Day 3! Today’s blog I’m thankful for is Missouri’s Turner Report who’s investigating has been a Local Sunlight staple. The author Randy Turner, a former journalist, covers Missouri politics and is not afraid to do some digging. For example, this week there is a post on who in the Missouri legislature gets the most gifts from lobbyists.
Turner does a great job digging into influence, money in politics and just general shadiness that shows up in Missouri from time to time. One of my favorite stories is from the first time I highlighted the blog:
In Missouri, the Turner Report discusses the Democratic nomination of Michele Kratky to a Missouri House seat. The strange part is that she is being nominated to replace her husband, Fred Kratky. Why you ask? Mr. Kratky is leaving his state house seat to be a lobbyist for the St. Louis Association of Realtors. What is the problem? Mrs. Kratky just happens to be a lobbyist for the St. Louis Association of Realtors. What a strange game of musical chairs.
There is a reason Missouri is called the “Show Me State” and thankfully the Turner Report is there to make one of those reasons, transparency.