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Video: Hawley: Human Trafficking Getting Worse in Missouri

May 10th, 2017 by mopns_admin ·

Hat tip: KTRS550TV


STLToday: Human trafficking bill pushed by Missouri’s Wagner seeks tougher sanctions, more education

Columbia Missourian: EDITORIAL: Hawley gets creative to combat sex trafficking

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Video: What Will Get Done In Legislature By The End Of The Week?

May 9th, 2017 by mopns_admin ·

Sen. Bob Onder says they’ve gotten a lot done this session to make Missouri a more friendly business state. He says there’s still a lot of work to do in the final few days.

Hat tip: FM NewsTalk 97.1 – Fox News Radio – St. Louis, MO

Tags: MO Legislature · Videos

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State Rep: “Westlake Protesters Harming Buyout Effort, Not Helping It.”

May 9th, 2017 by mopns_admin ·

Protesters block two entraces at West Lake Landfill
As the 2017 legislative session winds down this week, the usual flurry of activity to get bills passed has begun in earnest. SB22, legislation sponsored by controversial St. Louis Senator Marie Chappelle Nadal to buy out homes near a contaminated landfill seems to have stalled. Senator Chappelle Nadal originally secured $3 million out the $12 million she requested for the buyout and now its down to $1 million. Our sources say, besides the fact money is tight in this years budget, professional environmental activists or agitators with the Earth’s Defense Coalition have left a sour taste in the mouths of many legislators. One St. Louis area legislator told us, “Look I’m sensitive to the concerns of these homeowners, I once lived near a contaminated sight myself but these outside groups disrupting a private business for publicity doesn’t sit well with me quite frankly. They need to go home and let the adults in the room solve this pressing problem.”

Missouri Times:

The funds going towards Chappelle-Nadal’s project have withered away during the budget process. Her initial version of the Hazardous Waste Home Acquisition Program called for $12.5 million for buyouts in Spanish Lake. Then, that number fell to a $3 million line item in the budget. After conference, it turned into just $1 million. While the Senate deliberated over the HB 6 – the Department of Natural Resources budget bill that contains the West Lake line item, Chappelle-Nadal spoke for roughly half an hour, visibly upset.

“In this particular case, we’re picking and choosing who lives and who dies,” she said, House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick acknowledged Chappelle-Nadal had worked passionately on the issue, but in a year where $500 million had been cut from the budget and pennies were pinched, getting anything for a new line item was a win in itself. “But at the end of the day, I’m hoping she can be happy,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s hard for me to understand how somebody can be upset that their unprecedented appropriation is not big enough. We’ve never really done anything like it before.” Read more…


K.C. Star: Help for St. Louis-area homeowners near radioactive landfill gets sliced again

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Obamacare Repeal: Blunt Says Lets Solve Problems; McCaskill Fearmongers

May 9th, 2017 by mopns_admin ·

Last week’s vote in the House to repeal Obamacare has now placed repeal square in the hands of the Senate where it’s more dicey and up in the air. Senators’ McCaskill and Blunt give their opinions on the bill’s chances in the senate. Of course Senator Blunt took the statesman’s route by looking to solve the problem of healthcare affordability while Senator McCaskill stuck to the DNC’s fear mongering talking points. Sen. Blunt:

“The Senate is going to be looking at this to see what we can do to take the House work, look at what the House did, look at what we can do to improve that in our view and then see if that’s a bill that in all likelihood you have to go back to the House and say ‘here’s what you think, here’s what we think. For the states to have more options in Medicaid is a good thing, not a bad thing. Every state is different. This is a huge budget issue in every state. … You know, coverage is different than access, and both in the insurance market where a lot of people have coverage, but nobody has a place to go because their deductible is so high or in Medicaid where people are covered but doctors increasingly don’t want to take Medicaid patients, those are the kind of problems we ought to be solving.”

Sen. McCaskill

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and I have been grateful every single day since to have high-quality health insurance and access to darn good doctors. It’s because of this coverage – which I get through Obamacare – that I can say today I’m cancer-free,” said McCaskill. “Way, way, way too many of our friends and neighbors don’t have the same options, and Trumpcare will only make that worse – especially for people who’ve had the nerve to be sick before. Make no mistake: This plan will deny millions of people access to the kind of care that saved my life. The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect. It needs to be improved, and I’ve worked on specific ways to improve it. But Trumpcare isn’t the answer – it’ll be a disaster for working families.”


LifeZette: Obamacare Repeal Faces Uncertain Future in the Senate

Emanuel Cleaver: The Height of Irresponsibility

RFT: Ann Wagner Gleefully Cackles ‘Freedom!’ While Gutting Affordable Care Act

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Fired Jay Nixon Appointee Joins New St. Louis Mayor’s Cabinet

April 21st, 2017 by mopns_admin ·

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Congratulations to our old friend Lind Martinez on joining brand new St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s cabinet. Martinez was formerly the head of economic development for former Governor Jay Nixon in his first term. It is no understatement to say that the open borders advocate -and supporter of a county/city merger – in her short tenure on the job was an absolute disaster! Even the St. Louis Post disgrace agrees!


Nixon, A Three Time Loser on DED Appointments

Nixon’s Support for Martinez Splitting African American Democrats

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Video: Ferguson Mayor & Former Students Reunite With Favorite Teacher

April 19th, 2017 by mopns_admin ·

Leaster Arps-Widmark (second from the right) was re-united with many of her former students at Griffith Elementary School. Credit: KMOV
What a heartwarming story. The so called racist mayor of Ferguson had a favorite teacher. And guess What? She’s African American!


A teacher now retired from the Ferguson-Florissant School District started imagining a better St. Louis decades ago. “Before I started class, I’d say ‘We are going to establish respect for each other. I have respect for you and you’re going to give it back to me. If we can get that all together, we’re going to be fine.'” said Leaster Arps-Widmark, known as Mrs. Arps to her students. Mrs. Arps started teaching back in 1970 and spent about 25 years with the Ferguson-Florissant School District. “Back in my time, when we were coming up, that was the number one profession, being a teacher,” said Arps, now 74-years-old…Dr. Rachel Morel, D.O., now a practicing psychiatrist, James Knowles III, the Mayor of Ferguson, and Christopher Dew, a school transportation supervisor were just a sample of the students who had recently reached out to Mrs. Arps and came to see her again this day…Mayor Knowles highlighted the balance Mrs. Arps found in her classroom, being both strict, yet loving. “You always wanted to get approval from Mrs. Arps,” said Knowles. “None of us would be here without you.” Read more…


Stlpublicradio.org: With election behind them, Knowles and Jones pledge a united front in Ferguson

STLToday: Ferguson mayor wins third term, Chesterfield mayor also re-elected

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