Missouri Legislature

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Frustrated by the lack of opportunity to speak face to face with their senator, hundreds brought a town hall meeting to Republican Roy Blunt Saturday as the GOP’s annual Lincoln Days event kicked off in Springfield.

The “street town hall,” during which protestors lined John Q. Hammons Parkway for roughly two hours holding signs and chanting, was organized by Crystal Brigman Mahaney with Missouri Healthcare for All.

In a news release, the organization said about 300 people attended. But Sen. Blunt, who was said to be invited to the event, did not.

Jay Ashcroft
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri’s Secretary of State is pushing for the state’s libraries to get the funding he says they’ve been promised.

Republican Jay Ashcroft on Friday toured the Library Center, the main branch for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. 

“Statutorily, libraries are supposed to get, if I remember correctly, 10 percent of the out-of-state entertainers and athletes tax; which is about four million dollars and change it’s always estimated. We’ve never gotten that,” Ashcroft told KSMU.  

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is one of the more prominent Jewish political leaders in America today. For him, his response to this week’s vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City  goes hand-in-hand with his “go to the front lines” philosophy.

Vice President Mike Pence is speaking out against an act of vandalism this past weekend that left 154 gravestones toppled at one of Missouri's oldest Jewish cemeteries.

Pence made a surprise stop at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City on Wednesday afternoon, where more than 700 people gathered to help clean up and attend an interfaith vigil.

Pence said the outpouring of support showed "the heart of the state."

Updated at 2:15 p.m. Feb. 23 — The debate over which bathrooms transgender students can use has come to Missouri.

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on Senate Bill 98, which would require students at K-12 public schools throughout the state to use restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities that correspond to their "biological sex."

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