The current human rights act in Missouri says, to discriminate against any person because of “race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, or familial status” is illegal, but it doesn’t cover gender identity and sexual orientation. It’s not just in Missouri, right now 29 states have no protections for sexual orientation and 34 have no discrimination protections for transgender individuals.
Aaron Malin is the co-founder of Missourians for Equality, an organization that is attempting to take the issue of employment and housing discrimination of LGBT members to a ballot in 2014. The proposal would be an amendment to the current legal definition of discrimination in Missouri.
Hello and welcome to Talking Politics, I’m Ryan Famuliner.
Less than a week, folks. That’s all the time you have to make sure you’re prepared for election day. KBIA’s been conducting in-depth interviews with political candidates for regional and statewide office in our studios, and we’re airing portions of those in these few days left leading up the election. We’re also posting the full length-interviews here on KBIA.org: we’re calling them “candidate conversations.”
This week on Talking Politics, Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith makes his predictions for November 6th. Plus, our “candidate conversation,” Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Susan Montee.
We hear again from Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith, who is a regular contributor to the show. In this commentary, he has his predictions for November 6th.
All eyes were on Columbia as the candidates for Governor and the US Senate squared off in the first debate of this election cycle on Friday. This week on the show we have more in-depth reporting on what happened at the debates.
This week, Harvest Public Media has a report from a surrogate debate, where each side tried to prove their candidate is best for agriculture. Plus, commentator Terry Smith talks about two political-types, one from each party, that could both have a major impact on the presidential race this year.
This week on Talking Politics, KBIA and Harvest Public Media's Jessica Naudziunas reports on ongoing strife between hog farmers and animal rights activists--a battle which could be decided by state legislators.
A bust of controversial conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh--who is from Cape Girardeau--might be placed in the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state capitol building. This week we talk with Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley, the man leading the charge to put the bust in the Hall.
This week on Talking Politics two Jefferson City lawmakers (both from Columbia) delve into the future of higher education in the state of Missouri as potentially massive budget cuts in 2013 loom large.