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    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 >>

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    April 29, 2014

    ACLU: Missouri Recognizes Out-Of-State Marriage For First Cousins, Why Not Gays?

    Save the date: September 25, 2014. That's when oral arguments will kick off in Barrier v. Vasterling, the most direct legal challenge to Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage since the amendment became law in 2004. "Missouri has traditionally recognized marriages from other states t ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Gov. Nixon Says "Maybe" to Medical Marijuana; Is He Evolving Like He Did on Gay Marriage?

    In what could possibly be a shift in the way Governor Jay Nixon will approach reforming Missouri's draconian marijuana laws, he gave an ever-so tepid "maybe" to the question of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes when asked about it on CNN's State of the Union Sunday. On a panel with three ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013
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    August 30, 2013

    Missouri Gun Bill to Block Feds Faces National Scrutiny Once Again: "Statehouse Swagger"

    The Missouri GOP's effort to block federal firearm laws is once again receiving national scrutiny this week in advance of the upcoming showdown between Governor Jay Nixon and pro-gun lawmakers at the Capitol. The legislation -- which Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed -- would make it a crime to enforce any ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    Rep. Jeremy LaFaver Will Not Resign Seat Over Marijuana Arrest

    As Daily RFT reported yesterday, Representative Jeremy LaFaver, a Democrat from Kansas City, was arrested on Sunday after Missouri State Patrol officers stopped him and found marijuana in his car. He was charged with possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. L ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013
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    July 5, 2013

    Jay Nixon Vetoes Bill To Block Federal Firearm Laws, Signs Another Expanding Gun Rights

    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not a fan of the "most hardcore Second Amendment bill" in the country, but he is a fan of gun rights! Nixon, a Democrat, today vetoed one of the most high-profile Republican bills at the legislature this session -- a proposal to ban the enforcement of federal gun law ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Concealed-Carry Now Legal In Illinois? Madison County's Top Prosecutor Tom Gibbons Says Yes

    Is it legal to carry guns in public in Illinois? Depends on whom you ask. Illinois is the only state in the country that has maintained a ban on concealed-carry, but across the river from St. Louis, the top prosecutor in Madison County now says that -- effective immediately -- citizens can carry c ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Fired For Being Gay? Poll Says Majority of Missouri Businesses Don't Realize It's Legal

    In Missouri, it's legal for employers to fire or refuse to hire individuals because they are gay. A majority of businesses, however, aren't even aware this is the case -- and when polled on the matter, agree the state needs a law preventing this kind of discrimination. These are the findings of a ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Planned Parenthood To Missouri Lawmakers: End The "Campaign Against Women's Health"

    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 >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Guns: GOP Pushes To Make Concealed-Carry Permit Process Easier, Protect Privacy

    Missouri Republicans are pushing forward with a privacy bill to block the state from maintaining personal records -- and in the process have introduced an amendment that supporters say will make it easier to get concealed-carry permits. That proposal from State Senator Ed Emery would eliminate the ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Guns: Kurt Schaefer Wants Constitutional Change to Make Right to Bear Arms Stronger

    Republican lawmakers in Missouri are pushing forward with yet another bill designed to fight against any gun control -- only this one requires direct buy-in from voters. That's because Republican State Senator Kurt Schaefer wants to change the Missouri constitution. "The rights [to bear arms] gu ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    Don't Worry, Peter Kinder: The UN Won't Suppress GOP Votes in Missouri

    Last Thursday, incumbent Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder sounded a wee bit paranoid while talking to conservative radio host Dana Loesch. The reason: A United Nations-affiliated group will be observing the November 6 general elections here in Missouri and several other states. Such monitors, Kinder ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Update: Fitz's Presidential Election Root Beer Battle Wages On

    The presidential debates might be over but with the election just weeks away, a final heated two weeks loom large on the political landscape. Will Governor Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama? We're not soothsayers or Nate Silver, so we don't have answers about which candidate will triumph. Ins ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Is Fitz's Limited Edition Obama Root Beer Bottle Still Outselling The Romney?

    Election day is fast approaching, and with the implacable persistance of a robo-pollster Gut Check continues to track the polls sales of soda at Fitz's American Grill & Bottling Works (6605 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-9555) to see who has the edge in this year's election. Last time w ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Someone Still Loves You, Todd Akin

    You'd think that after "legitimate rape" and "unladylike" (and the fact that the two terms have become so infamous, we don't even have to explain them), plus the new thing about how companies should be "free" to pay women less than men for equal work (watch for "freedom" to join the Akin buzzword li ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Twitter Fight! Missouri Politicians Trade "Thug" Insults

    Charlotte, North Carolina, wasn't the only place where political insults were flying yesterday. Last night things got heated on Twitter after state Senator Jason Crowell (R-Cape Giradrdaeu) called Rep. Jamillah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) a "thug" and a "low life." Nasheed, no stranger to controversy, re ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Burned by Former Donors

    Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder lost two big donors last week to his challenger in the Republican primary, Brad Lager. David Humphreys, owner of the Joplin-based Tamko Building Products, cut a check for $250,000 to Lager's campaign last week in what is only the latest slap in the face to Kinder from a forme ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    St. Charles GOP Catches March Madness, Caucus Implodes

    ​First we had the Republican primary that didn't matter. Now we have a Republican caucus that goes nowhere and breaks down in finger-pointing, shouting and recriminations. Say what you will about the GOP, but the guys behind the scenes seem game-ready for the big show in Washington.

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    February 14, 2012

    Ethics Reform Law Undone by Missouri Supreme Court

    Missouri State Supreme Court strikes down 2010 ethics reform​Our state's highest court has just struck down the ethics reform law enacted by the Missouri legislature in 2010. That law, now considered unconstitutional, would have: allowed the state ethics commission to launch its own investigations ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Vote In the State Primary! Or Don't. Whatever, Who Cares?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Dave Spence Pumps $2 Million Into His Campaign

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence pumped a cool $2 million into his campaign yesterday. That is half a million more than Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, raised in the third quarter alone and nearly half as much as Nixon has in his entire war chest ($4.2 million at the end of the third ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    St. Louis Police Agree to Local Control Thanks to "Sugar Daddies" Like Rex Sinquefield

    Rex Sinquefield: He fought the law(men) and won.​That was so easy, one wonders why it took 150 years to figure out?Yesterday, the St. Louis Police Officers' Association officially caved. For the first time since the Civil War, the association agreed to allow City Hall -- and not the governor's off ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Lawyers for Kinder Includes Some Political Heavyweights

    Peter Kinder has friends in high places, too.​Daily RFT was just forwarded the invite to next week's "Lawyers for Kinder" fundraiser at Cafe Napoli in Clayton. The list of sponsors for the September 29 event includes several prominent Missouri attorneys-turned-political-heavies, including: Cather ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Will Nixon: Governor's Son Charged with Marijuana Possession

    facebook.comWill Nixon: His father has his back.​A son of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was cited for possession of marijuana early Saturday morning in Columbia. The CBS affiliate for mid-Missouri, KRCG, broke the story yesterday. According to the television station, 21-year-old Willson (aka "Will") ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Roadkill Aficionados Lose Fight in Illinois

    ​Illinois Governor Pat Quinn yesterday vetoed a bill that would allow people to collect roadkill from state roadways and use the carcasses for fur or food. The bill (HB3178), which passed the General Assembly in May, would have allowed people with a license to trap or hunt fur-bearing mammals in t ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Penthouse Pet Dishes on Peter Kinder: "He Was One of My Best Customers"

    Tammy Chapman, featured in this August 1992 Penthouse spread, says Peter Kinder asked her to move into his condo -- which was paid for by his political campaign.​Tammy Chapman, the former Penthouse Pet photographed earlier this year with Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder at a south-city bar k ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Peter Kinder: Every Night's a Pantless Party?

    Peter Kinder with a bartender at Verlin's, a nightspot that proclaims "every night's a pantless party!"​Yesterday, we showed you a picture of Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, grinning broadly at a bar with an unidentified blond.Today we can tell you where that photo was taken: Verlin's, a south ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Reports: Legislative Leaders Approve Subsidies for China Hub

    Legislators make the numbers add up.​Word is that Republican leaders in the Missouri House and Senate have hammered out a deal to provide $360 million in tax credits to subsidize construction and flights for a proposed cargo hub at Lambert St. Louis International Airport. The full legislature woul ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Missouri and Wisconsin Governors in Trouble Over Food Issues

    Two Midwestern governors from different political parties are in hot water over food-related issues. Missouri governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, took a lashing on Twitter from Kansas City Republican state representative Ryan Silvey over the recent firing of the Governor's Mansion chef: .bbpBox749977 ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Republican Legislators Will Compromise Only After Governor Signs Bill to Kill Puppy Mill Act

    Nixon: Standing proud (as recently as Monday)​What a joke. Just a few days old and Governor Jay Nixon's "solution" regarding new regulations for Missouri's notorious puppy mills is already falling apart. After remaining silent for months on Proposition B (the ballot initiative 51.6 percent of Miss ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    AUDIO: Maria Chapelle-Nadal Is "Off the Plantation" Not a "House Slave"

    Chapelle-Nadal: Do I sound crazy? I don't sound crazy. No, not at all.​So, if you haven't heard by now, State Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal earned the ire of many of her fellow elected officials on Tuesday when she compared them to "house slaves" during an interview on WGNU. Chapelle-Nadal made the ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Non-Racist St. Louis Tea Party Has Odd Way of Showing It

    The handiwork of St. Louis Tea Party lobbyist Gary Wiegert's has been described as "race-baiting" -- and that's a Republican who said that.​We know. We know. Despite the findings of the NAACP and the curious links between its better-known mouthpieces and hate groups, the Tea Party is not a racist ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Could Missouri Be Next State to Push For Internet Gaming?

    Online gaming: New Jersey legislators deal. The governor folds.​The Wall Street Journal had an interesting piece yesterday about state lawmakers trying to tiptoe around federal laws prohibiting online gambling. The effort put forth by legislators in New Jersey and Iowa would allow only residents o ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Kinky Friedman to Perform at Off Broadway

    ​Fired up KDHX's blog today to find this interesting scoop: Richard S. "Kinky" Friedman will be performing at Off Broadway on April 29. From the post, written by the RFT's Roy Kasten: The former candidate for governor of Texas, detective novelist, entrepreneur, satirist and inimitable songwri ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Missouri Democratic Party Flat Broke, Says New Chairwoman and Former Missouri Auditor

    Susan Montee: "There is no money."​In one of her first tasks as the new chair of the Missouri Democratic Party, Susan Montee returned to her roots as state auditor to review the agency's finances, including its checkbooks, planning documents, payrolls. Conclusion: The cupboards are bare. "The insp ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    KWMU Legal Roundtable Discusses Camp Zoe Seizure

    The Missouri Constitution may bar the feds from seizing musician Jimmy Tebeau's real property, a think-talk lawyer told St. Louis Public Radio yesterday.​We here at Daily RFT sometimes feel like voices crying in the wilderness as we question the feds' attempts to seize Camp Zoe -- the 350-acre far ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Camp Zoe Seizure Discussed on KWMU

    The Missouri Constitution may bar the feds from seizing musician Jimmy Tebeau's real property, a think-talk lawyer told St. Louis Public Radio yesterday.​We here at A to Z sometimes feel like voices crying in the wilderness as we question the feds' attempts to seize Camp Zoe -- the 350-acre farm i ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Illinois "The Worst In the Country" at Paying Its Bills, Says State Comptroller

    Image viaSays Dan Hynes, Illinois State Comptroller, Illinois is a "deadbeat state."​That 60 Minutes piece last evening on the insolvency of state governments was an eye-opening experience. But perhaps most worrisome for St. Louisans was learning just how dire the situation is for Illinois, which ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Former Rep Rodney Hubbard Fined $322K Over Campaign Finance Mess

    Rodney Hubbard will pay the ethics commission fine.​$2,775 at the Ritz-Carlton, $662 at the Westin Hotels St. Louis and $575 at Brennan's, the Central West End bar. $85,850 in contributions -- and more than $20,000 in cash.Those are among the expenditures and withdrawals that the campaign of ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Quiz: How Many Deer Were Killed in Missouri This Weekend?

    Former Missouri politician Harry Truman would've been so proud.​Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was one of thousands of Show-Me-State hunters to get themselves a deer during the start of the season this weekend. According to the governor's office, Nixon bagged an eight-point buck near Kahoka (in the f ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Political Drinking: Robin Carnahan, Roy Blunt Debate Tonight

    ​Senatorial hopefuls Robin Carnahan and Roy Blunt will square off tonight in Kansas City and again tomorrow at Lake of the Go Carts. Only tonight's debate will be televised -- 9 p.m. on KETC Channel 9.So, what to look for in tonight's debate? Political blogger John Combest has a few ideas. This mo ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Blago Won't Testify After All; Wife Loses Chance to Catch Up on Summer Reading

    image viaWould this man lie to you?​Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who, for the past year and a half, has been proclaiming his innocence to anyone who will listen (and even some who don't care), has decided to hold his tongue, for once. Blago announced his intention earlier this we ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Chicken Joins List of Foods That Will Turn You into a Girly Man

    Image viaBolivian President Evo Morales. Note the full head of lustrous hair.​Bolivian President Evo Morales made news earlier this week when, while speaking at an environmental conference, he declared that eating chicken could cause homosexuality and male-pattern baldness.The Guardian reports...M ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Latest From Blago: Impeachment Is a "Sham"

    Embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich today called the impeachment trial against him a "sham." According the the Associated Press, Blago made that statement -- and others -- before his morning jog in Chicago. The impeachment trial is a sham. What the Senate and the House and Legislature is try ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008

    Who's Going to be Obama's White House Chef?

    This morning, President-elect Barack Obama and wife Michelle visited with President Bush and wife Laura at the White House, where the Illinois senator apparently got his first look inside the Oval Office. Obama greets supporters in St. Louis in October (Lyle Whitworth) While Obama was familiariz ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 5.15

    April saw the largest one-month rise in food costs in the U.S. since 1990. (Washington Post) The Bush administration and the International Monetary Fund disagree over the role of biofuels in rising food costs. (AP) The House passes the farm bill with a veto-proof majority. President Bush objects t ... More >>

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