Missouri Is #1 In School Censorship – What Are Legislators So Afraid Of?

September 5, 2023 | Progress MO

In August of last year, Missouri’s first statewide law instituting book bans went into effect. Since then, Missouri has instituted even stricter laws censoring libraries and schools, banned more than 300 books, and become number one in America for school censorship. We reviewed a list of all the books Missouri school districts and libraries have […]

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It’s Almost Labor Day – Let’s Celebrate The Past And Look Toward The Future

August 29, 2023 | Progress MO

This Labor Day weekend, families across Missouri will celebrate the working conditions afforded to us by labor movements – especially the 40-hour work week and safe and healthy workspaces. But there’s still work to be done. In Missouri, only a slim majority (58%) of full-time employees are eligible for paid sick leave – and there’s […]

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Missouri Women’s Pay Lags As They Achieve More Than Ever

August 23, 2023 | Progress MO

This Saturday, August 26, marks the anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment as well as Women’s Equality Day. As we reflect on the occasion, how does Missouri measure up on gender equality? Since 2004 Missouri women have made huge strides in academic and career achievements: While in 2004 only 20.3% of Missouri women […]

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Missourians Feel The Effects Of Climate Change – It’s Not Just The Weather

August 8, 2023 | Progress MO

Missouri Sets Records This Summer With Heatwave In case you haven’t had time to step outside in the past three months, Missouri is setting records this summer with historic high temperatures. It’s hot – and August is probably just going to be worse. Climate change has increased the average temperatures in Missouri, leading to more […]

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Why Did Missouri Choose Not To Feed Hungry Kids This Summer?

August 3, 2023 | Progress MO

Missouri electeds didn’t even try to secure money to feed hungry kids this summer. This year, states had the chance to apply for federal aid to provide extra benefits for children who receive free or reduced school meals for the summer months. Forty states applied for – and received – this federal funding.  Missouri declined […]

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Missouri Lawyers: Andrew Bailey Should Follow The Law Or Step Down

July 17, 2023 | Progress MO

On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Attorney General’s case concerning his illegal power grab for the initiative petition process. Ahead of the hearing, more than 20 Missouri lawyers have signed the open letter below, calling on Attorney General Andrew Bailey to follow the law or step down: Open Letter: When […]

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Missouri Officials Start Pride Month By Attacking Trans Kids

June 9, 2023 | Progress MO

This past week, Missouri Governor Mike Parson kicked off LGBTQ Pride Month by signing two pieces of legislation attacking some of the most vulnerable kids in the state.  As of Wednesday, trans kids in Missouri are banned from playing on the sports’ teams of their choosing and cannot seek out life-saving medical care. These laws […]

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Virginia Man No-Shows On Chiefs – Maybe He Thinks They’re From Kansas?

June 6, 2023 | Progress MO

In case you missed it, on Monday, Missouri’s own Kansas City Chiefs appeared at the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas came out to support the team, as did former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. Even some Kansas electeds came out to join the party. Notable absences included Senator […]

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RELEASE: Liz McCune Assumes Leadership Role as Executive Director of Progress Missouri

June 1, 2023 | Progress MO

Columbia, MO — Progress Missouri is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz McCune as the new Executive Director, effective immediately. As an experienced and passionate communications leader, McCune brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role, positioning Progress Missouri for continued success as the trusted communications hub for progressive issues in the state. In her […]

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We Read Hawley’s ‘Manhood’ Book So You Don’t Have To

May 22, 2023 | Progress MO

Last Tuesday, Senator Josh Hawley released his long-awaited, often-mocked book, Manhood: The Masculine Virtues America Needs. In the interest of holding our elected officials accountable, we gave it a read. Our five word review: out of touch, sad, and boring. Keep reading to hear some of the highlights. Out Of Touch Early reviews have mostly […]

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