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Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to […]

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Biden calls on U.S. Senate to act on background checks after Colorado mass shooting

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” Biden’s […]

Immigration

New attempt in Congress to help Dreamers runs into familiar obstacles

(Missouri Independent) – Legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children face a new border crisis and old partisan objections, diminishing the chances it will become law despite full Democratic control of Congress and the White House. On Thursday, the U.S. House is poised to pass the American […]

Audio: Missouri Senate moves to give initial approval to controversial cattle operation bill

After working overnight for about 12 hours, the state Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would restrict Missouri counties from enforcing regulations tougher than the state for large cattle operations. Creve Coeur Democrat Jill Schupp and Lee’s Summit Republican Mike Cierpiot say the measure would bar counties from limiting where CAFOs can […]

Title IX

Audio: Controversial Title IX bill hung up in Missouri Senate

A contentious bill has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would significantly change the way Missouri colleges and universities handle sexual assault and harassment complaints. During a six-hour filibuster into Wednesday morning, Farmington Republican Gary Romine, says he wants to require an administrative commission to hear such cases, students involved could have an attorney and […]

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Audio: Missouri House gives final approval to sweeping anti-abortion legislation

A Democratic state senator from St. Louis says she’ll filibuster sweeping anti-abortion legislation that would effectively ban most Missouri abortions. The House gave final approval to the bill on Wednesday with a 117-39 vote. O’Fallon GOP State Representative Nick Schroer, the bill sponsor, says it started as a heartbeat bill.     While Democratic State […]