... More >>
People are fed up with the bipartisan rancor that colors our politics, but Missouri Representative Courtney Allen Curtis has a solution that's so simple it's downright genius: High fives. Curtis loves to high five. He does it all the time at the Missouri Legislature, where being chair of the Bipar ... More >>
During Tuesday night's State of the State address, Governor Jay Nixon asked the Missouri Legislature to help him pass a law protecting LGBT people from workplace discrimination. Missouri law protects workers from unfair treatment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age o ... More >>
A bill before the Missouri General Assembly this legislative session would protect nursing mothers, forbidding restrictions on breast-feeding in public and excusing mothers with a doctor's note from serving on juries. But one word in the bill is making nursing mothers nervous. The bill requires "di ... More >>
Governor Jay Nixon's efforts opposing a controversial tax cut bill are similar to Adolf Hitler's Nazi propaganda techniques. So says State Representative Holly Rehder, a Republican from Sikeston, in her most recent weekly Capitol Report e-mail sent to constituents on Friday. "My degree is in Publ ... More >>
In July State Representative Paul Wieland says he was faced with a difficult choice: Enroll in an "immoral" health-care plan that covers birth control or cancel his health insurance for his family all together. He went with a third option: Sue the federal government. "My wife and I take our fait ... More >>
Late one evening in May, Missouri lawmakers passed an extreme Second Amendment bill that would make it illegal to enforce certain federal gun policies in the state. Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the measure this month, arguing that the state of Missouri cannot pass a law contradicting the U ... More >>
Last week, nine-year-old Tyrese Short was shot in the head while inside a car with his father and family friends, driving home early in the morning. This tragic shooting happened at the intersection of Goodfellow Boulevard and Laura Avenue in the Walnut Park West neighborhood in north St. Louis. I ... More >>
The Missouri legislature's push to block the enforcement of federal gun laws, as we noted last week, has been cast as one of the most extreme states' rights movements in the country. At this point, the success of this controversial GOP effort hinges on whether Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, will is ... More >>
The Missouri legislative session ended last week and one of the many successes the state GOP is celebrating is the passage of a bill to add restrictions to the "abortion pill." It's one of several Republican initiatives that Planned Parenthood is now slamming in the aftermath of the session. It's no ... More >>
The Catholic bishops of Missouri are praying that the legal fight against federal health care mandates for birth control coverage is not over. "We now call upon all people of good will to pray for the protection of religious liberty and for defense of the First Amendment freedoms we all hold dear, ... More >>
Should employers and insurers in Missouri be allowed to deny coverage of birth control if it violates their religious beliefs? A federal judge, as we reported earlier this week, ruled that they cannot be exempt -- in a decision overturning a Missouri law that directly contradicted President Barack O ... More >>
Last May, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities went up against the United States government with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a health care contraception mandate -- and this week, a federal judge decided to dismiss the case. But the battle is not over. So say offic ... More >>
Missouri's presidential primary is Tuesday, February 7. It's your chance to tell your party who you want to see represent you as president. Except that if you're planning on selecting someone from the Republican section of the ballot, your choice doesn't matter -- and that's not me saying that, i ... More >>
image viaSay Mike McQueary had stumbled on Jerry Sandusky engaging in "horseplay" (as Sandusky described it to Bob Costas on Monday night) with a ten-year-old boy in a shower in Columbia instead of State College. Forget questions of moral obligation versus moral cowardice. Would our hypotheti ... More >>
The dogs rescued lived among rodent droppings. Old and sick dogs had been shot to death.Inspectors from the Missouri Department of Agriculture today removed more than 70 dogs from a Monett-based breeder in the first-ever enforcement of the state's new Canine Cruelty Prevention Act. Violations ... More >>
State Representative Jane Cunningham has no problem with child labor -- but boy is Facebook dangerous to Missouri's youngsters!The Missouri Legislature passed a bill two weeks ago designed to protect children from predatory school teachers. But the bill has stirred up some surprising opposition - ... More >>
We're guessing that this isn't the kind of prayer Missouri legislators want to guarantee.Tenth day of May, that is. Yes, yesterday the Missouri Legislature passed another proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution. If passed by Missouri voters in 2012, the amendment would guarantee the right ... More >>
High quality, indeed.The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will soon consider a bill to outlaw the sale and possession of synthetic cocaine marketed as bath salts. KMOX reports that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is pushing the bill sponsored by Alderman Greg Carter (Ward 27). "These ... More >>
Nasheed: Black before Democrat.Yesterday the Missouri Legislature overrode Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a redistricting map that eliminates the district of Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan. In securing the override, the Republican-controlled Legislature needed the votes of four Democrats. The ... More >>
Muslim women take part in the Pledge of Allegiance during last night's eventU.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Richard Callahan visited the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis last night to address the fears and frustrations of Muslim Americans who worry they are being rac ... More >>
An issue relating to the Capitol dome, of all things, has led to Missouri's landmark ethics bill getting thrown out.We should have known it wouldn't be this easy.Eleven months ago, the Missouri Legislature passed landmark ethics legislation, banning donations from one political action committee t ... More >>
Medal for World War II vets.For more than a decade, the state of Missouri has awarded medals and certificates to all its native -- or transplanted -- sons and daughters who've served in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War . And the program is coming up on quite a milestone: 100,000 ve ... More >>
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon: He's no Scott Walker.Catching up on the news from Wisconsin -- where Democratic state senators have gone on the lam rather than give Governor Scott Walker the quorum he needs to gut state workers' collective-bargaining rights -- we found ourselves wondering: Could suc ... More >>
The Missouri Medical Association is trying to stop midwives -- again.Four years ago, the Missouri Legislature decriminalized midwifery -- making it legal for a woman who's certified by one of two national midwives' organizations to deliver babies here.But the state's physicians don't like the com ... More >>
Maybe she'd have lived longer if she'd laid off the home-churned butter.Plenty of interesting people died in the great state of Missouri. And now, thanks to the work of 275 volunteers -- no word on what percentage of them identify as goths -- and the Missouri State Archives, you can cruise their ... More >>
A Cole County judge last week granted a summary judgment request that has -- for now -- thrown out a lawsuit challenging Missouri's recent restrictions on strip clubs and adult bookstores. The Missouri Legislature last year passed sweeping reforms that outlaw nudity at such businesses in addition ... More >>
Official Seal of the Missouri LegislatureThe Missouri House yesterday passed along a bill to the Senate that they hope will allow for the drug testing of welfare recipients. H.B. 76, sponsored by Ellen Brandom (R-Sikeston), passed the House by a whopping 121-37 vote margin and would allow any wel ... More >>
State Rep. Cynthia Davis (R-O'Fallon) photographed on her way to work this morning.Say what you will about Missouri legislators, there's one insult you cannot hurl at our state's elected officials. They're not wussies when it comes to the weather. Yes, while their counterparts in Illinois turn an ... More >>
The first step is admitting you have a problem.Attorney General Chris Koster yesterday proposed twelve recommendation for improving the notoriously icky water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks.Here at Riverfront Times we are amazed that none of the twelve steps (described below) have anything to ... More >>
Courtesy of the Missouri State Highway PatrolMissouri busted 1,776 meth labs last year and we're on pace for more than 1,800 in 2010.Missouri has already done the three-peat -- leading the nation in meth lab seizures for three consecutive years, including a whopping 1,774 busts last year, nearly ... More >>
Image SourceK2 wasn't an issue in Bogey's day.The Missouri Legislature approved a ban on K2 "synthetic marijuana" last Friday and sent the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon for approval. The proposed law essentially puts K2 on the same legal plane as real marijuana, making possession of less than 35 gram ... More >>
Image sourceMaria Chappelle-Nadal is smiling but really she's outraged.Last week, we reported on HB 2449 and Rep. Mark Parkinson's plan to propose a strict new immigration law in Missouri similar to the one recently enacted in Arizona. On Monday, the Republican from St. Charles explained that he ... More >>
The Washington city council voted on Monday to outlaw the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana, such as K2. The Washington law is similar to one passed in St. Charles County earlier this year. Also on Monday, alderman in St. Clair also approved a law banning fake marijuana products.Meanwhile ... More >>
Local politicos are a-wag over rumors that Sen. Jeff Smith, who represents part of St. Louis in the Missouri General Assembly, will soon announce he's stepping down because of legal problems.Daily RFT reached out to Smith this morning but hasn't yet gotten his response. More next week.
The charter-school lobby is getting down to brass tacks in its real-estate beef with the St. Louis Public Schools. Wikimedia Commons...to charter schools.Last week state Senator Jim Lembke introduced a bill in the Missouri General Assembly which prohibits any school district from putting deed restri ... More >>
In a speech to the Missouri General Assembly this morning, Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond announced that he won't seek a fifth term in office in 2010. "In 1972, I became Missouri's youngest Governor. Ladies and Gentlemen, I do not aspire to become Missouri's oldest Senator," said Bond. T ... More >>
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