Gate Way Group’s Tom Dempsey Delivers Commencement Speech

Tom Dempsey, former President Pro-Tem of the Missouri Senate, delivers the commencement speech for the graduating class of 2013 from Lindenwood University. In his speech, Dempsey relays the importance of hard work and perseverance through his long-standing career in the restaurant industry. Most of Dempsey’s life lessons were gained in a small Italian restaurant where[…]

Rowden drops majority leader bid to seek 19th District Senate seat

State Rep. Caleb Rowden abandoned his bid for House majority leader Monday to turn his attention to the 19th District state Senate seat that Democrats are eager to capture in 2016 with state Rep. Stephen Webber. Rowden, a Columbia Republican, said he made the decision during a recent anniversary vacation with his wife, Aubrey Rowden.[…]

AP: Senate endorses Chemotherapy Parity Bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that could lower treatment costs for some cancer patients.

The measure endorsed Tuesday would let insurance companies charge patients only $75 more per month for chemotherapy pills than traditional intravenous chemotherapy treatments.

Patients are often charged much more for oral chemotherapy because it is handled as a pharmacy benefit. Intravenous treatments often only cost the standard co-payment for an office visit.

#goMO: This Week’s Top 10 Social Media Posts in Missouri Politics

A snapshot of issues, people, events, and organizations “on the go” each Wednesday…

As a result of rapid advancements in technology, everyone and everything is on the go around the clock. Issues are moving faster and opposition is always powered on, ultimately changing the way state and federal legislators, lobbyists, and special interest groups advocate on a daily basis.

As you may know, Wednesday is often times the busiest day in the state legislature and a pivotal point when momentum can be either gained or lost. Each Wednesday during the 2014 legislative session, the Gate Way Group (@GWLobbyist) will list the top #goMO social media posts for a quick look at who and what is on the move in Missouri. This will include trending ideas, debates, momentum shifts, pictures, and humor exchanged on social media.

Barnes pushes 4 privacy rights bills

The right to privacy is a fundamental human right, even when it comes to corporate or industrial spying, state Rep. Jay Barnes told a House panel Thursday.

He presented four bills before the committee that aim to protect the privacy of Missourians.

The bill that faced the most opposition was one that would prohibit the sharing of personally identifiable information — including the purchasing history — of Missourians without their consent.

It defines personally identifiable information as “any information that identifies, relates to, describes, or is capable of being associated with a consumer.”

Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said the law would especially come into play with big-box retailers, such as Walmart.