Cynthia Davis Defends Catherine Hanaway's Ideas About Unwed Sex Leading to Child Porn

Cynthia Davis (in pink) agrees with Catherine Hanaway that unmarried sex is dangerous.
Amid the avalanche of scorn that followed GOP gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway's speech on how slutty feminist culture leads to kiddie porn, an infamous former Missouri politician is now standing up to defend her.

No, not Todd Akin -- it's Cynthia "hunger can be a positive motivator" Davis.

Davis, you may recall, rose to national prominence in 2009 as a state representative when she questioned the need for summer food programs for children, arguing that hunger would probably motivate kids to get jobs at McDonald's. Yesterday, Davis sent out a newsletter praising Hanaway and calling her remarks "spot on."

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How a Missouri Republican Turned Opposition to the Affordable Care Act Into a Dick Joke

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Missouri Representative Mike Moon.
The seven men and three women who represent Missouri in Congress just aren't hard enough for Republican state representative Mike Moon, apparently.

Moon wants Missouri's U.S. representatives and senators to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, in House Resolution No. 99 set for a hearing Tuesday, asks them to do so with "manly firmness:"

[W]e, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives, Ninety-eighth General Assembly, hereby insist that each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation endeavor with "manly firmness" and resolve to totally and completely repeal the Affordable Care Act, settling for no less than a full repeal.

Missouri's Congressional delegation includes three women: Senator Claire McCaskill, Representative Ann Wagner, who represents St. Louis County, and Representative Vicky Hartzler. But Moon tells the Columbia Daily Tribune he didn't mean for his archaic phrasing to demean Missouri's women lawmakers.

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Republicans' "St. Louis Resolution" Asks Presidential Candidates To Stop Gay Bashing

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Meghan McCain, a pro-LGBT Republican and daughter of 2008 presidential nominee John McCain.
As the 2016 presidential race nears, three prominent Republicans who support LGBT rights hope a resolution signed in St. Louis will prevent candidates from using homophobic or gay-bashing rhetoric during the campaign.

Author and activist Meghan McCain told Washington University students Tuesday how two gay friends helped her through the difficult days after her father John McCain lost his 2008 bid for president.

"I just thought, if I can't follow up and give them the same love and support, then I can't live with myself," she said, according to Wash. U. student newspaper Student Life. She's been a gay-rights advocate ever since, even serving on the board of GLAAD, an LGBT media watchdog.

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ACLU: Bills Restricting Police Body Cam Footage Will Hobble Missouri Sunshine Law

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Some Ferguson officers began wearing body cameras in September, and more departments are embracing the new technology.
Not long after the fatal August 9 confrontation between Michael Brown and then-Ferguson cop Darren Wilson, protesters, along with the wider public, began demanding Missouri police wear body cameras. Advocates claimed the cameras would keep cops accountable, and the calls only grew louder after Wilson's non-indictment in November.

Now, nearly six months after Brown's death, Missouri lawmakers have turned those demands into several proposed bills. At the same time, the introduction of new technology has raised concerns about the cameras' impact on privacy and police procedure.

"It's a good tool, and any time you add a different evidence stream it needs to be protected," says Republican Representative Galen Higdon. Last week, he proposed a bill that would make footage from police body cameras and dash cameras "inaccessible to the general public."

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Says Abortions, Unwed Mothers Lead to Child Pornography

Catherine Hanaway is running for governor of Missouri.
Women's sexual autonomy leads to child pornography. That's the batshit crazy thing Missouri Republican (and a leading candidate for governor) Catherine Hanaway just said.

Hanaway, who was the first female speaker of the state House of Representatives, told attendees at the Educational Policy Conference that the liberal "culture of permissiveness towards sexual activity" puts America at risk of becoming a nation of child pornographers.

After all, Hanaway explains, if women are permitted to have sex (and even, gasp!, have children) without being married first, then it's only a matter of time before "every sexual preference" -- including child abuse, apparently -- "is acceptable."

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Woman Files Assault Complaint Against Police Union Rep Jeff Roorda After City Hall Brawl

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Jeff Roorda grabs Cachet Currie's arm as the scuffle begins.
The woman who says a St. Louis police union spokesman injured her during a public meeting about civilian oversight of the police department is filing an official assault complaint against him as her supporters ask him to step down.

Jeff Roorda, a former officer and Missouri representative who serves as the business manager for the police union, told the Guardian he won't apologize for grabbing and shoving Cachet Currie while attempting to push his way to the front of the city hall meeting. Roorda's actions, along with the "I Am Darren Wilson" bracelet he wore to the meeting, inflamed the already-tense hearing about police reform after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and led to a fifteen-minute skirmish in the meeting room.

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Proposed Laws in Missouri, Kansas Would Take Guns from Convicted Abusers, Stalkers

Rep. Stacey Newman.
Two state representatives from Missouri and Kansas are coming together across state and partisan lines to implement new anti-gun violence legislation.

The bills -- sponsored in Missouri by Richmond Heights Democrat Stacey Newman and in Kansas by Republican Barbara Bollier -- bolster current state laws by requiring people with stalking or domestic violence convictions to surrender their firearms, instead of just barring them from buying new ones.

"This is a way to save lives," Newman tells Daily RFT. "You can say (to convicted abusers), 'You can't own a gun,' but if there's already a cache in your house or you know this person already owns a gun, this takes it a step further."

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"It's Still Her Body": Anti-Abortion Lawmaker Defends Abortion Rights [VIDEO]

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"When my wife saw it, she was like, 'What?!' and I was like, 'Uh-oh.'"
They say behind every strong man is a strong woman. Let's just hope the woman behind Republican state representative Ron Hicks is strong enough to keep him from voting for a uniquely egregious anti-women's-health bill currently before the legislature.

Hicks, who represents St. Charles, brought up his wife's shocked reaction to House Bill 131 at a lobbyist-comped dinner "hearing" at the upscale, jackets-only Jefferson City Country Club. (Don't worry, lawmakers aren't allowed to do that anymore.)

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rick Brattin, says women should only have access to abortion services in Missouri if the father grants written permission, or if they can prove they were victims of "legitimate rape."

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Skirmish Erupts Between Police Supporters, Protesters During Hearing

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Jeff Roorda, police union business manager, grabs Cachet Currie's arm as the scuffle begins.
A St. Louis city meeting about police oversight devolved into a skirmish between police supporters and citizens seeking reform Wednesday in yet another sign of how overtly factious the St. Louis region has become since the police shooting of Ferguson teen Michael Brown.

The meeting stayed relatively calm for the first hour as attendees testified to the aldermanic public-safety committee about a proposal to create a civilian oversight board, which would review complaints against police. Both Kansas City and Columbia already have similar review boards.

But when a police officer's testimony drew loud whispers and angry mutterings from the packed room, Jeff Roorda, the business manager for the police union, lost it.

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Missouri Lawmakers Can't Hold Dinner "Hearings" at Fancy Country Clubs Anymore

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For these Missouri representatives, lawmaking also comes with a lot of free food.
There's a fresh controversy in the Missouri legislature, and this time, for a change, it doesn't involve the return of "legitimate rape."

Instead, the ire is being directed at the four Republican members of the Missouri House Telecommunications Committee who last night grabbed dinner at the posh, jackets-only Jefferson City Country Club. Over drinks and a sumptuous entrée selection (saffron sea bass, honey miso chicken or an eight ounce filet au poivre), the elected officials proceeded to accomplish, well, nothing, since no bills have been assigned to the committee. The dinner tab was footed by the Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association, a lobbying group for the industry the four lawmakers are tasked with regulating.

Enjoying a lobbyist-funded meal is hardly excessive for the Missouri legislature, but the stink raised after last night's hearing got so bad House Speaker John Diehl announced this morning that, effective immediately, all house committee hearings must take place at the capitol, according to PoliticMO.

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