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Affordable Health Care Act – Health Insurance Market Place is Open: A new way to get affordable coverage to meet your needs

The Missouri Health Insurance Market Place is open!  The Market Place provides a new way to get affordable coverage to meet your needs. For people who live in Missouri, you’ll use this website, healthcare.gov, to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll. Specific plans and … Continue reading

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The House Rushes to a Shutdown: if the House continues to prefer dueling to governing, at least the public will clearly see the source of the nation’s wounds.

This time, it wasn’t just a few Tea Party hotheads who drove the United States government to the brink of shutting down. Early Sunday morning, all 231 House Republicans (along with 17 Democrats) decided that crippling health care reform was … Continue reading

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GOP will send US into recession to prevent ObamaCare

“A faction on the far right of the Republican party who’ve convinced their leadership to threaten a government shutdown if they can’t shut off the Affordable Care Act. Some are actually willing to plunge America into default if they can’t … Continue reading

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Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act throws poor Americans under the bus

There are two problems with the [Republican]House plan. The first is that it will obviously cost a lot of money. How much is not clear, but it won’t be insignificant. How will that be paid for? The second is that … Continue reading

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Defending food stamps: America’s foremost weapon against hunger.

Congress faces the vital task of enacting a farm bill that aids farmers and continues the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, America’s foremost weapon against hunger. House will consider a far more severe bill that would … Continue reading

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Expanded access to health insurance would allow Missouri to begin to address its poor health status and outcomes while creating an opportunity for increased productivity within the state’s workforce

A new report from the Missouri Hospital Association finds that Missouri’s poor health status and the large number of individuals without health insurance result in life expectancy rates in some areas of the state that are worse than the Third World. This problem is … Continue reading

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Faith in Values: What We’ve Learned Since 9/11

When people are forced to choose between protecting their safety and guarding their civil rights, almost everyone picks safety. After all, what good are rights if you’re injured or dead? Twelve years after that terrible September day, it is worth … Continue reading

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Food Stamp Cuts To Get House Vote

A bill that would cut food stamps is headed to the House floor next week with relatively little fanfare.  “There are 50 million people in the United States of America who are hungry, 17 million are kids,” Rep. Jim McGovern … Continue reading

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7 Million U.S. Households Struggled to Feed Themselves in 2012

The rates of food insecurity in America have been largely unchanged since a recession-era spike. Nearly 6 percent of American households knew severe hunger in 2012, according to a new report out from the Agriculture Department. That means that 7 … Continue reading

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Boone Count Democratic Party Draft Strategic Plan 2013 – 2016

  The Central Committee has adopted a strategic plan to effectively focus its work towards building a county-wide party that can get Democrats elected; provide a platform for mobilizing Democrats and like-minded individuals; and present a framework to help individuals identify the … Continue reading

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Governor Nixon Makes Case Against Veto Override of Tax Reform Measure

Gov. Nixon made his case for why Missourians and lawmakers should not support a veto override of a tax reform measure in particular due to its effect on eduction and its  unintended consequence of raising taxes on prescriptions.   “Since 1979, … Continue reading

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Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act a “victory for American democracy”

President Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act a “victory for American democracy” and said he had directed his administration to find ways to make sure gay couples received the benefits for … Continue reading

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Nixon Vetoes So-Called ‘Paycheck Protection’ Bill Concerning Public Employees

Nixon said in a veto message Tuesday the bill would have placed what he called “unnecessary burdens on public employees for the purpose of weakening labor organizations.” Hugh McVey, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO commented on the veto. “We are grateful that Governor Nixon … Continue reading

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An Assault on the Voting Rights Act

The conservative majority on the Roberts Court issued another damaging and intellectually dishonest ruling today. It eviscerated enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, in which Congress kept the Constitution’s promise of a vote for every citizen. But it did not … Continue reading

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John Lewis On Voting Rights Act: Supreme Court ‘Put A Dagger In The Heart’ Of The Law

Civil rights hero and longtime congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) reacted in dismay to the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday. “These men that voted to strip the Voting Rights Act of its power, … Continue reading

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House Rejects Farm Bill

Members voted down the $940 billion bill in a 195-234 vote that only won 24 Democratic votes. Most Democrats voted against the bill because it cut food stamp programs by more than $20 billion. Democrats have blasted the $20.5 billion in … Continue reading

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Survey polls views on public health

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a community survey to determine where local resident’s concerns lie with respect to public health.  The intent of the survey is to give the Department an idea of where … Continue reading

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Majority of Missourians Supports Immigration Reform

Immigration reform has massive support among Missouri voters and three-fourths of them back a compromise bill currently in the U.S. Senate, according to a new poll released in St. Louis Thursday. The poll, sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for … Continue reading

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Democratic-run U.S. Senate passes farm bill rejecting sweeping cuts in “food stamps” for the poor being pursued in the House of Representatives

It was the second time in a year that the Senate has sent a five-year farm bill to the Republican-led House, which let the bill die at the end of 2012. While the Senate would trim food stamps by $4 billion … Continue reading

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Eliot Battle 1924 – 2013

The Boone County Democratic Party notes with great sadness and a sense of loss the passing of Eliot Battle who has made significant contributions to the community.

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