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To the Editor: A small, bespectacled journalist and commentator with a lifelong history of Democratic affiliation, Mark Shields, had a pet expression about his own party, “Democrats … more
Farm Bureau hosts or promotes many noteworthy events throughout the year. Watching nearly 100 tractors cruise in a single file line along county roads in northwest Missouri is always a sight to … more
According to the USDA, 17 percent of principal farm operators plan to retire in the next five years. Another 53 percent of operators do not plan to retire and 30 percent don’t know. … more
ST. JAMES — Three of the Meramec Region’s state representatives discussed the region’s state priorities for 2023 with the board of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) … more
Roadways are a vital component of infrastructure in the United States. The vast majority of goods are transported by truck, highlighting the economy’s need for reliable roadways to connect … more
In 1988, Lamb Chop’s Sing-Along, Play-Along unveiled a four-line chorus, and just by those few words alone, you might already be experiencing hives, a rash or eye twitching from the memories … more
I don’t remember when it first occurred to me after arriving in Washington many years ago that at its heart, being a member of Congress meant never being entirely satisfied. And that this … more
The 2023 Missouri Legislative Session is underway and legislators have been back in Jefferson City since Jan. 4. Every year brings a new opportunity to address items that matter to our members and … more
As Congress and many state legislatures get under way for the year, there are lots of new lawmakers out there starting to learn the ropes. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting time, and … more
The 118th Congress convened Jan. 3, and while it’s impossible to know in advance what it will or won’t accomplish, it’s a fair bet there will be drama. With the GOP taking … more
In a state where agriculture is the No. 1 industry, Missouri can be a powerful leader in making sure every Missourian is food secure. At its core, food security means no child goes to bed hungry and … more
There are any number of takeaways one can glean from the recent midterm elections. But one that should be getting more attention is that the public is sick and tired of bitter bickering and … more
The powers that Google and Facebook have over economic and political power in society — especially over the news industry — has caught the attention of lawmakers in Washington, … more
If you followed this year’s elections, at some point the question probably occurred to you: Why do people do this? The endless campaign events, the constant scrutiny…and increasingly, … more
Veterans Day, November 11th, was an important day for every American and is intended to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love for their country, and willingness to serve and … more
Sheriffs across Missouri stand united to protect the citizens of Missouri and oppose Amendment 3 as it is written. Amendment 3 contains more than thirty pages of constitutionally created rights, with … more
On November 8th, Missourians have an opportunity to take a stand against the cannabis cartel seeking to clutter our Constitution with insider advantages, erosion of voter-approved safeguards, and … more
As the November general election approaches, I’ve been struck by the rise of an unusual type of news coverage. It’s focused not on the campaigns, but on the running of elections … more
Election Day is just over three weeks away and a lot has changed for voters since the last time they cast a ballot. A new elections law went into effect after the August primary election and, as … more
After three weeks of debate and negotiations, the Missouri legislature reauthorized targeted agricultural tax credits as part of a broad agriculture legislative package.  Most of the … more
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