Tag Archives: Missouri

MISSOURI: Students Rip Down Anti-Bullying “Day Of Silence” Posters And Display Confederate Battle Flag

The Springfield News-Leader reports: Early Friday, as a group of Kickapoo High students prepared to mark the national Day of Silence — to raise awareness about the bullying and intimidation of LGBTQ students —a few students drove through the parking lot, waving flags. A district spokesman said “three or four” students were circling through the parking lots of the high …

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MISSOURI: House Passes GOP Bill Banning Anonymity In Lawsuits Over The Separation Of Church And State

Hemant Mehta reports at The Friendly Atheist: A bill that will paint a giant target on atheists’ backs for any Christian vigilante who wants to attack them has just passed the Missouri State House. Missouri State Rep. Hardy Billington, a Republican Baptist who recently said his goal in office was to “stand up for Christian values,” wants those atheists to …

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Missouri House Approves Public School Bible Courses

The Associated Press reports: Missouri House lawmakers have passed legislation to allow public schools to offer elective social studies classes on the Bible. The Republican-led House voted 95-52 to pass the bill Tuesday. “There’s a lot of misconceptions when it comes to separation of church and state. There’s several Supreme Court cases that have upheld similar types of things because …

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MISSOURI: Anti-Gay Activist Chris “Marry My Laptop” Sevier Deemed Security Risk In State Capitol Building

The Kansas City Star reports: Chris Sevier, the anti-gay, anti-porn advocate who met with Kansas lawmakers earlier this month, has been deemed a security concern in the Missouri Capitol. Missouri Senate Administrator Patrick Baker sent out an email early Thursday morning to the entire senate and staff with the subject line “security concern” and a picture of Sevier. He said …

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MISSOURI: Lawmakers Advance GOP Bible Courses Bill

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: A state lawmaker who is a minister and dean of students at a southwest Missouri religious college wants public high school students to learn more about the Bible.  Rep. Ben Baker, R-Neosho, is sponsoring a proposal that would allow school boards in the state to offer a high school elective course on the Old Testament …

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Court Rules Against Lesbian Couple In Housing Lawsuit Because Their Marriage “Isn’t Understood In The Bible”

NBC News reports: A federal court on Wednesday ruled against a lesbian couple who brought a lawsuit against a Missouri retirement home that rejected the women’s apartment application because their marriage is not “understood in the Bible.” Bev Nance, 68, and Mary Walsh, 72, married a decade ago in Massachusetts and have been in a committed relationship for roughly 40 …

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MISSOURI: Republican Sen-Elect Josh Hawley Under Investigation For Using Public Employees In Campaign

The Kansas City Star reports: Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has launched an investigation into a complaint that Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley used public resources in his successful bid for the U.S. Senate. The American Democracy Legal Fund on Nov. 2 filed a complaint with Ashcroft, claiming that Hawley used out-of-state political consultants to direct the activities of …

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Missouri Diocese Names 33 “Credibly Accused” Priests

The Associated Press reports: Thirty-three priests or religious brothers in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, have been “credibly accused” and/or removed from the ministry over sexual abuse of minors, the bishop of the central Missouri diocese said Thursday. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight released a complete list of the names that followed an internal investigation begun in February. …

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MISSOURI: Republican Josh Hawley Flips Senate Seat

The Hill reports: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley won the closely watched Senate race in Missouri on Tuesday night, handing Republicans a significant victory as they look to expand their majority. Hawley defeated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who was viewed as one of the most vulnerable incumbents up for reelection after President Trump won her state in 2016 by …

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MISSOURI: Billboard Compares Trump To Jesus Christ

CBS News St. Louis reports: A billboard on Interstate 170 near St. Charles Rock Road is catching drivers’ attention. A large electronic billboard that features President Donald Trump with the bible verse, “The word became flesh”, can be seen along the southbound lanes of the highway. In the top right corner, the billboard says “Make the Gospel Great Again” playing …

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MISSOURI: Daughter Pleads With Voters, Don’t Elect My Anti-Gay, Racist, Anti-Semitic Republican Father

The Kansas City Star reports: Emily West has a message for voters in Missouri House District 15. Don’t vote for her dad. “I can’t imagine him being in any level of government,” she told The Star on Monday. Her dad is Steve West, 64, the Republican candidate for the Missouri General Assembly who made headlines after winning the GOP primary …

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Trump Cancels Campaign Rallies Because Florence

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday canceled a second rally ahead of Hurricane Florence’s landfall, citing safety concerns as the storm threatens to wreak havoc on the East Coast. The rally was scheduled for Thursday in Missouri to promote U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill in the upcoming midterm election. The Trump …

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Michael Avenatti Would Base 2020 WH Bid In St. Louis

Politico reports: He hasn’t decided yet if he’s running for president, but Michael Avenatti has already made a strategic 2020 decision. The attorney will base his national presidential campaign headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. should he launch a White House bid, he told POLITICO on Sunday. Avenatti also boldly predicted that the red state of Missouri would be “in play” …

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Missouri GOP State House Nominee: Hitler Was Right

They’re really coming out of the woodwork lately: On his Monday morning radio show, Steve West promotes fanatical conspiracies about “Jewish cabals” that are “harvesting baby parts” through Planned Parenthood, that torture and molest children and that run the Republican Party. On Tuesday he won the Republican primary for a Clay County seat in the Missouri House by nearly 25 …

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MISSOURI: Voters Reject Anti-Unions Measure 2-1

The New York Times reports: After a succession of political setbacks in onetime strongholds and a landmark defeat in the Supreme Court, organized labor has notched a hard-won victory as Missouri voters overrode a legislative move to curb union power. A measure on the ballot on Tuesday asked voters to pass judgment on a prospective law barring private-sector unions from …

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MISSOURI: Married Lesbian Couple Sues After Senior Community Denies Them Housing Because Jesus

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: A St. Louis County senior community has denied housing to a married lesbian couple who have been together for nearly four decades because of the couple’s sexual orientation, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Mary Walsh, 72, and Bev Nance, 68, both of Shrewsbury, say the Friendship Village senior living community, …

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MISSOURI: US Senate Candidate “Triggers Liberals” By Giving Away Machine That Makes Untraceable Guns

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: Nearly a year after he was temporarily booted off of Facebook for raffling off an AR-15 rifle, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is giving away a machine capable of printing parts for a similar firearm. Austin Petersen, who ran for president as a Libertarian in 2016, issued a press release and a letter to …

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MISSOURI: At Least 13 Dead In Duck Boat Capsizing

ABC News reports: A tourist duck boat capsized in a lake near Branson, Missouri amidst powerful storms, killing at least 13 people, including children, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said. The Thursday night accident also injured seven people and has left six others missing, officials said. A total of 29 passengers and two crew members were on board the amphibious …

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MISSOURI: No Further Charges For Former GOP Gov

The St. Louis Dispatch reports: A special prosecutor will not file further charges against former Gov. Eric Greitens. In a sometimes emotional press conference Friday, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said her office did not have sufficient evidence to consider filing new charges against the former governor, who left office under a cloud of scandal last week. Baker said …

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Missouri Swears In New GOP Gov. Mike Parson

The Kansas City Star reports: Promising a “fresh start” for state government after months of scandal, Mike Parson was sworn in today as Missouri’s 57th governor. “My pledge to all Missourians is to work hard each and every day to bring honor, integrity, transparency to the Governor’s Office,” Parson said moments after taking the oath of office, later adding: “Now …

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