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One of the most anticipated events of the legislative session is the governor’s State of the State address. This week, the General Assembly gathered in a joint session to hear the governor present his legislative priorities and budget requests for the coming year. Consistent with his previous...
This column is prompted by a question from a long-time statehouse observer as to why Missouri's legislature has become so divided. My answer involved the number of changes in the statehouse over the decades. A major cause has been the deep and growing ideological divide for the public and...
Things are starting to get a whole lot busier at the Capitol in this 2022 session.  Governor Mike Parson gave his annual State of the State address last week reporting on Missouri’s very strong economy and a likely tax cut this year helping all Missourians.  I think Governor Parson has been and...
I would like to take a moment to thank all of the people who regularly read my weekly articles. I enjoy hearing from so many of my readers who make the effort to call and leave encouraging messages.  I have heard from grandmothers who worry about their grandkids, parents who worry about their...
Since our nation’s founding, American elections have all featured some basic, commonsense rules. Americans – not foreigners, non-citizens, or illegal immigrants – are granted the right to choose our leaders. That’s why folks are asked to show identification when they go to the polls. We elect...
As you know, February 3 1959 was the day music died.  The great Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens were killed in a plane crash from Clear Lake, Iowa on a snow stormy night. Now, we are putting together a great show featuring music from that era.  The STAR theater will host an array...
Legislative activity is well underway as the Missouri General Assembly completes the second week of our 18-week session. More than 450 separate pieces of legislation have been filed in the Senate, and this week we saw many of those bills and resolutions referred to committees. Three of my bills...
Genesis 15:16 and in the fourth generation they shall return hither, for the sins of the Amorites are not yet filled up, even until now. (Greek Septuagint) This prophecy, given to Abraham, was fulfilled in the days of Moses when the limit of God's mercy for the Canaanites finally ended, "And I...
We have now started  the third week of our Missouri legislative session.  The Governor is announcing his priorities, and members of both the House and Senate have been building their respective agendas.  This Wednesday afternoon, I’ve also scheduled a judiciary committee hearing on a bill...
Another week has passed, and another name is added to my party's list of criminals, Scott Fitzpatrick - Missouri State Treasurer, who has joined the fascist ranks of Eric Schmitt by penalizing locally elected governments for trying to protect their constituents from sickness and death. The new...

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