Missouri voters used to be in the news because we were the bellwether state for presidential elections. For 100 years with one exception Missouri voted for the winner – until 2008.
Now we are in the news because we are a trending red state that votes for progressive ballot initiatives. Republicans have super majorities in both houses of the state legislature, control all but one statewide office, including both Senate seats, and six of eight congressional seats. Yet in 2018 voters defeated right-to-work, approved a state minimum wage, approved medical marijuana and passed the “Clean Missouri” amendment, strengthening ethics laws and changing the way state legislative districts are drawn.