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WOW! -- is my reaction to a weekend with friends, classmates and new acquaintances.  Like magic, there was an energy and spirit where 200 plus people assembled to declare an enduring bond and deep fondness with their class, town and memories.  Whether the class was 1945, '65, '85 or 2003, the...
1 Corinthians 12:21-23 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less...
Last Friday afternoon, as Americans were preparing to commemorate Memorial Day weekend, Joe Biden released his long-awaited budget. This is the latest a president has ever submitted a budget in the modern-budget era. Typically, when something is released the Friday afternoon before a three-day...
Chair of the Missouri Democratic Party Michael Butler released the following statement on the progress Missouri has made with COVID-19 relief while the State GOP is rattled with controversy. MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow aired a 20-minute segment titled 'Missouri Republicans, Are you OK?" on...
On the farm, the "to do" list never seems to end—and only grows when the weather doesn't cooperate. For my family, we found a small window when it was dry enough to wean calves a few weeks ago—and it has rained off and on since, delaying other much-needed work. Challenges such as weather are a...
If there’s one thing that should unify this country, it’s support for our allies who have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us to confront terrorists who seek destruction over prosperity. Over the past few weeks, our closest ally in the Middle East – Israel – has been bombarded by nearly 3,500...
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The General Assembly adjourned its 2021 regular session on Friday, May 14, and it has been my distinct honor to represent the people of the 33rd District in the Missouri Senate this year. By the time the last gavel fell, we had passed 69 separate bills.   As a member of the legislature, I never...
Isaiah 28:16-17 Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold I will lay a stone in the foundations of Zion, a tried stone, a corner stone, a precious stone, founded in the foundation. He that believeth, let him not hasten. 17 And I will set judgment in weight, and justice in measure: and hail shall...
At the Capitol, we are now wrapping up the spring session.  It’s been a very busy time.  Unfortunately, we often don’t get serious about debating the strengths and weaknesses of legislation until the last few weeks of session.   Sometimes at this time of year, we debate omnibus bills with many,...
As I prepare this report, the Missouri General Assembly will soon vote on a Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget that totals more than $34 billion. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ve truly appreciated the opportunity to participate in the budget process and dig into the numbers...

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