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US: Missouri (News/Activism)

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  • Students threatened over failure to attend sexual assault play

    03/20/2018 11:58:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | March 20, 2018 | Ben Kolodny
    Incoming freshmen at Washington University in St. Louis risk academic sanctions if they fail to attend an event on sexual-assault prevention or write a two-page essay on the topic. The event, an “interactive performance” called “#Rewind Blurred Lines,” is the second in a two-part program required for all first-year students, who are “expected” to complete a written reflection if they do not attend.
  • Missouri inmate’s execution could be ‘gruesome’ due to rare condition, lawyers say

    03/18/2018 12:09:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2018 | AP
    ST. LOUIS — A condemned Missouri inmate faces a potentially “gruesome and painful” execution because of a rare medical condition that compromises the man’s veins and causes multiple tumors in his head and throat, his attorney said Sunday. Russell Bucklew is scheduled to die by injection Tuesday evening for killing a former girlfriend’s new boyfriend in 1996 in eastern Missouri. Bucklew, 49, was moments away from execution in May 2014 when the U.S. Supreme Court halted it amid concerns about Bucklew’s medical condition. He suffers from cavernous hemangioma, a rare ailment that causes weakened and malformed blood vessels, as well...
  • Republican Lawmaker Pushes Tax-Per-Mile To Replace Gas Tax

    03/15/2018 12:07:32 PM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Tom Knighton
    Americans love their cars. The United States has one of the highest car ownership rates per capita in the world. We're a mobile culture and we like it that way. But a tax-per-mile plan being pushed by Republican Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri might have drivers re-thinking those weekend joyrides instead of feeling all the pain at the pump.
  • Here’s What a Modern Political Witch Hunt Looks Like

    03/14/2018 8:34:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | March 14, 2018 | Armstrong Williams
    You don’t have to go back to the 1600s and Salem, Massachusetts. Just look at what’s happening to Republican Governor Eric Greitens in the state of Missouri in 2018. A Democrat prosecutor in St. Louis, Kim Gardner, has indicted the sitting Republican Governor. It’s an astonishing case—and an abuse of the legal system unlike anything we’ve seen in recent memory. Here’s what we know: The prosecutor admitted in court that she brought the indictment without the evidence to win the case. In fact, in open court, she had to beg and plead with the judge for more time to gather...
  • Democrats distance themselves from Hillary Clinton’s ‘backward’ claim

    03/14/2018 2:28:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 13, 2018 | Michael Scherer
    Democratic senators facing tough reelection fights distanced themselves Tuesday from Hillary Clinton after she said President Trump’s voters came from less productive parts of the country and were attracted by a backward-looking message. “Those are kind of fighting words for me, because I’m partial to Missouri voters,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who is running in a state Trump won by 19 points. “I think they were expressing their frustration with the status quo. I may not have agreed with their choice, but I certainly respect them. And I don’t think that’s the way you should talk about any voter...
  • Running Scared? Red State Democrat Cites His Own Bills That Were Signed By Trump In New Ad

    03/12/2018 4:14:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | March 12, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Is Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester running scared? That could be the case, or it could be that he just knows his state. His latest ad features him touting bills he co-sponsored that were signed into law by Trump. The Washington Post added that some of these bills are also not ones of great significance, like the tax bill for example. One of them named a mountain after a conservationist, but Trump’s name is attached to it. Still, any red state Democrat running this year knows he or she will be fighting for their political lives. Their states voted for...
  • Democrats are heading toward some big losses in this fall's midterm Senate races, polls say

    03/08/2018 10:27:17 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 49 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/08/2018 | Ashley Turner
    The survey found that Tester would score 42 percent of his state's votes, with 55 percent saying they would vote Republican. Manchin is at 43 percent, with 52 percent voting Republican. Donnelly has 45 percent of votes, with 51 percent voting Republican. McCaskill is down 44 percent to Hawley's 52 percent. The polling was closer for Heitkamp. The survey said she would garner 47 percent, versus 49 percent for a generic Republican challenger.
  • Poll of 10 Trump states has some bad news for Senate Democrats

    03/08/2018 8:20:09 AM PST · by Republic Rocker · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | 3/8/2018 | The Week Editorial
    President Trump's national approval rating is still historically low — 39.8 percent in the RealClearPolitics average and 40.2 percent at FiveThirtyEight — but "as state-by-state polling of Trump's approval rating shows, the national mood really isn't so national," Nathaniel Rakich notes at FiveThirtyEight. "Voters in different corners of the country differ in how deep their anger runs — and at whom it's directed. ... To take control of the Senate, it doesn't much matter how Democrats perform elsewhere if they can't win both Nevada and Arizona and defend red-state Democrats in places like Missouri and Indiana." According to a new...
  • Pride Goeth Before the Fall: Politics, Hubris & Eric Greitens

    02/26/2018 10:38:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | February 26, 2018 | Brian Birdnow
    Eric Greitens, a Democrat turned Republican, who also happens to be the Governor of the Show-Me State was indicted and booked last week on a felony invasion of privacy charge. The grand jury indictment stems from a photo that Greitens, a married man, allegedly snapped of a partially clad lover during a sexual tryst in the basement of his home in the spring of 2015, one year before his winning gubernatorial campaign. This is a big story, one that has great ramifications for state and national politics. It is a commentary on the crashing of a promising career. It includes...
  • Teachers are already armed in some Missouri schools

    02/25/2018 12:51:40 PM PST · by conservative98 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 24, 2018 | Michael Hechtman
    President Trump’s plan to arm selected teachers has already been in effect for years in several Missouri school districts, it was reported Saturday. Aaron Sydow, superintendent of a district in the city of West Plains, told USA Today that it’s “sad that it’s come to this” but necessary. Teachers interested in carrying concealed weapons go through 40 hours of training — which also includes a psychiatric evaluation. Those who pass must also undergo 24 hours of training every year.
  • Gov. Greitens indicted on felony charge for invasion of privacy

    02/22/2018 2:26:22 PM PST · by gopno1 · 27 replies
    KMIZ ^ | 02/22/2018 | Marie Bowman
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Greitens has been indicted on felony charge for invasion of privacy. You can read the entire indictment release by the Circuit Attorney of the City of St. Louis below:
  • --Missouri Gov. Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy stemming from affair

    02/22/2018 4:23:13 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 14 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 2-22-2018 | JASON HANCOCK, BRYAN LOWRY AND LINDSAY WISE
    Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The charge stems from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release a nude photograph of the woman, taken while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound, if she ever spoke publicly about the affair.
  • Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    02/22/2018 2:51:37 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 61 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 2/22/18 | Anon
    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the indictment Thursday. She launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016.
  • Senate Republicans call on Trump to re-engage on TPP

    02/21/2018 2:55:42 PM PST · by seacapn · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/21/18 11:22 AM EST | Vicki Needham
    More than two dozen Senate Republicans are urging President Trump to re-engage in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The 25 GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Trump on Friday saying they support his recent comments that he may consider U.S. participation if the 11-nation Asia-Pacific pact is improved.
  • USA Today names Baltimore 'the nation's most dangerous city' (Liberalism works alert)

    02/20/2018 3:33:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Baltimore Sum ^ | February 20, 2018 | Justin Fenton
    Baltimore’s highest-ever per capita homicide rate in 2017 also made it the deadliest big city in the country, USA Today reported Monday. Though official data from the FBI won’t be available until later in the year, USA Today reviewed the homicide rates in the nation’s 50 largest cities and Baltimore came out on top. The 342 homicides the city experienced in 2017 were a 17 percent increase over the prior year, and translated to a rate of 56 killed per 100,000 people. That easily outpaced New Orleans and Detroit, which both had about 40 killings per 100,000 people, according to...
  • Missouri boy, 13, arrested after threat to shoot up school with AK-47

    02/19/2018 3:58:24 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 23 replies
    AP via KSHB ^ | Feb 19, 2018 | staff
    <p>REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) — Police have arrested a 13-year-old Missouri boy accused of threatening to shoot up a school with an AK-47 in a video posted on social media.</p> <p>The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Republic Police Department said in a news release that the boy was taken to the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center early Sunday on suspicion of making a terrorist threat. The release says police seized guns and other evidence from the juvenile's residence, and an investigation is ongoing.</p>
  • What’s Going on With the Missouri Senate Race?

    02/18/2018 3:29:26 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 24 replies
    Roll Call ^ | February 5, 2018 | Bridget Bowman
    Missouri is playing host to one of the year’s most competitive Senate races, and Attorney General Josh Hawley is supposed to be among the top Republican recruits. But some Republicans from the Show-Me State are starting to raise questions about his campaign’s performance so far. Republicans are still optimistic about their chances of defeating Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a state President Donald Trump won by 20 points. And they’re generally still confident in Hawley, who garnered more votes than Trump in his run for attorney general in 2016.
  • McConnell: Of course we’re going to lose seats this fall

    02/18/2018 1:41:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 123 replies
    Hot ^ | February 18, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    A new interview with Mitch McConnell this week showed the first cracks in the wall of his optimism about the midterms. While not going down a path of gloom and doom, he no longer sounds positive of breaking a long-standing trend of the party in power losing ground in such scenarios. He’s not coming out and saying the GOP’s majorities in both chambers are toast, but he seems to think they’ll be losing seats. (The Hill) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says in a new interview that he expects to see GOP majorities in the House and Senate shrink...
  • Criminal justice reformers aim big by targeting local DA races [Soros funded]

    02/14/2018 8:40:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 14, 2018 | by JON SCHUPPE
    DALLAS - If you can’t win big, go small. That’s the strategy gaining momentum among criminal justice reformers in the age of Trump, as the federal government hardens its approach to law enforcement. Instead of pouring money and energy into squeezing change out of Washington, national civil rights organizations are teaming with local groups to push their agendas in county-level district attorney races, where a few thousand votes can determine who asserts the most influence over the local justice system. Picking their targets carefully, and crunching election data to influence pivotal voter blocs - and benefiting from the largesse of...
  • Sperm + egg = person, under proposal to change Missouri Constitution

    02/24/2017 3:15:30 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Lake Expo ^ | February 23, 2017
    Rep. Mike Moon had what was seemingly a simple question for his legislative colleagues. “Is a sperm alive?” Moon, an Ash Grove Republican, asked during a hearing Tuesday night on a bill that would enshrine in the Missouri Constitution the statement that life begins at conception. “Have you ever seen a tadpole? Is a tadpole alive?” For the second year in a row, Moon is championing legislation that would amend the state Constitution to expand the definition of “personhood” to include unborn fetuses from the moment of their conception. It also would add language expressly stating that there is no...