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For nearly a year and a half, we have heard the term “the new normal” more times than we can count. The ongoing pandemic has uprooted so many of the things we used to do, or take for granted, every day. Because of COVID-19, the Missouri State Fair had to be revamped last year. But, this year…

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The passing of former Missouri House Speaker Bob Griffin on July 7 reminds me of a conflict I’ve seen so often with public officials between dedication to serving the public versus seeking financial or political gain.

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Despite Missouri’s high rate of maternal mortality and pregnancy-related harm, progress is being made. A new report describes the efforts of stakeholders in both clinical and community settings across Missouri to improve evidence-based care and support during, after and between pregnancy to …

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The Office of Management and Budget finally withdrew their disastrous proposal that would have redefined “Metropolitan Statistical Area” to exclude cities between 50,000 and 100,000 residents. Such a drastic change would have upended decades of precedent, changed the way these small cities c…

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On July 4, citizens throughout our great nation will join together in celebration of the United States of America’s 245th birthday. As we stand on the brink of another year in the life of our comparatively young nation, I ask everyone to join me in reflecting on how far we have come as an Am…

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A recent suggestion by a Missouri senator of a Senate leadership purge reminded me about the last time the Senate’s top leader was ousted.

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As my parents marked their 55th wedding anniversary, I did research about marriage in general. The 55th wedding anniversary is called the emerald anniversary because emeralds are a rarer gemstone, and I guess a marriage that lasts 55 years is an extremely rare find.

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There is an old saying that states “April showers brings May flowers.” In our case, it feels more like “May showers, brings June flowers.”

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The Missouri General Assembly spent a great deal of time over the past two years working on changes to some of our state’s crime laws. This effort has resulted in a sweeping criminal justice reform measure that now awaits the governor’s signature. Senate Bill 53 and 60 are a compromise packa…

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Farming is a family business. It always has been. Most farmers have been working cattle, working the land and feeding the world from the time they could walk. They’ve lived their entire lives working endless hours to live their dream, carry on the family farm, and hopefully pass it along to …

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The charge of apartheid is the new blood libel. As Hamas rains rockets down on Israel, members of the Squad in Congress and other left-wing enemies are using the occasion to amplify their accusation that Israel is an “apartheid state.”

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“We are a big tent party,” said House of Representatives Republican leader Kevin McCarthy. For McCarthy it was nearly a psychotic departure from reality. He was in the process of engineering the bloody removal of Liz Cheney from the No. 3 spot in his House leadership team.

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The 2021 Missouri legislative session was one of the most unusual and unpredictable of the legislative gatherings I’ve covered in some 50 years.

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I have been thinking a lot about nurses in the past couple of weeks. I know the week extending from Thursday to Wednesday, May 6 to 12, is officially Nurses Week. This year, the 2021 theme was “Nurses: A Voice to Lead.” I heard a health care leader say, “This year, more than ever, we are loo…

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Think of five adjectives that describe yourself. How has that list changed over the last year? The pandemic has changed how many of us see and interact with the world, and most especially with other people.

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I am passionate about many things in my role as a state senator, especially when it comes to aiding the many local government entities in the 12th Senatorial District.

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The Missouri House refusal to fund voter-approved Medicaid expansion reminded me of a long Missouri legislative tactic of “kicking the can down the road” involving state funding for Medicaid.

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The House Transportation Committee heard Senate Bill 262, a measure that would create a refundable 2.5¢ annual increase on fuel taxes each of the next five years while also taking steps to future-proof the funding for our roads and bridges moving forward into the 21st century.

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Spring is upon us and that means Missouri’s spring turkey season is here. Missouri boasts one of the largest wild turkey populations in the country, making it a destination for spring turkey hunters.

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The idea of sustainability is linked to a lot of our local activities these days — whether it’s reusing or recycling products, sampling culinary delights from the local bakery or choosing to buy American-made products to support our national economy. There are plenty of reasons why eating, d…

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