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Gun-rights advocate Blunt touts background checks on gun sales

By   /  January 22, 2013  /  Missouri, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

BLUNT: Defense cuts could prove problematic to some communities.

By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
ST. LOUIS — Missouri’s Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, a staunch gun-rights supporter, may have been looking for common ground when he told Fox News that background checks on all gun sales should be part of the gun-control debate.
Background checks have been at the forefront of the discussion after the massacre at [...]

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No shows! MO congressional delegation, led by Todd Akin, misses plenty of votes

By   /  January 16, 2013  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Missouri, News, U.S. House, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

AKIN: His congressional staff got the second-highest pay bump after the election.

By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
ST. LOUIS — Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin missed nearly 55 percent of congressional votes during his last two months in office — high numbers, but better than his tally from the previous quarter.
Missouri Watchdog reported in August that Akin, who lost his U.S. Senate bid to Democratic incumbent Claire [...]

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MO: Some in congressional delegation unhappy over ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

By   /  January 2, 2013  /  Federal Government, Missouri, News, Taxes, U.S. House, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

TALK IS CHEAP: The state of Kansas spends $134,000 annually to maintain a lobbyist presence in Washington, D.C. State officials say that's simply the cost of doing business with the federal government.

The majority of Missouri’s U.S. House members voted for a deal that staved off the so-called fiscal cliff, but the compromise spurred plenty of grumbling.

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Missouri lawmakers want gun-toting educators in schools

By   /  December 20, 2012  /  Missouri, News, State Government, State Politics  /  1 Comment

GUN HIGH: If a Republican-backed bill passes the legislature this summer, schools like Maplewood High could see some educators carrying concealed weapons.

By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
HAZLEWOOD — Bring your teacher an apple and some bullets?
In response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., more than two dozen Missouri Republicans are co-sponsoring a bill that would allow teachers and administrators to carry guns into public schools if they have a concealed-weapon permit.
“They are the people that we [...]

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MO: Fiscal cliff looms as Congress mulls a fix

By   /  December 11, 2012  /  Economy, Federal Government, Missouri, News, Taxes, U.S. House, U.S. Senate  /  1 Comment

ALL ABOARD THE FISCAL CLIFF EXPRESS: The average Missourian's tax bill will increase more than $2,600 next year if Congress does not act.

By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
ST. LOUIS — Tick tock goes the fiscal clock, and when the alarm sounds taxes will rise.
The nation will fall off the so-called “fiscal cliff” in less than three weeks unless Congress can reach an agreement on a combination of budget cuts and tax increases.
But as the days draw nearer to [...]

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MO: Medicaid expansion should spark party battles in 2013

By   /  November 30, 2012  /  Health Care, Missouri, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  3 Comments

NIXON: Pushed hard for Medicaid expansion, but was unsuccessful in swaying GOP lawmakers.

By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
ST. LOUIS — A battle is shaping up next year on the Medicaid expansion of the health care act, pitting state Democrats against Republicans.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon embarked on a statewide tour Thursday to publicly support increasing the number of Missouri residents who can join the Medicaid rolls.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling [...]

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