Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:09 am
April was a good month for legislators hoping to receive freebies from lobbyists, showing a sharp uptick from the previous month in gifts, according to the most recent lobbyist disclosures.
The grand total for gifts so far is $619,157. Once again, the vast majority (75%) of the gifts for this month were to groups and committees instead of individual legislators. As we've detailed before, it's a practice that hides the true recipient of the gift.
Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:13 am
Nice restaurants in Jefferson City should be sad to see the Missouri Legislative session end. They’ve received tens of thousands of dollars worth of business from lobbyists courting Missouri’s legislators over dinners and drinks.
Missouri is by all accounts a "red state" but it's plain to see that one or two colors can't tell the whole story. How can one color, one category, make sense of the diversity of communities we see around us every day? The folks at Patchwork Nation and the public radio station WNYC think they have a better way: they look at voters in each county and then slice up the numbers 12 different ways. Some counties are what might be called, the "Monied 'Burbs." Others are "Tractor Countries" or "Mormon Outposts." 12 demographics, 12 sets of values, opinions and personalities.