Missouri General Assembly

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Attorney General Koster Thinks Missouri Should Make Its Own Execution Drugs

    Should Missouri cut pharmacies out of executions entirely and fund its own lab to develop lethal-injection drug cocktails? Attorney General Chris Koster thinks so. Speaking to a law conference in Lake of the Ozarks on Thursday, Koster -- a leading Democratic candidate in Missouri's 2016 gubernatori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Will Gov. Nixon Veto the 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period in Missouri?

    Planned Parenthood, Missouri's only abortion provider, is asking Governor Jay Nixon to veto a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature that would force women to wait three days before having an abortion. Women already jump through several hoops to obtain an abortion in Missouri, where the only legal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    As Fred Phelps Inches Toward Hell, Missouri Law Forbids Funeral Protests He's Known For

    The hate-mongering piece of garbage that is The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., is almost dead, but at least he lived long enough to see a Missouri judge uphold a law forbidding his followers from one of their most antagonizing tactics: funeral protests. Protesters at funerals must stay 300 feet away startin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Will Sen. Brian Nieves Run for Reelection? According to Facebook, Even He Doesn't Know

    Sorry, Daily RFT readers. Our stories about the Missouri Legislature are about to get much less interesting. Well, that's only if Missouri state senator Brian Nieves really is leaving the legislature. Nieves took to Facebook this weekend to write an ambiguous 1,607-word post saying he may or may n ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Legislature Could Name Loyal Hound, Psychic Setter Missouri's State Dogs

    Missouri has a lot of state things: a state bird (bluebird,) a state instrument (the fiddle,) a state fossil (Crinoidea) and even a state dessert (the ice cream cone.) Now, Missouri legislators want to add two state dogs, one historical dog and one wonder dog. A bill before the Missouri Legislatur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Brian Nieves' Facebook Rant On States' Rights: Governor Is "B____ Slapping" Constitution

    Missouri State Senator Brian Nieves, who received a lot of attention earlier this year for his bizarre leaked e-mails to a constituent, regularly vents about his liberal colleagues and online followers in an over-the-top manner. On his Facebook and Twitter accounts, he frequently writes commentary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    St. Louis Fast-Food Workers Protest for Better Pay, Right to Organize

    Rasheen Aldridge had just finished working the lunch rush at the Jimmy John's in Soulard when he says his manager handed him a hand-written sign and asked that he hold it while he snapped a photo. The sign's message? "I made three wrong sandwiches."

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    March 26, 2013

    Marijuana: Poll Says Majority of Missourians Favor Legalizing Pot, Regulating Like Alcohol

    When advocates of marijuana legalization in Missouri successfully get a measure on the ballot to end pot prohibition -- voters of the state will support it. So says new polling data released by advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, which says that the legalization of pot could pass as early ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Contraception: Tim Jones Still Fighting Birth Control Mandate After Ruling, Cites Free Speech

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Birth Control: Court Overturns Missouri Law Allowing Moral, Religious Coverage Exemptions

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Roy Blunt on Missouri Gun Control Proposal: "Big Step Away From The Second Amendment"

    Yesterday, we reported that State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat, is pushing gun legislation that would force parents to notify school officials if they own firearms. It's one of many proposals that is sparking controversy at the state level as federal officials continue to debate what ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    MoDOT Approves "9/11-Truther" Group's Adopt-A-Highway Application

    "9/11-Truthers" believe a lot of things that make most of us deeply uncomfortable. But at least we'll get a cleaner highway out of their latest publicity stunt. The Missouri Department of Transportation has reluctantly approved a local 9/11 Truth group's application to adopt a stretch of Olive Bou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Missouri Legislature Overturns Nixon's Veto on Anti-Contraception Bill

    It's official: In Missouri, employers, insurance companies or anyone else involved in an individual's health care can legally refuse to cover the Pill. In a not-so-surprising move, both houses of the Missouri Legislature voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 749. SB 749 give ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Northside Appeal Preview: Juicy Excerpts from a Boisterous Legal Back-and-Forth

    ​In just a few hours, lawyers of Paul McKee will be trying to convince a state appeals panel to let the developer move forward with his $8.1 billion-dollar plan to rejuvenate North St. Louis. (Click here for a primer on the situation). The stakes are high, and the issues are rather technical, what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Local Control Will Likely Have to Wait, Again

    Special Session in Jeff City is not going according to plan.​Remember the scene in Juice when Bishop, Q, Raheem and Steel rob the corner store? They had everything all planned out. They timed the police patrols. They brought gloves, masks, and a gun. They knew old man Quiles, the owner, would be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Missouri AG Renews Call for Banning Over-the-Counter Sale of Pseudoephedrine

    ​Speaking to the Missouri Sheriffs Association yesterday in Joplin, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reiterated his desire to see a statewide ban on the over-the-counter sale of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient for meth. For the tenth year in a row, Missouri has led the nation in the numb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    St. John's Mercy Loses Bid to Stop New Patients First Hospital

    St. John's Mercy Health System lost in today's ruling, which will allow a competitor to build a new facility in St. Louis County.​The area's largest Catholic hospital system, St. John's Mercy Health System, has lost its bid to change the way new health care facilities are permitted in Missouri -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Your Vote Counts: Humane Society, Grover Norquist Backing Missouri Initiative

    Wayne Pacelle: The Humane Society is backing a new initiative in Missouri.​As the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, told us last week, his organization plans to back a constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot in Missouri called Your Vote Counts. And Pacelle wasn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Humane Society's Wayne Pacelle Fires Back Over Puppy Mill Compromise

    Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States​Governor Jay Nixon yesterday announced new measures (and $1.1 million in funding) to monitor dog-breeding operations here, in light of the "Missouri Compromise" that he signed into law earlier this year. The compromise gutted key parts of Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Race Trumps Politics in Missouri Redistricting

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Dos and Dont's This Mardi Gras (As Told To Us By the St. Louis Police)

    A scene from last year's Mardi Gras. More photos here.​Changes made last year in the Missouri Legislature means that for the first time in recent memory, agents with the state's Alcohol and Tobacco Control won't be assisting St. Louis police in monitoring underage drinking at this Saturday's Mardi ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    MO Auditor Dings Cops for Missing Asset Forfeiture Reports

    ​Last month, in a story about the Camp Zoe case called "Shakedown," the RFT's Keegan Hamilton detailed the shocking process by which federal and state law enforcement authorities may legally seize cash, land or other valuables from a citizen -- even in cases in which the citizen has never been cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Police Chief Equates Speed Cameras to Acne

    Tim Fitch: Won't zit zilent.​St. Louis County's top cop had some more entertaining things to say this week about the use of speed cameras in Missouri. Speaking to KDHX's host D.J. Wilson on Monday, county police chief Tim Fitch referred to the cameras as special kind of irritant -- acne. "You're g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Missouri Poised to Lead Nation in Meth Lab Busts For Fourth Straight Year

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    K2 Ban Now in Gov. Jay Nixon's Hands

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Missouri's Pettis County Bans K2 Synthetic Marijuana

    Image via Wikipedia​Let the fake reefer madness continue: Pettis County -- located about 75 miles southwest of Columbia -- became the first municipality in America to ban the synthetic marijuana product K2 yesterday.The AP picked up the story this morning from the Sedalia Democrat:Prosecuting Atto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Ban Charter Schools, Says School Board Member to City

    Last Friday, St. Louis Public Schools' Elected School Board member David Jackson Jr. sent a formal request to three city aldermen asking them to introduce legislation barring any more charter schools from opening in the city. "Currently charter schools in the city deflect approximately $75 million d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2007

    MO Midwifery Bill Lives

    Sen. John Loudon, the Chesterfield Republican who tricked the Missouri Legislature into voting to legalize midwifery, knew exactly why I was calling this morning. When I spoke with Loudon on Friday afternoon for this blog post, he said Democratic senator Chuck Graham of Columbia had successfully bl ... More >>

  • News

    April 18, 2007

    Basketball by the Book, Part 5

    Legislators call for a probe of the nonprofit that governs Missouri high school sports.

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    October 4, 2006
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    March 26, 2003

    Best Shot

    St. Louis police may be close to getting the right to live where they want

  • Culture

    December 11, 2002

    No Dancing

    The climate for modern dance in St. Louis is especially chill

  • News

    October 16, 2002

    Safe at Home?

    At the end of a star-crossed season, Cardinal Nation still doesn't know where the Redbirds will roost after they leave Busch

  • News

    February 20, 2002

    Empty Promises

    Missouri has been pouring millions into prisons that aren't being used. But stay tuned: If politicians have their way, there will be plenty of inmates to go around.

  • News

    September 12, 2001

    The Big Fix

    Public schools are broke all over, so why are only St. Louis and Kansas City getting charter schools?

  • News

    May 9, 2001

    The Worm Turns

    In the '50s, St. Louis took over maintenance of state roads in the city. Now, the city can't give back that responsibility.

  • News

    April 11, 2001

    Homer Town

    When it comes to a new stadium, not even opening day is immune from a sales pitch

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    February 21, 2001


    Week of February 21, 2001

  • News

    August 30, 2000

    True Believer

    Craig Heller sees the future of downtown -- and it works

  • News

    March 22, 2000

    Money Walks

    Did a state representative yank the purse strings in an effort to frighten off a would-be challenger to one of his closest allies?

  • News

    March 15, 2000
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    March 15, 2000

    Chartering a Course Through Murky Waters

    Charter-school proponents are paddling as fast as they can; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

  • Music

    February 23, 2000

    The Price You Pay

    Getting Springsteen tickets will cost you, one way or another

  • News

    September 1, 1999

    Killing Doctors with Kindness

    "Pro-lifers" go warm-and-fuzzy

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    April 21, 1999
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    March 17, 1999
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    March 10, 1999

    Ballpark Frankness

    The Cardinals want a new stadium. They'll probably get it. But unless baseball cures its own ills, it might be better being a no-show.

  • News

    February 10, 1999
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    January 20, 1999

    Milky Way

    Breast-feeding is better for babies, better for mothers, better for society -- so why is the practice shrouded in shame?

  • News

    December 23, 1998
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