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The 50-year golden anniversary of Missouri’s Sunshine Law has led me to reflect on what could be done to restore the vision of Missouri’s original Sunshine Law sponsors. Recent news … more
In 1770, six years before the Declaration of Independence, the population of the 13 colonies in America was just over 2.148 million. For comparison, the metropolitan area population of St. Louis is … more
One of the Highlights this week was the introduction of the Fatima Comets, Class 3 Softball State Champions, on the floor of the House. The members of the House gave them a warm welcome and … more
If I was asked to summarize last week in the Senate, I would say it was filled with “firsts.” On Jan. 18, I presented my first bill as a state senator to the members of the Senate … 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
To the Editor: Dennis Warden is openly offended that we in the Gasconade County Democrats Committee consistently attack his climate change columns for  slanted reporting.  “Like … more
To the Editor: From my perspective our nations growing list of woes can best be attributed to an absence of leadership. For example: As a candidate, Joe Biden forever touted that transparency … more
I’ve been looking forward to the Governor’s State of the State address. After listening to his priorities for the 2023 legislative session, I’m concerned the spending the Governor … 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 Connie and I raised our three children almost 30 years ago, we brought them up the best way we knew how. Part of that job is protecting their innocence. Like most parents, we wanted them to … more
To the Editor: The Democrat Committee berated our esteemed publisher for his recent opinion about global warming, AKA climate change. We remind them that there are other important issues in our … more
One of my favorite stories from the late Zig Ziglar is entitled “The Balloon Salesman.” Many years ago, a balloon salesman was selling balloons on the streets of New York City. When … more
To the Editor: In reference to the article you put in the paper, that seemed like a personal attack on Mr. Dennis Warden, on the subject of climate change, I don’t know, nor am I smart … more
 The start of session begins with some housekeeping procedures, followed by the creation of committees. It is a great honor for me, as a sophomore, to be selected as a committee chair of the … 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
Hotels are the most popular vacation accommodation in the United States. To meet this demand, over 91,000 hotels and motels have 9 million rooms available for use every day of the year. According … more
Both new and returning lawmakers made their way to Jefferson City this past week to begin their service in the Missouri House of Representatives. On Wednesday, Jan. 4, the 163 members of the House … 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
The fall of 2023 will be the 50th anniversary of the legislative birth of Missouri’s Sunshine Law that provides the public with sweeping rights to documents, voting records and meetings of … more
Have you ever purchased a product or service at the recommendation of a celebrity spokesperson? Many of us have. Nothing helps sell a product like a celebrity endorsement. One that comes to mind … more
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