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Sen. Roy Blunt at an NRA endorsement event in Columbia, Mo. Aug. 11, 2016. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Guest: NAM and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals recognize Sen. Roy Blunt for supporting manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals presented Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence during an event hosted by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in Hazelwood, Missouri. “Mallinckrodt applauds the selection of Senator Blunt as recipient of the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. His support of pro-manufacturing

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Letter to the Editor: Lift Ban On MO Alcohol Advertising

To the Editor: Mr. Overfelt’s opinion piece, “HB433 Upholds Free Speech in Missouri’s Free Marketplace” was right to criticize Missouri’s current liquor laws as burdensome relics of prohibition. Current law prevents alcohol retailers from advertising the sale price of their products, leaving businesses incapable of communicating special sales or offers, and consumers ill equipped to

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Op Ed: Coal use and responsible environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive ideas

By Ray McCarty, President/CEO, Associated Industries of Missouri During the 2016 campaign, President Trump actively campaigned to end the “war on coal”.  His message resonated with not only states whose economies benefit from production and shipment of coal, but with manufacturers and industry. This includes those who believe in our country’s energy independence, and with others

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Op Ed: Missourians deserve a real transportation dialogue, not a toll road lecture

By Rep. Bryan Spencer There is no silver bullet to fixing Missouri’s transportation funding crisis. Believe me, we in the General Assembly have been searching for one. There is also no shortage of ideas from transportation bureaucrats and newspaper editorial boards; including the use of private investment to build new roads and then forcing state

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Op Ed: How ESAs Can Fix the Status Quo

You may already know that 10,000 Missouri high school students dropped out of school in 2016. What you may not know, is that of those students that stayed in school and went on to college, nearly 40% required remedial courses in basic math and English to catch up with their counterparts from other states.   These

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Op Ed: Truth in Alcohol Advertising

HB433 Upholds Free Speech in Missouri’s Free Marketplace By David Overfelt, President, Missouri Retailers Association Missouri retailers of alcohol may currently offer discounts and specials just like other businesses. But unlike other businesses, they cannot publicly advertise actual truthful retail prices through newspapers, radio and TV. It’s a bizarre example of government censorship that dates

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Op Ed: A Conservative’s Take on Charter Schools

The evidence is overwhelming. Giving Missouri families choice in education helps ensure our children have access to high quality educational opportunities in areas where Missouri’s public schools are failing. It is time for Missouri’s behemoth education bureaucracy to face the fact that our state’s education outcomes are less than stellar in certain areas.  In 2016, nearly