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Here's How Long You Have To Wait For An Abortion In Each State

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

The Missouri legislature approved a measure on Wednesday that would mandate a 72-hour waiting period between required counseling and abortion. Only tw...

Laura Bassett

GOP Lawmaker Compares Abortion To Buying A Car

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

A Republican state lawmaker in Missouri defended his controversial bill forcing women to have ultrasounds before abortions by comparing abortion to pu...

John Celock

State Lawmakers: Tea Party Fear Dominates GOP

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some Democratic women state lawmakers say fear of the tea party is driving the Republican Party during the current federal government sh...

John Celock

State Lawmaker's Staffer Leaves Loaded Gun In Capitol Bathroom

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

A staff member for the speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives reportedly left a loaded gun in a men's bathroom in the state capitol building...

John Celock

Mark Kelly Praises State's Nullification Decision

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

The husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords praised a Missouri Senate vote Wednesday night that will preserve federal gun laws in the state. Mar...

John Celock

State Won't Be Able to Block Federal Gun Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Missouri state Senate defeated an effort to nullify federal gun laws in the state by one vote Wednesday night. During a ...

GOP-Led Legislature Weighing Veto Override On Gun Measure

AP | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

BY DAVID A. LIEB, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers were deciding Wednesday whether to take the first shot in a poten...

Response to My Colleague on 'Hitler' Argument

Stacey Newman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Stacey Newman

I was extremely offended, as were many of my family, of your comparison of opposing policy views to the insanity of the Holocaust. Your comment was completely insensitive to those families throughout our state who have been forever altered by this horrific event in world history.

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Plans Assault Weapon Giveaway

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Missouri is planning to give away an assault weapon during a clay pigeon shooting fundraiser next month. State Senate...

How One Radio Station Silenced Rick Perry

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is being told "don't mess with Missouri" as he tries to lure the Show Me State's businesses to Texas. KTRS Radio in St. L...

John Celock

Dem Asks Rick Perry To Explain Obamacare Request

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

Missouri's secretary of state suggested to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) that rather than luring businesses to Texas during his trip to Missouri next week...

John Celock

Birther Lawmaker Teams With UN Program Conspiracy Theorist

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

A Republican Missouri state legislator with ties to the birther movement has joined forces with an activist who uses a Glenn Beck video as "proof" tha...

Battle Lines Drawn Over Dem Gov's Veto

The Kansas City Star | Jason Hancock | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

Whether or not Missouri fires the next shot in an ongoing economic border war with Kansas may come down to a battle between two men: Democratic Gov. J...

GOP Lawmaker Questions If Liberalism Is A 'Mental Disorder'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Missouri, who was once accused of threatening to kill a political rival's aide, questioned on Monday whether liberalism ...

State Tries To Ease Background Checks

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

A North Carolina Senate committee Tuesday amended sweeping pro-gun legislation under consideration, to make it easier to buy a gun without a backgroun...

Rest Easy, Missourians

Melissa Hapke | Posted 07.10.2013 | Chicago
Melissa Hapke

The Missouri legislature passed three sweeping bills late Wednesday that will help create jobs for the state. Wait, what? They didn't actually do that?

John Celock

Extreme Consequences From GOP Lawmakers' Late Night

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature passed the nation's most extreme gun protection bill, along with bans on Islamic law and the United Nat...

John Celock

Gun Battle Reignites Border War

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Missouri House of Representatives advanced two more pro-gun measures this week in an effort to compete with neighboring Kans...

John Celock

Lawmakers Advance Bill To Make Enforcing Federal Gun Laws A Felony

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Missouri House of Representatives advanced legislation Wednesday that would make it a felony to enforce any federal gun-cont...

John Celock

Lawmakers Ban U.N. Agenda 21 After Considering Outlawing Space Aliens

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

The Missouri House of Representatives on Monday passed a ban on the United Nations sustainability plan Agenda 21 after a spirited discussion of space ...

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Advance 'Paranoid Level Stuff'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

Missouri lawmakers advanced two bills this week that would outlaw the government use of drones -- though they are rare in the state -- and the impleme...

John Celock

GOP Welfare Proposal Could Have 'Devastating Effects' On Families

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Missouri wants to tie welfare benefits to school attendance with a bill that would require 90 percent attendance for children...

John Celock

Dem: Zero Voter Impersonation Cases

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) released a report Thursday indicating problems with the strict voter identification requirements containe...

Organize to Scrutinize Your Local Sex Trafficking Laws

Margaret Howard | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Margaret Howard

It's time to demand that local laws be held to the standard of state and federal law. Doing so may be a start to fixing how local law enforcement treats commercially sexually exploited and trafficked people of all ages.

John Celock

Lawmakers Vote To Keep Strippers, Lap Dances Legal

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

A Kansas legislative committee voted Friday morning to kill legislation that could have effectively banned strip clubs and lap dances in the state. ...