by State Rep. Stacey Newman A flurry of bills have been recently filed in Missouri – to “take guns away”, to declare federal gun laws unenforceable and even one to make it a felony for legislators to file gun safety bills. The widespread attention to these bills has detracted from the focus on rising gun [...]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would allow Missouri’s investor owned electric energy companies to seek rate increases to fund infrastructure projects. The bill has already received united support from Missouri’s three top energy companies — Ameren Energy, Kansas City Power and Light, and Empire District Electric Company [...]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers gave first-round approval to legislation that would give public and charter schools an ‘A’ through ‘F’ letter grade rating performance. The House of Representatives approved the bill Tuesday evening. Under the proposal, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Swan, would give a school a report cared based on a set of [...]
— Automatic spending cuts supported by congress and signed by the president could hit Missouri hard if the automatic sequester takes effect on Friday. Congress approved $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts last year in a deal to raise the nation’s debt limit. The cuts would take effect over 10 years, cutting spending annually by [...]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A plan supported by Missouri Democrats to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls with federal funds failed in two House Committees Monday. The proposal, as described by House Democratic Leader Jacob Hummel, would expand the state’s Medicaid rolls to some 300,000 Missourians using federal funds made available by the federal health care [...]
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The snow from winter storm ‘Q’ was just starting to melt Monday afternoon, as officials began to ready for the next storm: winter storm Rocky. The storm comes less than a week after ‘Q,’ and is expected to drop nearly a foot of snow on Kansas City and parts of mid-Missouri. The [...]
Farmers’ Future and Your Food Bill from Missouri News Horizon on Vimeo. What Should We Plan For After Two Years of Hard Times on Farmers? By Mike Ferguson (St. Charles, MO) – First it was flooding and then an extended drought. While news reports occasionally profiled the impact the weather has had on Missouri farmers [...]
— Missouri’s U.S. Senators are split on legislation that would provide additional federal funding and resources for law enforcement combating violence against women. The Violence Against Women Act passed the Senate last week 78-22, but is held up in the House. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said he and his Republican colleagues opposed the bill [...]
The state’s major utilities report no widespread power outages due to Thursday’s winter storm. However, the state’s rural electric cooperatives report about 20-thousand outages in southeast Missouri at the height of yesterday’s storm. Ice on power lines combined with strong winds lead to outages around Fredericktown, Poplar Bluff, West Plains and Sikeston. As of Friday [...]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The first major snow and ice storm of the year has arrived in Missouri, and in response, Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency. “A severe winter storm continues to bear down on communities across the state,” Nixon said in a statement. “Missouri stands ready to help communities in [...]
Snow, sleet, ice…even thundersnow…the weather enveloping all of Missouri today is horrendous. Governor Nixon has declared a State of Emergency for the entire state. The declaration frees up state agencies to work directly with local governments to provide emergency services. The state’s Emergency Operations Center in Jefferson City is now open and monitoring the storm [...]
— As he seeks to raise his national profile, Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to take a key role in a discussion about economic growth at the upcoming meeting of the Democratic Governor’s Association. The group announced on Wednesday that Nixon — mulling his political options after his final term as governor — will be [...]
— First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Springfield next week to tout the three year anniversary of her “Let’s Move” initiative, a proposal aimed at promoting solutions to child obesity. The First Lady is scheduled to visit a Walmart store that was built as part of the company’s effort to expand up to 300 [...]
COLUMBIA, Mo. — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill was critical of state lawmakers who are vowing to oppose expansion of the state’s Medicaid rolls with funds being made available by the federal government. McCaskill, a Democrat who voted for the federal health care law in 2010, scoffed at Republicans who expressed concern that accepting the federal [...]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State Rep. Mike Leara filed legislation Monday that would make it a felony for lawmakers to merely file legislation that would at all restrict gun rights. The legislation — House Bill 633 — sparked uproar on social media Monday night. In a Leara, said the bill was only to spark debate [...]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After months of discussing expanding the state’s Medicaid rolls, Missouri House Democrats filled legislation Monday that would do just that. The legislation was sponsored by House Minority Leader Jacob Hummel, D-Kansas City, and aims to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls to nearly 300,000 Missourians, according to a study by the Missouri [...]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal urged Missourians to pursue education reforms as a way to increase American economic competitively in the future.  Speaking to few hundred people at the Missouri Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner, Jindal said changes to state education laws that allow students to chose schools are vital to [...]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Ahead of a reelection campaign next year, State Auditor Tom Schweich called for a new, more open Missouri Republican Party. ; Speaking at the party’s annual Lincoln Day’s event — this year in St. Louis — Schweich said he does not want to see the five out of six statewide loss [...]
Energy and Environment from Missouri News Horizon on Vimeo. Can We Have It Clean, Reliable and Safe At The Same Time? by Mike Ferguson (St. Charles, MO) – For most of us, our interest in state and federal energy policy begins and ends with the monthly utility bill. It stings when the electric or gas [...]
House Budget Chair Rick Stream and Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst: The “Party of No.” This is the label that democrats have chosen to frame the Republican Party as one which will not compromise to “better” the average American’s life. What the label fails to account for is that the Republican Party’s fabric is of the American [...]