Author: strongblue

Greitens Uses Dark Money to Smear Republican Colleague

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens campaigned on the promise of transparency in government. He then secretly collected millions of dollars in dark money from contributors he refused to identify. Dark money is the term used for untraceable campaign contributions through a 501(c)4 Political Action Committee, or PAC.* His Republican party colleague in […]

Greitens Wants to Stock Courts with Business-Friendly Judges

Almost 80 years ago, Missouri legislators developed a plan for choosing judges. It was originally called the “Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan” and it was seen as an impartial way to fill vacancies based on merit rather than political affiliation. Today, it’s simply referred to as The Missouri Plan. And The […]

Republicans Need a New Role Model for Business. We Offer a Suggestion.

Our friends on the Right often quote Scripture to support positions they take. And while Shakespeare noted that the Devil can quote Scripture for his own purposes, we recalled this verse in the midst of the Right to Work battle in Missouri, an issue which the Republican-dominated Legislature was afraid […]

Democrats Are Pro Worker and Pro Business.

In order to have a strong state, you have to have a strong economy. During the Obama years, America produced 12 million new jobs, 12 million good jobs. And the Obama administration reversed 8 years of job losses under the Bush administration. It’s not contradictory to be both pro-business and […]

Missouri’s Been Poorly Led by Republicans

In Missouri, the Republican Party is the dominant party, controlling the Governorship, Senate and House. Let’s see how and where they’ve led us over the last ten years: On Healthcare, Missouri ranks in the bottom half of states on health care services for its citizens…. #35 out of 50 states on […]

Democrats Support Unions and Prevailing Wage.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and the Republican-dominated legislature recently enacted Right-to-Work legislation, making it harder for union laborers to earn middle class wages. Right-to-Work has been a long-desired goal of billionaire Republican donors, David Humphries and Rex Sinqfield. They and various business and dark-money interests want to break unions. Now they’re […]

Democrats Support Public Education.

Every child should have access to good schools and teachers. And that means funding education so that all succeed, not just those who can afford it. The recent confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education threatens public schools across America. If you believe in funding public schools so all […]

Democrats Believe Healthcare Is a Right.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA — also known as Obamacare) has been a remarkable achievement. It’s brought healthcare insurance to 20 million people. But now the Republicans want to take it away and substitute the ACA with block grants to states. You know who gets shafted whenever Republicans vote for […]

Democrats Embrace All People and Support Their Rights.

We think women should be in charge of their bodies, not bureaucrats in Washington, DC or the Missouri statehouse. We think gays and lesbians should be able to live as they are,  marry whom they love, build families and provide benefits for their spouses and children — the same as every American. Stop […]