Rory Ellinger http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Rep. Rory Ellinger: Civil Rights Activist, Attorney Fought For ‘Vulnerable And Powerless' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rep-rory-ellinger-civil-rights-activist-attorney-fought-vulnerable-and-powerless <p>During the late 1950s, Rory Ellinger, a high school student at Bishop Du Bourg, had a job as a checker at Kroger’s. During a lunch break, he became transfixed by people picketing the nearby Woolworth’s over dining practices.</p><p>“Blacks could only order food to go out,” he recalled in the 1999 book, <em>A Generation Divided</em>. “If you were black, you came in and they served you in a bag and you had to leave.”</p><p>He joined the NAACP picket line. It was the prelude to a life defined by the civil rights movement.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:16:36 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 35157 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rep. Rory Ellinger: Civil Rights Activist, Attorney Fought For ‘Vulnerable And Powerless' Editor's Weekly: Lessons In Compromise From Missouri's Most Liberal Legislator http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-lessons-compromise-missouris-most-liberal-legislator <p>State Rep. Rory Ellinger's colleagues paid tribute to him last week with quick passage and ceremonial signing of his bill to help breast-feeding mothers. The gesture more than the bill itself symbolizes Rory's legacy as a public servant.</p><p>Somehow, despite extreme polarization and a rightward turn in Missouri politics, one of Missouri's most liberal legislators has earned both respect and genuine affection from colleagues of all ideological stripes.</p><p>How did this happen?</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:42:37 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 35088 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Lessons In Compromise From Missouri's Most Liberal Legislator Nixon Signs Breastfeeding Protections Bill Into Law; Ellinger Attends Ceremony http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-signs-breastfeeding-protections-bill-law-ellinger-attends-ceremony <p><a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> has signed legislation that would allow breastfeeding moms to be exempted from jury duty in Missouri.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 02:49:09 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35018 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Signs Breastfeeding Protections Bill Into Law; Ellinger Attends Ceremony Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/breast-feeding-protection-bill-sponsored-ailing-lawmaker-sent-gov-nixon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation to expand legal protections in Missouri for breast-feeding moms is on its way to <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Gov. Jay Nixon</a>.</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 01:30:56 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34889 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon State Rep. Ellinger, One of House's Most Outspoken Progressives, Stepping Down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-rep-ellinger-one-houses-most-outspoken-progressives-stepping-down <p>State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, announced Monday that he’s withdrawing as a candidate for re-election. Ellinger is in his second term.</p><p>Ellinger, 72, cited health reasons. A consultant, Jim Ross, said that Ellinger has been undergoing medical tests for several weeks.</p><p>Ellinger has been one of the state Capitol’s most outspoken progressives. He has been at the forefront of several recent legislative battles over Medicaid expansion, tax credits and crime bills.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:54:49 +0000 Jo Mannies 34117 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Rep. Ellinger, One of House's Most Outspoken Progressives, Stepping Down Why Missouri's Lobbying System Isn't As Open As You'd Think http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-missouris-lobbying-system-isnt-open-youd-think <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Who were the legislators taken out for expensive meals? Well, in many cases, we don’t really know.</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Chris McDaniel 26474 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Missouri's Lobbying System Isn't As Open As You'd Think Mo. House Passes Bill Criminalizing Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-passes-bill-criminalizing-enforcement-federal-gun-laws <p>The Missouri House has passed legislation that declares any future federal ban on semi-automatic weapons or large capacity clips is "unenforceable" in Missouri.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 05:26:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25761 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Passes Bill Criminalizing Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws Marijuana Penalties Could Be Reduced Under Bill Filed Today http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/marijuana-penalties-could-be-reduced-under-bill-filed-today <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A measure <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB512&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">outlined </a>in the Missouri House on Tuesday could give first-time offenders for marijuana possession the opportunity of community service, instead of jail time.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After completing the sentence, the bill would also allow for the convictions to be removed from the offender’s record.</span></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:39:56 +0000 Sean Sandefur 9092 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Marijuana Penalties Could Be Reduced Under Bill Filed Today Mo. Lawmaker Wants To Lighten First-Time Marijuana Possession Sentences, Expunge Some Records http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmaker-wants-lighten-first-time-marijuana-possession-sentences-expunge-some-records <p>A St. Louis-area&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">State House</a> member&nbsp;is proposing legislation that would lessen penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana in Missouri, and would allow for some misdemeanor criminal records to be expunged.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:51:23 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8911 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Lawmaker Wants To Lighten First-Time Marijuana Possession Sentences, Expunge Some Records Report: Campaign Finance Laws Worrisome http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-campaign-finance-laws-worrisome <p><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All of the money given by small donors in the 2012 presidential race was matched by only 32 billionaires and corporations, according to a report released Thursday by </span>MoPIRG<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Missouri Public Interest and Research Group.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:59:52 +0000 Chris McDaniel 8466 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: Campaign Finance Laws Worrisome