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What do abortionists, communists, and mass shooters have in common? Maybe poor math skills. What are the odds of rolling a specific number from a 6-sided die? From two dice? Getting all difference numbers in 11 throws? In sequence? Twice in a row? Yet, life must: Acquire specific atoms from 92...
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The Legislature has been out of session for more than a month, but the work of representing the 33rd Senatorial District continues. Much of my activity during the intersession period involves meeting with local officials and civic and community groups, but I also spend a lot of time talking...
It has become an unfortunate theme in Washington - every time a crisis or tragedy hits this nation, Washington Democrats spring into action to exploit that situation to grow the power of government. In response to the current economic crisis of their own making, Democrats choose higher taxes; in...
Isaiah 6:8  And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go to this people? And I said, Behold, I am here, send me." (Brenton's 1851 Greek Septuagint)   Lately, I am again reminded of Isaiah's divine commission to declare God's vital Word on the eve of calamity...
Movie nights in the Hawkins house can be a real challenge. Picking a flick always leads to debate, but the bigger challenge is locating the remote. No one ever seems to know where the television, cable box and Roku remotes are! That wasn't always a problem when I was a kid. Growing up, my...
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 "Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards...
May 29 was 529 Day, a day meant to highlight the opportunities available in state 529 plans. MOST 529 is Missouri’s 529 education plan. Named after Section 529 in the IRS tax code (thrilling, I know), a 529 account can have a significant impact on your child’s education and your family’s finances...
The Second Regular Session of the 101st General Assembly has come to a close. The Senate ended legislative activity Thursday evening with the approval of a new congressional redistricting map. All told, we passed more than 60 separate pieces of legislation, including 19 appropriations bills. In...
At the Missouri Capitol, spring session has come to a close.  The Governor may call a special session this summer, but no decision has been made.  As previously mentioned and because of a very small group in the Senate, there were fewer bills passed this year.  Here are a few bills that passed...
This column was inspired by a discussion with Missouri Independent Reporter Rudi Keller the day after the 2022 legislative session adjourned. We reminisced about earlier years when there seemed to be a more intense focus on the specific details of public policy rather than ideology and pondered...

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