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In the latest covid relief bill that was just passed by congress — without any Republican support — $130 billion was earmarked to open schools safely with hopes of returning children to … more
Could the lies and misrepresentations coming from the administration and the media get any worse? It’s hard to imagine that they could. We have been told for years that Trump was the laughing … more
On Tuesday, the House passed the first notable bipartisan piece of legislation of the year, and I was proud to be a part of it. Together, my colleagues, Congresswoman Young Kim, Congresswoman Carolyn … more
The National Newspaper Association this week endorsed legislation proposed by Senators Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and Dianne Feinstein, D-California, to restore the federal … more
Missouri non-farm payroll employment decreased in February 2021, according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development — the result of deteriorating weather conditions.  Some … more
It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flown since the start of January, but the Missouri General Assembly has already reached the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session. With that in … more
Cities are places where diverse groups of people cluster, their ideas feeding off one another to create innovations that often change our lives in dramatic ways. It is not surprising that a very … more
“ I ain’t never seen nothin’ like this”, I heard one old timer say when it was raining for so many days last week.  I have said the exact same thing several times the … more
From my first day in the State Capitol, one of my top priorities has been improving our state’s aging transportation infrastructure. Missouri’s road system spans more than 33,800 miles — the … more
One of Joe Biden’s first official acts as the 46th President of the United States was to sign an executive order to stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline and eliminate up to 11,000 jobs. There are … more
Now that Donald Trump isn’t around to use as a punching bag, the media are finding their news is not selling quite as well. They have to find someone else to beat up. For now, it appears that New … more
Defunding the police, taxpayer-funded elections, restricting Second Amendment rights, and a massive partisan spending package disguised as coronavirus relief. These are the bills the House of … more
Now that Donald Trump isn’t around to use as a punching bag, the media are finding their news is not selling quite as well. They have to find someone else to beat up. For now, it appears that New … more
A year ago this week, the world descended into the throes of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s fitting that our year of darkness appears to be ending as Sunshine Week 2021 gets underway. This annual … more
The 2021 legislative session has reached the half-way point. In this last week prior to our mid-term recess, the Senate buckled down to make progress on a number of contentious issues. Two bills … more
The Missouri legislature’s week-long break that began March 15 is a good time to assess where the General Assembly may head in the second half of it’s annual session. This year taxes, school … more
Alan Gingerich with a smallmouth bass, and me with a good view of the lure I found that caught so many  fish that day!  Before the rain started last week, I spent a … more
More than once in this column I have promulgated the idea of reading aloud to children, something Connie and I did with our three offspring and continue to do and promote with our two grandchildren. … more
The government of China was toppled by Communists in 1949 under the leadership of Mao Zedong. Since that time the Communists have killed many millions of people. There is absolutely no doubt about … more
As the oldest military force in our nation’s history, the National Guard dates back to the pre-Revolutionary War militias in the colonies. This year actually marks its 385th birthday. The National … more
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