GOP plan would make amending Missouri constitution harder for liberals but not conservatives

GOP plan would make amending Missouri constitution harder for liberals but not conservatives

Missouri Republican-run state Senate voted Thursday evening to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it more difficult for progressives—but not conservatives—to change the state’s governing document. If the state House, where Republicans also dominate, assents to the Senate’s plan, the amendment would appear before voters on the Aug. 6 primary ballot. The legislature’s … Read more

Nex Benedict’s death is an ‘awakening moment’ for parents of trans kids in Oklahoma

Nex Benedict’s death is an ‘awakening moment’ for parents of trans kids in Oklahoma

By Kate Sosin, Nadra Nittle Originally published by The 19th As news broke this week about the death of 16-year-old nonbinary student Nex Benedict, who died after a fight in a school bathroom, crisis calls to an Oklahoma LGBTQ+ support organization more than quadrupled — with 69 percent of callers referencing Benedict. As parents, youth … Read more

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: How the ‘need for chaos’ keeps Trump in the running

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: How the ‘need for chaos’ keeps Trump in the running

Brian Beutler/”Off Message” on Substack: Will Democrats Really Shrug Off The GOP’s Latest, Biggest Betrayal? Republicans teamed up with Russian intelligence to smear Joe Biden; they inflicted serious political damage on him over YEARS; Democrats can’t let bygones be bygones To recap quickly: Last week, David Weiss, the Trump-appointed prosecutor who has investigated, charged, and jerked … Read more

Senate Republicans officially hit the panic button on their IVF mess

Senate Republicans officially hit the panic button on their IVF mess

On Friday morning, the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued talking points as Republicans struggled to respond to the recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are children, a decision that has led some clinics to shut down in vitro fertilization treatments.  The committee is urging candidates and senators up for reelection in 2024 to … Read more

Wisconsin ethics panel recommends felony charges against Trump fundraising committee

Wisconsin ethics panel recommends felony charges against Trump fundraising committee

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission has recommended that state prosecutors file felony charges against a fundraising committee for former President Donald Trump and a Republican state lawmaker related to an effort to unseat Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The ethics commission on Tuesday referred the alleged violations to several county prosecutors, based on documents the commission provided Friday. The … Read more

Police union endorses Trump despite his glorifying jailed Jan. 6 ‘hostages’ who attacked officers

Police union endorses Trump despite his glorifying jailed Jan. 6 ‘hostages’ who attacked officers

Donald Trump has opened campaign rallies with a recording entitled “Justice For All” featuring the J6 Prison Choir singing “The Star Spangled Banner” intercut with the former president reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The recording, released in March 2023, was recorded by prisoners in a D.C. jail held on more serious charges resulting from the Jan. … Read more

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