Ah, the summer recess. A time for legislators to unwind, have a few cold ones, and get taken to baseball games by lobbyists.
Even though Missouri lawmakers won't return to Jefferson City until next week's veto session, lobbyists have continued to shower legislators with gifts through the dog days of summer. Lobbyists have spent about $100,000 on gifts since mid-May.
That brings the grand total for 2013 to $819,127.47.
The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether laws restricting actions by sex offenders and felons can be applied to people who were convicted before the laws were enacted.
The court heard arguments on Tuesday on five cases dealing with sex offenses and guns.
Three people are challenging whether a law passed in 2009 applies to them because they were convicted of sex offenses before the law was made. The law prohibits sex offenders from being near public parks with playgrounds or swimming pools.
So far, there has not been a ground swell of support for the idea of a special legislative session in Missouri to pass an alternate version of the tax cut bill vetoed earlier this year by Governor Jay Nixon (D).
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that 1,429 Syrians were killed by chemical weapons in an attack by the Assad regime on August 21.
While Kerry said the question is not over evidence but what the United States and the international community will do about it, President Barack Obama said he had made no decisions yet.
Professor Krister Knapp, a senior lecturer in the Department of History in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, says if the president asks Congress to weigh in, he may not get the support he wants.
An estimated 200 people braved the heat and humidity to gather outside the Missouri Capitol and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered during the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963.
Several speakers took turns reading portions of King's famous speech, including the Reverend James Howard Jr. of Jefferson City.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, 'we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,'" Howard said as he quoted King.