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It’s been another busy week in the Missouri Legislature, with several late nights spent trying to reach compromises on pending legislation. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ve been meeting with state agencies and constituent groups in advance of next week’s budget “mark-up”...
The General Assembly in Jefferson City is now in full swing, and both the Missouri House and Senate have been working long nights debating legislation. With the fillibuster allowed in the Senate, it is not unusual for the Missouri Senate to work very late throughout the night. I’ve had two 7:00...
I am writing to share my disgust with the Biden Administration, and with Democrats in general,  Federal, and State in particular.   Since President Biden has been in Office he’s thrown out a welcome mat for illegals to invade our Nation. He’s closed down energy production on Federal Land and...
Last year, in the face of a pandemic that left many people around the country concerned about their health for going out, states around the country adopted what were supposed to be temporary rules for voting. But in some instances, states used the pandemic as a reason to radically change voting...
With the 2021 legislative session well past the halfway mark, I’ve had an opportunity to settle into the culture of the Senate and reflect on the experiences of the past three months. As one of just 34 members of the Senate, I’ve really appreciated the opportunity to work with some great folks...
Since March of 2020, the Church and the entire world has been on a road that no one has wanted to travel, yet we did! Along the way, we learned to navigate a pandemic. Along the way, we learned how to Zoom, Live-stream, social distance, and wear a mask. Along the way, we had to change our normal...
When politicians pass laws (or city ordinances) many people believe that they have no choice but to comply. After all, it is the law.  However, the truth is that a citizen has many options. 1. They can simply refuse to comply. Read Daniel, Chapter 6 and Acts 5:29. I dare say many West Plains...
We had another busy week at the Missouri State Capitol, but I must confess that my mind was, at least in part, focused on the Easter holiday festivities ahead. Easter is a big deal at my house, with my kids and grandkids coming to visit. I always plan a big meal and, every year, I bake a special...
The Knights of Columbus would like to thank the community for their support at our recent fish frys. Part of the mission of the Knights is to help those in need. All proceeds from the fish frys go to our local area charities and Pregnancy Resource Centers. Thanks to your support, we had a...
CONDITIONAL VERBAL SUPPORT FOR THE UPCOMING MOUNTAIN VIEW MO ½% SALES TAX VOTE Dear Editor: I am writing to clarify some thoughts others may erroneously have regarding the upcoming April vote in the City of Mountain View for a ½% sales tax increase. Some personal background:  I am a long-time...

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