Gorsurch, the Clean Power Plan, and Local Issues

April 7, 2017

 

Debating Trump`s energy policy: Overturning Clean Power Plan...
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has estimated the CPP would have cost $51 billion in annual GDP, along with 224,000 jobs each year. It would have also forced 25 percent of America’s coal…
Border adjustment tax will devastate poor
Our Republican leaders in Washington are about to rewrite federal income tax codes. What they plan will not be good for people who work for a living. From the 1950s through the 1970s the…
Group proposes Missouri vote to ban toll roads
JEFFERSON CITY – A nonprofit has proposed asking Missourians in 2018 whether to ban future tolling on existing state roads. A Better Road Forward, a nonprofit started in March by Warrenton…
Large turnout in St. Louis defeated the soccer stadium
ST. LOUIS * It was well after 11 p.m. Tuesday and the Regency Ballroom at Union Station had cleared after hosting hundreds of soccer fans to watch city election results. About a dozen…
Consumer protection chief takes fire from Wagner, Luetkemeyer
WASHINGTON * Rep. Ann Wagner on Wednesday continued Republicans’ attacks on the chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a holdover from the last administration whom conservatives…
Kansas City is already gearing up for streetcar expansion vote
Kansas City transit supporters are gearing up for a streetcar expansion election, seeking to extend the streetcar route from downtown to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. This will be…
Stacy Washington: Expanding school choice
Why are the residents of the Show-Me state required to live in Kansas City or St. Louis in order to have access to charter schools? According to the Missouri Education Reform Plan (created…
Messenger: FBI investigating Missouri legislative dispute...
State Rep. T.J. Berry was driving home from the Capitol on a January afternoon when he received a call from a legislative aide. “You need to get back here,” the aide said. “The FBI was in…
Senate finally confirms gubernatorial appointments after...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After weeks of adamantly postponing the confirmation of Gov. Eric Greitens’ gubernatorial appointees, the Senate voted Thursday to approve them after Greitens visited…
Contractors make case against Prevailing Wage repeal
Union and non-union contractors are voicing their opposition to a Missouri House proposal to eliminate a minimum wage requirement for public works projects. The Coalition of Construction…
AFP: Gorsuch Confirmation Means Rule of Law Will Be Protected -...
The group advocated for Gorsuch throughout his nomination and applied grassroots pressure to secure his confirmation. Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity cheered the Senate’s…
Freedom Partners & Americans for Prosperity Release Border...
Every State Loses Under a 20% Import Tax; Importers to be Hammered with Higher Costs Arlington, VA – Freedom Partners and Americans for Prosperity today released a new study showing the…
Charter Schools: A Mother`s Plea for Her Son
Carmen Ward’s son, Paul, has Asperger’s Syndrome. The Saint Louis public school system was unable to meet Paul’s needs and his academic progress was suffering, so Carmen turned to a charter…
Alinsky vs. The Women`s March on Washington, D.C. - Grassroots...
In case you missed the wall-to-wall media coverage, our nation’s capital was recently flooded with participants for the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. According to their website, this…
McCaskill should put voters over politics, vote to confirm...
I have known Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch for 36 years. We met when we were 13 and transplanted to a high school in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. We had similar stories: Our…
"Chokepoints" Demonstrate Need for New Charter Schools
I grew up in a small town where several elementary and middle schools funneled into a single high school. While this arrangement was great for fostering a sense of community, it was not…
VA Secretary calls for accountability at the VA - Concerned...
For the first time ever, the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary has called for strong accountability measures at the VA. The VA issued a statement Friday afternoon calling on Congress…
Citizens referendum not impacted by negative ruling on...
Jefferson City – A Citizens Referendum petition to prevent Missouri’s newly signed “right-to-work” law and overturn the Missouri Legislatures action in passing the anti-worker legislation…

McCaskill will filibuster Gorsuch while colleagues support, Capitol metal detector to be removed

April 3, 2017

 

As right-to-work repeal petitions move forward, lawmakers...
JEFFERSON CITY * Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft approved the wording of a petition this week that would put Missouri’s “right to work” law in front of voters for an up-or-down…
McCaskill will support filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil...
Sen. Claire McCaskill said Friday she will support a filibuster of Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court – a politically risky move that could escalate…
McCaskill to oppose Gorsuch nomination, support possible...
WASHINGTON * Sen. Claire McCaskill will oppose President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and vote to support a Democratic filibuster. “This is a really…
No official candidates yet, but Missouri`s `18 Senate race is...
WASHINGTON * The regular season has not started for the 2018 Missouri Senate race, but it’s definitely in spring training. Democratic trackers are following and filming Republican Reps. Ann…
Metal detectors at Missouri Capitol might lose funding
Visitors to the Missouri Capitol may not be required to pass through metal detectors and X-ray machines before entering the building next year. A House Budget Committee stripped funding for…
2 Democratic senators split over support for Gorsuch
Two Democratic senators on Sunday split over supporting Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana said he would vote in favor of Gorsuch’s…
Editorial: Democrats, don`t seek revenge by filibustering Neil...
Don’t do it, Democrats. Don’t give in to mobocracy by trying to delay a vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch this week. The temptations of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s…

StL fan supports stadium but not soccer, Trump fights conservatives, McCaskill’s Supreme Court vote likely political

March 31, 2017

 

Take it from a St. Louis fan: Vote yes on MLS stadium measures
I have a confession to make: I don’t care about soccer. But I am voting an enthusiastic yes on Propositions 1 and 2 in order to bring a Major League Soccer stadium and team to St. Louis….
Prevailing wage law helps construction workers, veterans
I am writing in response to the letter from Carol Veillette on 3/8/17. I am also a Marine Corps vet, 1971-75, and am from a family of veterans – every one of us packing a lunch and going to…
Trump vows to 'fight' Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterms. Caucus...
In a morning tweet, Trump warned that the Freedom Caucus would “hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast.” He grouped its members, all of them Republican,…
Firms behind jobs program spurned by Greitens wooing other...
In January, a Post-Dispatch story put a spotlight on a bill under consideration by the Missouri Legislature that would have issued $125 million in tax credits to help spur investments in…
Leaked tape: McCaskill tells donors she's leery of filibustering...
WASHINGTON * Sen. Claire McCaskill told donors during a private fundraiser that Democrats’ attempts to block President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick could backfire, according to leaked…
Calling the Previous Question
Last week I published a piece in Forbes about my concerns about the progress of this year’s legislative session. I wrote about the high expectations taxpayers had and the mandate they sent…
RTW referendum petition signatures must be collected on the...
Union members and volunteers eager to help in the collection of signatures on a referendum petition to stop “right-to-work” in Missouri need to be trained first and wait to receive official…
Is a Soccer Stadium Worth the Money for St. Louis?
The Show Me Institute’s Mike Ferguson visits the Allman Report studio today to discuss the financial impact of having a soccer stadium in the City of St. Louis. WATCH THE CLIP ONLY on The…

Greitens opposes Obamacare Expansion, McCaskill opposes affordable energy

March 30, 2017

Despite failure of GOP health care bill, Greitens remains...
JEFFERSON CITY * The implosion of a Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Washington on Friday did little to change Gov. Eric Greitens’ mind on expanding Medicaid in…
Missouri Senate committee approves Scottrade Center legislation;...
Legislation allowing up to $6 million in annual state funding to pay for Scottrade Center renovations in St. Louis was approved Tuesday by the Missouri Senate Economic Development…
Greitens signs Corlew's expert witness standards bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Eric Greitens signed his second bill and his first major piece of tort reform Tuesday morning by putting his signature to Rep. Kevin Corlew’s expert witness…
Sens. McCaskill and Blunt of Missouri disagree on Trump's energy...
Missouri’s two U.S. senators are split on President Donald Trump’s latest executive order, which rolls back environmental regulations adopted under his predecessor. The order, which Trump…
'Right-to-work' referendum approved by Secretary of State
Jefferson City – A petition seeking the referral of “right-to-work” legislation to Missouri voters was approved Tuesday by the Missouri Secretary of State. According to Missouri’s…
Citizens Referendum petition to enact 'RTW' repeal must be...
As the Missouri AFL-CIO and its affiliates prepare to begin circulating a Citizens Referendum petition to stop so-called “right-to-work” (for less) in Missouri, it’s important to note that…
Sisterlocks struggle: Stylists want fewer restrictions to braid...
In college, Tameka Stigers wore her hair in thin locks that looked so attractive, parents at her church wanted her to fashion their young daughters’ hair. “They said, ‘Can you do it like…
Hawley urges EPA to return authority to states and local...
Hawley using constitutional expertise to fight for federalism JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Josh Hawley today asked the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate its regulatory…